There has always been a rivalry between AMD and Nvidia for years but things seem to be livening up even more around DirectX 12. Now AMD appear to be saying that the majority of DirectX 12 games that come out in 2015/1016 will be partnered with AMD.
On the AMD Reddit, Robert Hallock commented:
“You will find that the vast majority of DX12 titles in 2015/2016 are partnering with AMD. Mantle taught the development world how to work with a low-level API, the consoles use AMD and low-level APIs, and now those seeds are bearing fruit.”
If this is fact, then it is good news for AMD, and interesting news for Nvidia. What Windows 10 users have to wonder though is just when will we be seeing DirectX 12’s potential? Or at least some proof of it.
As people who are following the developments around DirectX 12 will know functionality such as DirectX 12 Async Compute should be coming soon, though it may be the restrictions of the video cards that are causing the problems. We need to have cards that can actually provide the functionality before we actually see it in action. With the latest graphics cards not having full DirectX 12 support yet, the new functionality is slowly losing its glossy image.
On the Reddit discussion, there are claims that Nvidia are putting pressure on certain companies to use certain settings for their benchmarks. While this has all of the hallmarks of a conspiracy theory, it also shows growing tensions around the graphics cards and which will be the best to get the most out of DirectX 12.
Whether the average gamer will want to upgrade their already expensive cards to get to this functionality is also debatable. Just keeping up with the cutting edge can lead to PC owners having to spend hundreds of pounds. Is it really worth it?
What are your thoughts on the latest sparring between Nvidia and AMD? Which is your preference? Let us know below.