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 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.
Benchmark Results: The AMD Radeon R9 290X was battling for the top spot in Battlefield 3, at least for the single GPU top spot. At 5760 x 1080 the Radeon R9 290X wsa the fastest performer with an average of 45.20 frames per second, the NVIDIA GeForce Titan averaged only 43.53 frames per second. Dropping the resolution to 2560 x 1600 the Radeon R9 290X averaged 68.73 frames per second using the ‘Uber’ Setting and 68.70 using the ‘Quiet’ setting and was second to only the EVGA GTX 780 SC graphics cards. At 1920 x 1080 the Radeon R9 290X averaged 105.26 frames per second at the ‘Uber’ BIOS setting and 105.9 frames per second using the ‘Quiet’ setting, which is screaming!