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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
 26NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
130.9
124.2
83.6
 31AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
135.82
127.552
94.22
 32NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
115.2
103.3
65.6
 33AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
141.2
131
67.9
 44NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 45AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
123
110
98
57
 60NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.23
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 66AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
133.8
112.1
43.8
 70AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.22
38.12
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
153.3
120
103.7
43
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.152
364
 81AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.852
67.42
37.954
 84NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
103.5
90.6
81
41.9
 93NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.822
92.162
78.482
32.62
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 94NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
153.2
105.9
85.3
35.8
 100NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
 101NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
79.3
67.4
33.2
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
77.2
63.9
22
 111AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.52
80
68
28
 112NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
613
303
 114NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.552
615
22.95
 118NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
98
72
51
24
 121ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
 122NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.474
68.024
53.254
24.184
 123NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 124AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 128AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 129NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 133NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 139NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.62
20.752
 141NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 143NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.052
59.32
47.55
19.84
 147AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 149AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.72
40.72
38.52
19.352
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 152NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.752
52.72
41.252
18.12
 162NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
753
51.13
39.85
18.25
 164AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
 166AMD Radeon R9 M265X
57.4
43.8
18.3
 168AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 175NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 186NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.43
42.84
33.65
15.25
 188NVIDIA GeForce 840M
53.6
37.5
30
 190NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
 192NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.252
48.82
37.452
17.352
 195Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 197NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
423
31.83
25.23
93
 204NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
51.3
35.2
28.7
11.6
 205NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 207NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.552
31.62
24.052
 211AMD FirePro M4000
57.4
41.1
33
14.2
 220AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
27.5
20.9
 222NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.452
40.652
32.82
12
 224*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 226AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 233NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
485
345
265
115
 237AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 257AMD Radeon R7 M260
31.6
27.2
22.7
 268AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 269AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 270AMD FirePro M5950
29.5
23.1
 271NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.552
26.32
21.152
8.9
 272AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
21.1
15
11.9
 274AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 275AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.352
27.352
21.552
 276NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 277NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 293AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
37.6
30.6
27.2
 294AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
15.6
14.2
13.9
10.9
 295AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.43
31.23
26.83
10.462
 296AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
32.6
28.4
24.4
 299AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
 300AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 311*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
37.2
28.9
24.4
 317AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 320AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
22
18.3
15.7
6.3
 321AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.15
25.55
21.054
7.1
 322NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.386
23.87
17.47
8.3
 323AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 331NVIDIA GeForce 820M
36.7
24
19
 334NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 343AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
11.1
 347AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
 349NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.752
23.352
17.82
 352AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 353Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.43
22.73
18.32
6.852
 361NVIDIA NVS 5400M
40
27
21
8
 363AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 373AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.32
22.12
19.752
 374AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.664
23.914
18.874
6.62
 376AMD Radeon HD 7570M
302
20.952
16.22
6
 379ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 385NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.92
19.62
15.152
 389AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 399Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 403AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
 410AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
15.46
12.83
11.4
 411AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 429Intel HD Graphics 5300
16.3
12.7
9.7
 438AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 439Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.819
12.214
10.29
5.254
 441AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 447AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
20.8
14.4
11.3
 450Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 452AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
24
 454*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
22
23.4
17.1
 457*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
16.8
14.6
13.3
 459AMD Radeon HD 8450G
12.2
 460AMD Radeon HD 7470M
18.4
11.9
9.1
 465NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
11.8
10.5
 466AMD Radeon HD 7520G
17.2
14
11.3
 476AMD Radeon HD 8330
15
9.8
8
 479AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
16.2
12.2
9.1
 492AMD Radeon HD 7450M
19.652
14.352
11.2
 493NVIDIA GeForce 610M