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Dirt 4 Notebook and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser (translated by Martin Jungowski), 06/12/2017

Into the mud. Codemaster's Dirt-series is the go-to company of rally sports for those of us who like to dig deep into the mud and dirt of rally racing. We have benchmarked the latest 2017 version of the game to present to you the various notebook- and desktop-class GPU results.

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While Dirt 4 looks amazing on screenshots, the engine behind the game - Codemaster's EGO version 4 - does show significant signs of aging, though not in the fully detailed, nicely textured cars with their very detailed and physically accurate damage engine, but rather in the surroundings and on the sides of the track. Despite lush vegetation and an impressive long-distance view, it leaves a lot to be desired. On closer inspection, you will notice the ground is somewhat mushy and soft even on maximum details.

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The effects, on the other hand, are definitely worthy of praise. Whether it is smoke, dust, or the weather – the often dirty and gritty atmosphere of rally-sports has been captured very well. Lighting and illumination could use some improvement, though, in particular in regards to shadows.

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Graphics settings are copious, and as was the case in previous iterations (Dirt RallyGrid Autosport . . .) there are tons of tweaks and settings available that spread over four graphics menus (see screenshots below). Besides gamma, five so-called quality presets modify a total of 21 different settings in the “Advanced Graphics” menu. Obviously, these can also be adjusted individually.

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Resolution, picture mode, and refresh rate are configured in a menu called “Video Mode”. Settings for vertical synchronization, anti-aliasing (CMAA or MSAA), and anisotropic filtering can be found here as well. All settings are applied immediately, and restarting the game is not necessary (fortunately, the intro videos can be skipped).

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We liked the optional hints that explain each and every single graphics setting and the atmospheric soundtrack in particular. Loading times are decent, especially when started from an SSD. The game’s size was shocking though – a whopping 36 GB after installation are above average for a racing game.

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Benchmark

Unfortunately, the settings menu does not contain an integrated benchmark option anymore. In previous games and the F1-series, the benchmark ran between 2-3 minutes and was well suited for testing older and less capable GPUs thanks to its continuous and repetitive cycle. Thus, we had to find an alternative, and our benchmarks are based on the first race in career mode (Dirt Clubman Cup) taking place on a cloudy day in a wooded area in Michigan. Using Fraps, we have captured the race up to the second checkpoint. A recording can be seen in the video below.

Since performance varies depending on track, weather conditions, and the race itself (for example: a GeForce GTX 960M had massive problems in the grass) and the game is usually played in third- or first-person perspective, we would recommend at least between 35-40 fps on average. The game seemed really smooth at around 60 fps.

Results

The slightly aged engine has a distinct advantage: it works well even on older hardware. Thus, Dirt 4 can be enjoyed on older integrated GPUs, such as the Intel HD Graphics 4600, at 1280x720 on minimum details. Medium details at 1366x768 are smooth on a GeForce 940M, and medium details at 1920x1080 require at least a GeForce GTX 950M.

Ultra Low Preset
Ultra Low Preset
Medium Preset & 4x AF
Medium Preset & 4x AF
High Preset, 2x MSAA & 8x AF
High Preset, 2x MSAA & 8x AF
Ultra Preset, 4x MSAA & 16x AF
Ultra Preset, 4x MSAA & 16x AF

FHD resolution at high details and 2x MSAA requires a GeForce GTX 960M or higher. The “Ultra” preset and 4x MSAA will be smooth on a GeForce GTX 970M, and 4K gaming on maximum settings without anti-aliasing will require at least a GeForce GTX 980. Optically, the differences between the various presets are not as obvious as one might think. While going from “Ultra Low” to “Medium” is immediately obvious (spectators, shadows . . .) the differences are less pronounced between the higher presets. We found the “Medium” preset to be decent enough and worked pretty well overall.

