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Dirt 2 PC Demo Brings DirectX 11 Graphics

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 35 comments

Those with fancy video cards be proud!

Got your shiny DirectX 11-enabled Radeon HD 5800 series and you're itching to stretch its legs? Well then, the newly released demo of Dirt 2 is your best option. While Dirt 2 was released for consoles a few months ago, the wait continues for this still-unreleased PC version. The delay to the PC version was for the sake of graphical enhancements, and if you have a DX11 card, you'll be able to enjoy some of the new features.

Check out this video from Codemasters that runs through all the little enhancements afforded by this new generation of software and hardware:

#VIDEO_ 3921#

Grab the 1.3GB demo right here.

We'll be including Dirt 2 as part of our regular testing suite once the full version releases, but if you want to know how the demo benches, check out tests from TweakTown and Bit-tech.

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    sunflier , December 3, 2009 11:04 AM
    I have xbox360 & PC but simply put, if you want the best graphics, PC has the upper-hand imho.
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    JeanLuc , December 3, 2009 11:52 AM
    sunflierI have xbox360 & PC but simply put, if you want the best graphics, PC has the upper-hand imho.


    When has the PC not had the upper hand in graphics?
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    chesterman86 , December 3, 2009 10:53 AM
    ahn... video?
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  • 19 Hide
    chesterman86 , December 3, 2009 10:53 AM
    ahn... video?
  • 32 Hide
    sunflier , December 3, 2009 11:04 AM
    I have xbox360 & PC but simply put, if you want the best graphics, PC has the upper-hand imho.
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    JeanLuc , December 3, 2009 11:52 AM
    sunflierI have xbox360 & PC but simply put, if you want the best graphics, PC has the upper-hand imho.


    When has the PC not had the upper hand in graphics?
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    amplexis , December 3, 2009 11:55 AM
    Video 3921 is my favorite
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    r0x0r , December 3, 2009 12:00 PM
    No comparison photos?
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    Euphoria_MK , December 3, 2009 12:04 PM
    AS expected, DX11 is visually no different than DX9/10

    But hey we got to sell those new DX11 cards :)  lol
    I am sticking with my HD4870 x2 for a bit longer :) 

    Maybe I'll wait for another year and switch to the HD6xxx series

    Cheers
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    cappster , December 3, 2009 12:16 PM
    I would like to see dx9 vs dx10 vs dx11 photos. I've seen one photo that was dx9 vs dx11, but I would like to see all three since I have dx10 videocards.
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    tommysch , December 3, 2009 12:22 PM
    Consoles are gimmick for noobs.
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    Euphoria_MK , December 3, 2009 12:27 PM
    cappsterI would like to see dx9 vs dx10 vs dx11 photos. I've seen one photo that was dx9 vs dx11, but I would like to see all three since I have dx10 videocards.


    Just check the links at teh end of the article: http://www.bit-tech.net/gaming/pc/2009/12/01/directx-11-performance-first-look-dirt-2/1

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    bk420 , December 3, 2009 12:30 PM
    Just in time for fermi.
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    staggadee , December 3, 2009 12:42 PM
    I wonder when some interesting games will be released with DX11 support
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    Euphoria_MK , December 3, 2009 12:45 PM
    psycho sykesWow! DX11 didn't seem that disappointing in the last couple of reviews! 20% performance loss for 3% visual gain.. Nope..


    I think that is why they needed the improved hardware with Higher bandwidth. No matter how you put it, DX11 is just a new API, so you will still need to do more GPU executions and push higher amount of pixels through if you want improved visuals.

    Cheers
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    maigo , December 3, 2009 1:10 PM
    nothing uses dx10
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    XD_dued , December 3, 2009 1:15 PM
    Played it...it looks really good XD
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    Master_dk , December 3, 2009 1:34 PM
    Dirt 2 really looks good, good thing ATI gave 5000 series owners it for free :D 
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    Ciuy , December 3, 2009 1:37 PM
    dx11 will die out like dx10 and dx10.1 did .
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    dark_lord69 , December 3, 2009 1:40 PM
    Euphoria_MKAS expected, DX11 is visually no different than DX9/10But hey we got to sell those new DX11 cards lolI am sticking with my HD4870 x2 for a bit longer Maybe I'll wait for another year and switch to the HD6xxx seriesCheers


    Umm... have you see the screen shots!?
    If you look at a highresolution screen shot of Crysis in DX9 vs DX10 you will see the difference. It's obvious and noticable. I have yet to see DX10 vs DX11 though.
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    Euphoria_MK , December 3, 2009 1:51 PM
    Haha, its funny some people grade my posts negative, even when I dont ppost my opinion but rather post a link to a review site. :) 

    Cheers
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    dark_lord69 , December 3, 2009 2:07 PM
    TommySchConsoles are gimmick for noobs.

    Consoles are user friendly devices that make gaming easy without crashing worring about getting good framerates or viruses and malware. And the only time you have to worry about a console crashing is when the HARDWARE is bad, not the software. Personally I've had a PS3 since shortly after they came out and I am yet to have a single issue. Although I know plenty of XBox 360 owners who can't say the same thing but that's a whole other discussion.
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    1898 , December 3, 2009 2:13 PM
    Euphoria_MKHaha, its funny some people grade my posts negative, even when I dont ppost my opinion but rather post a link to a review site. Cheers


    Funny indeed, especially since you failed to properly read two short sentences.
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