DirectX 12 for Windows 10 could allow GPUs from NVIDIA and AMD to work in one PC

Fable Legends coming to Xbox One and Windows 10
Fable Legends coming to Xbox One and Windows 10

A new rumor about DirectX 12, the upcoming graphics API from Microsoft that will be include with the launch of Windows 10, suggests that it will allow graphics cards from both NVIDIA and AMD to be used in one PC gaming rig.

According to what unnamed sources told Tom's Hardware, DirectX 12 will have a feature called Explicit Asynchronous Multi-GPU, which will allow for multiple GPUs to be combined for use in a game, such as Fable Legends or an application. What does this mean? It states:

"The source said that with binding the multiple GPUs together, DirectX 12 treats the entire graphics subsystem as a single, more powerful graphics card. Thus, users get the robustness of a running a single GPU, but with multiple graphics cards."

The same article also claims that DirectX 12 will let PC gamers install an NVIDIA GeForce graphics card inside their rig alongside an AMD Radeon card. It says:

"This is especially interesting as it allows you to leverage the technology benefits of both of these hardware platforms if you wish to do so. If you like Nvidia's GeForce Experience software and 3D Vision, but you want to use AMD's TrueAudio and FreeSync, chances are you'll be able to do that when DirectX 12 comes around. What will likely happen is that one card will operate as the master card, while the other will be used for additional power."

Microsoft should reveal more about DirectX 12 and what it can do for PC gaming next week at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Windows Central will be attending the event to give you first hand reports on Microsoft's announcements. For now, have a look at our collection of the best graphics cards on the market today.

Source: Tom's Hardware

John Callaham