The graphics were awesome. But they still haven’t got the foliage as good as the original Crysis and Crysis Warhead. They are still two dimensional for the most part. Only the trunk of the trees are made up of polygons. But the special effects, textures and lighting were exquisite.
Anyways, there are many articles hovering in the internet which talk about the performance figures. Take a look at this. Battlefield 3 GPU & CPU Performance @ Techspot.com
One word about MSAA
I played the single player game with MSAA at 4x and it was still playable. I was getting 60 ~ 80 fps for the most part. Of course there were places where it dipped to 30fps and it was hardly playable at 30fps. You really need 60fps on this game. Even though SP was playable with MSAA, I couldn’t play MP. Well, you should get all the FPS you can have in a FPS. A little slow down will definitely cost your life. So I turned MSAA off and now I am getting 100fps-ish on average. It does fluctuate between 50 and 200fps, and I turned HT back ON, but it is very smooth in MP. There are – as usual – ping issues but I cannot do anything about it.
Crossfire is good?
I was using Afterburner to measure the GPU load while playing the game, and while I didn’t monitor it in MP as I was getting high fps, I was constantly looking at it in SP. (Afterburner supports the G15’s LCD display, so I don’t need to have it displayed on the screen.) What I found out was that whenever there was a slow down, the GPU load on one GPU had dipped to around 50% mark. While I was getting 60fps, it felt like 20fps. Was that microstuttering? I don’t know. But after a few seconds it would get back to 95-99% GPU load and everything is back to normal. Weird, but it could be an issue with CF or maybe because these drivers are prerelease versions.
I cannot show my colors as I was able to in Crysis 2, because Crysis 2 is a different kind of game and it is brand new. Playing BF3 with BF veterans was hard work. I cannot even drive a tank properly. Helicopter and jets are hands down NO GO! In COD4, I loved playing as a sniper, but it was just point and shoot. But in BF3, you have to take the physics into account. Sniping is hard work. The gravitation and time works as in real world. You cannot just aim at the head and shoot. And it is different from rifle to rifle. How the heck am I supposed to remember all that? Some people can. I do not play it 24/7 like some people. There are so much to learn in this game. It’ll take a whole year for me to learn the game. Maybe I will then be ready for BF4. ;)