Frame Rating: AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire and 4K Preview Testing
Battlefield 3 (DirectX 11)
Battlefield 3™ leaps ahead of its time with the power of Frostbite 2, DICE's new cutting-edge game engine. This state-of-the-art technology is the foundation on which Battlefield 3 is built, delivering enhanced visual quality, a grand sense of scale, massive destruction, dynamic audio and character animation utilizing ANT technology as seen in the latest EA SPORTS™ games.
Frostbite 2 now enables deferred shading, dynamic global illumination and new streaming architecture. Sounds like tech talk? Play the game and experience the difference!
Our Settings for Battlefield 3
Here is our testing run through the game, for your reference.
At 2560x1440, even though the R9 290X is faster than the GTX 780 in the single card results, when we double up the cards to CrossFire and SLI we see the GTX 780s take a small performance lead. There also appears to be some more "hiccups" in the CrossFire results that would indicate some stutter. Frame times are more consistent on the GTX 780 SLI results though the orange line representing the R9 290Xs in CrossFire are within reason as well.
At 4K, the R9 290X pair in CrossFire is pulling ahead of the GTX 780s across the board in our observed frame rate graphs. The only questionable point is in the frame times graph, where the orange line is clearly showing more frame time variance than the blue line of SLI. Still, it should be noted right away, that before the release of the R9 290X today, there was no AMD CrossFire solution that would work correctly as we see here.
There are no dropped frames, no runt frames, etc. to be found in our first result!