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Old 27th Nov 2013, 10:05   #1
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Battlefield 4 Performance Analysis

We've grabbed 23 of the latest cards and put them through their paces in a gruelling BF4 benchmark.
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...nce-analysis/1
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Nice article, reminiscent of old. Well done Matthew and well done Bit-tech

Before all the fanbois arrive an ruin this comments thread, is it just me or is there almost no discernible difference between the high and ultra screenshots? I can only imagine that the differences are even less noticeable in-game.
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The main pattern we've observed is that Battlefield 4 tends to favour AMD's hardware
While this is true on Windows 7, apparently the gap is narrowed when tested on Windows 8.1.
With R9 290X at around 3% faster on 8.1, and the GTX 780 at around 6% faster.

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Old 27th Nov 2013, 10:40   #4
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This article came at a great time considering the new consoles have come out. It's very reassuring to see that I'll be getting better frame rates than the ps4 on well made multi platform games. This certainly wasn't the case when xbox360 came out unless you had really top tier gear. I think in the next few years there will be a big shift to higher than 1080p gaming as AMD/Nvidia continue to put out better gpu's and the demands of games remain relatively static. Until 4k TVs become affordable though I will be sticking with what I have. I'm looking forward to my current rig lasting me a long time.
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A most enjoyable (and informative) read - thanks!

Interesting results as a result of CPU core disabling.
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Would really like to see the impact of Mantle on this review when the patch comes out in December supporting it.

Would help me decide what to do about my next card, still deciding if I'm due an upgrade and if I get one if I stick with Nvidia or go back to AMD.
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awsome test, but sadly itīs lacking Vmem impact
As I can say my 680 2gb is at itīs maximum avaliable mem with 1950 @ 1440p
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I'm running an AMD 6900 gpu from the days of BF3 and i'm still clocking an average of 45 on high. surprisingly good for a 2 year old pc rig.
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awsome test, but sadly itīs lacking Vmem impact
As I can say my 680 2gb is at itīs maximum avaliable mem with 1950 @ 1440p
Looking at the results I'd be sweating if I had less than 3GB, although the top end Nvidia cards from last generation still seem to be competitive.
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Fantastic article guys, a real return to form for Bit.

Love seeing the brutal effect of ultra settings in Eyefinity / Surround. The 64 ROP backend of the 290 GPU's is really showing its muscle here (noticably higher minimums).

Good to see that my GTX780M will be able to manage a mixture of Medium and High settings whilst retaining a constant 60FPS (can probably get away with the majority on high judging by the results).

(GTX780M is a 1536SP "Full" GK104 clocked at 849/5000 although I run mine at +100/+250 for more demanding titles. It offers roughly GTX670-GTX680 performance depending on the title).
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Based on the cards tested @ 1920x1080 with ultra settings which is comparable to a 6970?
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your core disabling tests were funny, So no difference at all between them hmm. Thought this was ment to support like 8 cores ( Andy seems to think it does anyway) your tests kinda suggest it does not.
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Based on the cards tested @ 1920x1080 with ultra settings which is comparable to a 6970?
An HD6970 sits somewhere between a HD7850 and HD7870. IIRC it is a bit closer to the latter than the former.
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An HD6970 sits somewhere between a HD7850 and HD7870. IIRC it is a bit closer to the latter than the former.
So i can do ultra @1080p and get playable results! Not bad Isnt the minimium FPS considered to 25 before things get too choppy?
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would like to have seen this test on an AMD FX83xx rig as well
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So ican do ultr @1080p and get playable results! Not bad Isnt the minimium FPS considered to 25 befor thing get too choppy?
Completely subjective. The consistancy of the framerate (timing of the individual frames) is far more important than absolute FPS number.
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This article is great, and interesting to see that the HBAO doesn't have as much impact on performance as it did in 3. Personally I run texture quality and filtering on Ultra and the rest on High but may try all on ultra without MSAA after this. The article below made me feel better about my 2Gb 670. If it's reflective of other 2Gb vs 4Gb setups in BF4 then I'm not going to bother upgrading just yet and it is very interesting but I'm willing to accept it could just be the cards reviewed.

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GTX 670 with high detail produces playable rates @ 2560x1600...

...it almost makes me want to buy the game. Oh, no... wait... yeah, that was a lie.

[edit] 6,000 posts... that's quite of lot of BS right there!
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Brilliant article, thank you.
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GTX 670 with high detail produces playable rates @ 2560x1600...

...it almost makes me want to buy the game. Oh, no... wait... yeah, that was a lie.

[edit] 6,000 posts... that's quite of lot of BS right there!
If it makes you feel any better (it won't), I won't be touching the game either. I might acquire it at a later date if I wish to benchmark something, but the game itself does nothing for me.

And for the record I've enjoyed a small number of your BS posts.
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