Windows Vista Service Pack 1 delivers Direct3D 10.1

Thursday 13th December 2007, 08:08:00 PM, written by Rys

The general release of the Windows Vista Service Pack 1 beta means that we're seeing the first widespread availability of Direct3D 10.1.  That's worth a hooray if you're a graphics nerd.  Maybe.

Direct3D 10.1 is an incremental update to ten dot zero which brings a few new API features and easier programmability in places, and is a bit more strict in terms of what hardware targets must provide.

Whispers say it's the last revision to Direct3D that we'll see before DirectX 11, and if true it cements in stone the main graphics API on the PC for the next 3 years at least.  We're not so sure that's the case.

If you're keen to experiment with D3D10.1 codes as an early adopter, pick up one of AMD's excellent Radeon HD 38xxs, since NVIDIA are tardy with hardware that support it.

So with 10.1 out, it's over 1000 days until DX11 and CC shaders, eh? Who said graphics moves fast?!

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directx ± 10.1, vista, sp1, dx11


Latest Thread Comments (28 total)
Posted by Geo on Monday, 17-Dec-07 19:30:56 UTC
Quoting Blade47167
I'm going to upgrade to 2GB of ram from 1GB tho and I hope that makes some difference.
I am of the opinion that MS has a 4-1 factor for minimum vs "no, really, perormance an enthusiast would find acceptable" for memory usage. If you recall, with XP the min was 128MB, and yep, 512MB was the real acceptable minimum for what you really wanted. Now with Vista they say 512MB is the minimum. . . so, 2GB seems like the sweet spot to me now.

Posted by wingless on Tuesday, 18-Dec-07 04:28:48 UTC
I'm a little late to the party. WTF is a CC Shader? B3D says its coming with DX11? Please educate me.

Posted by Sxotty on Tuesday, 18-Dec-07 17:41:35 UTC
It took quite awhile on mine. I just did it today and was like phsaw why are they complaining after it restarted in 8 minutes... then it installed the bits and pieces and after a total of just over or under 30 minutes it was done.

Posted by orphenshadow on Saturday, 22-Dec-07 21:18:34 UTC
It is 2:12pm, begining SP1 install now on Vista 64 ultimate, with

amd athlong 64 x2 3800 oc'd to 2.75
2 gigs of mushkin blue 2.3.2.5
250 gig wd
8800GT oc'd to gtx xxx speeds

pretty basic average computer, asside from the vid card.. so we'll see how long it takes.. meanwhile, i am glad i bought this laptop :)

Posted by ECH on Tuesday, 25-Dec-07 04:02:33 UTC
Quoting orphenshadow
It is 2:12pm, begining SP1 install now on Vista 64 ultimate, with

amd athlong 64 x2 3800 oc'd to 2.75
2 gigs of mushkin blue 2.3.2.5
250 gig wd
8800GT oc'd to gtx xxx speeds

pretty basic average computer, asside from the vid card.. so we'll see how long it takes.. meanwhile, i am glad i bought this laptop :)
Wow, it's been roughly 2 days and he hasn't posted back yet
:shock:

Posted by Blade47167 on Tuesday, 25-Dec-07 19:11:09 UTC
Quoting ECH
Wow, it's been roughly 2 days and he hasn't posted back yet
:shock:
Vista crashed his entire network so he can't even bring is new laptop online :o

Posted by leoneazzurro on Wednesday, 26-Dec-07 12:54:08 UTC
EDIT:I drunk too much yesterday...

Posted by Tim Murray on Thursday, 27-Dec-07 05:08:49 UTC
moved Phenom TLB discussion to another thread:

http://forum.beyond3d.com/showthread.php?t=46114

Posted by Randell on Friday, 04-Jan-08 09:54:07 UTC
Quoting Geo
I am of the opinion that MS has a 4-1 factor for minimum vs "no, really, perormance an enthusiast would find acceptable" for memory usage. If you recall, with XP the min was 128MB, and yep, 512MB was the real acceptable minimum for what you really wanted. Now with Vista they say 512MB is the minimum. . . so, 2GB seems like the sweet spot to me now.
Everybody I know with Vista says 4GB is what an enthusiast would need.

Posted by suryad on Friday, 04-Jan-08 17:34:03 UTC
I would be interested to see reviewson Vista with SP1 because I have the itch to upgrade. Hopefully there will be lots of performance improvements...but I think Vista + vLite + sp1 slipstreamed will be a good deal. They have already been able to get just Vista installing from a cd instead of needing a DVD.


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