Colin McRae Dirt 2 VGA Graphics performance review -
Image quality settings | Screenshots
Image quality settings
So what you'll learn with Dirt2 is that the graphics engine is not at all demanding a hefty graphics card. Turn on all and every possibly image quality setting and rock on. Any slightly modern graphics card will return a really nice fluid frame rate with great image quality.
We'll test at the following resolutions:
This covers the entire scope of important resolutions with common once as 1920x1080(HDTV) being very close to 1920x1200.
You'll notice that we will test the game at no less than 8xMSAA (multi-sample Anti Aliasing). All eye candy features for both the DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 codepath are enabled. We keep post processing at medium -- the rest is maxed out.
You'll notice what an extremely environment rich and detailed game Dirt2 offers. Look at intricate little details, the number of people next to the track, caravans, tents.
Last week Codemasters released a two level playable demo allowing you to play the game on both DX9 and DX11 (if you have a Radeon HD series 5000 card that is). Also integrated is a benchmark mode, very handy. Now we'll not be using the standard benchmark yet our own scripted test run in the Ensenada Port circuit set in Baja California level where we can drive through sand, mud and water to measure the most prominent DX11 features like DX11 Hardware tessellation, Geometry instancing and displacement mapping -- plus obviously more complex shader usage. let's go check out both the DX9 and DX11 image quality and performance.