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Dirt Rally 2.0 Laptop and Desktop Benchmarks

Florian Glaser, 👁 Florian Glaser (translated by Alex Alderson), 03/09/2019

Sand in the gears. Nearly four years after Dirt Rally and two years after Dirt 4, Codemasters has released Dirt Rally 2.0 to the delight of racing fans, or at least those who are uninterested by Formula 1. Read on to find out how well Codemasters’ latest rally game runs on various laptop and desktop GPUs.

Dirt Rally 2.0

Technology

Visually, Dirt Rally 2.0 is a mixed bag. On the one hand, the game has high draw distances, dense vegetation and stylish reflections, while the cars look detailed too. However, the rest of the graphics no longer look as up to date as Dirt Rally did when it was first released.

Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0
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Dirt Rally 2.0

This starts with the environmental textures, which often look muddy on closer inspection. Moreover, distant objects look spongy, and lighting effects are not as good as they could be. The cars are engaging to drive though and offer a good blend between arcade and simulation styles. The extensive damage system remains impressive too, but it only partially offsets the game’s graphical shortcomings, in our opinion. The accumulation of dirt on the cars is a nice touch and adds to the realism of the game.

Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0

Considering all aspects together, Dirt Rally 2.0’s graphics are only in the upper midfield of modern triple-A games. F1 2018, which Codemasters also developed, sometimes looks much prettier than its rally counterpart despite being slightly older. Correspondingly, we suspect that Dirt Rally 2.0 has been built on a slightly older version of the EGO engine that F1 2018 uses.

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Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0
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Dirt Rally 2.0

It is not all doom and gloom though. The developers have done a great job at revising the menu structure, of which we have previously been critical with Codemasters games because of their impractical layout. They are now easy to navigate around and far more intuitive than those in Dirt Rally or Dirt 4. Dirt Rally 2.0 has numerous graphics options too that should suit a variety of players. Incidentally, the game has a comparable amount of graphics settings to its predecessors, of which we have included screenshots below.

The graphics menu is divided into three tabs. The “Basic Graphics” tab has settings for adjusting the aspect ratio, display mode, refresh rate and resolution among others. The “Advanced Graphics” mode is where to head to if you want to fine-tune your gaming experience, with there being around 30 settings to tweak to your heart’s content.

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Dirt Rally 2.0

However, you could just use one of the predefined presets, which are also listed in the advanced tab. Unlike other games, these presets differ greatly, both in terms of appearance and system requirements. Codemasters has included options for TAA and MSAA anti-aliasing along with up to 16x anisotropic filtering. We set the game to TAA anti-aliasing for our benchmarks, which is less power-hungry than MSAA but still produces an element of blur. It is worth noting that the game looks sharper with AA switched off, but vegetation flickers too strongly for our liking.

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Dirt Rally 2.0

Additionally, all graphical changes can be applied without having to restart the game, which is convenient and is something that we would like developers to implement more frequently. It is worth noting that the game lacks notes about what effect each graphics setting has, which is a shame. Dirt Rally 2.0 also needed approximately 44 GB of disk space at the time of our tests.

Ultra Low Preset
Ultra Low Preset
Medium Preset
Medium Preset
High Preset
High Preset
Ultra Preset
Ultra Preset

Benchmarks

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Unfortunately, Codemasters has not included a dedicated benchmark, so we found a suitable test sequence instead, of which we have included a video below. Our benchmark consists of a time-trial race in Freeplay mode, specifically the Camino a Centenera stage of the Ribadelles rally in Spain. Camino a Centenera is an almost entirely asphalt stage, which eliminates any graphical variances that may occur with dirt or snow stages. We set our test sequence to daytime, cloudy and wet, for reference. We also always chose the Mini Cooper S and left the camera angle pointing at behind the car.

Dirt Rally 2.0
Dirt Rally 2.0
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Dirt Rally 2.0

The wet track often causes frame rates to drop noticeably, which occurs regardless of the camera angle with which you play the game. We would recommend playing Dirt Rally 2.0 at least 40 FPS for an enjoyable experience.

Results

HD (1280x720)

Dirt Rally 2.0 even runs on integrated GPUs like the Intel HD Graphics 630 at 720p, but it looks like a 10- to 15-year-old game. The level of detail is poor, while there are barely any shadows and textures are extremely low resolution. Essentially, you could use an integrated GPU, but we would recommend at least an Nvidia GeForce 900M series GPU for a smooth experience at 720p.

