Windows 7: A Graphics Powerhouse
Well, the day is drawing closer and closer to when Microsoft officially releases Windows 7 to the consumer market. Though many have been skeptical about the new operating system on the horizon, but articles and reviews are sure to put that away. Set to release this Thursday, the 22nd of October, Microsoft promises to get a lot of things right this time in hopes to move past it’s horrendous original release of Windows Vista, which some of you may have heard, was far from an enjoyable experience.
One feature that many people don’t realize that comes integrated in the new operating system is support for “a once-obscure technology” that will accelerate everything from transferring files to hardcore gaming to adding songs to your iPod.
DirectX, the foundation for this new power, is a series of Application Programming Interfaces, or API for short. It’s been used for years on Microsoft computer systems handling tasks related to multimedia and game programming as well as graphically intense applications, including those played on an Xbox 360.
DirectX 11 will be the latest addition to the API family and is included in this new powerhouse technology that Microsoft calls Microsoft DirectCompute. Its goal is to use the processing power that comes integrated on a computers graphics processor to significantly enhance the performance of everyday applications. “What’s taking 30 minutes right now might only take five or six minutes with DirectCompute,” stated Nathan Brookwood, principle analyst for Insight 64.
To be fair though, this technology won’t change the way we compute over night. Some software will need to be rewritten which will be taken care of as software continuously gets released over the next few years.
So when it comes to shopping for a new computer for future paths that life takes you down, don’t just focus on a fast processor, or hefty amount of memory or an unnecessarily huge hard-drive; look into getting a computer that can also rely on a powerful graphics card.
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