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DirectX 11.2 Won't be Fully Supported by AMD Radeon HD 7000 Graphics Cards

By - Source: Heise.de | B 87 comments

It appears that AMD's current Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards might not have complete support for the upcoming DirectX 11.2.

A report from Heise.de, a German technology website, indicates that the current AMD Radeon HD 7000 series of graphics cards won't be fully compatible with the upcoming DirectX 11.2 standard from Microsoft. DirectX 11.2 will be released with, and exclusively on, Windows 8.1.

The problem would exist on graphics cards that are built on the GCN architecture, so of course it would also include the OEM only AMD Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards.

It appears, according to an engineer from AMD, Laylah Mah, that the problem isn't actually specific to the hardware. Laylah said that adjustments to the drivers could add support for the DirectX 11.2. Sadly, she didn't indicate whether such a driver was scheduled. (Laylah was interviewed by the German magazine C'T.)

The DirectX 11.2 package will bring a number of new features to users, including D3D titled resources.

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    guggi4 , August 24, 2013 4:00 AM
    oh really toms? the article says that the hd7000 gpus are fully compatible with 11.2, but since microsoft changed something in their feedback-routine, the drivers are NOT YET compatible.
    AMD promised to release a 11.2 fully compatible driver in october, when windows 8.1 is released (trust me, my english may not be the best but i'm from austria, so a native german speaker and i understand what the article at heise.de says)

    (i also posted this before, but it got deleted...)
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    ojas , August 24, 2013 3:31 AM
    Well, if i'm not wrong, current Nvidia cards only support 11.0...
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    Someone Somewhere , August 24, 2013 4:34 AM
    8.1+ only? Yawn.

    Unless it gets backported, few games will use it.
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    adimeister , August 24, 2013 3:15 AM
    Exclusive on windows 8... Some are actually fans of win8?? :o 
  • 24 Hide
    ojas , August 24, 2013 3:31 AM
    Well, if i'm not wrong, current Nvidia cards only support 11.0...
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    marraco , August 24, 2013 3:40 AM
    Since it doesn't works on most functioning Windows, it isn't even supported by Microsoft.
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    boju , August 24, 2013 3:53 AM
    I dunno, the comment about DX11.2 being revolutionary or not, if it is, Microsoft will have the last say where it ends up.

    Best thing the Graphics card giants can do is steer that power away from Microsoft somehow.
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    guggi4 , August 24, 2013 3:54 AM
    nvm
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    guggi4 , August 24, 2013 4:00 AM
    oh really toms? the article says that the hd7000 gpus are fully compatible with 11.2, but since microsoft changed something in their feedback-routine, the drivers are NOT YET compatible.
    AMD promised to release a 11.2 fully compatible driver in october, when windows 8.1 is released (trust me, my english may not be the best but i'm from austria, so a native german speaker and i understand what the article at heise.de says)

    (i also posted this before, but it got deleted...)
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    Someone Somewhere , August 24, 2013 4:34 AM
    8.1+ only? Yawn.

    Unless it gets backported, few games will use it.
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    darkchazz , August 24, 2013 4:34 AM
    "including D3D titled resources"
    Please proofread your articles.
  • 18 Hide
    InvalidError , August 24, 2013 4:44 AM
    Quote:
    Pleasedon'tdothisNvidiaPleasedon'tdothisNvidiaPleasedon'tdothisNvidia.....

    It ain't like Nvidia can do anything about that since Microsoft is the one making DX11.2 exclusive to Win8.1
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    Someone Somewhere , August 24, 2013 4:52 AM
    Go OpenGL...
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    IndignantSkeptic , August 24, 2013 4:54 AM
    If it's a software problem rather than a hardware problem then why are we worried; software can be patched while hardware cannot.

    Anyway, don't AMDATI GPUs tend to be more general purpose than NVIDIA GPUs and therefore more versatile and feature-rich and therefore ahead with supporting the newest DirectX versions.
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    Mousemonkey , August 24, 2013 5:11 AM
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    If it's a software problem rather than a hardware problem then why are we worried; software can be patched while hardware cannot.

    Anyway, don't AMDATI GPUs tend to be more general purpose than NVIDIA GPUs and therefore more versatile and feature-rich and therefore ahead with supporting the newest DirectX versions.


    No. I can't watch telly and fold with an AMD GPU because it can't handle having two bits of software using the GPU at the same time whereas every Nvidia GPU I have used from a 9500GT to a GTX560Ti didn't have a problem at all running two bits of software at the same time. I think Nvidia GPU's are the ones that are more versatile and as PhysX is a feature that AMD don't have I think they are richer in that department too.
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    Sakkura , August 24, 2013 5:16 AM
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    Well, if i'm not wrong, current Nvidia cards only support 11.0...

    The Kepler architecture supports DirectX 11.1 with hardware feature level 11_0. GCN supports DirectX 11.1 with hardware feature level 11_1. For gaming, the difference is minimal.

    Besides, features only supported by one side are just going to take that much longer to be used in actual games. API support is very rarely going to matter when choosing between contemporary graphics cards.
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    Someone Somewhere , August 24, 2013 5:22 AM
    Erm, because a name change doesn't make something next-gen?
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    Sakkura , August 24, 2013 5:23 AM
    What's the rush anyway. DirectX 11.0 hasn't gotten anywhere near universal adoption yet.
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    boju , August 24, 2013 5:41 AM
    Directx this Directx that, what we gonna do. eeny meeny miny mo pretty much.
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