Originally Posted by Velathawen
I'm not sure if you have the game or not, but if you do you could easily do a test and see for yourself:
Server with 10-20 people on high/ultra
Server with 48+ people on high/ultra
I have no problems running the game on high with 8x AA in single player and High preset, but I get pretty frequent frame drops in multiplayer settings with all 64 slots filled.
While I haven't played on a huge server, been focusing on campaign when I have time. To me that sounds like poor optimization of the engine or some other buggage. I anticipate performance will improve with patching, not just hardware upgrades.
This sounds much like 20 people standing at the auction house during WoW rush hour times and the performance plummets the FPS to 40 just for drawing on screen characters.
I went from 40 fps to 90 fps, just going from 11.9 + CAP3 to 11.10 drivers and the first BF3 patch. So there is still work to be done on the game side. I wouldn't jump to major upgrades / hardware claims just yet.