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 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 TI BOOST in stock form was 23.4% faster than the Sapphire Radeon HD 7790 Dual-X OC at 1920×1080 in Battlefield 3. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST costs $169.99 and the Sapphire HD 7790 Dual-X runs $159.99, so for $10 more dollars you get a major performance increase.
Here are the GPU-Z details of the EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost when running Battlefield 3 for about half an hour. Notice the temperature topped out at 80C and the 1413MB of the 2048MB frame buffer was being used at 1920×1080. If you plan on gaming at 1920×1080 we highly suggest getting a 2GB video card as 1GB cards aren’t enough these days once you crank up the graphics.