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WoW: Cataclysm - DX9 versus DX11 - huge performance increases!

WoW: Cataclysm DX11 performance increases - up to 30% faster!

By: Anthony Garreffa from Dec 13, 2010 @ 21:22 CST

Want some free performance increases for WoW: Cataclysm? Don't want to buy anymore hardware? Own a DX11-capable card? Well, look no further! Blizzard has added some experimental support for DX11 in Cataclysm, it doesn't add to the eye candy but it's added for increased performance.

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If you're an owner of DX11 hardware (AMD Radeon HD5000/6000 series or NVIDIA's GeForce 400/500 series) then you're in luck. To enable the DX11 performance increases, you'll need to do a bit of shortcut editing.

You'll need to add '-d3d11' to your World of Warcraft shortcut. Or, open your config.wtf file (located in ...World of WarcraftWTF) and add the line SET gxApi "d3d11".

The increases are anything from 10% to 30%. At CPU-bound resolutions (1680x1050 and 1920x1080) there are some large benefits (roughly 30%!!) by enabling this feature. At 2560x1600 the benefits are not as large, but still 22% extra performance is nothing to sneeze at.

NEWS SOURCES:tomshardware.com

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