Battlefield 2042 PC Benchmarks, Performance, and Settings

Battlefield 2042 brings near-future warfare to the series, and you might just want a near-future GPU to run it at ultra settings. We’ll get into the details in a moment, but pushing everything to maximum quality can cause GPUs that don’t have enough VRAM to take a dirt nap. But you don’t actually need to max out the settings, and unless you have one of the fastest options among the best graphics cards, like the RTX 3090, RTX 3080 Ti, or RX 6900 XT, you’ll probably want to skip 4K and ray tracing.

We’ve tested Battlefield 2042 performance on a collection of GPUs and ran some detailed settings benchmarks to see how each of the options affects performance and image quality. We’ll start with the settings, but first, let’s quickly run through our testing equipment and methodology.

Battlefield 2042 screenshots

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Our test equipment consists of a Core i9-9900K CPU with 32GB of DDR4-3600 CL16 memory, a 2TB SSD, and of course, the various GPUs we’ve tested. Benchmarking Battlefield 2042 is, frankly, horrible—this is pretty much the opposite of most of the things we like to see, as we discussed in how to make a good game benchmark. Of course, there isn’t a built-in benchmark, which means we had to run every test manually—good for getting a true look at performance, bad for repeatability. Weather effects can also impact performance, and just the general mayhem of a 64-player or even 128-player match means there’s far more variability between runs.

We’ve attempted to mitigate that variability by running each test multiple times and also tried to get a “clear” day for the battle on the Discarded map. That means that besides trying to avoid heavy clouds in the sky (which drops performance), or if a tornado shows up, we exit and restart. We also ran the game in solo/co-op mode and played against bots because we didn’t want other humans wondering why one player kept running in circles around one area of the map. Even so, the margin of error is going to be slightly higher than the normal 1–2% range we’d get from a good built-in benchmark.

Battlefield 2042 Settings Analysis

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Battlefield 2042 Settings Performance

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Battlefield 2042 Settings Performance

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Battlefield 2042 Settings and Image Quality Comparisons

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Battlefield 2042 Settings and Image Quality Comparisons

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Battlefield 2042 Settings and Image Quality Comparisons

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Battlefield 2042 Settings and Image Quality Comparisons

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