Driver Update Will Add DirectX 11.2 Support to AMD Radeon HD 7000 Series GPUs

Paul Lilly

Breathe a sigh of relief, Radeon 7000 Series owners

You may have heard that AMD graphics cards based on the company's first generation Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture -- namely, Radeon HD 7000 Series and OEM 8000 Series -- aren't compatible with Microsoft's upcoming DirectX 11.2 API. Well, you heard right, and unfortunately the current crop of HD 7000/8000 graphics will miss out on DX11.2 features when it launches with Windows 8.1, however there's good reason not to hang your head.

AMD engineer Laylah Mah said that the incompatibility isn't due to the hardware, which fully supports DX11.2, but is on the driver level. That's because Microsoft's final specification ended up being just a tad different than what AMD was expecting, so it's a solvable problem, and it will in fact be solved with a future driver update, according to German language website .

In addition, AMD issued a statement confirming as much.

"The Radeon HD 7000 series hardware architecture is fully DirectX 11.2-capable when used with a driver that enables this feature. AMD is planning to enable DirectX 11.2 with a driver update in the Windows 8.1 launch timeframe in October, when DirectX 11.2 ships," AMD said in a statement. "Today, AMD is the only GPU manufacturer to offer fully-compatible DirectX 11.1 support, and the only manufacturer to support Tiled Resources Tier-2 within a shipping product stack."

So there you have it, nothing to worry about if you took advantage of one of AMD's Never Settle bundles and picked up a 7000 Series card.

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