The virtual open-world of Elden Ring is a mesmerizing treat for all the eyes worldwide. The details and aesthetics of every mountain, pond, forest, and castle allure the players’ attention and compel them to keep exploring every nook and cranny of the Lands Between.
Surprisingly, the hardware requirements of such a visually pleasing game are not that brutal, that is, if you only wish to merely run the game but to appreciate Elden Ring’s world at its best, you need some of the cutting-edge GPUs at your disposal.
These are the best graphics cards you need to run Elden Ring:
|Average Stable FPS on Maximum Settings|
|Intel i7-10700K||NVIDIA RTX 3070||52.4||59.7||59.7|
|Intel i9-12900K||AMD RX 6800 XT||58.5||59.3||59.3|
|Intel i9-12900K||NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti||42.9||59.4||59.8|
|Intel i9-12900K||AMD RX 5700 XT||38.2||57.6||59.5|
|Intel i9-12900K||AMD RX Vega 64||NA||49.2||58|
|Intel i7-10700K||NVIDIA GTX 1060||22||38.4||51.2|
Note: Elden Ring has an FPS cap of 60.
I. RTX 3070, Intel i7-10700K
RTX 3070 is hands down the best NVIDIA graphic card for Elden Ring. As per the table above, it runs the game at a stable ~60 FPS on maximum video settings for 1080p and 1440p resolution.
Its performance takes a slight hit (52 FPS) when running the game on 4K resolution at maximum settings, and the stuttering issue gets worse, but if you go for medium settings, then it can still manage to squeeze ~59 FPS even at 4K.
II. GTX 1080 Ti, Intel i9-12900K
GTX 1080 is another decent choice that NVIDIA has to offer. It provides a stable ~60 FPS gameplay for 1080p and 1440p resolution on maximum settings, but unfortunately, its performance falls to ~40 FPS when running Elden Ring on max settings in 4K.
III. GTX 1060, Intel i7-10700K
GTX 1060 is a great budget GPU to run and experience the beauty of Elden Ring despite being lower than the recommended specification. Many may believe it to be outdated, but it can still put-up decent numbers on the Elden Ring benchmark.
GTX 1060 provides a satisfactory gaming experience on all settings in 1080p resolution or on low settings in 1440p. It is not recommended to run the game in 4K using GTX 1060.
In 1080p, it delivers a stable ~60 FPS on low/medium settings. On high/max settings, it drops to 50-60 FPS, which is still enough for an enjoyable playthrough.
Thus, GTX 1060 is a perfect budget choice for Elden Ring.
I. RX 6800 XT, Intel i9-12900K
RX 6800 XT is a perfect AMD alternate for the high-end Elden Ring gaming experience. It can run the game at a stable ~59 FPS on maximum settings in 4K, which makes it the absolute best you can get from the AMD GPUs at the moment.
It goes without saying that it delivers flawless ~60 FPS on max settings in 1440p and 1080p resolutions as well.
II. RX 5700 XT, Intel i9-12900K
RX 5700 is another AMD alternate for a decent Elden Ring run. On maximum settings at 1080p, it provides a perfect 60 FPS, which is even better than RX 6800 XT, but in 1440p, it slightly drops down to ~57 FPS.
The game at 57 FPS will still feel perfectly smooth except for the minor stuttering issue that persists despite using the best GPUs out there.
RX 5700’s performance takes a drastic hit when running Elden Ring in 4K on the highest settings. It can only squeeze about ~38 FPS, which may increase slightly by lowering the graphic settings to low or medium.
III. RX Vega 340348, Intel i9-12900K
RX Vega 64 is the budget AMD GPU alternate to run Elden Ring at a stable 58 FPS on max settings in 1080p resolution. Vega 64 is the minimum requirement to run the game on maximum settings.
It does not perform well on high settings in 1440p and 4K, but lowering the settings to low or medium can definitely increase its performance, making the game barely playable on such high resolutions.
A GPUs performance is surely essential for running a AAA game, but it can only perform excellently when the system is equipped with a capable CPU.
Can my PC run Elden Ring?
|Minimum Specs||Recommended Specs|
|OS||Windows 10||Windows 10 | Windows 11|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8400 | AMD Ryzen 3 3300X||Intel Core i7-8700K | AMD Ryzen 5 3600X|
|Graphics||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, 3GB | AMD Radeon RX 580, 4GB||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, 8GB | AMD Radeon RX Vega 56, 8GB|
|DirectX||DirectX 12 (Feature Level 12.0)||DirectX 12 (Feature Level 12.0)|
|Storage||60 GB||60 GB|
Is Elden Ring CPU intensive?
Elden Ring is the most CPU-intensive game to date as its recommended processor requirement to provide a stable 60 FPS is an Intel Core i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7GHz or an AMD Ryzen 5 3600X 6-Core 3.8GHz.
Apart from the high-end CPU requirement, many players all over the Steam and Reddit community have raised their concerns over high CPU usage and unusually high temperatures that can go up to 90-100 degrees.
As the game itself is CPU intensive, high temperatures are nothing out of the ordinary, but if you are posting anything above 85+ degrees, then you should consider revamping your system’s cooling mechanism
In many cases, the high temperatures of the processor can be a result of a poor cooling system, so make sure the cooling fans are doing their job correctly.
About Elden Ring
Elden Ring is the next major title to be released by FromSoftware, the developers of Demon’s Souls, Bloodborne and the Dark Souls franchise. Elden Ring is set to release on the February 25th, 2022.
The game is set in a world known as The Lands Between. Players will take control of a Tarnished to explore these lands and uncover the secrets it holds. The game is an open-world style title with emphasis on combat and traversal. There is also a multiplayer component, along players to summon others for co-operative play, or to be invaded for PvP encounters.
NVIDIA Corporation is an American multinational technology company incorporated in Delaware, based in Santa Clara, California. They design graphics processing units (GPUs) for the gaming and professional markets, as well as system on chip units (SoCs) for the mobile computing and automotive market.
Best known for the “GeForce” lines of GPUs, they are a direct competitor to AMD’s “Radeon” series. NVIDIA has also expanded its offerings with its handheld game consoles Shield Portable, Shield Tablet, and Shield Android TV and its cloud gaming service GeForce Now.