Battlefield 2142 Hardware Performance Guide

Need to figure out how to squeak out a few frames for Battlefield 2142? Check out our guide.

Systems that run Battlefield 2 without a hitch will likely need few modifications to keep up with Battlefield 2142. But if you're on an older rig, you might need to upgrade a few parts. The two games are largely the same, but DICE gave 2142 a slightly updated graphical engine that has new animations and updated shaders.

We tested Battlefield 2142 using FRAPs and a 25-second driving scenario in the 48-person Suez Canal map. The frame rate results were consistent, but the numbers might be on the high side since the test doesn't include a lot of player models. We didn't play on populated servers or against other bots to keep our tests reproducible. The game also has a built-in frame rate cap of 100 frames per second. We increased graphics settings for our more powerful hardware to keep frame rates below the cap.

Game Settings
Battlefield 2142 has a few settings you can tweak to improve performance. We tested all the options to find out how much each setting affected frame-rate performance.

Graphics
Battlefield 2142 is based on the now-aging Battlefield 2 engine, which means it should run fine on moderate hardware. But if you're thinking of upgrading, we tested nearly 20 video cards to help you determine how much performance is enough.

CPU
We tested the game up and down the clock-speed ladder on our Intel Core 2 Duo and AMD Athlon 64 CPU-based systems. We even brought in some single core CPUs to see how they performed.

Memory
Moving up from 512MB to 1GB of system memory will help improve performance in most PC games. But it seems that even 2GB of RAM will give noticeable performance gains with Battlefield 2142.

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Settings

If you have a moderately powerful system, you'll probably be able to get away with leaving all the settings on high and adjusting the resolution to suit your needs. Battlefield 2142 has a few performance sapping settings: Enhanced Lighting Effect, Dynamic Shadows, and Lighting. We recommend you drop the Enhanced Lighting Effect first, and start striking other features from there if you need to squeeze out a few more frames.

System Setup: AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 CPU @ 2.8GHz, Asus A8N32 SLI Deluxe, 2GB Corsair XMS Memory (1GB x 2), 160GB Seagate 7200.7 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows XP Professional SP2. Graphics Cards: GeForce 7600 GT 256MB. Graphics Drivers: Nvidia Forceware 91.47.

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Image Quality

High Settings vs. Medium Settings

Medium Settings vs. Low Settings

High Settings vs. Low Settings

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More Image Quality

Enhanced Lighting Effect On vs Enhanced Lighting Effect Off

Lighting High vs Lighting Low

Dynamic Shadows On vs Dynamic Shadows Off

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Graphics

All of our more powerful video cards ran Battlefield 2142 with relative ease. We had to increase antialiasing and anisotropic filtering settings to make sure our more powerful cards didn't hit the 100fps frame-rate cap.

Weaker cards can run the game just fine, but you will have to reduce a few quality settings to maintain frame rates in heavy firefights.

System Setup: Intel Core2 Extreme 2.93GHz, Intel 975X, 2GB Corsair XMS Memory (1GB x 2), 160GB Seagate 7200.7 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows XP Professional SP2. Graphics Cards: Graphics Cards: GeForce 7950 GX2 1GB , GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB, GeForce 7900 GS 256MB, GeForce 7600 GT 256MB, GeForce 6800 256MB, GeForce 6600GT 128MB, GeForce 6200 TC 64MB, Radeon X1950 XTX 512MB, Radeon X1900 XT 256MB, Radeon X1800 XL 256MB, Radeon X1600 XT 256MB, Radeon X850 XT 256MB, Radeon X800 XT 256MB, Radeon X600 XT 128MB, Radeon X300 SE 128MB. Graphics Drivers: Nvidia Forceware 91.47, ATI Catalyst 6.9 .

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Memory

You'll want 2GB of RAM in your system if you want Battlefield 2142 to run completely hitch-free. If you have the bare minimum 512MB of RAM, prepare for a stutter-fest and substantially increased load times. The middle-of-the-road 1GB configuration will suffice, but you will experience minor hitching on-screen.

CPU

Battlefield 2142 didn't seem to benefit from a strong CPU in our tests, but keep in mind that our test doesn't account for AI controlled bots, nor the large scale action present on fully populated servers.

