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.

1920x1080; Ultra; Radeon HD 5850
1920x1080; Ultra; Radeon HD 5850
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

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
 2NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
130.9
124.2
83.6
 4AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
135.82
127.552
94.22
 5NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
115.2
103.3
65.6
 6AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
141.2
131
67.9
 9NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 10AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
123
110
98
57
 14NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 16NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.23
 18NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 19AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 21AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.22
38.12
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 26NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.152
364
 27NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
153.3
120
103.7
43
 29AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.852
67.42
37.954
 30NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
103.5
90.6
81
41.9
 35NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.822
92.162
78.482
32.62
 44NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 45NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
79.3
67.4
33.2
 48AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.52
80
68
28
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
613
303
 50NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.552
615
22.95
 54NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
98
72
51
24
 55ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.474
68.024
53.254
24.184
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 58AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 59AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 60NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 68AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 69NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.62
20.752
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 72NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.052
59.32
47.55
19.84
 74AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.72
40.72
38.52
19.352
 77NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.752
52.72
41.252
18.12
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
753
51.13
39.85
18.25
 89AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 91AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 97NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 99NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.43
42.84
33.65
15.25
 102NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
 104NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.252
48.82
37.452
17.352
 106Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 109NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
423
31.83
25.23
93
 110NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
51.3
35.2
28.7
11.6
 111NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 116AMD FirePro M4000
57.4
41.1
33
14.2
 124AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
27.5
20.9
 125AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
 126NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.452
40.652
32.82
12
 128*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 135NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
485
345
265
115
 136AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 137NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.552
31.62
24.052
 153AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 154AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 155AMD FirePro M5950
29.5
23.1
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 156NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.552
26.32
21.152
8.9
 158AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 159AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.352
27.352
21.552
 160NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 161NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 175AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
37.6
30.6
27.2
 176*AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
15.6
14.2
13.9
10.9
 177AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.43
31.23
26.83
10.462
 178AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
32.6
28.4
24.4
 180AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
 181AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 192*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
37.2
28.9
24.4
 198AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
 201AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
22
18.3
15.7
6.3
 202AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.15
25.55
21.054
7.1
 203NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.386
23.87
17.47
8.3
 204AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 208NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 214AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
11.1
 217AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 218NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.752
23.352
17.82
 221AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 222Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.43
22.73
18.32
6.852
 225NVIDIA NVS 5400M
40
27
21
8
 227AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 237AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.32
22.12
19.752
 238AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.664
23.914
18.874
6.62
 240AMD Radeon HD 7570M
302
20.952
16.22
6
 243ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 249NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.92
19.62
15.152
 253AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 258Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
 261AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
 268AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
15.46
12.83
11.4
 269AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 294AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 295Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.819
12.214
10.29
5.254
 296AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 297Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 298AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
24
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 300*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
22
23.4
17.1
 303*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
16.8
14.6
13.3
 305AMD Radeon HD 8450G
12.2
 306AMD Radeon HD 7470M
18.4
11.9
9.1
 310NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
11.8
10.5
 311AMD Radeon HD 7520G
17.2
14
11.3
 321AMD Radeon HD 8330
15
9.8
8
 336AMD Radeon HD 7450M
19.652
14.352
11.2
 337NVIDIA GeForce 610M
19
12.5
 341NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
20.52
12.752
9.82
 342AMD Radeon HD 7420G
16
11
7
 374AMD Radeon HD 8250
10.3
7.8
6
 380Intel HD Graphics 3000
10.44
 401Intel HD Graphics 2500
16.8
11
 436*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
9.13
 441AMD Radeon HD 7340
9.62
7.3
 443AMD Radeon HD 7310
7.752
6.4
* 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)