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What AMD processor should I get for BF3 Battlefield 3?

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December 8, 2011 12:34:09 PM

Hi all,

Brand preference: I really want to see what AMD has to offer.

Budget: $200 or less if possible

What I'm going to do with it: Play games like bf3 and other fps.

The reason why I'm hoping that AMD has something to good to offer is mainly because of this motherboard: MSI 870A Fuzion AMD Mainboard. I'm really excited by the prospect of being able to get the best of both gpu brands on the same system.

Thanks very much in advance.

P.S
I hope I didn't forget to note any relevant info.
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December 8, 2011 12:51:55 PM

Well if you have the latest BIOS for your MSI board then for BF3 i would definately invest in an AMD Phenom X6 1100t, as BF3 just loves haveing those 6 cores to play with whats more i would also invest in a Coolermaster Hyper 212+ fitted with 2 fans, and Oc your 1100t to 4.0ghz and it will give you all the performance you will need for at least a couple of years.

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
COOLER
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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December 8, 2011 1:10:30 PM

what about phenom II 980.
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December 8, 2011 1:16:43 PM

xtreme5 said:
what about phenom II 980.


Hard to find now, and BF3 loves those 6 cores.
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December 8, 2011 1:20:24 PM

Uther39 said:
Hard to find now, and BF3 loves those 6 cores.

BF3 is graphics intensive then why should it run faster on 2500k quad core than FX-6100 hex core.
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December 8, 2011 1:21:34 PM

Im running a phenomII x6 1090T at stock and its awesome. coupled with a 560ti im running at 1920x1080 all max except for leaving the HSAA off.

funny thing is Ive got a hyper212+ sitting ontop of it too, im just lacking the knowledge to OC it properly :??: 
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December 8, 2011 1:22:51 PM

Err i said a Phenom X6 not an FX, and BF3 is multithreaded so will happily utilize all cores available to it.
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December 8, 2011 1:23:36 PM

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Im running a phenomII x6 1090T at stock and its awesome. coupled with a 560ti im running at 1920x1080 all max except for leaving the HSAA off.

funny thing is Ive got a hyper212+ sitting ontop of it too, im just lacking the knowledge to OC it properly :??: 


What mobo you using , maybe i could help.
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December 8, 2011 1:44:59 PM

Uther39 said:
What mobo you using , maybe i could help.


BIOSTAR A870 :bounce: 
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December 8, 2011 3:10:40 PM

BF3 is far more gpu intensive than cpu dependent, you could run it fine even with a decent dual core cpu, 6 core AMD cpus are not for gaming seeing that barely any games use more than 4 cores. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This cpu is a good choice, lower than normal wattage for a phenom and the possibilty of unlocking to a six core cpu for less money than a stock six core.
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December 8, 2011 3:15:37 PM

dual cores are no good at all for bf3

to op, get yourself a 6 core 1090t, absolute bargain and perfect for next couple of years.
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December 8, 2011 3:20:06 PM

!090t are getting rare, you will have more luck finding a 1100t
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December 8, 2011 3:25:49 PM

even a phenom 955 will do the job... so any phenom 2 with 4 cores or more will work just fine with battlefield... the rest depends of your graphic card, that by the way you are not mentioning...
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December 8, 2011 3:30:59 PM

if ya look at benchmark reselts ull find with bf3 duall core ,quad core cpu no much much od diffrence in fps.
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December 8, 2011 3:31:49 PM

ive got amd 965 quad. the dual core intel 2120 is much the same as the 4 core amd.
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December 8, 2011 4:48:13 PM

boabs said:
if ya look at benchmark reselts ull find with bf3 duall core ,quad core cpu no much much od diffrence in fps.


Usuaully because they compare a INTEL Dual core to an AMD Quad. An Intel Quad in BF3 is significantly faster then an Intel Duo.

Goes to show how far back AMD has really slipped the past few years; you'd think they would have something that could beat a C2Q by now...
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December 8, 2011 5:04:35 PM

Battlefield 3 is made to run on 4 cores or more, usually benchmarks are from the singleplayer campaign, and they show absolutely nothing about performance.