Our frame rates didn't budge an inch when we scaled our dual-core Core 2 and Athlon 64 CPUs down by nearly 1GHz. Our single core Athlon 64 FX-57 hardly lost any performance when we scaled it down, and Intel's dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition 955 also managed to keep up with our other CPUs. However, frame rates dropped once we moved down to the Pentium 4 3.2GHz CPU.

System Setup: AMD Athlon 64 FX-60 CPU, AMD Athlon 64 FX-57, Intel Core2 Extreme 2.93GHz, Intel Pentium processor Extreme Edition 955, Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz, Intel 975X, Asus A8R32 SLI Deluxe, Intel 925XE, 512MB Corsair XMS Memory, 1GB (512MB x 2) Corsair XMS Memory, 2GB Corsair XMS Memory (1GB x 2), 160GB Seagate 7200.7 SATA Hard Disk Drive, Windows XP Professional SP2. Graphics Cards: GeForce 7900 GTX 512MB. Graphics Drivers: Nvidia Forceware 91.47.

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CPU

Battlefield 2142 doesn't seem to benefit from a strong CPU very much, if at all. Our GeForce 7900 GTX didn't budge an inch when we scaled our dual core Core2 and Athlon 64 CPUs down by nearly 1GHz. Your video card should be first place to look for an immediate performance boost, come to the CPU you've exhausted all other options.

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penguins227
penguins227

thanks for the response. I can run all on medium on 1280x800 resolution

challismiester
challismiester

hey will my system run this? Windows XP Professional (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 3 Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 2.40GHz 1022MB RAM DirectX 9.0c RADEON 9200 PRO Family 40 gb hard drive can someone plz reply because im thinking about buying it and i dont want to waste my money i would really appreciate it if some1 cud help me

JonWood007
JonWood007

I am running: Athlon XP 3200+ 2 GB DDR1 RAM HD 3650 AGP Performance varies greatly. Im supposed to be able to run this game well, but I really do not. Offline and in small games, I get a good 30-40 FPS. However, in large games, the game runs like crap. 15 FPS no matter what the settings. However, CPU will crash the computer on high settings. This is a load of bull, I can generally get 25-30 FPS in BF2 on high in 64 player games. However, this game runs like crap.

pvtdonut54
pvtdonut54

dude it runs like crud on my rig: HD 4830, AMD phenom x4 @ 2.2 ea., 6 gigs of ram

fima1fim
fima1fim

every 1 who have 1 GB ram and + intel core 2 duo video card 256 mb and + will run the game perfect!

cblx1
cblx1

My Comp: (not the best, but OK) -Intel Core 2 Duo @ 2.13Ghz -256MB nVidia GForce 7500LE -2GB RAM -600GB 7200RPM HDD I play the game on medium graphics and it works just fine. It will work on full graphics, but there is about 5fps with that setting.

Souldominater
Souldominater

this is a good game there is a code to unlock the frame rate but ill have to search for it im the Clan leader of +BLM+ clan and ConFliction mod team leader depending on wat your running even on the fastest system to perform better you need the extra fps set all graphics to low and turn enhanced lighting effect offset sound qaulkity to high and hit rego will favour you www.youtube.com/preatorian2 also dont worry 1 gig will run it fine make sure your procesors arent running crap in background eg msn xfire and sum mate stealing your porn while online LOL and turn your firewall off unless its a avast firewall style xp doesnt like bf242 and does cause it to crash

odioamujeres
odioamujeres

JUST BUY A INTEL CORE 2 DUO PEOPLE UCZ IF U HAV INTEL CELERON D IT WILL RUN VERY SLOW ITS ALL ABOUT THE CLOCK SPEED

xxxShinjixxx
xxxShinjixxx

that sure hardware someone 1024x768 after software into hardware heads up!

icepop4who
icepop4who

yeah, definitely. it should run nicely on medium. consider upgrading to 2GB of RAM for a boost.

