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Best Budget BF4 Graphics Cards 2016

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Using benchmarks we'll take a look at the graphics cards that give you the best value for BF4 at each price point. Pictured: A pair of 980's in SLI does a great job of getting me above 100 FPS in Battlefield 4.

Using benchmarks we'll take a look at the graphics cards that give you the best value for BF4 at each price point. Pictured: A pair of 980's in SLI does a great job of getting me above 100 FPS in Battlefield 4.

I'm not sure about you but the game I'm still the most excited about playing on Friday with my buddies is Battlefield 4. Despite its release back in 2013, there's been enough new content and fixes that the game is now more fun than ever. I say this knowing that there are other new games like The Division and Rainbow Six Siege out there. These caught my eye for a week or two but simply didn't have the staying power of BF4.

So, if you're like me and still playing Battlefield 4, what graphics card would be ideal for your setup? Using benchmarks as well as some other factors, I'll show you which graphics cards I feel give you the best value for your money in BF4.

Update: Playing Battlefield 1? Here's a look at the best BF1 graphics cards by budget.

When Battlefield 4 was initially released it was considered an AMD release because of AMD's pre-release drivers and the games future optimization with Mantle. Upon release AMD cards performed better, when compared to other graphically intense games, in comparison to NVIDIA's lineup.

Now that the game has been out a while the gap has narrowed as NVIDIA's drivers became more optimized. In addition, as DICE patched some of the optimization issues, it took less to run the game in the Ultra preset.

Best BF4 Graphics Cards for the Money - Under $150

Despite its release more than a year ago I still play Battlefield 4 every weekend. I played Battlefield Hardline as well; however, it failed to keep my interest.

Despite its release more than a year ago I still play Battlefield 4 every weekend. I played Battlefield Hardline as well; however, it failed to keep my interest.

The card that really catches my eye here is the GTX 950. It's small form factor and around 45 frames for ultra 1080p means that you can slightly adjust your settings and play Battlefield 4 with nearly everything maxed at 60 frames.

It's more than adequate for your main rig, HTPC, or any budget gaming PC build where you want to run BF4 in 1080p.

Battlefield 4 Ultra 1080p Benchmark

Graphics CardBit-Tech UltraTom's Hardware

980 Ti

112

 

R9 Fury X

90

90.7

980

89

 

GTX 970

 

84.06

R9 390X

81

R9 290X

71

 

R9 390

75

79.77

GTX 960

50.1

 

R9 380

47

49.33

GTX 950

44

 

R7 370

36

 

BF4 GPU Recommendation Under $200

Best Battlefield 4 Card Under $200

This is a bit of a tricky category because although I'd probably recommend the GTX 960 here, both it and the R9 380 simply feel a little outdated to me. Honestly, I'd recommend you jump up to the $300 price point or down to something like the GTX 950 until we get some better options.

Still, the 960 does its job here with around 50 frames a second on ultra settings 1080p. Tweak the MSAA and you'll get to the coveted 60 frames a second.

Graphics Cards Under $300

Best BF4 Graphics Card Under or Around $300

In the $300 range I recommend you go with the GTX 970. It gives you solid 1080p performance at 84 frames in ultra and is better than Titan X performance in SLI.

Guru3D recently did a review of *2 GTX 970's in SLI at 1440p with 2xMSAA showing 108 FPS. This would work perfectly with a good G-Sync monitor.

What about the R9 390X?

I prefer the GTX 970 because it's generally cheaper right now and often comes with a AAA title. That being said these two go back and forth on many games with the R9 390X winning a lot of the time so ultimately you'll have to decide what's most important.

Best BF4 Graphics Card Under or Around $400

At the $400 price point you should go with the GTX 980. It'll provide you solid 1080p or 1440p performance in Battlefield 4.

If you'd prefer the AMD option here, you'll find it in the R9 390X. Still, for either of these options, I find myself wanting to go with the 980Ti for about 30% more. The excess performance is simply too much to ignore.

Another good option would be a used 780 Ti. This card still performs admirably in the game and is often a good buy when purchased from a third-party site.

Battlefield 4 Ultra Quality 2560x1440 Benchmark

Graphics CardAnandTechTom's HardwareBit-tech

R9 295X2

94.4

94.8

 

Titan X

78.7

77.5

 

980 Ti

77.7

76.5

 

R9 Fury X

65.2

67.8

 

GTX 980

58.9

59.5

 

R9 390X

 

 

53

R9 390

 

 

52

R9 380

 

 

31

Joker from Joker productions recently tested his 980's in SLI vs. the TitanX for our website. The 980's performed substantially better in the 6 games we tested.

Joker from Joker productions recently tested his 980's in SLI vs. the TitanX for our website. The 980's performed substantially better in the 6 games we tested.

Best Battlefield Graphics Cards Under $500 to $1,000 (High-end) 2016

If you plan on spending this much on your graphics card, I'll just assume you'll be playing in 1440p or 4k. As you can see in the table above and the one below, there's quite a few numbers that we can draw on.

Under $600:

Here you can either go with the GTX 980 TI or a pair of 970's in SLI. The 970's in SLI will give you substantially more performance but may be worth less to some that play games that aren't SLI optimized. Also, if the 980 Ti is good enough for you right now it may be a good idea to go with the 980Ti and then in the future run them in SLI.

Over $1,000

In this category, I'd run GTX 980 Ti's in SLI. Yes, you could go with a Titan X or Titan Z option, but I think this makes the most sense in terms of performance. Another option would be a pair of Fury X cards; however, I think most would agree that the 980 Ti is still the king here.

Battlefield 4 4k Benchmark

Graphics CardTom's Hardware UltraAnandtech Ultra 0xMSAA

GTX 980 SLI

 

75.6

R9 295X2

49.9

69.4

R9 Fury X

35.8

50.4

GTX 980

47.6

41

GTX 980 Ti

39

56.5

R9 290X

39.7

35.5

Titan X

39.4

 

What Graphics Card Will You Be Working With in BF4?

Final Thoughts

Ok, that's my quick look at the best value graphics cards for Battlefield 4. I'd love to hear what you have to say about the current graphics card situation.

Clearly the poll above was made before AMD's new R9 and R7 GPU were released and that is reflected in the "other" stat.

Also, if you have any comments, then I'm available in the comment section below. Please allow for up to 24 hours for your comment and my response.

Discuss Your Thoughts on Battlefield 4 and Performance

samfhisher1 on September 03, 2015:

My Rig

AMD Processor FX-8350 Black Edition

RAM 8 GB

MSI Nvidia 550 TI GTX

17 inch Flatron LG monitor

Playing BF4 lowest setting gives me 60 FPS without dropping.

Now wanna upgrade the GPU pls suggest.

jack on February 15, 2015:

what about a 2GB

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on December 16, 2013:

According to Guru3D the 760 gives you just about 1 FPS more on 1080p.

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on December 16, 2013:

Try to upgrade to the HD 7850 if you're going to make the switch. I think you'll be happier in the long-run.

EmBoLa on December 15, 2013:

ow and on 1920x1080,

love the games

EmBoLa on December 15, 2013:

i5 3570k oc @ 4.2 with a amd hd 7950 little oc

BF3 ultra 60fps

Bf4 *custom ultra 60fps, * i need to turn AA of to get constant 60fps

toaku on December 15, 2013:

gigabyte gtx 760 4gb VS msi r9 270x 2gg

Which one will perform better on bf4?

Morrov555 on December 12, 2013:

I have sapphire 6670 with A10 5800k, is it worth to change it to 7770?

Drew on December 10, 2013:

Running a 8350 with a gtx 760 4gb. 1920x1080 smooth as could be on high settings never dropping below 50. What card do I need to get the same smoothness on ultra

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on December 09, 2013:

Ya, you may have to modify AA settings somewhat to get the FPS you want, but you'll be good to go.

Sharon on December 08, 2013:

my system:

PC:Intel Core I7

grapic card:Nividia Gforce GTX 770

RAM:8GB

So i have a question with those sestyms can i run bf4 on ultra like the trailer ???

