NVMe SSDs appear to be 70% faster with DirectStorage compared to Win32

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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  • Recently, Microsoft provided availability for DirectStorage on Windows 10 and Windows 11.
  • Now, new information has surfaced about the performance benefits of using DirectStorage.
  • At the Game Developers Conference, the Forespoken title was tested with various scenarios.
  • Apparently, DirectStorage makes NVMe SSDs about 70% faster, with way shorter load times.
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As you are probably aware by now, Microsoft’s Direct Storage API has finally become available for both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

The DirectStorage API is a part of what the company refers to as the Xbox Velocity Architecture, beginning a new era of fast load times and detailed worlds in PC games.

DirectStorage is compatible with Windows 10 devices, but Windows 11 has the latest storage optimizations built-in and is our recommended path for gaming.

According to the information and demos presented of a game using DirectStorage, shown off at the Game Developers Conference 2022 event, this is what is known.

Microsoft’s DirecStorage is the answer for quality gaming

A couple of loading scenes from Forespoken were shown in the demo and the improvement using Microsoft’s DirectStorage actually looks huge, even when using SATA-based SSDs.

As you would have imagined by now, this performance gap gets bigger and bigger with even faster NVMe SSDs.

The above-mentioned gain is especially impressive when you look at the NVMe figures as it shows nearly 70% improvement on DirectStorage (4,829 MB/s) when compared to Win32 (2,862 MB/s).

Load time-wise, the difference isn’t as big but it may potentially imply even faster-loading speeds in certain future titles.

The session covered the collaboration between AMD and Luminous Production on their upcoming title, Forspoken.

This partnership resulted in the implementation of various AMD technologies into the game, including screen-space ambient occlusion, screen-space reflections, raytraced shadows, and AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution.

Are you more inclined now to use DirectStorage than before? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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