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: There certainly isn’t much of a performance difference between the two systems! After the 3DMark 11 results I was admittedly a little worried. In benchmarking Battlefield 3 we use fraps and play through a mission several times. While we saw some distinct performance differences in the synthetic benchmarks, we aren’t seeing them in real world tests. The GIGABYTE Z77X-UP7 was able to average 60.022 frames per second at 1920×1080 and 81.807 frames per second at 1280×1024, while the ASUS board was right there with an average of 81.715 frames per second and 60.137 frames per second.