One of things that we have always liked about NVIDIA is the support that the green company provides to its clients. This US-based GPU maker offers tons of features with its graphics cards, numerous driver versions to choose from with most of them being rock-stable and wide OS coverage. Can you imagine that you can run your GeForce GTX Titan X video card even with Windows XP as we speak?
Unfortunately even the best sometimes fail and this is what has just happened with NVIDIA. Despite promising support for DirectX 12 for Fermi-based video cards by the end of 2015 this has apparently not happened and chances are getting slimmer by the minute. To get this support a new video card driver for these cards is needed and since there are just hours left until 2016 chances are we won’t get it this year. The reason might be hidden in the Fermi – DirectX 12 combination – the new API is more complex than its predecessors, while the Fermi architecture is a bit old, so NVIDIA might need some more time for polishing before it releases a DirectX 12-enabling driver to owners of GeForce 400 Series graphics adapters.
In any case, given the great NVIDIA support we have had until now, most online web sites expect that support for DX12 for Fermi cards will arrive in H1 2016. There’s no need to be unhappy too – most games nowadays do not support DX12 anyway so nothing has been lost.