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Early DirectX 12 Tests Show a Significant Power Increase on Both Nvidia and AMD GPUs

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Better days are coming soon for PC gamers, as tech site AnandTech has been running several tests on the Oxide’s Star Swarm demo using the brand new DirectX 12, and managed to obtain some incredible results. The tests reveal a performance increase of 400% on AMD GPUs and 150% on Nvidia GPUs. The Nvidia GTX 980, currently one of the company’s flagship cards, scored an average FPS of 26.7 on DX11, improved to 66.8 on DX12. On the other side of the fence, a Radeon R9 290X scored 8.3 and 42.9 respectively.

This means that the release of DirectX alongside Windows 10 will boost your computer’s power right into the sky. However, keep in mind that the new DX was only tested on GPUs that don’t fully support it. While most older graphic cards will handle DX 12, only the fully supported ones will take advantage of the newer technology.

Imagine what DX 12 can do on a fully supported GPU. An in-depth analysis of the new DirectX can be found at Anandtech, but in the meantime we’d recommend you watch the following video:

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