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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
 37NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M SLI
130.9
124.2
83.6
 42AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
135.82
127.552
94.22
 43NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M SLI
115.2
103.3
65.6
 44AMD Radeon HD 7970M Crossfire
141.2
131
67.9
 55NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
138
122
113
56
 56AMD Radeon HD 7970
137.5
106.7
86.5
47.9
 68NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
123
110
98
57
 72NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti
141.2
112.1
99.5
46.4
 74NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M
139.9
113.7
96
49.23
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX
126
104
92
45.6
 80AMD Radeon HD 7870
124.2
98.1
78.8
38.6
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
133.8
112.1
43.8
 85AMD Radeon HD 8970M
106.3
91.9
61.22
38.12
 86NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
142
108
89
45
 89NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M SLI
153.3
120
103.7
43
 91NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M
122.3
90
74.152
364
 94AMD Radeon HD 7970M
120.3
82.852
67.42
37.954
 101NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
103.5
90.6
81
41.9
 113NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M
124.822
92.162
78.482
32.62
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 115NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
153.2
105.9
85.3
35.8
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX
73.2
58.8
28.6
 122NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M SLI
79.3
67.4
33.2
 127NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
77.2
63.9
22
 133AMD Radeon HD 6870
106.52
80
68
28
 134NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
103
75
613
303
 136NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
109.1
78.552
615
22.95
 140NVIDIA Quadro K4000M
98
72
51
24
 143ATI Radeon HD 5850
109.2
78.2
60.4
24.3
 144NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
96.474
68.024
53.254
24.184
 145NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
98.1
69.5
54.3
24
 146AMD Radeon HD 6990M
93.5
66.6
52.1
21.9
 150AMD Radeon HD 7770
93.3
64.6
49.3
20.9
 151NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M SLI
92.3
71
55
26.8
 155NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
93.1
67.9
55.6
18.3
 161NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670MX
95.6
71.9
51.62
20.752
 163NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
69
56
 165NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
86.052
59.32
47.55
19.84
 169AMD Radeon HD 6970M
84.3
58.8
45.7
19
 171AMD Radeon HD 8870M
50.72
40.72
38.52
19.352
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 174NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
79.752
52.72
41.252
18.12
 184NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
753
51.13
39.85
18.25
 186AMD Radeon HD 8850M
40.2
36.9
16.4
 188AMD Radeon R9 M265X
57.4
43.8
18.3
 190AMD Radeon HD 8790M
78
53
41
16
 197NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
69.7
46.4
35.2
12.8
 212NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
64.43
42.84
33.65
15.25
 214NVIDIA GeForce 840M
53.6
37.5
30
 216NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
64.9
42.6
34
12.1
 218NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
73.252
48.82
37.452
17.352
 221Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
46.1
33.8
26.5
10
 223NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
423
31.83
25.23
93
 233NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
51.3
35.2
28.7
11.6
 234NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
73
50
39
16
 236NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
44.552
31.62
24.052
 240AMD FirePro M4000
57.4
41.1
33
14.2
 249AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8750M Dual Graphics
27.5
20.9
 250NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
58.452
40.652
32.82
12
 251NVIDIA GeForce GT 645M
56.6
38.2
29.2
11.7
 254AMD Radeon HD 8750M
43.4
32.2
25.5
10.3
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 261NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
485
345
265
115
 265AMD Radeon HD 7730M
47
32
25
10
 287AMD Radeon R7 M260
31.6
27.2
22.7
 299AMD Radeon HD 8670D
41.4
28.3
22.8
8
 300AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
49
34
28
10
 301AMD FirePro M5950
29.5
23.1
 302NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
39.552
26.32
21.152
8.9
 303AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
21.1
15
11.9
 305AMD Radeon HD 8730M
38
32
27
 306AMD Radeon HD 6770M
38.352
27.352
21.552
 307NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
45.8
28.9
20.8
 308NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
49.2
32.3
24.5
9.8
 324AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
37.6
30.6
27.2
 325AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8570M Dual Graphics
15.6
14.2
13.9
10.9
 326AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
37.43
31.23
26.83
10.462
 327AMD Radeon HD 8550G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
32.6
28.4
24.4
 330AMD Radeon HD 7660D
36.6
25.3
20.2
7.6
 331AMD Radeon HD 6750M
34.6
26.9
20.7
 342*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
37.2
28.9
24.4
 348AMD Radeon HD 8650G
24.4
19.5
16.9
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 351AMD Radeon HD 7520G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
22
18.3
15.7
6.3
 352AMD Radeon HD 7670M
37.15
25.55
21.054
7.1
 353NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
39.386
23.87
17.47
8.3
 354AMD Radeon HD 7560D
37
24.7
19.5
6.6
 362NVIDIA GeForce 820M
36.7
24
19
 365NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
33.5
22.2
17.4
 374AMD Radeon HD 8450G + Radeon HD 8570M Dual Graphics
11.1
 378AMD Radeon HD 8550M
16.4
14.4
13.4
 380NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
35.752
23.352
17.82
 383AMD Radeon HD 6650M
35.1
24.7
18.8
7.3
 384Intel HD Graphics 4600
32.43
22.73
18.32
6.852
 394NVIDIA NVS 5400M
40
27
21
8
 396AMD Radeon HD 7660G
32
22
17
6
 406AMD Radeon HD 6630M
34.32
22.12
19.752
 407AMD Radeon HD 7650M
37.664
23.914
18.874
6.62
 409AMD Radeon HD 7570M
302
20.952
16.22
6
 412ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
34.6
22.8
17.5
5.9
 418NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
28.92
19.62
15.152
 422AMD Radeon HD 7610M
29.9
19
14.6
 432Intel HD Graphics 4400
17
11.7
9.7
Pos      Model                                     Battlefield 3
lowmed.highultra
 436AMD Radeon HD 7550M
24.9
16.4
12.4
 443AMD Radeon HD 7500G + HD 7550M Dual Graphics
15.46
12.83
11.4
 444AMD Radeon HD 7600G
11.5
8
 462Intel HD Graphics 5300
16.3
12.7
9.7
 471AMD Radeon HD 7480D
21.1
14.2
10.9
3.7
 472Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.819
12.214
10.29
5.254
 474AMD Radeon HD 6620G
24.7
16.8
12.7
 480AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
20.8
14.4
11.3
 483Intel HD Graphics 4200
13.9
9.9
5.4
 485AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
24
 487*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
22
23.4
17.1
 490*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
16.8
14.6
13.3