Rust system requirements – minimum and recommended specs

Can your PC run the multiplayer-only survival title?

Rust System Requirements

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Facepunch Studios multiplayer-only survival title Rust is all about one thing: surviving. Players spawn with nothing and compete against each other. Whether building up defenses as a solo player or banding together with others, one will have to overcome hunger, thirst, and cold as they venture forth into the world. 

However, the game is much more graphic intensive when compared to other multiplayer survival titles. Rust features realistic elements like foliage, buildings, weather, and terrain compared to the block-based textures of fellow open-world title Minecraft

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements for Rust:

Rust Minimum PC System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 8.1 64bit 
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 / AMD FX-9590 or better 
  • Memory: 10 GB RAM Graphics: GTX 670 2GB / AMD R9 280 better 
  • DirectX: Version 11 
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection 
  • Storage: 20 GB available space 
  • Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended or expect longer than average load times. 

Rust Recommended PC System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64bit 
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4690K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: GTX 980 / AMD R9 Fury 
  • DirectX: Version 12 
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection 
  • Storage: 20 GB available space 
  • Additional Notes: SSD is highly recommended. 

Rust Minimum System Requirements (Mac OS X)

  • OS: OS X Lion 10.7 
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3770 / AMD FX-9590 or better 
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: GTX 670 2GB / AMD R9 280 better 
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection 
  • Storage: 20 GB available space 

Rust Recommended System Requirements (Mac OS X)

  • OS: OS X El Capitan 10.11 
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-4690K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600 
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: GTX 980 / AMD R9 Fury 
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection 
  • Storage: 20 GB available space

Players meeting the minimum system requirements can indeed start playing Rust. However, the quality of gameplay on a computer running the recommended hardware will make all the difference. This is because a high frame rate is important for multiplayer survival titles like Rust where Co-op and PVP modes are enabled. 

The possibility of lagging while trying to defend your base is never something anyone wants. This is even more apparent in popular servers since the increase of nearby players and structures will overload less powerful machines.  

Players can choose to turn off settings like anti-aliasing, depth of field, motion blur, and more. In addition, one can lower shadow quality, water reflections, particles, and overall graphics quality to increase their frame rate.

Nevertheless, this will only do so much. Players will still have to meet the minimum system requirements in order to have an enjoyable experience playing the game.