AMD Will Make Hair Prettier With TressFX Shampoo

AMD has announced a new TressFX hair simulation technology. AMD accomplished this in collaboration with Square Enix's studio, Crystal Dynamics. The goal of this is to give the viewers more dynamic hair physics, particularly Lara Croft's hair in the newest Tomb Raider.

The technology would be exclusive to AMD Radeon DirectX 11 graphics cards, and only those that fall under the Gaming Evolved promotion.

TressFX will provide realism to hair rendering in ways that otherwise can only be done with CGI or pre-rendered scenes. The trick to this is DirectCompute, allowing much better visuals with a minimal impact on CPU performance. The technology is similar to Nvidia's PhysX, making the GPU do the computations rather than the CPU. Need a teaser? See below!

For more info, check out AMD's blog.

 

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  • zorky9
    Woohoo! Hope this works with Hitman.
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  • ikes9711
    Best slogan ever.
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  • joecole1572
    Finally?

    As an AMD video card owner, I am happy that there may be a physx alternative for me. But, I wish someone would make an OpenCL physics alternative that could be run on both nvidia and AMD cards. Who knows, maybe EPIC or CRYTEK can come up with a solution so that we can have a real GPU accelerated physics based game instead of these eye candy enhancements that nvidia and AMD are selling.
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  • dudewitbow
    Just as a statement, its probably not exclusive like this article says. going to quote the blog specifically:

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    Graphics cards featuring the Graphics Core Next architecture, like select AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series, are particularly well-equipped to handle these types of tasks, with their combination of fast on-chip shared memory and massive processing throughput on the order of trillions of operations per second.



    leading to my assumption that any card can run it, its just that GCN being compute monsters can utilize it much more easily than other choices, as this effect uses DirectCompute, which gpus should have.
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  • joecole1572
    Finally?

    As an AMD video card owner, I am happy that there may be a physx alternative for me. But, I wish someone would make an OpenCL physics alternative that could be run on both nvidia and AMD cards. Who knows, maybe EPIC or CRYTEK can come up with a solution so that we can have a real GPU accelerated physics based game instead of these eye candy enhancements that nvidia and AMD are selling.
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  • ikes9711
    Best slogan ever.
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