penguins227
penguins227

hey will my system run this???? Windows Xp Home edition Ati Radeon X1650 pro 512 mb video memory 1024 mb of ram 1024x768 resolution AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.2GHz any answer would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks

penguins227
penguins227

hey will my system run this???? Windows Xp Home edition Ati Radeon X1650 pro 512 mb video memory 1024 mb of ram 1024x768 resolution AMD Athlon(tm) 64 Processor 3200+, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.2GHz any answer would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! thanks

jayzenman
jayzenman

im waiting on my video card right now,when it gets here this is what ill be running-IBM - System Model #830335U mainboard x86. Microsoft Windows XP Professional,2 GiG of ram,Sapphirre ATI Radeon X1550 256MB DDR2 DVI/HDTV AGP.will my system play 2142?i current ly barely run 2142 on the same system using a once good but old ATI Radeon 9600 / X1050 Series

zac32
zac32

I Run This Game On My Machine: Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 32-Bit AMD Athlon64 X2 6000+ Dual Core Processor 3.0Ghz 2GB Corsair XMS2 800 XFX GeForce 8800GT 512MB DDR3 Extreme (i used one card only) Asus M2N32-SLI Vista Edition n-force 590i (Asus Accelerated Propeller is used) 420GB HD ZALMAN 600 Watt PowerSupply (Heat Pipe Cooled) Im using All High Settings in this game. What can I say is, like im playing the old game. It's just fine, no Graphical Problems.

nate1222
nate1222

@adv_tr00per Thanks for the heads up. I've got a nVidia GeForce 8500(512MB). It makes Oblivion look close to the XBox360 version. I own both versions. I'm upgrading to a 9600 in a few weeks. 8800 is cool, but it's a resource hog-it needs 1GB RAM. 9600 isn't as powerful, but only uses 512MB RAM. I've got 2GB RAM and Vista uses 400+MB RAM. @galoku I found your chart to be highly useful. Thanks-a-mil!

adv_tr00per
adv_tr00per

with an ati radeon 2600 hd pro i can run it at 1280 by 960 at max setting with AA off and enhanced lighting off. enhanced lighting makes no difference at all so it just uses up pointless frames per second.

galoku
galoku

I've played this game on a FX5200, 6600GT, a 7900GS and a 8800GTX with 512MB, 1GB and 2GB RAM. Depending on how old your graphics card is the less frames you will get. BUT! The RAM made a big difference. (On the 7900GS PCI-e) 512MB - choppy sound and constant visual lag (regardless of card used) 1GB - choppy sound only in high action (like orbital strike) + some visual lag 2GB - close to no lag visual or audio For: Gefore7 above put on high if you have 7800+ or med/high(custom) if its 7600or below Geforce 6 med geforce 5 Low (similar for equivlent ATi cards) I suggest using at least 1GB because then you can actually kill people **to see in game FPS use: renderer.drawFps 1 on the console by taing the key just below ESC

Sammojo
Sammojo

MY 7600GS has a lot of trouble with this game. I cannot get the graphics on decent, even with 800x600, and keep playable frame rates. The view distance becomes horrible and I don't even play because the game looks so bad. Anyone else had this problem, I should be able to run it on decent graphics but it just wont happen.

zor_warrior
zor_warrior

My PC is: AMD Duron 1.8Ghz; Nvidia GeForce 6200 AGP 8x (running in AGP 4x slot) 128 MB DDR2; 512 MB of RAM DDR1 400Mhz; 20 GB of HD but Battlefield 2142 runs good here xD

Joe-Mamma-13
Joe-Mamma-13

Processor type AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58 • , Level 2 cache 512 KB + 512 KB, Up to 1600 MHz system bus running at AC/DC mode 35 Watt Operating system installed Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium 32-bit Standard memory 2048 MB Maximum memory Supports up to 2 GB DDR2 memory Memory layout (2 x 1024 MB) Internal drives Internal hard disk drive 160 GB Hard disk controller SATA Hard Disk Drive Hard disk drive speed 5400 rpm Optical drive type Lightscribe Super Multi DVD Writer (+/-R +/-RW) with Double Layer support Video adapter NVIDIA® GeForce™ 7150M Video RAM Up to 559 MB total available graphics memory Remote control HP Mobile Remote Control Internal audio 3D Sound Blaster Pro compatible sound 16 bit integrated Since it's an X2 it has two 1.73GHz, two 1mb caches etc. What settings do you suggest running 2142 on it with?

