Battlefield 3 Multiplayer Performance and IQ Review

Battlefield 3's Multiplayer has far surpassed what many gamers had been expecting. The graphics do a great job of tying the excellent gameplay together and creating a lifelike experience. In this article we'll be breaking down multiplayer gameplay performance and image quality and finding what settings are needed to give you the competitive edge.


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 MSI Eclipse SLI X58 motherboard, an Intel Core i7 920 Overclocked at 3.6GHz, and 6GB of Corsair TR3X6G1600C8D Dominator DDR3.

Obviously, we make every effort to not use CPU limited games for video card evaluations, but the i7-920 at 3.6GHz seems to put many peoples’ minds at ease when it comes to that subject.

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With all four NVIDIA-based video cards in this evaluation, we are using ForceWare 285.79 BETA package, dated November 10th, 2011. For all four AMD-based video cards in this evaluation, we are using AMD's Catalyst 11.11 WHQL driver package, dated November 15th, 2011, and AMD's 11.11 Catalyst Application Profiles (CAP) Version 2. All drivers are indicated for use with the Windows 7 x64 operating system.