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I'm just wondering, has anyone who has a wolfdale or any dual-core processor really for that matter, tried playing BF3? I'm really afraid it'll be simply unplayable for me...
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Doubt it will cut it. BF3 needs a quad core to run decent.
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Doubt it will cut it. BF3 needs a quad core to run decent.
The beta ran fine for me...
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I played the beta well enough with my i3 at 2.8GHz, not as well as when it's overclocked but I think an overclocked e8*00 should have no problems playing it.
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Keep in mind that I merely ran through a game or two and watched Fraps here and there, but here's my findings. This was with the beta, by the way. I'm not sure how it would apply to the retail game.

The game ran relatively fine for me, considering the dual core and non-Hyper-threaded CPU. I saw the 50FPS-60FPS+ range, and often enough even. However, it goes without saying that along with that, I also saw drops to ~30FP, plus or minus some, and I surely blame the CPU more than the GPU.

It didn't really drop below 30FPS too much (I was playing the smaller of the two maps though, I'd expect dropping more into the 20s range with heavier gameplay), but even if that might sound good, it was way too inconsistent, which ruined it. You want a CPU that can pull it's worth and keep the minimum frame rates up here.

I'd say it might be okay if you just want a run through single player, and maybe it'd be better if you could cap the frame rate and live with a 30FPS constant (if that), but I'd say your typical 4GHz Core 2 Duo E8x00 is a realistic minimum for this game, speaking from a more pronounced enthusiast point of view. More casual gamers would be more fine with it, I suppose.
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I played the beta well enough with my i3 at 2.8GHz, not as well as when it's overclocked but I think an overclocked e8*00 should have no problems playing it.
Hyper-threading is probably going a long way in making a difference there compared to the strict dual core Core 2 Duos.
post #6 of 13
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Thanks for your input guys. I have it ready to go but just haven't had time to fire it up yet. I'll see how it goes. Hopefully it'll decently playable.
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Let us know how it goes. i have a friend that has the same cpu as you and he's kind of tempted to play as well but doesnt want to upgrade for now.
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I'm playing on my stock E7500 and on high I'm getting 30-60 fps with nothing less then that at 1680x1050. Not bad. Can't wait to get my 2600k up and running
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post #9 of 13
I played BF3 on my wife's system with an e8400 (wolfdale) @ 3.6Ghz on a 32-man server. I can't say I was disappointed by the performance, although if you're a framerate freak, it will leave something to be desired.

Just don't expect 60 FPS constantly on a wolfdale CPU... it's just not going to happen.
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It was as I feared. I just played a bit MP on Caspian Border and I cannot reach 60FPS AT ALL even on Low. There's about a 25% improvement in framerate ONLY when going from ultra to low, so yeah, fairly indicative of the massive CPU bottleneck that is present.

Conclusions for my rig are:
-MP kind-of playable on Low
-SP decent enough on High
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