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

A report from, 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.

Niels Broekhuijsen

Niels Broekhuijsen is a Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware US. He reviews cases, water cooling and pc builds.

  • adimeister
    Exclusive on windows 8... Some are actually fans of win8?? :O
  • bemused_fred
  • Cryio
    DirectX 11.2 will finally be that big revolution to gaming that DirectX 9.0c was to DirectX.
  • ojas
    Well, if i'm not wrong, current Nvidia cards only support 11.0...
  • marraco
    Since it doesn't works on most functioning Windows, it isn't even supported by Microsoft.
  • boju
    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.
  • guggi4
  • guggi4
    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 says)

    (i also posted this before, but it got deleted...)
  • Someone Somewhere
    8.1+ only? Yawn.

    Unless it gets backported, few games will use it.
  • darkchazz
    "including D3D titled resources"
    Please proofread your articles.