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Battlefield 3

Editorial Team (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 11/02/2011

Battlefield 3 sets new standards with large multi-player battles and detailed graphics. To find out the hardware requirements of this game, read on.

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How We Test

We measured the frames per second of the second level of the single-player campaign with Fraps. The recording started as soon as the doors of the vehicle opened and ended when the protagonist reaches the commanding officer at the cards table. This scene put a big strain on the hardware (even in comparison to the average multiplayer battle). We used the following graphics settings for our tests.

1024x768; Low; Radeon HD 5850
1024x768; Low; Radeon HD 5850
1366x768; Medium; Radeon HD 5850
1366x768; Medium; Radeon HD 5850
1366x768; High; Radeon HD 5850
1366x768; High; Radeon HD 5850
1920x1080; Ultra; Radeon HD 5850
1920x1080; Ultra; Radeon HD 5850

Analysis of the Benchmarks

Battlefield 3 requires a strong middle-class graphics card, such as the GeForce GT 540M to run with minimum details on notebooks. Thankfully, this graphic card is affordable for most buyers. Middle and high details require high-end graphic cards. Ultra graphics are only possible with high-end graphic cards on desktop PCs.

An overview of the games we have tested can be found here.

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Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
 Battlefield 3 (2011)
low
1024x768
low
2xAF
med.
1366x768
medium
4xAF
high
1366x768
high
16xAF
ultra
1920x1080
ultra
16xAF 4x MSAA
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
130.9
124.2
83.6
 34AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
135.82
127.552
94.22
 35NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
115.2
103.3
65.6
 36AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
141.2
131
67.9
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 48AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 59NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
123
110
98
57
 63NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 65NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.23
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 69AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 72NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
133.8
112.1
43.8
 75AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.22
38.12
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 79NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
153.3
120
103.7
43
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.152
364
 84AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.852
67.42
37.954
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
103.5
90.6
81
41.9
 96NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.822
92.162
78.482
32.62
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 97NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
153.2
105.9
85.3
35.8
 103NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
 104NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
79.3
67.4
33.2
 109NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
77.2
63.9
22
 114AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.52
80
68
28
 115NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
613
303
 117NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.552
615
22.95
 121NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
98
72
51
24
 124ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
 125NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.474
68.024
53.254
24.184
 126NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 127AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 131AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 132NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 136NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.62
20.752
 144NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 146NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.052
59.32
47.55
19.84
 150AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 152AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.72
40.72
38.52
19.352
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 155NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.752
52.72
41.252
18.12
 165NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
753
51.13
39.85
18.25
 167AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
 169AMD Radeon R9 M265X
57.4
43.8
18.3
 171AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 178NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 190NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.43
42.84
33.65
15.25
 192NVIDIA GeForce 840M
53.6
37.5
30
 194NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
 196NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.252
48.82
37.452
17.352
 199Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 201NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
423
31.83
25.23
93
 209NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
51.3
35.2
28.7
11.6
 210NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 212NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.552
31.62
24.052
 216AMD FirePro M4000
57.4
41.1
33
14.2
 225AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
27.5
20.9
 227NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.452
40.652
32.82
12
 229*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 231AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 238NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
485
345
265
115
 242AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 264AMD Radeon R7 M260
31.6
27.2
22.7
 276AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 277AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 278AMD FirePro M5950
29.5
23.1
 279NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.552
26.32
21.152
8.9
 280AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
21.1
15
11.9
 282AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 283AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.352
27.352
21.552
 284NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 285NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 301AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
37.6
30.6
27.2
 302AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
15.6
14.2
13.9
10.9
 303AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.43
31.23
26.83
10.462
 304AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
32.6
28.4
24.4
 307AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
 308AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 319*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
37.2
28.9
24.4
 325AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 328AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
22
18.3
15.7
6.3
 329AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.15
25.55
21.054
7.1
 330NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.386
23.87
17.47
8.3
 331AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 339NVIDIA GeForce 820M
36.7
24
19
 342NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 351AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
11.1
 355AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
 357NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.752
23.352
17.82
 360AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 361Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.43
22.73
18.32
6.852
 369NVIDIA NVS 5400M
40
27
21
8
 371AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 381AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.32
22.12
19.752
 382AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.664
23.914
18.874
6.62
 384AMD Radeon HD 7570M
302
20.952
16.22
6
 387ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 393NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.92
19.62
15.152
 397AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 407Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 411AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
 418AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
15.46
12.83
11.4
 419AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 437Intel HD Graphics 5300
16.3
12.7
9.7
 446AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 447Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.819
12.214
10.29
5.254
 449AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 455AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
20.8
14.4
11.3
 458Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 460AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
24
 462*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
22
23.4
17.1
 465*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
16.8
14.6
13.3
 467AMD Radeon HD 8450G
12.2
 468AMD Radeon HD 7470M
18.4
11.9
9.1
 473NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
11.8
10.5
 474AMD Radeon HD 7520G
17.2
14
11.3
 484AMD Radeon HD 8330
15
9.8
8
 487AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
16.2
12.2
9.1
 500AMD Radeon HD 7450M