Need for Speed: Most Wanted PC Technical Review

Product: Need for Speed: Most Wanted
Company: EA
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Eric Amidon
Date: November 1st, 2012

Introduction, setup, requirements

Burnout series developer Criterion has again returned to the helm to develop a new Need for Speed title, this time by the name of Need for Speed: Most Wanted, a successor to the 2005 arcade-style game of the same name, and a follow-up to the more recent Hot Pursuit.

If you're curious to see how the game fares on PC, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333 mhZ)
  • Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM
  • Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: 12.11 beta, no CAP
  • Resolution: 1680x1050
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHZ or Althon X2 2.7 GHz)
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 20GB free space
    • Video Card: DirectX 10.1 compatible with 512 MB RAM (ATI RADEON 3000, 4000, 5000 OR 6000 series, with ATI RADEON 3870 or higher performance)

  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Quad-core
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 20GB free space
    • Video Card: DirectX 11 compatible with 1024 MB RAM (NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 560 or ATI RADEON 6950)
    • DirectX: 11