Besides graphics, not many can identify aspects that could burden specific PC components. CPU and RAM intensiveness is much harder to recognize due to the aspects draining them not being vivid enough. But for graphics, only a glance at the game is enough to determine its GPU intensiveness. Multiplayer video games are not often too heavy on graphics due to how intensive they generally are.

Rust is an example of a game that neither seems GPU intensive nor too graphically minimalistic. It is not incredibly CPU intensive either, but with how crowded the game’s servers can get, it is understandable for it to be prominently often CPU intensive.

The game has neither the graphical excellence to trouble the GPU a lot nor the complexity of instructions and calculative requirements to demand a lot from the processor. 

So, while Rust is not particularly intensive for both the CPU and the GPU, it is a bit more CPU intensive due to potentially crowded servers and games. Its middling optimization does not help things either.

Rust is much more RAM intensive than it is GPU or CPU intensive, and that can be seen from the game’s recommended requirements alone. The game has a lot of things to handle, but most of it is not complex enough to trouble the CPU a lot. Instead, it is just that it has a lot to handle.

What are the Best CPUs for Rust?

The best CPUs for Rust, or any game, for that matter, would be the most up-to-date and expensive ones. The job of this article, however, is to list down the CPUs that meet the criteria of running Rust at max settings fluidly without being overkill.

So, the best CPUs, in this case, would be the ones good enough for Rust and its potential updates. 

Rust does not burden the CPU, or any component, a lot, so it is useless to get highly overpowered processors for it. Judging by the two recommended processors, a core count of 4 or higher, a thread count of 8 or higher, and a 3.2GHz frequency or more are all enough to get the best out of Rust.

Here are some of the best CPUs for playing Rust on max settings:

  1. AMD Ryzen 5 4500U
  2. Intel Core i3-7350K
  3. AMD Ryzen 7 1700X
  4. Intel Core i7-4770S
  5. Intel Core i5-10300H
  6. AMD Ryzen 5 5500U
  7. Intel Core i7-4790K – officially recommended Intel CPU.
  8. AMD Ryzen 5 1600 – officially recommended AMD CPU. 

Official Rust Minimum System Requirements

  1. CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 or AMD FX-9590
  2. GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 2GB or AMD R9 280
  3. RAM: 10 GB
  4. Disk Space: 20 GB Hard Disk Drive 
  5. Operating System: Windows 8.1 64-bit or OS X El Capitan 10.11.
  1. CPU: Intel Core i7-4790K or AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  2. GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 or AMD R9 Fury
  3. RAM: 16 GB
  4. Disk Space: 20 GB Solid State Drive
  5. Operating System: Windows 11 64-bit or OS X El Capitan 10.11

What are the Best GPUs for Rust? 

What are the Best GPUs for Rust

Similar to how the article treats CPUs, only the GPUs good enough to utilize Rust at max settings will be prioritized since overkill graphics cards would otherwise be the objectively greatest choice without a doubt. 

Rust demands even less from the GPU, so it is recommended to go with GPUs that could handle the game at its best alongside its future updates.

Considering the two officially recommended graphics cards for it, a GPU with at least 4 GB VRAM, a middling core count, and a bus width of 256 bits or higher will be good enough to handle the game at max settings.

Based on that, here are the best graphics cards for Rust:

  1. Nvidia GTX 1660
  2. AMD RX 590
  3. Nvidia GTX 1660-Ti
  4. Nvidia GTX 1070
  5. AMD RX 5600-XT
  6. AMD RX 6600M
  7. Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 – officially recommended Nvidia graphics card.
  8. AMD R9 Fury – officially recommended AMD graphics card.

FAQs – How to Identify the Component Intensiveness of a Video Game

What Makes a Game CPU Intensive?

A game becomes CPU intensive based on both: the quality and the number of instructions. An excess of non-playable characters (NPCs) alone can make a game highly CPU intensive, even more if the NPCs are all uniquely programmed. Games that require the CPU to do a lot of calculations are CPU intensive. Conversely, quality AI and complex simulation can also pressurize the CPU a lot. Long story short, quantity and complexity make a game CPU intensive. 

What Makes a Game GPU Intensive?

GPU intensiveness is the easiest component intensiveness to recognize. The graphical detail of a game alone can determine a game’s GPU intensiveness. There are different ways for a game to be GPU intensive, though there can be tiny games with high-end graphics and vice versa. The more renders there are, the more VRAM the game consumes. At the same time, the complexity of the renders requires more from the GPU’s cores. 

What Makes a Game RAM Intensive?

A RAM-intensive game is also guaranteed to be pretty CPU and GPU intensive. The density of a video game mostly depends a lot on the RAM, but since the game could also be dense in terms of renders and instructions, both the CPU and the GPU are also called for aid. The quantity of happening at once makes a game RAM intensive.


Rust may not be a graphically or algorithmically high-end game and is thus not too intensive for both the CPU and the GPU. But it is far from being a low-spec game and requires a bit more compliance from the CPU than it does from the GPU due to the potential crowdedness of some servers.

Considering its recommended requirements, it is, in fact, quite more RAM intensive. Regardless, most mid-to-high-tier CPUs and GPUs can run it fluidly on max settings.

I hope this article is helpful. If you are still hanging around, why not check our other articles on video game intensiveness?

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