Direct X9 vs X10

  NotVeryTechie 11:51 29 Feb 08

Hi there

Me again! I noted on the site that compares laptop components' benchmarks that some of the graphics processors used in Toshiba laptops are DirectX9 and some are 10. I have heard that Microsoft is thinking of discontinuing 9. Is it imperative to get Direct X10 on the graphics card, or can it be 'upgraded' using software? And if you get a DirectX10 card, will DirectX9 software still work?

Sorry again, don't how how this stuff works!

  crosstrainer 11:57 29 Feb 08

Windows Vista uses DX10, although not all graphics card support it. It is backwards compatible with DX9, but most new cards, and all Vista machines now ship with DX10 cards. Laptops are seldom used to play games really, so the issue is not really that critical. However, if you are buying a new lappy, then I would suggest that you get one with DX10 support, as it is the new standard.

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