World of Warcraft: Shadowlands minimum hardware requirements call for an SSD

2020-09-02

           

Editor's take: By recommending a solid-state drive, Blizzard is taking the path of least resistance by addressing one of the easiest and most affordable components for PC gamers to upgrade. In other words, the recommendation eliminates the potential of the HDD being a bottleneck. intel xeon processor list

             

Blizzard has updated the minimum and recommended specifications for , the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion heading to Windows and macOS on October 27, 2020, and one change could have some gamers worried that their system might not be up to the task.

Per the refreshed , Blizzard is calling for 100GB of available solid-state drive storage space for the expansion. You read that right – not just free space or hard drive space, but SSD space specifically.

In all actuality, a traditional spinning hard drive will still technically run the expansion but it might not be a pleasant experience.

As titles have grown in size and scope, more data needs to be pulled from the storage system and decompressed to build the game world. The faster and more efficiently you can do this, the better. Solid-state drives boasting fast read and write speeds, often over the PCIe interface, excel at this task and are many times faster than traditional mechanical drives.

A , for example, can be had for less than $50 and in many cases, can offer more of an overall performance boost than a new CPU or GPU.

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