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Get ready for Mass Effect: Andromeda with these PC specs

Sixteen different options to torture your graphics cards

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Mass Effect: Andromeda launches March 21, but is available a week early to PC users through Electronic Arts’ Origin Access subscription service. Nvidia today published its PC specifications for maximum performance and also revealed the game's numerous graphics options.

There are 16 options affecting image quality, most of which have variable detail levels. They include (deep breath): Ambient Occlusion, Anti-Aliasing, Chromatic Aberration, Effects Quality, Film Grain, Lighting Quality, Mesh Quality, Post-Process Effect Quality, Resolution Scaling, Shader Quality, Shadow Quality, Terrain Quality, Texture Filtering Quality, Texture Quality, and Vegetation Quality.

To get the maximum out of all of those options, Nvidia is recommending a GeForce GTX 1070 or 1080, which launched last year, or the new 1080 Ti, which goes on sale Friday.

For the rest of us mortals, here are the minimum specs, for a 1280x720 resolution:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570 or AMD FX 6350
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 660
  • RAM: 8GB
  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
  • HDD: 55GB free space
  • DirectX: Version 11

And here are the recommended requirements, for 1920x1080 resolution.

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4790 or AMD FX 8350
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, or GeForce GTX 970
  • RAM: 16GB
  • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 (64-bit versions)
  • HDD: 55GB free space
  • DirectX: Version 11

For a sample of what this all looks like on the best settings, Nvidia provided this gallery of screenshots: