Doom PC Specs and Preloading Times Revealed

Doom PC Specs and Preloading Times Revealed

Bethesda lets players know what they need to run the newest journey to hell.

The long-awaited revival of id Software's Doom is coming out next week and Bethesda has finally revealed what kind of rig you need to run the game smoothly. The company has also been rather transparent and offered on pre-loading and server start times for every region.

The full system specifications are below:

Minimum:

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400/AMD FX-8320 or better
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Space Required: 55 GB free HDD space

Recommended:

  • Operating System: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Space Required: 55 GB free HDD space

It's worth noting that Doom is the latest PC title to expect that players are running a 64-bit operating system and processor. The game also requires an internet connection to run the game at all on PC. There is a disc, but an additional 45 GB of files have to be downloaded directly from Steam and online activation has to happen for multiplayer and SnapMap capabilities to go live.

On the minimum specifications, the Intel Core i5-2400 is a chip from 2011, while the AMD FX-8320 is from late 2012. For Intel, there are a ton of other processors that will perform at or above the minimum requirements here. Grab my new recommended mainstay, the Intel Core i5-6500, for only $200 to keep yourself up-to-date.

On the AMD side we're still waiting for those new desktop chips, so sadly the old FX series is still your best bet. You have a few options, but the AMD FX-8350 is also the CPU for Doom's recommended specs and it'll only set you back $159.99. You could go higher with an AMD FX-8370 or FX-9370, but honestly, you're better off waiting for AMD's new chips.

Graphics-wise, both the NVIDIA GTX 670 2GB and AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB are long in the tooth, hailing from 2012. Pick up a Nvidia GTX 950 ($140-170) if you're on the green team or a AMD Radeon R9 380 ($180) on the red team. The latter has 4GB of RAM, meaning your desktop will have an easier time running games at higher resolutions.

When it comes to the game's recommended specifications, as I said above, the recommended AMD chip will only cost you $159.99. In contrast, the recommended Intel processor (the Intel Core i7-3770) is rather old and harder to find at this point. If you don't already have a processor that will perform at that level, your best bet is to pick up the Intel Core i7-4790 (or the more expensive, unlocked K model) for around $300.

On the graphics side, the Nvidia GTX 970 is the standard enthusiast-level graphics card. Coming in at around $325, anything better than this starts to become prohibitively expensive. Bethesda and id Software recommend the Radeon R9 290 for AMD fans, but to be honest, you're better off picking up the R9 390 for around $320-330, because the 8GB of RAM in the card will help immensely.

Players who have pre-purchased Doom can pre-load the game immediately on Xbox One, while the Steam and PlayStation 4 pre-loads start on May 11 at 12AM EST. Server launch times are below.

PC Game Unlock and Server Launch

  • Australia/New Zealand @ 12 am AEST
  • North America @ 12 am ET
  • Europe @ 12 am GMT +1
  • Japan/South Korea/Rest of Asia – 12 am Japan

Console Game Unlock and Server Launch

  • New Zealand @ 12 am local time
  • Australia @ 12 am local time
  • North America @ 12 am ET
  • Europe @ 12 am local time
  • Asia – 12 am local time.
  • Japan – 12 am local time on May 19th

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