The ideal graphics card for your system depends on your monitor resolution, so they are listed as such. For best monitors, see: Best PC Gaming Monitor.
Best Graphics Card for Battlefield 1
The cards below max out the game at Ultra High Settings for their respective monitor resolutions. Because brands of the same card are similar in performance, it really comes down to temperature (usually all low without overclocking), overclocking performance, noise, power consumption, appearance, pricing, and warranty / customer service.
Full HD (1080p / HD / FHD / 1920×1080), and Decent QHD (1440p):
Budget Choice: Gigabyte GeForce GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming $160 [Amazon] Better than the Asus and MSI Gaming 2G on the above points of contention.
Conservative Avg FPS (Ultra): 40fps @ 1080p (probably will run 10+ fps more because it is a non-stock overclocked card)
Quad HD (1440p / QHD / 4x pixels of 720p / 2560×1440 ie a 27 inch 1440p monitor):
Best Value Choice: EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB FTW $430 [Amazon] Looks way cooler than the MSI with the LEDs, and similar performance.
Secondary: MSI GeForce GTX 1070 GAMING X 8G $430 [Amazon]
Conservative Avg FPS (Ultra): 100 fps @ 1080p, 69 fps @ 1440p (probably will run 10+ fps more because it is an overclocked card)
Ultra HD (2160p / UHD / 4k / 3840×2160 ie a 27-32 inch 2160p monitor):
Best Performance Choice: MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G $660 [Amazon]
If you’re going GTX 1080, get the best performance and slightly cheaper – the MSI. However, like the 1070, the EVGA looks nicer with the LEDs, ie GTX FTW 1080 $650 [Amazon]. If going EVGA 1080, get the FTW (non-DT). DT cards are ones that did not make the overclock performance hurdle. FTW has extra power (10+2 Power Phase instead of 4+1) and custom PCB over the SC.
Conservative Avg FPS (Ultra): 105 fps @ 1080p, 82fps @ 1440p, 41 fps @ 2160p (probably will run 10+ fps more because it is an overclocked card)
Upcoming Cards to look out for: MSI Lightning GTX 1080 (and maybe the 1070) – these will be the overclock beasts. The Gaming X and EVGAs are made for non-overclock gaming – they are factory overclocked out of the box and don’t require tweaking (won’t help much).
Conclusive Recommendation: The Gaming GTX 1070s (EVGA and MSI) above perform on average 5% faster than the reference 1070s, 16% slower than 1080s, and at least twice as powerful as a 950. Unless you plan to get 4k or use multi-monitor, it would be best to get the 1070 over the 1080, and save the $300-400 for the next GPU upgrade. For most people, the GTX 1070 @ 50ish fps and 27 inch 1440p monitor would be most enjoyable and immersive. However, if you’re a professional competition gamer, ideally, you want to match fps (frame rate per second) to match the hz of the monitor to optimize for the least input lag (ie 120-144 fps), so get the GTX 1070 and 1080p monitor.
Brand Recommendations: MSI lately seems to have maintained its best-in-class quality (exemplary highest quality of performance), Gigabyte (ie Windforce, G1, Xtreme Gaming) has lowered in quality (ie their smaller fans are worse quality and more noisy, and less power especially when only 1 8pin vs 2 8pin connectors of the MSI or EVGA). EVGA seems to be a reliable brand with great customer service.
Minimum Requirements for Battlefield 1
(Unreleased as of current – This will give us a better idea of how it compares to the BF4 requirements)
The Game Itself: Multiplayer
- 4 soldier classes: Assault, Medic, Support, Scout. 2 pilot classes: Tank (Commander), (Air Plane) Pilot
- lots of vehicles – horses, jeeps, bikes, tanks (light / medium / heavy, some with lots of seats), planes (scout / bomber), battleships and other naval vessels
- dynamic vehicle damage affecting their control
- a squad system to play continuously with your friends
- weapon customizations – mods, tweaks, and skins
- a variety of melee weapons
- more dynamic and realistic destruction
- weather transitions
The Game Itself: Single Player Content
More information to be developed as it releases