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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.

We saw more of the same in the Dirt 3 benchmark. In this game, the new GeForce GTX 680 outperformed the Radeon HD 7970 by 17.6% to 23.8%, depending on the resolution. Versus the GeForce GTX 580, those deltas climbed to 43.9% to 47.6%. The GeForce GTX 680 was also able to clearly outpace the Radeon HD 6990 here, however, the dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 590 still had an edge overall.

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