DiRT Showdown PC Technical Review



Product: DiRT Showdown PC
Company: Codemasters
Author: Sean Ridgeley
Editor: Charles Oliver
Date: June 15th, 2012

Introduction, setup, requirements

Codemasters is well-known for its love of the PC, and has long supplied its fans on the platform with what they demand. Today I'll be taking a look at the studio's latest -- DiRT Showdown, an arcade-style racer built from the ground up for DirectX 11 and hosting plenty of online features – and seeing if it stacks up with previous efforts, technically speaking.

Test Setup

  • Processor: AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz (Stock)
  • Memory: Corsair XMS3 8GB DDR3-1600 (1333 mhZ)
  • Graphics: XFX Radeon HD 6950 2GB (Stock)
  • Driver: 12.4, CAP1
  • Resolution: 1680x1050

System Requirements

  • Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • Processor: AMD Athlon 64 x2 or Intel Pentium D @3.2Ghz
    • Memory: 2GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 15 GB HD space
    • Video Card: AMD HD2000 Series, Nvidia 8000 Series, Intel HD Graphics 2500, AMD Fusion A4
    • DirectX®: 11
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
  • Recommended for DX11:
    • OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: AMD Bulldozer or Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 15GB HD space
    • Video Card: AMD HD5870 or Nvidia GeForce 470GTX
    • DirectX®: 11
    • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection