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Can Your Gaming PC Run Warzone 2.0?

Get ready for Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 launching this Nov 16! With a new map and arsenal, you'll need an upgraded gaming PC for the full experience.

Can Your Gaming PC Run Warzone 2.0?

Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 is launching on November 16th and it’s one of the most anticipated game launches in this upcoming 2022 holiday season. Over 125 million players participated in Warzone over the last couple of years and most have been anxiously waiting for an overhaul to the game. This upcoming update has huge combat boots to fill, but with the new Al Mazrah map, a complete arsenal of new Modern Warfare II weapons, and over a dozen new vehicles, this is shaping up to be a wild ride.

All of these updates and changes come at a cost though (like everything in life) and you’ll have to pay with gaming PC processing power to fully enjoy the new experience. Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 on PC will not be an easy to run game, and if your PC was struggling to play the first iteration of Warzone then you’ll definitely want to upgrade before dropping in Al Mazrah. Don’t worry though, if you don’t want to upgrade yourself, we’ll have the best gaming PC prebuilt options for you to buy at the end!

Activision still hasn’t posted the official recommended or minimum specs for Call of Duty Warzone 2.0, but there’s enough information to form some educated guesses for the time being. (We’ll update this article with the official specs once they are released)

Based on the original Warzone required specs which you can find here, we can only assume that Warzone 2.0 will require even higher level components to run smoothly. Again, we’ll update this blog post once the official system requirements are announced by Activision, but we’ll first list out what we think your gaming PC should be running for a smooth experience. We’ll focus on using recent/current generation hardware only.

  • Minimum Specifications
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 10100 or AMD Ryzen 5 3100
  • RAM: 12GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GTX 1650 or Radeon RX 470
  • Recommended Specifications
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 12400 or AMD Ryzen 5 5600
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 2060 or Radeon RX 6600
  • Competitive Specifications
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 12600K or AMD Ryzen 5 7600X
  • RAM: 16GB
  • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3060 or Radeon RX 6700

It’s important to note that the Warzone PC requirements above are just educated guesses based off current generation hardware and the expected performance increase from the first version of Warzone. They are also based on 1080p resolution. Your system requirements will differ depending on which resolution and frame rate you wish to achieve, as well as your Warzone PC settings preferences.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare II (2022) GPU Benchmarks

Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 will be based off the recently launched Modern Warfare II so we can expect a somewhat similar performance requirement, but take this with a grain of salt. Listed below are the benchmarks that Zach’s Tech Turf has ran with budget to mid range graphics cards featuring AMD, NVIDIA, and even Intel models (check out his full video here). Call of Duty Multiplayer has typically been a bit easier to run compared to warzone, but it’s still worth sharing these numbers in case if you’re flirting with the idea of upgrading your graphics card before the November 16th launch.

Here you’ll see that popular budget options such as the GTX 1060 6GB, GTX 970, and RX 580 are still all able to achieve above 60 FPS in 1080p Minimum (100% resolution scale) settings, but since Warzone 2.0 will probably be tougher to run they may fall below this threshold.

If you’re struggling with which components to select for your gaming PC upgrade, then hopefully we can help out a bit here. There are obviously a ton of different options, manufactures, and models to chose from, but depending on the current market prices there’s always a sweet spot in terms of value. Listed below are a few options that we’d recommend for both CPUs and GPUs based on November 2022 pricing in the US.

  • Intel 12100F, 12400F, or 12600K: For a wide range of budgets, Intel 12th generations CPUs have a huge amount of price to performance value right now. With the launch of Intel’s 13th generation, the price of these 12th generation chips should continue to drop a bit as well as compatible motherboards. These CPUs also are compatible with either DDR4 or DDR5 RAM which is a great flexibility option depending on your budget.
  • AMD RX 6600 and RX 6700XT: Despite what the more casual gamer audience may still be thinking, AMD is actually currently dominating the GPU market in price to performance from top to bottom. Compared to their counterparts like the RTX 3060 and RTX 3070, AMD is offering way better value in terms of frames per dollar. For budget 1080p gaming, the RX 6600 is a great choice as it’s now approaching the $200 mark, but if you’re looking to jump into 1440p then the 6700XT would be a great choice for that. Coming in at less than $400, the 6700XT can achieve really solid FPS numbers in 1440p and with it’s 12GB of VRAM you should be set for a few solid years of gaming. Check out all the GPUs for sale on Jawa here.
  • Power Requirements: Before purchasing a shiny CPU or GPU upgrade, please be aware of your wattage requirement and ensure that your current PSU can handle the upgrade. Otherwise you’ll have to add one to the shopping cart as well! When researching and shopping, it’s always a good idea to start with the renown Cultists Network PSU Tier List and we’d recommend shopping from the Tier A and Tier B sections for any mid range or high level gaming PC. (Please note that additional research is sometimes required, this is just a good starting point).

The Easier Option: Buying a Gaming PC Prebuilt!

Let’s face it, a lot of us simply don’t have the time or desire to learn how to properly upgrade or build a gaming PC. Warzone for PC is definitely one that has people thinking about making the switch, but there are countless amounts of hours required in just the researching phase alone to ensure you’re getting the best value for your money. Sometimes it’s a more realistic option to simply buy a completed system instead – especially with some of the insane deals for Custom Builds on Jawa. Listed below are a few PC builds that we’d recommend picking up if you’re trying to arm up and be ready for duty in the Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 launch on November 16th.

1080p Gaming PCs

1440p Gaming PCs

Jawa has a ton of other great gaming PCs listed for sale – just search Custom PCs with the tag “Warzone 2.0 Ready!”

See You on the Battlefield

Hopefully you and your gaming PC are now armed and ready for the new Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 launch on November 16th. If you have any questions about buying or building a gaming PC, or if Warzone on PC keeps crashing for you currently, then please join us over in the Jawa Discord server as we have a ton of community members and Jawa staff that are able to help you out!

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