Batman: Arkham Knight will require flagship GPU for Ultra quality

By Scorpus
Apr 24, 2015
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  1. batman arkham knight gpu ultra graphics card pc gaming arkham knight

    The system requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight have been published, and if you want to play this game on the highest possible graphics settings, you'll need to be packing a flagship graphics card such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980.

      Ultra Recommended Minimum
    CPU Intel Core i7-3770
    AMD FX-8350, 4.0 GHz
    Intel Core i5-750, 2.67 GHz
    AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4 GHz
    GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
    4 GB of VRAM
    DirectX 11
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
    3 GB of VRAM
    DirectX 11
    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660
    2 GB of VRAM
    DirectX 11
    RAM 8 GB 6 GB
    OS Windows 8.1 or 7 64-bit
    Storage 55 GB 45 GB

    Equivalent AMD graphics cards haven't been listed in the system requirements, though we expect a Radeon R9 270X (or Radeon HD 7870) will meet the minimum requirements, while an R9 290X will be needed to run the game on Ultra graphics settings.

    Interestingly, Arkham Knight has two listed storage requirements: 45 GB and 55 GB. This could indicate that the game will come with a high-resolution textures pack, similar to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which would take up an extra 10 GB of space.

    Judging by the system requirements, Arkham Knight will need a pretty decent gaming PC to run on when it launches on June 23. Going on past releases in the series, if you have the horsepower to do so, cranking the graphics settings all the way up will produce a stunningly beautiful game.

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  2. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Addict Posts: 214   +67

    ...and it requires at least a 4 core CPU. I hope we are going to have more and more games that can truly take advantage of our enthusiast builds.
    Looking forward to the performance benchmarks on this. ;-)

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  3. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 1,603   +411

    Rocksteady ain't playin!!! I should be alright with my system.
  4. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,084   +331

    I'm at the recommended specs on my rig so won't have any issues there.

    I just need to finish batman AK city before I pick this up.

    I totally skipped origins as I heard it wasn't that great and had a few game stopping bugs.
  5. Kevin82485

    Kevin82485 TS Booster Posts: 159   +41

    Dang, I just bought an MSI GTX 970 a few days ago...shoulda got the 980. Couldn't justify the $230 price difference though.
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  6. Satish Mallya

    Satish Mallya TS Addict Posts: 124   +92

    Most retailers have a no questions tasked return policy within a week - you could get a 290 or a 290x for around $50-70 more than you paid for your card.
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,819   +485

    If this is for 1080p then the requirements seem to be quite high
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  8. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    Origins wasn't that bad, but I didn't encounter any known issues with the game. If you're a completionist like me the map makes it pretty difficult to accurately determine where collectibles are located within the game. Regarding the bugs, I bought the game about seven months after its release date so WB Games released an update to address the bug issues. I'd recommend buying the game if you can find it at a bargain price. Of course, if you don't, it won't impact the main trilogy. Arkham City, however, will so I'd recommend you play that.
  9. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,084   +331

    I already own AK city GOYD picked it up on a steam sale for $7.99 I've seen origins for around the price but skipped it based on feedback I got on the game. I'm about 50% completed AK city so need to finish it before this game comes out.
  10. WAHID

    WAHID TS Rookie

    GTX 980 is needed only for Ultra HD resolution, so everyone with a good PC can handle this game with high settings at 1080p, and we dont forget this game is based on Unreal Engine 3 so no problem with framerates for the most of us.
  11. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Booster Posts: 68   +14

    taking advantage of your enthusiast build means finally you can justify throwing 300 + dollars on a CPU , taking advantage of new hardware doesn't mean anything it only going to reduce the number of people who can potentially run the game on their systems
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  12. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Addict Posts: 214   +67

    I partially agree, but consider this:
    - Why do we have affordable 4+ core CPUs on the consumer market for a very long time and most of the games still only utilize 2? We should have had heavily threaded games for more than a decade.
    - Games can be coded in a way that they would be scalable in terms of CPU cores as well, not only in graphic details. We could easily have a CPU settings section in the options menu of our games the same way as we have graphic details.

    In a nutshell, making games that properly scale on different hardware is not rocket science and absolutely does not mean that folks with lighter rigs won't be able to play new games. Just look at how many games are there that you can play perfectly both on a GTX660 and a GTX 980 depending on your settings. That's what we need for CPUs as well.

    Oh and I have an i5-4460 which is far from 300+ dollars with a Gainward GTX970 Phantom and I still can't make advantage of this CPU in the vast majority of the games. I used to have i7-2600@4Ghz.

