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Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards, Benchmarked

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October 28, 2011 4:53:34 AM

pffft. My HD 6870 handles Ultra maxed just fine!
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October 28, 2011 4:54:12 AM

Great review, thank you very much!
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October 28, 2011 5:03:06 AM

great review. but I am curious if a gtx 560ti can run ultra on a playable fps? because I am about to buy one :D 
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October 28, 2011 5:07:08 AM

nevermind my comment about 560 Ti, I see it in the benchmarks (high) but it is not on the main page list of cards (missed putting it there?) (yes, I used the search feature in my browser, no 560 to speak of)
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October 28, 2011 5:07:33 AM

blah, I guess my first comment didnt come through, nevermind then! ha
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October 28, 2011 5:13:17 AM

Wow does it look good, I played the demo on Xbox did it ever look dumb
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October 28, 2011 5:15:33 AM

sirus3020great review. but I am curious if a gtx 560ti can run ultra on a playable fps? because I am about to buy one


Without any form of AA you can run it on ultra and get over 30fps on every map @ 1920x1080 easily (over 60 when close quarters). Depends on your cpu and if you OC your gpu though. i have mine at 940/2100 and its always above 40fps.
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October 28, 2011 5:17:16 AM

AWESOME! thank you very much for this. looks like i wont have to upgrade my CPU then. i have HD4870 and i play this on medium settings but still i want the ultra settings. :) 
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October 28, 2011 5:20:08 AM

Great read, lovely to see a wide assortment tested, specially my 5850. Thanks for taking the time Chris, I'm sure it must've taken FOREVER to bench and swap all those cards.
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October 28, 2011 5:20:30 AM

Frikkin' finally, now I can upgrade safely. :) 
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October 28, 2011 5:30:53 AM

looks like my e8500 and gtx 460 can pull through this game (hopefully)
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October 28, 2011 5:31:49 AM

I run BF3 in 1920x1080 ultra MSAA4x with my X4 955+HD5770 and it works fine. Playable 30fps :D 
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October 28, 2011 5:35:45 AM

running x fire 6950's and besting 78FPS avg fps on ultra, i5 2500k W/ Thank God no problems with multi GPU
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October 28, 2011 5:42:48 AM

For anyone interested I get
min - 21 Fps
Max - 71 Fps
Avg - 41.2 Fps
Everything maxed at 1080P
I7-2600k @ 4.3 + Sapphire 6950 2gb Flashed to 6970 with stock clocks 880 1250
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October 28, 2011 5:43:28 AM

For anyone interested I get
min - 21 Fps
Max - 71 Fps
Avg - 41.2 Fps
Everything maxed at 1080P
I7-2600k @ 4.3 + Sapphire 6950 2gb Flashed to 6970 with stock clocks 880 1250
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October 28, 2011 5:44:30 AM

Great article and I love that picture with a pile of graphics cards :D  Just one obvious thing missing: WHERE ARE SLI 560 Tis??? I was kind of considering picking up a second card for this game... come on, I'm sick of Tom's ignoring that card so often.

Though I think my 560 Ti still doesn't need a pair if I tone down the settings a tiny bit :)  Good to see that. And yet I hear the game looks great... kudos to DICE for optimizing the game nicely!

Also, 6950 kicked the 560 Ti nicely in this game :D 

P.S. So the FX 8150 now has a Phenom name tag on it? :) 
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October 28, 2011 5:47:02 AM

amk-aka-phantomGreat article and I love that picture with a pile of graphics cards Just one obvious thing missing: WHERE ARE SLI 560 Tis??? I was kind of considering picking up a second card for this game... come on, I'm sick of Tom's ignoring that card so often.Though I think my 560 Ti still doesn't need a pair if I tone down the settings a tiny bit Good to see that. And yet I hear the game looks great... kudos to DICE for optimizing the game nicely! Also, 6950 kicked the 560 Ti nicely in this game P.S. So the FX 8150 now has a Phenom name tag on it?


I actually don't even have two 560 Tis to show you, unfortunately.

Phenom? FX? Where? =)
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October 28, 2011 5:48:28 AM

Hey Chris, quick question, did you notice any micro-stuttering with the 6870 cards in crossfire? (kind of like that previous article that was up on toms a while ago). The performance of 6870x2 seems amazing for the price, and am really tempted to pick another one up for my system.
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October 28, 2011 5:48:54 AM

aznshinobiGreat read, lovely to see a wide assortment tested, specially my 5850. Thanks for taking the time Chris, I'm sure it must've taken FOREVER to bench and swap all those cards.


Very welcome, glad you enjoyed it. Didn't take forever, just four very long days ;-)
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October 28, 2011 5:51:11 AM

Okay how is the HD5850 better than the HD6850. The HD6850 has better memory clock speeds. I was able to play the game in 1080p and AAx2 and all but two on ultra high, and i was getting 35fps average. I am calling Bulls**t on this one.
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October 28, 2011 5:51:43 AM

Quote:
Processor-wise, it doesn’t really matter. I could pick an AMD FX, an Intel Core i3, or a Core i7 and get the same performance.


Surprising since some people where saying how BF3 was CPU intensive...
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October 28, 2011 6:02:22 AM

Man I wish my 5850s scaled like the 6xxx series! Still, looks like I'll get to play on Ultra given my OCs :D 

Thanks Chris and Toms!

(PS: Maybe you could send me one of those spare GTX 590s??)
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October 28, 2011 6:06:06 AM

cangeliniI actually don't even have two 560 Tis to show you, unfortunately. Phenom? FX? Where? =)


What? You don't have two 560 Tis??? That's blasphemy! :D 

Phenom FX? Why, right here....



