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Aug 14 2010   4:14PM GMT

Windows 7 and DirectX 11

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

We all do it, PC gaming, well finally there is a graphics format that will improve on performance while starting to make games look more real.

AMD has been aggressively shipping DirectX 11 GPUs in almost every price category, while cards based on Nvidia’s new GTX 470 and GTX 480 DX11 parts are finally becoming available. Meanwhile, Windows 7’s sales ramp has been extraordinary—the fastest-selling Microsoft OS in history. Given that Windows 7 is what Vista should have been, it’s also arguable that DirectX 11 is what DX10 should have been.

When DirectX 10 games hit the streets, the new API gave users marginal improvements in image quality alongside huge performance decreases. The tiny gain in visual fidelity didn’t really make up for the performance hit. On the other hand, DirectX 11 brings users some very cool potential eye-candy improvements, but also promises better performance—even if you don’t have a DirectX 11 GPU.

My buddy just got an Nvida GTX 470 card, I cant wait to see Dirt 2 on it! Check out the full story here along with great visual comparisons of games with and without tessellation.

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