  13. cldmstrsn

    cldmstrsn TS Enthusiast Posts: 91   +47

    Well good! It should.
  14. Filip B

    Filip B TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +9

    All requirements if not mentioned specifically are for 1080p/60fps.
  15. WAHID

    WAHID TS Rookie

    I am very familiar with Batman games on pc and there's no one game that offers ultra in graphics options so Ultra is for Ultra HD resolution.
  16. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Booster Posts: 68   +14

    I think most of the games lately are relaying more and more on the GPU which is really a good thing instead of worrying about your CPU and your Mobo Socket life span , you can actually forget all of that and change only the GPU when you need ,even now the RAM is useless a 60dollars DDR3 can easily match a 400dollars top of the line DDR4 on gaming ,and what's the point of moving from a 4c/8t i7 2600 to a lower frequency 4c/4t i5 ?
  17. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Addict Posts: 214   +67

    This is not exactly right. You could make advantage of CPU if the game was coded that way. CPU socket life span??? Have you ever worried about that or your PCIe x16 lane life span? It doesn't make sense.
    I agree on the memory, it doesn't make much difference. Perhaps just not yet.

    Oh and there is no point in moving from i7-2600 to i5-4460 unless you give your rig to your father as a gift so he can have his 1st decent PC in his life and you move 2000 miles away from your country and can't bring your rig with yourself. It was not an upgrade choice obviously...

    Just saying that none of the games could fully utilize any of the above CPUs which is a shame. By the way, did you know that your GPU relies on your CPU a lot? Better utilized CPUs can make a huge difference in any kind of games (RTS, FPS, etc... doesn't matter, there are good examples for each kind)

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  18. Cryio

    Cryio TS Booster Posts: 191   +57

    You'd be doing yourself a disservice. Most bugs are fixed (I kid you not, there is only one bug with his cape when flying and it's easily fixed by a quick dive. That's it.) and the games performs and looks better than Arkham City. The story is great and Rocksteady has given their blessing in considering it cannon. And some events of Origins are already included in the trailers for Arkham Knight.

    The game is great. It's not as groundbreaking as Asylum or City, but it's still a hella good game. Do not miss it. Especially now that it's considered cannon.
  19. Cryio

    Cryio TS Booster Posts: 191   +57

    You usually have at least 10 days to return a product for free. Go get yourself a proper 290X with 4 GBs of VRAM or 8. Either that, or pony up for a 980 or SLI/Crossfire setup.
  20. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,084   +331

    Thanks I will take this into consideration for the next steam sale.
  21. soulsassassin

    soulsassassin TS Booster Posts: 68   +14

    let's say the new games are fully utilizing the CPU and you have a 2600k suddenly a new game came out and you find yourself in a situation that you have to replace your CPU with a newer one , sure why not swap it with a new haswell chip oh wait my 200 dollars mobo is 1155 haswell is 1150 :(( , ok I will compromise and get a new mobo + a cpu to finally enjoy my game on ultra 4k , fast forward 2016 a new game came out with outstanding graphics taking advantage of the new cutting edge hardware suddenly your new cpu is no good I should get a broadwell cpu wait .....and it goes on and on
    and let's be honest you're always going to get a slightly above console graphics on most games so taking the full advantage of the cutting edge hardware is just going to make for us average gamers have a worse experience with poor optimized games on our two generations old hardware . I like the the way that a 130 dollars i3 can easily match a 260 dollars i5 and not far from a 300 dollars i7 and I want it to stay like that
  22. Filip B

    Filip B TS Enthusiast Posts: 46   +9

    Well, we shall see if you can run it at 2160p/60fps with a single 980. Strongly doubt it
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  23. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Addict Posts: 214   +67

    Hi Mate

    You are starting an avalanche of hot topics to discuss and it's going to be quite off-topic in this thread if we continue. You dropped the bomb of PC graphics being "slightly" better than consoles, which was an absolutely false and evil statement... :)
    Let's continue in a different thread once there is a thread for this conversation.!

  24. No, it does not.
    For starters, "quad-core CPU" is a completely meaningless term. Are you suggesting a $50 Athlon 5350 (a quad-core Jaguar CPU) will run this game well? Or are you suggesting a Core i3 will not?
    That's specially significant because that chart lists the Phenom II X4 965 and the Core i5-750 as a minimum requirement, but a dual-core Core i3-4130 is faster than both, according to passmark.
    My money is on Core i3 CPUs giving at the very least 80% of the performance of a Core i5 CPU, and Core i7 ones providing no benefits over a Core i5, like it always is. And I wouldn't be surprised if an overclocked Pentium G3258 also runs this game reasonably well, despite having two cores and no hyper-threading.
    Peter Farkas likes this.
  25. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,202   +422

    I'm not saying that what you've said is untrue - but don't use passmark to try to make a point. That site is pretty crap. I'm sick right now and too tired to look into the details of what you've said so I don't even know if I agree with you... but please don't use passmark.

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