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Tight groupings in DiRT indicate that our Radeon HD 5850 is tuckered out. In the interest of seeing what more the Phenom II X6 1090T has to give, we dropped four other graphics cards into the platform to gauge performance.
Jumping up to a GeForce GTX 480 or Radeon HD 5970 helps some, but there’s still a ceiling in play here. We overclocked the Phenom II X6 to 3.7 GHz and managed to get 62.2 FPS without AA and 62.0 FPS with 4xAA enabled, but it’s still looking like the platform, rather than graphics, are holding us back on this one.