EA and DICE have provided the official system requirements for their 2016 title, Battlefield 1. According to various sources, Battlefield 1 is supposedly running on one of the most optimized versions of the Frostbite engine to date so, hopefully, there won’t be too many issues on the game officially launches on October 21st.
Battlefield 1 System Requirements
First, keep in mind that this game is absolutely stunning on the highest graphical settings. It’s akin to Star Wars Battlefront, perhaps even better. And, as you can imagine, your rig will need to be well-endowed to run the game on higher resolutions without trouble.
That being said… let’s jump right into the specs that have been provided by the developers.
This section outlines the hardware needed to play the game at low to mid settings smoothly. It’s always best to consider a step-up from these specifications as they are often the bottom-line in terms of reliability.
- Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (64 bit)
- CPU: AMD FX-6350 / Intel Core i5 6600K
- RAM: 8GB
- GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
- DirectX: Version 11.0
- Internet: 512KBPS or Better
- HDD: 50GB
This section details the hardware that is recommended to be able to play BF1 at higher graphical settings with having substantial drops in frames, stuttering, or other related issues. A setup with these specs should be able to play the game at higher resolutions rather smoothly.
- Operating System: Windows 10 (64 bit)
- CPU: AMD FX 8350 Wraith / Intel Core i7 4790 or Better
- RAM: 16GB or more
- GPU: AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB or similar
- DirectX: 11.1
- Internet: 512KBPS or Faster
- HDD: 50GB or greater
Below we’ve provided several suggestions regarding processors and graphics cards that will be suitable for playing Battlefield 1. We reveal within the summary of these units which ones will likely be capable or running the game at different graphics settings. These recommendations are for gamers that need to upgrade their PC or are building a new custom rig that wish to have the best experience possible on BF1.
Budget AMD Selection – Sapphire Radeon RX 460 2GB
This is similar to the card EA/DICE recommend for users just looking to play the game at minimal settings. It features a 1090 MHz clock speed (1210 MHz when boosted) and 1750 MHz memory clock. The card has one HDMI port, one DVI-D port, and one DisplayPort. Definitely one of the most affordable options for the game.
Top Tier AMD Selection – MSI Gaming RX 480 8GB
The developers suggest this same card but with 4GB of on-board RAM. Considering the price difference, however, the 8GB model is a much better deal. This card is not only capable of playing Battlefield 1 at higher resolutions, but it’s also VR-ready and one of the highest rated GPUs around.
Budget Nvidia Selection – EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB
Long praised as the holy grail of budget graphic cards, it’s really hard to go wrong with the GTX 950. It’s well made, proven to work well with numerous games, and it’s price is easy to swallow. With an 1190 MHz base clock speed and 6610 MHz memory speed this card is built for smooth gaming.
Top Tier Nvidia Selection – EVGA GeForce 1070 SC 8GB
EA & DICE recommend the 1060, but if you’re really looking to upgrade your current setup and be well-equipped to play games that are even more graphically intense in the future we suggest saving up your pennies and grabbing the 1070 instead. This is a powerhouse GPU with 8GB of on-board memory, DX12 support, advanced cooling, and it’s perfect for 4K gaming.
Now let’s talk about the brains of your rig – your CPU. You don’t need the absolute best processor money can buy to play Battlefield 1, but it does require a decent model to run efficiently. Below we reveal which processors we believe give the best bang for your buck for playing BF1.
Budget AMD Model – AMD FX-8320 Black Edition
DICE suggests using the FX-6350 if you’re wanting to go down the budget route and play on lower settings. For just a little bit more money, though, you can up your processing power and have a better gaming experience by springing for the 8320. This CPU has 8 cores as compared to the 6350’s six and it only requires 125w for power usage.
Top Tier AMD Model – AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz
If you’ve got the money to spring for a better processor, but don’t want to drop a huge wad on an Intel model, we definitely recommend going with the FX-9590 from AMD. This beauty is an octa-core processor with a 4.7GHz stock clock speed. In overdrive mode it can push as high as 5.0GHz. The only issue with it is that it does run pretty hot. A hearty liquid cooling system is definitely a must. It should be able to run Battlefield 1 at higher settings with no problems, though.
Budget Intel Model – Intel i5 6600K
For this one we decided to follow the developers’ recommendation because, well, it should work beautifully. The i5 is a staple in the Intel line, too. This is a 4-core processor that clocks in at 3.9GHz with a 6MB cache. It’s easily one of the best mid-range gaming CPUs available. It’s fast, efficient, and reliable.
Top Tier Intel Model – Intel i7-4790K
For gamers that have the dough to create a truly powerful gaming PC, the i7-4790K is the must-have processor. With clock speeds as high as 4.4GHz, an 8MB cache, and powerful hyper-threading, this is a beast of a CPU and it’s perfect for gamers that want the best experience possible when playing titles such as Battlefield 1.