A quad will perform almost twice as fast as a dual in multiplayer:

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1654043

So now stop with these "BF3 running awesome on dualcore" things, it runs yes - but it is very much cpu bottlenecked.
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December 8, 2011 5:12:29 PM

boabs said:
if ya look at benchmark reselts ull find with bf3 duall core ,quad core cpu no much much od diffrence in fps.

If you look at the way BF3 works, youd realize that its designed to work with free clocks for better handling of multiplayer information.

http://www.techspot.com/review/458-battlefield-3-perfor...

BF3 is about cpu usage not fps. Running your dual core recommendation at 100% cpu usage is not the best idea to try online play.
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December 8, 2011 5:13:38 PM

Might want to rethink your MB choice. Stats at newegg are kind of low. Only one USB3

If $200 is your budget for MB + CPU - yes you are kind of limited to AMD with a lower end MB. DON't Get me wrong, NOT saying that you would not be happy with it. Just remember that unless you keep it for several years you are wasting the money spent today. Be it AMD or INTEL system, look two years down road and try to GUESS if you will still be happy.

Even though I prefer Intel, AMD still has its place.

ENJOY
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December 8, 2011 6:31:54 PM

holdingholder said:
BF3 is far more gpu intensive than cpu dependent, you could run it fine even with a decent dual core cpu, 6 core AMD cpus are not for gaming seeing that barely any games use more than 4 cores. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... This cpu is a good choice, lower than normal wattage for a phenom and the possibilty of unlocking to a six core cpu for less money than a stock six core.


The X4 960t is a beast for the price. I was not able to unlock the other 2 cores, but I easily have it running at 4.0ghz. I play battlefield maxed out at 1920x1080, no problems.


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December 8, 2011 11:45:05 PM

makafri said:
even a phenom 955 will do the job... so any phenom 2 with 4 cores or more will work just fine with battlefield... the rest depends of your graphic card, that by the way you are not mentioning...


Im planning on getting an asus gtx 560. According to this: http://www.geforce.com/Optimize/OPS/Battlefield-3-NVIDI... you can play bf3 on Ultra at 1920*1080p with 2x MSAA.
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December 8, 2011 11:59:33 PM

so... its down to a phenom x6 or phenom 960t??? Which one?
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December 9, 2011 3:25:58 AM

960t +1
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December 9, 2011 11:17:26 AM

xl-caliber said:


Im planning on getting an asus gtx 560. According to this: http://www.geforce.com/Optimize/OPS/Battlefield-3-NVIDI... you can play bf3 on Ultra at 1920*1080p with 2x MSAA.


I would recommend the 570 over the 560; much more headroom to work with. The 560 ti is barely enough to handle 1920x1080, where a 570 is fully capable of maxing BF3.
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December 9, 2011 4:30:44 PM

buy the 960 and save the money for a 570 :) 
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December 9, 2011 6:50:46 PM

makafri said:
buy the 960 and save the money for a 570 :) 



definitely do that ^ .......... I would not recommend a 560 either. I have a 580 and fps dips into the low 40's - high 30's in really intense scenes i.e. a bunch of tanks, planes, and infantry blowing stuff up all at once. I feel a 560 would start to stutter at the same settings even with msaa backed off a bit. I mean if you want a full maxed experience, atleast get a 570 or 2 560ti's (if you have an sli board).
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December 9, 2011 6:56:58 PM

I would buy intel any time , the performance is just amazing for everything .!!
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December 9, 2011 8:24:48 PM

To all the fools who keep claiming BF3 runs fine on a dual core, and no game uses more than 4 cores, take a look at this.
http://www.sweclockers.com/artikel/14650-prestandaanalys-battlefield-3/5#pagehead

Phenom II X2 = unplayable in almost anyone's opinion of what type of FPS is needed for smooth game play. The Phenom II X6 shows a good lead over a faster clocked Phenom II X4, and the Core I7 2600k is noticeably faster than a Core I5 2500K, more than enough evidence the game is very CPU demanding and uses more than 4 cores.