Dirt Rally 2.0
    1280x720 Ultra Low Preset AF:2x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
287 (min: 266) fps ∼100%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
285 (min: 270) fps ∼99%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
Desktop-PC
228 (min: 213) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
207 (min: 179) fps ∼72%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
193 (min: 178) fps ∼67%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
181 (min: 167) fps ∼63%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
171 (min: 155) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
151 (min: 144) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
133 (min: 122) fps ∼46%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
127 (min: 117) fps ∼44%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
97.5 (min: 89) fps ∼34%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
115.71 (min: 106) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
82.9 (min: 76) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
44.49 (min: 40) fps ∼16%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
49.37 (min: 43) fps ∼17%
NVIDIA GeForce 920M, 2970M
MSI CX61 2QC 2970M MS-16GD
24.92 (min: 20) fps ∼9%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
35 (min: 32) fps ∼12%

FHD (1920x1080)

By contrast, Dirt Rally 2.0 starts looking like a modern game from 1080p and medium graphics upwards. The textures look much sharper than at 720p, as do the quality of the reflections. Shadows look noticeably more intense too. We would recommend playing the game with at least an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 at these settings and a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti if you want to play the game at the high preset. Likewise, anything from a GeForce GTX 1060 upwards will offer a smooth gaming experience on the ultra preset. The differences between the high and ultra presets are only noticeable upon closer inspection, in our opinion.

Dirt Rally 2.0
    1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x     1920x1080 High Preset AA:T AF:8x     1920x1080 Medium Preset AF:4x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
95 (min: 73) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
81.8 (min: 64) fps ∼68%
129 (min: 92) fps ∼75%
154 (min: 133) fps ∼77%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
72.6 (min: 58) fps ∼60%
113 (min: 86) fps ∼65%
139 (min: 121) fps ∼70%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
70.6 (min: 57) fps ∼58%
108 (min: 86) fps ∼62%
131 (min: 115) fps ∼66%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
68.9 (min: 46) fps ∼57%
98.3 (min: 65) fps ∼57%
122 (min: 101) fps ∼61%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
63.5 (min: 51) fps ∼52%
96.4 (min: 78) fps ∼56%
119 (min: 105) fps ∼60%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
Desktop-PC
50.7 (min: 43) fps ∼42%
84.6 (min: 69) fps ∼49%
105 (min: 91) fps ∼53%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
45.1 (min: 40) fps ∼37%
75.2 (min: 63) fps ∼43%
95.6 (min: 86) fps ∼48%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
36.7 (min: 32) fps ∼30%
62 (min: 53) fps ∼36%
79.6 (min: 71) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
28.5 (min: 19) fps ∼24%
47.5 (min: 42) fps ∼27%
65.1 (min: 57) fps ∼33%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
25.7 (min: 18) fps ∼21%
44.5 (min: 40) fps ∼26%
60.4 (min: 51) fps ∼30%
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop), 7740X
XFX RX-460P4DFG5 Double Dissipation 4 GB, Asus X299 Prime
29.1 (min: 27) fps ∼24%
52.5 (min: 48) fps ∼30%
62 (min: 55) fps ∼31%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
21.9 (min: 19) fps ∼18%
36.5 (min: 31) fps ∼21%
48.9 (min: 42) fps ∼25%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M, 6700HQ
MSI GE72 965M Ti
25.78 (min: 23) fps ∼21%
42.74 (min: 38) fps ∼25%
57.21 (min: 49) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
15.2 (min: 10) fps ∼13%
28 (min: 23) fps ∼16%
38.8 (min: 34) fps ∼19%
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX, 6700HQ
MSI CX72 6QD
16.3 (min: 14) fps ∼9%
19.84 (min: 17) fps ∼10%
NVIDIA GeForce 940M, 5700HQ
MSI GP62 2QD
19.46 (min: 16) fps ∼10%
Intel HD Graphics 630, 7700HQ
MSI PL62
10.3 (min: 9) fps ∼6%
12.8 (min: 11) fps ∼6%

QHD (2560x1440) & UHD (3840x2160)

Dirt Rally 2.0 will stretch even high-end GPUs at QHD and UHD on the ultra preset. We would recommend at least a GeForce GTX 1070 for playing in QHD, while even the GeForce GTX 1080 only averages 40 FPS in UHD.

Dirt Rally 2.0
    3840x2160 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x     2560x1440 Ultra Preset AA:T AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7740X
i7-7740X Asus X299 Prime
49.6 (min: 43) fps ∼79%
75 (min: 57) fps ∼79%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1080
40 (min: 35) fps ∼63%
64.7 (min: 52) fps ∼68%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
Alienware 17 R4
55.6 (min: 40) fps ∼59%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
Acer Predator Triton 700
54.9 (min: 47) fps ∼58%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop), 9900K
MSI GeForce GTX 1070
33.1 (min: 29) fps ∼53%
54.3 (min: 46) fps ∼57%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 6820HK
Asus G752VS
49.4 (min: 42) fps ∼52%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop), 9900K
Desktop-PC
22.5 (min: 19) fps ∼36%
38.2 (min: 33) fps ∼40%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 6820HK
MSI GT62VR
35 (min: 31) fps ∼37%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
Asus G752VY
28 (min: 25) fps ∼29%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 6700HQ
MSI GS60 6QE
22 (min: 18) fps ∼23%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop), 7700HQ
MSI GE72 7RE
19.9 (min: 16) fps ∼21%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop), 7700HQ
Asus GL753VD
19 (min: 17) fps ∼20%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 7700HQ
MSI GL72 7QF
10.2 (min: 7) fps ∼11%

Note

Gaming tests are often time-consuming and are hampered by activation or installation limits. Hence, we can currently only provide some of the benchmarks for Dirt Rally 2.0. We shall update this article with more GPUs in the coming days and weeks.