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Dragoon45 I think you should be able to run it on it's highest settings, but I think you should run it with 2xAA. Your graphics card is about the equivalent to a 7600GT (except that yours has DX10 support). In the benchmarks it says they got 37fps on the 7600GT on high quality with 4xAA and 4xAF, but they have a faster processor, and their RAM has better latencys and runs at a higher clock speed (although the performance difference because of that will be minimal). So I would suggest your run it with 2xAA and maybe some stuff on medium, just so it doesn't bog down in bigger battles (it can get hectic in 64 player games!).

Joe-Mamma-13
Joe-Mamma-13

My LAPTOP runs a AMD Turion 64X2, 2gb of RAM, a 559mb nvidia gforce 7150m. It goes on 1.9GHz/ 1600MHz. I have Btllfield 2142 haven't tried it yet, what do any of you think?

clinezy
clinezy

My Mac Runs it, it is 16GB RAM 2 x 3.0GHz Quad core processors 4 x 7300GT NVIDIA 786MB 500HDD

Dragoon45
Dragoon45

I'm wondering if my laptop can run it. Specs: Core 2 duo Merom T7500 2.2ghz Geforce 8600mgt (crippled due to it having gddr2) 2GB mushkin ram 667mhz Windows xp I really want to be able to play the game on the highest settings at 1280x800, with 4xAF and 4xAA. The reason why I'm skeptical is because of how crippled the 8600mgt is since it was given gddr2 and not gddr3. Memory clock is 400mhz and gddr3 memory clock is 700mhz (talking in actual clock, not effective clock).

IIBlackknightII
IIBlackknightII

My comp has:- P4 @ 2.99 Ghz Graphics Card: Geforce FX 5200 Memory: 512 MB RAM With the low settings also i get lags a lot since my Graphics card is old so need to upgrade that part & Memory too.It works fine at Single Player Or LAN mode Except Online.I am to buy a new pc by next year.Upgrade:- Intel® Core™2 Extreme Processor QX6850 Graphics Card: GeForce 8800 Ultra Memory: 4 GB RAM I hope these requirments must be good enough than the minimum requirements of this game to run the game with hitch - free at all especially online. Good Information Of hardware performance From GameSpot about BF2142. Thanks a lot. B-)

Roco_DC
Roco_DC

and death4us maybe its because you have vista, vista is just horrible in my opinion just stick with XP for now...

death4us
death4us

Ow. That explains a lot. Thanks. Are they going to patch that up anytime soon?

xxLordDavidxx
xxLordDavidxx

Remember that Battlefield 2142 does NOT support dual core CPUs. If you have a 1.8 dual core processor it will only use 1.8ghz of processor power - resulting in a bad gameplay experiance.

death4us
death4us

256 MB ATI Mobility Radeon X1800 Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 1.83GHz 2MB Cache 667MHz FSB 1 GB Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz Vista Home Premium And it lags a TON. Is this my computer's fault or my internet's fault?

Roco_DC
Roco_DC

AMD Athlon™64 X2 6000+ Dual-Core CPU NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GTS with 512 mb 2gb DDR2 RAM will this run bf2142 with no lag?

Dylanbobo
Dylanbobo

Im running a P4 3.2 ghz and 1 gb of ram in 4 256MB chips but i just bought Ascentive WinRocket and optimized it for games and it runs a hella lot better, almost no lag. Guys get WIN ROCKET from ASCENTIVE it pwnes HC. I just bought 2 gigs of Corsair XMS2 ram and i hope it improves the game play cus I got really bad sound lag when the computer starts to say stuff like "Hostile Infantry" and "Medic" stuff like that sounds choppy. But overall great program WinRocket and all hail the EU.

matt168
matt168

hmm this may be of singleplayer but i can play bf2142 at max no aa at 1152x800 something res and it plays well.no lag or anything

matt168
matt168

nvm dont answer. it plays pretty well for a intergrated card. amd 3800+ 2.4ghz 1256mb ram 6150LE video card and i can play at medim settings fine but slows when a explosion happens but it runs smooth at low and medium settings at 800x600 res

matt168
matt168

could a 6150LE play this game at 1024x768 res atleast on medium settings?