EDIT: Chris >>>>> Wolfgang
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October 28, 2011 6:23:26 AM

E6700 non OC with 460 GTX gets no huge FPS drops mostly in the 40fps range.

I'm sure I'd get +10 fps if I got some new fancy CPU but looks like I'll do just fine for now until I get some money!
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October 28, 2011 6:23:31 AM

Correction on page 10 is needed for the heading as they are AMD cards not Nvidia.
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October 28, 2011 6:26:47 AM

wow awesome review Chris ! :) 
just one typo though. in thr table of contents. number 10 is "AMD" not "Nvidia" :) 
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October 28, 2011 6:33:09 AM

Where is the clock speed scaling benchmark?
It would be helpful for laptop users...
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October 28, 2011 6:33:15 AM

Just to throw out some numbers:
5760x1200 on a 5870 eyefinity6 edition, i7 930 @ 3.8ghz, gives ~38 ave on low preset and med about gives ~31, ccc 10.9 though.
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October 28, 2011 6:35:36 AM

this is one of the best articles ever. thanks .
my 6850 overclocked will play bf3 well.
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October 28, 2011 6:59:57 AM

Quote:
We have a mess to clean up...


After seeing that picture, I now have a mess to clean up too.
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October 28, 2011 7:06:44 AM

I'm getting 30-60 FPS with my GTX 460 in 1440x900 resolution. I guess that's good enough.
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October 28, 2011 7:08:08 AM

6850 still holding strong =)
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October 28, 2011 7:12:53 AM

This is a very well written, thorough article. Thanks for the hard work.
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October 28, 2011 7:13:59 AM

Forgot to mention that my friend reports with his 5760x1200 setup:
2600k stock, 11.10 preview drivers, crossfire 6970 msi lightnings
48 med and 39 ultra presets
He is also having trouble with the graphics menu as described in the article.
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October 28, 2011 7:22:49 AM

amk-aka-phantomWhat? You don't have two 560 Tis??? That's blasphemy! Phenom FX? Why, right here....EDIT: Chris >>>>> Wolfgang


Oh, that's the damn price engine. Nothing I can do about that. It's a Pricegrabber typo :-/
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October 28, 2011 7:24:02 AM

sentinelsparkOkay how is the HD5850 better than the HD6850. The HD6850 has better memory clock speeds. I was able to play the game in 1080p and AAx2 and all but two on ultra high, and i was getting 35fps average. I am calling Bulls**t on this one.


Believe it, friend. Why do you think we were so tweaked when Barts came out and AMD's naming sounded so deceptive? 5850 is faster than 6850, just like 5870 is faster than 6870!
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October 28, 2011 7:31:52 AM

More shaders on the 5850 I bet that is why sentinelspark.
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October 28, 2011 7:37:23 AM

Thanks for the great review. I've been waiting for Tom's to do a BF3 performance article, and this pretty much sums up my expectations. Good job.

Rocking out with an i7-950 and GTX480 at 1920x1200 and near maxed out settings. It's definitely playable, but it also isn't silky smooth. Benchmarking with fraps I recorded min frame rates as low as 31 across several runs. I think I'm fine as long as the minimum doesn't dip below 30, and overall I'm pleased with the performance results. Prior to the beta, after watching all the ridiculous in-game footage released online, I definitely wasn't expecting to be able to max out this game.

The game play and graphics are phenomenal, it's by far the most intense multi-player fps experience I've ever had. But then again, the last first person shooter I played extensively was BF2.
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October 28, 2011 7:40:18 AM

thanks for the review, chris.
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October 28, 2011 7:42:24 AM

kyosukepffft. My HD 6870 handles Ultra maxed just fine!

hmmm... either you're running at a relatively low resolution (1680x1050?), or you have a high tolerance for lag.
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October 28, 2011 7:47:10 AM

Great review! I'll definitely have these findings in mind to help shape the direction of my next build.

Have fun with the game. :) 
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October 28, 2011 7:50:54 AM

So AMD kicks Nvidia's butt in almost everything here including Crossfire/SLI, but when one changes the graphics to ultra high settings it sucks? What the heck...
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October 28, 2011 7:53:31 AM

Nm omit that, the 5970 and 6990 weren't used :/ 
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October 28, 2011 8:07:08 AM

Nice review. Unfortunately my card isn't up there. I have the GTX 460 SE. Not sure how much different that is than the GTX 460.

I'm glad at least one developer is putting PC gaming ahead of the consoles. Unfortunately it's the same company that makes me use that Origin software. I hate it. Blah. Secondly I have to launch it from the browser, and the plugin is not compatible with the browser I mainly use, which is Firefox Nightly build.
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October 28, 2011 8:09:54 AM

thanks for the comprehensive article :) 
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October 28, 2011 8:49:15 AM

Repost because I do not see submitted comment displaying. Use this one if the other one is lagged.

I am running Battlefield 3 on Medium / High default settings. I am not getting 60 fps constant with High default settings at 1920x1080. I almost prefer medium to get the stable high framerate. I am using 3.5 i7, 1600 Ram, 6970's in crossfire (4 GB total) 10.9 drivers

I just wanted to contribute. thanks...

-Douglas Rochford
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October 28, 2011 8:52:57 AM

Oh man, thats a lot of GPUS :D .
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October 28, 2011 8:55:02 AM

wow! bf3 is going more demanding game but i love gtx 580 this can handle with maxed out with a decent fps gain
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October 28, 2011 8:59:59 AM

Sad there is no 775 and AM2/3 versions. WE area almost guaranteed good frames with those processors so it might have made more sence to move to a bit older sockets :D .
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