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DriverTT: AMD also release Catalyst Application Profiles 12.1 CAP 3, includes improved Alan Wake CrossFire performance and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 6:35 am

Just a few minutes ago we reported of the AMD Catalyst 12.1 pre-certified drivers, but the good news didn't stop there. AMD were also kind enough to release the Catalyst Application Profiles 12.1 CAP 3 which includes a bunch of profiles for some newly-released games.

 

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First up we have Alan Wake, which gets "improves CrossFire performance", Syndicate which receives both single-GPU and CrossFire performance improvements, Darkness 2 gets just improved CrossFire performance. Lastly, we have Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, which gets improved CrossFire performance for the AMD Radeon HD 6000 Series to avoid negative scaling at low resolution and finally, Natural Selection 2, where the 12.1 CAP 3 fixes shadow map flickering issues that are seen when CrossFire is enabled.

 

You can get all dirty with the Catalyst Application Profiles 12.1 CAP 3, here.

DriverTT: AMD Catalyst 12.1 Pre-Certified drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 6:30 am

For those of you who don't want to dilly-dally waiting for the WHQL-certified drivers from AMD, you can jump on these newly-released drivers. They come in the form of the Catalyst 12.1 pre-certified drivers, and support the Radeon HD 2000, HD 3000, HD 4000, HD 5000, HD 6000, and HD 7000 Series cards.

 

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They include quite the handful of support, features and enhancements, as listed below:

 

Windows 7 and Windows Vista support for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series and AMD Radeon HD 7700 Series

 

- Enables support for Windows 7 64-bit/32-bit and Windows Vista 64-bit/32-bit

- Windows XP support will be made available in AMD Catalyst 12.4

 

Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing is now available for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications

 

- Supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900 and 7700 Series

- Users can now enable Super Sample Anti-Aliasing and Adaptive Anti-Aliasing through the AMD Catalyst Control Center for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications

- Applications must support in game Anti-Aliasing for the feature to work (Forced on Anti-Aliasing through the Catalyst Control Center is not supported for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 applications)

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NVIDIA preps GeForce GTX 560 SE, wants to tango with AMD's Radeon HD 7770

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 5:26 am

NVIDIA rebrands again, and is set to release the 6th member of the desktop GTX 560 family, which will enjoy giving presents to the following GPUs on Christmas: GTX 560 Ti, GTX 560, GTX 560 Ti (OEM), GTX 560 (OEM) and GTX 560 Ti 448 Core.

 

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But, the GTX 560 SE seems to fall in line more with the OEM GTX 555 than those GPUs. The GTX 560 SE is made from a GF114 derivative, but with 2 SMs disabled which brings it to a total of 288 SP and 48 TMU. Core clocks will be placed at 776MHz, with shaders placed at 1552MHz. 1 MC is disabled, which gives the GTX 560 SE a memory interface of 192-bit, with 3828MHz 1GB GDDR5 with a total bandwidth of 92GB/sec.

 

The new GTX 560 SE is expected to offer performance similar to that of the GTX 555 OEM, and is looking to go into the ring against the quite-amazing AMD Radeon HD 7770. It will be priced quite competitively, at the $150-mark, but won't match AMD's amazing performance/watt ratio.

Facebook to release Timeline for Brands, arrives later this month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 3:51 am

Facebook for Timeline has been great for some, personally, I love it. It's not super-useful, but it looks nice going to a profile with Timeline. That's just me. According to new reports, Facebook will bring its Timeline profile pages to brands this month, starting in the US.

 

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Facebook teased Timeline back in September of last year at their F8 conference, and at the time of the announcement, Facebook said they would wait to roll out the new feature for brands. Faebook Vice President of Marketing and Business Partnerships, David Fischer, has said that Timeline for Brands would be "consistent" with the Timeline look-and-feel, but would not be a carbon copy.

 

The new Timeline for Brands will start in beta, and have just a handful of partners, after which it'll roll through to others in stages. Facebook have of course, declined to comment. Facebook for Brands will be interesting to see, and what businesses can do with the new Timeline-equipped pages.

Intel to push back Ivy Bridge launch from April to June

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 3:16 am

Intel's upcoming 22nm-based Ivy Bridge processors are set to be delayed by a few months, because Sandy Bridge-based notebook inventories are not moving as fast as notebook makers, and Intel, want. Mass shipments of Ivy Bridge were expected in April, but may be pushed along until June, according to DigiTimes.

 

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First-tier notebook vendors are having problems pushing their Sandy Bridge-based notebook inventories, and because of the weak global economy, this won't go away anytime soon. Intel is also troubled by it Sandy Bridge processor inventory, which means they have plans to delay the mass shipments of Ivy Bridge-based tech in order to minimize the impact.

 

Now that the launch schedule has changed, notebook vendors are shuffling plans for new Ivy Bridge-based products. These plans are still shaky, even with the delay, because of the impending release of Microsoft's next game-changing OS, Windows 8. The PC replacement trend won't catch on until Windows 8 is released, which is my opinion, and seems to be the opinion of notebook vendors, too.

