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DX11: Battlefield 3

In Battlefield 3, players step into the role of the Elite U.S. Marines. As the first boots on the ground, players will experience heart-pounding missions across diverse locations including Paris, Tehran and New York. As a U.S. Marine in the field, periods of tension and anticipation are punctuated by moments of complete chaos. As bullets whiz by, walls crumble, and explosions force players to the grounds, the battlefield feels more alive and interactive than ever before.

The graphics engine behind Battlefield 3 is called Frostbite 2, which delivers realistic global illumination lighting along with dynamic destructible environments. The game uses a hardware terrain tessellation method that allows a high number of detailed triangles to be rendered entirely on the GPU when near the terrain. This allows for a very low memory footprint and relies on the GPU alone to expand the low res data to highly realistic detail.

Using Fraps to record frame rates, our Battlefield 3 benchmark test uses a three-minute capture on the ‘Secure Parking Lot’ stage of Operation Swordbreaker. Relative to the online multiplayer action, these frame rate results are nearly identical to daytime maps with the same video settings.

  • BattleField 3
    • Settings: Ultra Graphics Quality, FOV 90, 180-second Fraps Scene

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Battlefield 3 Benchmark Test Results

Graphics Card GeForce GTX580 Radeon HD7950 GeForce GTX680 Radeon HD7970 GeForce GTX780 Radeon R9 290 GeForce GTX780Ti Radeon R9 290X GeForce GTX980
GPU Cores 512 1792 1536 2048 2304 2560 2880 2816 2048
Core Clock (MHz) 772 850 1006 925 863 947 876 1000 1126
Shader Clock (MHz) 1544 N/A 1058 Boost N/A Boost 902 N/A Boost 928 N/A Boost 1216
Memory Clock (MHz) 1002 1250 1502 1375 1502 1250 1750 1250 1750
Memory Amount 1536MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit 384-bit 512-bit 384-bit 512-bit 256-bit


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3 comments

  1. Argos

    Thanks for this review. I am glad I waited a bit longer with building my new system. This card seems beyond belief. Every time I think it can’t get any better and then this monster card appears.

  2. Caring1

    I hardly think it “crushed” the R9 290X, however it did thrash the GTX 680, so it makes sense to upgrade if you have an older Nvidia card.

  3. Chris

    It isn’t that much faster than the 780TI. The big attraction is that the power consumption is much lower (more OC headroom) and the lower price.

    I think it may be worth waiting to see what AMD has to offer this generation and for “Big Maxwell” to arrive.

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