Bunch of lies and half-truths by Blizzard, as usual.Originally Posted by Blizzard
The WoW: Mists of Pandaria MINIMUM game requirements are as follows:
Intel® Pentium® D or AMD Athlon™ 64 X2
NVIDIA® GeForce® 6800 or ATI™ Radeon™ X1600 Pro (256 MB)
2 GB RAM (1 GB Windows XP)
1024 x 768 minimum display resolution
The Pentium D brand refers to two series of desktop dual-core 64-bit x86-64 microprocessors with the NetBurst microarchitecture manufactured by Intel. Each CPU comprised two dies, each containing a single core, residing next to each other on a multi-chip module package. The brand's first processor, codenamed Smithfield, was released by Intel on May 25, 2005.
In short, Blizzard says that the minimum requirements in order to play the game are a 2005 processor, a 256 meg video card, and 2 GBs or RAM. We conclude from this, that ANYTHING inferior to the above system requirements won't be able to run the game. This is simply NOT the case.
My TOSHIBA S1950-801 from 2002 no less, is perfectly capable of running the game.
This is a bloody ancient processor. Let me just explain you just how ancient it is. It is a SINGLE CORE, SINGLE THREAD processor. No hyperthreading.
Video Card: Nividia Geforce 460 Go, 16 Megabytes Video Memory: http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce4go.html
Memory: PC-133 DDR memory. That is memory operating at 133 MHZ ffs. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC133
I use the above computer at work, and run the game to post and cancel auctions. Sometimes, when I am travelling, I also use the above PC to quest and do other tasks. It gets me about 25 FPS all settings at lowest. This is more than enough to play the game. Yes, WoW is THAT ancient, and its engine is THAT ancient, that it can run on a Pentium 4 from 2002 with a 16 Meg video card.
What else is there to say, except that my Core 2 Extreme QX 9650 CPU Nividia GTX 580 rig is perfectly able to run the game underclocked at 1.788 GHz with all settings at ULTRA. My GTX 580 is 50% underclocked too when playing WoW. I discovered that I can do almost everything at underclocked 1.788 GHz ULTRA except a 40 man raid.
To my best knowledge, it is impossible to run modern high end games such as Battlefield 3, Call of Duty 2, CRYSIS 2 etc at ULTRA settings with your CPU and GPU 50% underclocked. That makes WoW graphics engine anything BUT modern.
I remember when I tried SWTOR, I stood at awe looking at stunning SWTOR art. I felt like I was actually inside that world. I think the word is "immersed". The last time this happened to me in WoW was probably in 2005 at Feralas.
Something else too: Graphics quality between my 16 megabyte video memory Ge Force 460 Go from 2002 at LOWEST and my 1.5 GB Nividia GTX 580 from 2011 at ULTRA is almost the same. I realized this while standing at Halfhill while playing on my Toshiba 2002 laptop and looking around. I could see the EXACT SAME moving clouds that I could see on my desktop GTX 580 rig at ULTRA settings. This is simply pitiful. PITIFUL. Nothing else.
SWTOR was a bad game compared to WoW, but graphics-wise, it just beats WoW's face to the mud. It goes without saying that no
2002 PC can run SWTOR or any other modern game. My next move will be to try to run MoP on my Pentium 266 MHz laptop from 1999.
I get the feeling that it will run.