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Today Futuremark announced the release of an update to its 3DMark benchmarking software for Windows. The update adds in support for Ice Storm Unlimited testing which will allow users to compare scores from mobile devices with their PC. The update also integrates the GPU-Z library which improves hardware detection and restores clock speed and temperature monitoring during testing.
With the integration of Ice Storm Unlimited, I am curious to see how some of the new Surface Pro 2 tablets and convertibles stack up against some of the desktop CPUs with integrated GPUs. With mobile connectivity and productivity becoming a bigger necessity with every passing day, the ability to run powerful apps such as those in Adobe's Creative Cloud, or even AutoDesk programs is more important than ever. With a benchmark that can compare mobile devices to desktop's figuring our what works with what just got easier.
There are those of you out there, like us, that would be using MemTest86 to test if your RAM is faulting, or stable at a certain speed. Well, PassMark Software, the developer behind MemTest86, has announced that MemTest86 V5 is out.
Version 5 includes a bunch of new features, including UEFI BIOS support, secure boot support, a native 64-bit binary, "significant" speed improvements, ECC RAM support, and the ability to write test reports to the bootable USB drive itself. The biggest feature to take away from this is the 64-bit binary, because up until today, every other version of MemTest86 was 32-bit only.
There are now two editions of MemTest86, the first is a free edition, but the Pro edition is $49, and comes on a pre-made USB drive. Pro edition supports ECC RAM and custom reports. You can read more on MemTest86 V5, and get it for yourself, here.
NVIDIA has just pushed out the GeForce 331.93 beta drivers, which should fix some browser-related stability issues that some people were experiencing on Fermi-based GeForce GPUs.
There's also an updated SLI profile provided for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, which will provide more performance obviously. There's the usual performance and stability improvements, too. You can get the new drivers here, and read more on the new GeForce 331.93 beta drivers' release notes.
If you like to live on the bleeding edge of hardware and software, and you're running a new AMD Radeon R9 video card, these new Catalyst drivers are built for you.
AMD has released its new Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.4 drivers, which fix some of the black screen or display loss issues experienced on the new Radeon R9 290X and R9 290 GPUs. Also, there are some CrossFire scaling performance increases for the multiplayer side of Call of Duty: Ghosts, too. Here's a full list of what to expect on the new Beta 9.4 drivers:
- Includes all Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.2 Driver
- May resolve intermittent black screens or display loss observed on some AMD Radeon™ R9 290X and AMD Radeon R9 290 video cards
- Improves AMD CrossFire™ scaling in the multi-player portion of Call of Duty: Ghosts
- AMD Enduro Technology Profile updates:
- "XCOM:" Enemy Unknown
- Need for Speed Rivals
You can read more, and grab these new drivers, here.
I still remember using Winamp for the first time - it really kicks the Llama's ass - but now it is shutting down... next month. On December 20, Winamp will be no more.
AOL, who own Winamp, is shutting down Winamp.com, too, so there'll be no more downloads of the player from December 20. Winamp is nothing now compared to the likes of iTunes, Spotify and the like, but if you want to have that nostalgic bell ring in your head, go ahead and kick some Llama ass and download Winamp now.
There are some huge games out right now, with Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, and Need for Speed: Rivals, just to name a few. Well, NVIDIA has your back, with some new GeForce drivers in the form of the 331.82 WHQL set.
The new drivers also have support for ShadowPlay and GameStream for SHIELD owners, which is a nice touch. Optimizations are included for the biggest, latest games, including BF4, COD: Ghosts, and Batman: Arkham Origins. You can get the new NVIDIA drivers right here.
Our Download of the Day today is more of a reminder, which is for the AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.2 drivers. These new drivers are obviously in beta, so download them at your own risk.
The new drivers have support for the latest Radeon R-series of GPUs, including the super-fast R9 290X GPU. The new drivers also support Microsoft's latest desktop OS, Windows 8.1, as well as Windows 8, Windows 7, and Linux.
Sometimes Google Chrome will be playing audio through a tab, and if you're like me, you have 20+ tabs open at once. When this happens, it can be so hard to find it, but the latest Chrome beta stops that.
The latest beta of Chrome now shows a small speaker icon next to its name, which indicates that there is audio playing in the tab. This is a brilliant little addition, that helps a lot. But, the Mountain View-based giant aren't the first to do something like this, but a little addition like this does go a long way.
If you didn't know the frustration of Ubisoft's Uplay Passport, maybe you never will since the company has canned it. It was a one-time-use code that gave gamers access to online features, but from here on out, it will not be featured in any titles.
The first title from Ubisoft to not feature Uplay Passport will be the upcoming sure fire hit, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag. Ubisoft has said: "The Uplay Passport program was initiated as a means of giving customers full access and support for online multiplayer and features, along with exclusive content, bonuses and rewards. However, games today are blurring the line between offline and online, between what is 'single player' and what is 'multiplayer.' Based on that and on the feedback we received from you, we recognized that Passport is no longer the best approach for ensuring that all our customers have the best possible experience with all facets of our games."
Ubisoft has confirmed that Uplay resulted in Black Flag gamers being restricted the single-player portion of the game's fleet management system, which isn't good.
Our Download of the Day is Memtest86 which is available in ISO form. The best way to test memory is not within the OS, but out of it. This is where a bootable USB stick with Memtest86 on-board comes in handy, if you want to give your RAM a stability test, try it out here.
Our Downloads section will continue to expand as time goes on, but for now there are a bunch of drivers and software we have for your downloading pleasure, go and check it out!