Good news for all you folks with ancient Fermi Nvidia graphics cards: the company has added DirectX 12 support for its Fermi GPUs. Nvidia made a promise back in 2014 that its current GPUs (Maxwell, Kepler, and Fermi) will be bestowed with DirectX 12 API support. Now, three years later, that promise was fulfilled.
The update was initially spotted by Guru3D forum member “maur0.” The user noted that upon running the DirectX diagnostic tool, it was found that his GTX 570 was spotted running on DirectX 12. Soon after, another forum member posted a benchmark score for his GTX 560M that was benchmark using 3DMark Time Spy. For those who are wondering, the mobile GPU managed to obtain an abysmal score of 373 points.
It has to be noted, however, that Fermi-based graphics cards currently only support DirectX 12 feature level “11_0” which apparently is the lowest. Of course, this will still allow these graphics cards to run DirectX 12 games, albeit not very efficiently. If you’d like to run DirectX 12 games smoothly, we suggest getting a current generation graphics card instead.
Regardless, if you’re still running a
nuclear power plant Fermi-based graphics card on your PC, do head on over to Nvidia’s official website to get the latest graphics driver for DirectX 12 support.