Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is all the hype these days with the game surpassing DOTA2 and other multiplayer games I am sure you want to get the most out of your hardware and need to get that chicken dinner. This Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds hardware guide will help you do just that.
Here we are going to talk about the different settings that you can use and we will also cater to different questions that players have been asking about. Hopefully, by the end of this Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds hardware guide, you will have a smoother experience in the game and will also be able to play the game much better.
First, let’s look into the minimum requirements of the game. The official minimum requirements are as follows:
Processor: Intel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300
Memory: 6 GB RAM
Graphics Card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB
Graphics Card (AMD): AMD HD 7850 2GB
While this is great in theory and when the game is released this might be the minimum requirement but looking at where the game is right now you are hardly going to get 30 FPS with the above-mentioned hardware. So what do you need to run the game? Let’s get into that.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Hardware Guide: Recommended GPU
The NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB and the AMD HD 7850 2GB might be the official requirements of the game but you will not have a decent experience running the game with such hardware. If you are going to play the game at 1080p with 60 FPS with medium settings then we recommend that you have a GTX 1060 6 GB.
Moving on to the high preset, you will need at least the GTX 1070 or a similar graphics card in order to run the game smoothly and without those occasional frame drops. Remember that the game is still in early access and is poorly optimized so the game is not taking full advantage of the hardware that you are using.
If you want to run Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds at ultra settings then we recommend using the Nvidia GTX 1080. While this might be a major investment if Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds if the only game that you are interested in playing, remember that the game is not going to stay in this state forever and when the optimizations have been made you might be able to play the game at 1440p using the same GPU.
We have tested the game using the GTX 1070 at 1440p and we can tell you that it is possible but you will need to dial down the settings in order to accommodate the higher resolution. If you do not mind dialing down the settings to medium then you should be able to run the game at 1440p 60 FPS using the Nvidia GTX 1070. The GTX 1070 Ti will be coming out soon and should be able to provide better performance.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Hardware Guide: Recommended CPU
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is a very CPU intensive game and you will need a decent CPU in order to get a decent experience in the game. People have been asking about whether or not Coffee Lake is a suitable upgrade for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and in this Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds hardware guide we will answer that question for you.
Faster CPU Or More Cores?
So the question here is, do you need a fast CPU or more cores? The game is CPU intensive but it does not take significant advantage of more than 4 cores having that said, having higher clock speeds will translate into more FPS when it comes to Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. The Intel 7700K is a great example as it is overclockable and has 4 cores and 8 threads.
The 7700K has a base clock of 4.2 GHz and can boost to 4.5 GHz. The new Coffee Lake 8400 has more cores but also has lower clock speeds. The base clock of the CPU is 2.8 GHz and it can boost to 4.0 GHz. We are talking about the 8400 because comparing cost per core, it is the best value for money in the Coffee lake lineup and you can check out more info here.
At ultra settings, the Intel 7700K is able to deliver 119 FPS on average with a minimum of 79 FPS. The 8400 with more core on the other hand only manages to deliver 112 FPS with a minimum of 68 FPS. While both CPU manage to deliver more than 60 FPS at 1080p it is important to note that the game is more inclined towards clock speeds rather than increased number of cores.
AMD Vs Intel
Like mentioned above, the game favor higher clock speeds and single core performance and that is the same case here when we compare AMD and Intel. AMD may offer the higher number of cores and threads but that means nothing in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Intel has better single threaded performance and the gaming performance overall is better on the Intel side.
It is recommended that you go for higher clock speeds and better single threaded performance rather than more core when considering Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Hardware Guide: RAM
The minimum RAM according to the requirements is 6 GB but you will soon find that is not enough in order to run the game smoothly. What you need is more RAM. If you are running the game with minimal programs running in the background then you will be able to be fine with 8 GB of RAM but if there are multiple programs running in the background then you will need more.
I am using 12 GB of RAM and without many programs running in the background I do not face any issues. It is still recommended that you use 16 GB of RAM to be on the safe side. 8 GB is slowly becoming too less for modern titles at recommended settings and 16 GB should last you a while.
More Ram Or Faster RAM?
This has been one of the things that I have seen in forums. Rest assured that while getting more RAM will help you if you have 8 GB or less, using faster RAM will not have much of an impact on the game. In well-optimized games we see a difference of 7-11 PFS when using faster RAM and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is far from an optimized game right now.
While faster RAM might be beneficial when the game is released and is optimized properly, getting faster RAM has no use as of right now. Save your money and get a better GPU if you need one instead of wasting money on faster RAM.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Hardware Guide: Storage
This part of the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds hardware guide might seem a bit out of place. I mean why would storage have any kind of impact on your gameplay? I had to put this part in as I have seen many people recommending an SSD.
SSD Vs HDD
This is the part of the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds hardware guide where I will tell you whether or not you need an SSD. The simple answer is no. I have seen plenty of people recommending an SSD to other people and claiming that it will make the game smoother and that they will be able to get better frames.
That is not the case. I am running the game on an SSD and it has little to no impact on gameplay. An SSD is most useful for decreasing loading times and I have noticed that at times my teammates that are using HDDs will load faster than me. The game startup is also not affected, even if it is it is negligible.
Rest assured you do not need an SSD for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and you will be better off spending that money on more RAM or a better graphics card instead.
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Pre-login Error
This is one of the most common issues that players are facing in the game. This happens when you are multi-tasking and minimize the game while you are waiting for matchmaking. The solution to this problem is that you keep the game open and wait for the matchmaking to end and the game to load before minimizing the game.
I hope that this Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds hardware guide helps you get a better experience in the game. See you on the battlegrounds!