Fortnite System Requirements

Fortnite System Requirements
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Can I Run Fortnite?

To understand whether your gaming PC can run Fortnite, please check the minimum and required system requirements below. You will also need to know what specifications your gaming computer has, to find this, please refer to our system spec guide here.

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Fortnite Game Details

  • Release Date: 25th July 2017 (PC)
  • System Requirements: Low – Medium
  • Genre: Battle Royale
  • Developer: Epic Games & People Can Fly
  • Publisher: Epic Games

Fortnite has quickly gained momentum to become the most popular battle royal style game, in just two years it has grown to more than 250 million users worldwide and across multiple platforms including PC, Xbox, Playstation, iOS, and Android. As a free-to-play game, it is available for anyone to download and currently generates money through in-game purchases such as battle passes. The game takes the building element of Minecraft with the FPS of Left 4 Dead to create a truly unique game where you can create ramps, walls, and platforms in an effort to out-maneuver your opponents.

Similarly to Player’s Unknown Battlegrounds a.k.a PUBG you are dropped into a map with 99 other players to battle it out. However, unlike PUBG, winning doesn’t just come down to who has the best accuracy, building mechanics are a strategy in their own right.

Fortnite Minimum Requirements

  • CPU: Core i3 2.4GHz
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • HDD: 16GB Free Space
  • GPU: Intel HD 4000 (integrated graphics)
  • OS: Windows 7, 8, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • DirectX: Version 11 or better

Fortnite Recommended Requirements

  • CPU: Core i5 2.8GHz
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD: 16GB Free Space
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 / AMD Radeon HD 7870 or equivalent video card with dedicated memory of 2GB or higher VRAM.
  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • DirectX: Version 11 or better


The below are the system requirements of Fortnite for laptop users, which lay out the best APU setups with integrated graphics or laptop versions of dedicated CPUs and GPUs to run Fortnite on in each instance.

Fortnite Laptop Requirements (Minimum)

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 G Series | AMD Ryzen Mobile 3 APU
  • RAM: 4GB RAM
  • HDD: 16GB Free Space
  • GPU: Intel UHD onboard graphics | Radeon Vega 6 onboard graphics
  • OS: Windows 7, 8, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • DirectX: Version 11 or better

Fortnite Laptop Requirements (Recommended)

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 U Series | AMD Ryzen Mobile 5
  • RAM: 8GB RAM
  • HDD: 16GB Free Space
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q / AMD Radeon 5600M
  • OS: Windows 7, 8.1, or Windows 10 64-bit
  • DirectX: Version 11 or better

Optimal Hardware Suggestions

Fortnite system requirements are quite basic. Utilizing the unreal engine as well as choosing to use more ‘animated’ graphics than that of its competitors helps keep the barriers to entry quite low. To run Fortnite smoothly, you will need Windows 7 64-bit or higher, and the CPU should be at least an Intel Core i3 processor with 4GB RAM or an AMD equivalent being a Ryzen 1st generation CPU or a Ryzen APU. On the GPU front, a simple integrated GPU would suffice such as Intel HD 4000 or Vega 8 or 11 graphics. Otherwise, a GPU which has at least 2GB VRAM, so GPUs such as the RX570 or 1050TI are more than capable of running Fortnite, however, you would need to lower the video settings in-game.

What Gaming PC Do We Recommend?

If you are looking to build or upgrade your gaming PC to run Fortnite, we recommend the following specifications:

Honestly, Ryzen’s APUs are fantastic for budget gaming, but of course, as a budget build, they will limit you. You can check out our $400 build as well for a budget build to play Fortnite on the lowest settings.

If you have a little more money to spend, then we would definitely recommend checking out our custom built gaming PC for Fortnite specifically.

Can I run Fortnite on 4GB RAM?

If you want to play Fortnite, you will need to ensure you have the correct system requirements. One of the requirements that is essential to have the correct specifications for is the RAM. Without a good amount of RAM, your game will lag and will not run as it should.

The minimum RAM requirements needed for Fortnite is 4 GB. As a result, if the PC or laptop only has 4 GB, you will be able to run Fortnite. As this is the minimum requirement, you may find that the game play will not be completely seamless. But, on the whole it will not overly affect your gameplay.

It is worth noting that the recommended amount of RAM for Fortnite is 8 GB. Given this, if you want to have the best possible performance, you may want to consider upgrading your RAM.

Can I run Fortnite on i3?

Yes, it is possible to run Fortnite using an Intel Core i3 processor. When it comes to the system requirements, it is stated that a Core i3-3225 with 3.3 GHz speeds is the minimum needed.

Given this, you will not need to worry about updating your processor. While this may be the minimum requirement, and there will likely be better processors that can be used, you do not need to upgrade your CPU.

The recommended system requirements are Core i5-7300U at 3.5 GHz speeds. When comparing both processors, there is a significant jump in how well the i5 runs in comparison to the i3. Your gameplay will be significantly better with the i5.

However, as Fortnite can still run using the i3 processor, this is not a huge issue. This is especially true if you are just playing for fun, rather than competitively.

The Author Who Worked On This Article

Andrew has always been interested in computers and gaming from a young age. It all started with the BBC Commodore and then evolved into PC gaming in his early teens building numerous Intel Pentium custom PCs. Andrew enjoys FPS, role-playing and strategic games.

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