Noah on December 06, 2013:

Do you think double r9 270s will get above 50 fps? I'll be rocking an fx 8350 with 8gb ram with it

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 29, 2013:

Well that's a pretty good question - since you're using a CAD-like computer I'm not exactly sure of the performance. Might be something you just have to try out.

Vitya on November 28, 2013:

Intel Core i7-990X Extreme Edition Processor 9.46 GHz 16 Core LGA 1366

nVidia Tesla K10 8GB GDDR5

Corsair Vengeance 64 GB (8 x 8 GB) DDR3 1866 MHz

Should I be able to run Battlefield 3 on low settings?

joe on November 26, 2013:

this is my system : with this and also being a PCI 2.0 system what video card would you recommend for primary BF4

EVGA GeForce GTX 580 3072MB 03G-P3-1584-AR

CPU Intel i7 1155 3.4

Corsair HX 1000W PS

ASUS P8P67 PRO

Windows 7 ultimate 64

27" 550 Series LED Monitor

lefteris on November 22, 2013:

hey can i run Bf4 in high settings whith AMD A8 6600K Black(FM2/4.2GHz) and Sapphire 7770 GHZ EDITION 1GB ?

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 19, 2013:

I think it'll be tough but will it run? Most likely at very low settings and 720p

Saint on November 18, 2013:

Do you think i can run BF4 with a gt 740m and intel core i5 3337U 1.8 ghz?

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 15, 2013:

might be worth grabbing at that price point

Roche on November 14, 2013:

I can get a ati 6990 for 270$,is this card still worth getting as I currently have gtx760 2gb

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 14, 2013:

Yes, It should handle it no problem. The 280X does 54FPS and with Mantle coming may even reach the 60FPS barrier.

Albert on November 13, 2013:

Will the SAPPHIRE R9 290 4GB GDDR5 handle BF4 on ultra 60+?

Xaeron on November 12, 2013:

im stuck between gtx 770(2gb) and r9280x

ill play on a 1080p monitor and will stick to the card for like 2-3 years i really like the physx but im concerned about its 2gb wont be enough in the future .

tyler on November 12, 2013:

What is the difference between the vapor r9 280x and just thw r9 280x? There is a 30 dollar difference on amazon. I guess, what does vapor mean?

klepp0906 on November 11, 2013:

guess you didn't consider high resolutions and high settings in your review. if your using a 1440p or greater monitor and maxing settings - GG 3gb cards. Hallo titan. Its the only perk the poor guys who bought them have. They are futureproof because NVidia was greedy enough to sell everyone cards w 3gb of vram this late in the cycle.

FWIW the titan will be too low on HP to power games before its vram becomes obsolete. what's wrong w that picture? I smell NVidia using the extra ram to justify the price, not because it would be used or even necessary a fraction of the time.

the end

mike on November 06, 2013:

radeon 7990 is a terrible suggested as it is still 2 x 7950 but in a single card, so basically you will have micro stuttering and all the problems that come with CF but in a single card. Stick to the GTX 780 or 290/x

marcusz on November 06, 2013:

Can i run this game (bf4) guys i only have i5 3337u (1.8-2.7ghz) and 2gb gt 740m and 4gb ram 1080p native resolution on a lowest settings possible? Thanks..

tony on November 05, 2013:

mobo: xfx 790i ultra

cpu: quad core q8200 oc'd @ 3.15GHZ

ram: core 2 extreme 4GB ddr3 OC @ 1800mhz

gpu: Radeon HD 7850 Dual Dissipation with slight OC

HDD: 500GB

Runs bf4 all max settings 1920X1080 very smooth

Fly on November 04, 2013:

Playing on gtx 560 ti (1GB) SLI... Lots of stuttering even on medium, but changed physx settings in nvidia driver to calculate on CPU (3770k at 4.4Ghz) and runs smooth on ultra with aa disabled

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 04, 2013:

Well the 760 will give you better performance; however, a lot of people would prefer to have 1 card that has really good performance. Up to you.

