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AMD welcomes in the New Year, releases Catalyst 12.1, 12.1 Preview, 8.921.2 RC11 drivers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 4:15 am

AMD have just gone crazy and released a bunch of new updates for Radeon owners. There's an official Microsoft-certified build (12.1), a preview of the next official release (12.2) and an early driver for the HD 7900-Series (8.921.2 RC11).

 

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If you want to continue with your stability and trust in AMD's recommendations, we suggest grabbing the WHQL-certified 12.1 release, if you want to live a bit on the edge, grab the 12.1 Preview, and if you're a HD 7900-Series owner, you might want to test the new 8.921.2 RC11 driver.

 

Keep in mind that the Catalyst 12.1 and Catalyst 12.2 Preview drivers both don't support the latest-generation Radeon HD 7900-Series GPUs. If you want drivers for that series, you want the 8.921.2 RC11 drivers. The RC11 drivers give an 8- to 250-percent improvement in games and benchmarks such as Alien Vs. Predator, Battlefield 3, Crysis 2 and TessMark (OpenGL).

 

You can grab those drivers at AMD's Graphics Drivers & Software download page.

The first AMD Radeon HD 7950 is up for pre-order, is a Gigabyte-branded card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 3:26 am

Want to get in on that Graphics Core Next business, but don't want to shell out the cash for the HD 7970? Well, pre-orders for the GIGABYTE-branded HD 7950 are up on PROVANTAGE, where it's been spotted at a price of $481.58.

 

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The specs provided are just a tease: "HD 7950 3072MB DDR5 384BIT PCI Express DVI". Lazily, they've used a picture of the HD 4850, which is really bad in my opinion. If you're going to go as far as listing the card, maybe get a picture from GIGABYTE? Or at least have "TBD" or something in its place.

 

Rumor has it that the post-launch pricing of the HD 7950 will stick to the $400 mark. If they can get to this point, Team Green will need to change gears, and quick.

Happy Australia Day everyone!

By: TweakTown Staff | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 3:17 am

Australia Day is here everyone! The team at TweakTown would like to wish you a Happy Australia Day and hope that you enjoy your well deserved public holiday and time off to spend with friends and family.

 

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For those of you who are working, I hope that it's not all bad and I hope that you blokes have a cold beer waiting for you at home tonight. I have beers cooling in the fridge for once my shift of news and posting for TweakTown is done, as well as stuff to throw on the BBQ. Feel free to stop by the House of Anthony if you're keen, ha.

 

On a similar note, our thoughts are with those going through the chaos that is the NSW's north coast right now, where rivers have overflowed after days of heavy rain. On top of this, Queenslanders have been warned to prepare for further weather chaos with the possibility of a cyclone forming in north Queensland in the next few days.

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MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom used to be No. 1 on Modern Warfare 3, has dropped to No. 2 since being arrested

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 2:26 am

MegaUpload was taken down a few days ago, as we and many other websites, news sites and even TV had talked about or posted. In between all of this little did anyone realise, he was a near pro Modern Warfare 3 player.

 

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He wasn't in a serious clan or fight in scrims or matches, but he was the No. 1 player in the world for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Kim Dotcom's gamer name was "MEGARACER", and whilst he has been in custody, Arazos took his place and knocked MEGARACER down to No. 2.

 

On New Years Eve, MEGARACER won the fight of No. 1 position, but Azaros soon overtook him with 9.09 million points on the MW3 leaderboard, leaving MEGARACER with just 9.05 million points. Azaros has 181,800 kills and 63,418 deaths, with a kill/death ration (KDR) of 2.87. MEGARACER on the other hand has 180,980 kills and 86,241 deaths backed up by a KDR of only 2.10.

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Facebook is down, have Anonymous gone through with their threat?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 1:15 am

[update] Seems to be OK now, but at the time it was definitely down. I noticed it pretty quickly and no one else from Google searches had said anything about it. I figured I must have been one of the only ones to notice that quick. Seems all good now! Thanks to our readers for commenting and letting us know of their success/problems with Facebook! You guys and girls are awesome! :)

 

I just had a text message from my BFF, Tristan, who has informed me Facebook is down. I was typing up some news and thought "yeah, come on". I checked Facebook.com and sure as HELL, it's down.

 

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Before getting into a panic of not being able to update my status, I checked http://www.downforeveryoneorjustme.com and sure enough I was presented with:

 

It's not just you! http://facebook.com looks down from here.

 

The site loaded up just as I got 3/4 the way through typing up this piece, but is now ultra slow. I'd say it feels like its at 5-percent working capacity right now.

 

I'll update this post as we find information out.

 

Comment to let us know if you're experiencing issues, or if the site is not even loading at all for you.

