Intel's DirectX 12 Demo Highlights Impressive Power Savings and Performance Gains

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Volleynova

DirectX12 is going to be really good, I wish they'd update Crysis 1 for it. :)

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Scatter

I'm totally expecting Microsoft to make DX12 a Windows 9 exclusive in order to provide at least one reason to upgrade to it.

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LatiosXT

Like how DX11 was Vista/7 exclusive to force people to upgrade from XP (not that 7 was bad but you know).

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Nimrod

You mean DX10, and would you rather play on an unstable 32bit OS any way? There were legitimate technical reasons for that actually. I hope that 12 isnt relegated to 9 but lets be honest, Windows 10 will be out before we start seeing a lot of main stream DX12 titles.

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LatiosXT

No I mean DX11.

Then again BF3 and beyond are the only games have no DX9 path.

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tetris42

At least it's from Intel, so there's a better chance of being fairer numbers. I remember DX9 v. DX10 comparisons from Microsoft being so ludicrously rigged it was kind of shameful.

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fung0

The way they've set up this benchmark seems kind of bogus. They're freeing up CPU power? This sounds like it might show big gains using Intel's useless integrated graphics, but I doubt we'll see a similar performance boost on real gaming equipment.

Also, I don't really trust Microsoft to get this right.

This is the company that FORGOT to ship a new DX version with its darling Windows 8. This is the company that FOLDED it's very successful PC games division, and DEMOLISHED its decades-old Flight Sim studio, rather than even sell it as a going concern. This is the company that doesn't even MENTION PC gaming in its E3 presentations, even though it supplies the OS on which virtually all PC gaming is based. In short, this is a company that would do ANYTHING to make the PC look a bit worse, if it meant a dozen extra sales of its lame-ass consoles.

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LatiosXT

Actually I'm pretty sure most of Microsoft's management would love to see the XB division go because all it has done is hemorrhage money from the bottom line of the company in its entirety. I've yet to see an investors report where the "Home and Entertainment Division" was in the black.

And that's pretty much where this "low level API" crap does anyway. It only lowers the CPU performance requirement bar which is situational. Do you have a high-end CPU? It's not going to affect you. Yes Mantle has shown with a Core i7 rig that you can get some improvement, it's not a substantial amount than say using an A10 APU with the same graphics card.

Besides that, what Intel showed here is for a totally different setup anyway where you're limited by TDP.

DX12 isn't going to wow any high-end gamers. Sure, again, you might get some performance improvements, but I doubt it'll be what everyone saw here. Different setup, different use-case scenario.

Of course, I doubt anyone will actually understand that and continue to fester about why crap doesn't work as "advertised". Then again, I'm sure most people here who are excited about "low level API" don't even understand what a CPU bottleneck is.

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Hey.That_Dude

Sounds like a step toward better laptop gaming, without detracting from the big box PCs. Always good in my book.

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SliceAndDice

All those people that dropped a couple house payments on their Titan Z will be left wanting as soon as DX12 is the new standard. They'll have to take a huge loss in selling their overpowered cards that don't support DX12 features if they want all the DX12 features that I'll enjoy for just $200. DX12 at 1080p > DX11 at 4K

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Cymek

MS and Nvidia stated it will be backwards compatible with existing cards.

Also - anyone buying a Titan Z probably is already at peace with the depreciation that ALL ultra high end hardware goes through.

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Innomasta

GTX 400, 500, 600, 700, and above GPU's support DX12 what are you talking about? Additionally, so will AMD's GCN based cards. Do your research.

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LatiosXT

Strange, apparently Intel managed to get a DX12 compliant part out before DX12 was even a thing.

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Yuri_395

I was under the impression Nvidia will be supporting DX12 on the Titan Z.

http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/03/20/directx-12/

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DirtModeler

viva la power revolution!

I'm loving it!

We've only just begun.. but it won't be long before power use will be a headlining feature on devices alongside the raw performance benchmarks.

These days, now that i'm my 40's, i care a lot more about the numbers on my power bill over the benchmark numbers of my computers.