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Dirt 2 released today – focus on ATI

Dirt 2 released today – focus on ATI

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ATi are riding high lately with the stunning range of HD5000 series graphics cards which feature DX11 technology. Today Codemasters release the first major DX11 title Dirt 2 with DX11 specific code for the 5750, 5770, 5850, 5870 and 5970 graphics cards.

Dirt 2 isn’t the first title to feature DX11 code as we had Battleforge and STALKER: Call of Pripyat a while ago, but neither have really incorporated anything that noticeable – STALKER is not even yet available in English.

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It has fallen on DIRT 2 to be the first big title to help promote the cutting edge technology and we have had a copy in our offices from Codemasters for around a week now. We hope to delve into this more shortly within an article on DriverHeaven.

“DirectX 11 brings incredible visual realism to the DiRT 2 experience, allowing gamers to enjoy the most realistic simulation of racing environments ever seen, including the most life-like water, cloth, crowds and lighting,” said Bryan Marshall, the Chief Technical Officer of Codemasters. “We worked closely with AMD to take advantage of the new graphical technologies of DirectX 11, and technologies such as ATI Eyefinity found in the latest ATI Radeon graphics cards, to make DiRT 2 an unparalleled racing game experience on the PC.”

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Some of the DirectX 11-based improvements that ATI gamers can enjoy are:

  • Improved water effects including more realistic ripples, accurate reflections, and life-like splashes and wakes, more detailed, animated crowd models to cheer on your race, and smoother, more realistically flowing flags and cloth as a result of hardware tessellation where more polygons are generating the scene without degrading game performance.
  • More accurate simulation of light and shadows as a result of Compute Shader 5.0 found in DirectX 11, allowing for complex computations without major hits on frame rates.
  • Truer depiction of high dynamic range lighting at twice the color depth of the DirectX 9 version, with special effects rendered at the full screen resolution, up to four times the resolution of the DirectX 9 version.

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“AMD has worked tirelessly with Codemasters to collectively transform realism in PC gaming through new DirectX 11 technologies only available today on the latest ATI Radeon graphics cards,” said Matt Skynner, Vice President & General Manager of AMD’s GPU Division.

“Players taking advantage of the incredibly detailed graphics of DiRT 2 on ATI Radeon graphics cards, or the phenomenal game experience an ATI Eyefinity technology setup affords, will agree that DirectX 11 allows for a faster, more thrilling, and more engaging racing simulation than ever before.”

Our PC review of Dirt 2 is forthcoming but you can check out Gamingheaven’s review of the console version over here.

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