DirectX 12 won't need new hardware, but it's better to have some anyway

  • 26 January 2015
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Microsoft showed off DirectX 12 as improving graphical processing capabilities in a dramatic fashion while also offering lower power consumption by a huge margin compared to DX 11. A mix of those two features will mean that better graphics and longer battery life is coming to all Windows 10 devices.
But Microsoft did go on the record saying that some of those capabilities will work with older graphics cards, including NVIDIA’s Maxwell, Kepler and Fermi-based GPUs, as well as Intel’s fourth-gen and newer Core processors and AMD’s Graphics Core Next GPUs. However, Microsoft also mentioned that new DirectX 12 dedicated hardware was your best option to make sure you get the whole package when Windows 10 launches.
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