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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
 52NVIDIA Quadro M5000M
211
202.7
171.4
158.2
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
185.252
133.952
140.152
101.52
 74NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
109
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
152.6
146.2
86
 92NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
205
150
148.3
80.2
 100AMD Radeon HD 7970M
230.9
148.4
136.8
64.1
 121NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
111
56
 122NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
299.7
189.5
166.752
80.23
 123AMD Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire
269.6
161
132.9
67.8
 130NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
182.6
123.4
107
48
 133NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
100.1
48.9
 139AMD Radeon HD 6870
307.452
1692
125.32
53.42
 140NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
49.9
 142NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
153.3
130.4
45.8
 149ATI Radeon HD 5850
114.4
71.4
70.1
46.7
 150NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
178
129.9
119.4
44.3
 151NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
198
143.9
126.4
43.73
 152AMD Radeon HD 6990M
209.5
96.1
91.352
39.383
 161NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
126.89
39
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 168NVIDIA Quadro 5010M
105.4
35.3
 169NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
144
117
38
 170AMD Radeon R9 M275
82.7
75.6
50.5
30.3
 171NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
193.852
131.652
1024
36.754
 175AMD Radeon HD 6970M
224.7
104.8
78.7
33.2
 180NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
203.652
116.852
98.13
33.43
 190NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
206.8
141.6
97.5
29.5
 194AMD Radeon R9 M265X
205.8
122.8
90.9
32.1
 207NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
64.052
52.22
41.152
22.62
 219NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
1763
113.83
80.454
264
 223NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
77.9
25.4
 225NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
194.152
121.52
83.654
22.794
 230NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
92.7
56.2
 240NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
222
105
67
21
 241NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
226.8
134.4
91.3
28.7
 243NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
81.8
48.3
16.2
 250ATI Radeon HD 4850
283.852
127.6
84.34
45.4
 255NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
189.4
108
73.6
 257NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
144
95
66
21
 268NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
1433
96.753
643
20.33
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 269AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
75.7
43.9
40
14.2
 294AMD Radeon R7 M260
80.6
47
43.3
22.4
 308AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
104.2
63.2
48.2
 309AMD FirePro M5950
82.4
56.1
18.2
 310NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
144.4
70.4
51.1
16.8
 311AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
66.1
35.2
25.2
12.9
 314AMD Radeon HD 6770M
83.2
54
46.3
17
 315NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
146.5
83.7
60.15
18.28
 316NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
1092
773
503
133
 328*AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
51.8
35.2
31.8
13.7
 332AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
92.7
57.8
41.4
 334AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
83
48
44
22
 339AMD Radeon HD 6750M
72.6
46.9
40
14.3
 341NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
166.4
59.832
42.252
12.66
 350*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
68
40.7
27.67
 351*AMD Radeon HD 6730M
134.8
62.9
41.6
15.7
 355AMD Radeon HD 6570M
85
58
53
14
 356AMD Radeon HD 8650G
102.6
62.3
42.7
 357AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
70.28
41.3
 360AMD Radeon HD 7670M
75.43
46.243
41.023
14.32
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 361NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
136.072
68.862
43.82
14.94
 368NVIDIA Quadro 1000M
140.47
54.02
34.55
12.68
 370NVIDIA GeForce 820M
112.5
62.5
46.2
13.7
 373NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
70.2
42.4
 381*AMD Radeon HD 6720G2
40
35.3
 387Intel Iris Graphics 5100
70.952
372
22.652
 388NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
926
53.510
36.7310
12.856
 391AMD Radeon HD 6650M
503
26.893
193
 392Intel HD Graphics 4600
61.3
27.9
 394Intel HD Graphics 5500
52.552
30.652
22.952
12.92
 400AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
61.5
33.2
24.3
 404AMD Radeon HD 7660G
87
47.5
37.12
13.2
 406*AMD Radeon HD 6680G2
64.9
57.6
23.7
 414AMD Radeon HD 6630M
89.53
51.43
36.33
132
 420ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
104.1
52.5
36.5
13.1
 427NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
97
41
25
 428*AMD Radeon HD 6550D
122.4
55.6
37.092
13.12
 430AMD Radeon HD 7610M
113.5
44.4
30.3
 433AMD Radeon HD 7640G
65.3
33.5
 440Intel HD Graphics 4400
79
44.6
24.4
12.8
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 470Intel HD Graphics 5300
57.4
26.5
16.7
 471*Intel HD Graphics 505
47.2
25.2
15.7
 480Intel HD Graphics 4000
64.354
37.454
22.354
12.83
 482AMD Radeon HD 6620G
58.52
363
243
12.85
 486*Intel HD Graphics 500
40.1
14.7
 488AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
56.4
31.8
23.3
 489AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
52.5
30.4
22
 491Intel HD Graphics 4200
46.12
23.052
20.4
 493AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
138.2
41.11
27.4
12.8
 495*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
61.952
41.22
30.452
 496*AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
73.2
45.3
 498*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
41.1
28.2
26.4
 501AMD Radeon HD 7470M
95.9
35
20.9
 502AMD Radeon HD 6490M
76.432
29.462
21.552
9
 504AMD Radeon HD 8400
61.3
29.3
 506NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
101.2
41.4
27
 513NVIDIA NVS 4200M
95
36
24
12
 517AMD Radeon HD 8330
54.752
27.852
18.552
 520AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
59.2
31.6
21
 533AMD Radeon HD 7450M
75.7
38.3
25
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 534NVIDIA GeForce 610M
86
34.6
22
 541AMD Radeon HD 6470M
81.752
36.952
24.152
12.92
 543NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
79.64
35.74
23.054
12.62
 549Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
51.9
27.4
14.8
 550AMD Radeon HD 6520G
58
17
15
 566NVIDIA GeForce 410M
61.852
37.952
22.32
 569Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
28.1
12.5
 573AMD Radeon HD 6450M
32
30
19
8
 580AMD Radeon HD 8240
25
16.8