Performance boosts up to 70% with DirectStorage, NVMe SSD

The DirectStorage API SDK is now available to developers on Windows. Apparently, support for this gaming technology has begun to be implemented in some PCs.

On the occasion of the Game Developers Conference (GDC 2022), the game was first demonstrated using DirectStorage. The results are more than positive as the gains in loading times are promising.

Windows 10 and Windows 11, DirectStorage API arrives to boost gaming performance

Luminous Productions’ forespoken, formerly known as Project Athiya, takes advantage of this feature and the numbers are impressive. Some loading scenes were shown in a demo.

Forspoken - DirectStorage

Forspoken – DirectStorage

The promise of DirectStorage looks great even with the classic 2.5-inch SATA SSD. However, the biggest gains have been recorded with an NVMe SSD.

DirectStorage vs Win32, speed is exploding.

Forspoken - DirectStorage Debit

Forspoken – DirectStorage Debit

During the same presentation, a graph was also proposed showing the I/O flow on the one hand and the associated loading times on the other. The comparison is made with the Windows Win 32 Storage API.

NVMe with 70% is the biggest advantage for SSDs. We have a throughput of 4829 MB/s with DirectStorage, compared to 2862 MB/s with Win32. The time savings do not apply directly to the actual loading times, but the difference between the two APIs is just as significant.

here’s the forspoken video

Note that the title also benefits from other technologies such as AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution (FSR) 2.0. This support is still under development.

Source: The Verge

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