by Rob Williams on March 8, 2011 in Graphics & Displays
It’s been a long while since we’ve last seen a $700 graphics card, but AMD revives that tradition with its Radeon HD 6990 dual-GPU offering. Fortunately, the card has proven that its high price-tag is well-earned, as it storms past every other single and dual-GPU graphics card on the market, and introduces other useful features to boot.
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.
Compared to all of the other GPU configurations we test with, I think it’s safe to say that AMD’s Radeon HD 6990 has reached the level of “total domination”. The runner-up for our single graphics card configuration is AMD’s own HD 5970, while behind that sits NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 580, managing about 69% of the performance of AMD’s $700 monster card. Let’s see if this dominating trend continues with a look at Just Cause 2.