No Direct3D 12 Support for Fermi Based Geforce Graphic Cards Yet – Could Land in Q1 2016

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Dec 30, 2015
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Nvidia originally promised DirectX 12 support for Fermi, Maxwell and Kepler based graphic cards. While Maxwell and Kepler were supported from the get go, Fermi support was delayed till the end of the year in an official statement by Nvidia. We have been asking Nvidia for updates throughout the way and their answer remained the same – that it was coming by the end of the year. Since 2015 is over and support has yet to arrive (unless they release it tomorrow), I thought it was time to do an official status update.

Nvidia Fermi GPUs still don’t have DX12 support

DirectX 12 is a game changing API. It is not only a performance booster – but unlocks advanced features for game engines as well. That said, we also know thanks to white papers that Fermi barely qualifies for DX12 support. Infact, it does not fully support major features (if at all) – like Async Compute. It is because of this that we originally expected Fermi to not qualify for the same but at the time of release the company made the following comments:

For gamers, Windows 10’s DirectX 12 is the focus of attention, enabling the creation of new, more advanced visual effects, and higher performance in DirectX 12-optimized games. With the Game Ready driver, Maxwell and Kepler GPUs offer complete support for DirectX 12. Fermi-based GPUs will gain support for DirectX 12 titles later this year, around the arrival of the first wave of DirectX 12 content. And of course, we’ll be ready and waiting with Game Ready drivers to add performance optimizations, SLI profiles, and much, much more.

Nvidia mentioned that the support would be arriving sometime by the end of this year and by the time the first wave of DX12 content lands. 2015 is practically over and there still hasn’t been any word from green. To be fair to them however, DX12 content is still scarce – so it is entirely possible that they are waiting for some actual titles to land before rolling out support for Fermi GPUs. There have been rumors that the low end offerings of the Geforce 900 series will come in Fermi flavors as well – and if those turn out to be true it will mean that the company has 900 series graphic cards without DX12 support

Here is a complete list of graphic cards from Nvidia that were promised the DX12 status:

Model GPU CUDA Cores TMU ROP Architecture Resource Binding Conservative Raster Tiled Resources Raster Order Views Typed UAV Format DX12 API Feature Level
Geforce GT 440 GF108 96 16 4 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTS 450 GF106 192 32 16 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 460 SE GF104 288 48 32 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 460 GF104 336 56 24 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 465 GF100 352 44 32 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 470 GF100 448 56 40 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 480 GF100 480 60 48 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce 520 GF119 48 8 4 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 545 DDR3 GF116 144 24 16 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 550 Ti GF116 192 32 24 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 560 GF114 336 56 32 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti GF114 384 64 32 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 448 Cores Limited Edition GF110 448 56 40 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 570 GF110 480 60 40 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 580 GF110 512 64 48 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GTX 590 GF110 (x2) 1024 128 96 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
Geforce GT 610 GF119 48 8 4 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
Geforce GT 620 GF108 96 16 4 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
Geforce GT 640 GF116 144 24 24 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
GeForce GT 730
(128b DDR3)
GF108 96 16 4 Fermi 1 0 1 No 0 D3D12 Support Delayed.
Geforce GT 630 GK107 192 16 16 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
Geforce GT 630 Rev 2 GK208 384 16 8 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
Geforce GT 640 Rev 2 Gk208 384 32 8 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 650 GK107 384 32 16 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 650 Ti GK106 768 64 16 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost GK106 768 64 24 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 660 GK106 960 80 24 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 660 Ti GK104 1344 112 24 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
Geforce GTX 670 GK104 1344 112 32 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 680 GK104 1536 128 32 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 690 GK104 (x2) 3072 256 64 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GT 720 GK208 192 16 8 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GT 730 (GDDR5) GK208 384 32 8 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GT 740 GK107 384 32 16 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 760 GK104 1152 96 32 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 760 Ti GK104 1344 112 32 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 770 GK104 1536 128 32 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 780 GK110 2304 192 48 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 780 Ti GK110 2880 240 48 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX Titan GK110 2688 224 48 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX Titan Black GK110 2880 240 48 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX Titan Z GK110 (x2) 5760 480 96 Kepler 2 0 2 No 0 11_0 + Partial 11_1 support
GeForce GTX 750 GM107 512 32 16 Maxwell 1st Generation 2 0 2 No 1 12_0
GeForce GTX 750 Ti GM107 640 40 16 Maxwell 1st Generation 2 0 2 No 1 12_0
GeForce GTX 950 GM206 768 48 32 Maxwell 2nd Generation 2 2 3 Yes 1 12_1
GeForce GTX 960 GM206 1024 64 32 Maxwell 2nd Generation 2 2 3 Yes 1 12_1
GeForce GTX 970 GM204 1664 104 56 Maxwell 2nd Generation 2 2 3 Yes 1 12_1
GeForce GTX 980 GM204 2048 128 64 Maxwell 2nd Generation 2 2 3 Yes 1 12_1
GeForce GTX 980 Ti GM200 2816 176 96 Maxwell 2nd Generation 2 2 3 Yes 1 12_1
GeForce GTX Titan X GM200 3072 192 96 Maxwell 2nd Generation 2 2 3 Yes 1 12_1

Nvidia Graphic Cards List Notes:

  • Nvidia has a total of 50 base models promised with DX12 API support but only 30 base models currently supporting DX12 API. (Nvidia has yet to make on its promise of DX12 support for Fermi cards.)
  • Use the horizontal slider to view the complete feature specifications including the various hardware features.

 

 

 

 

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