- ASUS HD 7970 DirectCU II 28nm Graphics Card Review
- A Closer Look - DirectCU II
- Features - GPU Technologies
- Features - Software and Utilities
- Testing - Temps, Voltages, Acoustics, and Overclocking
- Benchmarks - Batman: Arkham City
- Benchmarks - Dirt 3
- Benchmarks - Aliens vs. Predator
- Benchmarks - Battlefield 3
- Benchmarks - 3DMark 11
- Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven
- Benchmarks - WQHD Performance
- Final Thoughts
- All Pages
Benchmarks - Dirt 3
Dirt 3 is a popular rally racing game, one of the several popular racing series by Codemasters, and uses their EGO 2.0 Engine to create very realistic environments and particle effects while using the latest Direct X11, which the GTX 500-series cards were designed for.
Dirt 3, for reasons we haven't yet nailed down, tends to be the limiting test for overclocked testing. We almost always have to paper down our overclock a bit in order for Dirt 3 to give 3-5 runs without artifacting or crashing altogether. We didn't have to decrease our clock speeds very much with the 7970, however, as we were able to get stable runs with an 1150 MHz GPU clock and a 6800 MHz memory clock. Keep in mind that this is using the locked voltage of the newer GPU Tweak builds limited to 1.120V.
Either way, we see the 7970 hit a more dominant stride against the other mid-range cards on our test bench, with minimum framerates at stock voltage well above the average framerate of the GTX 660. The HD 7970 DCUII pumps out buttery smooth gaming bliss at 1080P, which we'd expect from a top-tier card.