DX11: DiRT 2

DiRT 2 (DirectX 11)


DiRT 2 is a great rally and off-road racing game that was released on all the major consoles as well as the PC just this past winter.  DiRT 2 was the first major PC title to implement DirectX 11 features and image quality enhancements and thus makes a great choice for one of our first NVIDIA versus AMD DX11 comparisons. 

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DiRT 2 Test Settings


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Our DX11 results are obviously only comparing the cards capable of running it, so the GTX 285 was out.  Also, I left the HD 5850 out because it seemed that through all the previous tests, it was always exactly where we expected it to be.  In DiRT 2 the GTX 480 does very well and is just about on par with the HD 5970 across the 16×10 and 19×12 resolutions but falls about 22% behind at 25×16.  Compared to the HD 5870 the GTX 480 has a strong lead until that 2560×1600 resolution where it gets scaled back some.

The GTX 470 and the HD 5870 trade blows back and forth but seem to perform about on par.

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