Microsoft announced the DirectX 12 at the GDC(Game Developers Conference) way back in March 2014 and will get released with the upcoming Windows 10. Microsoft’s latest version of the graphics API is the dominant standard in the growing, $25 billion PC gaming industry.
The good news is that you won’t need a new graphics card to be compatible with DirectX 12. The old graphics cards from NVIDIA like GT600 series(GT 630, GT 640, GT 650 , GTX 660 , GTX 670 , GTX 680, GTX 750, GTX 760, GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 ti) and older generation AMD cards like AMD (HD 7750, HD 7770, 7850, 7870 and 7950, 7970) will also work with DirectX 12.
However Mike Ybarra, partner director of program management(Microsoft) who leads engineering efforts for console and PC said in the statement “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.”
Microsoft in a statement said “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. We’ll have more to share about DirectX12 at GDC in March.“
All this is positive news for the gamers as they don not have to straight away upgrade cards to play DirectX 12 based games. However the catch is some of the features may not work on the older generation graphics cards.
As per a statement released by Nvidia “DX12’s focus is on enabling dramatic increase in visual richness of gaming experience through a significant decrease in API-related CPU overhead”. Which means the FPS will get improved and the quality of effects in games may also see an enhancement.
Here are some of the Star Swarm benchmark suggesting that the DirectX 12 will greatly enhance the performance of the AMD APU and will also help them share the graphics load with GPU better.
Above Chart Shows How a GTX 770 performs in Star Swarm GPU intensive benchmark using an AMD A10 , A8 or Intel core i3.
Microsoft is also making the gaming experience better by integrating XBOX Live into Windows 10. DX12 will enable true cross-platform gaming for the first time ever, letting you jump into the action with console-equipped friends. This is will be a cool integration of PC and XBOX which will enable higher number of online players for compatible games to have cross platform matches.
As far as the current generation graphics card AMD 250X, 260X, 270X, 280X, 290, 290X along with Nvidia GTX 960, GTX 970 and GTX 980 they will be able to utilize all the performance upgrades that direct 12 will bring.
Should You Upgrade Now ? My thought is to hold on to your current graphics card if you are happy with the performance. Let the DirectX 12 roll out and see how much difference it is making in the new gaming benchmarks. Based on various Graphics cards performance, think through and then invest in a new Graphics card.
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