For those of you sticking with Vista, Microsoft has finally officially released DirectX 11 for Vista, after having spent the last couple of months in beta. This final release looks to be the same as the last beta released earlier this month.

The update is KB971512, which is being released as part of a larger Platform Update for Vista that includes a few other things that are being backported for Vista. Vista SP2 is the prerequisite, so if you aren’t already on SP2 you’ll need to update.

All of these updates should be available on Windows Update.

We ran a quick sanity check on our Vista install from our Win7 Performance Guide from earlier this week, and there are no surprises. Just like with DX10, DX11 titles (all 2 of them ) perform the same between the two OSes. In this case we’re using BattleForge, along with Unigine’s DX11 Heaven benchmark (it’s synthetic, but pickings are slim for DX11). We’ve also thrown in Crysis for good measure, although it's not a DX11 title.



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  • MadMan007 - Saturday, October 31, 2009 - link

    Someone has to pay for those EU fines. Reply
  • Zingam - Thursday, October 29, 2009 - link

    Coz you are a rich colonial super power! Reply
  • silverblue - Monday, November 02, 2009 - link

    Sure... 100 years ago :) Reply
  • Hxx - Thursday, October 29, 2009 - link

    transfer prices, inflation, currency exchange rates.... many reasons. Reply
  • ElDonPedros - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - link

    I think its savage to use anything other than Xp in classic mode with themes turned off and every single eye candy feature disabled..

    I would still run win2k except a few applications were no longer supported.

    My XP setup is lightning on a p3 500 right through to my 2 Core2Duo systems..

    Anyone that's ever done true multitasking (3dsmax, UnrealEd, Photoshop, Goldwave, Visual Studio) all running at the same time would appreciate a bare bones setup like this..

  • CZroe - Thursday, October 29, 2009 - link

    I hope you at least use the XP Start menu. People who revert that for no particular reason should be shot. Having quick access to your most used programs eliminates much need for Taskbar space-eating QuickLaunch shortcuts. Reply
  • AnnonymousCoward - Sunday, November 01, 2009 - link

    The classic start menu is way more functional and concise. Your point about "having quick access to your most used programs" isn't exclusive since you can easily do the same with the classic (it's just that almost everyone lacks the common sense to bring order to their menu).

    A downside of the new menu is that you can't expand Control Panel or Network Connections.

    You can have virtually the same "most used programs" functionality with the classic menu if you put shortcuts on the first layer, above "Programs". That method lets you control exactly what's there, and they will stay in the same spatial spot.
  • MamiyaOtaru - Thursday, October 29, 2009 - link

    I always revert to classic start menu :D Not being able to on Server 2008 r2 is a big pet peeve. Considerig going back to Server 2008 original. DX11 and the classic start menu! win Reply
  • marc1000 - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - link

    I looked in the link, and this update seems to be the "real" release, because some sites were publishing tweaks to download the beta "platform update" on vista.

    I just wanted a confirmation, tough. Thanks.
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - link

    Yes, this is the real one. Although it looks to be the same as the last beta from earlier this month. Reply

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