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Best Gaming Video Cards for Battlefield 4

Updated on December 30, 2013

The Battlefield series sets the bar in FPS graphics.

In 2011, Battlefield 3 was released. It was the first game in 2011 to push next generation graphics forward. On top of numerous other awards, it won Gamespot's, Digital Trend's, and Gamespy's "Best Graphics" award at E3 2011.

If it wasn't time to upgrade your video card then, it sure is now.

Battlefield 4 is knocking on our door October 29, 2013, and it's going to require even more hardware to put on quite a show. You aren't going to want to just get by with this game. You will want Battlefield 4 to blow you away.

Will you be upgrading your video card for this game?

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Battlefield 4 System Requirements

According to BFCentral.com the minimum system requirements for battlefield 4 will be:

  • Dual core CPU (Intel Core i5 or AMD “Bulldozer”).
  • At least 2 GB main system memory
  • Graphics card with at least 256 MB of VRAM and support for DirectX 10
  • 20+ GB of harddrive space
  • Windows Vista

The recommended requirements will be:

  • Quad core CPU (Intel Core i5 or i7) at 3 Ghz
  • 4 GB memory (8 GB for 64-bit operating systems)
  • A modern DX11 graphics card with 1 GB of video memory, GeForce 600 series or Radeon 7000 series
  • Windows 7 64-bit operating system
  • 20+ GB of free harddrive space

We want to be sitting pretty in the recommended zone.

You can see what video card you have on Windows by clicking Start -> Right click Computer -> Go to Properties -> Left click Device Manager -> and click the arrow by Display Adapters.

Frostbite 3 engine in action. Building gaming forward.

If watching that video doesn't sell you on how graphics can immerse you in the experience, I sure won't be able to. It will look nice on the new xbox one and the playstation 4. But if you want the best experience PC gaming always takes the crown.

On to the hardware.

Note: A price cut went into effect October 28, 2013 for the high end video cards which I have added at the bottom of the article.

Mid range video cards ($100 - $225):

The cheapest entry, the Radeon HD 7850, looks to be a great value. You won't be as future proofed, but it does have the highest price:score ratio on the list.

The top three performing video cards for budget minded consumers that contain all the latest features to play battlefield 4 are:

Product
Passmark score
Price
Radeon HD 7870
4,230
$224.99
GeForce GTX 660
4,107
$184.85
Radeon HD 7850
3,698
$169.99

Mid-Upper range video cards ($226-$300):

My pick: The GeForce GTX 760 looks to be the best value on the entire list.

It is a solid upgrade from hardware a couple years ago. The 760 sports over double the performance of a GTX 460 and a 67% boost over the GTX 560 Ti. The Geforce 760 has 2 gigs of 6Ghz GDDR5 ram which will really come in handy for these next generation games.

The Geforce 700 series brings several improvements to the entire line:

  • NVIDIA Kepler GPU Architecture
  • NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0
  • Two New Anti-aliasing Modes: FXAA and TXAA

I look forward to using FXAA (Fast Approximate Anti Aliasing). Anti Aliasing smooths out those jagged edges and is usually quite a tax on the system. This new technology reduces that tax burden by quite a bit.

Product
Passmark score
Price
GeForce GTX 760
4,965
$249.99
GeForce GTX 660 Ti
4,695
$264.99
Radeon HD 7950
4,624
$269.99
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Upper range video cards ($301-$425):

Spending this much on a video card becomes a bit of a tough pill to swallow. Every year that goes by your video card will lose about 25% of its value. Nonetheless there are some solid powerhouse cards that will charge your gaming experience for years to come. Also these cards become ebay-able when you want to upgrade again because of their long-lasting demand.

The GeForce GTX 770 shreds with 2 gigs of 7GHz GDDR5, the first product to hit 7Ghz, giving it a 17% boost over the 6Ghz iterations.

Product
Passmark score
Price
GeForce GTX 770
6,219
$399.99
GeForce GTX 680
5,690
$419.99
GeForce GTX 670
5,367
$349.99
Radeon HD 7970
5,088
$379.99

Extreme performance range ($426+):

You have to be a complete computer enthusiast to entertain these prices. If you want a 60% increase in frames for 300% of the price, just to see your card depreciate 50% in one year be my guest. Certainly these cards are too rich for my blood but they do exist if you are interested in checking out the tech.

