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Build the Best Computer for Jedi: Fallen Order

Required Parts for 60FPS/144FPS (1080p, 1440p, 4K) & Benchmark Compilation


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Date Published: November 17, 2019

If you're buying, upgrading, or building a PC and want good performance in Fallen Order, this hardware performance guide is the decode you're looking for. We'll break down everything you need to know including which PC components you'll need to get smooth 60FPS performance for your resolution and settings of choice, to experience this epic adventure to the fullest without lame lag or low frame rates getting in the way of your ascension from Padawan to Master. 

The excitement leading up to the release of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order was palpable, and for good reason as Star Wars gamers have waited a long time for another good Star Wars game with a solid story-driven single player campaign. We've not been let down, and while not perfect, Fallen Order will surely satisfy most fans in the galaxy.

See Also: Assembling Your First PC for Beginners


Based on the Unreal Engine, Fallen Order is the best looking Star Wars game yet (Image credit: EA/Respawn)




Fallen Order Minimum & Recommended Specs



First let's go over the official hardware requirements for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order on PC, though keep in mind that these are the bare minimum system requirements needed to run the game: (we'll explain which modern parts are best for this game later in this guide)

Fallen Order Minimum PC Requirements

  • Minimum OS: 64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10
  • Minimum CPU: AMD FX-6100 or Intel i3-3220 (or equivalent)
  • Minimum Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Minimum GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7750 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 (or equivalent)
  • DirectX: Version 11

  • Online Connection Requirements: -
  • Storage: 55GB Available Space

Fallen Order Recommended PC Requirements

  • Recommended OS: 64-bit Windows 7/8.1/10
  • Recommended CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 or Intel i7-6700K (or equivalent)
  • Recommended Memory: 16GB RAM
  • Recommended GPU: AMD RX Vega 56 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070/GTX 1660 Ti (or equivalent)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Online Connection Requirements: -
  • Storage: 55GB Available Space

Fallen Order has 3 settings presets: Medium, High, & Epic, but no Low option (Image Credit: EA/Respawn)




How Demanding is Fallen Order?



Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has excellent graphics and is without a doubt the most beautiful Star Wars game to date, but like many other modern games based on the Unreal Engine it's not too crazy demanding on PC hardware and I'd say it's mildly demanding overall in standard resolutions and should generally run well in 1080p with any fairly recent mid-range setup. But for the best experience on PC, you ideally want to aim for a consistent 60FPS if you can (though 40-50FPS is still good), which has higher requirements than the official/minimum specs listed above.

And if you're looking for the maximum visual experience and want 60FPS performance in high resolutions like 1440p or 4K on high or epic settings the game goes from fairly demanding to very demanding. In fact, based on benchmarks, in 4K on maxed settings Fallen Order is one of the most demanding PC games on the market in 2019, and not even a RTX 2080 Ti paired with a 9900K will get a flawlessly conistent 60FPS at all times (it'll thankfully get close though).

Just keep in mind there's no shame or much loss of enjoyment by NOT gaming on ultra/maxed settings, so don't think you need the highest settings (or resolution for that matter) to fully enjoy a game. But if you're somewhat of a performance perfectionist (welcome to the large club) and want the best performance in Fallen Order, let's go over which parts you'll be needing when building or upgrading your gaming PC.


Well-made, Fallen Order has been. Worth your galactic credits, this game is. Yoda speak, I enjoy (Image credit: EA/Respawn)




Required Parts for 1080p 60FPS or 144FPS



As some of the Fallen Order benchmarks we mention later in this guide have revealed, NVidia graphics cards are better optimized than AMD cards in this game, hence most of our GPU recommendations below being for team green. However, keep in mind the parts we recommend below are for those wanting to know which PC components are best for Fallen Order specifically, so if you play other games that perhaps favor AMD cards (or have equal performance from NVidia and AMD) then factor that into your buying decision as well. For example, the 2060 Super is slightly faster in Fallen Order than the 5700 XT, but the 5700 XT wins in most other games, so for most people the 5700 XT is the better buy (in terms of pure gaming performance for the money).

