5 Games That Will Test Your PC’s Specifications

Games are looking better than ever today, but with that high graphical quality comes high demand from your machine. Any PC gamer will know the cost of putting together a high spec rig is vast and that every couple of years, you’ll probably need to spend a fair bit of money to keep up with the latest and greatest.

For those of you lucky enough to have a high spec gaming rig, you might find you can pretty much run any game you like in ultra quality. But what about those games that really test any PCs specs? Pushing them to the limit with their high graphical or processing demands.

Some of these games below will do just that. If you want to just how good you can make a game look then plug your 4K monitor in, power up your machine and turn it up to ultra as we take you through 5 Games That Will Test Your PC’s Specifications.

GTA V

GTA V is a huge game, not only is it massive, but it looks beautiful too. These two mixtures together make up a demanding game. When you look into the system requirements for GTA V, you’re probably underwhelmed by what’s stated. The important thing to remember is that this is only a guide and not a true reflection of what’s required to run the game on ultra settings.

For a start, you should probably double to GPU memory required at least, just to avoid any lag or FPS drops. Then you’re going to need to increase the RAM by doubling that, and then the processing power.

The result is a gaming rig of the gods and a game that looks almost lifelike. If you want to test your PCs worth, GTA V is a good place to start.

Minimum requirements

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1, Windows Vista 64 Bit Service Pack 2* (*NVIDIA video card recommended if running Vista OS)
  • Processor: Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) / AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Processor (4 CPUs) @ 2.5GHz
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA 9800 GT 1GB / AMD HD 4870 1GB (DX 10, 10.1, 11)
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
  • HDD Space: 65GB
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit, Windows 7 64 Bit Service Pack 1
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHZ (4 CPUs) / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHZ (8 CPUs)
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB / AMD HD7870 2GB
  • Sound Card: 100% DirectX 10 compatible
  • HDD Space: 65GB

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt epic fantasy setting is beautiful and deserves a well-performing PC to give it true justice. The foliage animations, rolling hillside, and gruesome monsters are appreciated far more when running this game on its ultra settings.

The vast open world of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt means that its graphical demands are high. In order to have a good draw distance and limit pop-in to a minimum, you’re going to need a lot of graphical memory. That means 6GB at the least.

When you look at the required specifications the main stand out might be the RAM require, which is 6GB as a recommendation. Try running this game on ultra with that and you’ll have some problems. Double the recommended RAM and you might be looking at the performance you’re really looking for.

Minimum requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1). DirectX 11 is necessary to run the game.
  • Processor: Intel CPU Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz, AMD CPU Phenom II X4 940
  • Finding a Gaming CPUs performance chart and comparing one’s CPU with our minimum is suggested.
  • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 660 or AMD GPU Radeon HD 7870
  • Please mind that we only officially support full-size desktop graphics cards. Finding a graphics card performance hierarchy chart online and comparing one’s video card with our minimum is suggested.

  • RAM: 6GB

  • Disk space: 40 GB

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 (8.1). DirectX 11 is necessary to run the game.
  • Processor: Intel CPU Core i7 3770 3,4 GHz, AMD CPU AMD FX-8350 4 GHz
  • Graphics: Nvidia GPU GeForce GTX 770 or AMD GPU Radeon R9 290
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Disk space: 40 GB

HellBlade: Senua’s Sacrifice

HellBlade: Senua’s Sacrifice is the latest video game to blow us away with performance capture technology. The facial animations in the game are some of the best you will see in video gaming today. The environments are lush, with fantastic lighting effects and environmental animations.

When you have such detailed character models, you’re going to need a lot of power to do them justice. The minimum specifications recommend 2GB as the minimum GPU memory, but I found my 1070 with 8GB ran this with no problem on ultra.

Not only is HellBlade: Senua’s Sacrifice a game you must play because of how good it is, but it’s a game that needs to be played in the highest definition possible.

Minimum requirements

  • Minimum system requirements - Windows: 7 / 8 / 10
  • Processor: Intel i5 3570K / AMD FX-8350
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Graphics: GTX 770 with 2GB VRAM / Radeon R9 280X 3GB
  • DirectX version: 11
  • Disk space: 30GB
  • Screen resolution: 1280x720

Mass Effect Andromeda

Despite the somewhat laughable and downright awful animations, Mass Effect Andromeda offered us on launch, the game surprisingly takes a bit of a hefty rig to run it on ultra settings. This is probably down to the sheer scale of the game and the environmental detail.

It’s undeniable, that some of the textures and environments in Mass Effect Andromeda are gorgeous to look at. The explosions and combat animations are also really impressive. This means you’re going to need a lot of power to run on the ultra settings.

Since its launch Mass Effect Andromeda has improved on parts of the game, with both body and facial animations improves as well as some nasty bugs fixed. Playing the game today gives you a much better experience and despite the somewhat shaky launch, playing the game on ultra today is definitely a treat.

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Video Card: Nvidia GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
  • Hard Drive: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DirectX: DirectX 11
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX-8350
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Video Card: NVIDIA GTX 1060 3GB, AMD RX 480 4GB
  • Hard Drive: At least 55 GB of free space
  • DirectX: DirectX 11

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands

The recreation of Bolivia in a video game is always going to come with a certain level of graphical demand and that’s where Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands comes in. Some of the details and animations are not up to the level of HellBlade: Senua’s Sacrifice, that’s for sure, but the sheer scale of this game compensates for that.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is GTA V level of open-world gaming. Its massive varying terrains can be explored from above by flying a plane or helicopter, or up close and personal, on the ground on bike or foot.

Draw distance is a huge thing in this game. Going a few hundred feet up in certain areas can mean you could practically see the entire map. Couple this with AI movements, explosions and weather changes and you start to see where the demand comes from.

Play this game with a 1070 or later and plenty of RAM to get a true experience of what a game on ultra settings should look like.

Minimum Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5-2400S @ 2.5 GHz or AMD FX-4320 @ 4 GHz or equivalent
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX660/GTX750Ti/GTX 950 /GTX1050 or AMD HD7870/R9 270X/R9 370X/RX 460 (2GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better)VRAM or more – See supported List */**
  • SYSTEM RAM: 6GB
  • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i7- 3770 @ 3.5 GHz or AMD FX-8350 @ 4 GHz
  • VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GeForce GTX970/GTX 1060 or AMD R9 290X /R9 390/RX480 (4GB VRAM with Shader Model 5.0 or better) – See supported List */**
  • SYSTEM RAM: 8GB
Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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