- ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II 28nm Graphics Card Review
- A Closer Look - DirectCU II
- Features - GPU Technologies
- Features - Software and Utilities
- Testing - Temps, Voltages, Acoustics, and Overclocking
- Benchmarks - Batman: Arkham City
- Benchmarks - Dirt 3
- Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator
- Benchmarks - Battlefield 3
- Benchmarks - 3DMark 11
- Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven
- Benchmarks - WQHD Performance
- Final Thoughts
- All Pages
Benchmarks - Battlefield 3
Battlefield 3 is a gorgeous game, not only visually, but with an impressive sound engine as well. Typical for the Battlefield franchise, it's a power-hungry game, as my remembrance of the BF2 "upgrade wave" will attest to. It's a gorgeous game with expansive environments with fantastic lighting and destruction physics on the Frostbite 2 Engine.
Battlefield 3 is my most-played game in my current game library, so the Battlefield 3 benchmarking on the 7970 DirectCUII was of particular interest to me, and I wasn't disappointed. The 7970 delivered a 40% boost over a GTX 660 at stock clock speeds, and smooth 72 frames per second on average with the minimum framerate only dipping to the mid-50s. The overclock gave us an additional 21.4% bringing us to an average framerate in the mid-80s. Bottom line, the 7970 is plenty of GPU for 1080P gaming at max settings.
For quick reference here, at WQHD (2560x1440) resolutions, the stock settings give just shy of 50FPS and with the overclock you get just shy of the magic number for ultra-smooth gameplay, 60 FPS. We'll summarize the WQHD performance a few pages down.