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 used the game’s demanding ‘Ultra’ setting to push today’s gaming hardware. Nobody plays games at 1024×768 with low image quality settings.
The stock-clocked Asus P8Z77-V LK motherboard is able to top our Battlefield 3 performance chart, but not by as great a margin as one would initially think. The performance difference between the Z77 solutions is due to the rounding of the FRAPS figure. Actual performance differences are a few tenths of a FPS, at most.