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what's the difference between D3D_DRIVER_TYPE_SOFTWARE and D3D_DRIVER_TYPE_REFERENCE


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#1 jerrycao_1985   Members   -  Reputation: 140

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 02:27 AM

they are both software implemented.
And the doc in dx sdk tells nothing about their difference.

so what's the difference??

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#2 Nik02   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 2766

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 04:25 AM

Reference driver comes with the SDK, but for the other one you have to supply the driver yourself.

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 08:09 AM

They serve different purposes. The reference driver is for doing things that the hardware doesn't support yet, but will in the future. It is not meant to be fast, is for development use, and implements everything. The software driver is for when you need Dx on a platform that doesn't support hardware acceleration. It is meant to be fast, is for deployment, and may or may not implement features.




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