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This is the monster PC that ran the Battlefield 4 demo

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The BF4 demo ran on a PC with 4 GPUs and a massive 12 GB of graphics memory.

The 17-minute Battlefield 4 singleplayer demo showcase ran on ultra high-end PC hardware, developer DICE recently revealed. The PC featured a quad-core Intel i7 CPU and a Radeon HD 7990 graphics card — the most powerful PC graphics card in the world.

Now we got some more details about the PC setup, and a photo as well. The PC didn’t use one, but two Radeon HD 7990 cards, for a total of 4 GPU and a massive 12 GB of GDDR5 graphics RAM. That’s right, a 12 GB frame buffer.



DICE wanted to make sure the demo ran as smooth as possible, and it sure did. The demo was rendered internally at 3K resolution (about 3200 x 2000 pixels) and downscaled to 1080p. It also ran at a constant 60 frames per second. Be sure to also check out the Battlefield 4 60 fps video.

According to the developer, the singleplayer demo was an “unoptimized alpha version” of the game, which is likely why they had to go complete overkill on the PC hardware. To achieve the kind of visual quality in the final product, we’re sure gamers won’t need to shell out $1,500 for a pair if Radeon HD 6990 cards. DICE is currently working with AMD and Nvidia to release special Battlefield 4 drivers that are optimized for the game.

Check out the monster PC below, with its dual graphics cards, liquid cooling, and general razzle-dazzle:

Battlefield 4 PC

Via Reddit/Imgur

37 COMMENTS & TRACKBACKS

  1. Tiezzynator
    April 10th, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    They said that it was running on a mid to top range pc I heard on tweakers.net.
    And I think ” we’re sure gamers won’t need to shell out $1,500 for a pair if Radeon HD 6990 cards” had to be ” we’re sure gamers won’t need to shell out $1,500 for a pair if Radeon HD 7990 cards”.

  2. jason
    April 10th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    video ram is not cumulative. you dont add it up based on the ammout of gpus you have! the 7990 is rumored to have 6gb of vram. thats all the system will utilize

    • johnroberts
      April 11th, 2013 at 9:21 am

      The 7990 does have 6gb it’s not rumoured it’s a very evident fact.

      • Roy
        May 7th, 2013 at 11:50 pm

        The Dual GPU 7990 has 3GB per GPU 6GB Total But because the GPU’s are crossfired on the card it can only use 3GB, lol.

        • Jon
          May 14th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

          I’m glad somebody knows what they’re talking about :)

          12GB VRAM. Dear Lord!

        • Naxirian
          May 30th, 2013 at 5:33 pm

          Actually to be precise it uses all the VRAM but only from one of the cards. So the first card packs 6GB of VRAM, which is what it will use, however none of the 6GB from the second card will be used. So 2 x Radeon 7990’s in Quad Crossfire will have 6GB VRAM. Exactly the same as a Quad SLI GTX 690 setup.

          • Lee
            July 22nd, 2013 at 1:07 am

            Each card has two GPUs. Each GPU has 3GB vRam. So there’s 12GB of vRam in the system. But every 3GB block hold the same information ads every other 3GB block. So while each GPU has full memory bandwidth, and all 12GB can be uswd, there’s only up to 3GB of data real data space available. Its just cloned 4 times. If every GPU had to share a pooled memory resource there would be a massive memory bandwidth bottleneck.

    • Desolator4u
      April 29th, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Exactly. When in XFire or SLI, the video memory (frame buffer) is only used from one of the graphics cards

    • WeeJeeBoard
      June 1st, 2013 at 7:07 pm

      all i can do is LOL @ u

    • chris
      October 10th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      seriously, the main selling point of the 7990 is that the entire 6GB buffer can be accessed by both GPU’s at any time, and in crossfire both GPU’s, are mirroring the data, meaning the actual effective graphics memory is 6GB. I hope this clears up the confusion.

  3. PhantomFTW
    April 10th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    That above, plus, the fact that video memory is “only” 6 GB of GDDR5, not 12 GB of GDDR5. Dual gpu configuratións always use the amount of memory embedded on a single card, they won’t increase if you have two or more videocards in crossfire mode.

    • thethiny
      April 11th, 2013 at 8:49 am

      How about if it had 6 GB dedicated ram? that will add to the total.
      My PC has 8 GB RAM , 3 GB Dedicated RAM , and nVidia GeForce 9600 GT with 1 GB RAM , this totalled into a 4GB GDDR (1 ?) RAM of video.

  4. WOOT FTW
    April 10th, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Legend says it can create black holes and worm holes. It also creates holes in your wallet.

  5. King Xbox Mart
    April 10th, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Xbox 720 will easily max this beast of a game out. Poor Nintendo drones and Playstation slaves. Their new stuff just sucks. America FTW!

