Riot’s FPS VALORANT hit beta in March and has taken off in 2020, with millions of players worldwide, consistent updates and large esports organizations investing in the scene. On top of that, it is relatively easy to run on the PC, with 80% of PC’s being able to run the game on minimum specs according to systemrequirementslab.com. Just how much power does your PC need to meet the VALORANT system requirements?
Minimum VALORANT System Requirements
In order to hit minimum performance, or at least 30 frames per second, for a GPU you will need at least an Intel HD 3000 according to systemrequirementslab.com, yet VALORANT’s official site states that you need an Intel HD 4000. Both of which came out about a decade ago. You also need a Windows 7/8/10 64-bit operating system, sorry to the Mac users out there. At least an Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 on the CPU end is necessary to run VALORANT. 4 GB of RAM and 1 GB of VRAM is necessary for all.
Recommended System Requirements
Now, the recommended system requirements are still not too intense. Just an Intel i3-4150 is needed for a CPU, and a Geforce GT 730 needed for GPU. Now, both the GT 730 and the i3-4150 came out in Q2 of 2014, with neither of them being too expensive now. This will put a player at around 60 frames per second, which is not bad but for a competitive game is not ideal, when players are on 144hz monitors and hitting over 200 FPS routinely. This means you might have to buff up a little if you are looking to gain a technical advantage.
High-end/Competitive System Requirments
The higher-end requirements, so think 144 FPS and above, are more demanding but not ridiculous for a game released in 2020. An Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHZ CPU and a GTX 1050 Ti are the requirements to hit 144 and above. The 1050 came out in October of 2016 as the i5-4460 came out in Q2 of 2014 and was discontinued.
For a competitive FPS, 144hz monitors seem to be the new normal, and serious players like professionals and top amateur players are all going over to 240hz, which is pretty expensive. As far as monitors go, personally, I think frame rate should hold higher precedence in competitive games compared to video quality. 1080p, 144hz is great for the average FPS player.