Dirt: Showdown is a video game published and developed by Codemasters for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. It was released in May 2012 in Europe and in June in North America. It is part of the Colin McRae Rally game series.
Dirt: Showdown removes several of the gameplay modes featured Dirt 3, and introduces new ones. Gameplay modes can be classified as Racing, Demolition, Hoonigan or Party. We ran the built in Benchmark at Ultra settings to get a true feel of what this engine has to offer!
It is very important to note that Global Illumination and Advanced Lighting have massive performance penalties when enabled, something not seen in other titles in the Dirt series. It seems to affect NVIDIA hardware more so than AMD. We ran with and without the settings enabled to show our readers that these two settings can make a world of difference to your gaming experience.
Performance of all cards here is excellent. At 1920×1080 resolution the trio of GeForce GTX 660 Ti are keeping up with the more expensive AMD HD 7950 and even the GTX 670.
Across the board we take a huge performance hit compared to the custom setting. If you have poor performance and are running Ultra settings we highly recommend disabling the Global Illumination and Advanced Lighting features.