Resident Evil 4 Ultimate HD Edition PC Technical Review

Company: Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Sean Ridgeley
Date: March 14th, 2014

Introduction, setup, requirements

Capcom's classic horror game Resident Evil 4 originally released in 2005 on consoles, and was followed up two years later with a virtually unplayable, outsourced PC port the company later lamented.

Showing it's never too late to fix mistakes, Capcom has taken it upon themselves to heavily tweak the PC version and re-release it as Resident Evil 4: Ultimate HD Edition.

If you're interested in whether or not this is in fact the PC port fans always deserved, read on for a light technical analysis of the PC features, performance, visuals, and more.

Test Setup

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 4GB (Stock)
  • Driver: Catalyst 14.2 Beta V1.3
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows XP/ Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 Ghz or better, AMD Athlon™ X2 2.8 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Storage: 15GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800GTS or better, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850 or better

  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows Vista®, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 Quad 2.7 Ghz or better, AMD Phenom™ II X4 3 Ghz or better
    • Memory: 4 GB
    • Storage: 15GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560 or better