Windows 7 DX10 v DX11
In the run-up to the launch of Windows 7 we have published several articles which cover aspects of the operating system such as Installation, main features, and gaming performance vs. XP/Vista. One aspect which we did not cover in the gaming article was DirectX 11 performance as at the time of writing hardware with support for this technology was still unavailable, as were games. Since then the ATI Radeon 5800/5700 series of graphics cards have launched and two games are now available which have DirectX 11 features.
Today we take a look at performance and image quality differences between DirectX 10.0 /10.1 and DirectX 11 when running Windows 7 on ATI’s latest hardware. The article also includes the world’s first detailed look at S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat running in DirectX 11 mode.