Video Perspective: AMD A8-3850 vs Core i3-2105 on Battlefield 3

Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors | October 31, 2011 - 02:22 PM |
Tagged: video, sandy bridge, Intel, bf3, battlefield 3, APU, amd

Everyone is playing Battlefield 3 these days; we even had a virtual LAN party this weekend where forum members and PC Perspective team members played from about 10am until well after 1am ET. We have done more than our fair share of Battlefield 3 articles as well including hardware performance on high end graphics cards, multi-GPU scaling and more.  

We had some requests and questions about what was the lowest priced hardware you could play the game on and while we had run some tests on the GeForce 9800 GT, I decided to take a stab at running BF3 at its lowest settings with integrated graphics on Intel's Sandy Bridge processor and AMD's A-series APU.  Here were our test settings:

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We ran at a fairly low resolution of 1366x768 (both indicative of mobile resolutions as well as low-end hardware restrictions) and the Low in-game preset.  As it turns out this was the level at which the A8-3850 Llano APU was able to maintain an average around 30 FPS while the Intel Core i3-2105 (both priced around $140) was able to reach only a third of that. 

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With both systems coming in at the ~$450 mark, this could qualify as the lowest priced PC that is capable of getting you into the BF3 action!

You can see our full comparison right here in this short video!


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October 31, 2011 | 04:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Just buy a ps3 for $249.

November 10, 2011 | 07:30 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Low on pc still looks better than consoles AND it doesnt just play games, you can watch blu ray (which you can on ps3 but......), you can do work/homework, browse the internet faster than ps3, paly FREE games (i.e bf play4free, world of tanks etc), use whatever controllers you want or are comfortable using, ahve the option to upgrade when it gets outdated, have an entire back catalogue of old school games that still work on new machines..........if ive missed out anything please feel free to add more

November 21, 2011 | 10:57 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i love the ps3 (Exclusives) and my pc Gamer (4-way GTX590)
your choice :D
fuck the xboxcrap 360! stupid DVD and graphics 2005, seriously! stupid xbox i waste my money on crap.

November 21, 2011 | 11:00 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

*GTX580 :) sorry but i love my computer !

April 5, 2012 | 01:16 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You stupid shit, the Shitstation 3 has the same graphics as the Shitbox 360. They're fucking the same. Idiot. Both ancient, last-gen hardware.

P.S. Shitbox 360 even has better graphics than the Shitstation 3 in 90% of the games.

November 21, 2011 | 11:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

in Mexico buy a PS3 in $486.00 dlls :( fuck economy !

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October 31, 2011 | 04:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i wanted to ask if NVIDIA GeForce 9100 graphics will work for Battlefield 3.

email back ASAP please

June 23, 2012 | 03:16 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Sorry but this graphic card will not work for bf3.if u want to these type of games.u should have to upgrade your graphic card.this game can run fluently on nvidia geforce GTX 560....

October 31, 2011 | 06:51 PM - Posted by Nilbog

Thanks Ryan for thinking about the broke guys(that makes this the best hardware review site in my eyes), this was a great idea. Its looks like John Carmack was right about the "free" graphics, before he thought it would happen, smart man. I do have to say that's AMAZING that you can play this game on integrated graphics, go AMD FTWin. It does leave me wondering, whats the lowest power graphics card that can play this game, its obviously more flexible than I thought.
For the PS3 guy: Xbox 360 is 199$... that's the cheap way to go.
For the GeForce 9100 guy, its not PCPers job to e-mail you and tell you if that specific card will work, read the 10 BF3 hardware guides. There's a ton of info, or just buy the game and try it out, if it doesn't work, start saving up to get a new card. You are about due for an upgrade anyway, sorry to be blunt bro.

October 31, 2011 | 09:25 PM - Posted by ThorAxe

To the PS3 guy:
Yes; buy a PS3 and enjoy graphics from 2006 @ 1280x704.

November 1, 2011 | 08:39 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

For desktop, this is a fair comparison. However, the article mentions 13x7 resolution as being representative of mobile... remember that AMD APUs on mobile are clocked lower than on desktop (GPU @400MHz vs 443MHz) and many Llano laptop systems are shipping with the AMD 6520G configuration (320 shaders instead of 400). I would expect most Llano laptops would run perhaps 20 FPS on these settings.

November 2, 2011 | 12:42 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

sandy bridge was cold clocked big time
the future is apu

November 4, 2011 | 12:50 AM - Posted by mAxius

can we get a list of exact components and where to get them maybe a new slot on the leader board just for entry level solutions with chips that have the integrated gpu

November 4, 2011 | 03:38 PM - Posted by Jeremy Hellstrom

I'm not sure I follow your question. The Budget Leaderboard build is under $500, with an $80 GPU so if you simply wished to use the graphics provided from the the Core i3 2100 you would be awfully close to $400 or you could choose to use the $80 to upgrade to a Core i5 2500K with the better graphics.

Is that an answer to the question?

February 21, 2012 | 12:14 PM - Posted by Gazr0 (not verified)

PS3 users can never know what it's like in 64 player combat with the enhanced graphics we have, money is not a issue to us PC players and its great to be away from all those kids. Squad play is getting back to BF2 standards. What a great game, I have no probs with 8 gigs ram and q6600 quad core.

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