Microsoft showcases what DirectX 12_2 will bring next

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  • Microsoft released the latest DirectX Ultimate technology in May and it announced a huge step in computer graphics.
  • Now, the software giant revealed more details about DirectX feature level 12_2 and which cards will support this new technology.
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Microsoft reveals DirectX 12_2 capabilities

Microsoft released the latest DirectX 12 Ultimate technology a few months ago and it announced a huge step in computer graphics.

Now, Microsoft revealed a little bit more details about DirectX feature level 12_2 and which cards will support this new technology.

If we lost you on the feature level moniker, let’s clear it out. A feature level for DirectX specifies exactly which capabilities can be handled by a certain GPU.

Advancing from 12_0 to 12_1 and 12_2, a graphics card would have more advanced features and the latest DirectX 12_2 feature level was defined as DirectX 12 Ultimate.

Which cards will support DirectX 12_2?

This is the actual novelty from Microsoft’s announcement so we will quote it exactly as it appears on their website:

  • Feature level 12_2 is supported on NVIDIA GeForce RTX and NVIDIA Quadro RTX GPUs.
  • AMD’s upcoming RDNA 2 architecture-based GPUs will include full feature level 12_2 support.
  • Intel’s roadmap includes discrete GPUs that will empower developers to take full advantage of Feature Level 12_2.
  • Microsoft is collaborating with Qualcomm to bring the benefits of DirectX feature level 12_2 to Snapdragon platforms.

What are the features of DirectX 12_2 graphics cards?

Just to be extremely clear, Microsoft also presented the set of features that a DirectX feature level 12_2 card will have:

Feature12_2 minimumPublic spec
Required driver modelWDDM 2.0
Shader Model6.5Link
Raytracing tierTier 1.1Link
Variable shading rateTier 2Link
Mesh shader tierTier 1Link
Sampler feedbackTier 0.9Link
Resource Binding TierTier 3Link
Tiled ResourcesTier 3
Conservative RasterizationTier 3Link
Root Signature Tier1.1Link
DepthBoundsTestSupportedTRUELink
WriteBufferImmediateSupportFlagsDirect, Compute, Bundle
MaxGPUVirtualAddressBitsPerResource40
MaxGPUVirtualAddressBitsPerProcess40

A DirectX 12 Ultimate will also have the following flags set:

Feature12_2 value
WaveOpsTRUE
OutputMergerLogicOpTRUE
VPAndRTArrayIndexFromAnyShaderFeedingRasterizerSupportWithoutGSEmulationTRUE
CopyQueueTimestampQueriesSupportedTRUE
CastingFullyTypedFormatSupportedTRUE
Int64ShaderOpsTRUE

Just to remind you of the major improvements for the new DirectX 12 Ultimate, they are Raytracing, Variable Rate Shading, Mesh Shaders, and Sampler Feedback.

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