It’s not that often that faithful PC gamers get a proper racing game for their platform of choice, but Dirt 2 is one of those. While it is a “console port”, there’s virtually nothing in the game that will make that point stand out. The game as a whole takes good advantage of our PC’s hardware, and it’s as challenging as it is good-looking.
Manual Run-through: The race we chose to use in Dirt 2 is the first one available in the game, as it’s easily accessible and features a lot of GPU-pounding effects that the game has become known for, such as realistic dust and water effects, a large on-looking crowd of people and fine details on and off the track. Each run-through lasts the entire two laps, which comes out to about 2.5 minutes.
The results seen here scale identically to the results from the non-overclocked versions of these cards. NVIDIA’s GTX 560 Ti keeps ahead of AMD’s HD 6950 1GB at 1680×1050 and 1920×1080, but the tables turn at 2560×1600. With AMD’s overclock, the card reaches the same performance as the HD 6970, while NVIDIA stays a bit behind the GTX 570.