Starting with AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta, AMD is no longer support Windows 8
AMD has made available to download its new Catalyst 14.7 drivers in Release Candidate form. Be advised that if you're rocking Windows 8.0 instead of Windows 8.1, you can't use these drivers -- AMD stopped supporting Windows 8 as of its Catalyst 14.6 Beta release. For everyone else, you're good to go with this latest release, provided you're interested in RC drivers.
College students cherish laptops more than any other electronic device
Within the next year or so, there's a good chance that tablet shipments will outnumber traditional PC sales. Be that as it may, tablets are still relegated to being mostly content consumption devices, and if you want to get some real work done, you'll need a real PC. That sentiment is underscored by a new AMD survey that reveals the laptop as the most important electronic device among college students.
Demand for notebooks and enterprise desktops expected to pick up
Currently in the throes of an unrelenting downward spiral, the global PC market is desperately overdue for some good news, but turning the corner after eight straight quarters of global shipment decline is not going to be easy. Nevertheless, a number of key players in the PC market remain hopeful of encountering some solid demand in the second half of 2014.
If you want to make a statement that your PC is the big dog in your neighborhood, you'll need an intimidating enclosure that's as large as it's attitude. It also helps if you find one that's universally liked, which is what's so cool about today's top deal -- it's for a Rosewill Thor 2 Gaming Full Tower Computer Case for $90 with free shipping (normally $130 - use coupon code: [EMCPCPW37]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Large and in charge, this chassis supports up to E-ATX/XL-ATX motherboards. And while user reviews should always be taken with a pinch of salt, this sucker's sporting a 5/5 star rating out 705 votes -- not too shabby!
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AMD has made available its Catalyst 14.6 graphics card drivers in Release Candidate form. There's not a ton to cover with this latest release, though there are a handful of performance improvements, including better frame pacing in Watch Dogs when running a CrossFire configuration. AMD's also promoting performance improvements in Plants vs. Zombies (Direct3D) with its Radeon R9 290X graphics card.
Configure a workstation with up to 64 CPU cores and 1TB of RAM
Building quad socket workstations isn't new territory for Puget Systems -- the company's been offering such setups for several years now. However, the boutique builder just refreshed two of its models to offer more capacity, better cooling, and quieter operation. You can configure a Peak Quad Intel Xeon machine with up to 48 CPU cores and the Peak Quad AMD Opteron setup with up to 64 CPU cores.
If Razer gets its way, modular PCs will be the way of the future. We'll admit, we're intrigued, but who knows if or when modular computers will rule the day? In the here and now, we still use traditional cases for our PC parts, and if you're need of a new one, then check out today's top deal. It's for an Antec Nine Hundred Mid Tower for $70 with free shipping (normally $95 - use coupon code: [EMCPDHP28]; additional $20 mail-in-rebate). Not only is it affordable, this version has been upgraded with SuperSpeed USB 3.0 support.
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Sees Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) improvements as key to achieving target “25x20”
Advanced Micro Devices earlier this year got slapped with a shareholder class action lawsuit for allegedly overstating the sales prospects of its first generation Llano APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) — chips that house the GPU and CPU on the same die —between October 27, 2011 and October 18, 2012. However, the company, which is confident that it did not commit any violations of Federal Securities Laws in making those statements, does not plan to abandon the practice of making positive statements about the future of its APUs anytime soon. The company is now saying its APUs could end up becoming 25x more power efficient than they currently are by 2020.
AMD exec doubles down on assertion that Nvidia Gameworks presents a threat to PC gamers
This week on episode 226 of the No BS Podcast, AMD graphics guru Richard Huddyjoins the Maximum PC crew. For those unfamiliar with the AMD exec, Huddy has spent time working at ATI, AMD, Nvidia, Intel, and is now back at AMD. He’s also widely considered one of the pioneers of DirectX. Suffice it to say, he knows his stuff.
In this special edition of the podcast, we pick his brain on a variety of topics relating to AMD. Easily the most exciting part of the discussion is the fact that Huddy doubles down on AMD’s assertion that Nvidia Gameworks presents a threat to PC gamers, most notably by adding lines of code to games that would hinder performance on AMD graphics cards (It’s some pretty damning assertions).
New feature lets you record last 10 minutes gameplay
For those who like to record their gameplay sessions, and share them with others, AMD offers a screen recording utility for those with AMD Radeon GPUs and APUs. Recently, AMD released a new update for its Gaming Evolved client that improves the performance.