Medal of Honor: Warfighter Gameplay Performance Review

Medal of Honor: Warfighter uses the Frostbite 2 engine which was made popular by delivering realistic graphics and physics in Battlefield 3. We will be finding out if the image quality has improved or stayed the same compared to Battlefield 3, and what kind of hardware is needed to take full advantage of the game.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4-TH motherboard, an Intel Core i7 2600k Overclocked at 4.8GHz, and 8GB of Corsair RAM.

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Video Cards used for Comparison

We are using several video cards for this evaluation. Our goal was to give you reference clocked video cards for comparison.

We are using the latest Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition video card. We are also using the latest Radeon HD 7950 (indicated by "Boost" to represent the GPU Boost speed) of this video card. We have applied the latest BIOS provided by AMD which raises the base clock and boost clock as set by PowerTune on the Radeon HD 7950, the new clock is 925MHz. We discuss this change in the 7950 here. We are also using a Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition video card.

On the NVIDIA side we are using a GeForce GTX 680, GeForce GTX 670 an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti video card.

Drivers

For the NVIDIA GPU based video cards we are using ForceWare 310.33 BETA driver, dated October 23rd, 2012.

For the AMD video cards we are using Catalyst 12.11 BETA, dated October 23rd, 2012, and the latest CAP.