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Battlefield 4: We'll See You On The Battlefield!

Battlefield 4 Beta Performance: 16 Graphics Cards, Benchmarked
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The Battlefield franchise is back and better-looking than ever. No matter how you slice it, this is an iterative release. But that's the way a lot of franchise fans want to see things happen. However you felt about Battlefield 3, you'll probably feel the same way about Battlefield 4.

You don't need a monster graphics subsystem to play it, but low-end cards like the Radeon HD 6450 and GeForce 210 just aren't fast enough. At least spend the money on a Radeon HD 6570/6670 DDR3 or GeForce GT 630 GDDR5 to play this game using low details at 1280x720. Higher resolutions necessitate a Radeon HD 7770 or GeForce GTX 650, and that'd only be for 1680x1050.

Doctor Jones, oh please wake up!Doctor Jones, oh please wake up!

If you really want to step up to Battlefield 4 at its High detail preset, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti or Radeon HD 7850 should be sufficient for 1680x1050. More enthusiasts have 1080p displays though, and we're recommending a $200 Radeon HD 7870 or $180 GeForce GTX 660. For those of you who just caught Angelini's AMD Radeon R9 280X, R9 270X, And R7 260X: Old GPUs, New Names, make that an R9 270X for at least $200.

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How about the most hardcore enthusiasts? The demanding Ultra preset compels you go go with a Radeon HD 7970/R9 280X or GeForce GTX 670/760 at 1920x1080. Stepping up to QHD means you don't want anything less than a 7970 or GTX 680/770, though an even faster graphics subsystem is recommended.

The good news is that a fairly inexpensive Core i3 or FX-4000-series CPU could be fast enough to handle the High preset without capping graphics performance. If you want to play at the Ultra preset, grab a Core i5 or FX-6000-class processor at the very least. Of course, we realize the irony: nobody with a $1000 GeForce GTX Titan goes cheap on a mid-range CPU. Chances are good that if you want to enjoy Battlefield 4 in its full glory, you're doing it on a beast of a machine. More power to you!

This game doesn't need the best of the best for playable performance, but it does want a capable gaming machine. We look forward to the commercial release at the end of the month, at which point we'll be revisiting it.

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