We look at the DirectX12 Ultimate features and supported graphics cards that Microsoft offers a number of features together.
DirectX 12 Ultimate has become an important standard adopted for both PC and next-generation Xbox consoles. Within the scope of this standard, Ray Tracing, Variable Rate Shading (VRS), Mesh Shading and Features like Sampler Feedback are included. In our previous DirectX 12 Ultimate article, we covered all these features in detail. So how do manufacturers like AMD, NVIDIA, and even Intel offer support?
All game developers can access DX 12 Ultimate APIs, and for example, DXR (DirectX Raytracing) API allows games to add Ray Tracing support. Using DXR and other additional features means more satisfying images and better performance. Microsoft’s DX12U is also compatible with Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Game Bar.
DirectX 12 Ultimate Supported Graphics Cards
If you are going to buy a new video card or plan to own a new system, you will see the “DirectX 12 Ultimate” label on the boxes or product pages of the cards.
AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series
Based on AMD’s RDNA 2 architecture RX 6000 series The graphics cards support all DirectX 12 Ultimate features and also carry the Ultimate logo.
NVIDIA RTX 20 and RTX 30 Series
We wrote that NVIDIA’s RTX 20 series with Turing architecture fully supports DX 12 Ultimate. The new generation Ampere architecture graphics cards can naturally use all the features. In addition, advanced 2nd generation RTX cores offer a better ray tracing experience.
- NVIDIA GeForce 20 series (Turing)
- NVIDIA GeForce 30 series (Ampere)
Intel Xe-HPG Graphics Cards
HPG class graphics cards built on Intel’s Xe architecture are likely to debut in 2021. These cards will range from mid-range to high-class gaming and will offer ray tracing support. We even learned that Ray Tracing drivers are in development.
However, we expect support for all DX12U features as well as the DXR API.
Checking DirectX 12 Ultimate Support
You can open Xbox Game Bar by pressing Windows + G to check your computer’s support. Then click Settings (gear icon) and Game properties button. Here you can see if your PC supports DirectX 12 Ultimate.