With today’s announcement from Microsoft of DirectX 12 Ultimate, both NVIDIA and AMD are also chiming in to reiterate their support for the new feature set, and to note their involvement in the process. For AMD, DirectX 12 Ultimate goes hand-in-hand with their forthcoming RDNA2 architecture, which will be at the heart of the Xbox Series X console, and will be AMD’s first architecture to support DirectX 12 Ultimate’s new features, such as ray tracing and variable rate shading.

To that end, as part of Microsoft’s overall DirectX Developer Day presentation, AMD is showing off raytracing running on an RDNA2 for the first time in public. Running an AMD-built demo they call “Futuristic City”, the demo incorporates DXR 1.0 and 1.1 features, to produce what can only be described as a very shiny demo.

It should be noted that this demo was a recording – as all of the Microsoft dev day presentations were – though there is little reason to doubt its authenticity. AMD also showed off an RT recording a couple of weeks back for Financial Analyst day, and presumably this is the same trailer.

Source: AMD

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  • Qasar - Sunday, March 22, 2020 - link

    " the kings of marketing hype and unfulfilled promises " i thought that was intel :-)
  • CiccioB - Monday, March 23, 2020 - link

    Oh, well, let's see... Fiji, Polaris, Vega... and Navi which just hides behind the use of a new more advanced node but on comparison with what is already on the market it is still well behind and already obsolete.
  • Spunjji - Monday, March 23, 2020 - link

    Fiji was *slightly* over-hyped. Polaris was exactly what they said it was. Vega was massively over-hyped, and the dude who did that now works for... *checks notes* Oh, Intel.

    For an "already obsolete" chip, Navi sure does sell just fine.
  • Qasar - Monday, March 23, 2020 - link

    ok there cicciob, most of your posts seem to reek with anti amd bias. so what you say, is partly meaningless... so what ever...
  • CiccioB - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - link

    Yes, showing facts is having anti AMD bias, while going on prizing failure architectures that do not bring any advantage to the market evolution in terms of technology or price is a good thing that let you constantly hope that the next one will be the right GPUs!
  • Qasar - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - link

    WHAT facts ? all you have done is post your biased BS, and options, with NO proof, post links or sources for your BS claims.

    " while going on praising failure architectures that do not bring any advantage to the market evolution in terms of technology or price is a good thing " news flash for you, intel has been doing this for years now, same refresh on the same architecture they have been using for how many years now ? sticking the mainstream with quad cores, and pretty much lieing about power their power usage. i dont think i have ever seen you harp and criticize intel like you have been doing about amd.
  • CiccioB - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - link

    Fiji was over hyped, seen it was a desperate try to finally get something more with more performance than the competition despite its cost: HBM2, ultra big die despite the lack of FP64 (that was a news for AMD) but just came with 4GB (ah, the costs, sometimes matter when they are excessive).
    Plaris was really not was it was sauid to be: I didn't see the 50% power efficiency improvement and it was so computational inefficient that to match a puny 1060 they had to overclock to go over the promised 150W they had planned, so to even be outside the specs of their own already build boards. And to have a small win on the competition puny GPUs they go further to overclock it even more and make it suck more than a 1080. So, no, Polaris was a fail that was just good because it was discounted.
    Vega was the biggest failure of GCN period as it could not match competition flagship, despite its high costs, and it was completely useless also as a computational board. To raise its value AMD has to give for free the driver for HW acceleration for professional applications and cut its price even before launching it in the extreme try to cut Nvidia professional market somewhat.
    They just all finished in discount mode for months in the hope to empty the stores whatever the loss.
    Let's not talk about Vega VII, 300W of technology to provide anything useful in the market it was targeted (that's AI acceleration).

    Navi sells because it is just discounted with respect to the competition offer. It's always the same mantra: there's not a bad product, there are only wrong prices.
    Tell me, honestly, what Navi is going to offer more than a 1080Ti more than 3 years older.
    We are already in RT, VRS, mesh shading, AI acceleration market. What of all this is Navi offering.
    It is just an old piece of technology that is discounted to get a grip 3 years later.
  • Qasar - Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - link

    blah blah blah blag, more BS and options only, and no proof.
    " It is just an old piece of technology that is discounted to get a grip 3 years later " kind of like intel currently
  • nt300 - Thursday, April 9, 2020 - link

    You need to understand AMD's Bulldozer release in 2011 put AMD back many years. AMD put most of its resources into developing ZEN. Neglecting the GPU division & cutting its R&D by a significant amount. This has all been already mentioned in AMD's earnings for years now.

    Now that ZEN, ZEN+ & ZEN2 has been remarkably successful, Dr. Lisa Su herself admittedly moved ZEN engineers in mid 2019 to help with the Radeon Technology Group to get RDNA2 ready for launch in 2020.

    It's remarkable what AMD has done with RDNA1 with a slight change in focus. Not only did the 5700XT force Nvidia to release a Super Series 5-6 months after releasing RTX, but also forced Nvidia to concede on price jacking, or to put it into simple terms, ripping people off with over priced GPUs that are not worth the price premium.

    So ReLaX, AMD is battling on 3 fronts, with CPUs, GPUs & Enterprise. RDNA2 is coming and its going to impress, and yes Nvidia is worried, only because they know this new AMD architecture is going to offer very stiff competition. The days of Nvidia ripping people off are going to end.
  • nt300 - Thursday, April 9, 2020 - link

    Navi aka RDNA 1 achieved what it was meant to, dethrone the RTX 2070 which it did. Why else do you think Nvidia released the Super series lineup. That upset a lot of Nvidia RTX owners when Nvidia pulls that Super series stunt on them.

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