    • Killzone VII
      April 10th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

      How can you make such an accusation when you haven’t even seen the specs of the 720 yet? Plus it has been made clear that next-gen will NOT be as powerful as a top-of-the-line gaming pc, while it may be processing less than a pc and capable of up-scaling to a higher level than it should be able to, I highly doubt it will run at max settings, 64p, AND have over 60fps, I do, however think it’s safe to say it will run at medium-high settings, 64, and be capped at 60fps. Oh and don’t bash the PS4 when you haven’t even seen how it compares to the 720 yet, if it weren’t for download speeds the PS3 would’ve trumped the 360, and I myself am a huge Xbox fanboy.

    • Jonathan
      April 10th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      your an absolute retard.. it’s already pretty much been proven that the ps4 will run at 1.84 Terraflops and 360 much less(about no more then 1.6), by sony devs, nvidia(on their nvidia slideshow presentation) and vg leaks.. and your also retarded if you think any next gen console will beat two $1,000 graphic cards with 12gb of ram..

      • LMAO
        June 22nd, 2013 at 5:10 am

        Haha i think u went to bed for good after both consoles where shown on E3?

        LOL xbox ftw?? LOL

    • Andrew
      April 10th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      OH my god that was the most brain dead comment I’ve ever read. And on top of that you wrote America FTW! Then again I wouldn’t expect a red neck like you to be very literate anyway. LOLOLOLOL

    • Iconium
      April 10th, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Someone bring this man the idiot of the month award.

    • whatever
      April 10th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      Don’t feed the troll, kids.

    • Dominic
      April 11th, 2013 at 2:56 am

      Dude go back under your bridge. How you can say Nintendo Drones or PlayStation Slaves is beyond me as you are clearly brained washed by MS yourself. I think its time for you to grow up if that’s even possible in America FTW land.

    • Master race
      April 11th, 2013 at 3:23 am

      10/10
      Stupid people not getting it’s an obvious troll post.
      Good job op ;D

    • James Gentile
      April 11th, 2013 at 6:10 am

      Now that we all feel superior because the guy committed the unthinkable sin of whatever, life can go on I presume.

    • Legoracers
      April 11th, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Poor Xbox slave, PS4 wil max your Xbox out and Xbox and PS4 and this Gaming PC runs games much better then any console!

    • Naxirian
      May 30th, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Lol, you’re a moron.The Xbox 720 is actually slower than the PS4, and *both* of them are slower than a real gaming PC. The Xbox 720 loses to the PS4 hands down after watching it’s reveal. You look like such an idiot right now lol…. America FTL.

  6. xino
    April 10th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    Monster or a beast?
    if it’s a Monster like you said, then PS4 is a beast:)

  7. Optomist
    April 11th, 2013 at 1:34 am

    So thats where my PC went! Thank God someone found it. Can I have it back now so I can play solitaire…

  8. LightningLemon
    April 11th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I bet this demo needed two 7990s because just one card would show alot of microstutter.

  9. Jack
    April 11th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    PlayStation 4 will be an overhyped Piece of Shit, like all things Sony.

  10. Kon
    April 11th, 2013 at 11:07 am

    The most powerful GPU in the world is the Titan not the 7990.

    • Mini
      April 11th, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Lol please, do your research and then comeback

      • spawn
        April 12th, 2013 at 8:23 am

        He’s right. The 7990 is just a single card that has two 7970 GPUs inside it running in Crossfire. The GTX Titan is the single most powerful consumer-level graphics core on the market.

        • Jose
          April 25th, 2013 at 5:54 pm

          The GTX Titan is the better card by a slight edge. Battlefield used the 7990 because if YOU did your research, DICE has a partnership with AMD (who makes the 7990 if you didn’t know)

          • Naxirian
            May 30th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

            The Titan is a faster single GPU…. because the 7990 is 2 GPU’s in a single card….. however if you put a Titan in a PC and you put a 7990 in a PC, the PC with the 7990 it in would crush the Titan into the floor, then kick it in the head and take a dump on it. 7990 as a card is about 30% more powerful than a GTX Titan.

          • NIghtBladeDK
            July 17th, 2014 at 5:10 am

            *cough* *1 year later* Titan Z and r9 295 x2 uprising together they will rull the world.

  11. Naxirian
    May 30th, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Even a GTX 690 is superior to a Titan as a single card. Not as a single GPU, no, but as a single card, the 690 thrashes it.

  12. left4dead
    October 27th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I agree with Naxirian. The Titan is a awesome card, really good performance and cooling. But the 690 and 7990 are way faster but you have to compare it in a slot. 1 card agains 1 card. If you compare 1 GPU with 1 GPU then the Titan is faster. But thats not the thing to compare, you buy one card so……
    7990 is the fastest card you can get!!!!
    Ik have one ( 7990 XT ) and so I know it…..I sold my Titan for this card.

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