AMD Radeon HD 7950 Tahiti Pro DirectX 11 GPU Review

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Dirt 3 Performance

Dirt 3
DirectX 11 Gaming Performance

Dirt 3

Dirt 3 is the latest in a string of great racing games from Codemasters. Like is predecessor, 2009's Dirt 2, this game sports impressive visuals with DX11 support. “Ultra” settings for shadow effects, tessellation, and post processing elements, like depth of field, then become available to the gamer, and in turn, crank up the workload on the graphics subsystem. The game engine also makes use of multi-core processors for higher performance on top-end systems. We tested the game configured with its Ultra graphics options with 4X anti-aliasing at resolutions with of 1920x1200 and 2560x1600.

The Radeon HD 7950's performance in Dirt 3 mirrors that of Just Cause 2 again. In this test, the Radeon HD 7950 gets beat by the reference GeForce GTX 580 at 1920x1200, but pulls ahead at 2560x1600. The factory overclocked, 3GB GTX 580, however, outpaces the Radeon HD 7950 at both resolutions in this game.

Performance looks a little different with the multi-GPU setups in Dirt 3. In a two-card configuration, the Radeon HD 7950 offered very good scaling and outpaced the GeForce GTX 580 SLI rig at both resolutions.

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