Previewing GTX 580 and AMD 6990 running Battlefield 3

By Peter Chubb - Sep 28, 2011

Now that gamers have managed to get some hands-on time with Battlefield 3, there have been some concerns that the game is not as good as they had hoped. Do not think that we are saying that the game is a big disappointment, it’s just when compared to the PC version, the Xbox 360 and PS3 is left feeling a little embarrassed. There have been a number of previews showing off the performance of DICE’s new game, but it is only when you compare them to the likes of the GTX 580 from Nvidia and the AMD 6990 than you get a true sense of how BF3 actually looks.

In the preview you will get to see a number of screenshots that have been captured in Full 1080P HD, which was taken from the beta version of the Operation Metro map. There were three key things that VR-Zone wanted to keep an eye on while playing the game, and that was CPU workload, memory usage and also monitoring the GPU closely.

To reduce the risk of bottlenecks you will need a processor of at least 3.2GHz. Memory usage is around 1GB, so you need at least 4GB, but more is better. As for the GPU, if you are to run the GTX 580 and the AMD 6990, then you need to make certain that you are running the latest drivers. There have been reports that this could see an increase in graphic performance by at least 38 percent.

When testing it is always a good idea to set things to maximum, as this gives you a much better idea of what the video card can handle. The guys over at VR-Zone noticed that turning things up to the max while playing Battlefield 3 offered some very interesting results. The first was with frame rates, the AMD 6970/GTX580 averaged 50fps and the 6990 offered 80fps. However, the Quadfire version of the latter managed 140fps.

Watch four videos below of Battlefield 3 Operation Metro in action, although these are only running at 30fps.

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