Alright, I haven't seen this information posted at any other forum, so let's get some interesting discussion going here.
Microsoft calls it WARP, or Windows Advanced Rasterization Platform. In a nutshell it allows DX10/DX11 (and it appears that DX9 will be supported through DX11 too) to run under software rendering through the CPU, without the need for graphics hardware.
In effect it's a reference rasterizer but it runs in real-time.
I think it'll be a great tool for exposing IHV driver bugs and also if it runs anything DX9 can run, it'll be great for legacy titles that don't run properly on modern hardware. Supporting AF and AA is also a bonus for said older titles.
I also find it hilarious that the faster Intel processors are outrunning Intel's fastest GMA graphics “accelerator”, making the GMA actually a de
celerator.http://www.tomshardware.com/news/window ... ,6645.html
I'm not surprised by this.
CPU's have gotten so powerful we are not using a fraction of them.
Surfing the Internet, doing a word doc and excel doesn't take a lot of juice.
Hell, the only machines I've seen the CPU taxed are machines filled with trojans, worms and viruses they got from surfing the web.