Max Payne 3 PC specs released, should “run smoothly on a wide range of builds”

Friday, 25th May 2012 17:39 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Rockstar has released the minimum and recommenced PC requirements for Max Payne 3.

The firm’s lead PC designer, Kevin Hoare, told PC World that the team “worked hard,” to make sure the game would run smoothly on a wide range of PC builds.

“But it’s when you get towards the top end of that range that you can really push a game to its limits, and the game will look and run incredibly on the most advanced current machines around at the moment and well into the near future,” he said.

“You’ll find that screen resolution is scalable, there’s triple and even sextuple monitor support which helps to run higher screen resolutions, there’s various anti-aliasing options, scalable water quality, scalable shadow quality, increased detail for characters and vehicles and a scalable texture filter that further increases visual quality.

“We’re also supporting DX11 with Max Payne 3, with features including Hull/Tessellation/Domain Shaders (which adds curvature to the character/vehicle models), Gather4 (for optimized shadow sampling / FXAA), Geometry shader / Stream Output and DX11 texture samplers to name a few.

“As you can tell, there’s a lot for PC fans with higher-spec hardware to sink their teeth in to.”

Lowest Tested Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Intel Dual Core 2.4 GHZ or AMD Dual Core 2.6 GHZ, or better
  • 2GB System RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT 512MB RAM
  • or AMD Radeon HD 3400 512MB RAM

Low Recommend Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista/XP PC (32 or 64 bit)
  • Intel Dual Core 3GHz or AMD equivalent
  • 3GB System RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 450 512MB RAM
  • or AMD Radeon HD 4870 512MB RAM

High Recommend Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista (32 or 64 bit)
  • Intel i7 Quad Core 2.8Ghz or AMD equivalent
  • 3GB System RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce 480 1GB RAM
  • or AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB RAM

Highest Tested Specs

  • Windows 7/Vista (64 bit)
  • Intel i7 3930K 6 Core x 3.06 GHZ
  • or AMD FX8150 8 Core x 3.6 GHZ
  • 16GB System RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 680 2GB RAM
  • or AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB RAM

Max Payne 3 will be available for PC internationally next week on Friday, June 1.



  1. Takeshi

    Will stick to PS3, can probably run it, but most likely as bad as Witcher 2 which isn’t much fun.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. GrimRita

    That spec is a breeze for the majority of players. Maybe developers should really include some form of detection on out dated graphic card drivers.

    I know Steam does with ATi but by offering something so simply, they could cut 50% of the calls/emails/forum posts about game not starting, black screen etc

    #2 3 years ago
  3. loki

    PC port fail and sux anyway

    #3 3 years ago
  4. mehdidante

    @3 rockstar ports for pc are great . and i’m still a little angry about RDR but i cant not to play max payne game .(dunno if this phrase is correct but u get it :D )

    #4 3 years ago
  5. TheWulf


    Actually, the game is pretty fucking atrocious. It’s a bare shadow of the game’s former self. The best version of Max Payne remains to be the original. And the original can be found on iOS devices, these days. Therefore, the iPhones and iPads out there pretty much have a better version than this overly glorified yet half-arsed ‘sequel.’

    How do you feel about that? Someone with an iPhone or iPad is better off than you.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Phoenixblight


    You haven’t played it and yet you pass judgement? You have been talking down about this game from the get go but it doesn’t matter Rockstar’s version of the game has sold more than the original and second combined not mention better reviews. I bet that just pisses you off more.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. albo88

    the game this time around does not come with full audio support in multi language can not see the action and read subtitles at same time its not fun sorry max i pass
    waiting for sleeping dog

    #7 3 years ago
  8. YoungZer0

    I hope it runs smoother than the PS3 version, because that one had some slow-downs.

    Just completed the game and I love it. The gameplay is not as smooth and sharp as in the previous Max Payne titles, in a sense it does reflect the character, he’s fat and old, so it’s only natural that Payne got slower.

    What bothers me is that you never really have the chance to explore the areas properly. The story is good, though. While it doesn’t feature that many memorable lines, the writing is not bad at all. I really love how dark and mature the tone of the game is.

    #8 3 years ago

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