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Battlefield 3 Beta: PC Performance Benchmarks for Graphics Cards and Processors


Genre: Action (Shooter) / 3D / 1st Person
Released: 2011
Developer: DICE
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Publisher in Russia: Electronic Arts

Battlefield 3 is a tactical first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. The game will be released for PC (Microsoft Windows), PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms. Battlefield 3 is a direct sequel to Battlefield 2, which was released in 2005.


Unlike other big-budget games of the time, Battlefield 3's main gaming platform is PC, not game consoles. The PC version will have a maximum of 64 players per map, while the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 console versions will have a maximum of 24 players. Also, the PC version will have other advantages and differences compared to the console versions.

The game will be released on October 25, 2011.



Overview: Graphics

Well, here we are waiting! Not so long ago, the open beta test of Battlefield 3 started, and all fans of this series will be able to join and enjoy the gameplay. It's too early to make premature conclusions on playability, but it's the best thing to evaluate the graphic settings and requirements for the subsystem of modern computers...


The developers promised to show us everything that the game engine is capable of, showing us the maximum image quality of Frostbite 2.0. Improvements, as they say, are obvious - compared to the alpha version, the picture has become much more realistic and pleasant. The abundance of graphics settings in the game menu is especially pleasing to the eye, so we are waiting for complete flexibility in all aspects of graphics.


Frostbite 2.0 was originally designed to work with DirectX 11, however DirectX 10 is also supported. DirectX 9 is not supported, so the Windows XP operating system is not suitable for the game. Old cards will definitely be out of work, and all those who tried to delay the transition to a new operating system will have to change their prejudices.


The minimum version of Microsoft Windows for the game is Windows Vista, but we believe that Windows 7 is the most optimal. We invite you to evaluate a part of the Battlefield 3 Beta game walkthrough in HD resolution, where you can see for yourself the quality of this product:

As a physical engine, as in previous versions of Frostbite, Havok Physics is used by the company of the same name. However, Havok's "Destruction" environmental destruction system has been upgraded to the third version. This version provided even larger and more precise destruction.


Review: Game resource intensive

All video cards were tested at maximum graphics quality by MSI Afterburner. The purpose of the test is to determine how video cards from different manufacturers behave under the same conditions. The minimum and average value of frames is taken as a performance indicator. Below is the configuration of our test systems.

Hardware configuration


AMD Phenom II X6 1100T BE 3.33@4 GHz product provided by AMD

AMD Phenom II X4 940 BE 3.7GHz Products Provided by AMD

AMD Athlon II X4 620 2.6 GHz products provided by AMD

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550@ 4.25 GHz

Intel® Core™ i7-930 4.2 GHz

Intel Core i5-760 2.8 4.2 GHz


Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H products provided by AMD

Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H products provided by AMD

Maximus II Formula socket LGA 775 product provided by Asus

MSI X58 Eclipse Plus socket LGA1366 product provided by MSI

MSI P 55- GD 55 socket LGA 1156 product provided by MSI

MSI 790 FX - GD 70 socket AM3 product provided by MSI


GOODRAM PLAY 1600MHz (8-8-8-24) product provided by GOODRAM

GOODRAM Pro 2000MHz (8-8-8-29) product provided by GOODRAM

Video cards

GeForce 8800 GTS 512 MB
GeForce 8800 GTX 768 MB
EN 8800ULTRA 768 MB provided by Asus GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB GeForce 9800 GTX 512 MB GeForce GTS 250 1024 MB GeForce GTX 260 896 MB GeForce GTX 260 core 216 GeForce GTX 280 1024 MB GeForce GTX 275 896 MB GeForce GTX 285 1024 MB GeForce GTS 450 1024 MB provided by Inno3D GeForce GTX 460 768 MB provided by Leadtek GeForce GTX 460 1024 MB GeForce GTX 465 1024 MB Zotac GeForce GTX 470 1280 MB provided by Zotac

GeForce GTX 480 1536 MB
GeForce GTX 560Ti 1024 MB
GeForce GTX 570 1280 MB
Zotac GeForce GTX 580AMP! 1536 mb product provided by Zotac
Radeon HD 3870 512 mb product provided by Zotac
Radeon HD 4750 512 mb
EAH 4770 512 mb product provided by Asus Radeon HD 4830 512 mb Radeon HD 4850 1024 mb MSI Radeon HD 4870 512 mb product provided by MSI MSI Radeon HD 4890 1024 mb Product provided by MSI / AMD EAH 5750 FORMULA 1024 MB Product provided by Asus

