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System requirements are the minimum level of hardware and software a player should have to expect a decent playing experience. Listing these requirements is an industry standard, but "decent" playing experience varies wildly. All the Warcraft games have varying levels of system requirements, but most of them run on both Microsoft Windows based PCs and Mac OS X based[1] Macintosh computers.

WoW Icon update.png World of Warcraft: Classic

Minimum System Requirements[2]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® 7 64-bit (with latest Service Packs) MacOS® 10.12 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8750 Intel® Core™ i5, 2.0 GHz or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT 512 MB or AMD Radeon™ HD 4850 512 MB or Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Metal capable GPU with 1 GB VRAM
Memory 2 GB RAM (4 GB for integrated graphics such as Intel HD Graphics series) 2 GB RAM (4GB for integrated graphics such as Intel HD Graphics series)
Storage 5 GB available space
Internet Broadcast internet connection
Input Keyboard and Mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
Resolution 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

Battle for Azeroth World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth

Minimum System Requirements[3]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® 7 64-bit OS X® 10.11 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core™ i5-760 or
AMD FX™-8100 or better
Intel® Core™ i5-760 or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 560 2GB or
AMD™ Radeon™ HD 7850 2GB or
Intel® HD Graphics 530 (45W TDP)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M or better
AMD™ Radeon™ R9 M290 or better
Intel® HD 530 (45W)
2 GB VRAM
Metal capable GPU
Memory 4 GB RAM (8GB for Intel HD Graphics 530) 4 GB RAM
Storage 70 GB available space 7200 RPM HDD
Internet Broadcast internet connection
Input Keyboard and Mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
Resolution 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
Recommended System Requirements[3]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® 10 64-bit macOS® 10.13 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-4770 or
AMD FX™-8310 or better
Intel® Core™ i7-4770 or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960 4GB or
AMD™ Radeon™ R9 280 or better
AMD Radeon™ R9 M395X or better
4GB VRAM
Metal capable GPU
Memory 8 GB RAM
Storage 70 GB available space SSD
Input Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel

Legion World of Warcraft: Legion

This section is no longer a system requirement for the latest retail patch. This is simply for historical purposes.
Minimum System Requirements[4]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® XP / Windows Vista® / Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 with latest service pack OS® X 10.10 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core™ 2 Duo E8500 or AMD Phenom™ II X3 720 Intel® Core™ i5-750
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® 440 GT, AMD™ Radeon™ HD 5670 or Intel® HD Graphics 5000 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 640M or ATI Radeon™ HD 4850 or Intel® HD Graphics 5000
Memory 2 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
Install Size 45 GB available hard drive space
Internet Broadcast internet connection
Media DVD-ROM drive
Input Keyboard and Mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
Resolution 1024 × 768 minimum display resolution
Recommended System Requirements[4]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® 10 64-bit macOS® 10.12 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core™ i5-3330 or AMD™ FX-6300, or better Intel® Core™ i5-4670 or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 750 Ti, AMD™ Radeon™ R7 260X or better NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 775M or AMD Radeon™ R9 M290X or better
Memory 4 GB RAM 8 GB RAM
Input Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel

Warlords of Draenor World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

This section is no longer a system requirement for the latest retail patch. This is simply for historical purposes.
Minimum System Requirements[5]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7/Windows® 8 (Updated with the latest Service Packs) OS® X 10.9.5 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® 6800 or
ATI™ Radeon™ X1600 Pro (256 MB)
NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI Radeon™ HD 4850
Memory 2 GB RAM (1 GB Windows® XP) 2 GB RAM
Install Size 35 GB available hard drive space
Internet Broadcast internet connection
Media None for the recommended digital installation
Input Keyboard and Mouse required. Other input devices are not supported.
Resolution 1024 × 768 minimum display resolution
Recommended System Requirements[5]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® 7/ Windows® 8 64-bit with latest service pack OS® X 10.11 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core 2 Duo 2.2 GHz,
AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 2.6GHz or better
Intel® Core™ i5 or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT,
ATI™ Radeon HD 4830 (512 MB) or better
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M or ATI Radeon™ HD 6750M or better
Memory 4 GB RAM
Input Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel

