MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming Series Motherboard ReviewMon, May 20, 2013 - 8:00 AM
Battlefield 3 Intel HD 4000 Graphics
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: Removing the AMD Radeon HD 7950 once again, the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming series motherboard performance dropped as expected. The Intel HD 4000 Graphics aren’t as powerful as one may hope. At 1280×1024 we were able to maintain an average of 32.381 which is playable. Once we increased the resolution to 1920×1080 we were hitting an average of 21.863 frames per second and it was pretty choppy at times and a little difficult to play. Though this is no fault of the MSI Z77A-GD65 Gaming motherboard.