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Current GCN Cards from AMD Don't Feature Full DirectX 12 Support


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While DirectX 12 is slated to be exclusive to Windows 10 devices, it has proven itself to gamers thus far by offering a 20 percent improvement in graphics performance. The number of draw calls when using DirectX 12 are increased by 330 percent as well, according to a user of Reddit. With all of the benefits that DirectX 12 brings to the table, in terms of graphical performance and visual fidelity, it is important that hardware manufacturers support the latest Microsoft API. The DirectX 12 API is comprised of three levels, which include feature level 11_0, 12_0, and 12_1. Feature level 11_0 offers performance improvements, while the other two offer features catered to improving graphics and visuals.

According to Robert Hallock, the Head of Global Technical Marketing at AMD, the company’s current GCN cards do not feature full DirectX 12 support, with the cards only being able to offer support for the 12_0 feature level. Graphics cards from AMD that are expected to support DirectX 12 feature level 12_0 include the Radeon HD 7790, the Radeon R7 260 (X), the Radeon R9 285, and the Radeon R9 290 (X). It is unknown as this point in time whether Fiji will support the 12_1 feature level of DirectX 12, something that the GeForce 900 series from NVIDIA currently does, but if so, it will be the only AMD product to support the feature level that includes conservative raster and raster order views.

For a more detailed look at the various feature levels contained within DirectX 12, please click on the images contained within this article.

Source: WCCFtech


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