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Published on October 28th, 2011 | by Brandon


>Tom’s Hardware says CPU doesn’t matter for BF3

>Tom’s Hardware just put out a very comprehensive set of benchmarks with various hardware configurations running Battlefield 3.  If you’re in the market for new hardware to improve your Battlefield 3 experience, I would encourage you to read the full article here.

The most important takeaway from the article is that, by and large, your CPU seems to have little effect on performance in Battlefield 3.  In fact, a Core i3-2105, Core i7-2600K, and AMD’s new Bulldozer processor, the FX-8150, all held virtually identical frame rates in the benchmark.

Furthermore, performance doesn’t seem to scale with more cores either.  When cores were disabled on the 2600K and FX-8150, the performance stayed virtually the same (except for an isolated instance with the AMD chip).  Additionally, turning on Hyper-Threading for the 2600K offered no benefit.

Lastly, it should be noted that these benchmarks were only run over a specific segment of the single-player campaign, so it’s possible that multiplayer would yield different results.  Still, these are some very interesting findings that contradict the original notion that BF3 would be very CPU-dependent.

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6 Responses to >Tom’s Hardware says CPU doesn’t matter for BF3

  1. derp says:

    >good news for me and my dual core

  2. bpost says:


    This is probably due to DICE's approach to the game, by making PC the lead platform. It's pretty amazing to see that the bottle neck is purely GPU based.

    I'm sure they wanted to make even the minimum requirements have an experience on-par with Console (or better, really, for example with 64player MP).

    I was relieved to find that it ran very well auto/medium, even on my Q9400/6GB of RAM/5770.

  3. TheIMatty says:

    >lol bulldozer

  4. TheIMatty says:

    >and it runs nicely on my 6770 and my cpu is a phenom x4 955 so yeah sounds about right

  5. Aequitas says:

    >But AMD believes in more cores. Power to the more cores movement!

  6. dominick says:

    >so piledriver will perform no better than an i3? cool.



Brandon started his PC gaming days playing Doom II (IDDQD/IDKFA for life) and has been hooked on online gaming since the original Starsiege: Tribes. The way to his heart is through proper grammar, corn dogs, and cookie cake.

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