AMD Radeon HD 7970: 28nm Tahiti 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.

At this point, we must be sounding like a broken record. In the Dirt 3 benchmark, the new Radeon HD 7970 was once again the fasted single-GPU we have tested to date. In this game the 7970 outpaces the Radeon HD 6970, GeForce GTX 580, and 3GB OC'd GeForce GTX 580 by margins of 38.2%, 25.5%, and 11.4%, respectively.


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