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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
 35NVIDIA Quadro M5000M
211
202.7
171.4
158.2
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
109
 67NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
152.6
146.2
86
 71NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
205
150
148.3
80.2
 81AMD Radeon HD 7970M
230.9
148.4
136.8
64.1
 94NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
111
56
 95NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
299.7
189.5
166.752
80.23
 96AMD Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire
269.6
161
132.9
67.8
 103NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
182.6
123.4
107
48
 106NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
100.1
48.9
 111AMD Radeon HD 6870
307.452
1692
125.32
53.42
 112NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
49.9
 114NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
153.3
130.4
45.8
 121ATI Radeon HD 5850
114.4
71.4
70.1
46.7
 122NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
178
129.9
119.4
44.3
 123NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
198
143.9
126.4
43.73
 124AMD Radeon HD 6990M
209.5
96.1
91.352
39.383
 133NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
126.89
39
 140NVIDIA Quadro 5010M
105.4
35.3
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 141NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
144
117
38
 142AMD Radeon R9 M275
82.7
75.6
50.5
30.3
 143NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
193.852
131.652
1024
36.754
 147AMD Radeon HD 6970M
224.7
104.8
78.7
33.2
 152NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
203.652
116.852
98.13
33.43
 162NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
206.8
141.6
97.5
29.5
 166AMD Radeon R9 M265X
205.8
122.8
90.9
32.1
 177NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
60.3
55.7
40.7
16.3
 186NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
1763
113.83
80.454
264
 190NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
77.9
25.4
 192NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
194.152
121.52
83.654
22.794
 197NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
92.7
56.2
 204NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
222
105
67
21
 205NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
226.8
134.4
91.3
28.7
 207NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
81.8
48.3
16.2
 214ATI Radeon HD 4850
283.852
127.6
84.34
45.4
 219NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
189.4
108
73.6
 222NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
144
95
66
21
 233NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
1433
96.753
643
20.33
 234AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
75.7
43.9
40
14.2
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 257AMD Radeon R7 M260
80.6
47
43.3
22.4
 269AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
104.2
63.2
48.2
 270AMD FirePro M5950
82.4
56.1
18.2
 271NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
144.4
70.4
51.1
16.8
 272AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
66.1
35.2
25.2
12.9
 275AMD Radeon HD 6770M
83.2
54
46.3
17
 276NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
146.5
83.7
60.15
18.28
 277NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
1092
773
503
133
 289*AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
51.8
35.2
31.8
13.7
 293AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
92.7
57.8
41.4
 295AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
83
48
44
22
 300AMD Radeon HD 6750M
72.6
46.9
40
14.3
 302NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
166.4
59.832
42.252
12.66
 311*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
68
40.7
27.67
 312*AMD Radeon HD 6730M
134.8
62.9
41.6
15.7
 316AMD Radeon HD 6570M
85
58
53
14
 317AMD Radeon HD 8650G
102.6
62.3
42.7
 318AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
70.28
41.3
 321AMD Radeon HD 7670M
75.43
46.243
41.023
14.32
 322NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
136.072
68.862
43.82
14.94
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 329NVIDIA Quadro 1000M
140.47
54.02
34.55
12.68
 331NVIDIA GeForce 820M
112.5
62.5
46.2
13.7
 334NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
70.2
42.4
 342*AMD Radeon HD 6720G2
40
35.3
 348Intel Iris Graphics 5100
70.952
372
22.652
 349NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
926
53.510
36.7310
12.856
 352AMD Radeon HD 6650M
503
26.893
193
 353Intel HD Graphics 4600
61.3
27.9
 355Intel HD Graphics 5500
52.552
30.652
22.952
12.92
 359AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
61.5
33.2
24.3
 363AMD Radeon HD 7660G
87
47.5
37.12
13.2
 365*AMD Radeon HD 6680G2
64.9
57.6
23.7
 373AMD Radeon HD 6630M
89.53
51.43
36.33
132
 379ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
104.1
52.5
36.5
13.1
 386NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
97
41
25
 387*AMD Radeon HD 6550D
122.4
55.6
37.092
13.12
 389AMD Radeon HD 7610M
113.5
44.4
30.3
 392AMD Radeon HD 7640G
65.3
33.5
 399Intel HD Graphics 4400
79
44.6
24.4
12.8
 429Intel HD Graphics 5300
57.4
26.5
16.7
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 430*Intel HD Graphics 505
47.2
25.2
15.7
 439Intel HD Graphics 4000
64.354
37.454
22.354
12.83
 441AMD Radeon HD 6620G
58.52
363
243
12.85
 447AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
56.4
31.8
23.3
 448AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
52.5
30.4
22
 450Intel HD Graphics 4200
46.12
23.052
20.4
 452AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
138.2
41.11
27.4
12.8
 454*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
61.952
41.22
30.452
 455*AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
73.2
45.3
 457*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
41.1
28.2
26.4
 460AMD Radeon HD 7470M
95.9
35
20.9
 461AMD Radeon HD 6490M
76.432
29.462
21.552
9
 463AMD Radeon HD 8400
61.3
29.3
 465NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
101.2
41.4
27
 472NVIDIA NVS 4200M
95
36
24
12
 476AMD Radeon HD 8330
54.752
27.852
18.552
 479AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
59.2
31.6
21
 492AMD Radeon HD 7450M
75.7
38.3
25
 493NVIDIA GeForce 610M
86
34.6
22
 499AMD Radeon HD 6470M
81.752
36.952
24.152
12.92
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 501NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
79.64
35.74
23.054
12.62
 507Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
51.9
27.4
14.8
 508AMD Radeon HD 6520G
58
17
15
 524NVIDIA GeForce 410M
61.852
37.952
22.32
 527Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
28.1
12.5
 531AMD Radeon HD 6450M
32
30
19
8
 538AMD Radeon HD 8240
25
16.8
 546Intel HD Graphics 3000
59.8510
2911
187
133
 549NVIDIA GeForce G210M
53.35
25
16
12.8
 568Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
41.4
16.5
 594Intel HD Graphics 2000
53
21.4
13.3
 602*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
48.7
21.03
13.2
 608Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
30.52
13.12
 613*AMD Radeon HD 6320
25.23
12.852
 616AMD Radeon HD 8180
14.5
 633*AMD Radeon HD 6290
15.9
12.6
12.6
-1
 635Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
8
6
3
 659Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
14.9
12.8
 710*Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 3600
-1
* Smaller values are better. / * Approximate position

 

Legend
5Stutters – This game is very likely to stutter and have poor frame rates. Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, average frame rates are expected to fall below 25fps
May Stutter – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, stutters and poor frame rates are expected.
30Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 25fps
40Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 35fps
May Run Fluently – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game. Based on interpolated information from surrounding graphics cards of similar performance levels, fluent frame rates are expected.
123Uncertain – This graphics card experienced unexpected performance issues during testing for this game. A slower card may be able to achieve better and more consistent frame rates than this particular GPU running the same benchmark scene.
Uncertain – This graphics card has not been explicitly tested on this game and no reliable interpolation can be made based on the performances of surrounding cards of the same class or family.
The value in the fields displays the average frame rate of all values in the database. Move your cursor over the value to see individual results.
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