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Dirt 3 Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Vinay Pradhan), 11/02/2011

Dirt 3 is a racing game with awe-inspiring visuals. Thanks to its various graphics settings, the game can be configured to run optimally on any system. In the following article, we will detail the hardware requirements of this game with the help of various benchmarks.

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How we test

Thankfully, Dirt 3 has an integrated benchmark which can be found at the bottom of the graphics settings screen. The integrated benchmark includes a short intro sequence and a race (in snow) between the computer AI versus multiple opponents. The race lasts one minute and it never runs the same way twice, so the average frames per second vary from benchmark to benchmark.

800x600, Ultra Low Preset, Radeon HD 5850
800x600, Ultra Low Preset, Radeon HD 5850
1024x768, Medium Preset, Radeon HD 5850
1024x768, Medium Preset, Radeon HD 5850
1366x768, High Preset, 2xAA, Radeon HD 5850
1366x768, High Preset, 2xAA, Radeon HD 5850
1920x1080, Ultra Preset, 4xAA, Radeon HD 5850
1920x1080, Ultra Preset, 4xAA, Radeon HD 5850

Analysis of the Benchmarks

For the best visuals, the user will need a high-end graphics card. Fluid gameplay with ultra high details, 4x AA (Anti-Aliasing) and the Full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels is only possible with a Radeon HD 6990M or a GeForce GTX 580M. 

The user can run the game at high details (very little difference), 2x AA and a resolution of 1366x768 pixels with a middle-class GPU like the Radeon HD 5650 or GeForce GT 540M. 

The game can be run with minimum details and a low resolution of 1024x768 pixels on a low-end graphic card as well.

 

An overview of all the games we have tested can be found here.

