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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
 46NVIDIA Quadro M5000M
211
202.7
171.4
158.2
 64NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
176.1
161
152.9
102
 68NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590
109
 81NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
152.6
146.2
86
 86NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
205
150
148.3
80.2
 94AMD Radeon HD 7970M
230.9
148.4
136.8
64.1
 115NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
111
56
 116NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M SLI
299.7
189.5
166.752
80.23
 117AMD Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire
269.6
161
132.9
67.8
 124NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
182.6
123.4
107
48
 127NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
100.1
48.9
 133AMD Radeon HD 6870
307.452
1692
125.32
53.42
 134NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470
49.9
 136NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
153.3
130.4
45.8
 143ATI Radeon HD 5850
114.4
71.4
70.1
46.7
 144NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M
178
129.9
119.4
44.3
 145NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580M
198
143.9
126.4
43.73
 146AMD Radeon HD 6990M
209.5
96.1
91.352
39.383
 155NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 768MB
126.89
39
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 162NVIDIA Quadro 5010M
105.4
35.3
 163NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760M
144
117
38
 164AMD Radeon R9 M275
82.7
75.6
50.5
30.3
 165NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M
193.852
131.652
1024
36.754
 169AMD Radeon HD 6970M
224.7
104.8
78.7
33.2
 174NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M
203.652
116.852
98.13
33.43
 184NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M
206.8
141.6
97.5
29.5
 188AMD Radeon R9 M265X
205.8
122.8
90.9
32.1
 200NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
64.052
52.22
41.152
22.62
 212NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M
1763
113.83
80.454
264
 216NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M
77.9
25.4
 218NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
194.152
121.52
83.654
22.794
 223NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M
92.7
56.2
 233NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
222
105
67
21
 234NVIDIA GeForce GTS 450
226.8
134.4
91.3
28.7
 236NVIDIA GeForce GT 735M
81.8
48.3
16.2
 243ATI Radeon HD 4850
283.852
127.6
84.34
45.4
 248NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
189.4
108
73.6
 250NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M
144
95
66
21
 261NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M
1433
96.753
643
20.33
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 262AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
75.7
43.9
40
14.2
 287AMD Radeon R7 M260
80.6
47
43.3
22.4
 300AMD Radeon HD 7690M XT
104.2
63.2
48.2
 301AMD FirePro M5950
82.4
56.1
18.2
 302NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M LE
144.4
70.4
51.1
16.8
 303AMD Radeon R6 (Kaveri)
66.1
35.2
25.2
12.9
 306AMD Radeon HD 6770M
83.2
54
46.3
17
 307NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M
146.5
83.7
60.15
18.28
 308NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M
1092
773
503
133
 320*AMD Radeon HD 6755G2
51.8
35.2
31.8
13.7
 324AMD Radeon HD 8650G + HD 8670M Dual Graphics
92.7
57.8
41.4
 326AMD Radeon HD 7660G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
83
48
44
22
 331AMD Radeon HD 6750M
72.6
46.9
40
14.3
 333NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M
166.4
59.832
42.252
12.66
 342*AMD Radeon HD 6740G2
68
40.7
27.67
 343*AMD Radeon HD 6730M
134.8
62.9
41.6
15.7
 347AMD Radeon HD 6570M
85
58
53
14
 348AMD Radeon HD 8650G
102.6
62.3
42.7
 349AMD Radeon HD 7640G + HD 7670M Dual Graphics
70.28
41.3
 352AMD Radeon HD 7670M
75.43
46.243
41.023
14.32
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 353NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
136.072
68.862
43.82
14.94
 360NVIDIA Quadro 1000M
140.47
54.02
34.55
12.68
 362NVIDIA GeForce 820M
112.5
62.5
46.2
13.7
 365NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
70.2
42.4
 373*AMD Radeon HD 6720G2
40
35.3
 379Intel Iris Graphics 5100
70.952
372
22.652
 380NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
926
53.510
36.7310
12.856
 383AMD Radeon HD 6650M
503
26.893
193
 384Intel HD Graphics 4600
61.3
27.9
 386Intel HD Graphics 5500
52.552
30.652
22.952
12.92
 392AMD Radeon R5 (Kaveri)
61.5
33.2
24.3
 396AMD Radeon HD 7660G
87
47.5
37.12
13.2
 398*AMD Radeon HD 6680G2
64.9
57.6
23.7
 406AMD Radeon HD 6630M
89.53
51.43
36.33
132
 412ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650
104.1
52.5
36.5
13.1
 419NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M
97
41
25
 420*AMD Radeon HD 6550D
122.4
55.6
37.092
13.12
 422AMD Radeon HD 7610M
113.5
44.4
30.3
 425AMD Radeon HD 7640G
65.3
33.5
 432Intel HD Graphics 4400
79
44.6
24.4
12.8
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 462Intel HD Graphics 5300
57.4
26.5
16.7
 463*Intel HD Graphics 505
47.2
25.2
15.7
 472Intel HD Graphics 4000
64.354
37.454
22.354
12.83
 474AMD Radeon HD 6620G
58.52
363
243
12.85
 478*Intel HD Graphics 500
40.1
14.7
 480AMD Radeon R5 (Beema/Carrizo-L)
56.4
31.8
23.3
 481AMD Radeon R4 (Beema)
52.5
30.4
22
 483Intel HD Graphics 4200
46.12
23.052
20.4
 485AMD Radeon HD 6450 GDDR5
138.2
41.11
27.4
12.8
 487*AMD Radeon HD 6520G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
61.952
41.22
30.452
 488*AMD Radeon HD 6540G2
73.2
45.3
 490*AMD Radeon HD 6480G + HD 7450M Dual Graphics
41.1
28.2
26.4
 493AMD Radeon HD 7470M
95.9
35
20.9
 494AMD Radeon HD 6490M
76.432
29.462
21.552
9
 496AMD Radeon HD 8400
61.3
29.3
 498NVIDIA GeForce GT 520MX
101.2
41.4
27
 505NVIDIA NVS 4200M
95
36
24
12
 509AMD Radeon HD 8330
54.752
27.852
18.552
 512AMD Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema)
59.2
31.6
21
 525AMD Radeon HD 7450M
75.7
38.3
25
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 3
lowmed.highultra
 526NVIDIA GeForce 610M
86
34.6
22
 533AMD Radeon HD 6470M
81.752
36.952
24.152
12.92
 535NVIDIA GeForce GT 520M
79.64
35.74
23.054
12.62
 541Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
51.9
27.4
14.8
 542AMD Radeon HD 6520G
58
17
15
 558NVIDIA GeForce 410M
61.852
37.952
22.32
 561Intel HD Graphics (Cherry Trail)
28.1
12.5
 565AMD Radeon HD 6450M
32
30
19
8
 572AMD Radeon HD 8240
25
16.8
 580Intel HD Graphics 3000
59.8510
2911
187
133
 583NVIDIA GeForce G210M
53.35
25
16
12.8
 602Intel HD Graphics (Ivy Bridge)
41.4
16.5