CheapMerc on November 03, 2013:

I have 6950 crossfrire my mate has 6990 and we both run bf4 medium to keep it smooth. High and it lags. Just for everyones information. Im not even sure if a titan or 290x could run ultra.

kevin on November 03, 2013:

Hi i have core i7 3770

16gb ram1600 mhz

Gtx 760 oc 4gb

but i can't get 60 fps stable, what could be better, get another 760 and sli or get just 1 gtx 780

MattFromPoland on November 02, 2013:

How do You think guys this specs will run BF4:

MB - Gigabyte G1 Sniper 5M

CPU - Intel Core i5 4670 3,40 to 3,80 4 cores 6MB

GPU - Gigabyte GTX 770 OC 4GB

RAM - Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1866MHz

SSD - Samsung EVO 120GB

I'm thinking of have a stable 60-50 FPS, and I can't find any information about it maybe You will tell me, I really appreciate it ! Thanks :)

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 02, 2013:

Yes, I'd say so. Guru3D has an article that confirms this.

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on November 02, 2013:

Wow sounds like a good deal.

Michel on November 02, 2013:

GTX690. People are getting rid of them on the 2nd hand markets. Picked one up for 450 and put a Twin Turbo 690 cooler from Arctic on it. Priceless..

Omar on November 01, 2013:

i5 4670k

Sapphire Toxic R9 280x 3GB 384bit

MSI Z87 G65 gaming mobotherboard

8GB G.skill ripjaw x series 1600mhz ram

1TB 7200rpm HDD Seagate barracuda

Fractal design define R4 with window,black pearl

XFX 80+gold Moudular PSU

How well will i run? ULTRA 1080P 60+fps?

David on November 01, 2013:

What can I expect out of a 650 ti boost 1 gb? at least medium settings maybe?

exile40 on November 01, 2013:

Sapphire Vapor-X AMD Radeon R9 280X OC 3GB GDDR5 Graphics Card For me ! woop woop

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 31, 2013:

You'll do pretty well at medium to high.

Ray on October 30, 2013:

hi all, my rig currently has overclocked Sapphire HD7870, 32GB of RAM, can it support ultra settings on BF4?

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 30, 2013:

Dice recommends a 6 core proc from AMD - up your Ram to 8 and then try to get a 660 or HD 7870 equivalent or better

PCnoob on October 30, 2013:

So I built a PC with my brother a few years ago, and I have not had any problems playing any recent games until BF4 its just glitches out like crazy, So I am sure my frps is bad. I am running a AMD Phenom II X4 955 Processor 3.20 GHz, 4GB of RAM, windows 7 64-bit. Graphics card is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, full 1080p hd monitor.. Can anyone enlighten me on my problem???

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 30, 2013:

I'm sure it'll still do a decent job. Test it out and let me know as I doubt benchmarks will be run on that particular card.

Noobfor on October 29, 2013:

what do you think about a gtx 570? will it work good on fullhd but everything low except mesh?

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 29, 2013:

It'll work. You may have to tweak the settings a bit but it should still look good.

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 29, 2013:

Max it out I'm not sure but you'll be able to use high settings for sure.

kole on October 29, 2013:

Will it work on high with my gtx660 golden sample ?

Dylan G on October 29, 2013:

i have a i7-3770k with amd 6950 think i can max it out with it being playable?

FordLynx on October 28, 2013:

GTX 780m can handle BF4 for sure.

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 28, 2013:

Ya you're good. That's what I'm running and it was averaging more like 40.

Mason on October 27, 2013:

Hi my gaming rig is a gtx 660 ti Intel qaudcore 3.9 ghrz processor and 24 gb ram I was hoping for 30 fps ultra graphics do you think that is too high of a goal or could it be achieved

KayleL on October 25, 2013:

@Miki I also have a GTX 760. I am running it at full settings and getting around 40-60 FPS.

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 24, 2013:

Yes you can. I've done it with my 660 TI and technically it's an inferior GPU.

kagami on October 24, 2013:

Hey,could you please tell me if i can run bf4 in ultra settings at 30 fps w/ a 2gb gtx 760?

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 23, 2013:

Ya I think that particular GPU will be a pretty decent option.

