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Desktop Graphics Card Compatibility and Recommendations

This chart is for desktop graphics ONLY and does not take into account the rest of your computer. If you have an awesome graphics card but crappy everything else, your performance will suck. If you have a newer computer with a strong CPU and lots of RAM, but install a crappy graphics card, you will still likely have performance problems.

TS3 relies very heavily on the CPU and having a multi-core processor makes a huge difference in performance, but that does not mean just any graphics card out there will work. What it DOES mean, is that if you have a really strong dual or quad core CPU, you may be able to get better performance out of the Maybe cards. If you have an older single core CPU, even the Yes cards may not give perfect performance.

Please note: It is not recommended that you attempt to play TS2 or TS3 on an integrated video chipset. If you have a computer with integrated video, it is recommended you view this guide.


KEY
Yes Known to give good game play, little or no lagging is expected
Maybe Performance is uncertain/unknown, or may still be mostly playable with expected lagging/reduced performance
No Not recommended/known problems/poor performance
Integrated/Onboard Video Sims 3

Base Game Base Game 1.0.631

Expansion Pack and Patch Stuff Pack and Patch
World Adventures World Adventures 1.6.6 Ambitions Ambitions 1.12.7 Late Night Late Night 1.17.60 Generations Generations 1.22.9 Pets Pets 1.26.89/1.27 Showtime Showtime 1.31.118 Supernatural Supernatural 1.38.151 Seasons Seasons 1.42.130 University Life University Life 1.50.56 Island Paradise Island Paradise 1.55.4 Into the Furture Into the Future 1.63.5 High End Loft Stuff High End Loft Stuff 1.9.22 Fast Lane Stuff Fast Lane Stuff 1.15.34 Outdoor Living Stuff Outdoor Living Stuff 1.19.44 Town Life Stuff Town Life Stuff 1.24.3 Master Suite Stuff Master Suite Stuff 1.29.55 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Katy Perry's Sweet Treats 1.34.27 Diesel Stuff Diesel Stuff 1.36.25 70s 80s 90s Stuff 70s 80s 90s Stuff 1.48.5 Movie Stuff Movie Stuff 1.57.6
Intel Extreme / GMA 8xx /9xx No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Intel GMA x3x00 Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Intel GMA x4500 Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Intel GMA HD (core i-series) Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Intel HD (Pentium / Celeron CPU) Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Intel HD 3000 (2nd gen core i-series) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No
Intel HD 4000 (3rd gen core i-series) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No
Radeon Xpress No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon x1200, x1250, x1270 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 3200 Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 42xx Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 6310/6320 (E350/ E240 APU) No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 6370D (E2-3200 APU) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 6410D (A4 Series APU) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 65xxD (A6 / A8 Series APU) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 7480D (A4 Series APU) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 75xxD (A6 / A8 Series APU) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No
Radeon HD 7660D (A10 Series APU) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
Nvidia 61xx/71xx No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Nvidia 8200/8300 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Nvidia 9300/9400 Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
ATI/AMD Dedicated Graphics Card Sims 3

