Windows 10 releases at the end of this month and for gamers this will mean DirectX 12 will be out in the world and affecting their games. One priority will be the drivers for graphics cards, and both NVIDIA and AMD have to be ready, and have to deliver in the performance stakes.
Today it looks like AMD have answered questions on their DirectX 12 and Windows 10 support with the release of their Technical Preview Driver, which has full WDDM 2.0 support for the new operating system and DirectX version.
This driver will include:
- Virtual Super Resolution (VSR)
- Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) – Reduces GPU power consumption, reduces system heat, lowers fan speed resulting in less noise.
- AMD Freesync and Crossfire Support. This can now be used in Direct X 10 or higher applications
- Crossfire Profile Enhancements
- AMD Catalyst 15.7 includes enhancement for the following games since AMD Catalyst Omega:
- Battlefield: Hardline
- Far Cry 4
- Lords of the Fallen
- Project CARS
- Total War: Attila
- Alien: Isolation
- Assassin’s Creed Unity
- Civilization: Beyond Earth
- FIFA 2015
- GRID Autosport
- Ryse: Son of Rome
- Talos Principle
- The Crew
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Dying Light
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
It’s interesting to note that the driver notes also comment on the performance optimizations made with the drivers. Single GPU performance on Windows 8.1 sees 7% improvement in Far Cry 4 for R7 and R9 200 series and up, while 10% performance improvements are seen in Tomb Raider for the same cards.
It will be interesting to see what results are shown when we finally get to see games running on the finalized release of Windows 10 running DirectX 12
Visit the AMD driver site to see if your graphics card supports the features above.