Elvenstien on October 22, 2013:

Hi, do you think that I'll get pretty good performance out of the GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB? (I'm hoping to play on high settings, but I'll go for medium)

Adrian on October 22, 2013:

im gonna be going sapphire r9 280x toxic

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 21, 2013:

yes, it's what I'm using right now and it does a great job (I have the 3GB version).

pcplaya on October 19, 2013:

will gtx660ti top run battlefield4 well on high settings or even ultra without 4msaa?(resolution 1920x1080)

Btw i have got i5 2500k prosecor

Mark on October 07, 2013:

I was about to order a gtx 770 this morning until reading articles similar to this one, whilst I'm commenting I'd like some unbiased advice I currently own a 570 looking to upgrade for battlefield 4 I only use 1 monitor and play at 1980x1080p so I am looking for a gpu which will last me 3+ years and will play at smooth 60 fps v sync on :-P thanks guys open to all opinions gonna hold out until the new amd cards roll out I think but not sure if I should go amd or not with all this speculation about amd having better optimization in battlefield and ports will work better with both next gen consoles having amd gpu's, pro advice please!

RaysALittleHell on October 05, 2013:

I was thinking a 8 core would probably be a better choice if I can find the money for it but I think I will be better off in the long run spending the little bit extra. Thank you for the help!

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 05, 2013:

I think it really depends on how Crossfire ends up scaling in BF4... my guess is that a pair of GPUs like that would give you your desired result. That being said the FX 6100 may hold you back a bit. Sorry I don't have a better answer :)

RaysALittleHell on October 04, 2013:

I have purchased a ATI AMD 6970 and plan on getting a second one to crossfire for BF4. Ill also be using a 6 core Fx-6100 3.9GHz processor, and an AMD 970-chipset motherboard. Does this seem like enough to run high settings with mesh on ultra? If not what should my setting be take into account I am a jet pilot and need ultra mesh! Please help!

P.s. i have a 850 watt modular power supply, 8gb ram 1600MHz, and a samsung 120GB SSD.

Yarys on October 03, 2013:

AMD 8350 OC 4.7Ghz ,16GB 1600Mhz ram,2x Gigabite7970-1100Mhz ...is that enough to run it?

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 03, 2013:

What CPU do you have Miki? Also, I have a 660 TI (lesser card than that) and I'm doing great in the game so clearly it's a bug that will get fixed. I suggest you go to the BF4 forums as I've read several fixes on there you may want to try.

Miki on October 02, 2013:

i got the pny gtx 760 2gb and i can't play bf4 properly, it gets so laggy, i even tried different resolution and low settings etc and i get 80-100 fps but when i go to places where theres lots of stuff and exploding cars my fps goes down to 11 and its really lag the whole time . .

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on October 02, 2013:

MrDice - this is an optimization issue that is only effecting certain cards and will get fixed. I have a GTX 660 TI 3GB version running ultra from 42 to 53 FPS.

MrDice on October 01, 2013:

At the moment not even the GTX 780 can run BF4 on ultra, I'm pretty sure it's due to optimisation though, as at the settings you have to run it at, it doesn't even look as good as BF3.

Prod on September 24, 2013:

@Gab , no it wont

Moses B. Jones on September 22, 2013:

I guess I'm confused about VRAM. I was looking at the EVGA geforce gtx 770, and its got 2GB. Is that fine for BF4 if I'm only running one monitor? Also, on the topic of one high end gpu vs two medium ones, it seems that many opinions are polar opposites. Any thoughts? Thank you!

Brandon Hart (author) from The Game on September 13, 2013:

My guess is yes based on what it does in Battlefield 3; however, we'll know early October. Be sure to get a 3GB + based card if you can.

Gab on September 12, 2013:

Can the GeForce GTX 760 run Battlefield 4 on ultra settings at 1920 x 1080p at 60+ FPS? I currently have my eyes on the MSi Twin Frozr GTX 760...

T on September 11, 2013:

760 and then SLI...

Don on August 10, 2013:

Do you think the GTX 780M can handle BF4?

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