Users running Nvidia PCs can now install a driver update that brings support for Microsoft’s DirectX 12 Ultimate. Thanks to this support, the newest GPU scheduling included in Windows 10 May 2020 Update. Specifically, PCs running Nvidia’s RTX cards can now benefit from the latest technology in DirectX 12 Ultimate.
Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) was updated to version 2.7 through the release of Windows 10 version 2004. GPU scheduling is part of this version but remains in testing.
If you’re unfamiliar with the tool, it allows both dedicated and integrated graphics cards (GPUs) to manage video RAM individually. This allows PCs to have better performance including improved framerates, smoother playback, and reduced latency.
Nvidia said earlier this month it was preparing its support for GPU scheduling. The company is now on board and its driver updates bring some other DirectX 12 Ultimate benefits to PCs running its hardware.
“This new feature can potentially improve performance and reduce latency by allowing the video card to directly manage its own memory,” says Nvidia.
For example, ray tracing. Nvidia supports ray tracing on its RTX cards and can now tap into it with DirectX 12 Ultimate support. For game developers working on the Xbox Series X, it should now be easy to create fully optimized games for the console.
When the new driver update is installed, Windows 10 will ask the user whether they want to enable GPU scheduling. However, Nvidia points out some aspects of DirectX Ultimate are not supported in this update:
“Support for the simultaneous recording and broadcasting of gameplay is not supported.”