AMD Radeon HD 7950 & XFX R7950 Black Edition Video Card Review

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Battlefield 3

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Battlefield 3 (BF3) is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE and published by Electronic Arts. The game was released in North America on October 25, 2011 and in Europe on October 28, 2011. It does not support versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista as the game only supports DirectX 10 and 11.

It is a direct sequel to 2005′s Battlefield 2, and the eleventh installment in the Battlefield franchise. The game sold 5 million copies in its first week of release and the PC download is exclusive to EA’s Origin platform, through which PC users also authenticate when connecting to the game.

Battlefield 3 Screenshot

Battlefield 3 debuts the new Frostbite 2 engine. This updated Frostbite engine can realistically portray the destruction of buildings and scenery to a greater extent than previous versions. Unlike previous iterations, the new version can also support dense urban areas. Battlefield 3 uses a new type of character animation technology called ANT. ANT technology is used in EA Sports games, such as FIFA, but for Battlefield 3 is adapted to create a more realistic soldier, with the ability to transition into cover and turn the head before the body.

This game looks great and we tested with the highest settings possible.  This means we used ‘ultra’ settings and really punished the cards being tested. We ran FRAPS for two minutes on the single player map called ‘Rock and a Hard Place’ for benchmarking.

Battlefield 3 Screenshot

Benchmark Results:
We have had a number of requests for Battlefield 3 to be included in our benchmark suite. Rather than go back and test all of our cards, we are starting fresh with the Radeon HD 7000 series. The XFX Radeon HD 7950 Black Edition card was the clear winner between it and the reference card. Running Battlefield 3 at 1920×1080 the XFX Radeon HD 7950 BE was 6.29 frames per second faster than the AMD Radeon HD 7950, that a difference of 11.9%!
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