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Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3

Battle At £105: Can An APU Beat An Intel CPU And Add-In Graphics?

Battlefield 3's single-player campaign mode is almost completely dependent on graphics performance, so our benchmark is a great mechanism for comparing raw graphics potential. In contrast, the multi-player maps (particularly when you get into 32- and 64-player matches) tax host processing a lot more.

Not surprisingly, the Pentium and Radeon HD 6670 push the fastest frame rates. Let's take a closer look at performance over time.

As we expected, performance scales linearly with graphics alacrity in Battlefield 3. The overclocked A8-3870 comes fairly close to the discrete card, but none of these solutions are really ideal, since we had to drop all the way down to 1024x768 at Low details in order to generate playable frame rates. As with Metro 2033, this title demands a more capable combination of components before it's truly enjoyable.

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    HEXiT , 29 February 2012 13:45
    as an all in 1 solution its a stunning effort. its an almost prefect cpu for a laptop or child's first pc or even a schools pc which is likely where they will end up on oem builds that cost 2-300. which is probably there market. not enthusiast gamers... i can see this apu being a very decent solution in 2nd and 3rd world countries where the cost per dollar of living is so much less. now we see why amd have given up on desktop cpu's in favor of there apu.

    a fairly powerful solution at a very budget price...
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    Anonymous , 29 February 2012 20:44
    No mention of the fact that the Llano can Crossfire with a discrete GPU (infact, the very one you're using on the Intel benchmarks)? That would give customers a good upgrade path.
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    aje21 , 29 February 2012 20:49
    Would be more interested in winding the budget back a bit further - for example have the A6-3670K for £88 which would limit you to G530 and 6570 (£36+£54), or the A6-3500 for £64 which would give you the G530 with a 6450 (£36+£30). In fact, for the latter I wonder if we reach the point where the APU would actually start to make more sense even for games (assuming you didn't mind the 720p limit).
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    wild9 , 29 February 2012 22:50
    Great article. I'm impressed with how close the gap is between APU and CPU+GPU. It may only be a 'Pentium' and have only two cores vs. AMD's 4, but it's still based on Sandy Bridge..

    All in all I can't really see a bad bad product here; all of them would fulfill most of my gaming needs. As HEXiT mentioned, the cost of hardware can be prohibitive in some regions. I agree that an all-in-one solution would ideally suit those on a tight budget (and those who prefer quieter PC's). The productivity advantage of the AMD chip would probably win me over.

    Note: Shouldn't the Lame 3.98.3 test say "to MP3" rather than "to MPEG4"?
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    jakjawagon , 1 March 2012 01:52
    You need to sort your graphs out. I understand that anything above 60fps makes little to no difference to gameplay, but if we're trying to compare performance at one price point, the more data we have, the better. Cutting your graphs off at 60fps doesn't help anyone.
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    Matt_1 , 1 March 2012 06:26
    These kind of things will be good for laptops and school pc's where graphics is not as important and processor speed is more sought after :) 
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    fadingfool , 1 March 2012 17:24
    Whatever happened to hybrid crossfire?
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    joedastudd , 2 March 2012 15:30
    I a bit disappointed you OC the A8-3870K, but don't both OC'ing the G620. It seems a little unfair and bias.
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    goozaymunanos , 3 March 2012 08:51
    BF3 figures @ 1024x768 AHAHAHAH!
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    EricLegge , 9 March 2012 21:39
    An AMD APU with inbuilt graphics chip can be run with a low-end AMD Radeon graphics card in CrossFire mode to increase gaming performance very significantly, so why didn't Tom's Hardware add one and analyse the results?
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    Tab54o , 10 March 2012 05:31
    EricLeggeAn AMD APU with inbuilt graphics chip can be run with a low-end AMD Radeon graphics card in CrossFire mode to increase gaming performance very significantly, so why didn't Tom's Hardware add one and analyse the results?

    That's what I want to know and the results are pretty non surprising I mean you have a discreet card vs built in. Stupid comparison. Is still going to cost more for the solution with the external card.