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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
 19NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
130.9
124.2
83.6
 24AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
135.82
127.552
94.22
 25NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
115.2
103.3
65.6
 26AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
141.2
131
67.9
 36NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 37AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 47NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
123
110
98
57
 51NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 53NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.23
 55NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 56AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 57NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
133.8
112.1
43.8
 61AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.22
38.12
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 65NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
153.3
120
103.7
43
 66NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.152
364
 69AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.852
67.42
37.954
 72NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
103.5
90.6
81
41.9
 79NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.822
92.162
78.482
32.62
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 80NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
153.2
105.9
85.3
35.8
 86NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
 87NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
79.3
67.4
33.2
 89NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
77.2
63.9
22
 94AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.52
80
68
28
 95NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
613
303
 97NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.552
615
22.95
 101NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
98
72
51
24
 104ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
 105NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.474
68.024
53.254
24.184
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 107AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 113AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 114NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 118NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 124NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.62
20.752
 126NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 128NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.052
59.32
47.55
19.84
 131AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 133AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.72
40.72
38.52
19.352
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 136NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.752
52.72
41.252
18.12
 146NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
753
51.13
39.85
18.25
 148AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
 150AMD Radeon R9 M265X
57.4
43.8
18.3
 153AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 161NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 171NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.43
42.84
33.65
15.25
 173NVIDIA GeForce 840M
53.6
37.5
30
 175NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
 177NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.252
48.82
37.452
17.352
 179Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 182NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
423
31.83
25.23
93
 188NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
51.3
35.2
28.7
11.6
 189NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 191NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.552
31.62
24.052
 195AMD FirePro M4000
57.4
41.1
33
14.2
 204AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
27.5
20.9
 206NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.452
40.652
32.82
12
 208*NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 210AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 217NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
485
345
265
115
 221AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 240AMD Radeon R7 M260
31.6
27.2
22.7
 250AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 251AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 252AMD FirePro M5950
29.5
23.1
 253NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.552
26.32
21.152
8.9
 254AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
21.1
15
11.9
 256AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 257AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.352
27.352
21.552
 258NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 259NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 275AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
37.6
30.6
27.2
 276AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
15.6
14.2
13.9
10.9
 277AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.43
31.23
26.83
10.462
 278AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
32.6
28.4
24.4
 281AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
 282AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 293*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
37.2
28.9
24.4
 299AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 302AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
22
18.3
15.7
6.3
 303AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.15
25.55
21.054
7.1
 304NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.386
23.87
17.47
8.3
 305AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 313NVIDIA GeForce 820M
36.7
24
19
 316NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 324AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
11.1
 328AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
 330NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.752
23.352
17.82
 333AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 334Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.43
22.73
18.32
6.852
 340NVIDIA NVS 5400M
40
27
21
8
 342AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 352AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.32
22.12
19.752
 353AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.664
23.914
18.874
6.62
 355AMD Radeon HD 7570M
302
20.952
16.22
6
 358ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 364NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.92
19.62
15.152
 368AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 378Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 382AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
 389AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
15.46
12.83
11.4
 390AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 408Intel HD Graphics 5300
16.3
12.7
9.7
 416AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 417Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.819
12.214
10.29
5.254
 419AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 423AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
20.8
14.4
11.3
 425Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 427AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
24
 429*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
22
23.4
17.1
 432*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
16.8
14.6
13.3
 434AMD Radeon HD 8450G
12.2
 435AMD Radeon HD 7470M
18.4
11.9
9.1
 440NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
11.8
10.5
 441AMD Radeon HD 7520G
17.2
14
11.3
 451AMD Radeon HD 8330
15
9.8
8
 454AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
16.2
12.2
9.1
 467AMD Radeon HD 7450M
19.652
14.352
11.2
 468NVIDIA GeForce 610M
19
12.5
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 476NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
20.52
12.752
9.82
 477AMD Radeon HD 7420G
16
11
7
 514AMD Radeon HD 8250
10.3
7.8
6
 521Intel HD Graphics 3000
10.44
 542Intel HD Graphics 2500
16.8
11
 577*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
9.13
 583Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8
4.8
 587AMD Radeon HD 7340
9.62
7.3
 589AMD Radeon HD 7310
7.752
6.4