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Software News (458)

Microsoft Offering Rollup Updates for Windows 7 and 8.1

Category: Software
Posted: May 23, 2016 10:15AM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

Installing an operating system is not a difficult process today, but it can take a long time, not because of the install itself, but the updates that came after release. To make the lives of those who maintain images of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 easier, Microsoft is now offering convenience rollup updates.

For Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the rollup package contains all security and non-security updates since Windows 7 SP1 released, until April 2016. The package can be injected into image files for Windows 7 SP1 as well, but will require a servicing stack update from April 2015 to be installed.

For both Windows 7 SP1 and Windows 8.1, and three versions of Windows Server, monthly rollup packages will be available, containing all of the non-security fixes for that month.

Microsoft is making more changes to updating Windows than these. Previously updates have been published to both the Microsoft Download Center and the Microsoft Update Catalog, but in the next few months the Download Center will be depreciated. All updates will be available on the Microsoft Update Catalog, and this is where security bulletins will link to. Also, later this summer, the ActiveX control used in the Microsoft Update Catalog will be removed, allowing more than just IE to work with the website.

Source: Windows TechNet Blog



Firefox Overtakes Internet Explorer and Edge Browsers in Worldwide Desktop Browser Usage

Category: Software
Posted: May 18, 2016 07:04AM
Author: Brentt Moore


According to the latest data from StatCounter, a web analytics company, Firefox featured more usage than Internet Explorer and the new Microsoft Edge browser when looking at desktop browser usage on a global scale. In the month of April, Firefox boasted 15.6 percent global usage, while Internet Explorer and Edge featured just 15.5 percent. This represents the first time ever on a worldwide level that Firefox has had more overall usage than its Microsoft rivals, though it is worth noting that StatCounter analyzes browser usage from a total three million websites. Although recent reports have noted that Firefox is losing market share utilization, which is certainly the case from looking at the StatCounter data, it seems that Internet Explorer and Edge are following the same path except at a faster rate.

Despite the small lead that Firefox is now enjoying over Internet Explorer and Edge, Chrome continues to dominate in worldwide desktop browser usage with 60.5 percent in April alone, which is up 1.5 percent from February of this year.

Source: Ars Technica UK



Radeon Software Crimson Edition Version 16.4.2 Released

Category: Software
Posted: April 25, 2016 02:42PM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has officially released version 16.4.2 of its Radeon Software Crimson Edition, which includes a variety of highlights. Some of these highlights include new or updated Crossfire Profiles for Elite Dangerous and Need for Speed, as well as full support for Thunderbolt 3 eGFX enclosures that are configured with Radeon R9 Fury, Nano, or 300 Series GPUs. The latest version of the Radeon Software Crimson Edition for AMD also includes a wealth of resolved issues, to include things like The Division experiencing flickering while utilizing AMD Crossfire technology, GPU clocks being stuck on some products after an application crashes, flickering within the SteamVR Performance Test while utilizing AMD Crossfire technology, the power efficiency toggle showing up for some unsupported products, and more.

Radeon Software Crimson Edition version 16.4.2 is available to download immediately for 32 and 64-bit versions of Windows 7, 8.1, and 10.

Source: AMD



NVIDIA Releases GeForce Hot Fix Driver 364.96

Category: Software
Posted: April 17, 2016 08:03AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has recently released version 364.96 of its GeForce hot fix driver, which primarily focuses on providing support for the Doom open beta that commenced just a few days ago. The driver also is said to have fixed some FPS drops that occur on select GPUs after waking up from sleep. Affected titles for this FPS drop issue include Dark Souls 3 and The Division, though some users on the official NVIDIA forums are reporting that Dark Souls 3 is suddenly crashing after installing the GeForce Hot Fix Driver 364.96.

For individuals that have a supported NVIDIA GPU and are still enjoying the Doom open beta throughout the rest of today, it just might be worth downloading the latest hot fix driver from NVIDIA.

Source: WCCFtech



VRMark Preview and More Added to 3DMark

Category: Software
Posted: April 6, 2016 01:08PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*


Futuremark, the company behind several popular benchmarking suites, is rolling out a big update for 3DMark. This update adds a new user interface, a more flexible design, and for the Advanced and Professional Editions, a VRMark Preview. Naturally VRMark will be a virtual reality benchmark when it releases, but for now users can explore two test scenes with the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or their monitors, if they lack a headset.

