World Of Warcraft System Requirements Have Changed A Lot In Ten Years

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We're coming up on the 10th anniversary of the 2004 release of World of Warcraft, and Blizzard has just released the system requirements for November's Warlords of Draenor expansion pack. Let's compare!

In the table below I compare the minimum system requirements for the original release of World of Warcraft to the minimum's posted last night by Blizzard. What's fascinating to me is how many terms in the left column I've spent years trying to forget. Remember Windows ME? I didn't, until now. Thanks.

Original WoW (December 2004) Warlords Of Draenor (November 2014)
Operating System

Windows 98/ME/2000/XP

    Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8 (latest Service Pack)
      800 MHz or higher CPU
        Intel Core2 Duo E6600 or AMD Phenom X3 8750
        Video Card
          32 MB 3D graphics card with hardware transform and lighting, such as GeForce 2 or better

          NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, ATI Radeon HD 4850 or Intel HD Graphics 3000

          Hard Drive Space
            4 GB or more of available hard drive space
              35 GB available HD space
                256 MB or more of RAM
                  2 GB RAM
                  Mac OS
                    MacOS X 10.3.5 or newer
                    OS X 10.8
                    Mac Processor
                      933 MHz or higher G4 or G5 processor
                      Intel Core 2 Duo
                      Mac Video Card
                        ATI or NVIDIA video hardware with 32 MB VRAM or more
                        NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT or ATI Radeon HD 4850
                        Internet Connection
                          56k or higher modem with an Internet connection
                          Broadband Internet connection

                          Of course no one wants to face a new expansion pack at minimum specs, so here are the recommended specs for Warlords of Draenor, which would prove a real challenge to anyone trapped ten years in the past.

                          Recommended Specifications


                          • 4 GB RAM
                          • Multi-button mouse with scroll wheel


                          • Windows 7/Windows 8 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
                          • Intel Core i5 2400 or AMD FX-4100 or better
                          • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470, ATI Radeon HD 5870 or better


                          • OS X 10.9 (or latest version)
                          • Intel Core i5 or better
                          • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M or ATI Radeon HD 6750M or better

                          Is your system ready? Oh god, I hope your system is ready.

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                          I am very ready, updated/upgraded my whole PC on my birthday. My biggest concern was getting a new video card; before I had a Nvidia Gt9000 - insert "Over 9000" joke - got a GTX 770. It was a massive jump when I had the former card for about 5+ years. Happy to have finally upgraded too.