Version 1.1 - Last updated 7/5/2010
This is going to be, hopefully, a helpful guide to those wondering if they can or cannot run Final Fantasy XIV, the new MMORPG from Square-Enix.
Everything is based on the system requirements posted for the BETA version of Final Fantasy XIV.
Part I. System Requirements. (http://na.finalfanta...bout/game_info)
Part II. How to check the hardware of your current system.
The best method is to use one of two programs: CPUID and Speccy. Both are freeware programs and easy to use.
By knowing the hardware of your current system, you can compare them to the system requirements for Final Fantasy XIV above.
What to look for?
When you find out information about your computer's hardware or the computer you are about to purchase, take note of the three important facts (other than price):
- Make and model. (i.e.- Intel Core 2 Duo E8400, E8400 is model and Core 2 Duo is the make)
- Speed (i.e.- Any number before "GHz" is the speed of the CPU such as 3.2 GHz or 2.4 GHz)
- Look at the total capacity (i.e.- 6.0 GB or 1.5 GB, etc.)
- Video card/GPU
- Make and model. (i.e.- ATI Radeon HD 5750, Radeon HD is the make and 5750 is the model)
- Video memory (VRAM). (i.e.- 512 MB VRAM or 224 MB shared, etc.) The higher the VRAM means higher resolution games and larger, detailed textures and 3D geometry.
- PCI-Express. This is the connector, or interface, the video card uses to connect to the computer. Avoid older, out-dated connections such as AGP and PCI.
The benchmark is available here at the following websites:
Europe - http://www.finalfant...a/benchmark/eu/
Japan - http://www.finalfant...a/benchmark/jp/
You can test your system using the benchmark provided and see how well you score. It also allows you to test in two resolutions:
- LOW - 1280 x 720 (720p)
- HIGH - 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
NOTICE: DO NOT USE THE BENCHMARK'S SCORES AS A WAY OF DETERMINING WHETHER YOUR COMPUTER CAN OR CANNOT RUN FINAL FANTASY 14.
When you run the benchmark, take notice of how the graphics and audio are running in the benchmark demo as it is running on your computer.
Take note of the following:
- Consistent frame rate - Does the animation seem smooth or do they seem jittery and jumpy?
- Smooth transitioning from one scene to the next - Does one scene transition to the other without pausing or skipping?
- Stable audio voices and effects - Do the audio-- voices, effects, and music-- work without sounding scratchy, off cue, or pausing or skipping frequently?
Do this on both LOW and HIGH. If your computer cannot handle HIGH, try LOW.
Just match the system specs vs yours. Don't rely on the benchmark.
At the end of the benchmark, your system will be scored using the following scale:
Before proceeding, read first:
- Any netbook or thin-and-light laptop
- Lower speed processors - less than 2.0 GHz
- Integrated GPU - Nvidia Ion, Intel GMA, low-end/low power ATI or Nvidia GPU
- Low memory - No more than 4 GB, 1 or 2 GB normally
- Any single-core CPU older than 5 years
- Any computer older than 5 years, especially those built before 2008
- Any budget CPU such as Celeron (Intel) or Sempron (AMD)
- Any DESKTOP dual core CPU below 2.0 GHz-- this is the cutoff
- Any DESKTOP quad core CPU below 2.0 GHz; and any LAPTOP quad core CPU below 1.6 GHz
- Any single core CPU clocked below 3.6 to 3.7 GHz
- Any LAPTOP dual core CPU below 2.0 GHz
- ALL low-voltage, ultra low-voltage, and CULV processors
- Any Nvidia video card made before February 2008 (9600 GT release)
- Any ATI video card made before May 2007 (2900 XT release)
- Any GPU made by Intel, Via, SiS, Matrox
- Any BUDGET DESKTOP GPU made by ATI (2900, 3850, 4670, or 5570 are the lowest you can go in their respective families)
- Any BUDGET DESKTOP GPU made by Nvidia (9600, 240, or 330 are the lowest you can go in their respective families)
- Any INTEGRATED GPU built by ATI or Nvidia with no dedicated memory to itself
- Any LAPTOP GPU lower than a desktop-equivalent performance of a Nvidia 9600, 240, 330, or 465; or ATI 2900, 3870, 4670, 5570
- Any BUDGET desktop computer (full system excluding monitor) under $650 USD
- Any laptop computer below $1100 to $1200 (approximate for mid-range laptops with dedicated GPU)