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Modern Warfare 3 System Requirements [Minimum/Recommended]

The upcoming release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has made a lot of gamers excited. However, the file size of MW3 also gives COD fans a big shock. To learn more details about Modern Warfare 3 system requirements and tips on getting more space for the game, continue reading this article.

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Updated by Oliver on Nov 15, 2023

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III (2023) is a sequel to Modern Warfare II (2022) of the Call of Duty series released by Activision. The campaign was developed by Sledgehammer Games in partnership with Infinity Ward. With Modern Warfare 3 single-player campaign early access on 3 November 2023, many gamers who have pre-ordered the game can play through the campaign now.


However, global gamers are surprised by Modern Warfare 3 system requirements, especially by its file size. Not only that, many gamers also expressed dissatisfaction with the rough quality of the campaign, and IGN gave only a 4/10 rating for this. Read this article from EaseUS, and you'll get more detailed information and extra tips on resolving insufficient storage space for the game.

Modern Warfare 3 System Requirements Overview

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be fully released on 10 November 2023. To ensure you can run the game on your computer, check the system requirements below from the official site.

MW3 system requirements


The minimum specifications needed to play the Multiplayer mode


The minimum specifications needed to play


The recommended specs to play at 60FPS in most situations with all options set to high


The specs to play with a high refresh monitor or to run the game in 4K resolution

GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / GTX 1650 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 / GTX 1650 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti / RTX 3060 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 / RTX 4070
OS Windows 10 64 Bit [latest update] Windows 10 64 Bit [latest update]

Windows 10 64 Bit [latest update] or Windows 11 64 Bit [latest update]

Windows10 64 Bit [latest update] or Windows 11 64 Bit [latest update]


Intel Core i3-6100


AMD Ryzen 3 1200

Intel Core i5-6600


AMD Ryzen 5 1400

Intel Corei7-6700K


AMD Ryzen 5 1600X

Intel Corei7-8700K


AMD Ryzen 7 2700X

HI-REZ ASSETS CACHE Up to 32GB Up to 32GB Up to 32GB Up to 64 GB

79 GB

[34 GB if COD HQ is already installed]


[78 GB if COD HQ and Warzone are already installed]


[78 GB if COD HQ and Warzone are already installed]


[78 GB if COD HQand Warzone are already installed]

As you can see, the storage space requirements of the game for PC are badly high. Below is the detailed information about the game on all platforms.

🖱️PC: It takes about 149 GB in total to have a full installation of Modern Warfare 3, including the COD HQ, Warzone, campaign, and multiplayer. Additionally, if you want the hi-rez assets cache(64GB) also included, you'll need a total of 213GB. If you only want to play multiplayer games, the minimum storage requirement is 79GB.

🎮PlayStation & Xbox: Modern Warfare 3 requires at least 140GB. However, the final download size is unconfirmed for now, as the multiplayer and zombie components are not released yet.

To learn how to resolve insufficient space on PlayStation or Xbox, you can refer to the following articles.

For PC, the COD HQ launcher occupies about 45-57GB, causing dissatisfaction among many players. Therefore, its functionality and necessity are widely discussed and questioned. If you are desperate to play MW3 but don't have enough storage space on your drive for the game, check the tips below.

Additional Tips: Solutions to Insufficient Space on PC

According to the official, an SSD is required in order to launch and play Modern Warfare 3 on your PC successfully. In case you don't know how exactly to resolve the insufficient space for installing the game, we provide you with several methods to help you.

Solution 1. Move Your Apps

If you already have an SSD on your computer, and one of the partitions is capable of storing MW3, but the free space is not currently enough, you can try to move other apps to another drive to free up the partitions. To do this fast and safely, you can rely on EaseUS Partition Master Professional.

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This powerful disk and partition manager provides an additional feature called AppMove, which can help you easily move multiple apps at one time.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master, go to the Discover section and click "AppMove" to activate this feature.

Enable App Move

Step 2. Once AppMove opens up, click "App Migration" and click "Start" to begin the app migration process.

