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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.

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
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 72AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 91NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 93NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.23
 96NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 99AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 100NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
133.8
112.1
43.8
 104AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.22
38.12
 105NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 110NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.152
364
 114AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.852
67.42
37.954
 136NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.822
92.162
78.482
32.62
 139NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
153.2
105.9
85.3
35.8
 145NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
 151NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
77.2
63.9
22
 158AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.52
80
68
28
 159NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
613
303
 161NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.552
615
22.95
 169ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 170NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.474
68.024
53.254
24.184
 171NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 172AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 176AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 177NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 181NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 187NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.62
20.752
 189NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 191NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.052
59.32
47.55
19.84
 195AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 197AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.72
40.72
38.52
19.352
 200NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.752
52.72
41.252
18.12
 210NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
753
51.13
39.85
18.25
 212AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
 214AMD Radeon R9 M265X
57.4
43.8
18.3
 217AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 224NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 239NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.43
42.84
33.65
15.25
 242NVIDIA GeForce 840M
53.6
37.5
30
 244NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 246NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.252
48.82
37.452
17.352
 249Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 251NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
423
31.83
25.23
93
 265NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 267NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.552
31.62
24.052
 281NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.452
40.652
32.82
12
 282NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 285AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
 292NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
485
345
265
115
 297AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 311AMD Radeon R7 M260
31.6
27.2
22.7
 333AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 334AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 336NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.552
26.32
21.152
8.9
 337AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
21.1
15
11.9
 339AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 340AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.352
27.352
21.552
 341NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 342NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 364AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 365AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 382AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
 386AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.15
25.55
21.054
7.1
 387NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.386
23.87
17.47
8.3
 388AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 396NVIDIA GeForce 820M
36.7
24
19
 400NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 415AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
 417NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.752
23.352
17.82
 420AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 421Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.43
22.73
18.32
6.852
 437AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 447AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.32
22.12
19.752
 448AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.664
23.914
18.874
6.62
 450AMD Radeon HD 7570M
302
20.952
16.22
6
 453ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 459NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.92
19.62
15.152
 463AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 473Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
 478AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 486AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 504Intel HD Graphics 5300
16.3
12.7
9.7
 514AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 515Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.819
12.214
10.29
5.254
 518AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 523AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
20.8
14.4
11.3
 525AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
16.2
12.2
9.1
 527Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 529AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
24
 536AMD Radeon HD 8450G
12.2
 537AMD Radeon HD 7470M
18.4
11.9
9.1
 543NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
11.8
10.5
 544AMD Radeon HD 7520G
17.2
14
11.3
 554AMD Radeon HD 8330
15
9.8
8
 571AMD Radeon HD 7450M
19.652
14.352
11.2
 572NVIDIA GeForce 610M
19
12.5
 581NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
20.52
12.752
9.82
 582AMD Radeon HD 7420G
16
11
7
 620AMD Radeon HD 8250
10.3
7.8
6
 626Intel HD Graphics 3000
10.44
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 647Intel HD Graphics 2500
16.8
11
 682*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
9.13
 689Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
8
4.8
 693AMD Radeon HD 7340
9.62
7.3
 695AMD 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.
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