Battlefield 3 beta - performance testing and image quality Print E-mail
Written by Hanners   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 07:39

Unless you've been living under a rock you'll doubtless have heard at least a little bit about Battlefield 3, and indeed you may well be aware of a multi-player beta released this week.  So, how does this behemoth of an FPS perform and look?

All of our testing was done on the "Operation Metro" map as it was the only one publicly available on the first day of the beta.  Rumors are circulating that soon the second map will open with 64 player support and vehicles so we are going to keep an eye on that for sure and see if performance is drastically affected.

There were two sections of the Metro map though that had very different performance characteristics and thus we tested them independently.  Of three main areas on the map, the first starts in a larger outdoor area, the second takes place inside tunnels of a subway while the third returns outside in a more cityscape style design.  My testing differentiated between the first outdoor section as being the most GPU intensive while the indoor section was much easier on the graphics card.  You will see results for both map areas on the following pages.

Also, just to get as many different cards in as we could with the limited amount of time in a day, we ran all of our testing at 1920x1200 resolution and at Ultra quality settings.

PC Perspective has the analysis in full.  Meanwhile, if you're trying to get your system ready for this beta yourself, then both AMD and NVIDIA have new driver releases with optimising performance for Battlefield 3 specifically in mind.

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