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DX11: Project CARS (Alpha: Build 577)

The MADNESS Engine (developed by Slightly Mad Studios) is a cross-platform development framework and game engine currently supporting the PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360. Built specifically for multi-core and multi-processor architectures, the MADNESS Engine is built to support next generation platforms, and offers the following features:

  • Advanced AI with decision making
  • Advanced physics for world physics, characters and objects with NVIDIA PhysX support
  • Advanced vehicle physics/driving dynamics system
  • Realistic depth of field and motion blur
  • HDR lighting and displacement maps, per-pixel, per-vertex and volumetric lighting
  • Radiosity, lightmapping, gloss maps, and anisotropic lighting

Project CARS is currently in development and is targeted for a Q2 2014 release on PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Since it is still in early alpha, many content deals are yet to be done, so there are placeholder names for many tracks and cars. Some are fictional, such as the Shifter Kart 01 and Formula B.

Using Fraps to record frame rates, our Project CARS benchmark test uses a two-minute capture on the ‘Milan Classic’ racetrack driving the ‘Formula B’ race car. Benchmarking was conducted in ‘Free Practice’ mode with no other race cars on the track.

  • Project CARS (Alpha: Build 577)
    • Settings: DirectX-11, Ultra Quality, SMAA S2X, 16x AF, Texture Resolution High, World Detail High – 120s Fraps (1 Lap Milan Classic Formula B)


Project CARS Benchmark Results

Graphics Card HIS R9 270X HIS R9 280
GeForce GTX770 HIS R9 280X HIS R9 290
GPU Cores 1280 1792 1536 2048 2560
Core Clock (MHz) 1050 953 1046 1000 967
Shader Clock (MHz) 1140 Boost N/A 1085 Boost 1050 Boost N/A
Memory Clock (MHz) 1400 1250 1752 1500 1250
Memory Amount 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 2048MB GDDR5 3072MB GDDR5 4096MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit 512-bit


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  1. Athlonite

    Which fans are they using on this cards cooler if the fans are made by Zunshan I wouldn’t touch it with a 2000mtr barge pole

    2 from 2 HIS graphics cards both with ZunShan fans had the fans fail within the first 12 months of ownership 1st fan failed at 9 months 2nd fan failed at 7 months, both became very noisy as if the bearing were dry neither could be re-lubed as neither fan could be taken apart to do so without breaking the housing making the fan useless

    1. Steven Iglesias-Hearst

      Hi Athlonite.

      This model isn’t using those ZunShan fans that you were referring to. Instead they are using FirstDO 12V DC Brushless 0.35AMP (model# fd7010h12d) fans.

      Hope this helps,


  2. iFLAME

    I like the way you’ve included R9 270x and 280 – gives pretty clear idea of how things start to scale with those extra stream processors. Pitting everything against a GTX Titan/R9 295 (like what some other sites are doing) sometimes yields only confusion. Fine review, Keep them coming 🙂

  3. Cody Griffy

    Thanks the review inspired me to purchase this card!

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