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(Possibly stupid question) Will I need a DX 9 card to render in DX 9?

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I've just started programming with DirectX 9 and I suddenly remembered that I don't have a DirectX 9 card. It's DX 8. So... will all the DX 9 code I write be using software emulation or something? Maybe it's time to get one of those nice radeon 9x00 cards.

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You only need a DX9 card for using DX9 level features - E.g. the newer pixel shaders (someone else feel free to expand on this, I don't know exactly what the DX9 features are)

But generally - No. You can do pretty much everything fine.

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No, you will be able to write and run D3D9 applications, without using a DX9 card (such as a GF3 or GF4). However, you just won't be able to use as many features. For example, you can't use Vertex Shader/Pixel Shader 2.0 with a GeForce4 card. To determine exactly what is and isn't supported, check the CapsViewer, or the D3DCAPS9 structure.

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