Windows 10: Microsoft Store and DX12 seems bad news for PC-gamers
The fact that you haven't run into the issue in a while is interesting as well. Would that be related to the fact you switched from 970's in SLI to a single 980TI ie have you experienced the issue at all after moving away from SLI? If you do, please let me know. If you don't possibly another criteria for this happening is yet again the troublesome multi GPU setups with gaming in Windows 10. Whatever is causing it (specific game related memory management issues and maybe specific to multi GPU) Microsoft needs to stop it from happening. A game dev or even Nvidia shouldn't be allowed to affect something as important as the start menu, no matter how bad the game or driver coding may be, assuming that's the issue.
You know what, that's exactly when it stopped happening to me. Once I moved from SLI 970s to my 980Ti, I haven't had it happen at all, even across multiple Windows builds. It could be deeper than just multi-GPU setups, but I feel pretty certain that that is at least partly the cause.
I'm not surprised the blank start screen stopped for you when you went to one GPU. Likely, yet another Windows 10 multi GPU issue, and for me the issue on GOW went away with the Dev patch.
It seems that Microsoft has put so much about Windows 10/DX 12 gaming in the hands of the game Devs. When it comes to multi GPU support, what is it exactly that convinces the Devs to do it? Has DX 12 been designed to make it simple and cheap? If not, why would a game dev support it after making most of their money on the two console sales, and with a typical attitude "those PC gamers will buy it anyway, they are used to buying poor console ports". Well I don't, I return them.
The pre release hype about Windows 10 and Direct X 12 gaming included everywhere boasts about how great multi GPU gaming would be. We even have the Tomb Raider game Dev still boasting about it with their Direct X 12 implementation but "forgetting" to mention their implementation with the patch doesn't support it. LOL.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out. After the Direct X 12 release of GOW, Tomb Raider and Hitman, every multi GPU gamer I know is now recommending to avoid multi GPU purchases going forward. I guess the next major release on the list to take a look at is Quantum Break. Quantum Break went gold some time ago. Ya think they made the effort to support multi GPU's? What a release splash that would be.
I've been a long time multi GPU user and support over the years "comes and goes". Currently and for the foreseeable future it's definitely in the "goes" department.
Games that have the best multi GPU support must always have it implemented early in the development cycle. Not many do any more. The majority tack it on later through patches, if at all, and then it's up to some questionable driver support how well it works.
MGPU is not a focus of devs for 'older' API based engines currently being worked on nor is devoting extra resources to learning MGPU implementation in the new API's (DX12/Vulkan etc). Studios are flat out releasing working day one games as it is. Potentially the biggest driving force behind needing MGPU power will come from the as yet unknown success of VR. Either way, single card gaming will be the smoothest way to go this time around.
As for the Microsoft Store - good idea in theory, but the attempted transition period of turning PC's into "Consoles" is going to be filled with a lot of pain for a lot of people.
Oh, look at this posted by the GOW game devs
[WIN10] Title Update 3 available for Ultimate Edition on Win10 3/29/2016 | Technical Support and Help | Forums | Gears of War - Official Site
I guess "we will have an update on that in the near future" is some sort of timeline. They spent zero it seems on pre release Marketing as this game's release was surprising to many. If they do become the first to implement Direct X12 multi GPU support, they will get all kinds of free advertising as all the PC game sites will be talking about it and benchmarking the multi GPU data like crazy.
I'm thinking about going back to multi-GPU once Pascal comes out and the prices of the 980Ti cards start to drop. Probably some time next year. Hopefully DX12 will have been out long enough by then that it's actually having mGPU implemented consistently.
Hopefully for you Maxwell will be supported in Nvidia drivers longer than my Keplers are/were. Look at the benchmarks for 770's on The Division, 27FPS at 1080P, what a shame, lower than a Maxwell 960.
I'll be looking for a single high end Direct X12 card (Pascal or Polaris) that has a reasonable price/performance ratio. We will see if there will be Asynchronous Compute issues with Pascal. Possibly Volta will be the game changer for Nvidia, not Pascal and Volta should be released sometime in 2017, 2018 for "consumers". So Pascal may not have a long life as Nvidia's top cards. If the Pascal Titan X80 is the only Nvidia card with HBM2 memory looks like I won't have that memory if I go with Pascal as I can just imagine what the price will be for a Titan X80. No Thanks.
The PC release of Quantum Break, and an early review (below).
Quantum Break for PC Is Yet Another Disappointment from Microsoft
And of course no multi GPU support. And "not encouraging for Microsoft's renewed effort in PC gaming"? It's more than a disappointment. It's getting to be a slap in the face.
Seems even for those with a high end system (GTX 980TI and an I7 5960X) 60 FPS is impossible at 1440P with Ultra settings. In this youtube video (link below), he had to go down to medium settings to get 60. To get 60 FPS with Ultra settings, he had to move down to 1080P. And remember, multi GPU isn't supported so that wouldn't be a fix.
For me, I would have only one Kepler 770 working. Easy math, I'm not buying Quantum Break. Read some of the comments to the performance review. Not surprised.
Quantum Break PC Performance Analysis..... Bad Port ?| GTX 980Ti | i7 5960X 4.5GHz - YouTube
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For those interested, here are some PC benchmarks on Quantum Break, courtesy of:
So for me, my GTX 770 (one card of two) performance would be somewhere around the GTX 960/AMD 7950, but only assuming DX12 would recognize and use the 4G vram in the two cards. So at 1080P that's 30 FPS on average with minimums in the 20's at 1080P. Ya, that's not playable, not a game for me. Note of course the SLI/Crossfire numbers are the same or worse than single card performance.
On the one hand it is great that PC gaming is showing a resurgence, and gamers can look forward to Tomb Raider and Quantum Break are coming to the Windows 10 Store.
However, players are increasingly concerned about Microsoft’s track record when...
.. is DX12 working correctly?
- one would have assumed backwards-compatibility, as with earlier versions.. (?)