Arma 3 PC Technical Review

Company: Bohemia Interactive
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: September 18th, 2013

Introduction, setup, requirements

The Arma series has been satisfying the hardcore / military shooter audience for many years now, and its latest iteration Arma 3 seems to be better at it than ever.

Boasting DirectX 10 & 11 support, an improved user interface, more realistic animations and visuals, bigger maps, improved multiplayer, PhysX vehicle simulation, and more, all under the new Real Virtuality 4.0 engine, the game is a technical feast for enthusiasts.

If you're curious as to how the game fares in terms of PC features and performance, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • 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: 326.80
  • 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

  • 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
    • Storage: 20GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 or AMD Radeon HD 7750 with 1 GB VRAM or better