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Posts tagged “DirectX 12”

Nvidia’s latest graphics driver brings DirectX 12 Ultimate support to RTX cards

I'll take any excuse to wheel out the terrible official logo for Microsoft's DirectX 12 Ultimate tech gubbins, and today's new Nvidia driver gives me just right occasion to do so, as the graphics card giant has just added support for Microsoft's new hardware accelerated ray tracing standard to their latest GeForce driver.

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Windows 10’s new update adds DirectX 12 Ultimate

There's a new Windows 10 update out, which instils a tiny bit of fear into me because these updates tend to break at least one random piece of software on my PC. But, there are at least a few things to look forward to. Windows are rolling out the new DirectX 12 Ultimate, which will should help some of those lovely video games have nicer…

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What the heck is DirectX 12 Ultimate and what does it mean for PC gaming?

Microsoft announced a new version of DirectX 12 yesterday, which is the bit of tech that allows games and other types of software to work with your PC's audio and video hardware. Dubbed DirectX 12 Ultimate, Microsoft are calling it "the best graphics technology [they've] ever introduced" and have declared it "future-proof" for next generation games thanks to its built-in support for ray tracing, variable…

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DirectX 12 comes (partially) to Windows 7 for World Of Warcraft

Microsoft have brought some of DirectX 12's performance-improving parts to Windows 7, ending years of DX12 being exclusive to Windows 10. World Of Warcraft is the first game to benefit from DX12 features including multithreading on Windows 7, and Microsoft say they're working with several other developers to juice their games up on Windows 7 too. This isn't the full DirectX 12 package and doesn't…

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Gets Patch And DirectX 12

Following the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided In Unsubtle Ways [official site] many players have been struggling with stuttering, freezing, crashing and general technical problems. But Squeenix and co have been patching away, trying to exterminate all the problems and get the thing looking as shiny as a pair of edgy 90s sunglasses. The latest patch does some more of that. Perhaps more importantly,…

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Intel’s New Uber CPU And The Future Of PC Gaming

Once upon a time, the launch of a new Intel uber CPU was unambiguously exciting. You'd have the raw appeal of the chip itself, capable of new heights of computational prowess. But you also got a glimpse of the near future for more mainstream CPUs. These days? Not so much. So what to make of the shiny new Intel Core i7-6950X and its 10 mighty…

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Feature: Graphics...the final frontier

Vulkan API: It’s Gaming, Jim, But Not As We Know It

One API to rule them all. Wrong fantasy franchise, perhaps, but that's the idea behind Vulkan, the snazzy open-source successor to OpenGL, alternative to Microsoft's DirectX and something that might shake up gaming on everything from PCs to phones. But what's an API? And why should you care? We'll come to that. For now, if Vulkan is everything it's cracked up to be, it'll make…

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Why 2016 Will Be A Great Year For PC Gaming Hardware

2016 is going to be great for PC gaming hardware. Of that I am virtually certain. Last time around, I explained why the next 12 months in graphics chips will be cause for much rejoicing. That alone is big news when you consider graphics is arguably the single most important hardware item when it comes to progressing PC gaming. This week, I'll tell you why…

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Do DirectX 12 & Windows 10 Make Your Games Faster?

The mixed blessings of Windows 10 have been ours to experience for a few weeks now, and that means a new gaming API thingy (technical term) in the form of DirectX 12. We've touched on the possible impact of DX12 for all things gaming previously, how it promises to unleash CPU performance for free, bring the PC level with consoles when it comes to reducing…

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Extra Win 10 Reveals: Free Offer, DX12, More Xbox Games

Our roving reporter at the big Windows 10 event in Redmond is currently playing with Microsoft's newly-announced holo-goggles, more on which soon, but she has been able to send back to useful bonus info about Win 10 and games in the meantime - including whether DirectX 12 is exclusive to the new OS, how this 'upgrade to Win 10 free for a year' offer works…

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Microsoft About To Announce Something About PC Games

Update: Windows 10 will be free to users of Win 7, Win 8 and Win 8.1 for a year. Fable Legends coming to PC Xbox One cross-platform multiplayer.What is it? We don't know. It could be some crazy Xbox/PC crossover. It could be simply more about DirectX 12 and its straight-to-the-metal performance boost promises. It could be a new-gen GFWL (ick). It could just be…

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Microsoft: “It’s Time To Talk About Gaming On Windows”

Yes, it jolly well is, you lot. For years and years you've been promising to pay attention again, but it's never quite happened, has it? All you did was squeeze Games For Windows Live onto our lawn from some unspeakable orifice, then disappear back to your Xboxes and not-quite-right phones. Our Graham even ran a history of all the times you've made these claims in…

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Week in Tech: Windows 9 10

Ignore the stupid branding. Embrace the uncharacteristically sane noises coming out of Microsoft. Windows 10 looks promising for old-school PC users. You know, like gamers with desktop PCs. Will I live to regret this sunny optimism? Maybe. Will Windows 10 stop the general Windows rot? Doubtful. Even now, Microsoft's technical ambitions for Windows seem feeble compared to the grand vision it once had back in…

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Week in Tech: DirectX 12 And Faster PC Games

It's not a huge surprise. But it is interesting. Microsoft has lifted the lid on its latest graphics API, DirectX 12. And the big news isn't a fancy new rendering technology. The big news is better performance. Just like AMD's Mantle API, DX12 promises to reduce CPU loads when playing games by as much as 50 per cent. Intriguingly, DX12 is coming to the Xbox…

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