The new user interface is designed to be faster and more flexible as additional tests are added. Already since this version of 3DMark launched, Fire Strike Ultra, Sky Diver, and the API Overhead tests have been added. To accelerate updating the suite, its internal framework has been rebuilt to allow individual benchmarks to be downloaded and installed independently. So if you do not need or want the Ice Storm tests, which are more geared for less powerful machines, you can leave them out. This applies to both the Steam and standalone versions.

Source: Futuremark




AMD Could Be Dropping 32-bit Support for Radeon Software

Category: Software
Posted: March 29, 2016 04:05AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although AMD has done pretty well lately in regards to its driver releases that support the latest technology and video game titles, it looks like the company could be dropping 32-bit support rather soon. Various individuals over at the source link below have noted that when visiting the download center for AMD drivers and clicking on the 32-bit link for some of the Windows 8.1 and 10 drivers, a knowledge-base article about 32-bit support is now displayed. The article, which is listed as GPU-622, is titled “AMD Radeon R9 Fury, R9 300 & R7 300 Support for 32 Bit Operating Systems” and lists information about the GPUs providing “the highest levels of performance, visual accuracy and stability on 64 bit platforms.” While the 32-bit drivers in question are able to be found with some URL guessing, it seems quite evident that AMD is looking to focus its efforts primarily on 64-bit drivers in the near future, especially with its upcoming products. This seems true when looking at the company's recently launched Radeon Pro Duo GPU, which only offers 64-bit drivers at this time.

Source: TechPowerUp



NVIDIA Game Ready 364.72 WHQL Driver Released for VR Headsets and Multiple Games

Category: Software
Posted: March 28, 2016 12:49PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Not to be outdone by AMD with the release of its Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3.2 driver, NVIDIA has officially released its Game Ready 364.72 WHQL driver to its users. The latest driver from the green team includes full support for the Oculus Rift, the latest support and enhancements for the upcoming Vive headset from HTC, and the latest support for VRWorks from NVIDIA. Various optimizations and enhancements for virtual reality games, such as EVE: Valkyrie, Chronos, and Elite Dangerous, are included in version 364.72 of the NVIDIA Game Ready driver as well. In order to satisfy gamers who enjoy playing titles just as their released, NVIDIA's Game Ready 364.72 WHQL driver also provides the optimal experience for titles that include Quantum Break, Killer Instinct, Dark Souls III, and Paragon early-access.

Source: NVIDIA Drivers



AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3.2 Driver as Oculus Rift Ships to Consumers

Category: Software
Posted: March 28, 2016 12:22PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although it is not quite ready for download from the AMD website, Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3.2 has officially been released by AMD, coinciding with the shipments of the Oculus Rift to consumers. The latest driver from AMD comes with support for version 1.3 of the Oculus Rift SDK, and also supports the new AMD Radeon Pro Duo GPU. The driver promises to enable the Asynchronous Time Warp technology that the Rift provides through LiquidVR's Asynchronous Shaders and new Quick Response Queue feature. With the release of version 16.3.2 of the Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver, AMD has publicly noted that it has "worked very closely with Oculus to implement LiquidVR features into their software that take full advantage of Radeon GPUs."

Source: Legit Reviews



AIDA64 5.70 Now Available for Download

Category: Software
Posted: March 23, 2016 02:47AM
Author: Brentt Moore

FinalWire has officially made version 5.70 of AIDA64 available for download. The latest version of the tried and true PC diagnostic utility brings in a variety of features and support, especially for some of the latest hardware available to consumers. Some of the features and improvements of AIDA64 5.70 include AVX and FMA accelerated FP32 and FP64 ray tracing benchmarks, Vulkan graphics accelerator diagnostics, Microsoft Windows 10 Redstone RS1 Insider Preview support, and improved support for AMD Zen Summit Ridge CPUs and Intel Kaby Lake CPUs. Additionally, the latest version of the software from FinalWire now includes ACPI 6.1 support, Corsair Link sensor support, Corsair AXi PSU sensor support, Multiple pages support for Logitech Arx and RemoteSensor, RGB LED mouse support for Corsair, Logitech, and Razer, and more.

Version 5.70 of AIDA64 can be be downloaded from the software's official download page.

