Gigabyte Radeon HD 7870 2GB OC Review (Page 7 of 13)

Page 7 - Benchmark: Colin McRae: DiRT 2

Colin McRae: DiRT 2 is a very popular game for benchmarking -- we haven't gotten around to implementing DiRT 3 into our set yet, but this does not mean this game has no merit. Despite being released more than two years ago on December 1, 2009, DiRT 2 is one of the first games to make use of DirectX 11 using Codemaster's EGO engine. DiRT 2 also has an excellent in-game benchmarking function that actually reflects real life performance quite well, so we decided to give it a shot to obtain our standardized results. Once again, at 1920x1200 and everything maxed out, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 570 1280MB SOC's AA/AF performance scaling characteristics resembled more of Call of Duty: Black Ops than that of Battlefield: Bad Company 2. We started out with the GTX 570 having a considerable lead against the midrange AMD Radeon cards, but the difference became smaller when AA and AF was increased. When AA is maxed out, the stock 7870 finally managed to edge out the GTX 570. Once again, Gigabyte's 100MHz on the Radeon HD 7870 2GB OC gave it a slight advantage over a stock card.

Page Index
1. Introduction, Specifications, Bundle
2. AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series Architecture
3. A Closer Look, Test System
4. Benchmark: 3DMark 11
5. Benchmark: Battlefield: Bad Company 2
6. Benchmark: Call of Duty: Black Ops
7. Benchmark: Colin McRae: DiRT 2
8. Benchmark: Far Cry 2
9. Benchmark: Just Cause 2
10. Benchmark: Metro 2033
11. Benchmark: Unigine: Heaven v2.5
12. Power Usage, Temperature, Noise
13. Overclocking and Conclusion