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July 14, 2016

Nvidia Releases GeForce Game Ready 368.81 WHQL Drivers

Nvidia recently released their newest GeForce Game Ready 368.81 WHQL Drivers which contain a slew of major bugfixes and enhancements for VR gamers.

Among the problems that were identified by early VR adopters, Nvidia addressed clock speeds not reaching boost clocks in VR and the compatibility issue with the HTC Vive and DisplayPort. These issues should now be fixed with the latest update.

Further VR enhancements include optimizations for NVIDIA VR Funhouse, Everest VR, Obduction, Raw Data and The Assembly. Those with GeForce GTX 1080, 1070, and 980 Ti can now download NVIDIA VR Funhouse from Steam.

Nvidia is also bringing in Ansel [...]

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November 26, 2015

AMD Releases Radeon Software Crimson Edition Drivers

Today, AMD has released one of its most anticipated software releases in recent years and possibly the most significant graphics driver release in the company’s history. The Radeon Software Crimson Edition features an all-new design, performance optimizations and a slew of new features for Radeon users. You can download the software here.

The new software replaces the aging Catalyst Control Center and gives users access to all the features they’d expect from CCC, as well as a few additions from Raptr’s Gaming Evolved software, including Game Optimization Profiles. It also promises to load up 10x faster than the aforementioned Catalyst Control [...]

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February 4, 2016

Review: EVGA GTX 950 FTW – Best Budget 1080p Gaming GPU?

Premium Build Quality for Under $200

Back in August, NVIDIA launched their GeForce GTX 950, which is the first of their 900 series cards to be priced in the budget market. Before its release, users shopping for an NVIDIA graphics card would either have to shell out at least $200 for the GTX 960, or make due with the aging GTX 750 and 750 Ti. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one of the more premium GTX 950 models available on the market, the EVGA GTX 950 FTW.

With the GTX 950, NVIDIA finally rounds out their GTX 900 series lineup, leaving only a gap in pricing between the GTX 970 and the GTX 960. This would likely be filled with either a possible GTX 960 Ti, or a [...]

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November 5, 2015

Rumor: AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition To Launch on November 24th

Recently, we detailed the announcement of AMD’s upcoming Radeon Crimson edition graphics software, which is set to replace their aging Catalyst Control Center. The new software will have features similar to that of NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience, with driver updates, and game management and optimization features. A recent leak from Zolkorn has reported that the company will officially release the software to the public on the 24th of November, which is much earlier than some had anticipated. Of course, this has not yet been confirmed by AMD.

While it is expected to be accompanied by a driver which features only minor performance improvements compared to [...]

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November 3, 2015

AMD Releases Radeon Crimson Driver Software


AMD has unveiled its new driver software for its Radeon graphics products. Branded as the Radeon Software Crimson Edition, the new software suite aims to improve usability and increase the ease of use.

As the successor to the Catalyst Control Center (CCC), Radeon Crimson brings a completely overhauleds the user experience in three ways: responsiveness, discoverability, and ease of use. The software will have a faster startup speed, and I wouldn’t be surprised if its tabs loaded more smoothly as well. Crimson also has a new Game Manager for managing game-specific settings optimizations and new Display Settings to swap between monitor color [...]

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March 25, 2015

AMD Catalyst Drivers Hint at Radeon 300 Series Rebrands

The most recent Catalyst 15.3 beta drivers may have not only provided more features to the existing lineup of graphics cards but also hints at a series of upcoming AMD video card rebrands. As recently reported on GPU rumor site, Videocardz, tucked away in the drivers are device ID codes and GPU names that correspond to the much anticipated upcoming 300 series.

The codes are as follows:

AMD665F.1 = “AMD Radeon R9 360″ AMD6610.2 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R7 350X” AMD6610.3 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 340X” AMD6611.10 = “AMD Radeon R7 340″ AMD665F.1 = “AMD Radeon R9 360″ AMD6660.1 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″ AMD6660.2 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 M330″ AMD6660.3 = “AMD Radeon(TM) R5 [...]

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July 7, 2017

How to Properly Uninstall Nvidia or AMD/ATI GPU Drivers

As a GPU reviewer, I spend a ton of time testing both AMD and Nvidia GPUs using a variety of GPU drivers. Because I generally only use one testbench for testing so that benchmark results can be compared between different GPUs, I’m constantly faced with the need to properly uninstall old AMD or Nvidia GPU drivers.

While many of you simply uninstall your graphics driver in the Programs and Features menu in the Control Panel (and this is fine in many cases), removing drivers in such a way leaves behind extra registry keys and drivers in the driver store, which may sometimes cause issues such as blue screens, driver install hangs, weird display bugs, unusually [...]

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February 1, 2014

AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Driver with Mantle Support Now Available

Previously set to launch on Friday, then delayed due to a last minute bug, AMD’s Catalyst 14.1 Beta Drivers are now available for public testing. We’ve been told that AMD has been working furiously overnight to get the beta driver ready for release and it seems like they’ve come through – on a Saturday night no less.

Among the updates is of course the highly anticipated Mantle API (Application Programming Interface), which is a low level API that allows game developers better access to computer hardware based off AMD’s GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture. AMD claims that the next generation API will provide “Performance [...]

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January 31, 2014

AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Drivers Delayed, Battlefield 4 Mantle Patch Live

If you saw our post yesterday regarding AMD’s imminent release of Catalyst 14.1 Beta drivers and have been abusing your F5 button all day because of it, we have some bad news. AMD found a last bug in some last minute QA testing prior to launching the drivers and as far as I know they’ll be working around the clock to get it out hopefully by next week. Rest assured, it’s still coming, but it’ll take slightly longer than anticipated.

Given the fact that AMD uses a Year.Month naming scheme on their Catalyst drivers and we’re about to roll into February, AMD may have to be launching the driver as a Catalyst 14.2 Beta rather than a 14.1 [...]

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January 30, 2014

AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta Driver Enables Mantle API, Frame Pacing Fix, HSA Support

It’s finally here

AMD has recently announced that they’ll be delivering on their promise for a January launch of the Mantle API, which will be arriving sometime today along with the release of the Catalyst 14.1 Beta Driver. Along with Mantle, the Catalyst 14.1 Beta driver will also include a frame pacing issue fix for non-XDMA GPUs (Hawaii class), initial HSA support for Kaveri APU users, and a few other fixes as well.

Mantle API

The biggest update in Catalyst 14.1 Beta is of course AMD’s first release of the Mantle API to the public. For those who remember AMD’s launch of the Hawaii GPUs last year, AMD also announced the Mantle [...]

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