Battlefield 4’s limit of 200 FPS hurts the value proposition of high-end graphics systems, if only because the game caps performance when it's needed to offset cost. As a result, we have to be careful to consider the most relevant resolutions.
Today, our comparison involves three lower-cost configurations though. Only the most expensive machine's graphics card runs into Battlefield's ceiling, and even then, only once.
All three authors surpass their goals: my $1600 build plays smoothly through 5760x1080, Don's $1200 machine through 4800x900, and Paul's $600 PC through 1920x1080 at Battlefield 4’s Ultra quality preset.
- A SBM Based On Reader Feedback
- How We Tested Our Q2 2014 SBM Builds
- Results: 3DMark And PCMark
- Results: SiSoftware Sandra
- Results: Battlefield 4
- Results: Grid 2
- Results: Arma 3
- Results: Far Cry 3
- Results: Audio And Video Encoding
- Results: Adobe Creative Suite
- Results: Productivity
- Results: File Compression
- Results: Power And Heat
- Results: Overall Performance And Efficiency
- Our System Builder Marathon, By The Numbers