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Unlike previous games in the Warcraft series, World of Warcraft is a MMORPG, not a real-time strategy game. There are some similarities with previous games in the series, including the use of the same setting of the world of Azeroth as well as following a similar art direction. As with other MMORPGs, players control a character avatar within a game world, exploring the landscape, fighting monsters, completing quests and interacting with NPCs or other players.
World of Warcraft GPU Performance Comparison Graph

World of Warcraft GPU Analysis
Comparing World of Warcraft PC system requirements to all GPUs shows that World of Warcraft is going to need a graphics card that is capable of DX 9 or OpenGL 1.5.

World of Warcraft makes use of DX9.00 so a GPU with that capability could benefit from enhanced visuals.

To get the best visual graphical experience on World of Warcraft, aim to have a GPU that has at least 128 MB GPU RAM.

Most bottom end graphics cards currently available today, will probably allow you to play World of Warcraft

We are advised that 16 year old graphics cards should be able to run World of Warcraft , but there could be a few exceptions to this rule.

Note that most games do not officially support laptop graphics cards, but nowadays many laptop graphics solutions are capable of running modern games. Whether desktop graphics cards or laptop, try searching for your graphics card to compare against the World of Warcraft graphics card requirements chart below.