Source: Press Release



Opera Now Includes Built-in Ad Blocking

Category: Software
Posted: March 10, 2016 04:27PM
Author: Nick Harezga

There are a number of popular methods for blocking ads in web browsers, with Adblock Plus arguably the most popular and well known. Opera has announced that it will begin bundling ad blocking software with its web browser, making it the first major browser to do so. The motivations behind ad blocking include "faster loading Web pages, increased privacy and security and a less intrusive web browsing experience." An Opera spokeswoman delved further into the reasoning, stating "Ad-blocking technology is an opportunity and a wake-up call to the advertising industry to pay attention to what consumers are actually saying." The technology will first be added to a version targeted at developers and early adopters with plans to move to its mainstream browser later. Perhaps this move could help the browser make up some ground on the four browsers ahead of it in usage.

Source: Venture Beat



NVIDIA Pushes New Driver to Fix Installation Issues of GeForce Driver Version 364.47

Category: Software
Posted: March 9, 2016 06:36AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It was revealed yesterday that the latest GameReady driver from NVIDIA successfully added Vulkan API support to the mix. Unfortunately, a wealth of users were reporting critical installation issues with version 364.47 of the GeForce driver when doing an "Express" installation. In order to remedy this, NVIDIA has pushed out version 364.51 of its GeForce driver. Although the driver is currently in a beta state, it has been submitted to Microsoft for WHQL certification, and will be updated as being WHQL certified in the near future. NVIDIA is recommending that pending installations of version 364.47 not be installed, and that users should instead utilize the new 364.51 beta version, or wait for the driver to be WHQL certified.

Source: NVIDIA Support



Latest NVIDIA Drivers Add Vulkan API Support

Category: Software
Posted: March 8, 2016 04:59PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest WHQL drivers from NVIDIA, version 364.47, were released yesterday with Game Ready support for multiple upcoming games. Absent from our post yesterday is the fact that NVIDIA also added support for version 1.0.3 of the Vulkan kernel. Vulkan is the successor to OpenGL created by the Khronos Group, with version 1.0 made available just last month. As the API was just recently released there aren't many games that take advantage of it, but with this release "Nvidia has positioned itself advantageously against the competition as a result of being the first company to support both DirectX 12 and Vulkan in a complete, non-beta state."

Source: Digital Trends



Microsoft SQL Server Coming to Linux

Category: Software
Posted: March 8, 2016 04:44PM
Author: Nick Harezga

Microsoft has announced plans to make its SQL Server database software available to Linux users for the first time. A move like this indicates that Microsoft "is now prioritizing the sale of its database software over the sale of the operating system running beneath it." This sentiment was echoed by CEO Satya Nadella who stated, "Our most strategic asset is not the server operating system." Users can start evaluating the software with a preview version now, with a full release expected during the middle of next year. The move could help Microsoft better compete against the many other offerings that are available, both open source and proprietary, a thought shared by IDC's enterprise infrastructure VP Al Gillen who "would expect this will also accelerate the overall adoption of SQL Server."

Source: The Verge



NVIDIA Adds Game Ready Drivers for The Division and More

Category: Software
Posted: March 7, 2016 04:21PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The latest batch of Game Ready drivers from NVIDIA, version 364.47 WHQL, are now available. Game Ready support has been added for The Division, Need For Speed, Hitman, and Ashes of the Singularity and will "ensure the best possible experience." The Division releases tomorrow and Need For Speed will be available a week later, while Hitman releases March 11 and Ashes of the Singularity is already available. Since the release of the new drivers, some users have reported having problems when using multiple monitor configurations. NVIDIA has acknowledged the problem and released a statement regarding the problem, "Initial investigation suggests the issue is isolated to multiple-monitor configurations. Should you experience issues, you can either disconnect one monitor during the driver installation (and reconnect once completed) or you can uninstall the driver through Windows Safe-Mode and revert to a previous version. Our driver team is actively investigating the issue and we will have more information shortly."

Source: WCCF Tech



AMD Provides Crossfire Profile for Far Cry Primal in Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1

Category: Software
Posted: March 2, 2016 04:21AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD seems to be on a roll lately with its beta driver releases, as the company has just pushed out Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 hotfix to gamers. The updated driver comes just days after AMD released version 16.2 of its Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver, which provided gamers with various performance improvements and bug fixes. Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2.1 hotfix is a much smaller update for the company, as it focuses on delivering a Crossfire profile for Far Cry Primal, which was just release by Ubisoft yesterday.

