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Round 1: DiRT 2
This excellent racer packs a nicely scriptable performance test. For round one, we tested at the game's "high" quality presets with 4X antialiasing in DirectX 9 mode. (We'll look at DX11 in round two.) Because this automated test uses computer A.I. and involves some variance, we tested five times at each resolution and have reported the median results.

Our first game test does not produce a happy outcome for the new GeForces. At the highest resolution, the GeForce GTX 480 ties the Radeon HD 5870. The GeForce GTX 470 is in a dead heat with the Radeon HD 5850, too.