Tomb Raider PC Technical Review

Company: Square Enix
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: March 7th, 2013

Introduction, setup, requirements

The original Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was one of the titles to propel gaming directly into the mainstream, thanks mainly to groundbreaking graphics, unique, quality gameplay, and a fetching heroine. The series has since had its share of ups and downs, but the newly released Tomb Raider (which arrives nearly 20 years after the OG), based on my brief time with it, seems to offer a fresh approach and quality boost the franchise sorely needed.

If you're curious as to how the game fares on PC, read on for a light technical analysis.

Test Setup

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 3570K 3.4GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333 mhZ)
  • Storage: Western Digital Caviar Black 640GB 3.5" 7200RPM / OCZ Agility 3 6Gb/s (Cache)
  • Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 680 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: 314.07
  • Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Input: Logitech G400 mouse @ 1900dpi, Leopold Tenkeyless Linear Touch Mechanical Keyboard

System Requirements

  • Minimum
    • OS: Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista,7,8 (32bit/64bit)
    • Processor: Dual core CPU: AMD Athlon64 X2 2.1 Ghz (4050+), Intel Core2 Duo 1.86 Ghz (E6300)
    • Memory: 2 GB
    • Storage: 12GB
    • Video Card: DirectX 9 graphics card with 512Mb Video RAM: AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT, nVidia 8600
    • DirectX: 9

  • Recommended
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
    • Processor: Dual or Quad core CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 565, Intel Core i5-750
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Video Card: DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM: AMD Radeon HD 4870, nVidia GTX 480
    • DirectX: 11