Test System and Methodology
To test the performance of Battlefield 4 we used Fraps to monitor the average frame rate through the last checkpoint of the first Battlefield 4 Campaign Mission, “Baku”. The scene lasts approximately 2 minutes from start to finish and we replicate it as best as we can with identical starting and finishing points. The scene involves little user interaction, except constant sprinting from an elevator to a pick-up helicopter, so is ideal for reproducing consistent results with minimal user variation.
We utilised the latest AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 and Nvidia Forceware 331.82 drivers for the testing. For note all graphics cards were tested from idle temperatures for each benchmark run, given the short nature of the test the graphics cards broadly did not throttle down so all performance figures are a “best case” scenario.
- Motherboard – Asus Rampage IV Extreme X79 LGA 2011 (chipset fan disabled)
- Processor – Intel Core i7 3960X at stock clock speeds of 3.3GHz with Turbo Mode disabled.
- RAM – 16GB (2 X 8GB) Corsair Vengeance Pro Series 1866MHz at 9-10-9-27
- CPU Cooler – Corsair H100i with Quiet Fan Profile
- Power Supply – Corsair HX1050W
- Main Storage Drive – Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD over SATA III interface
- Chassis – Lian Li T60 Test Bench
- Displays – Dell U2711 Ultra Sharp for 2560 by 1440 and we use the LG IPS 234 & LG IPS 224 with the Dell U2711 Ultra Sharp to run 5760 by 1080.
- Operating System – Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
We would like to thank AMD, Asus, Corsair, Intel, Kingston, Lian Li, Nvidia and all our other partners who supplied us with test equipment and hardware. Their generosity makes our testing possible and without them we wouldn’t be able to produce the reviews we do, so thank you!
- Battlefield 4 – Ultra Settings Present, No V-Sync
- 1680 x 1050
- 1920 x 1080
- 2560 x 1440
- 5760 x 1080
- Fraps 3.5.99 (Free Version)