Released on October 5, 2021, Windows 11 offers new features to make the daily lives of gamers easier.
Indeed, Direct Storage offers a smoother, faster Windows 11 , with very short loading times to the delight of players.
Direct Storage on Windows 11 is more efficient and optimal .
Discover the features of this new feature and how it works in this dedicated article.
Windows 11 released on October 5
On October 5, the brand new Windows 11 was released.
Indeed, with new unpublished features for players , in particular with Direct Storage , this will allow a precise, fluid and optimal gaming experience for even more enjoyable games.
A new feature for gamers
Direct Storage offers you new functions, in particular a shorter data path and therefore a faster display on your screen.
The latter offers, in fact, the ability to no longer call on the CPU and thus no longer solicit the GPU .
This feature therefore has the effect of sending the compressed video game data to the RAM which sends it to the VRAM of the GPU. It is then the GPU which is responsible for decompressing all this data sent by the RAM to process it and allow a more efficient screen display with less latency.
Windows 11's Direct Storage is therefore an API that shortens the game data processing circuit .
In short, a new and much more enjoyable experience for all video game players.
Direct access without going through the CPU
As we told you, Direct Storage offers direct access to the GPU without having to go through the CPU. This allows for faster and richer loading of video game assets.
Performance boost from Xbox
Microsoft therefore offers performance to video game enthusiasts with Direct Storage, which is an API (i.e. a programming interface) from Xbox Series .
This performance gain is significant for all gamers looking for gaming efficiency .
In addition, it should be noted that the GPU performance is designed in such a way that the bandwidth is significantly higher.
Reserved for NVMe SSD 1TB Minimum
Windows 11 and its Direct Storage API is reserved for the minimum 1TB NVMe SSD allowing a much more qualitative and faster data transfer speed, namely a speed of several Giga Bytes per second , just that!
So to take advantage of these new features, you will need to have an NVMe SSD of at least 1TB.
It's up to you to opt for the fastest SSD possible and PCIe 4 compatible if this is allowed by your motherboard (preferably).
Only compatible with the latest GPUs
Direct Storage Windows 11 must be used with the latest "Ultimate" GPUs , in addition to an NVMe SSD with at least 1 TB.
These hardware requirements are not to be taken lightly and it is "the price to pay" to take full advantage of this new version that will surprise you.
In conclusion, if a GPU compatible with the DirectX 12 Ultimate API is necessary, the graphics cards concerned, and therefore recent, would be the AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series and the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2000/3000 Series .