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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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      Model                                     Battlefield 3
 Battlefield 3 (2011)
low
1024x768
low
2xAF
med.
1366x768
medium
4xAF
high
1366x768
high
16xAF
ultra
1920x1080
ultra
16xAF 4x MSAA
 73NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 74AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 93NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 95NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.2n3
 98NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 101AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 102NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
133.8
112.1
43.8
 108AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.2n2
38.1n2
 109NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 114NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.15n2
36n4
 118AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.85n2
67.4n2
37.95n4
 139NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.82n2
92.16n2
78.48n2
32.6n2
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
153.2
105.9
85.3
35.8
 148NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
 154NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
77.2
63.9
22
 161AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.5n2
80
68
28
 162NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
61n3
30n3
 164NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.55n2
61n5
22.9n5
 173ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 174NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.47n4
68.02n4
53.25n4
24.18n4
 175NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 176AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 180AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 181NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 185NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 191NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.6n2
20.75n2
 193NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 195NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.05n2
59.3n2
47.5n5
19.8n4
 199AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 201AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.7n2
40.7n2
38.5n2
19.35n2
 204NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.75n2
52.7n2
41.25n2
18.1n2
 214NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
75n3
51.1n3
39.8n5
18.2n5
 216AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
 218AMD Radeon R9 M265X
57.4
43.8
18.3
 221AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 228NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 245NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.4n3
42.8n4
33.6n5
15.2n5
 248NVIDIA GeForce 840M
53.6
37.5
30
 250NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 252NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.25n2
48.8n2
37.45n2
17.35n2
 254Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 256NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
42n3
31.8n3
25.2n3
9n3
 270NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 272NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.55n2
31.6n2
24.05n2
 286NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.45n2
40.65n2
32.8n2
12
 287NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 290AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
 298NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
48n5
34n5
26n5
11n5
 303AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 317AMD Radeon R7 M260
31.6
27.2
22.7
 339AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 340AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 342NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.55n2
26.3n2
21.15n2
8.9
 343AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
21.1
15
11.9
 345AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 346AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.35n2
27.35n2
21.55n2
 347NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 348NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 370AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 371AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 388AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
 392AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.1n5
25.5n5
21.05n4
7.1
 393NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.38n6
23.8n7
17.4n7
8.3
 394AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 402NVIDIA GeForce 820M
36.7
24
19
 406NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 421AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
 423NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.75n2
23.35n2
17.8n2
 426AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 427Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.4n3
22.7n3
18.3n2
6.85n2
 445AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 455AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.3n2
22.1n2
19.75n2
 456AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.66n4
23.91n4
18.87n4
6.6n2
 458AMD Radeon HD 7570M
30n2
20.95n2
16.2n2
6
 461ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 467NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.9n2
19.6n2
15.15n2
 471AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 481Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
 486AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 494AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 512Intel HD Graphics 5300
16.3
12.7
9.7
 522AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 523Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.8n19
12.2n14
10.2n9
5.25n4
 526AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 531AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
20.8
14.4
11.3
 533AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
16.2
12.2
9.1
 535Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 537AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
24
 544AMD Radeon HD 8450G
12.2
 545AMD Radeon HD 7470M
18.4
11.9
9.1
 551NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
11.8
10.5
 552AMD Radeon HD 7520G
17.2
14
11.3
 562AMD Radeon HD 8330
15
9.8
8
 579AMD Radeon HD 7450M
19.65n2
14.35n2
11.2
 580NVIDIA GeForce 610M
19
12.5
 589NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
20.5n2
12.75n2
9.8n2
 590AMD Radeon HD 7420G
16
11
7
 629AMD Radeon HD 8250
10.3
7.8
6
 635Intel HD Graphics 3000
10.4n4
      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 656Intel HD Graphics 2500
16.8
11
 691*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
9.1n3
 698Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8
4.8
 702AMD Radeon HD 7340
9.6n2
7.3
 704AMD Radeon HD 7310
7.75n2
6.4
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * 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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Editorial Team, 2011-11- 2 (Update: 2012-07-18)