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Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
 Dirt 3 (2011)
low
800x600
Ultra Low Preset
-AF 0xAA
med.
1024x768
Medium Preset
-AF 0xAA
high
1360x768
High Preset
-AF 2xAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
-AF 4xAA
 39NVIDIA Quadro M5000M
211
202.7
171.4
158.2
 62NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
109
 74NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
152.6
146.2
86
 78NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
205
150
148.3
80.2
 86AMD Radeon HD 7970M
230.9
148.4
136.8
64.1
 99NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
111
56
 100NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
299.7
189.5
166.752
80.23
 101AMD Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire
269.6
161
132.9
67.8
 108NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
182.6
123.4
107
48
 111NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
100.1
48.9
 116AMD Radeon HD 6870
307.452
1692
125.32
53.42
 117NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
49.9
 119NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
153.3
130.4
45.8
 126ATI Radeon HD 5850
114.4
71.4
70.1
46.7
 127NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
178
129.9
119.4
44.3
 128NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
198
143.9
126.4
43.73
 129AMD Radeon HD 6990M
209.5
96.1
91.352
39.383
 138NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
126.89
39
 145NVIDIA Quadro 5010M
105.4
35.3
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 146NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
144
117
38
 147AMD Radeon R9 M275
82.7
75.6
50.5
30.3
 148NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
193.852
131.652
1024
36.754
 152AMD Radeon HD 6970M
224.7
104.8
78.7
33.2
 157NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
203.652
116.852
98.13
33.43
 167NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
206.8
141.6
97.5
29.5
 171AMD Radeon R9 M265X
205.8
122.8
90.9
32.1
 182NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
64.052
52.22
41.152
22.62
 192NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
1763
113.83
80.454
264
 196NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
77.9
25.4
 198NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
194.152
121.52
83.654
22.794
 203NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
92.7
56.2
 212NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
222
105
67
21
 213NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
226.8
134.4
91.3
28.7
 215NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
81.8
48.3
16.2
 222ATI Radeon HD 4850
283.852
127.6
84.34
45.4
 227NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
189.4
108
73.6
 229NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
144
95
66
21
 240NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
1433
96.753
643
20.33
 241AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
75.7
43.9
40
14.2
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 266AMD Radeon R7 M260
80.6
47
43.3
22.4
 279AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
104.2
63.2
48.2
 280AMD FirePro M5950
82.4
56.1
18.2
 281NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
144.4
70.4
51.1
16.8
 282AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
66.1
35.2
25.2
12.9
 285AMD Radeon HD 6770M
83.2
54
46.3
17
 286NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
146.5
83.7
60.15
18.28
 287NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
1092
773
503
133
 299*AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
51.8
35.2
31.8
13.7
 303AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
92.7
57.8
41.4
 305AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
83
48
44
22
 310AMD Radeon HD 6750M
72.6
46.9
40
14.3
 312NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
166.4
59.832
42.252
12.66
 321*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
68
40.7
27.67
 322*AMD Radeon HD 6730M
134.8
62.9
41.6
15.7
 326AMD Radeon HD 6570M
85
58
53
14
 327AMD Radeon HD 8650G
102.6
62.3
42.7
 328AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
70.28
41.3
 331AMD Radeon HD 7670M
75.43
46.243
41.023
14.32
 332NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
136.072
68.862
43.82
14.94
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 339NVIDIA Quadro 1000M
140.47
54.02
34.55
12.68
 341NVIDIA GeForce 820M
112.5
62.5
46.2
13.7
 344NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
70.2
42.4
 352*AMD Radeon HD 6720G2
40
35.3
 358Intel Iris Graphics 5100
70.952
372
22.652
 359NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
926
53.510
36.7310
12.856
 362AMD Radeon HD 6650M
503
26.893
193
 363Intel HD Graphics 4600
61.3
27.9
 365Intel HD Graphics 5500
52.552
30.652
22.952
12.92
 369AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
61.5
33.2
24.3
 373AMD Radeon HD 7660G
87
47.5
37.12
13.2
 375*AMD Radeon HD 6680G2
64.9
57.6
23.7
 383AMD Radeon HD 6630M
89.53
51.43
36.33
132
 389ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
104.1
52.5
36.5
13.1
 396NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
97
41
25
 397*AMD Radeon HD 6550D
122.4
55.6
37.092
13.12
 399AMD Radeon HD 7610M
113.5
44.4
30.3
 402AMD Radeon HD 7640G
65.3
33.5
 409Intel HD Graphics 4400
79
44.6
24.4
12.8
 439Intel HD Graphics 5300
57.4
26.5
16.7
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 440*Intel HD Graphics 505
47.2
25.2
15.7
 449Intel HD Graphics 4000
64.354
37.454
22.354
12.83
 451AMD Radeon HD 6620G
58.52
363
243
12.85
 457AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
56.4
31.8
23.3
 458AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
52.5
30.4
22
 460Intel HD Graphics 4200
46.12
23.052
20.4
 462AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
138.2
41.11
27.4
12.8
 464*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
61.952
41.22
30.452
 465*AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
73.2
45.3
 467*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
41.1
28.2
26.4
 470AMD Radeon HD 7470M
95.9
35
20.9
 471AMD Radeon HD 6490M
76.432
29.462
21.552
9
 473AMD Radeon HD 8400
61.3
29.3
 475NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
101.2
41.4
27
 482NVIDIA NVS 4200M
95
36
24
12
 486AMD Radeon HD 8330
54.752
27.852
18.552
 489AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
59.2
31.6
21
 502AMD Radeon HD 7450M
75.7
38.3
25
 503NVIDIA GeForce 610M
86
34.6
22
 509AMD Radeon HD 6470M
81.752
36.952
24.152
12.92
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 511NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
79.64
35.74
23.054
12.62
 517Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
51.9
27.4
14.8
 518AMD Radeon HD 6520G
58
17
15
 534NVIDIA GeForce 410M
61.852
37.952
22.32
 537Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
28.1
12.5
 541AMD Radeon HD 6450M
32
30
19
8
 548AMD Radeon HD 8240
25
16.8
 556Intel HD Graphics 3000
59.8510
2911
187
133
 559NVIDIA GeForce G210M
53.35
25
16
12.8
 578Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
41.4
16.5
 604Intel HD Graphics 2000
53
21.4
13.3
 612*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
48.7
21.03
13.2
 618Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
30.52
13.12
 623*AMD Radeon HD 6320
25.23
12.852
 626AMD Radeon HD 8180
14.5
 643*AMD Radeon HD 6290
15.9
12.6
12.6
-1
 645Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics