According to EA, Battlefield 3 garnered 3 million pre-orders by the day of its release. It is unknown at present whether these figures are worldwide or just for the US. The pre-order total makes it “the biggest first-person shooter launch in EA history”, according to the publisher. The engine is beautiful on the PC and very demanding of the partnering hardware.
We configured the game to run on three 24 inch monitors at 5760×1080. Settings are detailed in the screenshot above.
The game is predominately GPU bound at this ultra high resolution, although the processor still plays an important role. The AMD A10 5800k scores well, averaging 64 frames per second, which is around 12 fps behind the Intel Core i7 970 system. The Intel Core i3 2105 system takes up last place, around 3 frames per second behind the A10 5800k.