gamemaster2200
gamemaster2200

Think my old computer would run it. XP Home Intel P4 2.93 ghz 1.5 gb split ram(2 512mb & 2 256mb) Nvidia GEFORCE FX 5200 256mb

fitblood
fitblood

Alright i was wondering how well my system would play this game if someone could tell me that would be great Intel Core 2 Quad CPU @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs) 2 GB of RAM Radeon X1650 SE Windows Vista™ Home Premium

Jfrando
Jfrando

could this system actually run this game? Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66 GHz RAM - 1 GB NVIDIA GeForce Go 7400 TurboCache supporting 256MB - 128 MB Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005

Muppetchief
Muppetchief

my 2142 specs: running the game graphics on medium preset processor: AMD ATHLON 3300 2.0 GHz RAM: 1.25GB ( 1 gig stick with 256mb in second slot) Graphics card: Radeon 9550 256mb sound card: on board sound

Vish23
Vish23

Mine runs medium - high. If I make everything high it runs fine but only the loading takes ages. I have an AMD ATHLON X2 DUAL CORE at about 2.4 GHz 2 GB of RAM (just upgraded it from 1gig) Nvidia 8600 GT EDIT - I have vista :)

isnuke
isnuke

Mine just runs fine... except for when i installed windows vista! P4 3.2 GHZ HT, 1GB RAM, 6800XT 512MB DDR3, Seagate Baracuda HDD... i dont think anything else counts...

gswarriors26
gswarriors26

what setteings can a Radeon X1550 256MB play at. with amd 4600+ and 1 gig of ram.

codjumper_roe
codjumper_roe

stefan_vaziri ....i don't think your card can even run this game because i THINK it takes a 9500 to run it(my previous had a 9550) and it ran at.....20-30fps...omg talk about lag...think about getting a new machine cuz i just ordered a comp with Western Digital Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB Serial ATA 10,000RPM Hard Drive w/16MB Buffer Liteon LH-20A1H 20X Dual Layer DVD

Joe_Lost
Joe_Lost

Running: ASUS P4P800 Deluxe MoBo Intel Pentium 4 2.8Ghz Extreme 2GB DDR(3200) RAM HIS X1950 Pro, Dual DL-DVI, 512MB GDDR3, AGP Graphics Card Zalman Reserator 1V2 Watercooling(Yeah Baby) for maximum temperature stability DELL Ultrasharp 3007WFP-HC, 30" Screen (BEAUTIFUL) Runs on rails. Asus hardware remains the premium system hardware for stability and performance without needing to be a full techy. 1600x1200, everything on high and Mid AA. I have not seen the FPS, but the picture remains smooth as silk, no matter how much action is going on on the screen. New system built for a friend: ASUS Striker Extreme, nForce 680i SLI MoBo Core 2 Duo E6600 2GB Corsair Dominator DDR2 (PC2-1066) RAM [4GB not going to help] ASUS Extreme N8800 GTX/HTDP, GeForce 8800 GTX, 768MB GDDR3 CREATIVE Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Gamer Fatal1ty Pro Zalman Reserator 2 Water cooling DELL UltraSharp 2407WFP, 24" Screen You can imagine the performance. I called the rig "Dog's"

X360PS3AMD05
X360PS3AMD05

Athlon 64 3000+ @ 2.5ghz, 1GB ddr-400, 7950gt OCed. In SP i can get 60FPS @ 1680*1050 with pretty much everything on high and some AA. But when i go into MP i can't get more than 30 :( IDK if it's my slow internet (300kbps DSL) or if i need more RAM or what? :? In order to play it smoothly online i have to drop to 1024*768 or whatever the default res. is.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Won00b nice setup, you ill be running this game awesome, personally I think you should O/C your cpu though, all the C2D CPUs are great for overclocking, you should be able to get it to around 3.00GHz with stock cooling.

spawn611
spawn611

On my pc I have AMD Anthlon 64 3200+ , 1GB Corsair RAM, XFX Nvidea 256mb 6800xt. Im planing to add 2 GB RAM for the moment.