Our Download of the Day is TechPowerUp's GPU-Z 0.5.8
TechPowerUp today released the latest version of GPU-Z, our popular video subsystem information and diagnostic utility that provides you with accurate information about the graphics hardware installed, and lets you monitor their clock speeds, fan speeds, voltages, VRAM consumption, etc., in real-time. Version 0.5.8 introduces two new features. The first one is a render test that applies sufficient load (not stress) on the GPU to pull it out of PCI-Express link-state power-management, to ensure the Bus information is accurate. If you find the PCI-Express bus link speed or PCIe version displayed incorrectly, simply click on the "?" button next to the field to launch the load test.
The next new feature is ASIC quality, designed for NVIDIA Fermi (GF10x and GF11x GPUs) and AMD Southern Islands (HD 7800 series and above), aimed at advanced users, hardware manufacturers, and the likes. We've found the ways in which AMD and NVIDIA segregate their freshly-made GPU ASICs based on the electrical leakages the chips produce (to increase yield by allotting them in different SKUs and performance bins), and we've found ways in which ASIC quality can be quantified and displayed. Find this feature in the context menu of GPU-Z. We're working on implementing this feature on older AMD Radeon GPUs.
The full change-log follows:
Added explanation about PCI-Express power savings and 3D render test to accurately measure bus config under load
Added function to display ASIC quality for Fermi and Southern Islands. (Located in the GPU-Z system menu)
Fixed crash on older ATI cards
Added voltage monitoring for HD 7970
Improved real-time clock monitoring for HD 7970
Fixed OpenCL detection for AMD Antilles, Whistler, Seymour, Blackcomb
Improved default clock reading for AMD HD 7970 and Fusion
Added support for AMD FirePro V7900, HD 6930, HD 7690M, HD 6410D
Fixed Intel Sandy Bridge IGP to be DirectX 10.1, 32 nm
Added support for NVIDIA Tesla C2075, GeForce GT 630M
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