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 our three 24 inch monitors at 5760×1080. We also dropped the Texture quality from ultra to high.
The game is smooth on the HD7870 FleX, although it was noticeably slower than the HD7950 FleX, dropping a few times below the sweet spot at 30 frames per second. Again, the extra 1GB of GDDR5 on the flagship card will help with some of the in game, high resolution textures.