Base Game Base Game 1.0.631

Expansion Pack and Patch Stuff Pack and Patch
World Adventures World Adventures 1.6.6 Ambitions Ambitions 1.12.7 Late Night Late Night 1.17.60 Generations Generations 1.22.9 Pets Pets 1.26.89/1.27 Showtime Showtime 1.31.118 Supernatural Supernatural 1.38.151 Seasons Seasons 1.42.130 University Life University Life 1.50.56 Island Paradise Island Paradise 1.55.4 Into the Furture Into the Future 1.63.5 High End Loft Stuff High End Loft Stuff 1.9.22 Fast Lane Stuff Fast Lane Stuff 1.15.34 Outdoor Living Stuff Outdoor Living Stuff 1.19.44 Town Life Stuff Town Life Stuff 1.24.3 Master Suite Stuff Master Suite Stuff 1.29.55 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Katy Perry's Sweet Treats 1.34.27 Diesel Stuff Diesel Stuff 1.36.25 70s 80s 90s Stuff 70s 80s 90s Stuff 1.48.5 Movie Stuff Movie Stuff 1.57.6
Radeon 9500 Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon 9600 Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon 9700 Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon 9800 Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon x300 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x600 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x700 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x800 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x850 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x1300 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x1550 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x1600 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x1650 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x1800 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x1900 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon x1950 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 2400 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 2600 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 2900 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 3400 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 3600 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 3800 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
**^Radeon HD 3870x2 Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 4350 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 4550 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 4600 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 4770 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 4800 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
^Radeon HD 4800x2 Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 5450 No No No No No No No No No No No No Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon HD 5550/5570 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No
Radeon HD 5670 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 5700 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon HD 5800 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
^Radeon HD 5900 Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 6350 / 6450 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 6570 / OEM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 6670 / OEM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon HD 67xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon HD 68xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 6930 / 6950 / 6970 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
^Radeon HD 6990 Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 7350 OEM / 74x0 OEM Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 7570 OEM / 7670 OEM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 77xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 78xx Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 7950 / 7970 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
^Radeon HD 7990 Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 8350 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
Radeon HD 8400 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No No No
Radeon HD 8570 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
Radeon HD 8670 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 8760 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 8870 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon HD 8950 / 8970 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R7 240 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No No No No No
Radeon R7 250 Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe No No
Radeon R7 260X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
Radeon R9 270X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R9 280 / 280X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Radeon R9 290 / 290X Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
NVIDIA Dedicated Graphics Card Sims 3

Base Game Base Game 1.0.631

Expansion Pack and Patch Stuff Pack and Patch
World Adventures World Adventures 1.6.6 Ambitions Ambitions 1.12.7 Late Night Late Night 1.17.60 Generations Generations 1.22.9 Pets Pets 1.26.89/1.27 Showtime Showtime 1.31.118 Supernatural Supernatural 1.38.151 Seasons Seasons 1.42.130 University Life University Life 1.50.56 Island Paradise Island Paradise 1.55.4 Into the Furture Into the Future 1.63.5 High End Loft Stuff High End Loft Stuff 1.9.22 Fast Lane Stuff Fast Lane Stuff 1.15.34 Outdoor Living Stuff Outdoor Living Stuff 1.19.44 Town Life Stuff Town Life Stuff 1.24.3 Master Suite Stuff Master Suite Stuff 1.29.55 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Katy Perry's Sweet Treats 1.34.27 Diesel Stuff Diesel Stuff 1.36.25 70s 80s 90s Stuff 70s 80s 90s Stuff 1.48.5 Movie Stuff Movie Stuff 1.57.6
GeForce 5900 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
GeForce 6200 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
GeForce 6600 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
GeForce 6800 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
GeForce 7300 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce 7600 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
GeForce 7800 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
GeForce 7900 Yes Maybe No No No No No No No No No No Maybe No No No No No No No No
^GeForce 7950 GX2 Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
 !GeForce 8400 GS No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
**!GeForce 8500 Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
 !GeForce 8600 Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce 8800 GS Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce 8800 GTS Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No
GeForce 8800 GT / GTS512 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce 8800 GTX / Ultra Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
GeForce 9300 GE / GS No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce 9400 GT Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce 9500 GT Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce 9600 GSO / GT Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce 9800 GT / GTX / GTX+ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
GeForce G 100 OEM No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce GT 120 Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce GT 130 Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce GT 140 Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce GTS 150 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce G 210 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce GT 220 Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce GTS 240 / (OEM) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GTS 250 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GTX 260 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
GeForce GTX 275 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
GeForce GTX 280 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX 285 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
^GeForce GTX 295 (x2) Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
GeForce 310 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce 315 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce GT 320 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GT 330 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GT 340 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce 405 No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce GT 420 OEM Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce GT 430 OEM Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GT 440 Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GT 440/GTS 450 OEM / GTS 450 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GTX 460 / SE / OEM / v2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
GeForce GTX 465 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
GeForce GTX 470 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX 480 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce 510 OEM No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce GT 520 / OEM Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce GT 530 (OEM) Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GT 545 DDR3 / 545 OEM / 555 OEM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GTX 550 Ti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No
GeForce GTX 560 / Ti / OEM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
GeForce GTX 570 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX 580 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
^GeForce GTX 590 (GX2) Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
GeForce G 605 (OEM) No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce GT 610 Maybe No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No No
GeForce GT 620 / OEM Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No No No Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No No No
GeForce GT 630 DDR3 / GDDR5 / OEM Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 128 / GDDR5 / OEM Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
GeForce GT 640 DDR3 192 Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No No
GeForce GT 645 (OEM) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Maybe No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe
GeForce GTX 650 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
GeForce GTX 650 Ti / Boost Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX 660 / (OEM) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX 660 Ti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX 670 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX 680 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
^GeForce GTX 690 Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe Maybe
GeForce GTX 750 Ti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe
GeForce GTX 760 / Ti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX 770 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX 780 / Ti Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
GeForce GTX Titan / Black / Z Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sims 3

