Battlefield 3

Its popularity aside, Battlefield 3 may be the most interesting game in our benchmark suite for a single reason: it’s the first AAA DX10+ game. It’s been 5 years since the launch of the first DX10 GPUs, and 3 whole process node shrinks later we’re finally to the point where games are using DX10’s functionality as a baseline rather than an addition. Not surprisingly BF3 is one of the best looking games in our suite, but as with past Battlefield games that beauty comes with a high performance cost.

The reduction in memory bandwidth and ROP throughput coming from the GTX 670 comes with roughly an 11% performance cost here, just about splitting the difference between the best and worst case scenarios.  This is important for the GTX 660 Ti since it means the card doesn’t surrender NVIDIA’s performance advantage in BF3. At 1920 with FXAA that means the GTX 660 Ti has a huge 30% performance lead over the 7950, and even the 7970 falls behind the GTX 660 Ti. The only real disappointment here is that 1920 with MSAA isn’t quite playable – 53fps means that framerates will bottom out in the mid-20s, which isn’t desirable.

Meanwhile the factory overclocked cards continue to up the ante, and ends up being another game that factory overclocks offer a decent improvement. Zotac tops the factory cards at 10%, followed by Gigabyte and EVGA. We’re once again seeing the impact of Zotac’s memory overclock, and how in memory bandwidth limited situations it’s more important than Gigabyte’s higher power target, though Gigabyte does come close.

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  • CeriseCogburn - Sunday, August 19, 2012 - link

    If they can't supply it - it cannot lower competitor prices, and can't be bought, so they make little or no money, and everyone else buys the available competitors product.
    Why doesn't AMD release a card that drives down the 680's price $170 per card and makes nVidia give away 3 free games with it too ?
    That would make too much sense for amd and we consumers and some competition that crushes evil corporate profiteering nVidia, so AMD should do it.
    (roll eyes)
    To answer your question> nVidia is being nice not draining all the red blood from amd's jugular since amd is bleeding out so badly already that if nVidia took them out a million raging in 3d fanboys would scream for billions in payola in a giant lawsuit they protest for in front of the UN and the IMF and the International Court and the 25k persons traveling EURO unelected power bureaucrats.
    So instead of all that terribleness and making amd fans cry, nVidia is nice about it.

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  • Galidou - Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - link

    This card at 249$ would be very bad for AMD but not very good for Nvidia either. Considering how close it already is to it's bigger brother, it would probably cut a good percentage of gtx 670 sales.

    So yeah, 249$ might seem a good price for US but they don't want to harm themselves either.
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  • Belard - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    What does TI mean?

    Where is the GTX 660? So its really a 670 with a hand chopped off?
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  • ericloewe - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    TI means something along the lines of "We'll release a crap version later on that only OEMs will buy, called the GTX 660." Reply
  • Patflute - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    lolwut Reply
  • Omega215D - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    I think it still means "Titanium" version of a chip which was supposedly better than the non-Ti. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Sunday, August 19, 2012 - link

    It means "We can't figure out how to distinguish our products using 3 decimal numbers and up to 3 letters in front of it (or the lack thereof), so we'll add some more letters". Reply
  • R3MF - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    in the anand review of the 450 where Nvidia first showed the lopsided memory bus arrangement it was noted that CUDA apps would not recognise the full memory complement.

    has this now been fixed?
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  • Ryan Smith - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    Yes. That was fixed almost immediately. Reply
  • R3MF - Thursday, August 16, 2012 - link

    thanks Ryan Reply

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