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'Star Wars Battlefront' Benchmarks: A Beautiful Galaxy Far, Far Away

Even though you have to use Origin instead of the more popular Steam platform to play Star Wars Battlefront, there are still a considerable number of people playing DICE's latest game on PC. Just like our tests with Fallout 4, we once again ran some benchmarks with some of the systems from several staffers of the Tom's Hardware news team. Before we get into the nitty gritty, just keep in mind that this is not a comprehensive test, but rather a sampling of how the game performs on builds of varying capabilities.

If you saw our Fallout 4 tests, you'll notice some similarities in the systems used. However, there are a few new entries, such as an Intel Core i5 build and a new GPU (specifically, Gigabyte's new GeForce GTX 980Ti Xtreme Gaming Windforce Edition. As an added test, we also played the game in 4K resolution.

Reference System
CPUIntel Core i7-5930k (4.2 GHz)
GPUPowerColor Radeon R9 390X (8 GB)
RAMCrucial 16 GB DDR4 (4x4 GB)
StorageCrucial M200 SSD (500 GB)
Personal System #1
CPUIntel Core i7-4790K (4.4 GHz)
GPUEVGA GeForce GTX 970 (4 GB)
RAMPatriot Viper 3 DDR3 16 GB (2x8 GB)
StorageSamsung 840 EVO SSD (500 GB)
Personal System #2
CPUIntel Core i5-4670K (3.4 GHz)
GPUGigabyte GeForce GTX 980Ti Xtreme Gaming Windforce Edition (6 GB)
RAMCorsair Vengeance Pro 8 GB DDR3 (2x4 GB)
StorageSeagate HDD (1 TB)
Personal System #3
CPUIntel Core i3-4160 (3.5 GHz)
GPUSapphire Radeon R9 280 (3 GB)
GPU 2EVGA GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB)
RAMG.Skill Ares Series DDR3 8 GB (2x4 GB)
StorageWestern Digital Blue HDD (1 TB, 7200 RPM)
CPUIntel Core i7-3632QM (2.2 GHz)
GPUNvidia GeForce GT 620M (1 GB)
RAMG.Skill Ripjaws 8 GB DDR3L (2x4 GB)
StorageSeagate SSHD (1 TB)

Testing Procedures

Just as before, we let the game auto-detect the hardware and change the graphics settings as it saw fit. The systems used to test at 4K were changed automatically to High or Ultra settings, whereas the benchmarks at 1080p varied from Medium to Ultra for the desktop builds. Based on its components, Star Wars Battlefront ran on the laptop at Low settings, and anti-aliasing turned off automatically. All the other builds had anti-aliasing on by default.

With Fallout 4 there was an issue regarding the forced implementation of VSync. This time around, there was a toggle to turn VSync on or off. On all automated settings, VSync was off by default.

The Results

At 1080p, all of the desktop builds performed smoothly, with the lowest frame rate average at 80.647 fps. The lowest score was turned in by an Intel Core i3-4160 with a Sapphire Radeon R9 280 (a little less than $200 when I bought it earlier this year), AKA my first build and on a budget.

Although the amount of content may be scarce in terms of excitement and overall Battlefront nostalgia, DICE was still able to make these alien planets of Tatooine, Endor and Hoth look beautiful. If it looks good at 1080p, there's no doubt it will be a breathtaking sight at 4K. None of the cards tested at the higher resolution reached a 60 fps average. In fact, the highest average score was with Gigabyte's massively overclocked 980Ti variant at 54.424 fps. The PowerColor Radeon R9 390X finished second at 42.812 fps, and the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 was third (and last) with 38.294 fps.

Michael Justin Allen Sexton's budget gaming laptop was once again thrown into the gauntlet, and surprisingly, its best score was an average of 31.506 fps, but that came at a price. Not only were the graphics options set to Lowest, but the resolution was brought down to a mere 1024x768. The game is still playable at this configuration, but it's hard to appreciate the scenery at that resolution. What's even worse is at 1080p, the game's fps count didn't even register in the 20s, with an average of just 12.4 fps.

With Flying Colors

It's no surprise that the higher-end desktops posted high scores, but the fact remains that you don't need the extra power to still enjoy the game. An Intel Core i3 CPU and a mid-tier graphics card can do the trick, especially if you're on a tight budget. For those who have more money to spend, seeing the Star Wars universe in 4K is an exciting opportunity (either way, it's best to check out our story on the "Best Graphics Cards For The Money").

The game, however, is not worth the $60 price tag at launch, but it could be worth the money when the price goes down and more downloadable content is released in the future.


Rexly Peñaflorida II is a Contributor at Tom’s Hardware. He writes news on tech and hardware, but mostly focuses on gaming news. As a Chicagoan, he believes that deep dish pizza is real pizza and ketchup should never be on hot dogs. Ever. Also, Portillo’s is amazing.

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