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MemTest86 V5 is here, includes support for UEFI BIOS, and much more

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.

 

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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 releases its GeForce 331.93 beta drivers

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.

 

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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.

AMD releases its new Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.4 drivers

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.

 

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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.

Winamp is shutting down, kicked too much Llama ass

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.

 

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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.

NVIDIA unleashes new GeForce 331.82 WHQL drivers

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.

 

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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.

New Chrome beta lets you close those pesky audio tabs

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.

 

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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.

Ubisoft retires its Uplay Passport for all future titles

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.

 

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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.

TweakTown DOTD: Memtest86 ISO

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.

 

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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!

TweakTown DOTD: BitDefender Free Edition

You might not have noticed, but we have a new Downloads section here at TweakTown and now we'll be bringing back our Download of the Day posts. Today marks the start of this, where our Download of the Day is BitDefender's Free Edition which you can grab here.

 

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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!

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