We tested Battlefield 3 with all of its DX11 goodness cranked up, including the "Ultra" quality settings with both 4X MSAA and the high-quality version of the post-process FXAA. We tested in the "Operation Guillotine" level, for 60 seconds starting at the third checkpoint.
Blessedly, there aren't many wrinkles at all in BF3 performance from any of the cards. The 99th percentile frame times mirror the FPS averages, and all is well with the world. Even the slow cards are just generally slow and not plagued with excessively spiky, uneven frame times like we saw in Arkham City. This time, the GeForce GTX 680 outperforms the Radeon HD 7970 in every metric we throw at it, although its advantage is incredibly slim in every case.
|Oculus says Rift VR headset will ship early next year||22|
|MSI's 990FXA Gaming mobo freshens up with USB 3.1||0|
|Join us Thursday night to talk Zen and more with David Kanter||9|
|Xeon E7 v3 boasts Haswell cores, hybrid memory controller||20|
|Our latest case review is getting a little hairy||27|
|16-nm NAND infiltrates Intel's latest server SSD||5|
|Thermaltake's Versa H15 is a classy microATX chassis||30|
|GOG's Steam-y Galaxy storefront enters open beta||41|
|GeForce GTX 970, 980 now bundled with new Witcher, Batman games||28|