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 and a 1920 x 1080 resolution to push today’s gaming hardware. Our data was recorded using a section of the game, not a built-in benchmark.
Battlefield 3 performance is likely hampered by the ASRock M8 system’s confined dimensions. The moderate amount of airflow provided to our GTX 760 is likely to force it to turbo to a lower frequency than it would in a well-ventilated chassis.