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DirectX 12 Ultimate support rolls out to NVIDIA RTX GPUs

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • NVIDIA released its DX12 Ultimate Game Ready and Studio drivers today.
  • The drivers enable full feature support for Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate.
  • The drivers also bring support for hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, which allows Windows 10 to manage VRAM.

NVIDIA released its DX12 Ultimate Game Ready and Studio drivers today. The new drivers bring performance improvements and mean that DirectX 12 Ultimate is fully supported on RTX GPUs running Windows 10 version 2004. The drivers also bring support for hardware-accelerate GPU scheduling, which allows Windows 10 to manage video memory (VRAM). NVIDIA outlines the new driver updates in a recent post (opens in new tab).

DirectX 12 Ultimate was announced earlier this year. It unifies support for new graphics capabilities, including ray tracing, variable-rate shading, mesh shaders, and sampler feedback. You can find out more about DirectX 12 Ultimate in our breakdown from earlier this year.

NVIDIA's new Studio Driver improves performance and reliability on several creative apps, including Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Substance Alchemist, Blender, Autodesk, and Corel Painter. Since the new Studio driver supports hardware-accelerate GPU scheduling, GPUs can manage VRAM, which can improve performance and lower latency in supported 3D and video applications.

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You can download the new drivers through NVIDIA's driver download page (opens in new tab). And if you're looking to upgrade, check out our best graphics card picks available now.

Sean Endicott
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