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Is your PC zippy enough to run Call of Duty: WWII in 4K?

Dean Evans Technology Writer Twitter

With the release of Call of Duty: WWII on PC, the series jumps back to 1944 and war torn environments that include the Normandy beaches and Hürtgen Forest. Going back to World War 2 has proved a popular move. Sales are reportedly double those of its futuristic (and much-maligned) predecessor, Infinite Warfare.

For best performance…

While you can play the game in good old HD, this latest CoD looks its best in Ultra HD. Boost the settings to 4096 x 2160 and everything is sharper and cleaner, fast-paced and frenetic (as you’d expect), with barely a judder.

And such 4K silky smoothness doesn’t require as hefty a PC as you might think. For best performance, developer Sledgehammer recommends a hardware spec that includes an Intel Core i5-2400 or better, 12GB of RAM, 90GB of hard disk space and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or GTX 1060 graphics card (or equivalent).

Compare that to the minimum spec: an Intel Core i3 3225 3.3 GHz or better, 8 GB RAM, 90 GB HD space and a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / GTX 1050 (or equivalent). It’s certainly achievable if you have access to a 4K-friendly display.

Push your PC to 4K

The higher you push your PC, the more you become wrapped up in the game, sneaking through Normandy bunkers or sprinting through the ruins of Aachen. You’ll notice the difference in the texture detail on faces and uniforms, on the weapons and scenery, especially when you’re cowering behind it. Rather than an elite option for a few lucky gamers, the sumptuous visual detail of 4K gaming is fast becoming the norm.

Today, a machine like the MSI Aegis Ti3 can handle Call of Duty: WWII in 4K with ease. With a 7th gen Intel® Core™ i7 -7700K chip inside, it’s got more than enough processing power to handle CoD’s cinematic run-and-gun levels. Put this together with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 16GB of Intel® Optane™ memory, an 8GB MSI GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, combo SSD/HDD storage, and you’re fully equipped for battle.

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The sumptuous visual detail of 4K gaming is fast becoming the norm.

Going forward, 8th generation Intel Core processors will offer even greater performance. The Intel Core i7-8700K, for example, is a 6-core/12-thread chip that can could deliver frame rate improvements of up to 25% compared with 7th Gen Intel Core*. That means smoother gameplay, whether you’re fighting through the Call of Duty campaign or slugging it out in a multiplayer match on the Flak Tower map.

“At its highest settings [Call of Duty: WWII] is capable of real visual splendour and has obviously been developed with a keen eye on PC,” wrote Phil Iwaniuk on PCGamesN. What’s more, it does not demand the world from your machine to hit those highs, unlike several recent – and much less handsome – CODs.”

So what are you waiting for soldier? We’ve got a war to win.


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