Source: AMD



AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2 Hotfix

Category: Software
Posted: February 26, 2016 03:13AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has just recently released its Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2 Hotfix, which ushers in a wealth of fixes and improvements for owners of supported graphics cards. The primary highlight for the latest video card driver from AMD is the support and optimization for Ashes of the Singularity - Benchmark 2.0, which is the first ever benchmark to boast Asynchronous Compute, multi-GPU, and multi-threaded command buffer Re-ordering that is a part of DirectX 12 benchmarking. Some of the other features included within Crimson Edition 16.2 Hotfix include Crossfire profiles for The Division and XCOM 2, various fixes for Fallout 4, multiple fixes related to AMD Freesync and AMD Crossfire, and various fixes, performance improvements, and quality upgrades for Rise of the Tomb Raider.

The hotfix version of Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.2 is available for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. More information on the latest AMD release can be viewed at the source link below.

Source: AMD



Version 0.8.7 of GPU-Z Released by TechPowerUp

Category: Software
Posted: February 23, 2016 05:23PM
Author: Brentt Moore

TechPowerUp has officially released version 0.8.7 of GPU-Z, which brings in a multitude of fixes, improvements, and support for various hardware. The popular graphics subsystem information, monitoring, and diagnostic utility now properly detects the Radeon Software Crimson Edition Driver version, provides improved explanations for OpenCL detection errors on AMD GPUs, includes updated Armenian language texts, offers various stability fixes, and always displays the Revision ID as two digits. Version 0.8.7 also includes support for a multitude of NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel graphics processing units, and boasts fixes for a variety of detection issues.

The latest version of GPU-Z from TechPowerUp, which is available in a special ASUS ROG theme, can be downloaded from the software's official website.

Source: TechPowerUp



Version 1.0 of Vulkan API Officially Now Available

Category: Software
Posted: February 16, 2016 05:12PM
Author: Nick Harezga

The Vulkan API was first announced by the Khronos Group a little less than a year ago, and version 1.0 of the software API specification is now available. Vulkan is the successor to OpenGL and was initially based on the AMD Mantle API and is described as "an open-source, cross-platform low-overhead API that promises huge performance gains in 3D applications by giving developers low-level control of graphics and CPU hardware, much in the same way that games consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One do." A series of conformance tests were released with the API to ensure compliance with the standard, and a number of compliant drivers were released from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and others. As the API provides better low level access, developers should see improvements in applications that can take better advantage of multithreading and memory management. Vulkan has the added benefit of being platform agnostic, whereas DirectX 12 and the Metal API from Apple are limited in availability. A number of significant game developers including Valve, Epic, Dice, and Unity have "pledged to support and have been involved in some way with the creation of Vulkan, but currently none have games that make use of the API."

Source: Ars Technica



NVIDIA Releases Game Ready Drivers for Street Fighter V

Category: Software
Posted: February 16, 2016 04:44PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has released its latest version of the GeForce graphics driver, 361.91 WHQL, in advance of the release of Street Fighter V. In addition to Street Fighter V, the Game Ready drivers add optimizations for the Hitman beta, Monster Hunter Online beta, and the most recent Arma 3 update. NVIDIA has also added SLI profiles for several recently released games including XCOM 2, The Division, and Rainbow Six: Siege. GeForce cards that run in Linux systems are also receiving some love as the company has released updated firmware for the cards that will allow for hardware acceleration on GM200 and GM204 based cards.

Source: Tech Spot



AMD Releases Hotfix for Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1

Category: Software
Posted: February 5, 2016 12:59AM
Author: Brentt Moore

AMD has officially released a hotfix for version 16.1.1 of its Radeon Software Crimson Edition, which the company pushed to Radeon users just days ago. The hotfix release includes some important highlights, such as Fallout 4 and Rise of the Tomb Raider AMD Crossfire profiles, as well as performance and quality improvements for Rise of the Tomb Raider. Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1 hotfix also resolves some issues for gamers, such as display corruption on systems with multiple monitors, crashing of Battlefield Hardline when altering graphic quality settings, brightness flickering in some games when AMD FreeSync was enabled, and custom game profiles resetting back to default settings after a system restart, just to name a few.

The hotfix version of Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.1.1, which is available for 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, and can be downloaded immediately from the source link below.

Source: AMD



Microsoft Acquires SwiftKey for $250 Million

Category: Software
Posted: February 3, 2016 01:38PM
Author: Leo Ohayon

SwiftKey, maker of the iconic predictive smartphone keyboard, has been acquired by Microsoft for $250 million. According to Microsoft, there are no plans to halt development for iOS and Android platforms, but it will be pushing for "integration of the core technology aross the breadth of our product and services portfolio."

