Battlefield 4 has been one of the biggest game releases so far this year for gamers on all gaming platforms. The FPS title from EA and DICE has got off to a relatively shaky start with numerous audio, graphical and gameplay problems across the various platforms it was released on. In fact for many Battlefield 4 owners the game is still in a dysfunctional or buggy state, but you can expect (or hope) that EA and DICE will begin to patch and fix the majority of the problems within the coming weeks as they have said they will. The shaky launch aside, what most PC owners/gamers want to know, if they haven’t already found out, is how do current generation GPUs perform in Battlefield 4 on the PC?
Today we put that question to the test with an extensive, albeit not entirely complete, range of current generation AMD and Nvidia GPUs. On the AMD side we have the R7 260X, R9 270, R9 270X, R9 280X, R9 290 and R9 290X while on the Nvidia side we have a few more offerings with the GTX 650 Ti Boost, GTX 660, GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti and GTX Titan. All of the aforementioned graphics cards are current offerings and to the sharp-minded readers you will notice some graphics cards are missing. Mainly the current generation lower-end graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia are absent, that includes the Nvidia GTX 650, GT 640 GDDR5, GT 640 DDR3 and the AMD R7 250 and R7 240. The main reason for not testing these graphics cards, other than that we didn’t have most of them, is because they simply aren’t that capable of running such a high end gaming title. Of course that’s not to say they can’t but given the nature of the resolutions we test (mainly 1080p or above) and the quality settings our readers like to see (very high or ultra) these GPUs simply aren’t cut out for the test. Arguably they are more aimed at gamers with 1366 x 768 monitors tackling medium-high details but I digress. The system requirements for Battlefield 4 reveal a similar picture, if you want a smooth gameplay experience then you need an AMD Radeon HD 7870 or Nvidia GTX 660 or better. However, those system requirements show you very little about what you can expect at different resolutions. So without any further ado let us show you our results and show you exactly how AMD and Nvidia’s offerings stack up!
If you’re wondering why AMD’s R7 260X received such lacklustre reception both here at eTeknix and at many other review sites, well it is down to the fact that Nvidia have aggressively cut the prices of their cards which compete with the R7 260X – namely the GTX 650 Ti Boost but also to an extent the GTX 660.
Anandtech reports that the GTX 660 has been given a price cut from $200 MSRP to $179 meaning it can better compete with the R9 270X and the R7 260X by sitting in the middle of the two. Next the GTX 650 Ti Boost 1GB has been cut to $129 and the GTX 650 Ti Boost 2GB has been cut to $149. This means Nvidia now has the GTX 650 Ti Boost available for cheaper than the AMD R7 260X, which costs $139, if you need less VRAM and only $10 more if you need 2GB of VRAM. Of course the GTX 650 Ti Boost is clearly a better card and these price cuts have made AMD’s R7 260X even more obsolete as our review showed.
If you were hoping for price cuts on other cards then you will disappointed. Nvidia thinks its GTX 760, GTX 770 and GTX 780 graphics cards are all priced competitively enough to compete at $249, $399 and $649 respectively – I would be inclined to agree with them and I think Nvidia’s line up is still very strong indeed. Though AMD’s new R9 280X does put some serious pressure on Nvidia’s GTX 770 which costs $100 more without delivering much more performance while the $199 R9 270X is capable of keeping pace with the $50 more expensive GTX 760.
A report from a Chinese technology publication has revealed details of the next card to be arriving in the Nvidia GTX 700 series. The GTX 750 Ti, or GTX 760 SE, will come in to replace the Nvidia GTX 650 Ti Boost but will also be designed to be faster than the GTX 660. The GPU is based on GK104 and uses 960 CUDA cores putting it below the 1152 on the GTX 760 and making it the same as the GTX 660 which also has 960. It has the same 80 TMUs that the GTX 660 has but has more ROPs, 32 instead of 24, and a wider memory bus of 256 bit instead of 192 bit.
Clock speeds are expected to be quite high with 1033MHz on the core, 1098MHz on the GPU boost speed and 6GHz/6008MHz effective on the memory. There are no details on when Nvidia will launch the GPU but it is expected to come well in time for the flurry of FPS shooter releases later on this year (Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts) to capitalise on PC gamers wanting new video cards. It isn’t yet known what pricing will be and what the official launch date will be but we will of course bring you those details as we get them. We also don’t know what the fate of the GTX 660 and GTX 650Ti Boost will be when this card is released, one may get the chop or both may get the chop.
Nvidia have announced another game bundle promotion alongside the recently announced Batman Arkhan Origins bundle for GTX 660 graphics cards and higher. This new promotion involves giving gamers credit for free to play games. More specifically gamers will get $25 each for WarFrame, Neverwinter and Marvel Heroes – all pictured above. Gamers’ can find out what retailers are eligible by checking ou the Nvidia promotional page here. The key thing to note is that the offer is valid only on GTX 650 series GPUs so the GTX 650, GTX 650 Ti and GTX 650 Ti Boost.
“Voted the best F2P game at PAX East 2013, Warframe is a co-op third-person online action game set in an evolving sci-fi world. Featuring the incredible NVIDIA PhysX technology, players control ancient warriors in a war with the Grineer (bad guys). With over three million registered users, gamers can join friends in player-vs-enemy raids across the solar system and master the power of the Warframes. $25 of in-game currency gives players the opportunity to shop in the marketplace and gain new gear quickly such as a new supercharged Warframe with an inventory slot, a sentinel pet to aid in battle, mod-packs to instantly upgrade gear, void key packs to gain access to rare missions, as well as other boosters or revives.
Hailed by GameFront as “one of the best traditional MMOs,” Dungeons & Dragons Neverwinter combines fast paced combat with over a quarter century of Dungeons & Dragons lore. Packed with exclusive NVIDIA technology including TXAA, HBAO and 3D Vision, players experience epic stories, action combat and classic roleplaying. The bundle provided in-game loot will give players access to mounts, companions, consumables, items, fashion, crafting packs and more!
For any fans of the Marvel universe, Marvel Heroes is not to be missed! This F2P massively multiplayer online action role-playing game features frenetic action combat where players can battle infamous Marvel villains as their favorite Superhero. Play with the already one and a half million registered users, as Hawkeye, Storm, Daredevil, Thing, or Scarlet Witch. $25 of in-game currency gives players the option to choose from a variety of heroes including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine to name a few. Players can also opt to get iconic costumes from throughout Marvel’s storied history, such as Iron Man’s Mk 1 armor from his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 to his Avengers movie armor, to further customize their hero.” From Nvidia’s official press release.