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Baldur’s Gate 3: Can my PC run BG3?

To buy or not to buy?

Baldur’s Gate 3 is both a visually and audibly stunning game, but as such, it can’t be run on all PCs. 

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Once you buy the game and download it, BG3 will take up roughly 120GB, meaning it’s definitely on the bigger side, especially when we’re talking about newer games. Larian Studios has put quite an effort into the atmosphere of the game by creating and polishing unique characters with incredible details, an ambient soundtrack, and other neat little features that all require machine power to run.

If you’re really intrigued by Baldur’s Gate 3 universe or you simply want to jump on that hype train and you still didn’t add this to your basket on Steam, here’s how you can check if your PC can even run BG3.

Minimum and optimal requirements to run BG3 on PC and macOS

Minimum requirements for PC

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel I5 4690 / AMD FX 8350
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 970 / RX 480 (4GB+ of VRAM)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD required
  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i7 8700K / AMD r5 3600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: Nvidia 2060 Super / RX 5700 XT (8GB+ of VRAM)
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: SSD required

Minimum requirements for macOS

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: macOS 10.15.6
  • Processor: 2.6GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon460 4GB
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Minimum specs can run the game on low to medium settings. To meet minimum specs, you’ll need a MacBook Pro 15 inch from 2016 or newer, with the above-mentioned GPU. Or, a MacBook Pro 13 inch from 2018 or newer. M1 Chip requirements: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini with Apple M1 chip and 8GB of RAM. SSD recommended.

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  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: macOS 10.15.7
  • Processor: 2.3GHz 8-Core Intel Core i9
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB
  • Storage: 150 GB available space
  • Additional Notes: Recommended specs can run the game on high or ultra settings. You’ll meet recommended specs if you have a MacBook Pro 15-inch or 16-inch from 2019 and up with the above-mentioned GPU. An iMac from 2017 or newer will also pull it off. M1 Chip requirements: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini with Apple M1 chip and 16GB of RAM.SSD recommended.

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Can your PC run Baldur’s Gate 3?

Can you run it? application results showing my PC meets minimal requirements, but not optimal.
I meet minimum requirements, but my PC isn’t optimal. Screenshot by Dot Esports

If you’re not well-versed in your PC specs and you don’t feel like learning that right now, you can always go to Can You Run It, select Baldur’s Gate 3, and let the site do the rest. The process should look as follows:

  • Open the site
  • Choose Baldur’s Gate 3 from the drop-down menu
  • Click the Can You Run It button
  • You will be redirected to a page and wait until the site gathers your data
  • Download and run their application
  • The site will then show you the results if you meet both the minimum and recommended settings

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Staff Writer & World of Warcraft lead. Izabela has a long history with writing and games like World of Warcraft, League of Legends, Fortnite, and The Sims. Before finding her home at Dot Esports in 2021, Izabela was an English teacher and a freelancer at Hotspawn, GGRecon, and Gameranx. In her free time, you’ll find her writing novels, wandering Azeroth, or inting on Summoner’s Rift.