Battlefield 1 Playing On Just An AMD A10 APU: Playing Below Spec

Keith May
Posted Oct 26, 2016
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We’ve already released our performance numbers for running Battlefield 1 with various graphics cards, you can find that here.  But what about running below spec?  When The A10 APUs came along AMD showed them off being able to run Battlefield 4, which was pretty interesting considering the scope of the APU. Something that came up to question is regarding the minimum requirements on the CPU side of things. Battlefield 1 recommends an i5 6600k or FX 6350 as the minimum. What happens when you go below that spec.

 

The AMD A10 7890k is the latest refresh of the Godavari architecture, and that’s what we’re using today. For the benchmark course we’re using the same as in our full performance review.  We tested in both DX11 and DX12 across 1080p, 900p, 720p with Medium and Low settings.  We first tested at 1080p Medium and worked down from there.  The goal was to see when and if Battlefield 1 becomes playable on just and APU.  Keep a close eye on the changes in 1% Lows and .1% lows when looking at the charts comparing DX11 to DX12.

 

AMD APU Test System

CPUA10 7890k
MotherboardASUS ROG Crossblade Ranger
Memory8GB (2x4GB) AMD Radeon R9 Gamer Series DDR3 2400MHz
StorageVisiontek 240GB SSD
PSUBitfenix Fury 550G

 

We’re providing screenshots to show the way the game looks at these various resolutions and settings. Feel free to full screen them to get an idea how it would look on your screen.

 

1080p Medium

 

1080p Low

 

900p Medium

 

900p Low

 

720p Medium

 

720p Low

 

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Results

 

Battlefield 1 DX11 Results

Battlefield 1 DX12 Results

 

See the A10 7890k in action

 

Conclusion

 

Okay, so the A10 7890k it isnt going to give the same performance as a dedicated GPU, but it does surprisingly well.  No, it is not 1080p 60 FPS capable.  But honestly at 720p Medium Preset in DX12 it becomes quite playable for those who may be on this type of system.  I do want to make sure it is understood that this was not a guide, a how-to, or a suggestion but rather a ‘can it do it’ question with an answer.  So can the A10 7890k play Battlefield 1 even with being way under spec? Yes, yes it can.

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