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Game performance - Battlefield Bad Company 2


Battlefield Bad Company 2

The Battlefield series has been running for quite a while. The last big entry in the series, Bad Company, was a console exclusive, much to the disappointment of PC gamers everywhere. DICE broke the exclusivity with the sequel, thankfully, and now PC owners are treated to the best Battlefield since Battlefield 2.

The plot follows the four soldiers of Bad Company as they track down a "new" super weapon in development by Russian forces. You might not immediately get that this game is about Bad Company, as the intro mission starts off with a World War II raid, but it all links together in the end.

A new title in the benchmark test suite, it's Battlefield Bad Company 2. Next to being a great game for gameplay, it's also an awesome title to test both graphics cards and processors with. The game has native support for DirectX 11 and on processor testing side of things, parallelized processing supporting two to eight parallel threads, which is great if you have a quad core processor. 

There is currently a title on the market that is utilizing multi-CPU cores and is heavily threading. Battlefield Bad Company 2 DX11Battlefield Bad Company 2 will happily use four or more cores. The result is that very quickly the CPU does not matter anymore as it maximizing the incredible amount of processors power. As a result the GPU really quickly becomes a bottleneck; even the Radeon HD 5870 flat out is running at 100% whilst the processors have plenty of force left.

That would result very similar performance throughout a large scope of processors.

We opt to test DX11 solely for this title as we want to look at the most modern performance and image quality. DX11 wise we get as extra softened dynamic shadows and shader based performance improvements. A great game to play, a great game image quality wise. We raise the bar, image quality settings wise:

  • DirectX 11 enabled
  • 8x Multi-sample Anti-aliasing
  • 16 Anisotropic filtering
  • All image quality settings enabled at maximum

As you can see, everything is just extremely close to each other. We made this test GPU dependant on purpose .. this is how you game at home, and not differently.

As you can see, the game title is using the processor 100% optimal driving the GPU to its maximum, resulting in little to no differences in your framerates.

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