1000 player FPS battle happening this Sunday, want to help create a World Record?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2012 1:04 am

Yes, you read that right. Much Different, a Swedish-based, non-profit organisation have given themselves quite the goal. A 1000 player FPS battle, which isn't even a full game, but a browser-based FPS title.

 

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It is called "Man Vs. Machine" and is a game that:

 

Demonstrates the possibilities of a new kind of technology, developed by MuchDifferent, for creating massive online games. The secret behind being able to handle a much larger amount of players in one First Person Shooter (FPS) battlefield lays in having several (in this case 8) single-threaded servers working together as one, thanks to PikkoServer.

 

The game is built on the Unity engine, and uses some spiffy server technology that is meant to eliminate lag. Much Different have tested the servers, but just not with the general public yet. Much Different state that:

 

As long as you have an Internet connection capable of downloading 31 KB/s the amount of lag you experience should mainly depend on your distance from Stockholm, Sweden, rather than the number of players in the game.

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Wednesday Morning Roundup for January 25, 2012

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Roundups | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 2:17 pm

The latest happenings from around the web, January 25th, 2012:

 

Power Supplies:

 

Super Flower Golden King 1000 W - techPowerUp!

 

Storage:

 

Patriot Pyro SE 240GB Solid State Drive - APH Networks

Synology RackStation RS212 - KitGuru

Silicon Power Diamond D10 USB 3.0 750GB 2.5-inch Portable Hard Drive - ThinkComputers.org

Intel SSD 310 mSATA 80 GByte - Hardware-Mag.de

 

Media Players:

 

ZOTAC ZBOX AD04 Plus AMD Fusion Mini PC - Hardware Heaven

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Deal of the Day: Samsung Series 9 (13.3-Inch) UltraBook w/ Intel Core i5-2467M, 128GB SSD - $999 Shipped! Includes $200 Microsoft Credit for Future Purchases!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Laptops | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 1:21 pm

Our Deal of the Day is Samsung Series 9 (13.3-Inch) UltraBook w/ Intel Core i5-2467M, 128GB SSD - $999 Shipped! Includes $200 Microsoft Credit for Future Purchases!

 

Great price for this Samsung Series 9 UltraBook. The Microsoft Store has it for $999 shipped plus a $200 credit for future purchases! Check out the specs:

 

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13.3" LED backlit Screen (1366 x 768)

1.60 GHz Intel Core i5-2467M

4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz Memory

128 GB SSD

1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0, Micro HDMI

6-cell lithium-ion (up to 7 hours)

1.3 MP High-Definition Webcam

Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Capable (separate adapter required)

Bluetooth

12.90" x 8.90" x 0.64" at 2.88 lbs

 

SAMSUNG SERIES 9 13.3 INCH ULTRABOOK 128GB SSD DEAL

 

Check our TweakTown Daily Deals page for more tech bargains!

Mobile App of the Day: Shazam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 12:09 pm

Our Mobile App of the Day is Shazam

 

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Unlimited tagging is now here for everyone, so Shazam as much as you like.

 

Now with LyricPlay¬ô! Full-screen visualization of lyrics that play in time to the music you're tagging - learn the lyrics you thought you knew!

 

Hear a song you don't know? Shazam identifies it instantly - the 4th most downloaded App of all time.

 

You can also:

○ Save & listen again (with 30 sec preview)

○ Buy tracks easily on iTunes

○ Watch music videos and concerts on YouTube

○ Share music with friends on Facebook & Twitter

○ Learn the lyrics you thought you knew

○ Discover new music from your Shazam Friends and Shazam Charts

○ Find out when an artist is on tour or has a new album available

○ Use it when you don't have a signal

 

"Do you believe in magic? Maybe you will after trying Shazam - a jaw droppingly awesome music identifier. It has the uncanny ability to recognize the track and tell you everything about it" - GIZMODO

 

You can upgrade in the app with a few taps for Shazam Recommendations, to play tracks in Spotify (US) and for a Shazam experience without the banner ads.

Download of the Day: AIDA64 version 2.20

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Jan 25, 2012 11:21 am

Our Download of the Day is AIDA64 v2.20

 

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AIDA64 Extreme Edition is a streamlined Windows diagnostic and benchmarking software for home users. AIDA64 Extreme Edition provides a wide range of features to assist in overclocking, hardware error diagnosis, stress testing, and sensor monitoring. It has unique capabilities to assess the performance of the processor, system memory, and disk drives. AIDA64 is compatible with all current 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems, including Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

 

New features & improvements

 

OpenCL GPGPU Stress Test

Support for Intel Atom "Cedarview" processors

Support for Intel Core "Ivy Bridge" APUs and Intel 7-Series chipsets

ACPI 5.0 and OpenCL 1.2 support

GPU details for AMD Radeon HD 7970 and nVIDIA GeForce GT 640

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