Windows 10: DirectX 12 just sneaked into Windows 10...

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  1. A Guy's Avatar
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       28 Jan 2015 #1

    DirectX 12 just sneaked into Windows 10...

    DirectX 12 just sneaked into Windows 10, but you can't use it yet

    Poking around the fresh Windows 10 build last night, I found an interesting new feature that Joe Belfiore didn’t mentioned in his announcement post: DirectX 12 is already baked into the operating system.

    Don’t take my word for it! Install the Windows 10 Preview and run dxdiag.exe, then look for the DirectX Version Info at the bottom of the System tab. Boom! DirectX 12.

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  2.    31 Jan 2015 #1

    Quite right!

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    I'm looking forward to seeing what it can really bring to Windows
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  3.    31 Jan 2015 #2

    Will this change have an impact for more that gamers??
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  4.    31 Jan 2015 #3

    Doesn't it depend on your graphics card? I doubt that anyone on an old computer with a DirectX-9 graphics card will actually see the difference.

    Are there any DirectX-12 cards out there?
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  5.    31 Jan 2015 #4

    From what i've heard gpu's as old as those with fermi architecture (gtx400 series onwards) will support dx12, though i cant confirm that elsewhere. newer cards such as the 970/980 are being marketed as dx12 compatible cards.

    Mind you, the difference between dx9-dx11 was more about allowing more complex code for real-time rendering of graphics. so i think you'll notice better graphics and performance with games written with dx12 in mind
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  6.    31 Jan 2015 #5

    I have GTX 980s which are DirectX 12 capable. The Nvidia drivers are still showing DX 11, so possibly when Nvidia moves up so will the games...
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  7.    31 Jan 2015 #6

    So you should be alright then with your 980s. I expect it will be a case of when nvidia & ati release drivers that use/take advantage of dx12, and games that likewise can utilize dx12.
    as to what that may look like... who knows :)
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       31 Jan 2015 #7

    I could be wrong on this, but I think DirectX was always part of Win10, but you needed to turn it on in Features

    I just checked Turn Windows features on or off and only found DirectPlay under Legacy Components. I don't recall if I saw DirectPlay before and thought DirectX or if both were there in a previous TP release.

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  9.    31 Jan 2015 #8

    Press Windows Key+R, type in dxdiag and hit Enter. Loot at the information provided there
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  10. blackroseMD1's Avatar
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       31 Jan 2015 #9

    unifex said: View Post
    Doesn't it depend on your graphics card? I doubt that anyone on an old computer with a DirectX-9 graphics card will actually see the difference.

    Are there any DirectX-12 cards out there?
    “To get the full benefits of DX12, the answer is yes,” Ybarra told the reporter. “There will be DX 11.1 cards that take advantage of a lot of the driver and software tech that we’re bringing in Windows 10, but if you want the full benefits of DX12, you’re going to need a DX12 card.“

    “While we are not yet ready to detail everything related to DirectX12, we can share that we are working closely with all of our hardware partners to help ensure that most modern PC gaming hardware will work well with DirectX12, including; nVidia’s Maxwell, Kepler and Fermi-based GPUs, Intel’s 4th generation (and newer) Core processors and AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) based GPUs."

    Don't panic! DirectX12 won't require a new graphics card after all | PCWorld

    So, DX9 cards no, but DX11.1 cards will see some benefits.
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