Read first: Will PCSX2 run fast on my computer?

Originally posted by Refraction

If you have come here to ask this question, the answer is here, there is no point in making a thread about it. Look down the list for your hardware, you will get a fair idea of your system and how it will perform, if there are any additional hardware reply below with the additions, DO NOT reply if you are just going to ask "Will my system work? i have blah blah" because all you will get is a warning.

If you have reasonable specs to those posted below but want to know if your game works, check out the Compatibility List before posting.

The latest officially released stable version is version 1.4.0.

Installers and binaries for both Windows and Linux are available from our website.

Development builds are also available from our website.

System Requirements


Operating System CPU GPU RAM
- Windows 7 or newer (32 or 64 bit)
- Ubuntu 18.04/Debian or newer, Arch Linux, or other distro (32 or 64 bit)
- Supports SSE2
PassMark Single Thread Performance rating near or greater than 1600
- Two physical cores, with hyperthreading
- Direct3D10 support
- OpenGL 3.x support
PassMark G3D Mark rating around 3000 (GeForce GTX 750)
- 2 GB Video Memory
4 GB

Note: Recommended Single Thread Performance is based on moderately complex games. Games that pushed the PS2 hardware to its limits will struggle on CPUs at this level. Some release titles and 2D games which underutilized the PS2 hardware may run on CPUs rated as low as 1200. A quick reference for CPU intensive gamesWikiForum and CPU light games: Forum


Operating System CPU GPU RAM
- Windows 10 (64 bit)
- Ubuntu 19.04/Debian or newer, Arch Linux, or other distro (64 bit)
- Supports AVX2
PassMark Single Thread Performance rating near or greater than 2100
- Four physical cores, with or without hyperthreading
- Direct3D11 support
- OpenGL 4.5 support
PassMark G3D Mark rating around 6000 (GeForce GTX 1050 Ti)
- 4 GB Video Memory
8 GB

Note: Recommended GPU is based on 3x Internal, ~1080p resolution requirements. Higher resolutions will require stronger cards; 6x Internal, ~4K resolution will require a PassMark G3D Mark rating around 12000 (GeForce GTX 1070 Ti). Just like CPU requirements, this is also highly game dependent. A quick reference for GPU intensive gamesWiki

Technical Notes

  • You need the Visual C++ 2019 x86 Redistributables to run PCSX2.
  • Windows XP and DirectX 9 support was dropped after stable release 1.4.0
  • Windows 7 support will be dropped after stable release 1.6.0
  • Make sure to update your operating system, drivers, and DirectX (if applicable) to ensure you have the best experience possible. Having a newer GPU is also recommended so you have the latest supported drivers.
  • Because of copyright issues, and the complexity of trying to work around it, you need a BIOS dump extracted from a legitimately-owned PS2 console to use the emulator. For more information about the BIOS and how to get it from your console, visit this page.
  • PCSX2 uses two CPU cores for emulation by default. A third core can be used via the MTVU speed hack, which is compatible with most games. This can be a significant speedup on CPUs with 3+ cores, but it may be a slowdown on GS-limited games (or on CPUs with fewer than 2 cores). Software renderers will then additionally use however many rendering threads it is set to and will need higher core counts to run efficiently.
  • Requirements benchmarks are based on a statistic from the Passmark CPU bench marking software. When we say "STR", we are referring to Passmark's "Single Thread Rating" statistic. You can look up your CPU on Passmark's website for CPUs to see how it compares to PCSX2's requirements.
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Nvidia 5200 - 5500, while working with both plugins, gives REALLY slow performance whenever any shader-ific effects are on-screen. "possibly poor performance" is too light...
I'm not sure about the other cards in that group.
(12-13-2008, 12:40 AM)Nneeve Wrote: Nvidia 5200 - 5500, while working with both plugins, gives REALLY slow performance whenever any shader-ific effects are on-screen. "possibly poor performance" is too light...
I'm not sure about the other cards in that group.

i think i will work but too slow...
you can to go this website to analyse your video card if your shader is 2.0.
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I wasn't asking for help - I was just relaying information about my (past, thankfully) experiences with Nvidia 5200 - 5500.
I believe it has 2.0 shaders, but just does the shading VERY slowly (few shading units or some such).

Also, I highly doubt Nvidia 4 works with GSDX... It doesn't have 2.0 shaders, does it?
Yeah I need to update this Smile Thanks for the report Nneeve,I kept this thread open for posts like that
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(12-10-2008, 03:20 PM)Bositman Wrote: Windows Vista 32/64 - Works on both builds, for VM to work, you MUST manually enable SE_LOCK_MEMORY (Confirmed by GeneralPlot)
It should be enough to right-click the VM version and choose "Run as administrator" the first time you run it (if you have UAC) - then it'll be able to add the required policy (you don't need to run as administrator after logging out and logging back in).
Well sometimes it just doesn't want to start. I also noticed you might be able to run program much longer if you use server 2003 compatibility instead xp (even tough it works sometimes fine without compatibility settings)
I don't know why "Windows XP With Service Pack 3" is Recommended , Can We use "Windows XP With Service Pack 2" ? This is because still have many PC Game out there can't run under "Windows XP With Service Pack 3" . Farcry 2 is an example ... !!!
It's recommended because some people report Sp3 is 10 or 15% faster than Sp2
EVGA 600 +80 PSU
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OS: Debian Stretch 64bits  Cool
OS: Windows 10 Home 
Yup. When SP2 came out it lowered system a bit compared to SP1 and now SP3 gives back some power Wink And trust me you need all that extra power you can get ;O
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