Mists of Pandaria World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria

This section is no longer a system requirement for the latest retail patch. This is simply for historical purposes.
Minimum System Requirements
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (latest Service Pack) Mac OS® X 10.7.3 or newer
Processor Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® 6800 or ATI™ Radeon™ X1600 Pro (with 256 MB) NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 2600
Memory 2 GB RAM (1 GB for Windows® XP) 2 GB RAM
Install Size 25 GB available HD space
Internet Broadcast Internet Connection
Input Keyboard/Mouse and DVD-ROM drive
Resolution 1024x768 minimum display resolution
Recommended System Requirements
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® 7 64-bit (latest Service Pack) Mac OS® X 10.7.3 or newer
Processor Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.2 GHz or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 2.6 GHz or better Intel® Core™ i3 or better
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GT or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 4830 (with 512 MB) or better ATI™ Radeon™ HD 5670 or better
Memory 4 GB RAM
Input Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel

Cataclysm World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

This section is no longer a system requirement for the latest retail patch. This is simply for historical purposes.
Minimum System Requirements
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (latest service packs) Mac OS® X 10.5.8, 10.6.4 or newer
Processor Intel® Pentium® 4 1.3 GHZ or AMD Athlon™ XP 1500+ Intel® processor
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® FX or ATI™ Radeon™ 9500 video card or better
Memory 1 GB RAM 2 GB RAM
Install Size 25 GB available HD space
Internet Broadcast Internet Connection
Other Keyboard/Mouse and 4X DVD-ROM drive
Resolution 1024x768 minimum display resolution
Recommended System Requirements
  PC Mac®
Operating System 64-Bit Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 Mac OS® X 10.7.3 or newer
Processor Dual core processor
Video 256 MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 2600 or better NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 4670 or better
Memory 2 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
Other Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel

Wrath of the Lich King World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

This section is no longer a system requirement for the latest retail patch. This is simply for historical purposes.
Minimum System Requirements
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® XP/Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 (latest Service Pack) Mac OS® X 10.5.8, 10.6.4 or newer
Processor Intel® Pentium® 4 1.3 GHZ or AMD Athlon™ XP 1500+ Intel® processor
Video NVIDIA® GeForce® FX or ATI™ Radeon™ 9500 video card or better
Memory 1 GB RAM 2 GB RAM
Install Size 25 GB available HD space
Internet Broadcast Internet Connection
Resolution 1024x768 minimum display resolution
Other Keyboard/Mouse and 4X DVD-ROM drive
Recommended System Requirements
  PC Mac®
Operating System 64-Bit Windows Vista®/Windows® 7 Mac OS® X 10.6.4 or newer
Processor Dual core processsor Intel® Core™ 2 Duo processor
Memory 2 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
Video 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 2600 or better NVIDIA® GeForce® 9600M GT or ATI™ Radeon™ HD 4670 or better
Other Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel

The Burning Crusade World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

This section is no longer a system requirement for the latest retail patch. This is simply for historical purposes.

After Windows 7

Minimum System Requirements[6]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows XP 32/64-Bit (Service Pack 3), Windows Vista 32/64-Bit (with the latest Service Packs), Windows 7 32/64-Bit (with the latest updates) Mac® OS X 10.4.11 or newer
Processor Intel Pentium 4 1.3 GHz or AMD Athlon XP 1500+ PowerPC G5 1.6 GHz or Intel Core Duo processor
Memory 512 MB RAM 1 GB RAM
Video 3D graphics processor with hardware transform and lightning with 32 MB VRAM such as an NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or an ATI Radeon 7200 or better 3D graphics processor with hardware transform and lighting with 64 MB VRAM such as an NVIDIA FX 5700 or an ATI Radeon 7200 or better
Sound DirectX-compatible sound card or motherboard sound capability
Install Size 15 GB of free Hard Disk space
Recommended System Requirements[6]
  PC Mac®
Processor Intel 1.8 GHz processor or better
Memory 1 GB RAM 2 GB RAM
Video 3D graphics processor with vertex and pixel shader capability with 128 MB VRAM such as an NVIDIA 7600 GT or an ATI Radeon X1600 or better

