Arma 3 Technical Preview

Company: Bohemia Interactive
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: March 26th, 2013

Introduction, setup, requirements

The military shooter series Arma began seven years ago, continuing where the Operation Flashpoint series left off, in spirit if not in name. Revered for its extreme attention to realistic gameplay and demanding visuals, it won itself a loyal, hardcore audience over the years.

This brings us to Arma 3, recently released in alpha form via Steam, and available to anyone for a price.

The latest series installment brings new animations, improved audio, PhysX, and more. If you're curious to see what else the Alpha offers from a technical perspective, read on for a light analysis accompanied by Ultra settings screenshots.

Test Setup

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333 MHz)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: 314.22
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel Dual-Core 2.4 GHz or AMD Dual-Core Athlon 2.5 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Storage: 10GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT or AMD Radeon HD 3830 or Intel HD Graphics 4000 with 512 MB VRAM
    • DirectX: 10

  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows Vista SP2 or Windows 7 SP1
    • Processor: Intel Core i5-2300 or AMD Phenom II X4 940 or better
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better
    • DirectX: 11
    • Storage: 20GB