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Build the Best PC for Metro Exodus

System Requirements and Best CPUs, GPUs for 60FPS Ultra (1080p, 1440p, or 4K)

Published: February 28, 2022

Metro Exodus is still one of the best looking video games of all time, especially within the First-Person Shooter genre, boasting an extremely detailed, immersive post-apocalyptic open-world set in the Russian wilderness that often appears as truly next-gen and even photo-realistic at times thanks to some excellent ray tracing effects.

The latest 'PC Enhanced Edition' took things even further than the original PC release, bringing improved ray tracing and DLSS 2.0 support. Such cutting-edge visuals comes at the cost of performance though, and you'll need a very good gaming PC to hit 60FPS at high settings, though DLSS helps a ton in reaching that super smooth level of performance for those with a NVidia graphics card (unfortunately, AMD's FSR is not supported).

Before getting into the best PC builds for Metro Exodus in terms of bang for buck, let's go over the official system requirements for Metro Exodus, as well as the requirements for the later-released Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition which brought improvements to the game's ray tracing as well as adding DLSS 2.0 support. Being one of the most GPU demanding games on the market - even to this day a few years after release - it's no surprise that the hardware requirements for Metro Exodus are above average relative to most other blockbuster AAA titles.

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Requirements for Metro Exodus on PC (Standard Edition)

As listed on the official Metro Exodus website, the official requirements for the original edition of Metro Exodus (we'll get to Enhanced Edition further below) are handily broken up into 4 different categories for various resolutions, settings, and performance levels.

"Minimum" Specs for Metro Exodus (1080p 30FPS, LOW Settings)

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 or equivalent
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 670 / GeForce GTX 1050 or AMD Radeon HD 7870
  • RAM : 8GB
  • Disk Space: 59GB
  • Operating System: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit

"Recommended" Specs for Metro Exodus (1080p 60FPS, HIGH Settings)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770k or equivalent
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 1070 / GeForce RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX VEGA 56
  • RAM : 8GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

"High" Specs for Metro Exodus (1440p 60FPS, ULTRA Settings)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K
  • GPU: NVidia GTX 1080 Ti / GeForce RTX 2070 or AMD Radeon RX VEGA 64
  • RAM : 16GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

"Extreme" Specs for Metro Exodus (4K 60FPS, EXTREME Settings)

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
  • RAM : 16GB
  • Operating System: Windows 10 64-bit

Attention to detail in Metro Exodus is phenomenal, making for one of the most immersive video game worlds ever crafted

Requirements for Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition

If you want to play the latest and greatest 'PC Enhanced Edition' - which is the best way to experience Metro Exodus in 2022 and beyond - the requirements are a little higher and a GPU that supports ray tracing is a prerequisite to play. That means you need either an "RTX" NVidia graphics card, or one of AMD's latest RX 6000 series which also support ray tracing (though NVidia cards do run slightly better for ray tracing). 

The standard edition of Metro Exodus also supports ray tracing, but a watered-down version relative to the Enhanced Edition of the game which includes a much more thorough, impressive implementation of ray tracing. Here's what developer 4A games said about the PC Enhanced Edition: (and see a full technical breakdown if interested here)

"It offers additional Ray Tracing features including Advanced Ray Traced Reflections and support for the much requested DLSS 2.0 on NVIDIA hardware, which offers sharper image details and increased framerates and display resolutions. Further collaborating with NVIDIA, this update improves our existing Ray Traced Global Illumination tech innovated with the original release of Metro Exodus to make every light source fully Ray Traced, and implements our Ray Traced Emissive Lighting tech from The Two Colonels throughout the game." - 4A Games

Below are the official requirements for Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition which again you can also see in visual format on the official Metro Exodus website.

"Minimum" Specs for Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (1080p 45FPS, NORMAL Settings, NORMAL Ray Tracing)

  • CPU: 4 Core CPU + Hyperthreading (eg Core i3 12100)
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
  • RAM : 8GB

"Recommended" Specs for Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (1080p 60FPS, HIGH Settings, HIGH Ray Tracing)

  • CPU: 8 Core CPU (eg Core i7 10700K or Ryzen 7 5800X)
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB / RTX 3060 8GB/12GB or AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB
  • RAM : 8GB

"High" Specs for Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (1440p 60FPS, ULTRA Settings, HIGH Ray Tracing)

  • CPU: 8 Core CPU
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 3070 8GB or AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB
  • RAM : 16GB

"Ultra" Specs for Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (4K 30FPS, ULTRA Settings, HIGH RT)

  • CPU: 8 Core CPU
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 3080 10GB or AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB
  • RAM : 16GB

"RT Extreme" Specs for Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (4K 60FPS, EXTREME Settings, ULTRA RT)

  • CPU: 8 Core CPU
  • GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 3090 24GB
  • RAM : 16GB

Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition is demanding on both the GPU and CPU, especially at high ray tracing settings

Best PC Builds for Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (Value)

Given how thorough the developer's system requirements are for both the standard and enhanced edition, there's no need for me to add too much in terms of commentary or hardware recommendations (unlike most titles which only provide vague minimum and recommended specs which don't indicate which level of performance you would get at certain resolutions/settings etc).

But what I will do is finish off with what I believe would make the best overall value PC build for Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition, for the 3 most common gaming resolutions. For that, you want to turn to the wonders of NVidia's DLSS 2.0 feature, which is a super sampling rendering feature added to the Enhanced Edition of the game and makes a world of difference to performance if you own a NVidia card (vanilla Metro Exodus only has DLSS 1.0 which is noticeably inferior in terms of making things blurry when turned on).

The official requirements covered earlier don't take into account DLSS, but since DLSS 2.0 works very well in this title you seriously want to consider turning it on as that means you can get away with slightly lesser hardware for super smooth performance. And if you stick to a mild setting of DLSS, such as the highest quality setting called 'DLSS Quality', this will give a slight but noticeable boost in FPS, but image quality will be retained and most gamers will have a hard time discerning between it and having DLSS turned off. At very high resolutions like 4K, a more significant DLSS setting such as 'DLSS Balanced' or even 'DLSS Performance' is fine as DLSS works better at higher resolutions.

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I also suggest aiming for 50-60FPS for the best experience - 30-40FPS is fine for a generally slower-paced shooter like this, but I think most will agree with me that a smoother frame rate almost always beats having slightly higher visual detail (no matter the game). Besides, there's still plenty of action in Metro Exodus, where sub 40FPS would be quite noticeable to a PC gamer.

So, if we want 60FPS or thereabouts, using DLSS set to "Quality", here are the specs I suggest for High/Ultra settings (depending on resolution) to get that job done and experience Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition to the fullest without overspending. Remember that DLSS is only compatible with NVidia GPUs - AMD's competing feature FSR is not supported in this title. Metro Exodus is also quite CPU intensive, especially at high settings with ray tracing, so you want a strong mid to upper mid-tier CPU. 16GB of RAM is still plenty though, as like with the far majority of other titles (even very demanding ones) there's little chance 32GB would make any difference.

Best Value Setups for Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition (60FPS)

CPU (Budget): Intel Core i5 12400 or AMD Ryzen 5 5600X

CPU (Best): Intel Core i5 12600K / i7 12700K or AMD Ryzen 7 5800X

RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, 3200MHz or faster)

GPU (1080p High + DLSS Quality): NVidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB / RTX 2060 Super 8GB

GPU (1440p Ultra + DLSS Quality): NVidia GeForce RTX 3060 12GB / RTX 2070 8GB

GPU (4K Ultra + DLSS Balanced): NVidia GeForce RTX 3070 / RTX 2080 Super 8GB

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