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Free non-commercial RenderMan will be released in parallel with the latest commercial RenderMan (v19.0) in the SIGGRAPH 2014 timeframe. You can register in advance for non-commercial RenderMan and we will notify you of the latest developments.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / (Demoscene) Outline 2014
« on: June 02, 2014, 04:58:34 PM »
As usual demos via Pouet

To run Ex Ante on Android, use Firefox (Chrome fails at least with Nexus 4)

[New App] NVIDIA Posts An App For The FaceWorks Tegra K1 Demo, Despite A Complete Lack Of K1 Hardware

Now there's an app in the Play Store that lets you try FaceWorks on your own Tegra K1-powered Android device. Of course that's going to be a little tough, since at the moment there aren't any available at retail, so the app is incompatible with everything. The first Tegra K1 device to be announced was the Xiaomi Mipad, and the tablet is scheduled to go on sale in China (and only China) next month.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / ASUS GPUTweak 2.6.3
« on: June 01, 2014, 07:49:26 AM »

 ASUS GPU Tweak 2.6.3 for for Vista32/64 , Win7 32/64 , Win8 32/64 , Win8.1 32/64

No changelog as usual, however it supports "NVIDIA GeForce GT 740"

AMD Radeon Graphics ‏@AMDRadeon

Learn how our Mantle API helps game developers straight from the brilliant people who make games themselves:


In review, it is evident that Mantle is addressing a clear need within the industry to reimagine or reinvent the graphics API, and to flush out tired problems that have long stifled game development.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Qualcomm Adreno GPU driver 30.05.2014
« on: May 31, 2014, 01:43:59 PM »
User-mode driver binaries for Qualcomm’s Adreno 3xx GPU on Nexus 4, 5 & 7 devices running Google Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Updated 30 May 14

This release contains a developer preview of the user-mode driver binaries for Qualcomm’s Adreno 3xx GPU on Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7 devices running Google Android 4.4.2 KitKat. This release includes OpenCL in addition to OpenGL ES. It has been tested with the KOT49H factory image. This release is intended only for developers, and does not meet our customer release quality. Refer to the included release notes for a list of fixes and enhancements.

  * Add OpenCL libraries.
  * Fix an issue with return statements in the middle of GLSL shaders causing a GPU hang.
  * Fix a performance regression in VBO validation.
  * Improve accuracy of Renderscript kernel execution duration measurements.
  * Fix crashes in some dEQP test cases.
  * Improve support for GL_RGB10_A2UI textures in Adreno Profiler.
  * Fix intermittent pink color tinting with certain WebGL content.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK 7.0
« on: May 30, 2014, 09:13:06 PM »
The AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK is designed to access display driver functionality for ATI Radeon™ and ATI FirePro™ graphics cards. ... The SDK can be used from both unmanaged (C/C++) and managed (C#) applications. Documents and Samples are provided in the download package.

What’s new in version 7.0

    Introduced EDID Emulation APIs and sample tool.
    Introduced mixed mode support in SLS.
    Added new Eyefinity enhanced sample tool.
    Bug fixes.

NVIDIA UN*X driver portal

    Added support for the following GPUs:
        GeForce GTX TITAN Z
        GeForce GT 740
        GeForce 830M
        GeForce 840M
        GeForce 845M
        GeForce GTX 850M
    Fixed a bug that caused X to crash when querying clock offsets for non-existent performance levels.
    Fixed a performance regression when running KDE with desktop effects using the OpenGL compositing backend.
    Fixed a bug that caused duplicate entries to appear in some dropdown menus in the "Application Profiles" page of nvidia-settings.
    Fixed a regression that could cause OpenGL rendering corruption on X screens with 30 bit per pixel color.
    Fixed a bug causing mode validation to fail for 4K resolutions over HDMI in certain situations.
    Added nvidia-settings command line controls for over- and under-clocking attributes.  Please see the nvidia-settings(1) manual page for more details.
    Fixed several cosmetic issues in the clock control user interface of nvidia-settings.
    Added support for the GLX_EXT_stereo_tree extension.  For more details, see the extension specification:
    Enabled support for using Unified Back Buffer (UBB) and 3D Stereo with the composite extension on Quadro cards.  Using stereo with a composite manager requires a stereo-aware composite manager.  Otherwise, only the left eye of stereo applications will be displayed.  See the GLX_EXT_stereo_tree extension specification for more details.
    Updated the display configuration page in nvidia-settings to uniquely identify DisplayPort 1.2 monitors by displaying the monitor GUIDs.
    Fixed a bug that could cause ECC settings to be displayed incorrectly in nvidia-settings when changing ECC settings on a multi-GPU system.
    Removed the "OnDemandVBlankInterrupts" X configuration option: this option has been enabled by default since version 177.68 of the NVIDIA Unix driver, and the documentation had not been updated to
    reflect the new default value.
    Fixed a bug that caused GPU errors when hotplugging daisy-chained DisplayPort 1.2 displays.
    Updated the color correction settings page in the nvidia-settings control panel to reflect gamma changes made by other RandR clients while the control panel was already running.
    Fixed a bug that prevented the use of multiple simultaneous X servers on UEFI systems.
    Updated the nvidia-settings source package to build libXNVCtrl when building nvidia-settings, instead of relying on a pre-built library.
    Added the ability to over- and under-clock certain GeForce GPUs in the GeForce GTX 400 series and later.  For GPUs that allow it, an offset can be applied to clock values in some clock domains of some performance levels.  This clock manipulation is done at the user's own risk.  See the README documentation of the "CoolBits" X configuration option for more details.
    Updated the minimum required version of GTK+ from 2.2 to 2.4 for nvidia-settings.
    Renamed the RandR output property _GUID to GUID now that it is an official property documented in randrproto.txt:
    Reduced CPU utilization and GPU memory utilization of the NVIDIA EGL driver.
    Added support for the following EGL extensions:
        - EGL_EXT_buffer_age;
        - EGL_EXT_client_extensions;
        - EGL_EXT_platform_base;
        - EGL_EXT_platform_x11.
    Renamed the "Clone" setting of the "MetaModeOrientation" X configuration option to "SamePositionAs", to make clear that this setting applies to
    the position only, and not to the resolution of modes in the MetaMode.
    Added NV-CONTROL attribute NV_CTRL_VIDEO_ENCODER_UTILIZATION to query utilization percentage of the video encoder engine.
    Added support for the GLX_NV_delay_before_swap extension.  For more details, see the extension specification:
    Report correct buffer sizes for RGB GLX visuals, GLXFBConfigs, and EGLConfigs.  Previously, RGB10 and RGB8 formats were reported as having 32 bits, and RGB5 formats were reported as having 16 bits.  Now they are correctly reported as 30, 24, and 15 bit formats respectively as required by the GLX and EGL specifications.