Also a good example of how any AMD processor will hold back a Radeon 6990 if the game is cpu dependent enough..aka not graphics bottlenecked.
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December 9, 2011 8:40:24 PM

In simple words you wouldnt use i3 with 6990 or gtx 590 , similarly for i5 2500k you wold gt max 580 , but for pure performance u need i7 and 6990 or 590 , the point is GPU and CPU go hand in hand...texturing , lightning , details , FPS it all depends on combination or Processor and GPU.


All i can say if I had to buy a processor for $200 I would buy intel for myself.!

There are websites which would provide benchmarks for both and for different applications.

If you like AMD and AMD is the only option , go for it . If you ask me buy Intel SB .
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December 9, 2011 9:03:18 PM

x6 , my son plays bf3 with no problems with 1090t and 1100t .
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December 9, 2011 11:08:24 PM

chriscornell said:
Battlefield 3 is made to run on 4 cores or more, usually benchmarks are from the singleplayer campaign, and they show absolutely nothing about performance.

A quad will perform almost twice as fast as a dual in multiplayer:

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1654043

So now stop with these "BF3 running awesome on dualcore" things, it runs yes - but it is very much cpu bottlenecked.



Your link is to a forum post where the OP used a 2500K at normal clocks with 2 cores active and compared it to a 2500K with 4 cores active and overclocked to 4.2GHz.

How is that a 2 vs. 4 core comparison? 3.4GHz vs. 4.2GHz?

That being said... game worked no problem. If you have a Dual Core Core i3/i5 you shouldn't have too many issues running this game. If you have a Core 2 Duo... might be a tad slow but not really that bad.

If you have an AMD Dual Core... may need to upgrade.
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December 10, 2011 3:39:02 PM

I not trying to be rude... but I think the op is asking for the best AMD processor... we all know that intel have better numbers... but a 955 960 970 will work perfectly with battlefield 3... so for me the best option is to go for the cheapear CPU and save the money for a better GPU....
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December 10, 2011 3:42:28 PM

makafri said:
I not trying to be rude... but I think the op is asking for the best AMD processor... we all know that intel have better numbers... but a 955 960 970 will work perfectly with battlefield 3... so for me the best option is to go for the cheapear CPU and save the money for a better GPU....



Its not necessary that low end CPU will not Bottleneck a HIGH end GPU , Unless its decided which cpu will benefit most .
I dont think its relevant if you buying anything up til 6950 and below.
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December 30, 2011 7:48:19 AM

boabs said:
if ya look at benchmark reselts ull find with bf3 duall core ,quad core cpu no much much od diffrence in fps.


Those benchmarks were done on a scripted movie scene in single player, it didnt compare the CPU's at all. Other benchmarks that legitimately compare CPU's show you will quite literally double your performance from dual to quad
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December 30, 2011 7:50:03 AM

gamerk316 said:
Usuaully because they compare a INTEL Dual core to an AMD Quad. An Intel Quad in BF3 is significantly faster then an Intel Duo.

Goes to show how far back AMD has really slipped the past few years; you'd think they would have something that could beat a C2Q by now...

AMD quads are neck and neck with intel quads in real benchmarks. The reason you gave is wrong. All cpu's were equal in the benchmark he's referring to. This is because it was a scripted single player movie scene used for the benchmark..
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December 30, 2011 11:17:14 AM

ashrafi said:
In simple words you wouldnt use i3 with 6990 or gtx 590 , similarly for i5 2500k you wold gt max 580 , but for pure performance u need i7 and 6990 or 590 , the point is GPU and CPU go hand in hand...texturing , lightning , details , FPS it all depends on combination or Processor and GPU.


All i can say if I had to buy a processor for $200 I would buy intel for myself.!

There are websites which would provide benchmarks for both and for different applications.

If you like AMD and AMD is the only option , go for it . If you ask me buy Intel SB .

A 2500k will not bottleneck a 580 in anyway :pfff: 
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August 15, 2012 9:25:46 PM

hey guys, i know this post is pretty old, but theres just one thing i wanna know:
you guys suggested the 960t, and i wanna know what FPS can i get with that and a 6850 'cause ight now i'v got a Pentium and bf3 works likes crap. so.... will i get a decent FPS on ultra/high? beacause i wanna reach the max from my GPU.
thanks for the help and sorry for ad english! :D 
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