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Battlefield 3 is Here: Make Sure You Have the Latest Drivers

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Does your system have the latest drivers for Battlefield 3 yet?

The wait is finally over. Battlefield 3 is here and ready to accept your countless hours of first-person gaming. This is what your gaming rig was meant to do.

EA estimates that there were close to 3 million pre-sales, making Battlefield 3 the biggest first-person shooter launch in EA history. 9.5 million gamers downloaded the September beta and collectively set new social online play records for EA with 42 billion shots fired and 1.6 billion kills registered, 21 million exploded M-Com stations and 19 million dog tags lost at the end of a knife.

Before you jump into the game any further, however, you should make sure that you have all the most current drivers for your game. Such is the joy of being a PC gamer.

Nvidia yesterday released a new driver set that's optimized for Battlefield 3, Rage and Arkham City. Battlefield 3 players will enjoy a performance boost of up to 11 percent GeForce 285.38 beta drivers.

AMD doesn't have an official new driver set yet, but those looking for best performance (along with Eyefinity 5x1 support) should get the latest Catalyst preview driver that's been tuned for Battlefield 3 and Rage.

Speaking of which, here's a bonus video of Battlefield 3 running in Eyefinity:

Battlefield 3 running on AMD Eyefinity

Happy gaming, everyone!

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    AbdullahG , October 25, 2011 8:13 PM
    Although I hate warfare shooters, I'm impressed with how well optimized and easy the game is to run. At 1080p with everything maxed, my HD 6750 was pulling an average of 30FP, though this was in the beta. Even on lowest settings, the game looks great.
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    dragonsqrrl , October 25, 2011 8:16 PM
    Pre-ordered off Amazon, just arrived earlier today, installing Now. Can't wait to try out the full range of maps.
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    JasonAkkerman , October 25, 2011 8:22 PM
    Downloaded last night at 12:05 from EA. I didn't want to, but whatever. Only now I realized that they removed battlefield commanders. That's what I get for not staying up on its development. This bites.

    BTW, i7-930@3.8 with a GTX570@815Mhz with ultra settings I had to turn on vertical sync to get rid of the screen tearing, so I guess it was getting more then the 60 fps at 1920x1080. The game informs you that you are not running the recommended drivers when it starts. At least for the Nvidia drivers it did.

    Anyone know how to get your current FPS?
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    stormblade42 , October 25, 2011 8:23 PM
    Game is crashing on me during gameplay. Running Core i5-750, Win7-64bit, 8GB RAM, ATI 6850. I'm hoping the preview drivers will fix it.
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    stormblade42 , October 25, 2011 8:26 PM
    Oh and running the current Catalyst 11.9
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    Dax corrin , October 25, 2011 8:31 PM
    It's the first thing I have to do tonight. NVidia beta drivers borked my BF2 install, however. Hope that is fixed, I still have a passing interest in BF2. Looking forward to trying out the jets.
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    warezme , October 25, 2011 8:37 PM
    I pre-ordered on Newegg but I doubt it will arrive until tomorrow or later since I haven't even recieved a shipping notice, just a billing one.
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    warezme , October 25, 2011 8:44 PM
    bloodshotlolthe game is fucking garbage right now they need to fix the constant crashing for about 50% of the players.

    Is that for campaign or online? I don't care about online for now.
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    festerovic , October 25, 2011 8:52 PM
    warezmeIs that for campaign or online? I don't care about online for now.

    presumably because its a warez version that doesn't go online anyways.
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    jsheridan , October 25, 2011 8:56 PM
    42 Billion shots fired
    1.6 Billion kills
    unless it takes 40 shots to kill a person these people have horrible aim
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    greenrider02 , October 25, 2011 9:01 PM
    Did that guy in the video even get a kill? Eyefinity was cool looking but I'd like to see some action, jeez
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    hoof_hearted , October 25, 2011 9:07 PM
    Once they release it on Steam... Don't want yet another digital store. Had enough problems with the MS Live thing.
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    cyberkuberiah , October 25, 2011 9:11 PM
    greenrider02Did that guy in the video even get a kill? Eyefinity was cool looking but I'd like to see some action, jeez

    lolz ... correct :p 
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    Xatos , October 25, 2011 9:13 PM
    In Beta, my Crossfired 5850's with my Phenom II 965@3800 was pulling an average ~45FPS at 1080 with all maxed settings, 4x AA. Sometimes, in 64 man games, I'd dip into the 20's. Actually, in 64 man games I'd average 35FPS or so, but always completely playable with very few hiccups.
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    soo-nah-mee , October 25, 2011 9:28 PM
    JasonAkkermanAnyone know how to get your current FPS?
    Fraps.
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    JasonAkkerman , October 25, 2011 9:34 PM
    JasonAkkermanAnyone know how to get your current FPS?



    Looked it up: "Render.Drawfps 1" in the command console (` button)
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    DroKing , October 25, 2011 9:46 PM
    Gameplay looks mediocre at most... Glad Im not anticipating this crap
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    Anonymous , October 25, 2011 10:06 PM
    what i liked was the gpu on top of the shelf
    cause i didnt see enought action on this screening
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    kidagnt , October 25, 2011 10:06 PM
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EKECcdKXbs&t=7m55s
    cool watch
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    johnners2981 , October 25, 2011 10:06 PM
    jsheridan42 Billion shots fired1.6 Billion killsunless it takes 40 shots to kill a person these people have horrible aim

    Accuracy normally averages between 10%-20%, so that means with 4.2-8.4 billion shots there was 1.6 billion kills
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