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    3840x2160 Ultra Preset AF:16x     1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:4xMS AF:16x     1920x1080 High Preset AA:2xMS AF:8x     1920x1080 Medium Preset AF:4x     1366x768 Medium Preset AF:4x     1280x720 Ultra Low Preset
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
67 (min: 58) fps ∼74%
109 (min: 82) fps ∼75%
186 (min: 115) fps ∼85%
240 (min: 204) fps ∼95%
243 (min: 205) fps ∼100%
339 (min: 322) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
55 (min: 49) fps ∼60%
92.9 (min: 73) fps ∼64%
162 (min: 103) fps ∼74%
217 (min: 176) fps ∼86%
243 (min: 202) fps ∼100%
338 (min: 327) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
47.6 (min: 43) fps ∼52%
79.5 (min: 67) fps ∼54%
135 (min: 96) fps ∼62%
174 (min: 154) fps ∼69%
200 (min: 169) fps ∼82%
271 (min: 258) fps ∼80%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980, 6700K
Desktop PC
38.3 (min: 34) fps ∼42%
69.1 (min: 60) fps ∼47%
105 (min: 84) fps ∼48%
163 (min: 148) fps ∼64%
240 (min: 213) fps ∼99%
332 (min: 318) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 6700K
Desktop PC
36.6 (min: 32) fps ∼40%
64.6 (min: 55) fps ∼44%
112 (min: 83) fps ∼51%
159 (min: 144) fps ∼63%
238 (min: 193) fps ∼98%
333 (min: 322) fps ∼98%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
31.6 (min: 28) fps ∼35%
59.2 (min: 51) fps ∼41%
105 (min: 85) fps ∼48%
152 (min: 137) fps ∼60%
183 (min: 155) fps ∼75%
248 (min: 234) fps ∼73%
AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop), 4790K
AMD Radeon RX 480 8 GB Reference
36.6 (min: 32) fps ∼40%
64.3 (min: 55) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970, 4790K
MSI Gaming Z GeForce GTX 970 Desktop PC
28.6 (min: 24) fps ∼31%
46.5 (min: 35) fps ∼32%
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop), 4790K
MSI RX 470 Gaming X 4GB
59.4 (min: 51) fps ∼41%
98 (min: 82) fps ∼45%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
48.7 (min: 42) fps ∼33%
71.3 (min: 53) fps ∼33%
124 (min: 110) fps ∼49%
158 (min: 134) fps ∼65%
212 (min: 197) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE-046
39.2 (min: 34) fps ∼27%
74.2 (min: 53) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
38.4 (min: 33) fps ∼26%
58 (min: 48) fps ∼27%
78.1 (min: 68) fps ∼31%
143 (min: 121) fps ∼59%
198 (min: 172) fps ∼58%
AMD Radeon R7 370, 4790K
MSI Gaming R7 370 2GB
27 (min: 24) fps ∼18%
53.7 (min: 49) fps ∼25%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 4790K
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB
28.2 (min: 24) fps ∼19%
51.7 (min: 46) fps ∼24%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook), 7700HQ
MSI GL62M 7RD-077
31 (min: 27) fps ∼21%
63.7 (min: 53) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
22.6 (min: 20) fps ∼15%
43.9 (min: 39) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 4720HQ
Schenker XMG A505
20.3 (min: 17) fps ∼14%
40.4 (min: 29) fps ∼19%
53.8 (min: 45) fps ∼21%
102 (min: 93) fps ∼42%
166 (min: 149) fps ∼49%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 6700HQ
MSI PE60 2QD
17.2 (min: 14) fps ∼12%
34.1 (min: 30) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
15.8 (min: 13) fps ∼7%
30.7 fps ∼12%
71 (min: 66) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
17.6 (min: 15) fps ∼8%
24.3 (min: 21) fps ∼10%
66 (min: 58) fps ∼19%
AMD Radeon R9 M280X, FX-7600P
Asus N551ZU-CN007H
31 (min: 27) fps ∼14%
48 (min: 32) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
20.5 (min: 18) fps ∼8%
50.4 (min: 47) fps ∼15%
Intel HD Graphics 4600, 4700MQ
Schenker W504
14.2 (min: 11) fps ∼6%
30.9 (min: 27) fps ∼9%

