DirectX 9.0c (February Releases)

The first three are for Developers, and the last one is for us lot to play our games with the latest version of DirectX 9.0c.

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DirectX Software Development Kit (SDK)
Download the complete DirectX SDK, which contains the DirectX Runtime and all DirectX software required to create DirectX compliant applications in C/C++ and C#.

DirectX Software Development Kit (SDK): Symbol Files
This download contains all the symbol files for this DirectX SDK release for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.

DirectX Redist Runtimes
This download provides the DirectX end-user redistributable that developers can include with their product.

DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer
The Microsoft DirectX® End-User Runtime provides updates to 9.0c and previous versions of DirectX — the core Windows® technology that drives high-speed multimedia and games on the PC.


News source: Microsoft
Download: DirectX SDK [432 MB]
Download: DirectX SDK: Symbol Files [34.4 MB]
Download: DirectX Redist Runtimes [44.2 MB]
Download: DirectX End-User Runtime Web Installer [45 KB - 31.7 MB]

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i always keep to to date on the directx updates,i prefer to be current so if i install something that needs the newer dx then i already have it.

All end-users get by installing this is the latest release of the d3dx library which is a dll called d3dx9_xx.dll and is around 2-3 mb (hence the no restart and no dx version change). If you don't understand this then don't download/install it cause any game/application that requires this dll will bring the required dll along with it.

Krun said,
All end-users get by installing this is the latest release of the d3dx library which is a dll called d3dx9_xx.dll and is around 2-3 mb (hence the no restart and no dx version change). If you don't understand this then don't download/install it cause any game/application that requires this dll will bring the required dll along with it.

Not all games do that. Only if the game comes out after said update has come out. Any game that came out before said update could most likely get a performance boost from it.

Same, and with some speed too... There are many things I don't like about Microsoft, but you can damn well rely on their download speeds - 400KB/s+ all the way on about a 4Mb connection here :nuts:
Installation was pretty smooth too

Esvandiary said,
Same, and with some speed too... There are many things I don't like about Microsoft, but you can damn well rely on their download speeds - 400KB/s+ all the way on about a 4Mb connection here :nuts:
Installation was pretty smooth too :)

Obviously you're not an MSDN subscriber trying to get something on the day of a major release.

_dandy_ said,

Obviously you're not an MSDN subscriber trying to get something on the day of a major release.

hey they only have so much bandwidth :P

Just curious but how do they keep coming out with monthly updates without the version number ever changing? Shouldn't there be a DirectX 9.0d and so on?

yeah i always wonder that to although i figure it's one of those things that might not be a bad idea for future games as it might be minor stuff but some newer games require the installation of directx 9.0c febuary etc

but then again since i just installed the dec one not long ago i dont think this will matter until games actually use this version.

Some games ask you to install the latest DirectX 9.0c monthly release, so yes. Besides, it can't hurt to stay up to date.

The monthly updates don't require a restart, which is convenient.

Well, from alot of threads from Neowin and the Steam forums it appears this will gives you a huge gain in FPS under Vista in source based games.

People are reporting they were recieving 30FPS in Vista and after installing this they were getting 100+FPS as if they were playing it under XP.