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Old August 28, 2010, 02:14 PM
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Default New Windows 7 DX11 Hotfix (Performance Boost!)

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Customers running the latest iteration of the Windows client can gain a performance boost for the operating system’s graphics platform.

Microsoft has released an update designed to improve the performance of DirectX 11 in Windows 7, as well as in Windows Server 2008 R2.

According to the Redmond company, the refresh is also set up to enhance the functionality of the graphics platform in the latest versions of the Windows client and server.

However, the software giant has offered little additional details about the graphics technology refresh delivered to Windows 7 and Windows server 2008 R2 customers earlier this week.

“This update is a separate package of changes that must be installed in addition to Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. This update provides new functionality and performance improvements for the graphics platform,” Microsoft explained.

In addition to being served through Microsoft Update, the refresh is also available through the Download Center.
The standalone downloads are tailored to 32-bit (x86) Windows 7 RTM and to 64-bit (x64) Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM.


32bit: Download details: Update for Windows 7 (KB2028560)
Download details: Update for Windows 7 (KB2028560)

64bit: Download details: Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2028560)
Download details: Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2028560)

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Old August 28, 2010, 05:52 PM
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For some reason your links do not work

Here are some that do work though:

32bit: Download details: Update for Windows 7 (KB2028560)

64bit: Download details: Update for Windows 7 for x64-based Systems (KB2028560)
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Old August 28, 2010, 08:38 PM
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I hope they're not doing like NVIDIA and cutting corners to increase performance.....

I wonder how many people have DX11 cards anyway, it seems as though not long ago we were talking about the lack of DX10 games........ :D
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Old August 28, 2010, 10:17 PM
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I wonder how many people have DX11 cards anyway, it seems as though not long ago we were talking about the lack of DX10 games........ :D
A lot of people are moving to DX11 cards. The reason we don't have a lot of DX10 games is because it's notoriously difficult for developers to work with. DX11 is a LOT easier to work with, and is much more efficient as well. Not to mention the huge jump in multi-threading support, shader 5.0, and the push for tessellation.

I'd expect to see a lot of games for DX11 to be released throughout 2011.
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A lot of people are moving to DX11 cards. The reason we don't have a lot of DX10 games is because it's notoriously difficult for developers to work with. DX11 is a LOT easier to work with, and is much more efficient as well. Not to mention the huge jump in multi-threading support, shader 5.0, and the push for tessellation.

I'd expect to see a lot of games for DX11 to be released throughout 2011.
Agreed, but is now the best time to buy a DX11 card, in my opinion it's best to wait.

Before you know it, we'll be F.I.T.B again with 11.1 or 12. ;)

Well now that BFG has gone belly up looks like I'll have to look elsewhere for a card!
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Old August 29, 2010, 01:51 PM
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Before you know it, we'll be F.I.T.B again with 11.1 or 12. ;)
By the time that happens, if it does, I'll be looking for a new card anyways.
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Old August 29, 2010, 02:42 PM
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I just installed this.
quite a PITA to install, with that installer, the validation process and all that jazz. Hopefully, it's gonna be worth something.
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Agreed, but is now the best time to buy a DX11 card, in my opinion it's best to wait.
Well considering every DX11 release so far can also be run in DX9/10 with the extra eye candy turned off, I'd certainly say there's no huge rush. It just depends on whether you want to see all the goodies that go along with DX11. But if you're running 2x 285's in SLi or something, and you can play all current gen games with no hassles, and you don't care about shader 5.0, tessellation, etc... then yeah, don't rush in to a new card. For that matter, even a single 4890 or GTX285 can play basically every game in a moderate res.
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Anybody bother to bench before and after? Just thought of it now but I've already installed it.
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Old August 29, 2010, 04:10 PM
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Same here. already installed. I fired up BC2 and looked at the FPS counter, might be an extra 5-8 FPS MAYBE, hard to say.
It would be nice to read the log of the fixes this patch brings to the table...I mean, what does it do, is it supposed to be noticeable or not....
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