Mass Effect: Andromeda's recommended specs will get you 30fps at 1080p

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Update March 9, 2017: The latest recommended specs for Mass Effect: Andromeda, revealed by Nvidia yesterday, will actually only get you 30fps at 1080p, so you're going to need a hefty rig to hit 60fps.

The recommended specs, as you can see below, ask for a Core i7-4790, 16GB of RAM, and a GTX 1060, however, that's all based on a 1080p resolution, 30fps, and a High graphics options preset. Welp.  

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These details appeared on EA's support site yesterday. You're going to need an absolute monster rig if you're planning on playing at 4K with a playable frame rate, then. 

Cheers, VG247.

Original Story March 8, 2017: Mass Effect: Andromeda is just around the corner now, so Nvidia have finally released the system requirements. 

Have you got a Mako or a Nomad? Either way, it seems like you’ll need a pretty beefy setup if you want to see the game at its best. 

See the specs below.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Minimum System Requirements For 1280x720

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX 6350
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 660
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
  • HDD: 55GB free space
  • DirectX: Version 11

Mass Effect: Andromeda Recommended System Requirements For 1920x1080

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX 8350
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, or GeForce GTX 970
  • RAM: 16GB
  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
  • HDD: 55GB free space
  • DirectX: Version 11

If you want to push it up to 4K or crank up the graphics options, you'll need to fit your rig with a faster GPU, such as the GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1080, or newly-announced GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - get the lowdown on Nvidia's beastly GPU at that link.

Speaking of cranking the graphics settings up, Nvidia also have the lowdown on in-game settings in Mass Effect: Andromeda. The spacefaring RPG has options for 16  graphical settings:

  • Ambient Occlusion
  • Anti-Aliasing
  • Chromatic Aberration
  • Effects Quality
  • Film Grain
  • Lighting Quality
  • Mesh Quality
  • Post-Process Effect Quality
  • Resolution Scaling
  • Shader Quality
  • Shadow Quality
  • Terrain Quality
  • Texture Filtering Quality
  • Texture Quality
  • Vegetation Quality.

It's also compatible with HDR monitors. 

Mass Effect: Andromeda is releasing in North America on March 21 and in Europe on March 23. It'll be available on Origin. 

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QDP2 avatarb3n_d0vah avatarTriforceWisdom avatarDave James avatarKirk McKeand avatarCygnusBlack avatar
QDP2 Avatar
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1 Month ago

I'm looking forward to starting on the 16th through Origin Access :D

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b3n_d0vah Avatar
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1 Month ago

What I want to know is if it'll be using DX12. I was going to get an RX480 for DX12 but if it's focusing on DX11 I might rethink that. Any opinions?

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Month ago

They're not going to be using DX12 for the Frostbite Engine in ME:A at launch, but there is support already built into it. Whether they will make the effort to port it over though is another matter.

With DirectX 12 it's tough enough just to match DirectX 11 performance so they may judge it not worth their while for now.

That said, at the moment the 8GB RX 480 is a great price and should nail ME:A at 1080p settings at the very least.

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TriforceWisdom Avatar
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1 Month ago

The system requirements were announced late last month. Nvidia didn't "release" them, EA did. You guys even wrote an article about it on this very site! The official requirements also don't pretend like AMD cards don't exist like the crap posted here. The only news are the graphic options. This is really scummy feeling. If anyone is wondering, the ACTUAL full system requirements are available on Origin or, ya know, in the other article here on this very site, or any other PC gaming news site really. This is stupid.

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Month ago

This post was all about the nVidea post, which announced the list of available settings within the game. The system requirements list was posted there as a nVidea exclusive list (surprise surprise) along with the whole settings menu.

Seriously whats the problem? nVidea are the company that shared the graphics settings, this is their system requirements list along with all the variables. It is not like PCGamesN are deciding to be anti-AMD or anything else. Surely by now you can already tell if your AMD card can run it based off which nVidea card is listed anyway. Even if you can't, there's a direct hyperlink on this page to the Origin sales page, with the official specifications!

