AMD has released yet another beta version of its Catalyst 13.11 driver for Windows, the latest of which is mostly intended to fix unwanted behavior such as intermittent flickering seen on some Radeon R9 270X graphics cards. Catalyst 13.11 beta 9.5 also includes all the performance enhancements and bug fixes of every release that came before it, including up to 35 percent better performance in Batman: Arkham Origins with MSAA 8x enabled (introduced in beta 6).
Life is about the little pleasures. You know, things like ice cream on a hot summer day, cold beer at a ball game, and scoring big with the Humble Bundles. Yep, that sweet program that allows you to donate to charity (or developers) whatever amount you wish in exchange for some sweet games. The latest Humble Jumbo Bundle consists of Natural Selection 2, Sanctum 2, and Magicka with two packs of DLC, but as always, there's potentially more.
There wasn't a ton of movement in Windows market share last month, but what little there was, Microsoft has reason to be both encouraged and perplexed. Starting with the former, Microsoft can feel somewhat encouraged that Windows 8 continues to gain ground, at least if you factor in Windows 8.1. By itself, Windows 8 dropped from 7.53 percent in October to 6.66 percent in November, but once you throw Windows 8.1's 2.64 percent share into the mix, the tally comes to 9.3 percent.
There's a reason your wallet is cowering in the corner in the fetal position, it knows it's about to be gutted. That's the inevitable fate that befalls the funds of gamers each and every time Valve decide to hold a major sale on Steam, and today marks the beginning of Steam's autumn sale. Big discounts ensure you'll lighten your load of cash while you beef up your games collection with titles you may have missed out on.
Are you an EVGA fan? Do you love the Catzilla benchmark? If so, get ready to have your mind explode, because EVGA has teamed up with ALLBenchmark, makers of the popular Catzilla benchmark, to release an official EVGA version. Pretty wicked, right? Just as with the regular Catzilla benchmark, you can download the EVGA Catzilla benchmark free, though testing is limited to 720p (HD).
Want to help other gamers make informed purchasing decisions? Valve is giving you an expanded voice on Steam to leave reviews, good or bad, of any game you've played. Simply called Steam Reviews, the beta launch of this new initiative is an evolution of the Recommendation system that has been a part of Steam since 2010. If you're written Recommendations before, you can make them visible as Reviews by changing the appropriate setting in your user profile.
Want to atone for pirating that copy of Photoshop a couple years back? Adobe has come up with a promotional offer that it hopes photographers will find too good to refuse. From now until December 2, 2013, you can join Adobe's Photoshop Photography Program for $9.99 per month, giving you access to Photoshop CC, Lightroom, Behance ProSite, and 20GB of cloud storage.
This may come as a shock to the system, but effective December 20, 2013, Winamp will become a ghost of the Internet's past. AOL, which bought Winamp in 1999 for $80 million, has decided to shut down the popular media player service just five days before Christmas, officially ending a better than 15-year run as one of the most well regarded media players among power users.
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When AMD originally announced its expanded game bundles for the holiday season, there was a bit of confusion surrounding which Radeon R9 Series product owners would receive a free copy of Battlefield 4. The original wording made it sound like anyone who purchased an R9 Series card starting on November 13th would be eligible, as long as it was from a participating vendor, but AMD later clarified that it would be up to each individual hardware partner and retailer to decide which SKUs qualify. To make up for the miscommunication, and also as a 'Thank You' to gamers who purchased a card prior to November 13th, AMD said it would be giving away 1,000 free copies of Battlefield 4. Here's how you can toss your name into AMD's hat for a shot at getting one.
New WHQL-certified GPU drivers from Nvidia now available
Want to speed up your Nvidia graphics card without overclocking? Lucky for you, Nvidia today released new WHQL-certified drivers -- GeForce 331.82 -- that the GPU maker claims will increase performance by up to 50 percent for GeForce 400, 500, 600, and 700 Series graphics cards in "several PC games." One of those titles is Metro: Last Light, though beyond that specific game, Nvidia didn't say which others receive such a generous boost.