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Battlefield 4 Mantle showing decent gains in multiplayer

New benchmarks show Mantle adds a solid 10% improvement in FPS in multiplayer at 1080p.

A few weeks ago, when DICE released the Battlefield 4 Mantle update, the first benchmarks, done with AMD’s beta drivers, showed some 5-10% improvement in singleplayer, which was okay, considering it’s just a software update. What most were wondering about was whether those results would translate into multiplayer performance, and now we know.

According to preliminary benchmarks, the Battlefield 4 Mantle update can add up to a solid 10% increase in frame rates, depending on the screen resolution. As the benchmarks below show, the higher the resolution, the less impact Mantle has. This is due to the fact that at higher resolutions, the game is more dependent on the GPU, while Mantle is mainly designed to improve performance for those running a weaker CPU.

At 1920 x 1080, Mantle gives about a 10% improvement over DirectX using the same hardware. As resolution goes up, the improvement levels out, to about 5% on a 2560 x 1600 display, and down to about 3% on a 4K display. However, note that these improvements are best with a powerful GPU where the CPU is the bottleneck. When the GPU was switched to a weaker R9 280X, the improvements were just a few percent.

The benchmarks below were done on an AMD Radeon R9 290X / 280X, Intel Core i7-3960X 3.3 GHz, 8 GB of or RAM, and Windows 8 64-bit.

Battlefield 4 Mantle performance with R9 290X

Battlefield 4 Mantle performance with R9 290X

Battlefield 4 Mantle performance with R9 280X

Battlefield 4 Mantle performance with R9 280X

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  1. AjaSos
    February 17th, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Fragmentation – no good what happent with Players with NVIDIA card or on consoles ??!!

  2. Kamran
    February 17th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I’ve got a 7970 Direct CUII and a i7 4770K and with mantle I get a 15% improvement however I get allot of frame drops and stuttering

  3. Smithy
    February 17th, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Recently, AMD said that Mantle wasn’t limited to hardware, which means we might see it on Nvidia cards as well, if AMD plays the “open-ness” card.

  4. adv0cad0
    February 17th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    According to AMD ‘Mantle’ beta-driver 14.1 patch-note, “Mantle performance for the AMD Radeon™ …R9 280X and R9 270X GPUs will be optimized for BattleField 4™ in future AMD Catalyst™ releases. These products will see limited gains in BattleField 4™ and AMD is currently investigating optimizations for them”.
    So I believe we’ll see the Mantle gains on R9 280x soon. Otherwise AMD wouldn’t look trustworthy. I have R9 280x and if I see no gains with Mantle I’ll feel I have been cheated.

    • JumpyBeans
      February 18th, 2014 at 7:26 am

      Better go and sue AMD for giving you free software right! cause your R9 280x is probably not strong enough to play any game with 60+ fps on maximum settings with or without Mantle. don’t act like a superior child whom wants the best performance just to brag on the internet.

      • adv0cad0
        February 20th, 2014 at 8:54 am

        Actually I play BF4 on 1920:1080 resolution with High-Ultra settings and have 90-120 fps.

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