The Titan can support an absurd 4096x2160 max resolution with up to four displays. The Titan contains 2688 CUDA cores and has a texture fill rate of 187.5 billion/second.

Product
Passmark score
Price
GeForce GTX Titan
8,227
$1,019.99
GeForce GTX 780
7,830
$649.99
GeForce GTX 690
5,061
$999.99

Conclusion.

In summary, I would recommend the GeForce GTX 760 at $249. If you wanted greater performance you could take the jump to the GeForce GTX 770 at $399. But you are paying a 60% increase in price for a 25% increase in performance.

PassMark software generates the Passmark scores you see in these tables. Higher scores relates to faster frames per second and a smoother gaming experience. These scores were obtained by www.cpubenchmark.net.

Nvidia Update as of October 28!

High-end NVIDIA GeForce GTX Video Cards have just had a price cut making them extremely competitive. Here is the new pricing guide:

  • GeForce GTX 780 Ti: $699
  • GeForce GTX 780: $499
  • GeForce GTX 770: $329
  • GeForce GTX 760: $249
  • GeForce GTX 660: $179
  • GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB: $149
  • GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 1GB: $129

This makes the GeForce GTX 770 a really great value and my recommended buy.

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      Firoz 3 years ago from India

      Great hub on Best Gaming Video Cards.

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      Jason Benedict 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Thanks Jabel. Hope it was informing! Looking forward to upgrading myself.

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      Jason Benedict 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Appreciate the comments. I will convert you yet!

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      Daniel 3 years ago from St Louis

      You write great stuff! Glad to have you on Gamers Bay!

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      Jason Benedict 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Thanks DjDaniel. Gamers Bay seems like a cool community on G+.

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      Mrinal Saha 3 years ago from Jaipur,India

      I have 1 gb gc and it work well , thanks for the article

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      Jason Benedict 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Thanks RTS, I'll need to upgrade myself. =)

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      Adrian Cloute 3 years ago from Cedartown, GA

      Thanks for the great hub! I'm going to get the GeForce GTX 760. I would agree that it's pretty amazing.

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      Jason Benedict 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Yeah, I think the 760 is the best value Toptenluxury. I'm trying to convince myself to splurge on the 770 and not buy one of the new consoles - tricking myself into thinking that I saved money lol.

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      Biotch 3 years ago

      Actually 7870 is a mid-upper range video card as it beats the 660ti just saiyng :) 7870 is a great choice for gaming. I have it and I'm happy.

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      Jason Benedict 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      It's pretty close to benchmarking better, and for the price it might be a better value, "Biotch". Certainly isn't a slouch. I personally lean toward nvidia for their driver support. Thanks for reading.

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      kislany 3 years ago from Cyprus

      Can't wait for it, I'm an avid gamer (spending my time with Firefall till something new comes up, so I'm all game!)

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      Jason Benedict 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Thanks for your enthusiasm Kislany!

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      1981Maverick 3 years ago

      I am on the same page with u, I have a stong pc that I've built for bf3 2 years ago with gtx 560 ti, only thing I am gonna upgrate is gtx 760 maybe 2 maybe 4 gb version. it's not wise to spend a treasure for a card that goes to garbage in 2 years so defo price & performance

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      Charles Slang 3 years ago

      Thank you! The video of the Frostbite 3 engine and Battlefield 4 is awesome!

      The realism is just above and beyond any game I've seen!

      I agree, the GTX - 760 is the best bang-for-the-buck!

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      Jason Benedict 3 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

      Thanks Maverick and Charles. I'm keeping my eye out for a gtx 770 this coming Black Friday maybe we can snap up a deal on one.

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      James Richton 3 years ago from USA

      I love BF4. I think that this game is by far the best game of the year. There is nothing else like it. That is the same plan I have. I have a few things I want to update on my gaming computer and I'm waiting until Black Friday to see if there is anything.

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