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Starcraft 2: Blizzard explains system requirements in detail

The minimum and the recommended system requirements of the real time strategy game Starcraft 2 have been well known for some time. Now, the publisher delivers further details on where the threshold to playable framerates is.
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When it comes to system requirements, gamers are often confronted with very inaccurate information like "2,6 GHz Pentium IV or equivalent AMD Athlon processor". But since the current number one strategy game has a lot of fans who are uncertain wether the money they spend will buy them a running game, publisher Blizzard got a little more precise in the forum.

Starcraft 2: System requirements regarding AMD-CPUs
AMD Thunderbird CPUs with up to 1,2 GHz are generally excluded. Athlon XP with a rating of 2200+ or above will be sufficient. Athlon-64-CPUs with 2,2 GHz or more will also do. Sempron-CPUs will probably cause problems due to their lack of cache. With first-generation Phenoms with "00"-ending (i.e. 9600), the gaming experience might suffer from the TLB-fix and performance drops related with it. The Phenoms with "50"-ending (i.e. 9750) won't cause any trouble, except for the slowest ones. The Athlon-II- and Phenom-II-family exceed the requirements without an exception.

Starcraft 2: System requirements regarding Intel-CPUs
Intel Pentium-III-processors are excluded. Pentium 4 or -D processors should clock at 2,6 GHz or higher. Core-2-processors fulfil the minimum requirements when clocked at least at 1,8 GHz. Blizzard couldn't make any clear statement concerning Celeron processors, since they originate from either the Pentium-4-family or the Core-2-family. i3, i5 and i7-processors exceed minimum requirements with no exception.

Starcraft 2: System requirements regarding GPUs
The minimum required graphics cards are the Nvidia Geforce 6600 or the Ati Radeon 9800. Blizzard advises their customers to consult the list on tom's hardware. Common graphics cards or chips that can be excluded for sure are:
- Nvidia Geforce 6150, 6200, 7150, 8300, 8400, 9100, 9300
- Ati Radeon Xpress 200, 1150, 1250, X1050, 8500-9600, X300-600
- All Intel GMA-Chips except for the ones in i3-/i5-processors, although Blizzard is not sure about the Clarkdale-GPUs.

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Author: Eric Herrmann (Aug 10, 2010)

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