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Fallout 4 Specs: 3 Things You Need to Know



It would be great if Fallout 4 ran beautifully on every PC but that’s just not reality. Here, we want to share the most important details including an easy way check to make sure that your PC will be able to handle Fallout 4 before you pick it up.

The Fallout 4 release date has come and gone but it’s still one of the most popular video games on the market. For good reason. Fallout 4 is one of the best games out and it figures to be one of the top games in 2016 as well.

If you’re buying for Xbox One or PS4, you have nothing to worry about. Open up the game, install it and you’re good to go. Fallout 4 for PC is a little bit different in that your rig needs to have certain hardware specifications.


Today we want to share three important details regarding the Fallout 4 PC specs. If you’ve been thinking about buying Fallout 4 for PC, here’s what you need to know before you pick up the game for yourself or someone else.

Fallout 4 PC Requirements

Last year, Bethesda released the Fallout 4 PC requirements. As expected, they included both minimum and recommended specs.

If you’re familiar with your PC’s internals, you can simply check out the list of specs that Bethesda provided last week.

Here are the minimum Fallout 4 PC requirements:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i5-2300 2.8 GHz/AMD Phenom II X4 945 3.0 GHz or equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 30 GB free HDD space
  • NVIDIA GTX 550 Ti 2GB/AMD Radeon HD 7870 2GB or equivalent

Here are the recommended Fallout 4 PC specs:

  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7 4790 3.6 GHz/AMD FX-9590 4.7 GHz or equivalent
  • 8 GB RAM
  • 30 GB free HDD space
  • NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB/AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB or equivalent

But what if you don’t know what your PC is running underneath the case?

How to Check If Your PC Can Play Fallout 4

If you don’t know what your PC specs are, you can use a simple tool to find out if your computer is capable of running Fallout 4.

Can You Run It provides a quick and easy method that will help you make a decision about a Fallout 4 purchase this year or next.

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If you head to its Fallout 4 page, you can download a Desktop application that will help you figure out your specs and determine where your PC fits in with Bethesda’s Fallout 4 requirements.

Perhaps you need to upgrade your video card. Maybe your PC is going to be perfectly fine. If you’re not familiar with your CPUs internals and you don’t know how to track them down in your version of Windows, use this tool.


If you don’t want to use a third-party tool, you’ll want to head over to this extremely detailed thread on Bethesda’s Fallout 4 forums.

Gamers have gone into detail about what it takes to run Fallout 4 with Ultra Settings, High, Medium, Low, and Below Low Settings. It also includes some tips for those looking to get the most out of their rig and Fallout 4.

It’s a great resource and one that you should definitely check out before you buy a copy of Fallout 4 for the PC.

What If My PC Doesn’t Meet Fallout 4 Specs

Bethesda isn’t saying what will happen if a PC fails to meet the minimum requirements for the Fallout 4 release but it’s pretty obvious.

The company’s Pete Hines says that the company has offered what it will offer and that he can’t answer any questions about individual rigs. In other words, don’t expect a definitive answer from Bethesda today, tomorrow or at any point in the future.

We can’t say what will happen exactly (there are tons of variables) but you can bet on horrible performance that will, in some cases, make the game unplayable.

If you want to have the best possible Fallout 4 experience on PC, you’ll want to make sure your rig meets the recommended specifications. And while the game will work with a PC using the minimum requirements, you won’t be able to run it on the highest settings.

Be on the look out for deals on PC equipment if you think you might need a little more firepower.

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    11/14/2015 at 5:20 am

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    11/25/2015 at 8:50 am

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  5. Ben

    04/27/2016 at 10:12 am

    Actually I am able to run Fallout 4 with a AMD A6-3620 Quad-core (4 Core) 2.20 GHz , ATI HD 5450 1GB video card, and 8GB RAM using Windows 7 sp1. It is not as smooth as it could be, but I am able to play it.

    • MJ

      09/27/2018 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks @Ben!

      I have an AMD A10, 8GB RAM and 7620G, and have been wondering…

  6. JoeSnow

    07/12/2016 at 4:40 am

    Don’t see how the minimum spec for an nVidia video card is only a GTX 550 Ti while the AMD card has to be a HD7870. HD7870 is far more powerful than a GTX 550 Ti. An HD7790 is even faster than a GTX 550 Ti.

  7. No1Spank

    12/23/2016 at 5:05 pm

    A Phenom II x3 B75 @ 3ghz paired with a HD 7850 2gb graphics card and 8gb 1333mhz DDR3 with stock 9-9-9-24 timings will run it fine at medium settings with godrays off and 2x anti aliasing on 720p resolution. I’d class this as the minimum spec.

    Athlon II x4 @ 2.8ghz is even better and costs about the same as the triple core Phenom II.

    Athlon II x3 @ 3ghz with a HD 6870 1gb is playable on low settings but struggles in places and forget about adding any significant mods.

    Forget using any dual core, my Ivy Bridge i3 was a complete waste of time.

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