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.
The Arctic MC101’s A10-4600M CPU and 512MB HD 7660G GPU combination lack the power to effectively run Battlefield 3 at a 1080P resolution. We dropped the resolution to 720P and changed the quality settings to low. These modifications allowed us to garner playable frame rates.