Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011’s Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4’s single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have beem running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China’s current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States.
This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the Ultra graphics quality preset as most discrete desktop graphics cards can easily play with this IQ setting at 1080P and we still want to be able to push the higher-end cards down the road. We used FRAPS to benchmark each card with these settings on the Shanghai level.
Benchmark Results: In Battlefield 4 the $60 dual core Pentium G3258 was able to hit an average higher than the Intel Core i7-4770K when the G3258 was overclocked to 4.8GHz. While there isn’t much of a difference, it’s a clear sign here that frequency plays a bigger part in the Battlefield 4 performance than the number of CPU Cores. At 1920×1080 the overclocked Intel G3258 was averaging 59.14 frames per second at 1920×1080 and 85.55 frames per second at 1280×1024, the Intel Core i7-4770K averaged 58.67 frames per second at 1920×1080 and 85.15 frames per second at 1280×1024. It’s not significant differences, and could be variances in the runs since this is a FRAPS benchmarked game, but it seems a little to consistent that the faster frequency chips are just slightly ahead.
Battlefield 4 Medium Image Quality Settings
Benchmark Results: The Intel Pentium G3258 was a bit of a bottle neck in Battlefield 4, still plenty playable with an average of 105.58 frames per second. The Intel Core i7-4770K was able to average 135.36 frames per second at 1920×1080 which is ~30FPS faster than the stock G3258, overclocking the G3258 to 4.8GHz closed the gap to only 3.1 frames per second with an average of 132.21 frames per second.