Very relevant for those perhaps looking to upgrade or just see how their machine can perform. - Courtesy of tomshardware.com
Are you wondering how your PC will handle Battlefield 3 before buying the game? We pulled a series of all-nighters to get almost every graphics card in our lab tested, in addition to a handful of processors, to answer your performance-oriented questions.
What I have here is performance information gleaned from 30 individual graphics cards as powerful as AMD’s Radeon HD 6990 and Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 590 down to the GeForce 8500 GT and Radeon HD 4670. I have quad-GPU results from both vendors (along with other SLI- and CrossFire-based numbers), plus a look at how performance is affected by in-game anti-aliasing settings. There’s also a brief look at CPU scaling (brief because, at least in the campaign, processor performance is so de-emphasized).
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