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Will You Need to Update Your Graphics Card for DirectX 12?



/ 2 years ago

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There’s no doubt that many of the latest graphics cards on the market right now will be DirectX 12 ready, at least to a certain extent. However, with a new API comes support for many new graphics features that will need new hardware to take full advantage of them.

One piece of good news is that the power and frame rate improvements we saw in the Microsoft demos were coming from the CPU usage in the OS runtime device drivers. Essentially done on DirectX 11. Microsoft claimed that anyone with a Kepler, Fermi or Maxwell Nvidia GPU would see these benefits.

Microsoft’s own Mike Ybarra avoided sharing what kind of new graphics features we can expect from the new API, only that Microsoft will outline them all at the upcoming GDC in March.

It is expected that Windows 10 will get a retail launch towards the end of the year, so now would be the perfect time to start saving up for some hardware upgrades. Especially if you want to take advantage of any new features in the API.

Thank you DSO Gaming for providing us with this information.


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  • Etienne Boutet boucher

    What about AMD cards ?

    i hope my R9 270X is ok for it.

    • Criss969

      I’m certain the improvements that are listed for the DX11 family of nVIDIA GPUs will also apply to the DX11 family of AMD GPUs.

      • NotyarD

        Not all AMD, just GCN. HD5K and HD6K (VLIW) are out.

        • Criss969

          Oh, thanks for catching that! I forgot they wanted to screw their customers! 😛

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  • roppu

    Its sad that whenever “gaming” is involved, there’s only intel and Nvidia, never amd, its like you can ONLY game on intel and Nvidia…