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DirectX 12 for WoW Now Supported on Windows 7

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It seems Windows 7 users are getting a bit of a bump in performance with patch 8.1.5, as Blizzard have worked with Microsoft to make the previously Windows 10 only software available on the older version as well. Apparently the improvements in performance that happened on Win10 machines with Tides of Vengeance were so impressive that Blizz started working on making them available to a wider selection of their player base.

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After we saw the performance gains of using multi-threaded rendering in DirectX 12 for the initial Tides of Vengeance update, we worked together with Microsoft and our hardware vendors to bring similar performance gains to our Windows 7 users. We are pleased to announce that with today’s content update, World of Warcraft will now support DirectX 12 on Windows 7. This allows our Windows 7 users to take advantage of the performance benefit of using DirectX 12, which was previously only available to our Windows 10 users.

Windows 7 users will need to make sure they have the latest graphics drivers to use DirectX 12. If your GPU supports DirectX 12 on Windows 7, you may enable it by selecting it in the Advanced System settings, under "Graphics API".

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It's nice, although a bit weird considering Win7 support will stop soon.

Also, friendly reminder that WoW runs fine on Linux if you don't want to subscribe to Microsoft's telemetrics insanity 🙂

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Hah, funny considering that for years Microsoft was claiming his new DirectX thingy will only work on Windows 10 due to OS limitations, and it's impossible (yes, this exact word was used so often) to run it on older versions of Windows. Even though everybody knows Win10 is just an upgraded version of the same kernel that Windows 7 and Vista is built on. It's small news for the WoW playerbase, big news for the wider Windows 7 community.

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1 hour ago, Badadada said:

Win10 is just an upgraded version of the same kernel that Windows 7 and Vista is built on

Well, there is a bit more to it than that. Even if it's "just an upgraded kernel" it still has additional functions that may very well be required to run DX12 properly. I assume it's a similiar situation to how it was with DX 11, which could run on DX 9/10 hardware and you would see some performance improvements, but many features like new shaders would still be unusable.

I think the reason why we haven't seen DX12 on Win7 earlier is because there never was a reason to do it. WoW is, as far as I know, the first game that actually benefits substantially from DX12.

23 minutes ago, multiboxing said:

LOL  people still use windows 7?  LOL!

There are a lot of reasons to not switch to Win10 while Win7 is still working perfectly fine.

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34 minutes ago, multiboxing said:

LOL  people still use windows 7?  LOL!

 

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It's better for a lot of professionals, because Win10 is not professional grade.

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I still can't use it on Windows 10... have a card that works on other DX12 games. My options now are DirectX 11 and DirectX 11 legacy whatever that means.

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18 hours ago, dartbodman said:

I still can't use it on Windows 10... have a card that works on other DX12 games. My options now are DirectX 11 and DirectX 11 legacy whatever that means.

What GPU are you using? Keep in mind that there are several feature levels of DirectX, not all cards support all features. 

If your card is fully DX 12_0 compatible (which would be any Maxwell/GCN2 GPU or newer), then you might have a somewhat corrupted Windows installation. There are several threads on the official forum with a multitude of possible solutions to that.

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