You're stood here taking shots because nVidea shared new information about the system settings. It would have been the other way around if AMD had posted the full settings menu, and my bets are you wouldn't have blinked an eyelid if that were the case. Please stop trying to defend your graphics card, but instead just enjoy games! Both company's cards run them, so why segregate yourself at the smallest obstacle?

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TriforceWisdom Avatar
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1 Month ago

I don't give a crap about AMD vs. Nvidia, although I have a feeling you do. Read the article. "Mass Effect: Andromeda is just around the corner now, so Nvidia have finally released the system requirements." That is misleading, the requirements were already out. "Finally" they say even, as if they haven't been out for nearly two weeks.

"If you want to push it up to 4K or crank up the graphics options, you'll need to fit your rig with a faster GPU, such as the GeForce GTX 1070, GeForce GTX 1080, or newly-announced GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - get the lowdown on Nvidia's beastly GPU at that link"

If that isn't blatantly obvious to you that this is a sponsored post, then I don't think there is anything I could say to convince you. This post is scummy, and if you don't see it you are blinded by fanboyism.

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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1 Month ago

Hello, writer here. This isn't a sponsored post. We flag our sponsored posts as such, it's just that the Nvidia specs also showed off the graphics options and had minor differences to the original released ones via Origin. Usually, the latest specs are the most accurate. Plus, these ones told you what resolution each is shooting for, as well as revealing those graphics options - both details I thought our audience would be interested in. If AMD were partnered with EA, I would have done the same post but with AMD specs.

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QDP2 Avatar
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1 Month ago

Blinded by fanboyism? Sorry to let you down there but I hold no attachment to either AMD or nVidea. I When I built my PC, I bought a nVidea card based off my friends problems with drivers for his AMD at the time. About 2 months later AMD's company focus changed towards games, and from what I've heard they've been getting better. Either way, my current card holds no effect over my previous comment. I sent the message because you were complaining, being misinformed.

The post is about nVidea sharing new news, yet you see it as PCGN writing a bias sponsored (unlabeled) post against AMD to exclude them. PCGN always make it clear when posts are sponsored (look at any of the actual sponsored posts about Logitech's gear). The wording of this post (both the part you quoted and the specification lists) is copy-pasted from the nVidea post, which IS the latest; most-informative post about the system settings within ME:Andromeda. It shared the settings you can manually change within the menu, something that was not known before nVidea posted their article. PCGN has simply pulled the latest information over to their website, and re-uploaded it. Sure, AMD cards aren't listed, but that's not the poster's fault. It's not like they decided they didn't want to include AMD. They simply pulled the latest data and posted it onto their website. It is not hard at all to compare an AMD card to it's equivalent nVidea card to tell if you can run the game. So why are you slamming the post? It is neither 'stupid' or 'scummy', it simply covers more detail than the previous.

nVidea's original post can be found in the article, hyperlinked on the word nVidea. You can click there and read it. Find the source of the wording you have been so sensitive about. If AMD were to post details about a new game, they would have excluded nVidea's GPU's from their spec lists in the same way, and if they were the first to share new information they would also be in the same place. This exclusion of AMD has nothing to do with fanboyism from anyone here. You're complaining to the wrong crowd. Please do head over and try to complain to the nVidea community about how they excluded your AMD card from their specifications list. I'll happily sit back and watch how that conversation spans out.

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CygnusBlack replied to QDP2
1 Month ago

Of course DX12 or Vulkan isn't an option, even if the engine supports it.

It's easier that way and there won't be any benchmark showing AMD kicking nVidia's ass using the newer paths.

I'm not complaining - I own a 1050ti but it's 2017 FFS!

Oh, and Kirk... I'm not saying that this is a biased article but heck, it's pretty clear that the site gets nVidia's money (not that there's anything wrong with that).

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