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Minimum Requirements
Operating System: Windows 98/2000/ME/XP
Processor: 1GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible. Pixel shader and vertex shader compatible hardware with 64 MB of texture memory
Sound Card: DirectSound compatible audio hardware

Recommended Specifications:
Operating System: Windows XP
Processor: 2 GHz or greater
RAM: 1 GB
CD-ROM: 16x CD-ROM or DVD-ROM
Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible. Pixel shader and Vertex shader compatible hardware with 128mb of texture memory or greater
Sound Card: Sound Blaster Audigy


Hardware Requirements FAQ



What are the minimum hardware requirements for running EverQuest II?

Operating System: Windows 98/2000/ME/XP
Processor: 1 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible; pixel shader and vertex shader compatible hardware with 64 MB of texture memory
Sound Card: DirectSound compatible audio hardware



What are the reccomended hardware specifications for the game?

Operating System: Windows 98/2000/ME/XP
Processor: 2 GHz or greater
RAM: 1 GB
Video Card: DirectX 9 compatible; pixel shader and vertex shader compatible hardware with 128 MB or more of texture memory
Sound Card: DirectSound compatible audio hardware



What type of video card will I need for EQII?

You will need a card that supports DirectX 9 features, such as pixel and vertex shaders.



Does that include the Nvidia GeForce MX line of cards?

Unfortunately the GeForce 4 MX cards are not supported because they do not have pixel and vertex shaders.



Will having a graphics card with 256MB be worthwhile?

Yes, having 256MB of RAM on the card does make a difference. Basically, more memory lets you run higher-quality textures without swapping them, thus increasing performance.



How will I know what option settings to run the game with?

When you install the game, it examines your hardware configuration and sets the graphic options for you to balance visual quality with performance.



What components should I use to build the "perfect" EQII machine?

The simple answer is to use the best components you can afford. Keep in mind that we've designed our game with the future in mind. It will take CPUs and video cards that aren't on the market yet to be able to play our game with all options cranked up to full. The idea is that as computers get faster and faster, our game will look better and better without needing an engine overhaul.



That said, you will be able to run EQII on current hardware and have a very pleasing framerate with excellent image quality.



Will I be able to play EQII on 56K dialup?

Yes, the lessons learned from the original EverQuest in terms of bandwidth optimization should allow 56K users to get along just fine in EQII.



The system requirements for EQII seem to be raising the bar quite a bit. Is that a wise move?

Back in 1999, some people thought we were crazy for releasing an online multiplayer game that required a 3D card, but the gamble paid off.



Likewise, we make no apologies about designing a game that awaits a future generation of hardware to see its full potential. We intend for our game to be around for years to come, and as processors and graphics cards get more powerful you'll see EQII take advantage of that technology.



Hardware FAQ quoted from: Steve "Moorgard" Danuser, Sony Online Entertainment's Community Manager for EverQuest II


















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