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Skyrim already hits two million mod downloads

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 2:23 am

Bethesda were kind enough to release their Skyrim Creation Kit last week, with the key word there being "last week". In just under a weeks time, the Skyrim Creation Kit has allowed users around the world to release over 2,500 mods already, with those mods seeing a very tidy two million-plus downloads.

 

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People are definitely loving the Skyrim mods, and if this is how it gets treated a week into its life... imagine 3-6 months from now. Could this be the edge Skyrim needs to catapult it into a new stratosphere of success? It seems so, with the modding community so strong, this is why the PC will never die.

 

It seems as though Bethesda know how to please their fans, and with the thousands of mods being created, well, every week, it should be interesting to see where this goes when it comes to future game announcements from Bethesda. Will the next Elder Scrolls outing involve more of the community? Will there be a stand-out modder who gets scooped up by Bethesda? I think we'll see that in the coming months.

RumorTT: Google could launch Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean" in Q2 of this year, would run alongside Windows 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 1:35 am

Android 4.0 arrived with quite the hard thud late last year, whilst it looks pretty cool, the Android-based smartphones and tablets just did not adapt quick enough. Most smartphone and tablet makers really dragged their feet, with even flagship products such as the phone that rocks along in my pocket, the Samsung Galaxy S II, not receiving it yet.

 

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But, this could all [hopefully] change with the release of Android 5.0 "Jelly Bean". Google know that 2012 spells stronger competition in the OS market, with Microsoft releasing Windows 8 this year, and Apple will surely announce iOS 6 with the iPhone 5 (that's my guess, anyway). All of this is "according to Taiwan-based supply chain makers", thanks, DigiTimes.

 

Android 5.0 is said to be further optimized for tablet PCs, as well as having Chrome integration system functions to push dual-operating system designs. What does sound amazing, is that brand vendors can choose to adopt just Android 5.0 or add Android 5.0 to Windows 8 devices, allowing the ability to switch between the two OSes without the need to shut the device down. Take that, Apple.

 

Google hope to enter the notebook and netbook markets with Android 5.0, and if you can sport Windows 8 and Android 5.0 at the same time, this is going to be a kick-arse year for Google, and Microsoft.

Alan Wake is now available on PC!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 1:28 am

Alan Wake was first teased as a PC-exclusive, running on Intel's first quad-core processors, but eventually found its way onto Microsoft's Xbox 360 console as an Xbox 360-exclusive. Now the time has come for the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated, TIME Magazine Game of the Year, Alan Wake, to find its way through the dark, dimly lit forest, and onto the PC.

 

 

The game ships with both DLC packs, The Signal, and The Writer. It's not the usual run of the mill third-person action adventure game, Remedy have crafted this game into a grand, Hollywood-style story, with tonnes of atmosphere, and have crafted a game where the world feels real, you are Alan Wake.

 

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The PC version does ship with some exclusive features:

 

Includes Alan Wake Special Episodes "The Signal" and "The Writer"

Experience Alan Wake's Pacific Northwest in higher resolutions and higher fidelity than the Xbox360 version.

Fully configurable mouse and keyboard support, or if you prefer to play with the Microsoft gamepad connected to your PC, you can do that too!

Lots of customizable graphics settings and support for 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 aspect ratios!

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Apple announces Mountain Lion, grrr

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Feb 17, 2012 12:32 am

Apple have just announced they've released a developer preview of their upcoming OS, Mountain Lion. Touted as the ninth major release of the 'world's most advanced operating system', Mountain Lion will introduce popular apps from the iPad to the Mac, such as Messages, Notes, Reminders and Game Center, as well as Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring.

 

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On top of these iPad-related features, OS X Mountain Lion will sport iCloud, which allows for easy setup and integration with said apps. The developer preview of Mountain Lion also intros Gatekeeper. What is Gatekeeper? It's a 'revolutionary' security feature that helps keep you safe from malicious software by giving you complete control over what apps are allowed to be installed on your Mac.

 

Because Mountain View includes Messages, this means that iChat is now gone. Messages will continue to support services such as AIM, Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk. If you want to try it out on your Lion-based Mac, you can download the beta of Messages, here.

 

Because Mountain Lion has Twitter integration, you can sign on once and tweet directly from Safari, Quick Look, Photo Booth, Preview and other third-party applications. AirPlay Mirroring ushers in a new way to wireless send a secure 720p video stream of what's on your Mac, directly to an HDTV using Apple TV.

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Thursday Morning Roundup for February 16, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Feb 16, 2012 3:21 pm

The latest happenings in the technology world, February 16th, 2012.

 

GPUs:

 

AMD Radeon HD 7770 CrossFire - eTeknix

ASUS Radeon HD7770-DC-1GD5 - ocaholic

Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 Overclocked Video Card - Pro-Clockers

AMD Radeon HD 7770 XT 1GB Graphics Card - eTeknix

AMD HD7770 - Overclock3D.net

XFX & Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 - Neoseeker

ASUS HD 7750 - t-break

AMD HD7750 - Vortez News

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