Date Published: Mar 4, 2018
World of Tanks is another widely-played current eSport title, with no signs of slowing down in popularity.
Created by Wargaming, World of Tanks is a free-to-play, team-based, tactical and strategic game that has you shooting-off against other tanks, and official tournaments have offered rewards in the hundreds of thousands (dollars).
Like pretty much any eSport title, you want to have hardware that runs the game smoothly, and ideally flawlessly, at your chosen resolution and settings because when it comes to competitive gaming every little millisecond counts.
It’s no different with World of Tanks; even though tank combat isn’t on the same level of intensity as say a first-person shooter in terms of fast-paced movement, you still want the smoothest frame-rate possible to be able to aim, shoot and move as precisely as possible. Frame-rate stutters can get in the way of this.
In terms of hardware requirements, World of Tanks can be fairly demanding if you play on maximum settings or high resolutions, and/or you want high framerates such as 120/144+.
As with all our recommendations in this guide, we’re sticking to the standard 1080p as it’s what will give you the most consistent performance (important for eSports) and what the majority of pro gamers use.
Minimum World of Tanks Hardware for 60 FPS+
For the graphics card we’ve opted for a NVidia GTX 1050 Ti 4GB which is the minimum modern GPU you’ll need to max out this game in 1080p and get flawless performance that stays above 60FPS at all times.
NVidia cards run more consistently than AMD ones based on benchmarks that we’ve carefully analysed, so we’d highly suggest sticking to NVidia if you care about getting the most bang for your buck for this particular game.
If you want to drop down the GPU to say the GTX 1050, which is a little more wallet-friendly, then you’ll have to tune down those settings to get 60FPS+ consistently.
As for your CPU, just like all the other eSports games we’ve covered in this guide, a G4560 is all the power you need for our aim here.
Minimum World of Tanks Hardware for 144 FPS+
As for using 144Hz monitors for World of Tanks (or 120Hz), which isn’t as crucial for competitive play unlike faster-paced games like first-person shooters yet will still make the experience smoother overall, you’re going to need an absolute beast of a system.
Therefore, we don’t recommend this, unless you absolutely must get over that 144FPS mark and are willing to invest in building a really high-end PC.
Since World of Tanks doesn’t take advantage of multiple cores and instead relies on single-threaded performance, there’s no need getting a CPU with a huge amount of cores or threads, and the i5-7500 will do the job here.
That’s assuming you have a mighty graphics card in your machine, and for such a high frame-rate you’re going to require the might of a GTX 1080. Not even a GTX 1070, which is considered a high-end gaming card, will get you above that holy grail of 144FPS.
As for RAM, World of Tanks won’t be any different with more than 8GB, so you’re fine with that, but when building such a top-tier computer you’ll probably want to go for 16GB anyway to future-proof things.
There’s one caveat to using a high refresh rate for this game though; the game developers have capped the frame-rate to around 120 and so you’ll need to manually unlock the FPS cap to get higher than that.
Some players report their cap to be 125 or even 121 in some strange cases, but overall it’s not a huge deal as 120 frames per second is lightning fast, and even on a 144Hz monitor it’s still a very, very smooth experience as getting lower than 144 FPS doesn’t cause lag (like getting lower than 60 FPS on a 60 Hz screen does).
But, if you’re using a 144Hz (or even higher) monitor then you’ll likely want to get the maximum frame-rate possible to make full use of your screen (assuming you have the hardware for it), and so you’ll want to uncap that FPS to get over 120/125 FPS. A quick search around should easily find you a way to remove the cap if you're interested in doing so.
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