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Battlefield 3 Performance: 30+ Graphics Cards, Benchmarked
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Processors
Intel Core i7-2600K (Sandy Bridge) 3.4 GHz (34 * 100 MHz), LGA 1155, 8 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost enabled, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i3-2105 (Sandy Bridge) 3.1 GHz (31 * 100 MHz), LGA 1155, 3 MB Shared L3, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i7-875K (Lynnfield) 2.93 GHz (22 * 133 MHz), LGA 1156, 8 MB Shared L3, Turbo Boost enabled, Hyper-Threading enabled, Power-savings enabled

Intel Core i3-530 (Clarkdale) 2.93 GHz, LGA 1156, 4 MB Shared L3, Power-savings enabled

AMD FX-8150 (Zambezi) 3.6 GHz (18 * 200 MHz), Socket AM3+, 8 MB Shared L3, Turbo Core enabled, Power-savings enabled
Motherboard
Asus P8Z68-V Pro (LGA 1155) Intel Z68 Express, BIOS 0801

Asus Maximus III Formula (LGA 1156) Intel P55 Express, BIOS 2001

Asus Crosshair V Formula (Socket AM3+) AMD 990FX/SB950, BIOS 0813
Memory
Crucial 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR3-1333, MT16JTF1G64AZ-1G4D1 @ 1.65 V

G.Skill 8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-2133, F3-17000CL9Q-16BZH @ 1.65 V
Hard Drive
Intel SSD 510 250 GB, SATA 6Gb/s
Graphics
AMD Radeon HD 6990 4 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 6970 2 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 6950 2 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 5970 2 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 5870 1 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 6870 1 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 5850 1 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 6850 1 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 5770 1 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 5750 1 GB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 4870 512 MB GDDR5

AMD Radeon HD 4850 512 MB GDDR3

AMD Radeon HD 4770 512 MB GDDR5

Sapphire Radeon HD 4670 512 MB GDDR4

AMD Radeon HD 5570 512 MB GDDR5

Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 3 GB GDDR5

Gigabyte GeForce GTX 580 1.5 GB GDDR5

Asus GeForce GTX 570 1.25 GB GDDR5

Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 1.5 GB GDDR5

Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 1.25 GB GDDR5

Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 1 GB GDDR5

Nvidia GeForce GTS 450 1 GB GDDR5

Nvidia GeForce GTX 295  896 MB GDDR3 * 2

BFG GeForce GTX 285 1 GB GDDR3

Zotac GeForce GTX 275 896 MB GDDR3

Zotac GeForce GTX 260 896 MB GDDR3

BFG GeForce GTS 250 1 GB GDDR3

BFG GeForce 9800 GTX 512 MB GDDR3

Asus GeForce 8500 GT 256 MB DDR3
Power Supply
Cooler Master UCP-1000 W
System Software And Drivers
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
DirectX
DirectX 11
Graphics DriverAMD Catalyst 11.10 Preview 3

Nvidia GeForce Release 285.62


Tom's Hardware Battlefield 3 Benchmark Sequence

The video clip above demonstrates the short sequence used for benchmarking. It's not the most demanding segment of Battlefield 3 I've seen thus far, nor is it necessarily the most representative of single-player game play (and certainly not multi-player). However, after a couple of hundred runs, I know it's consistent.

That makes this system precise, but not necessarily accurate, so its validity could certainly be called into question. The challenge in a game like this, which doesn't offer the timedemo functionality purportedly made available to IHVs, but not press, is that nailing both precision and accuracy then becomes very difficult due to Fraps-based testing of actual sequences. While not perfect, what we have here is, at the very least, great for relativistic comparisons.

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