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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                                     Perf. RatingDirt 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
 25NVIDIA Quadro M5000M
89.7
211
202.7
171.4
158.2
 43NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
~68.925%
109
 53NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
~70.875%
152.6
146.2
86
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
67.2
205
150
148.3
80.2
 65AMD Radeon HD 7970M
64.7
230.9
148.4
136.8
64.1
 76NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
~49.150%
111
56
 77NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
81.6
299.7
189.5
166.752
80.23
 78AMD Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire
69.2
269.6
161
132.9
67.8
 85NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
~43.850%
100.1
48.9
 90AMD Radeon HD 6870
69.6
307.452
1692
125.32
53.42
 91NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
~31.525%
49.9
 93NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
~59.575%
153.3
130.4
45.8
 100ATI Radeon HD 5850
34.5
114.4
71.4
70.1
46.7
 101NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
53
178
129.9
119.4
44.3
 102NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
57.1
198
143.9
126.4
43.73
 103AMD Radeon HD 6990M
46.4
209.5
96.1
91.352
39.383
 114NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
~48.350%
126.89
39
 121NVIDIA Quadro 5010M
~4150%
105.4
35.3
 122NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
~53.875%
144
117
38
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 123AMD Radeon R9 M275
27.3
82.7
75.6
50.5
30.3
 124NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
50.7
193.852
131.652
1024
36.754
 128AMD Radeon HD 6970M
45.8
224.7
104.8
78.7
33.2
 133NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
48.5
203.652
116.852
98.13
33.43
 143NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
51.1
206.8
141.6
97.5
29.5
 147AMD Radeon R9 M265X
48.2
205.8
122.8
90.9
32.1
 167NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
42.4
1763
113.83
80.454
264
 171NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
~30.150%
77.9
25.4
 173NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
44.7
194.152
121.52
83.654
22.794
 178NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
~38.850%
92.7
56.2
 184NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
42
222
105
67
21
 185NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
50.7
226.8
134.4
91.3
28.7
 187NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
~2675%
81.8
48.3
16.2
 194ATI Radeon HD 4850
55.7
283.852
127.6
84.34
45.4
 199NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
~50.275%
189.4
108
73.6
 202NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
34.9
144
95
66
21
 213NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
34.7
1433
96.753
643
20.33
 214AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
18.9
75.7
43.9
40
14.2
 234AMD Radeon R7 M260
21.4
80.6
47
43.3
22.4
 244AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
~29.775%
104.2
63.2
48.2
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 245AMD FirePro M5950
~2875%
82.4
56.1
18.2
 246NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
29.2
144.4
70.4
51.1
16.8
 247AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
14.8
66.1
35.2
25.2
12.9
 250AMD Radeon HD 6770M
22
83.2
54
46.3
17
 251NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
32.5
146.5
83.7
60.15
18.28
 252NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
26.6
1092
773
503
133
 264*AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
14.8
51.8
35.2
31.8
13.7
 268AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
~26.475%
92.7
57.8
41.4
 270AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
21.7
83
48
44
22
 275AMD Radeon HD 6750M
19
72.6
46.9
40
14.3
 277NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
27.6
166.4
59.832
42.252
12.66
 286*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
~18.675%
68
40.7
27.67
 287*AMD Radeon HD 6730M
26
134.8