Disclaimer for Our Recommended Parts:

  • These recommendations assume you don't use additional rendering features like Anti Aliasing which may require better components
  • We recommend 16GB RAM for all setups (see FAQ below for more on this)
  • These parts are to aim for an average of 60FPS or 144FPS, so there's no guarantee you'll hit that target consistently at all times (in which case you may need better parts)
  • Fallen Order isn't the type of game that benefits much from 144Hz, so 60FPS is perfect performance for this title. Our 4K 144Hz recommendations below are just for fun, and we don't recommend anyone build an expensive SLI PC for this game unless you're also building for other SLI supported games

Cheapest Parts for 1080p 60FPS 
(Medium-High Settings)

CPU: 

Ryzen 5 2600 or Intel i5-9400F

GPU: 

RX 570 4GB

Recommended PC Build: 

$500 Gaming PC Build


Best Parts for 1080p 60FPS
(EPIC Settings)

CPU: 

Ryzen 5 2600 or Intel i5-9400F

GPU:

GTX 1660 or RX 580 4GB/8GB

Recommended PC Build:

$600 Gaming PC Build (swap GPU)


Cheapest Parts for 1080p 144FPS 
(Medium-High Settings)

CPU: 

Intel i5-9600K

GPU: 

RTX 2070 Super

Recommended PC Build: 

$1200 Gaming PC Build (upgrade CPU)


Best Parts for 1080p 144FPS
(EPIC Settings)

CPU: 

Intel i7-9700K

GPU: 

RTX 2080 Super

Recommended PC Build: 

$2000 Gaming PC Build




This is the solid single-player Star Wars game you're looking for (Image credit: EA/Respawn)




Required Parts for 1440p 60FPS or 144FPS




Cheapest Parts for 1440p 60FPS 
(Medium-High Settings)

CPU: 

Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel i5-9400F

GPU: 

GTX 1660

Recommended PC Build: 

$800 Gaming PC Build (swap GPU, CPU)


Best Parts for 1440p 60FPS
(EPIC Settings)

CPU: 

Ryzen 5 3600 or Intel i5-9400F

GPU:

RTX 2060 Super

Recommended PC Build:

$1000 Gaming PC Build (swap GPU)


Cheapest Parts for 1440p 144FPS 
(Medium-High Settings)

CPU: 

Intel i7-9700K

GPU: 

RTX 2080 Ti

Recommended PC Build: 

$2500 Gaming PC Build


Best Parts for 1440p 144FPS
(EPIC Settings)

CPU: 

Intel i9-9900K

GPU: 

Titan RTX or Dual RTX 2080 Super (SLI)

Recommended PC Build: 

$4000 Gaming PC Build 




Wondering if Fallen Order is worth buying? If you're a SW fan, just dew it and thank me later (Image credit: EA/Respawn)




Required Parts for 4K 60FPS or 144FPS




Cheapest Parts for 4K 60FPS 
(Medium-High Settings)

CPU: 

Intel i5-9600K or Ryzen 5 3600

GPU: 

RTX 2080 Super

Recommended PC Build: 

$2000 Gaming PC Build (downgrade CPU)


Best Parts for 4K 60FPS
(EPIC Settings)

CPU: 

Intel i7-9700K

GPU: 

RTX 2080 Ti

Recommended PC Build: 

$2500 Gaming PC Build


Cheapest Parts for 4K 144FPS 
(Medium-High Settings)

CPU: 

Intel i9-9900K

GPU: 

Dual RTX 2080 Ti (SLI)

Recommended PC Build: 

SLI PC Build


Best Parts for 4K 144FPS
(EPIC Settings)

CPU: 

Intel i9-9900X

GPU: 

Dual Titan RTX (SLI)

Recommended PC Build: 

SLI PC Build




4K will stress any GPU, and forget 4K 144Hz; it's not possible to learn this power, at least not from a Jedi (dual-SLI-wielding Sith required)




Fallen Order Benchmark Compilation



To research the creation of this Fallen Order PC build guide, many benchmarks were studied, but here are some of the most helpful, best Fallen Order PC performance benchmarks we found in the process that could help you in your quest for optimal performance:


Benchmark #1:

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis

Tested By: TechPowerUp

Settings: Epic/Maxed

Resolution/s: 1080, 1440p, 4K/2160p

GPU/s Tested: 

  • RX 570 4GB
  • GTX 1060 3GB and 6GB
  • RX 590 8GB
  • GTX 1070 8GB
  • GTX 1660 Ti 6GB
  • RX Vega 64 8GB
  • RX 5700 XT 8GB
  • Radeon VII 16GB
  • RTX 2060 Super 8GB
  • GTX 1080 Ti 11GB
  • RTX 2080 Ti 11GB

System Used: 

9900K at 5GHz (stock speed), 32GB (3867MHz)

Summary (TL;DR):

This benchmark tests a range of AMD and NVidia cards in all resolutions on epic settings, and shows NVidia coming out on top as the better optimized GPUs.

It also illustrates that Fallen Order runs well on mid-range hardware in 1080p, but that 4K is really demanding and requires nothing short of a RTX 2080 Ti for flawless 60FPS performance on maxed settings.



Benchmark #2:

Tested By: CompralGaming

Resolution/s: 1080, 1440p, 4K/2160p

Settings: Medium, High, Epic/Maxed

CPU: 9700K

GPU/s Tested: 

  • RTX 2080 Ti

Summary (TL;DW):

Side by side comparison of Fallen Order performance in 1080p vs 1440p vs 4K, plus medium vs high vs epic settings. Even though it only shows the early intro gameplay (later stages are more demanding), it's a good general overview of how settings affect performance, and there's not a crazy difference in FPS between the 3 presets, but in 4K you will see around 20FPS difference with medium vs epic settings.



Benchmark #3

Tested By: GV

Resolution/s: 4K/2160p

Settings: Epic/Maxed

System: 9900K (5GHz: stock speed), 32GB (3866MHz)

GPU/s Tested: 

  • Single Titan RTX
  • Dual Titan RTX (SLI NVLink)

Summary (TL;DW): 

This benchmark shows SLI running just fine in Fallen Order in 4K on epic settings, and smoothly too without any stuttering from what I can see (some games that support SLI may stutter if your system isn't up to the task). A single Titan RTX is getting around 55-65FPS on average here, while the dual SLI setup is getting around 15FPS more on average which guarantees you get a consistent 60FPS+ at all times. Lukewarm SLI scaling overall, but nothing unexpected as SLI performance increases are very rarely ever anywhere close to double, but there are other SLI users on Reddit who are reporting better scaling. Yeah, welcome to the world of inconsistent, unpredictable SLI performance - like a box of chocolates.



Nostalgia. Nostalgia everywhere. (Image credit: EA/Respawn)




FAQ



Q: Is 144Hz Worth it for Fallen Order?

A: Generally speaking, no, Fallen Order isn't a game that is going to benefit too much from 144Hz. 60FPS performance is all you need for the optimal experience as it's not a super fast-paced game like FPS titles (CSGO, Overwatch, etc).


Q: How Much RAM do you need for Fallen Order?

A: Both the official minimum and recommended hardware requirements list 8GB RAM, but for the best performance you want to include 16GB of memory in your PC build if you can. 16GB is becoming the standard for modern gaming, and 8GB may hold you back, though only slightly so don't worry if you're rocking 8GB as it's not like it'll slow down the game noticeably. 


Q: Is Fallen Order CPU Intensive?

A: Like most AAA games based on the Unreal Engine, Fallen Order requires both a decent CPU and graphics card but is much more demanding on the GPU. In terms of how CPU intensive it is, it's somewhere in the middle compared to most games, and like any title you need a stronger CPU for high frame rates in high refresh rates (144Hz).


Q: AMD vs NVidia for Fallen Order: Which is Better Optimized for Performance?

A: Based on early benchmarks just after launch, NVidia cards are more optimized than AMD cards and will give you a bit better performance in Fallen Order.


Q: Does Fallen Order Support SLI?

A: Yes, Fallen Order does support SLI. The official SLI profile was mentioned by NVidia in the GeForce 441.20 driver update (see the release notes here). Some people have reported issues with SLI not working in the game for them, but there are plenty of reports and benchmarks from those using SLI in the game without issues, and with good scaling too.




Feedback/Questions


Enjoyed the guide? Got feedback on how we can make it more helpful? Need help choosing the best parts for optimal performance in Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order? Let us know in the comments. GG.










Additional Sources/References

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis (TechPowerUp)

Jedi: Fallen Order PC performance is decent so far, but limited (PCGamer)

SLI works perfectly in Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order (Reddit)

Release 440 Driver for Windows, Version 441.20 (NVidia)