Overview

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      Model
Dirt Rally 2.0
 Dirt Rally 2.0 (2019)
low
1280x720
Ultra Low Preset
2xAF
med.
1920x1080
Medium Preset
4xAF
high
1920x1080
High Preset
8xAF TAA
ultra
1920x1080
Ultra Preset
16xAF TAA
4k
3840x2160
Ultra Preset
16xAF TAA
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Desktop)
206
159
153
109
56.7
AMD Radeon VII
249.4
180.4
164.6
106.5
52.5
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
216
159
144
96
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
157.8
116.1
101.1
66.3
31.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop)
95
49.6
NVIDIA Titan X Pascal
236.6
168.7
159.3
101.4
49.7
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Desktop)
212.6
156
147
93.2
45.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop)
285
154
129
81.8
40
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
143
117
75.2
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
202.8
160
141.2
89.7
41.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
207
122
98.3
68.9
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 (Desktop)
229.3
152.4
138.2
84.4
39.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop)
287
139
113
72.6
33.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
193
131
108
70.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
181
119
96.4
63.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
67
31.3
AMD Radeon RX 590 (Desktop)
237.3
123.3
100.4
62.3
29.7
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Desktop)
205.3
111.3
93.5
55.9
25.9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop)
228
105
84.6
50.7
22.5
      Model
Dirt Rally 2.0
lowmed.highultra4k
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
171
95.6
75.2
45.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
46.7
20.6
AMD Radeon RX 470 (Desktop)
76
47.6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
151
79.6
62
36.7
AMD Radeon RX Vega M GH
164.7
78.19
64.69
35.95
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop)
127
60.4
44.5
25.7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
149
67
52.3
32.3
13.4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
133
65.1
47.5
28.5
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
133.2
56.7
44.3
27.2
11.3
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop)
134
56.9
45
22.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop)
97.5
48.9
36.5
21.9
AMD Radeon RX 460 (Desktop)
62
52.5
29.1
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M
115.71
57.21
42.74
25.78
AMD Radeon Pro 560X
135
53.5
44.9
23.2
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
82.9
38.8
28
15.2
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop)
87.4
33.8
28.1
16
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
67.92
37.34
32.48
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
44.49
19.84
16.3
NVIDIA GeForce 940M
49.37
19.46
Intel Iris Graphics 550
47.1
23.7
17
      Model
Dirt Rally 2.0
lowmed.highultra4k
AMD Radeon 530
45.6
16.1
NVIDIA GeForce 920M
24.92
Intel HD Graphics 630
35
12.8
10.3
Intel UHD Graphics 605
11.7
(-) * Smaller values are better. / n123 Number of benchmarks for this median value / * 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
60Fluent – Based on all known benchmarks using the specified graphical settings, this game should run at or above 58fps
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.
?Uncertain – 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

Device Graphics Card Processor RAM OS
Desktop-PC I MSI GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X)
MSI GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5)
Intel Core i9-9900K 4 x 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 i7-7740X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Desktop-PC III AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 (8 GB HBM2)
XFX AMD Radeon RX 590 (8 GB GDDR5)
Sapphire AMD Radeon RX 580 (8 GB GDDR5)
NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal) (12 GB GDDR5X)
Zotac NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 (2 GB GDDR5)
AMD Ryzen 7 2700X 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Desktop-PC IV NVIDIA Titan RTX (24 GB GDDR6) AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2920X 4 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Alienware 17 R4 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
Acer Triton 700 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5X) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
ASUS G752VS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GT62VR NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6820HK 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
ASUS GL753VD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GL62 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
ASUS G752VY NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 16 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GS60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GE72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GL72 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-7700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI PE60 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2 GB GDDR5) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 4 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI CX72 NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2 x 8 GB DDR4 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI GP62 NVIDIA GeForce 940M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Core i7-5700HQ 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
MSI CX61 NVIDIA GeForce 920M (2 GB DDR3) Intel Celeron 2970M 1 x 8 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
ASUS N551ZU AMD Radeon R9 M280X (4 GB GDDR5) AMD FX-7600P 2 x 4 GB DDR3 Windows 10 64-bit
4K Monitor NVIDIA driver AMD driver
2 x ASUS PB287Q, Philips Momentum 436M6VBPAB ForceWare 419.17 Adrenalin 19.2.3
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