AMD's Radeon HD 6790: Coming Up Short At $150by Ryan Smith on April 5, 2011 12:01 AM EST
Codemasters’ 2009 off-road racing game continues its reign as the token racer in our benchmark suite. As the first DX11 racer, DiRT 2 makes pretty thorough use of the DX11’s tessellation abilities, not to mention still being the best looking racer we have ever seen.
DIRT 2 is another poor showing for the 6790. With NVIDIA’s normal performance advantage here the GTX 460 is well ahead, and even the GTX 550 Ti can edge out the 6790. Against AMD’s other cards the 6790 has 9% on the 5770, but the 6850 has 16% on the 6790. At nearly 50fps at 1920 the 6790 should be playable for most gamers at that resolution, but even the higher resolution doesn’t change the relative outcomes much.