Windows 10 offers DirectX 12, a feature that should be of interest to gamers in particular. The DirectX software interface promises higher performance and overall better gaming experience. We’ll show you how to recognize whether your graphics card is fit for DirectX 12.
Windows 10 and DirectX 12 – The Most Important Information
DirectX 12 is Microsoft’s new software interface for games and an exclusive component of Windows 10. The main advantage of DirectX 12 compared to its predecessor versions is that it uses the built-in hardware in the computer much more efficiently. Multi-core CPUs are better addressed, performance increases, and graphics cards from the new DirectX also benefit from asynchronous shader technology (parallel processing of graphics tasks). But the graphics card must support DirectX 12. We will show you how to find out whether your graphics card supports DirectX 12 in a few clicks.
How To Check If Your Graphics Card Supports DirectX 12 In Windows 10
You can use the built-in Windows 10 tool Dxdiag to find out if your graphics card DirectX 12 is compatible, This is how you can do it:
- Open the search box in the taskbar at the bottom of the desktop.
- Enter the dxdiag command in the search box and then click Run Command.
- Windows 10 then determines your system configuration and displays the information in the following window:
On the screenshot, you can see that DirectX 12 is already installed. To check your graphics card, you must now click on the ‘Display’ tab. After that you will see the following window:
You can find important information in the area of feature levels. For your graphics card to be DirectX 12 compliant, it must support at least feature levels 11.0 and 11.1. In addition, there are feature levels 12.0 and 12.1, which give you additional effects in games.
Ultimately, DirectX 12 support is twofold. With Feature Levels 11.0 and 11.1, you can run DirectX to take advantage of the new features, but you need Feature Levels 12.0 and 12.1. In the following section, you will find a list of previously supported maps with the respective feature levels. We also show you how to display the performance index in Windows 10.
List Of Graphics Cards That Are DirectX 12 Compliant
If you’re thinking of adding a new graphics card and not knowing exactly if the card supports DirectX 12, you can also refer to the following list for assistance. Here you can find all previously supported maps with the respective feature levels.
Graphics Cards from AMD
|Radeon HD 7000 series||11.1|
|Radeon R7 240, 250, 265||11.1|
|Radeon R9 270, 280||11.1|
|Radeon HD 7790||12.0|
|Radeon R7 260, 360, 370||12.0|
|Radeon R9 290, 295X2, 390||12.0|
|Radeon R9 285||12.0|
|Radeon R9 380||12.0|
|Radeon R9 Fury||12.0|
|Radeon R9 Nano||12.0|
Graphics cards from Nvidia
|GeForce 400 series||11.0|
|GeForce GTX 500 series||11.0|
|GeForce GTX 600 series||11.0|
|GeForce GTX 700 series||11.0|
|GeForce GTX 900 Series||12.1|
With DirectX 12 support, AMD is thus far ahead of Nvidia. in addition, Nvidia cards currently do not support Asynchronous Shaders. The only benefit for owners of the Nvidia GPU: Feature level 12.1 is currently not available for AMD cards. Also, read what’s up with the new Nvidia DSR feature.
If you do not have the latest DirectX installed in your system, you can read this guide to install DirectX offline.