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Dirt 2 Gaming Benchmark

Dirt 2 is another game title that AMD has spent a lot of time showcasing, so it should be interesting to see how the Mobility Radeon HD 5870 stacks up against the GeForce GTX 480M in this DX11-based racing sim.

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DX11 Gaming and Racing Simulation

Dirt 2

Dirt 2 was released in September 2009 and provides a sequel to the original Colin McRae: Dirt racing game. Codemasters delayed the PC version of Dirt 2 so that they could enhance their Ego engine with DirectX 11 effects. The engine displays certain bleeding-edge rendering technologies like hardware-driven tessellation, which is used for a more detailed audience, tessellated clot as well as a more realistic water that has lifelike ripples, waves and splash effects. DX11 also affords the game more impressive post-rendering motion blur, filtered soft shadows and lighting effects. Dirt 2 is also a solid benchmark for multi-core processors since DX11 is designed to take advantage of multi-threaded system architectures.


With Dirt 2 we see a relatively similar performance profile for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M and the Clevo D900F gaming notebook.  The GTX 480M clocked in with roughly a 30% performance advantage over the Mobility Radeon HD 5870 but there was a decidedly different picture painted with respect to anti-aliasing performance.  At higher 8X AA settings, the gap narrowed to around a 22% edge for the GTX 480M.  Regardless, all settings we tested for the new notebook-targeted NVIDIA power plant were well within playable frame rate limits.

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