DiRT Showdown is a great-looking game. Although Nvidia's hardware was previously plagued by choppy performance, new drivers seem to smooth frame rates out quite a bit.
The GeForce GTX 650 handles this game's Medium quality preset with shadows and post-processing effects set to High, and 8x MSAA thrown in for good measure. Having said that, AMD's cards still claim a lead in DiRT Showdown. The Radeon HD 7750 easily surpasses Nvidia's GeForce GTX 650. The GeForce GTX 550 Ti performs surprisingly well, although it's beaten by the Radeon HD 7770.
More potent graphics hardware can maintain playable performance with Ultra detail settings and 8x MSAA turned on, so long as the performance-crippling global illumination setting is disabled. AMD's Radeon cards continue dominating this title either way, though.
- GeForce GTX 650: Filling In The Gaps
- GeForce GTX 660: Introducing GK106
- Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 660 (GV-N660OC-2GD)
- Zotac's GeForce GTX 660 (ZT-60901-10M)
- Test Setup And Benchmarks
- Benchmark Results: Batman: Arkham City
- Benchmark Results: Battlefield 3
- Benchmark Results: Crysis 2
- Benchmark Results: DiRT Showdown
- Benchmark Results: Max Payne 3
- Benchmark Results: Metro 2033
- Benchmark Results: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Benchmark Results: World Of Warcraft: Mists Of Pandaria
- SLI And CrossFire, Compared
- Overclocking GeForce GTX 660
- GeForce GTX 660: OEM And Retail Cards With Different GPUs?
- Memory Bandwidth: Testing The Limits
- Memory Bandwidth: Analysis And Summary
- OpenCL: GPGPU Benchmarks
- OpenCL: GPGPU Benchmarks (Basemark CL)
- OpenCL: Image Processing (Basemark CL)
- OpenCL: Video Processing (Basemark CL)
- Temperature And Noise
- GeForce GTX 650 And 660: Nvidia Fights Back