AMD, Nvidia: GPU Driver Support Status for Windows 10 and DirectX 12
Microsoft rolled out the Windows 10 yesterday, and coinciding the launch, AMD and Nvidia have also updated their drivers for GPUs to support the latest Windows OS and DirectX 12. The new AMD Catalyst and Nvidia GeForce drivers are designed to fix various issues found in beta versions along with delivering a seamless user experience.
Earlier this month, AMD released the first update to its Catalyst Driver package in over six months, but with Windows 10 hitting the shelves the company has once again updated the driver package.
The Catalyst driver version 15.7.1 contains Display Driver 15.20.1062.1002 for Windows 10, which fully supports WDDM 2.0 and DirectX 12 on all Graphics Core Next products from AMD, including all Radeon HD7000 GPUs and newer, as well as A-series APUs from 7400k and up.
Along with that, the new set of drivers are also compatible with AMD’s latest technologies, including AMD FreeSync (even in multi-GPU CrossFire configurations), Virtual Super Resolution (VSR), frame rate target control and so on.
According to the release notes, Catalyst 15.7.1 resolves a number of known issues, related to Battlefield 4, The Witcher 3, Cyberlink PowerDVD 3D playback and patches several other general bugs.
Nvidia has also released GeForce driver version 353.62 for Windows 10, that supports every GeForce graphics adapter based on Kepler and Maxwell architectures, though not all GPUs have full support.
Per release notes, all Kepler- and Maxwell-based cores are compatible with WDDM 2.0 (being necessary for DirectX 12 support), whereas Fermi-based GPUs (ranging from the 400 series discrete GPUs, through the 500 series and some of the 600 series) do not currently support WDDM 2.0 mode.
The Fermi cards are still running in WDDM 1.3, but Nvidia is committed to bringing DirectX 12 support to it as well, though it has not announced a specific availability date yet.
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