I have a parameter in HLSL shader in a constant buffer which is a float3x3. Is there is 3x3 matrix struct in Directx 11 or should I use 4x4 matrix instead, and if so, how?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Be aware that a 3x3 matrix is not going to pack well into a cbuffer; trying to save storage in this manner is often a false optimization. \$\endgroup\$ May 15 '17 at 22:25

D3D11 itself doesn't have any matrix structures at all; you might be thinking of the DirectXMath library's matrix classes. It does have a 3x3 matrix type you can use.

In general, you can store a 3x3 matrix in the upper-left of a 4x4 matrix (setting the bottom-right-most element to 1) if that 3x3 is only storing scale and/or rotation in 3D. If you were storing a 2D translation in there or anything else, you'd have to rebuild the 4x4 matrix appropriately based on whatever data you were putting into the 3x3 matrix.


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