EA and DICE unleashed the Battlefield 4 Beta over the last 24 hours, so we thought we'd take a look at the performance of DICE's latest first-person shooter on our GeForce GTX 780 SLI setup. Battlefield 4 runs on the Frostbite 3 engine, which is one of the best engines on the market right now.
The entire Battlefield 4 Beta folder weighs in at just over 5.5GB, which isn't too bad at all. But, the full game should well and truly exceed 30GB, just like Battlefield 3 does today.
We used our well-specced Tweakipedia system to run the BF4 Beta through its paces, so we're only looking at NVIDIA GPUs for now. The AMD Radeon R7 and R9 series of GPUs are nearly here, so you can bet your bottom dollar we'll be running this all over again once we have those new GPUs in the lab.
We have had the help of GIGABYTE, Corsair, NVIDIA, AMD and InWin for our system. What are we playing the Battlefield 4 Beta with you ask? Well, it's quite a nice system:
- Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" processor w/Corsair H110i cooler
- GIGABYTE Z87X-OC motherboard
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 in SLI
- Patriot Memory Viper Series - 32GB of 2400MHz DDR3
- 240GB Corsair Force Series GT (3x) and 480GB Corsair Neutron GTX
- InWin X-Frame Limited Edition
- Corsair AX1200i digital PSU
As for drivers, we're running the bleeding edge GeForce 331.40 Beta drivers, which are reportedly better for Battlefield 4 Beta's performance, but they come with a really mixed bag of issues. My issues ranged from Windows BSODing, the graphics driver crashing, BF4 crashing repeatedly - then it would iron out and work for an hour. Then, the problems would resurface. Of course, we're using Beta drivers with a Beta game, so we have to expect some issues.
Software wise, we're running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit with SP1 installed and the latest drivers for all of the other components.