62.9
41.6
15.7
 291AMD Radeon HD 6570M
23.1
85
58
53
14
 292AMD Radeon HD 8650G
~28.375%
102.6
62.3
42.7
 293AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
~20.550%
70.28
41.3
 296AMD Radeon HD 7670M
19.3
75.43
46.243
41.023
14.32
 297NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
27
136.072
68.862
43.82
14.94
 304NVIDIA Quadro 1000M
23.9
140.47
54.02
34.55
12.68
 305NVIDIA GeForce 820M
24.7
112.5
62.5
46.2
13.7
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 308NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
~29.350%
70.2
42.4
 315*AMD Radeon HD 6720G2
~19.950%
40
35.3
 321Intel Iris Graphics 5100
~17.375%
70.952
372
22.652
 322NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
20.6
926
53.510
36.7310
12.856
 325AMD Radeon HD 6650M
~12.975%
503
26.893
193
 326Intel HD Graphics 4600
~2350%
61.3
27.9
 328Intel HD Graphics 5500
12.9
52.552
30.652
22.952
12.92
 330AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
~16.175%
61.5
33.2
24.3
 334AMD Radeon HD 7660G
19.6
87
47.5
37.12
13.2
 336*AMD Radeon HD 6680G2
~20.375%
64.9
57.6
23.7
 344AMD Radeon HD 6630M
20.1
89.53
51.43
36.33
132
 350ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
21.3
104.1
52.5
36.5
13.1
 357NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
~20.975%
97
41
25
 358*AMD Radeon HD 6550D
23.2
122.4
55.6
37.092
13.12
 360AMD Radeon HD 7610M
~24.175%
113.5
44.4
30.3
 363AMD Radeon HD 7640G
~17.850%
65.3
33.5
 370Intel HD Graphics 4400
16.8
79
44.6
24.4
12.8
 400Intel HD Graphics 5300
~13.175%
57.4
26.5
16.7
 409Intel HD Graphics 4000
14.5
64.354
37.454
22.354
12.83
 411AMD Radeon HD 6620G
14.2
58.52
363
243
12.85
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 415AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
~15.175%
56.4
31.8
23.3
 416AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
~14.375%
52.5
30.4
22
 417Intel HD Graphics 4200
~12.175%
46.12
23.052
20.4
 419AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
21.1
138.2
41.11
27.4
12.8
 421*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
~18.675%
61.952
41.22
30.452
 422*AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
~21.950%
73.2
45.3
 424*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
~13.675%
41.1
28.2
26.4
 427AMD Radeon HD 7470M
~19.175%
95.9
35
20.9
 428AMD Radeon HD 6490M
13.7
76.432
29.462
21.552
9
 430AMD Radeon HD 8400
~16.250%
61.3
29.3
 432NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
~21.875%
101.2
41.4
27
 439NVIDIA NVS 4200M
16.7
95
36
24
12
 443AMD Radeon HD 8330
~13.475%
54.752
27.852
18.552
 446AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
~14.975%
59.2
31.6
21
 459AMD Radeon HD 7450M
~18.475%
75.7
38.3
25
 460NVIDIA GeForce 610M
~18.275%
86
34.6
22
 464AMD Radeon HD 6470M
16
81.752
36.952
24.152
12.92
 466NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
15.5
79.64
35.74
23.054
12.62
 472Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
~12.475%
51.9
27.4
14.8
 473AMD Radeon HD 6520G
~11.375%
58
17
15
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 489NVIDIA GeForce 410M
~16.575%
61.852
37.952
22.32
 492Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
~7.250%
28.1
12.5
 496AMD Radeon HD 6450M
10
32
30
19
8
 503AMD Radeon HD 8240
~7.850%
25
16.8
 511Intel HD Graphics 3000
12.6
59.8510
2911
187
133
 514NVIDIA GeForce G210M
11.3
53.35
25
16
12.8
 533Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
~10.150%
41.4
16.5
 559Intel HD Graphics 2000
~11.275%
53
21.4
13.3
 567*Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)
~10.775%
48.7
21.03
13.2
 572Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
~7.750%
30.52
13.12
 577*AMD Radeon HD 6320
~6.950%
25.23
12.852
 580AMD Radeon HD 8180
~4.325%
14.5
 597*AMD Radeon HD 6290
~675%
15.9
12.6
12.6
-1
 599Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
~2.375%
8
6
3
 621Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
~5.350%
14.9
12.8
 672*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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Florian Glaser, 2011-11- 2 (Update: 2013-06- 6)