Battlefield Hardline: Hardware Performance Review

 

The new Battlefield: Hardline video game, released on march 17th 2015,  redefines the typical warfare battlefield scenario with an episodic police and crime drama setting. The story of the game is played on the street of Miami, where police detectives and special response units are called to fight crime generated by drug war, with the help of a variety of military-grade weapons and vehicles.  The game is now available for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.

To get the best game experience or at least a good enough gaming experience on PC, let review the graphics hardware settings that best suits this game.

So what are the minimum, good enough and the best hardware settings required to run the game? We have collected a series of benchmark results performed on the game Battlefield Hardline using a variety of video cards capable of running the game.  The tests were run using 1366×768, 1920×1080 and 2560×1600 resolutions and using the Ultra quality preset which sets anti-aliasing to 4xMSAA and uses HBAO ambient occlusion. In addition to the video card, the test rig uses an Intel Core i7-5960x CPU.

The next table resumes the benchmark results, where frame rates in green means capable of running at 60 fps, in yellow it can run at 30 fps and in red it does not meet the minimum requirements.

Graphic cards Memory Frame Rate
(1366×768)
Frame Rate
(1920×1080)
Frame Rate
(2560×1600)
Price
 GeForce GTX Titan X  12288 MB  163  113  70
$0 to $8629
 
 
 GeForce GTX 980  4096 MB  136  88  53
$319 to $2699
 
 
 Radeon R9 290x  4096 MB  122  80  50
$0 to $8629
 
 
 GeForce GTX 780 Ti  3072 MB  116  76  47
$647 to $648
 
 
 Radeon R9 290  4096 MB  108  73  46
$0 to $8629
 
 
 GeForce GTX 970  3584 MB  106  70  44
$214 to $800
 
 
GeForce GTX Titan  6144 MB  104  70  44
 
 
GeForce GTX 780  3072 MB  100  65  39
$94 to $796
 
 
Radeon HD 7970 Ghz  3072 MB  84  56  35
 GeForce GTX 770  3072 MB  85  55  35
$745 to $967
 
 
 Radeon R9 280X  3072 MB  82  55  33
$0 to $8629
 
 
 Radeon HD 7970  3072 MB  76  51  31
$179 to $741
 
 
 Geforce GTX 680  2048 MB  77  49  29
 Radeon R7 285  2048 MB  74  49  30
$0 to $8629
 
 
 GeForce GTX 960  2048 MB  73  47  27
$0 to $8629
 
 
 GeForce GTX 760  2048 MB  70  45  26
$409 to $1574
 
 
 Radeon HD 7950  3072 MB  64  43  26
$119 to $849
 
 
 Radeon R9 270X  2048 MB  61  40  24
$0 to $8629
 
 
 GeForce GTX 660 Ti  2048 MB  61  37  20
$480 to $951
 
 
 Radeon HD 7870  2048 MB 59  38  23
 Radeon R7 265  2048 MB  57  36  21
$0 to $8629
 
 
 Radeon R9 270  2048 MB  57  36  22
$0 to $8629
 
 
 GeForce GTX 660  2048 MB  56  34  21
$441 to $951
 
 
 Radeon HD 7850  2048 MB  52  32  19
$89 to $654
 
 
 GeForce GTX 750 Ti  2048 MB  47  28  15
$0 to $8629
 
 
 Radeon R7 260X  2048 MB  44  25  13
$0 to $8629
 
 

(Benchmark courtesy of Techspot.com)

These results gives a good idea of the video cards required to have the best gaming experience at different resolutions and frame rate without compromising the image quality. So to play at:

  • 1366 x 768 and 60 fps: Choose a card superior to GeForce GTX 660 Ti.
  • 1366 x 768 and 30 fps: Choose a card superior to AMD Radeon R7 260x.
  • 1920 x 1080 and 60 fps: Choose a card superior to GeForce GTX 780.
  • 1920 x 1080 and 30 fps: Choose a card superior to Radeon HD 7850.
  • 2560 x 1600 and 60 fps: Choose the GeForce GTX Titan X.
  • 2560 x 1600 and 60 fps: Choose a card superior Radeon HD 7970.
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