Before Windows 7

The following requirements were as it was since January 16, 2007.
Minimum System Requirements[6]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows 2000 (Service Pack 4); Windows XP (Service Pack 2) Mac® OS X 10.3.9 or newer
Processor Intel Pentium®3 800 MHz or AMD Duron 800 MHz 933 MHz G4/G5 processor
Memory 512MB RAM
Video 32 MB 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lightning, such as an NVIDIA GeForce 2 class card or above ATI or NVIDIA graphics processor with 32MB VRAM
Sound DirectX-compatible sound card
Install Size 10 GB of free Hard Disk space
Recommended System Requirements[6]
  PC Mac®
Processor 1.8 GHz G5/Intel or better
Memory 1 GB RAM 1 GB DDR RAM
Video 64MB VRAM 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability, such as an NVIDIA GeFore FX 5700 class card or above 64MB VRAM

WoW Icon update.png World of Warcraft

This section is no longer a system requirement for the latest retail patch. This is simply for historical purposes. The following requirements were as it was since November 24, 2004.

Standard Edition

Minimum System Requirements[7]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® 2000/XP Mac® OS X 10.3.9 or newer
Processor Intel Pentium® III 800 MHz or AMD Athlon 800 MHz 933 MHz or higher G4, G5 or Intel processor
Memory 512 MB RAM 512 MB RAM or higher, DDR RAM recommended
Video 32 MB 3D graphics card with Hardware Transform and Lighting such as a NVIDIA® GeForce 2 class card or above ATI or NVIDIA® video hardware with 32 MB VRAM or more
Drivers DirectX 9.0c (included) and latest video drivers
Install Size 6.0 GB available Hard Disk space
Internet 56k or better Internet connection
Recommended System Requirements[7]
  PC Mac®
Processor Intel Pentium® IV 1.5 GHz or AMD XP 1500+
Memory 1024 MB RAM 1024 MB RAM or higher, DDR RAM recommended
Video 64 MB 3D graphics card with Hardware Transform and Lighting such as a NVIDIA® GeForce FX 5700 class card or above ATI or NVIDIA® video hardware with 64 MB VRAM or more
Internet Broadband Internet connection

Game Manual

Minimum System Requirements[8]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows® 98/ME/2000/XP Mac® OS X 10.3.5 or newer
Processor Intel Pentium®3 800 MHz or AMD Duron800 MHz 933 MHz G4/G5 processor
Memory 256 MB RAM 512 MB RAM
Video 32 MB 3D graphics processor with Hardware Transform and Lighting, such as an NVIDIA Geforce FX 5700 class card or above ATI or NVIDIA graphics processor with 32MB VRAM
Sound DirectX compatible sound card
Controls A keyboard and mouse are required. Input devices other than a mouse and keyboard are not supported
Install Size 4 GB of free Hard disk space
Recommended System Requirements[8]
  PC Mac®
Memory DDR RAM
Video 64 MB 3D graphics processor with Vertex and Pixel Shader capability, such as an NVIDIA GeForce FX 5700 class card or above 64 MB

WC3RoC-logo.pngWC3tFT-logo.png Warcraft III: Classic

Minimum System Requirements[9]
  Windows Mac®
Operating System Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 Mac® OS 10.12
Processor Intel® Pentium® D or AMD™ Athlon™ 64 X2 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo
Video NVIDIA® GeForce; 6800 (256 MB) or ATI™ HD 3650 Pro (256 MB) or better NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB)
Memory 2 GB RAM 4 GB RAM
Storage 3 GB available hard drive space
Internet Broadband Internet connection
Input Keyboard and mouse
Resolution 1280 x 720 minimum display resolution 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
Recommended System Requirements[9]
  Windows Mac®
Operating System Windows® 10 64-bit Mac® OS 10.14 (latest version)
Processor Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD Phenom™ II X4 or better Intel® Core™ i5 or better
Video NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (512 MB) or ATI Radeon HD 4850 (512 MB) or better NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M or ATI Radeon HD 5670 or better
Memory 4 GB RAM