Base Game Base Game 1.0.631

Expansion Pack and Patch Stuff Pack and Patach
World Adventures World Adventures 1.6.6 Ambitions Ambitions 1.12.7 Late Night Late Night 1.17.60 Generations Generations 1.22.9 Pets Pets 1.26.89/1.27 Showtime Showtime 1.31.118 Supernatural Supernatural 1.38.151 Seasons Seasons 1.42.130 University Life University Life 1.50.56 Island Paradise Island Paradise 1.55.4 Into the Furture Into the Future 1.63.5 High End Loft Stuff High End Loft Stuff 1.9.22 Fast Lane Stuff Fast Lane Stuff 1.15.34 Outdoor Living Stuff Outdoor Living Stuff 1.19.44 Town Life Stuff Town Life Stuff 1.24.3 Master Suite Stuff Master Suite Stuff 1.29.55 Katy Perry's Sweet Treats Katy Perry's Sweet Treats 1.34.27 Diesel Stuff Diesel Stuff 1.36.25 70s 80s 90s Stuff 70s 80s 90s Stuff 1.48.5 Movie Stuff Movie Stuff 1.57.6



**Regardless of the performance potential of these cards the Radeon 3850x2 is unsupported by TS3 and is known to have compatibility problems with TS2. Therefore the card is not recommended

! At least some if not all of Nvidia's cards with G86 and G84 cores are defective. They they do not handle heat like they should. This includes all GeForce 8400/8500/8600/8700 cards.

^ Some of these cards are dual-GPU cards and are known to micro-stutter. Therefore performance on those cards are reduced. The same applies for graphics cards in SLI or CrossFire mode.

The Sims 3 System Requirements

A note on these requirements: The requirements listed below are taken directly from the official TS3 site. These are the absolute bare minimums you need to get the game up and running. These are NOT the minimum requirements for a playable game experience! If you have just the bare minimum and a low-end graphics card, you will NOT be able to play the game! It will run... but it will not look good, run well, or run consistently without crashing.

In order to find the specs on your system, see: Game Help:System Specs. If you are looking to upgrade your system, please see Help: Computer & Software Help for lots of advice, recommendations, and a place you can ask questions on specific hardware.

Sims 3 Base Game PC Requirements - No Patches

From: http://www.thesims3.com/game/systemreq (with some slight changes based on advanced graphics card knowledge)

Items marked in green are those which are also recommended by MTS for playing The Sims 3.

FOR WINDOWS XP

  • 2.0 GHz P4 processor or equivalent (2.0ghz Core 2 Duo, or AMD Athlon II, or higher is recommended; 2.4 Ghz for later patches (~1.19 onwards))
  • 1 GB RAM (2GB of RAM is recommended)
  • A 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 (256 MB dedicated video card - mid-range or higher - is recommended)
  • The latest version of DirectX 9.0c
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
  • At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games


FOR WINDOWS VISTA/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8

  • 2.4 GHz P4 processor or equivalent (2.4ghz Core 2 Duo, or AMD Phenom II, or higher is recommended for early patches; Core i5, or AMD FX, or higher is recommended for later patches (~1.27 onwards))
  • 1.5 GB RAM (at least 4GB of RAM is recommended)
  • 128 MB Video Card with support for Pixel Shader 2.0 (256 MB dedicated video card - mid-range or higher - is recommended)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 1
  • At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space with at least 1 GB of additional space for custom content and saved games


For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires at least:

  • Intel Integrated Chipset, GMA 3-Series or above
  • 2.6 GHz Pentium D CPU, or 1.8 GHz Core 2 Duo, or equivalent
  • 0.5 GB additional RAM


SUPPORTED VIDEO CARDS:

See table above.

