No, DirectX 12 Won't Save Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Back in August, there was some potentially shocking news for those who follow the graphics card industry. A benchmark using an upcoming real-time-strategy game called Ashes of the Singularity showed that DirectX 12, the newest graphics API for Windows, heavily favored graphics cards from Advanced Micro Devices . I wrote back in July that DirectX 12 wasn't likely to benefit AMD relative to rival NVIDIA , but these benchmarks seem to fly in the face the of that argument.

Source: Anandtech

What it all means

One thing to remember is that all of these benchmarks are based on games that haven't been released yet, on a graphics API that is brand new, and on graphics drivers that are very early. These results should all be taken with a grain of salt.

I'm sticking with the conclusion from my previous article: DirectX 12 is unlikely to disproportionately benefit either AMD or NVIDIA. Because AMD's GCN and NVIDIA's Maxwell have their differences, it's certainly possible for a developer to design a game that works better on one or the other. But with NVIDIA currently claiming a discrete graphics card market share in excess of 80%, it's hard to imagine that a developer would go this route.

DirectX 12 is not a silver bullet for AMD. The company has fallen badly behind NVIDIA, with its market share being cut in half over the past year, and its latest batch of new graphics cards have done little to change the story. As AMD struggles with big losses in its PC business, NVIDIA's GPU business is thriving despite a currently weak PC market. DirectX 12 will certainly be good for PC gamers, but it's unlikely to give AMD an advantage.

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