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I don't know what is is. I'm kinda new. Why does it matter? I've been hearing all this hype DirectX 10 for vista, and I have no idea what it is. Thanks anyone.
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I don't know what is is. I'm kinda new. Why does it matter? I've been hearing all this hype DirectX 10 for vista, and I have no idea what it is. Thanks anyone.

Its a form of Software, a renderer, that programmers use to create the graphics for games with. Dx10 is the newest, so new in fact that only a one playable demo exists for now that uses it. If you compare screen shots from a Dx9 game to a Dx10 game. You'll notice the difference right off.

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Its a form of Software, a renderer, that programmers use to create the graphics for games with. Dx10 is the newest, so new in fact that only a one playable demo exists for now that uses it. If you compare screen shots from a Dx9 game to a Dx10 game. You'll notice the difference right off.

Unless your playing that "Only DX10 demo" that is available. Then it will look crap. lol
 
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Its a form of Software, a renderer, that programmers use to create the graphics for games with. Dx10 is the newest, so new in fact that only a one playable demo exists for now that uses it. If you compare screen shots from a Dx9 game to a Dx10 game. You'll notice the difference right off.

Thanks. So, does it make the image look clearer? Does it affect gameplay?
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Thanks. So, does it make the image look clearer? Does it affect gameplay?

Well only a few cards can actually utilize Dx10...so unless you have one of them, your not gonna be able to play it anyway. And all the cards (I don't know about the 8600) Are really good anyway, so I don't see a problem with them...

@Mhill...yes...It will.
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Thanks. So, does it make the image look clearer? Does it affect gameplay?
Its just the "renderer" that Microshaft uses, so that all game developers bow down at their feet.

You can't turn DirectX off, and it doesn't affect immage quality (unless you're comparing previous versions of DirectX against newer versions). Its just what game developers code with.
    
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Well only a few cards can actually utilize Dx10...so unless you have one of them, your not gonna be able to play it anyway. And all the cards (I don't know about the 8600) Are really good anyway, so I don't see a problem with them...

@Mhill...yes...It will.
How about a comparison of DirectX 8 and 9? How would 9 differ from 8?
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directX is a software to hardware API. It takes information and requests to sends those to the hardware, so that games can be opitmized for DirectX and not for every single hardware requirement like they where for DOS.
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Its just the "renderer" that Microshaft uses, so that all game developers bow down at their feet.

You can't turn DirectX off, and it doesn't affect immage quality (unless you're comparing previous versions of DirectX against newer versions). Its just what game developers code with.
Hmmmm...ok...I just don't know why I would need a higher directx? I read it on one of the "Reasons to get Vista" sites....i'm kinda new at this stuff
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Its just the "renderer" that Microshaft uses, so that all game developers bow down at their feet.

You can't turn DirectX off, and it doesn't affect immage quality (unless you're comparing previous versions of DirectX against newer versions). Its just what game developers code with.
Doom 3 was made with OpenGL, and not DirectX. Game developers don't HAVE to use it... and I prefer they don't.
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