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posted 10/18/2012 01:43:51 PM Bookmark and Share
So they released the first public trailer for the next DLC along with some info on the blog:
Blog and Trailer

Quick breakdown:

- New maps that will have an option of random earthquakes.
- New game mode called scavenger (conquest except everyone starts with no primary weapon (just sidearm, grenade, knife) and there are guns in the environment with a mag or two that you can pick up.
- New weapon is a silent crossbow
- Gunmaster will also be on the new maps
- New infantry transport vehicles with different weapons mounted
- Maps will be infantry focused but some will have tanks and helicpoters.
posted 10/18/2012 05:04:03 PM
Not bad. More achievements... Hmm, I haven't finished all of the ones from Karkand.
posted 10/18/2012 06:22:06 PM
Cool. I just hope I can actually run the new maps ok. So far I am pretty much stuck with the original content.
posted 10/19/2012 01:04:11 AM (modified 10/19/2012 02:59:30 PM by [KC] Jak)
Yeah, that's definitely no fun. RAM prices are absurdly low right now (2x8 GB for under $70) and video cards have dropped a lot in the mid-range market.
posted 10/19/2012 11:26:35 AM
The maps sizes are being compared to the B2K maps so you probably won't be able to run the Conquest Large versions very well if that's accurate. Scavenger and Gunmaster would probably run fine though.
posted 10/19/2012 01:14:50 PM (modified 10/19/2012 01:18:16 PM by [KC] nex)
I'm not sure. I can run some of the large maps better than some of the Gunmaster maps from the close quarters update. I think it depends on how much intricate and destructable stuff is involved more than just the size of the map.

I have 8GB of RAM so that's not really holding me back, it's more my CPU, graphics card, cooling, etc. that are the limiting factors. I overclocked my CPU from 2.66 to 3.00 or so and got another 10 or maybe 15 FPS depending on the situation, but that took me from averaging under 20 FPS to maybe 30 FPS on some parts of the close quarters maps, and it's really inconsistent. On some of the original maps I get 30-45 FPS which is enough to be playable, but I find that the game never runs that smoothly for me even then; lag spikes are common.

However, my system runs Arkham City (max settings), Borderlands 2 (max settings), Assassin's Creed 2 (max settings), and BC2 just fine so I still haven't been able to talk myself into building a new computer or buying a better graphics card just to play BF3...
posted 10/19/2012 03:03:50 PM (modified 10/19/2012 03:25:02 PM by [KC] Jak)
One thing I noticed about BF3 is that it needs a lot of VRAM. My 7850 is the 2 GB model. I had MSI Afterburner running to see my VRAM usage, and I maxed out slightly under 1300 MB. My average is around 1200 MB. Keep in mind that I keep everything on low with 0xAA and AF with ultra textures at 1920x1080. As far as stuttering, it might have something to do with lack of VRAM.

Even with my Q6600, I never had those sorts of problems, so it could be video card related. Possibly your 4890 is running out of VRAM, but I never had as much trouble as you with my 1 GB 5850. I am concerned it is stuttering because of lack of VRAM, but I don't know why I didn't have more problems. I would upgrade your video card before taking the plunge to get an entire new system. BF3 was very playable with a Q6600 and 5850.

In case you're interested in video cards benchmarks, head over to AnandTech. One thing I've noticed is the similarly priced AMD / ATI cards outperform the Nvidia cards in basically everything except BF3. This could be partly because of the FXAA and AA settings they use, but I haven't seen a benchmark that supported AMD cards doing as well.