Overview

Show Restrictions
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 4
 Dirt 4 (2017)
low
1280x720
Ultra Low Preset
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
4xAF
high
1920x1080
High Preset
8xAF 2xMSAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
16xAF 4xMSAA
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
16xAF
 1NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
177
109
77
 2NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
315.5
253
217.9
146
91.1
 3NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop)
134
84.1
 6NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
339
240
186
109
67
 7NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
178
105
 8*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
136
88.4
 11NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
338
217
162
92.9
55
 12NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
297.052
2022
1353
79.53
47.6
 15NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
121
76.93
40.5
 20NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
332
163
105
69.1
38.3
 21AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
250
185.6
120.1
70.2
39.8
 28NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
323.952
170.952
115.552
64.72
37.42
 31AMD Radeon RX 480 (Desktop)
64.3
36.6
 32*AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop)
220
148
98.5
57.7
 33NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
231.22
157.152
90.23
55.33
31.552
 34*NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
129
93.6
49.9
 36NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
46.5
28.6
 39AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
98
59.4
 51NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
212
124
71.3
48.7
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 4
lowmed.highultra4k
 56NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Notebook)
74.2
39.2
 58NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
198
78.1
58
38.4
 70NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Notebook)
70.4
54.952
29.452
 73AMD Radeon R7 370
53.7
27
 83AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
51.7
28.2
 87NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
43.9
22.6
 96*AMD Radeon RX 460 (Laptop)
95.4
60.7
39.6
22.4
 105NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
166
53.8
40.4
20.3
 112NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
144.62
59.22
37.552
18.952
 113NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (Laptop GT 1030)
119.12
49.952
28.72
14
 117*AMD Radeon Pro 555
61.4
33.8
16.8
8.3
 130NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
34.1
17.2
 136AMD Radeon R9 M280X
48
31
 207NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
702
28.82
152
9.3
 209NVIDIA GeForce 940M
66
24.3
17.6
 226*AMD Radeon R7 (Bristol Ridge)
40.9
 231NVIDIA GeForce 930M
62.2
23.2
 232*Intel Iris Plus Graphics 650
64
21.3
14.2
 238Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
27.5
 270AMD Radeon R7 (Kaveri)
54
21.1
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 4
lowmed.highultra4k
 280AMD Radeon R8 M445DX
47.6
18.5
 288NVIDIA GeForce 920M
50.4
20.5
 290Intel HD Graphics 630
44.2
13.1
 292Intel HD Graphics 530
41.9
 298*Intel UHD Graphics 620
46.6
 299*Intel HD Graphics 620
44.8
12.4
9.9
 331Intel HD Graphics 5600
39.7
 357AMD Radeon HD 8650G
21.7
 362NVIDIA GeForce GT 630M
33.9
 368AMD Radeon R5 M255
49.5
19.1
15.6
 372Intel HD Graphics 520
33.7
 373Intel Iris Graphics 6100
45.8
 374NVIDIA GeForce GT 720M
34.1
13.6
 385Intel HD Graphics 6000
41.3
 393Intel HD Graphics 4600
28.352
 395Intel HD Graphics 5500
34.2
 405AMD Radeon HD 7660G
29.6
 440Intel HD Graphics 515
26.6
 441Intel HD Graphics 4400
21.2
8
 472*Intel HD Graphics 505
14.7
Pos      Model                                     Dirt 4
lowmed.highultra4k
 487*Intel HD Graphics 500
10
5.6
 545AMD Radeon HD 7420G
15.5
 550Intel HD Graphics (Haswell)
16.4
 651Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail)
6
* 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.

Test Systems

System Graphics Card Processor RAM Operating System
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (4 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-6700K 2x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Desktop-PC II Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (11 GB GDDR5X)
Asus GeForce GTX 980 Ti (6 GB GDDR5)
XFX Radeon R9 Fury (4 GB HBM)
Sapphire Radeon R9 290X (4 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire Radeon R9 280X (3 GB GDDR5)
MSI Radeon R7 370 (2 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-4790K 2x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus G752VS Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GT62VR Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 4x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus GL753VD Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GL62 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Schenker W504 Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M (8 GB GDDR5)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M (6 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GE72 Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
Schenker XMG A505 Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI PE60 Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI GP62 Nvidia GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
MSI CX61 Nvidia GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
Asus N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64 Bit
4K Display Nvidia driver AMD driver Intel driver
2 x Asus PB287Q ForceWare 382.53 Crimson 17.6.1 15.40.34.4624
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Florian Glaser, 2017-06-12 (Update: 2017-06-15)