SwiftKey can be found on over 300 million devices and supports over 100 languages, as well as bilingual auto-correction. SwiftKey also has GreenHouse, a type of beta testing environment for end users to try new potential SwiftKey features. GreenHouse currently includes SwiftKey Symbols, a symbol-based communication method to assist individuals with special needs, as well as SwiftKey Neural, which is the world’s first smartphone keyboard to use artificial neural networks to predict and correct typing.

This buyout continues Microsoft’s trend of purchasing productivity applications – it recently acquired Acompli, Wunderlist, and Sunrise. It is believed that these acquisitions will be ported over to Windows Phone in hopes to add some much needed features to the OS.

Source: Ars Technica



New GeForce Experience Beta Introduces Additional Features

Category: Software
Posted: January 26, 2016 08:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

NVIDIA has officially released version 2.10.0.60 of the GeForce Experience beta, which adds new features such as desktop and windowed mode capture, as well as advanced microphone controls. The ability to capture videos and screenshots of games in both fullscreen and windowed modes allows gamers to broadcast and share every moment of gameplay with friends and followers. Gamers are even able to switch back and forth between fullscreen and windowed modes without interruption, and desktop elements and are able to be removed with previously introduced gallery features contained within the GeForce Experience beta. New microphone controls allow recording devices to be changed and the recording volume to be adjusted, ensuring that gameplay capture and streaming receives the perfect audio.

The latest GeForce Experience beta is able to be downloaded from the official GeForce Experience website.

Source: GeForce



Linux Exploit Attacks Grub2 With Backspace Key

Category: Software
Posted: December 21, 2015 04:55PM
Author: Nick Harezga

A pair of researchers, Hector Marco and Ismael Ripoll, from the Cybersecurity Group at Universitat Politècnica de València have discovered an exploit in versions 1.98 to 2.02 of the latest GRand Unified Bootloader, Grub2. Considering the widespread use of Grub2 and the fact that these versions extend back to 2009, the researchers said the flaw results in an "incalculable number of affected devices." The exploit is executed by simply pressing the backspace key 28 times when Grub2 prompts for a username. Vulnerable machines will bring up a shell that grants full administrative privilege "to load customised kernels and operating systems, install rootkits, download the full disc or destroy all data on a machine." The exploit is caused by a pair of functions susceptible to integer overflow that causes the system to attempt to erase nonexistent characters, resulting in out of bounds memory errors. The researchers have alerted major Linux vendors and an emergency patch can be found on Github, and users should be sure to patch their systems as soon as possible. If there is one thing that could lessen the impact of the exploit, an attacker needs physical access to your machine in order to press the backspace key.

Source: ZDNet



NVIDIA Adds Virtual Reality SLI Support to GameWorks

Category: Software
Posted: December 21, 2015 04:35PM
Author: Nick Harezga

NVIDIA has announced the release of its latest Game Ready drivers, and with it comes support for GameWorks VR 1.1. As part of this update, NVIDIA has added VR SLI support for OpenGL applications and the latest Oculus SDK. Support is made possible through the "GL_NVX_linked_gpu_multicast" OpenGL extension that improves High-performance stereo head-mounted display (HMD) rendering speed. The new extension grants the ability to control multiple GPUs in an SLI setup through a single OpenGL context. Autodesk saw a 1.7x speedup in its VRED software when used with HMDs and close to a 2x speedup with stereo displays and projectors. Users will have access to this technology in both GeForce and Quadro drivers version 361.43 and newer. NVIDIA offers a simplified explanation of how everything works stating, "With the OpenGL multicast extension, it’s possible to upload the same scene to two different GPUs and render it from two different viewpoints with a single OpenGL rendering stream. This distributes the rendering workload across two GPUs and eliminates the CPU overhead of sending the rendering commands twice, providing a simple way to achieve substantial speedup ."

Source: NVIDIA



AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.12 Drivers

Category: Software
Posted: December 18, 2015 01:16PM
Author: Guest_Jim_*

In time for the holiday game sales, AMD has released new graphics drivers, Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.12. This release includes fixes for Star Wars Battlefront, Fallout 4, Just Cause 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and some Overdrive fan issues.

For Battlefront, flicker snow, broken sky rendering, and the visibility of shadowy textures have been fixed. Fallout 4 issue with the compass flickering on R9 390 series GPUs has been fixed, but the issue with R9 290 and R9 295X2 is still being looked into. The texture corruption of Just Cause 3 has been fixed and Black Ops 3 has had its Crossfire performance improved.

