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- January 10, 2020 at 1:33 pm #83754Spectator@tobi
It’s finally time. After all the hype on the internet, you want to see it for yourself. Is PC gaming really superior to console? Not so fast. PC gaming has different rules you need to know before attempting to install your favorite video games. If you’re using a laptop or PC with dated or weaker hardware, you have to check if your hardware can run a game. This way, you’ll make sure to get your money’s worth with the games you play.
Fortunately, PC gaming has evolved so that players don’t have to upgrade their hardware specs as often as before. Most gaming rigs built within the last 5 years will hold up just fine at decent settings for today’s games. It’s so great that even when upgrades are needed, you might just need to replace your graphics card alone. However, laptops and PCs that aren’t built for gaming will differ in long term performance.
Never depend on Intel Integrated Graphics
If you’re on a computer with Intel integrated graphics, you’ll likely find it really hard to run modern triple-A titles (the most popular games from studios like EA or Ubisoft). But, with dedicated graphics from NVIDIA or AMD, a much better experience awaits you when running most graphically demanding games. Even better, modern NVIDIA graphics will handle pretty much anything you throw at it.
A lot of laptops are not advertised as gaming laptops. Because of this, they mostly use only integrated graphics. An average user does not buy a laptop specifically for gaming, instead they use laptops for basic productivity-related tasks.
With gaming laptops, there are two cards that help with pushing your gaming experience further than normal. A gaming laptop has a dedicated graphics card and Intel integrated graphics. It switches to the dedicated card during graphically intensive tasks like 3D rendering and gaming.
The graphics performance for the integrated Intel graphics is definitely miles ahead of what was available a few years ago. Yet, with gaming, it does not stack up to some 10-year-old dedicated graphics cards in the market. NVIDIA and AMD have crafted a niche that makes it difficult for a CPU focused manufacturer like Intel to keep up with.
On desktop PCs, you won’t have to worry about tuning your specs or getting a new computer for gaming alone. You can easily purchase and install a decent dedicated graphics card and enjoy PC gaming worry-free.
How to manually check your PC’s specifications
A PC comes with a range of specifications that define how well it will perform some tasks. Today, we’ll show you how to check the specs in a simple method. The main specs we’ll be looking at are the RAM amounts, CPU speeds, Graphics card. The information is accessible through different means.
Use the system information tool to easily access the system specifications easily. To access the tool, simply do the following:
Step 1: Click on the File Explorer icon in Windows and select This PC at the top of the drop-down menu to the left.
Step 2: At the top of the Window, you’ll see two tabs. Select the Computer tab and click on System Properties.
Step 3: The important specs in this window are, your system RAM, Processor (CPU) and graphics card. If a PC does not have a dedicated GPU, there is no graphics card shown.
We also recommend Speccy, a free tool that details your System Information more thoroughly. On Speccy, the main summary screen gives you all the relevant info you’ll need for gaming.
Now that you know your system specifications, you have to find the requirements for the game you want to run. This information is always publically available in two forms. The minimum system requirements and the recommended system requirements. Usually, you can find it on the Steam page of the game or the website of the publisher.
You have to compare the information you have for the game’s specifications to what is shown in Speccy and System Information. As we said earlier, focus on the processor, memory and video card as priority requirements. When you can remember these specs from memory, you’ll find it a lot easier to know what games are worth buying on your PC.
Now, the minimum system requirements and recommended requirements are significantly different. Minimum requirements are basically the least possible specs good enough to run the game in a “playable” way. This means you won’t have the full experience compared to those with the recommended requirements.
On the other hand, the recommended requirements are the basic specifications that will allow you to comfortably run a game. It does not necessarily mean that your PC can use all the highest graphics settings. As an illustration, for First Person Shooters, expect your framerate to be around the 20-30 frames-per-second at the minimum requirements. Alternatively, the fps for First Person Shooters will be 45-60 on the recommended requirements.
An Automatic way to compare your PC specifications to a Game
Even though the process of checking your system specs isn’t difficult, it can be a bit tedious to open an app for that every time. What if you had a way to let your computer automatically do it for you? Lucky you! There is a website called Can You Run It for this specific purpose. It isn’t any run-off-the-mill website too, it’s endorsed by industry giants like AMD.
For the website, it’s best to use the System Requirements Lab Detection application. Without installing the app, the Can You Run It website will constantly prompt you to install it when you want to search for a game. The program automatically scans the hardware of your computer and sends you to the website. It uses a special cookie to detect and identify your hardware. Through this, you won’t have to bother with installing any other apps.
Once you’ve launched the tool, simply open the Can You Run It website and search for the game you want to run on your PC. Type the name in the Search for a game box. You will find auto-suggestions for game titles as you type, so just select the game you are looking for. Click on the Can You Run It button once you’ve selected the game.
In the results page, you are given a view of your PC in direct comparison to the recommended and minimum requirements for the game. This shows your Processor, video card, RAM, current Windows version and unallocated disk space. Note that the free disk space is not much of a problem as you can easily delete some files when you want to install a game.
With the detection tool installed, you have access to more game specifications and you can check as much as you like. The detection tool only works through the cookie installed in your browser. Note that if you clear the cookies, you’ll have to restart the process of installation on the detection tool.
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