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Direct X version support for GFX CARD

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by professorxox, Jul 30, 2005.

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  1. professorxox

    professorxox Thread Starter

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    Was looking on Newegg.com for graphics cards and noticed that they list the version of direct x each card supports. My question is, if it says that that particular card supports direct x 7, does that mean that it won't run in my system if I have direct x 9 installed?
     
  2. spoon_T_Rex

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    No, what it means is that the card is capable of the "cutting edge" technology of DirectX 7. So whatever was the latest graphics craze of the day when DX7 was around, that card is capable of it. It does run under DX9 just fine, you just don't get fancy DX9 effects that Radeon 9xxx and GeForce FX series cards and up can handle.
     
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    take a look at this:

    http://gear.ign.com/articles/567/567437p2.html

    This is someone showing Half-Life 2 (a game that takes full advantage of DirectX 9 effects) running on various hardware that only supports certain versions of DirectX, from versions 7 to 9, so if your hardware can only do 7, you can see what you're missing out by being a few generations behind in hardware.

    Worth a look! :)
     
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    Wow, noticeable difference, Rex. Thanks for the response.
     
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