Dolphin emulator gets DirectX 12 support and sees big performance boost

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Dolphin is an online Gamecube and Wii emulator. Its massive community of contributors have been tweaking and tinkering with the application since it became open-source back in 2008 and it’s just received DirectX 12 support. The results are pretty impressive.

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At the tail end of last year, one Dolphin forum user – named hdcmeta – floated an unofficial proof of concept-type DirectX 12 that they promised would increase performance by 50 percent over forerunner DirectX 11.

Now, DirectX 12 support has been written into the Dolphin emulator’s master build. Furthermore, Dolphin’s forum users have since confirmed that DirectX 12 appears to have boosted the emulator’s performance using both Nvidia and AMD GPUs by way of raw framerate testing. Here’s the results:

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For now, Dolphin’s current backend isn’t finished however it is interesting to see an open source project implement DirectX 12 ahead of so many modern games.

Thanks, PCG.

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