For laptops, see here. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work, but may run comparatively slower.

Standalone cards that are installed in vanilla PCI slots (not PCIe or PCIx), such as some GeForce FX variants, will perform poorly. Most AGP, if not all, won't work at all

Intel integrated chipsets featuring underclocked parts will not perform adequately. Integrated chipsets such as the ATI Xpress and the NVIDIA TurboCache variants may default to settings that are higher than what would be optimal for them. Graphics settings can be lowered to improve performance.

Please note that attempting to play the game using video hardware that isn't listed above may result in reduced performance, graphical issues or cause the game to not run at all.

The NVIDIA GeForce FX series is unsupported under Vista.

Sims 3 Base Game MAC Requirements

FOR MAC OS X

  • Mac OS X 10.5.7 Leopard or higher
  • Intel Core Duo Processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • ATI X1600 or Nvidia 7300 GT with 128 MB of Video RAM, or Intel Integrated GMA X3100.
  • At least 6.1 GB of hard drive space, with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
  • This game will not run on PowerPC (G3/G4/G5) based Mac systems, or the GMA 950 class of integrated video cards.


MAC OS X Supported Video Cards


NVIDIA GeForce series

  • 7300, 7600
  • 8600, 8800
  • 9400M, 9600M GT
  • GT 120, GT 130

ATI Radeon(TM) series

  • X1600, X1900
  • 2400, 2600
  • 3870,
  • 4850, 4870

Intel(R) Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA)

  • GMA X3x00



Expansion Packs

World Adventures

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 3.4GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 9.9GB in total with The Sims 3


Ambitions

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional @ 2.4GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 8.9GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 12.6GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Late Night

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 2.3GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 8.8GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 15.2GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Generations

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 1GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 7.5GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 16.3GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Pets

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 3.2GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 9.6GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 19.6GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN + TLS + PETS
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Showtime

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 2.8GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 9.3GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 22.6GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN + TLS + PETS + MSS
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Supernatural

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 3.5GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 9.6GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 26.4GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN + TLS + PETS + MSS + SHT + KPST + DS
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Seasons

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 3.5GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 9.6GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 29.9GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN + TLS + PETS + MSS + SHT + KPST + DS + SN
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Stuff Packs

High-End Loft

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 0.26GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 6.8GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 10.2GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL


Fast Lane

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 0.2GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 6.7GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 12.8GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Outdoor Living

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 0.2GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 6.7GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 15.4GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Town Life

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 0.12GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 6.6GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 16.5GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN + TLS
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Master Suite Stuff

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 0.15GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 6.7GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 19.7GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN + TLS + PETS
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Katy Perry's Sweet Treats

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 0.17GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 6.7GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 22.8GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN + TLS + PETS + MSS + SHT
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


Diesel Stuff

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 0.13GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 6.6GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 22.9GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN + TLS + PETS + MSS + SHT + KPST
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended


70s 80s 90s Stuff

All requirements the same with following additions:

  • Additional 0.18GB of free Hard Drive space
  • @ 6.6GB in total with The Sims 3 only
  • @ 30.0GB if installing with The Sims 3 base game + WA + HEL + AMB + FL + LN + OLS + GEN + TLS + PETS + MSS + SHT + KPST + DS + SN + SEA
  • 4GB RAM minimum is recommended

The Sims 4 System Requirements

(with some slight changes based on advanced graphics card knowledge)

  • REQUIRED: Internet connection required for product activation.

OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, or Windows 8.1

  • PROCESSOR: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent) (Core i3-3XXX or AMD FX or higher is recommended)
  • MEMORY: At least 2 GB RAM (4 GB is recommended)

HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games

  • DVD-ROM: DVD ROM drive required for installation only
  • VIDEO CARD: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better (AMD R9 Series or Geforce GTX 650 or higher dedicated video card is recommended)
  • SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c Compatible
  • DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse

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