You can read the complete list of resolved issues and known issues by following the source link below.

Source: AMD



Firefox Gets a 64-bit Version for Windows

Category: Software
Posted: December 16, 2015 04:41PM
Author: Nick Harezga

In a move that I found to be quite surprising, Mozilla has released a 64-bit version of the Firefox web browser for Windows, a move that is surprising because I just assumed that it had already happened. Mac and Linux users have had a 64-bit version for a while, but it took until release 43 for it to come to Windows. The 64-bit build is for Windows 7 and up, and users of a current 32-bit version will have to download an all new copy rather than upgrading their current install. Users likely won't see much of a difference as "most of the big improvements happen behind the scenes, although the 64-bit version should be able to keep more tabs open without slowing as well as run web apps that require 64-bit support."

Source: PC World



Futuremark Reveals New 3DMark GPU Test That Incorporates DirectX 12 API

Category: Software
Posted: December 15, 2015 07:23AM
Author: Brentt Moore

Pasi Virtanen, the product manager for Futuremark’s 3DMark, has taken the time at a Chinese media event to reveal a new GPU test that will be included within the next version of 3DMark. The new test, which is currently known as "Time Spy," utilizes DirectX 12 in order to push graphics cards to the limit. The test is supposed to be roughly five times heavier on GPUs than Fire Strike is, and will render in 1080p, 1440p, and 4K for cards that have over 2GB of memory.

While no official release date for the new 3DMark suite has been announced, it is expected that it will be released in the first quarter of next year. The suite will include the newly revealed GPU test as well as an additional GPU benchmark and a CPU test.

Source: eTeknix and TechPowerUp



Version 5.60 of AIDA64 Released by FinalWire

Category: Software
Posted: December 8, 2015 04:12AM
Author: Brentt Moore

FinalWire has officially released version 5.60 of AIDA64, a feature rich PC diagnostic utility that showcases detailed information about hardware and software of individual or networked computers. The latest version of the utility includes a wealth of support for various hardware and software, such as Windows 10 TH2, OpenCL 2.1, Farbwerk water-cooler sensors, Crucial BX200 and Lite-On MU II SSDs, and Corsair HXi, Corsair RMi, and Enermax Digifanless power supplies. AIDA64 5.60 also boasts preliminary support for AMD Zen Raven Ridge APUs and Summit Ridge CPUs, as well as Intel Apollo Lake, Broxton, Kaby Lake CPUs. GPU details for the AMD Radeon R9 380X along with the GeForce 945M, Quadro M3000M, and Quadro M5000M by NVIDIA are now available within the latest version of AIDA64, and auto detect information and SMART drive health monitoring for Samsung NVMe SSDs is included too.

Interested PC enthusiasts can retrieve version 5.60 of AIDA64 from the official download page for the software.

Source: Press Release



GeForce 359.12 Hotfix Notebook Driver Released by NVIDIA

Category: Software
Posted: December 3, 2015 04:56PM
Author: Brentt Moore

Although NVIDIA just released its Game Ready 359.06 WHQL driver for Just Cause 3 and Rainbow Six Siege two days ago, the company has just made available the GeForce 359.12 hotfix notebook driver. The hotfix driver is nearly identical to version 359.06 of the Game Ready driver, but contains fixes that help to mitigate game crashes for GeForce GTX 860M mobile GPU owners. The quick release of the GeForce 359.12 hotfix notebook driver shows NVIDIA’s commitment to its user base, something that AMD has also shown recently with its Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1 that acted as a hotfix for its users.

Interested GeForce GTX 860M mobile GPU owners can download the GeForce 359.12 hotfix notebook driver, which does not offer WHQL certification, from the official GeForce driver website.

Source: TechPowerUp



AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.1

Category: Software
Posted: December 1, 2015 07:42AM
Author: Brentt Moore

It was reported yesterday that AMD was expected to release a hot fix for its Radeon Software Crimson Edition driver that happened to cause some cards to overheat in various usage scenarios. AMD came through with this expectation, as the company officially released version 15.11.1 of Radeon Software Crimson Edition yesterday. The latest version of the AMD driver specifically fixes the fan problem that caused graphics cards to overheat, and also addresses 15 other issues that the 2.5 million users who downloaded the driver in the last week were able to discover.

Source: Legit Reviews



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