Start App Migration

Step 3. Select the installed applications, big programs, and even games you want to move, then browse to select a target drive or partition as the destination next to the Migrate to section. Then, click "Transfer" to begin transfer your apps.

select apps to transfer

After this, your partition should be able to hold COD 20 now.

If you find the information and methods useful, share this article with other COD fans.


Solution 2. Extend the Gaming Volume

If the partition for games on your SSD is not big enough to install MW3, you can also try to extend the partition with free space from other partitions. Using EaseUS Partition Master to resize your SSD partition will save you a lot of energy and time.

Step 1. Shrink partition to free up space to extend partition.

If the hard drive has enough unallocated space to extend the target partition, jump to Step 2, and continue. If not, free up space first:

  • At the Partition Manager section, right-click on a partition next to the target partition and select "Resize/Move".
  • Drag the partition ends to free up space, leaving enough unallocated space behind the target partition, click "OK".
free up disk space to get unallocated space

Step 2. Extend the target partition.

Right-click on the target partition you want to extend and select "Resize/Move".

extend partition -1

Drag the target partition handle into the unallocated space to extend partition.

extend partition -2

Step 3. Keep all changes.

Click the "Execute Task" button and click "Apply" to keep all changes.

extend partition -3

Now, you can have all the games on the partition, including Modern Warfare 3.

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Solution 3. Upgrade to a Larger SSD

If you are using an HDD or an SSD without sufficient storage space, you should upgrade to a larger SSD. Fortunately, EaseUS Partition Master can help you with that.

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Using this professional software, you can clone all partitions to the new SSD. The first thing you should do is to connect the new SSD to your computer. Then, follow the below guide to continue.

Step 1. Select the source disk.

  • Click the "Clone" from the left menu. Select the "Clone OS Disk" or "Clone Data Disk"  and click "Next".
  • Choose the source disk and click "Next".

Step 2. Select the target disk.

  • Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination and click "Next" to continue.
  • Read Warning message and confirm "Yes" button.

Step 3. View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

Then click "Continue" when the program warns it will wipe out all data on the target disk. (If you have valuable data on the target disk, back up it in advance.)

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" or "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout. (Select the last one if you want to leave more space for C drive.)

Step 4. Click "Start" to start the disk cloning process.

Now, your hard drive meets the requirement to install and play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Don't forget to share the post on your social media to help more gamers who want to play MW3.


Solution 4. Add an External SSD

If you don't have any SSD on hand right now, you should buy one. According to the official system requirements, an SSD is required for playing MW3. After connecting the new SSD with enough storage space, you can use it as an external hard drive to store your games on it. You can refer to solution 1 or follow this link to migrate games to an external disk. Then, enjoy the MW3 from your external SSD.


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Modern Warfare 3 system requirements are presented in this article. Clearly, many gamers are disappointed about the file size of this game. With each update released in the future, the storage space the game takes will be even larger. Lucky for you, we offered you a few methods and a reliable tool, EaseUS Partition Master, for disk and partition management in this article to help you get more free space to install the game.

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FAQs on Modern Warfare 3 System Requirements

If you have other related questions about Modern Warfare 3 system requirements, check the FAQs below.

1. What are the minimum system requirements for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on PC?

The minimum system requirements for COD 20 include Windows 10 64-bit, Intel Core i5-6600 or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 CPU, RAM with 8GB, a 2GB VRAM video card, and an SSD with 149 GB available space.

2. How many hours does it take to finish MW3?

It takes 3 to 5 hours to finish the COD MW3 campaign, depending on your skill level. For the single-player campaign in the Call of Duty series, the story of MW3 is too short, so many players have given it a low score.

3. When will MW3 2023 come out?

Activision has confirmed that Modern Warfare 3 will be available for gamers on 10 November 2023. However, if you have pre-ordered this game, you can play the campaign from 3 November 2023.

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Updated by Oliver

Oliver is an EaseUS professional writer who dares explore new areas. With a passion for solving tech issues with straightforward guides for common users, Oliver keeps honing his writing craft by developing in-depth solutions for disk and partition management, computer boot-up issues, file transfer, etc.

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