Battlefield 1 PC Graphics Benchmark Review – What’s The Best Graphics Card for BF1?

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Battlefield 1 is finally out and today we are going to take a look on the graphics performance of the game and what graphics card do you need to achieve an average of 60fps on a particular resolution. I got a chance to play the game a day before its official release date, last 21st. Graphics is great, lots of interesting game modes, challenging maps and terrain, and many more that I haven’t explored yet. So far I have tested the game with four different graphics cards, from GTX 1080 down to GTX 1060/RX 480. So what does it take to play the game smoothly at an average of 60fps? Let’s find out in our Battlefield 1 PC graphics benchmark review below.

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Battlefield 1 Graphics Performance Review

A little about the game:
Battlefield 1 takes you back to The Great War, WW1, where new technology and worldwide conflict changed the face of warfare forever. Take part in every battle, control every massive vehicle, and execute every maneuver that turns an entire fight around. The whole world is at war – see what’s beyond the trenches.

Key Features:

  • Changing environments in locations all over the world. Discover every part of a global conflict from shore to shore – fight in besieged French cities, great open spaces in the Italian Alps, or vast Arabian deserts. Fully destructible environments and ever-changing weather create landscapes that change moment to moment; whether you’re tearing apart fortifications with gunfire or blasting craters in the earth, no battle is ever the same.
  • Huge multiplayer battles. Swarm the battlefield in massive multiplayer battles with up to 64 players. Charge in on foot as infantry, lead a cavalry assault, and battle in fights so intense and complex you’ll need the help of all your teammates to make it through.
  • Game-changing vehicles. Turn the tide of battle in your favor with vehicles both large and larger, from tanks and biplanes to gigantic Behemoths, unique and massive vehicles that will be critical in times of crisis. Rain fire from the sky in a gargantuan Airship, tear through the world in the Armored Train, or bombard the land from the sea in the Dreadnought.
  • A new Operations multiplayer mode. In Operations mode, execute expert maneuvers in a series of inter-connected multiplayer battles spread across multiple maps. Attackers must break through the defense line and push the conflict onto the next map, and defenders must try to stop them.

Battlefield 1 is a new game that supports both DX11 and DX12. In this review, I have tested the game with AMD’s Radeon RX 480 in both DX11 and DX12. I haven’t tested the GeForce cards with the DX12 yet, since I am more or less positive that the GeForce cards will perform (slightly) better on DX11.

The graphics and visual effects in this game are really great. There are a lot of visual effects going around, exploding left and right specially if you have set the settings to ultra. I thought this would be a graphics intensive game like Crysis 3, Deus Ex Mankind Divided or The Witcher III. However, I think the game was well optimized so that it wouldn’t be heavy on the GPU and still has that awesome graphics and visual effects.

Battlefield 1 System Requirements:

Minimum Requirements
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
Processor (AMD): AMD FX-6350
Processor (Intel): Intel Core i5 6600K
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ HD 7850 2GB
Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 660 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
Hard-drive space: 50GB

Recommended Requirements
OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
Processor (AMD): AMD FX 8350 Wraith
Processor (Intel): Intel Core i7 4790 or equivalent
Memory: 16GB RAM
Graphics card (AMD): AMD Radeon™ RX 480 4GB
Graphics card (NVIDIA): NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 1060 3GB
DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent
Online Connection Requirements: 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection
Hard-drive space: 50GB

Before we proceed with the numbers, let me just show you the settings menu and some in game screenshots comparing the different graphics settings.

Battlefield 1 Graphics Settings

There are four primary settings or presets you can choose from in Battlefield 1; low, medium, high and ultra. There’s also an option where you can set the GPU memory restriction. This is supposed to help improve the performance and stability of the game, but this option is only good if you have a lower end or entry level graphics card. I noticed when the GPU memory restriction is enabled using a higher end GPU, it somehow restricts the performance of the GPU, thus resulting in lower FPS. If you are using a graphics card with 4GB and above memory, it is recommended that you disable the GPU memory restriction on the advanced video settings. This option is enabled by default. Throughout my tests this option was disabled.

Below are screenshots of the Advanced video settings of the game:

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bf1-medium-settings

bf1-high-settings

bf1-ultra-settings

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