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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
 23NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
130.9
124.2
83.6
 28AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
135.82
127.552
94.22
 29NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
115.2
103.3
65.6
 30AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
141.2
131
67.9
 40NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 41AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 51NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
123
110
98
57
 55NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.23
 59NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 61AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
133.8
112.1
43.8
 66AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.22
38.12
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
153.3
120
103.7
43
 72NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.152
364
 75AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.852
67.42
37.954
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
103.5
90.6
81
41.9
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.822
92.162
78.482
32.62
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 86NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
153.2
105.9
85.3
35.8
 92NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
 93NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
79.3
67.4
33.2
 95NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
77.2
63.9
22
 100AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.52
80
68
28
 101NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
613
303
 103NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.552
615
22.95
 107NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
98
72
51
24
 110ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
 111NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.474
68.024
53.254
24.184
 112NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 113AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 119AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 120NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 124NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 130NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.62
20.752
 132NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 134NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.052
59.32
47.55
19.84
 137AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 139AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.72
40.72
38.52
19.352
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.752
52.72
41.252
18.12
 152NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
753
51.13
39.85
18.25
 154AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
 156AMD Radeon R9 M265X
57.4
43.8
18.3
 159AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 167NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 177NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.43
42.84
33.65
15.25
 179NVIDIA GeForce 840M
53.6
37.5
30
 181NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
 183NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.252
48.82
37.452
17.352
 185Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 188NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
423
31.83
25.23
93
 194NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
51.3
35.2
28.7
11.6
 195NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 197NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.552
31.62
24.052
 201AMD FirePro M4000
57.4
41.1
33
14.2
 210AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
27.5
20.9
 212NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.452
40.652
32.82
12
 214*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 216AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 223NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
485
345
265
115
 227AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 246AMD Radeon R7 M260
31.6
27.2
22.7
 256AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 257AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 258AMD FirePro M5950
29.5
23.1
 259NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.552
26.32
21.152
8.9
 260AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
21.1
15
11.9
 262AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 263AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.352
27.352
21.552
 264NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 265NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 281AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
37.6
30.6
27.2
 282AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
15.6
14.2
13.9
10.9
 283AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.43
31.23
26.83
10.462
 284AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
32.6
28.4
24.4
 287AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
 288AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 299*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
37.2
28.9
24.4
 305AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 308AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
22
18.3
15.7
6.3
 309AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.15
25.55
21.054
7.1
 310NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.386
23.87
17.47
8.3
 311AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 319NVIDIA GeForce 820M
36.7
24
19
 322NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 330AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
11.1
 334AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
 336NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.752
23.352
17.82
 339AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 340Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.43
22.73
18.32
6.852
 346NVIDIA NVS 5400M
40
27
21
8
 348AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 358AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.32
22.12
19.752
 359AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.664
23.914
18.874
6.62
 361AMD Radeon HD 7570M
302
20.952
16.22
6
 364ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 370NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.92
19.62
15.152
 374AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 384Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 388AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
 395AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
15.46
12.83
11.4
 396AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 414Intel HD Graphics 5300
16.3
12.7
9.7
 422AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 423Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.819
12.214
10.29
5.254
 425AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 429AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
20.8
14.4
11.3
 431Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 433AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
24
 435*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
22
23.4
17.1
 438*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
16.8
14.6
13.3
 440AMD Radeon HD 8450G
12.2
 441AMD Radeon HD 7470M
18.4
11.9
9.1
 446NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
11.8
10.5
 447AMD Radeon HD 7520G
17.2
14
11.3
 457AMD Radeon HD 8330
15
9.8
8
 460AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
16.2
12.2
9.1
 473AMD Radeon HD 7450M
19.652
14.352
11.2
 474NVIDIA GeForce 610M
19
12.5
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 482NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
20.52
12.752
9.82
 483AMD Radeon HD 7420G
16
11
7
 520AMD Radeon HD 8250
10.3
7.8
6
 527Intel HD Graphics 3000
10.44
 548Intel HD Graphics 2500
16.8
11
 583*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
9.13
 589Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8
4.8
 593AMD Radeon HD 7340
9.62
7.3
 595AMD 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.