MSI Radeon HD 5770 HAWK 1024 MB Product provided by MSI Radeon HD 5830 1024 MB Radeon HD 5850 1024 MB Product provided by AMD Radeon HD 5870 1024 MB and Eyefinity 2048 MB Product provided by XFX / AMD Radeon HD 6850 1024 MB Product provided by AMD Radeon HD 6870 1024 MB Radeon HD 6950 2048 MB products provided by AMD / XFX Radeon HD 6970 2048 MB products provided by AMD / XFX Radeon HD 6990 4096 MB

products provided by AMD

multimedia equipment

3D monitor LG W2363D

Monitor LG E2750

3D Vision Kit product provided by Nvidia

Power supplies, cases, cooling systems

Chenbro PC61731 enclosures product provided by Syntex

Seasonic X-850 Seasonic X-660 Seasonic X-760 depending on the booth - products provided by Syntex

CPU Cooler GlacialTech Siberia product provided by It-Labs

System software and drivers

operating system

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64 SP1


DirectX 11

Platform driver

Intel INF Chipset Update Utility

Graphics driver

Nvidia GeForce / ION Driver Release 285.38

AMD Catalyst 11.10

Less productive video cards up to the level of GeForce GTS 450 and Radeon HD 4870 are tested based on Core 2 Quad Q9550 and Phenom II X4 940 BE processors, depending on the resource intensity of the game, and more productive ones based on more powerful solutions. Overclocked versions of video cards presented by sponsors were equated to conventional counterparts by reducing their clock speeds.


Our video cards were tested at a resolution of 1920x1080 at maximum graphics quality settings, separately on accelerators with hardware support for DirectX 10 and 11. NVIDIA 3D Vision technology is currently not supported by the game, and its full support will be ready closer to release, but AMD Eyefinity is quite playable and tested on three daisy-chained monitors with a total resolution of 5760x1080. The efficiency of Cross Fire and SLI is at a quite confident level, due to the recent release of fresh drivers.


The test was carried out in the same place as when testing the Alpha version of Battlefield 3. The game is very demanding on video memory, therefore, from cards with support for DX 10, we used at least 768 MB of video memory on board, and with support for DX 11 at least 1 GB . Larger testing will be carried out after the release of the full version of the game. Multiplayer is not very well suited for testing graphic components, due to the constant search for the necessary place for testing. The difference in both quality and graphics settings between DirectX 10 and 11 modes is minimal, so that all users of cards with support for DirectX 10 will be able to enjoy the maximum quality picture, if they can, of course ...

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 DX 10


At maximum settings at a resolution of 1920x1080 in c mode with hardware support for DirectX 10, only video cards of the GeForce GTX 275 level and higher will show acceptable performance. Alas, no one can show comfortable performance from the oldies except for the GeForce GTX 275 ...

Testing at maximum quality settings 1920x1080 DX 11


The minimum that is needed for a comfortable game at a resolution of 1920x1080 in DirectX 11 mode is video cards of the Radeon HD 6850 or GeForce GTX 465 level. A comfortable performance level above 25 FPS will be shown by solutions such as the Radeon HD 5870 or GeForce GTX 560 Ti. As you can see, the system requirements that were announced by the developers for the release of the beta version of the game are quite true. Based on the purchase of a video card specifically for this game, then today the Radeon HD 6950 or GeForce GTX 560 Ti look the most preferable.

Testing with AMD Eyefinity Technology


All our video cards were tested at maximum quality settings on two Full HD monitors combined thanks to Eyefinity technology at a resolution of 5760x1080. Panorama, thanks to the use of multiple monitors, is just right for playing Battlefield 3 with confidence.

Testing at maximum quality settings using AMD Eyefinity technology on two monitors at a resolution of 5760x1080 DX11


With the use of Eyefinity technology, the performance of cards decreases phenomenally and the top single-chip solutions remain out of work, not to mention the versions with one gigabyte of video memory. A suitable solution for this technology at the moment is only the Radeon HD 6990.

Processor dependency testing


We tested processor dependence on 10 models of basic configurations, which are the most relevant today. The test was carried out in those places where the value of the video card for the game is minimal and its load was less than 99%, this time at a resolution of 640x480 at maximum quality settings.

Testing at maximum quality settings 640x480


The situation with the release of the beta version has not changed at all and the processor dependence of the game has remained the same. Two-chip solutions are currently not quite suitable for a comfortable game. The most optimal at the moment look like four-nuclear models, even budget ones ...

We will conduct all assessments and a review of playability with the release of a full-fledged project. The developers kept their promise and presented the game with maximum graphics quality settings. There is still enough time before the release, and developers have a chance not only to improve the graphical component, but also to increase optimization. The release of the full version of Battlefield 3 is just around the corner, so stay tuned!