Coming soon next year: AMD Catalyst 14.1 Beta!!
Feature Highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 13.12 Microsoft certified driver (vs. AMD Catalyst 13.9)
· Support for the following new products:
o AMD Radeon™ R9 290, 280, and 270 Series
o AMD Radeon™ R7 260, 250, and 240 Series
· Improved AMD CrossFire™ scaling for the following game titles:
o Call of Duty®: Ghosts (multiplayer component)
o Splinter Cell Blacklist
o Saints Row 4
o Metro Last Light
· New AMD Enduro™ Technology profiles for the following game titles:
o XCOM: Enemy Unknown
o Need for Speed Rivals
o Total War™: Rome 2
o Battlefield 4
o Saints Row 4
o Splinter Cell Blacklist
o FIFA 14
· Support For AMD CrossFire frame pacing
o Frame pacing ensures that frames rendered across multiple GPUs in an AMD CrossFire configuration will be displayed at an even and regular pace
o Frame pacing is enabled through the AMD Catalyst Control Center, or on a per application basis
o Frame pacing is supported on DirectX® 10 and DirectX 11 applications using resolutions up to (and including) 2560x1600 on a single display
Resolved issue highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 13.12 (vs. AMD Catalyst 13.9)
May resolve intermittent black screens or display loss observed on some AMD Radeon™ R9 290X and AMD Radeon R9 290 graphics cards
Resolves intermittent crashes seen in legacy DirectX® 9 applications
AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series - Power Tune update to reduce variance of fan speed / RPM
PCI-E bus speed is no longer set to x1 on the secondary GPU when running in CrossFire configurations
· Resolves intermittent flickering seen on some AMD Radeon R9 270X graphics cards
· Resolves Corruption issues found in Starcraft
· Resolves image corruption seen in Autodesk Investor 2014
· Resolves intermittent black screen when resuming from a S3/S4 sleep state if the display is unplugged during the sleep state on systems supporting AMD Enduro Technology
· Resolves intermittent crashes experienced with Battlefield 4 on Windows 8 based systems
Resolved issue highlights of AMD Catalyst™ 13.12 Linux Driver:
The Following issues have been resolved in the AMD Catalyst 13.12 Linux driver
Ultra slow dota2 fps
System hang when startx after enable Eyefinity
System hang when run Unigine Heaven 4.0
Fix the procfs permission issue on kernel 3.10 and later
System hang when run some OpenGL stress test
Glxtest failed with force AA
Fail to launch cairo-dock
AC/DC switching is broken
Tear-Free Desktop sets V-Sync to 30Hz instead of 60Hz
Steam crashes and games hang on a black screen when Force AA is on
Glxtest failed on SLED11 SP3
Display corruption when using rotation
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The Times Union reports that an electrician posted a bomb threat in the common area at Global Foundries Fab 8 site in Luther Forest New York. It was bogus, but delayed contruction for a day.
Thomas, 25, of Glenville, was charged with falsely reporting an incident, a felony that carries a maximum four-year prison sentence. He was arraigned in Malta Town Court and sent to the Saratoga County jail without bail.
Well today at about noon Central Time someone tried to buy several unlocked Iphone 5s on my Newegg account, and have them shipped to Grand Cross Lane in Houston. I started a call to Newegg, and while that happened my email address was changed, and I could no longer get into my account. Newegg call times are a hour. Chat time was 45 minutes. Luckily after 2 disconnections, I have finally gotten someone on the line. Apparently they have to submit accounts to be blocked. They can not do so right away. There is no priority queue for hacked accounts. They recommend you make a new account. I'm not using my decade plus old account.
I have rebates to process, I have no doubt warranties to deal with, and Newegg's current policy is to box your account. They are punishing the customer. I'll update as I have more info.
AMD has released Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.5 drivers with the following updates.
Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.5 Driver for Windows
Includes all Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst 13.11 Beta9.4 Driver
Resolves the issue of AMD Overdrive missing in the AMD Catalyst Control Center for the AMD Radeon™ R9 290 Series graphics cards
Resolves intermittent flickering seen on some AMD Radeon R9 270x graphics cards
Resolves graphics corruption seen in Starcraft®
Improves frame pacing results in AMD Quad CrossFire™ configurations for the following: Hitman: Absolution, and Total War™: Rome 2
Anandtech has a mini review of the Xbox One.
When I first saw the PS4’s idle numbers I was shocked. 80 watts is what our IVB-E GPU testbed idles at, and that’s with a massive 6-core CPU and a Titan GPU. Similarly, my Haswell + Titan CPU testbed has a lower idle power than that. The Xbox One’s numbers are a little better at 69W, but still 50 - 80% higher than I was otherwise expecting.
Tech Report looks into Mantle, even deeper. Yes, hardy har har.
In Mantle's case, according to Riguer, AMD has lowered the abstraction level in some areas but "not across the board." DICE's Johan Andersson described the traditional approach as "middle-ground abstraction," where a compromise is struck between performance and usability. Mantle, by comparison, offers "thin low-level abstraction" that exposes how the underlying hardware works. Riguer boiled it down further by comparing Mantle to driving a car with a manual transmission—more responsibility, but also more fun.