MSI HD5770 HAWK
From the dusty jungles and urban streets, to race tracks and mud.
Need for Speed Shift is a graphically sumptuous game that, like all racing games, really needs a rock solid frame-rate to make it playable.
With our settings maximised there is no doubt that it looks stunning, but there is equally no doubt that we can't quite hit the steady frame-rate we need. Thankfully we only have to be slightly more realistic with our AA settings to get the overclocked Hawk past 60FPS, but this isn't a test of playable settings, rather pure performance.
Codemasters Dirt 2 is always a bit of a frustrating game to benchmark. It gives good performance on lower cards and remains playable even at seemingly low framerates. But it also doesn't respond well to clock speed changes as well as many games, and instead rewards architectural adjustments. Therefore despite the healthy overclock the Hawk is capable of, it's not really a help.
Let's wrap this up.