Battlefield 3 Open Beta Test – BF3 PC Specifications & Gameplay

Just downloaded and did a quick run on Battlefield 3 Open Beta Test. Multiplayer on line play only.
Quick post here on how my system ran the BF3 beta test, so you can compare maybe to your system.

Computer Specifications:
– AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 3.2 Ghz (Stock)
– Cooler Master Hyper 212+ DC Heatsink, Dual 120mm Fans
– ASUS Matrix Geforce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1 GB DDR5 Ram (Stock)
– ASUS M5A97 EVO AMD Motherboard
– 8 GB G. Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333 Memory
– Cooler Master CM690 Case

Everything above at stock speeds, not overclocked:
– Fraps reported 68-75 FPS, dropped maybe to 56 during extensive play and graphics.
– The Geforce GTX 560 Video Card ran at 64 celsius maximum.
– Stock quad core speed of 3.2 Ghz max’d out at 46 celsius. Ambient room temp of 77 F.
(Stock vcore 1.350, using a Cooler Master Hyper 212+ DC Dual 120mm Fan Heatsink)

Overall game play was very smooth, computer did not lag at all, and graphics were great!
Sound was awesome to! I was not using headphones, and the bullet sounds wizzzzing past my head forced me to drop, and turn REAL quick! Graphics were great, reminded me of BF2, but much more destruction from frags, bullet shots, walls breaking apart etc. This is just a 1 map Beta version (test version), only active on line till I think 10-10-11. Servers are very limited, server slots full, took me a while to finally get in. Going prone is in this game, at least right now. Just wanted to post a quick run down of the BF3 beta gameplay on my particular system.

Origin EA ID: SledgeHammer1945

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Battlefield 3 Beta Minimum System Requirements:
OS: Vista Service Pack 2 32-bit
Processor: 2GHZ Dual Core (Core 2 Duo 2.4GHZ or Athlon x2 2.7GHZ)
Memory: 2GB RAM
Hard drive: 20GB

Graphics Card (AMD): DirextX 10.1 compatible with 512MB RAM (ATI Radion 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 series, with ATI Radion 3870 or higher performance)

Graphics Card (NVIDIA): DirectX 10.0 compatible with 512MB RAM (Nvidia GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 or 500 series with Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher performance)
Sound card: DirectX compatible

Battlefield 3 Beta Recommended System Requirements:
OS: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Quad Core CPU
Memory: 4GB RAM
Hard drive: 20GB

Graphics Card: DirectX 11 compatible with 1024MB RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATI Radeon 6950)


Can You Run It – website will analyze your computer system to give you a general idea how your pc setup will run the game or any game. “Can You Run It” website gave me this score below on Battlefield 3 Open Beta Test on my system specifications at top:

AMD Phenom X4 955 Black Edition 3.2 Ghz Quad, ASUS Matrix Geforce GTX 560 (System listed at top)

“Can You Run It” score on a ASUS G53JW-A1 Gaming Laptop Below:

ASUS G53JW-A1 Specifications:
Intel Core i7 740QM(1.73GHz), 8 GB DDR3, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M, 1.5GB GDDR5 VRAM. Everything showed “Pass” on The “Can You Run” it system analysis, but the Nvidia GTX 460M dropped the overall score. Still very playable on the ASUS G53JW though! ASUS G53JW-A1 Laptop is right here.

Geforce Site Analyzer: Is Your PC Ready?
“The GPU analyzer (beta) detects your graphics hardware and compares it to the developer’s recommended GPU specification for Battlefield 3. It’s a quick and easy way to see if your graphics hardware will provide you an optimal experience in Battlefield 3.”

COMBAT WAS INTENSE! With a good audio setup, maybe some dolby headphones you could find yourself getting knocked from your seat at home. Everything is destructible, bullet frags, explosions, planting some C4 will take a building down. Teamwork in multi-player is key, follow your squad, follow the map indicator, when waiting to re-spawn watch your monitor the action plan your attack. Very cool game!

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I will edit this post at a later date, and post more information, screenshots & video as I run BF3 through a few more times. If you have any questions, just post a reply below.

Origin EA ID: SledgeHammer1945

Edited/Updated 11-6-11:
Game released through Origin, was VERY “BUGGY”, with many problems. Many downloading, installing and activating problems. Once installed many had problems with the game crashing out, video drivers, and not able to even start the game. Most of the problems seemed to be with Origin in general. I had a directx11 fault crash that I since worked out, and game has been fine now. There is suppose to be a “patch” coming out soon by EA or Dice to fix some of the game problems.

AMD Phenom System:
AMD Phenom II X4 Quad Core 955 Black Edition 3.2 Ghz
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ DC Heatsink, Dual 120mm Fans
– Single ASUS Matrix Geforce GTX 560 (Fermi) 1 GB DDR5 Ram
ASUS M5A97 EVO AMD Motherboard
8 GB G. Skill Ripjaws X Series DDR3 1333 Memory
– 700 watt Cooler Master PSU, 52 amps on 12 volt rail
Cooler Master CM690 Case (EXCELLENT COOLING)
This above system components, new case and all was built for under $800

10-25-11 Battlefield 3 release runs Ultra/Max Settings very smooth on the system listed above.
Ultra/Max Settings at 1400 x 900 screen resolution at 55-75 FPS, averaging in the mid 60’s FPS.
High Settings at 1400 x 900 screen resolution at 65-90+ FPS
Basically any FPS over 35 is playable.

Follow the Game System Requirements Posted Above. This game is very intensive on your Video Card AND CPU, takes a good system with some horsepower to run correctly. Crossfire or SLI dual cards are not needed, in fact most are posting this setup gives lower FPS game play. Some have mentioned they have disabled the dual cards in there systems.

Battlefield 3 is a very team oriented game, other than recon, the “lone wolf” type will have a hard time. Even the FPS veterans were getting hammered, shot to pieces until points, ranks and weapons unlocked began opening up. Each class has a different role, and points that can be earned not just by killing people,, but doing your job for the team to win. Yes, you get points if your team wins! Dropping medic packs, dropping ammo boxes, reviving downed team soldiers with your defibrillator just for example will earn you MANY points. These points increase your rank stats, AND begins to unlock many different more powerful weapons and ammo types. I was in a couple intense close quarter fire fights in the map “Metro”, with the entire team/squad. You drop medic packs, and every team member that is need of “health” crosses that medic pack you earn 20 points. I racked up 800 points just in dropping medic packs that particular game! Revive a downed team member with a defibrillator, you earn 100 points. The destruction in this game is to real, you can kill by taking out a wall or building. Knife kills are brutal, I was knifed from behind one particular game, my hand was shaking on the mouse the rest of the game! The graphics AND the audio in this game are excellent. Had my headphones up to loud, and a tank blasted the building wall I was behind, it just about knocked me out of my seat behind the computer. Find myself ducking down below the monitor most of the time… LOL

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