Launch

This section is no longer a system requirement for the latest retail patch. This is simply for historical purposes.
Minimum System Requirements[10]
  PC Mac®
Operating System Windows 98 / 2000 / ME / XP Macintosh® OS 9.0 or higher
Mac OS X 10.1.3 or higher
Processor 400 MHz Pentium II or equivalent 400 MHz G3 processor
Video 8 MB 3D video card (TNT, i810, Voodoo 3, Rage 128 equivalent or better) with DirectX® 8.1 support 16 MB ATI Technologies or nVidia chipset 3D video card
Memory 128 MB of RAM
Storage 700 MB HD space
Media 4X CD-ROM drive
Recommended System Requirements[10]
  PC Mac®
Processor 600 MHz processor
Video 32 MB 3D video card
Memory 256 MB of RAM
Sound DirectX® 8.1 compatible sound card

WC2BnE-logo.png Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition

System Requirements (GOG.com)[11]
  Windows
System Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10
Processor 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster
Memory 2 GB RAM
Graphics DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
DirectX DirectX 9
Storage 1 GB available hard disk space
Other Users running older versions of Windows 10 Redstone may experience a crash on launch when running the game's executable. Patching your operating system to the newest version (Redstone 5) should correct this issue.
System Requirements (Old)[12]
Operating System Windows 95/Windows 98/Windows NT
Processor Pentium 60 or equivalent
Video Local bus SVGA graphics card (DirectX compatible)
Memory 16 MB of RAM
Storage 80 MB available HD space
Input Microsoft compatible mouse
Media 2X CD-ROM drive for gameplay, 4X for cinematics
Sound DirectX compatible sound card for audio
Multiplayer 2 players: 14.4 KBps modem
2-8 players: Battle.net (requires low-latency internet connection with support for 32-bit applications)

Launch

The following requirements were posted at launch.[13]
PC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Windows 95/98/NT
Pentium-60 or Equivalent
16 MB RAM
80 MB Available Hard Drive Space
2x CD-ROM Drive for Gameplay
(4x CD-ROM for Cinematics)
Local Bus SVGA Video Card
(DirectX Compatible)
Microsoft Compatible Mouse
DirectX Compatible Sound Card
for Audio
MAC SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
Mac OS 7.6 or Higher
PowerPC
16 MB RAM

(11 MB Free Memory
or use Virtual Memory)

80 MB Available Hard Drive Space
2x CD-ROM Drive for Gameplay
(4x CD-ROM for Cinematics)
Monitor Support for 256 Colors
640x480 Resolution

WC2BnE-logo.png Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness

Note: Warcraft RTS games prior to Warcraft III will not run on Intel-based Macs.[14]

System Requirements (Original game manuals)[15]
  PC Mac®
Computer Warcraft II requires a 100% IBM PC compatible computer, with a 486/33 MHz or better processor and at least 8 megabytes of memory. Warcraft II requires a Macintosh with a 68040 or PowerPC processor and 8 megs of physical RAM. Running with Virtual Memory enabled can decrease game performance.
Operation System You may play Warcraft II under MS-DOS version 5.0 or higher, Windows 95, or Windows 3.1. Warcraft II requires System 7.5 or higher.
Controls A keyboard and a 100% Microsoft-compatible mouse are required. A keyboard and a mouse are required. If you own a two button mouse, please consult your mouse manual for instructions on configuring the second button to simulate a command (cmd) click.
Disk Drives A hard drive and CD-ROM drive are required to play Warcraft II. To view the animations from the CD, your CD-ROM drive must be double-speed or faster.
Video Warcraft II requires a VESA 1.2 or higher compatible SuperVGA card. Warcraft II requires a 13" or better 256-color display.
Sound Warcraft II supports Sound Blaster, General MIDI, Pro Audio Spectrum, Gravis Ultrasound, Microsoft Sound System, and 100% compatible cards. To play CD-quality music during the game, both your sound card and your CD-ROM drive must be configured for playing Redbook Audio. Music is played straight from the Warcraft II CD.
System Requirements (Original Blizzard Support)[16]
PC Mac®
MS-DOS / Windows 3.1 / Windows 95 Macintosh System 7.5 or higher
33 MHz 486 or faster 68040 or PowerPC processor
8 MB of RAM
Super VGA graphics card A 13" or better 256-color display
Hard drive
CD-ROM drive (To view the animations from the cd, your CD-ROM drive must be double-speed or faster)

