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Nvidia adds DirectX 12 Ultimate support for RTX GPUs on Windows 10

Nvidia latest driver update adds support for DirectX 12 Ultimate and GPU scheduling feature for Windows 10.

Nvidia is rolling out driver update version 451.48 for its RTX graphics cards bringing support for Microsoft’s DirectX 12 Ultimate and GPU scheduling feature available starting with Windows 10 version 2004, May 2020 Update.

DirectX 12 is the technology standard for creating and managing gaming, images, and multimedia (such as visual and audio effects) that run on Windows-based devices.

The Ultimate version isn’t a significant upgrade from the original DirectX 12, but it will help streamline features and capabilities for Windows and Xbox games. Nvidia releasing the new driver means that game developers will be able to optimize games for the latest RTX Nvidia cards and the upcoming Xbox Series X console.

In addition, Nvidia driver version 451.48 includes support for hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, which is a new feature part of the May 2020 Update for Windows 10 that reduces latency and improves performance by allowing the graphics card to control its memory.

After installing the driver update, on Settings > Display > Graphics settings, you’ll need to turn on the Hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling toggle switch, and then restart the computer to apply the settings and enable the feature.

Furthermore, the new driver is also adding support for GeForce Experience one-click optimal settings (OPS) for a dozen more games and expands support for G-Sync for nine new displays.

You can download version 451.48 of the driver immediately at the website or using the GeForce Experience app.

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