Battlefield 4 Video Card Performance and IQ Review

Battlefield 4 is this holiday season's blockbuster from the Battlefield series. It features the brand new Frostbite 3 game engine which provides a higher level of realism in the game. We strap 8 video cards to the test bench to see what kind of gameplay experience is delivered under Windows 8.1.

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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.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS Sabertooth Z77 motherboard, an Intel Core i7 3770K with HT and Overclocked at 4.6GHz, and 16GB of Corsair RAM with an SDD and Windows 8.1 x64.

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We have upgraded our review platform to be based on a full version of Windows 8.1 x64. We have also installed 16GB of RAM, have HT enabled, and are running fully on an SSD. We have also rounded up 8 current video cards to test on the game, including the R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X and R9 270X from AMD and the GeForce GTX TITAN, GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 770 and GeForce GTX 760 from NVIDIA.

The R9 290X is running in "Uber Mode."

Drivers

For the NVIDIA cards we are using the latest Beta provided to us by NVIDIA which is ForceWare 331.70 Beta driver.

For the AMD cards we are using Catalyst 13.11 Beta 8 drivers. Note that there is one newer Beta driver since we began testing, Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2. However, Beta 9.2 does not add anything new to BF4. The Beta 8 driver we are using fully represents the latest and up-to-date performance on all AMD video cards in this game.