Colin McRae: Dirt 2 features five racing disciplines, all of
which are playable offline and
online. In addition, three ‘special modes’ are included. Dirt 2 runs on an updated version of the EGO engine, which powered Codemasters’ Race Driver: GRiD as well. The engine most notably features an updated physics engine,
which models realistic weight transfer during turning maneuvers,
allowing the player to incorporate advanced driving techniques such as
the Scandinavian Flick.
Benchmark Results: The Intel G965, G35 and G45 chipsets all had the latest drivers installed and none would properly render this game title correctly. The Intel H55, H67, H77 platforms with the newer Intel HD Graphics technology would, but as you can see the performance is behind AMD. The AMD 690G lacks SM 3.0 support, so it wasn’t included again. The AMD 780G and 785G performed nearly identically, but we saw nice performance gains with the AMD 890GX (ATI Radeon HD 4290) and the AMD A75 (AMD Radeon HD 6550D). The Intel Core i5-3550 with Intel HD 4000 graphics showed an 83% boost in performance at 1280×1024 and an 88% increase at 1024×768 when compared to the previous generation.