WCOnH logo.png Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

System Requirements (GOG.com)[17]
  PC Mac®
System Windows 7 / 8.1 / 10 OS X 10.11 or newer
Processor 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz
Memory 2 GB RAM 1GB RAM
Graphics DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver 64MB of video memory
DirectX DirectX 9
Storage 1 GB available hard disk space 1GB available space
Other Mouse, Keyboard
Misc. It is powered by DOSBox.
System Requirements (Original game manuals)[18]
  PC Mac®
Computer Warcraft requires at least an IBM 386 - 20 Mhz (or 100% compatible) and at least 4 MB RAM. Warcraft requires at least a Macintosh 68030 processor (68040 recommended) and at least 8 MB RAM. Warcraft is also accelerated for Power Macintosh.
Controls You will need a Mouse (100% Microsoft compatible) and Keyboard to play Warcraft. You will need a Mouse and Keyboard to play Warcraft.
Display Warcraft requires a colour monitor with a VGA graphics system. If you are using a compatible graphics card/monitor, it must be 100% compatible with VGA systems. Warcraft requires a 13" colour monitor with 256 colours and Quicktime 2.0 or greater.
Disk Drives CD-ROM Version: A CD-ROM drive and a Hard Disk are required for installation and play.
Diskette Version: A 3.5" Disk Drive and a Hard Disk are required for installation and play.
A CD-ROM drive and a Hard Disk are required for installation and play.
System You must have System 7.0 or greater (7.1 or greater recommended).
DOS You must have MS-DOS version 3.2 or higher.
Sound Warcraft supports General Midi, Soundblaster, Adlib, Pro Audio Spectrum and Compatibles. Sound Manager 3.1 or greater.
Two-Player Support Warcraft requires Communication Toolbox tools for 2-player mode.

See also

References

  1. ^ except the earliest RTS games
  2. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Kaivax 2019-08-01. WoW Classic Pre-Launch Test 11:00 a.m. PDT August 8 and Minimum Specs. Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2019-08-01.
  3. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth System Requirements. Blizzard Entertainment (2018-02-01). Archived from the original on 2018-02-01. Retrieved on 2018-02-02.
  4. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Legion System Requirements. Blizzard Entertainment (2016-02-17). Archived from the original on 2017-09-17. Retrieved on 2018-02-02.
  5. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor System Requirements. Blizzard Entertainment (2013-11-15). Archived from the original on 2013-11-16. Retrieved on 2018-02-02.
  6. ^ a b c d World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Game Manual, page 1.
  7. ^ a b World of Warcraft Standard Edition
  8. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Game Manual, pages 6 & 7.
  9. ^ a b Warcraft III System Requirements. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2018-02-03. Retrieved on 2018-02-03.
  10. ^ a b Warcraft III system requirements. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2002-10-03. Retrieved on 2018-02-02.
  11. ^ GOG.com - Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition Store Page, see system requirements section.
  12. ^ https://us.battle.net/support/en/article/31695 [dead link]
  13. ^ Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition Home page. Blizzard Entertainment. Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved on 2018-02-01.
  14. ^ http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?articleId=20837
  15. ^ Warcraft II manual
  16. ^ Warcraft II Technical support - System requirements[dead link]
  17. ^ GOG.com - Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Store Page, see system requirements section.
  18. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. "Getting Started", Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Manual, 1.