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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.

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
 11NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
130.9
124.2
83.6
 15AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
135.82
127.552
94.22
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
115.2
103.3
65.6
 17AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
141.2
131
67.9
 26NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 27AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 35NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
123
110
98
57
 39NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 41NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.23
 43NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 44AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 45NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
133.8
112.1
43.8
 49AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.22
38.12
 50NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 53NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.152
364
 54NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
153.3
120
103.7
43
 57AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.852
67.42
37.954
 60NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
103.5
90.6
81
41.9
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.822
92.162
78.482
32.62
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 68NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
153.2
105.9
85.3
35.8
 74NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
 75NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
79.3
67.4
33.2
 77NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
77.2
63.9
22
 82AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.52
80
68
28
 83NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
613
303
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.552
615
22.95
 89NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
98
72
51
24
 90ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
 91NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.474
68.024
53.254
24.184
 92NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 93AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 97AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 98NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 102NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 108NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.62
20.752
 110NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 112NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.052
59.32
47.55
19.84
 116AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 118AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.72
40.72
38.52
19.352
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.752
52.72
41.252
18.12
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
753
51.13
39.85
18.25
 134AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
 136AMD Radeon R9 M265X
57.4
43.8
18.3
 139AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 146NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 155NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.43
42.84
33.65
15.25
 157NVIDIA GeForce 840M
53.6
37.5
30
 159NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
 161NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.252
48.82
37.452
17.352
 163Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 166NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
423
31.83
25.23
93
 172NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
51.3
35.2
28.7
11.6
 173NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 175NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.552
31.62
24.052
 179AMD FirePro M4000
57.4
41.1
33
14.2
 188AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
27.5
20.9
 190NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.452
40.652
32.82
12
 192*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 194AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 201NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
485
345
265
115
 204AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 220AMD Radeon R7 M260
31.6
27.2
22.7
 229AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 230AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 231AMD FirePro M5950
29.5
23.1
 232NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.552
26.32
21.152
8.9
 233AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
21.1
15
11.9
 235AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 236AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.352
27.352
21.552
 237NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 238NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 254AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
37.6
30.6
27.2
 255AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
15.6
14.2
13.9
10.9
 256AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.43
31.23
26.83
10.462
 257AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
32.6
28.4
24.4
 260AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
 261AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 272*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
37.2
28.9
24.4
 278AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 281AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
22
18.3
15.7
6.3
 282AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.15
25.55
21.054
7.1
 283NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.386
23.87
17.47
8.3
 284AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 290NVIDIA GeForce 820M
36.7
24
19
 293NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 301AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
11.1
 305AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
 307NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.752
23.352
17.82
 310AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 311Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.43
22.73
18.32
6.852
 317NVIDIA NVS 5400M
40
27
21
8
 319AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 329AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.32
22.12
19.752
 330AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.664
23.914
18.874
6.62
 332AMD Radeon HD 7570M
302
20.952
16.22
6
 335ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 341NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.92
19.62
15.152
 345AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 354Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 358AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
 365AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
15.46
12.83
11.4
 366AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 384Intel HD Graphics 5300
16.3
12.7
9.7
 392AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 393Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.819
12.214
10.29
5.254
 395AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 399AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
20.8
14.4
11.3
 401Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 403AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
24
 405*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
22
23.4
17.1
 408*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
16.8
14.6
13.3
 410AMD Radeon HD 8450G
12.2
 411AMD Radeon HD 7470M
18.4
11.9
9.1
 416NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
11.8
10.5
 417AMD Radeon HD 7520G
17.2
14
11.3
 427AMD Radeon HD 8330
15
9.8
8
 430AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
16.2
12.2
9.1
 443AMD Radeon HD 7450M
19.652
14.352
11.2
 444NVIDIA GeForce 610M
19
12.5
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 450NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
20.52
12.752
9.82
 451AMD Radeon HD 7420G
16
11
7
 488AMD Radeon HD 8250
10.3
7.8
6
 495Intel HD Graphics 3000
10.44
 516Intel HD Graphics 2500
16.8
11
 551*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
9.13
 556Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8
4.8
 560AMD Radeon HD 7340
9.62
7.3
 562AMD Radeon HD 7310
7.752
6.4
* Smaller values are better. / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
123Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.
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Author: Editorial Team, 2011-11- 2 (Update: 2012-07-18)