Colin McRae Dirt 2

Dirt 2 PC: Demo ready for download

The PC version of Colin McRae: Dirt 2 is one of the first games to support DirectX 11. Now publisher Codemasters released a demo for download.
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Codemasters has officially released the demo version of Colin McRae: Dirt 2. The installation file is packed in a zip archive which is about 1.4 GByte big. Besides the possibility to drive the first laps in Codemasters' new racing game you also get the option to run a DirectX 11 benchmark.

You can download the Dirt 2 PC demo from the official Codemasters website or you visit one of the popular download portals like GamersHell.

PC Games Hardware published comparisons between DirectX 9 and DirectX 11 showing the visual differences between the two rendering modes. We also ran benchmarks to check the performance.

Colin McRae Dirt 2: Engine
Codemasters delayed the PC version of Colin McRae: Dirt 2 in order to upgrade the Ego Engine of the racing game with DirectX 11 support. The cross platform architecture is capable of all modern rendering tricks but some are only used with DX11. The current API offers Hardware Tessellation which is used for a more detailed audience, tessellated cloth (banners and flags) as well as a more realistic visualization of water with more waves and splashes. Due to the Full Floating Point HDR Illumination (FP16) and High Definition Ambient Occlusion calculated via DirectCompute, Post Effects like Motion blur and filtered Soft Shadows especially the light and shadow effects of Colin McRae: Dirt 2 are very realistic. Furthermore Dirt 2 receives a benefit from multi-core CPUs because of the multithreading feature of DirectX 11.

Dirt 2 system requirements:
Recommended Specifications: Enhanced for DirectX 11
• OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
• Processor: Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II
• Memory: 3GB
• HD Space: 10GB
• Video Card: ATi Radeon HD 5700 Series

Minimum Specifications:
• OS: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7
• Processor: Intel Pentium 4 3.0Ghz or AMD Athlon 64 3400+
• Memory: 1GB (2GB for Windows Vista)
• HD Space: 10GB
• Video Card: ATI Radeon X1500 or NVIDIA GeForce 6800

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Author: Andreas Link (Dec 01, 2009)

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