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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
 43NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
130.9
124.2
83.6
 48AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
135.82
127.552
94.22
 49NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
115.2
103.3
65.6
 50AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
141.2
131
67.9
 61NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 62AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 74NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
123
110
98
57
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 80NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.23
 82NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 86AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
133.8
112.1
43.8
 91AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.22
38.12
 92NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 95NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
153.3
120
103.7
43
 97NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.152
364
 100AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.852
67.42
37.954
 107NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
103.5
90.6
81
41.9
 119NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.822
92.162
78.482
32.62
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
153.2
105.9
85.3
35.8
 127NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
 128NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
79.3
67.4
33.2
 133NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
77.2
63.9
22
 139AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.52
80
68
28
 140NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
613
303
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.552
615
22.95
 146NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
98
72
51
24
 149ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
 150NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.474
68.024
53.254
24.184
 151NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 152AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 156AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 157NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 161NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 167NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.62
20.752
 169NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 171NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.052
59.32
47.55
19.84
 175AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 177AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.72
40.72
38.52
19.352
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 180NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.752
52.72
41.252
18.12
 190NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
753
51.13
39.85
18.25
 192AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
 194AMD Radeon R9 M265X
57.4
43.8
18.3
 197AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 204NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 219NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.43
42.84
33.65
15.25
 221NVIDIA GeForce 840M
53.6
37.5
30
 223NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
 225NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.252
48.82
37.452
17.352
 228Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 230NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
423
31.83
25.23
93
 240NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
51.3
35.2
28.7
11.6
 241NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 243NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.552
31.62
24.052
 247AMD FirePro M4000
57.4
41.1
33
14.2
 256AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
27.5
20.9
 257NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.452
40.652
32.82
12
 258NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 261AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 268NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
485
345
265
115
 272AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 294AMD Radeon R7 M260
31.6
27.2
22.7
 307AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 308AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 309AMD FirePro M5950
29.5
23.1
 310NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.552
26.32
21.152
8.9
 311AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
21.1
15
11.9
 313AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 314AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.352
27.352
21.552
 315NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 316NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 332AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
37.6
30.6
27.2
 333AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
15.6
14.2
13.9
10.9
 334AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.43
31.23
26.83
10.462
 335AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
32.6
28.4
24.4
 338AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
 339AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 350*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
37.2
28.9
24.4
 356AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 359AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
22
18.3
15.7
6.3
 360AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.15
25.55
21.054
7.1
 361NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.386
23.87
17.47
8.3
 362AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 370NVIDIA GeForce 820M
36.7
24
19
 373NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 382AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
11.1
 386AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
 388NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.752
23.352
17.82
 391AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 392Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.43
22.73
18.32
6.852
 402NVIDIA NVS 5400M
40
27
21
8
 404AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 414AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.32
22.12
19.752
 415AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.664
23.914
18.874
6.62
 417AMD Radeon HD 7570M
302
20.952
16.22
6
 420ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 426NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.92
19.62
15.152
 430AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 440Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 444AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
 451AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
15.46
12.83
11.4
 452AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 470Intel HD Graphics 5300
16.3
12.7
9.7
 479AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 480Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.819
12.214
10.29
5.254
 482AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 488AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
20.8
14.4
11.3
 491Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 493AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5