Battlefield 3 is going to raise the bar in terms of graphical quality. Since you can't create something out of nothing, the game demands very fast graphics cards. Time for an upgrade? We've done comprehensive benchmarking to give you answers.
The system requirements for the Battlefield 3 beta are high. For pleasing gameplay EA and DICE recommend a quad-core CPU accompanied by a recent graphics card with 1 GiB video memory. Always keep in mind that the beta does not represent the maxium image quality of the full game – nevertheless it's running slow.Battlefield 3 Beta: Minimum spec
- OS: Windows Vista 32 Bit
- CPU: 2 GHz Dualcore (Core 2 Duo 2,4 GHz or Athlon X2 2,7 GHz)
- RAM: 2 GiByte
- HDD: 20 GByte
- GPU (AMD): DirectX 10.1 with 512 MiB RAM (Radeon HD 3000, 4000, 5000 oder 6000 Series, HD 3870 or faster)
- GPU (Nvidia): DirectX 10.0 with 512 MiB RAM (Geforce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 oder 500 Series, 8800 GT or faster)
- Minimum details @ 1.280 x 720Battlefield 3 Beta: Recommended spec (High detail)
- OS: Windows 7 64 Bit
- CPU: Quadcore
- RAM: 4 GiByte
- HDD: 20 GByte
- GPU: DirectX 11 with 1.024 MiB RAM (GTX 560 or Radeon HD 6950)Battlefield 3 Beta: Test scene
Our test is simple: We're starting at the city, running down the bank near the water for 20 seconds (logged by Fraps). This scene on the Metro map sports a wide view distance, particle effects and, as a result of the sprint, streaming. Indoors the frame rates are about 30 to 50 percent higher. Since we're using the latest drivers from AMD and Nvidia, the Catalyst 11.10 Preview and Geforce 285.38, these results are state-of-the-art.Battlefield 3 Beta: GPU benchmarks
GPU power is everything: Although Battlefield 3 shines with excellent multicore scaling (inherited by Bad Company 2), the firefights on typical systems and resolutions are completely GPU-bound. You'll need a high-end graphics card for fluent gameplay in Full-HD with 4x MSAA, post effects and 16:1 AF.
Remarkable: Nvidia's drivers give their cards an edge over the competition. The Geforce GTX 570 outperforms the similar-priced Radeon HD 6970 by nine percent, even though the AMD card runs faster in our overall benchmark index. Upcoming drivers from AMD and Nvidia will push the framerates by time and maybe change the current placing.