Selecting a GPU for OpenCL on the Mac Pro (Late 2013)

The Mac Pro (Late 2013) includes dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs that are ideal for compute intensive tasks. This document describes how to query the GPUs and select one or both for use by OpenCL.

The Mac Pro (Late 2013) is different from other Macs as only the primary GPU provides output for the display. The secondary GPU provides additional processing capability and can perform OpenCL and off-screen OpenGL tasks without affecting the responsiveness of the user interface.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / (WebGL) Blend4Web Sports Car demo
« on: May 28, 2014, 06:08:28 PM »
A photo-realistic car model. Using the visual shader editor we created over 40 different materials for this scene: chromed metal, painted metal, glass, rubber, leather etc.

This release of AMD Catalyst™ Linux introduces support for the following new:

    Ubuntu 14.04 support
    Install improvements
        Package and distribution generation options; recommend options set by default
            Help user install generated distribution package once created
        Pop-up messages to help guide users through the install process
            Identifying and installation of pre-requisites

Resolved Issues:

    [399454] : Witcher 2 - Resolves random lock-up seen when launching the application

    [398826] : Screen corruption when connect external monitor to some PowerXpress A+I platform
    [396719] : X crash when do rotation with Tear Free Desktop enabled
    [397810] : Failure on exit of OpenGL programs
    [398424] : Error message when run clinfo in console mode
    [396098] : Blank screen when hotplug HDMI monitor from MST hub
    [396795] : System hang after resume from S3/S4 in High Performance mode on PowerXpress A+I platform
    [396870] : Garbage on the bottom right corner of screen before boot into login UI during restart

    [394504] : Segmentation fault when run ETQW

New NVIDIA® Nsight™ Visual Studio Edition 4.0 Features:

    Support for the new Maxwell architecture (for example, found in the GeForce GTX 750 Ti and 750).
    Added support for new GPUs, such as the GeForce GT 720M, GeForce GT 730M, GeForce GT 735M, and GeForce 740M.
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2013 is now supported.
    Visual Studio macros are now supported, so values such as $(TargetPath), $(ProjectDir), and $(LocalDebuggerCommandArguments) are able to be added on the NVIDIA Nsight properties page.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA PerfKit 4.0
« on: May 28, 2014, 05:14:39 PM »
NVIDIA PerfKit is a comprehensive suite of performance tools to help debug and profile OpenGL and Direct3D applications.

 PerfKit Highlights

    New in 4.0.0 Support for the new Maxwell GPU architecture

    Starting with AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta, AMD will no longer support Windows 8.0 (and the WDDM 1.2 driver)
    Users should upgrade (for Free) to Windows 8.1 to take advantage of the new features found in the AMD Catalyst 14.6 Beta
    AMD Catalyst 14.4 will remain available for users who wish to remain on Windows 8
        A future AMD Catalyst release will allow for the WDDM 1.1 (Windows 7 driver) to be installed under Windows 8.0 for those users unable to upgrade to Windows 8.1

3D-Tech News Around The Web / SiSoftware Sandra SP2 2014.6.20.35
« on: May 26, 2014, 03:49:23 PM »
SP2 for SANDRA 2014 has been released!
It is a platform update that includes tool, SDK and library updates. Overall, the benchmark scores should still be within variation range - at least on the platforms we have tested.

* Platform update: XP, Server 2003 no longer supported

In order to move forward we have to change the environment, more specifically to VS 2012; we took this "opportunity" to remove support for XP and thus Server 2003 - thus supporting Kernel 6.0 and later only.

* CUDA SDK 6.0

Now that recent WHQL video drivers support it, we changed to SDK 6.0 and thus can include "Maxwell" support (SM50); note that SM10 support is deprecated.

* Additional fixes for AMD Kabini when paired with a dedicated GPU card (better scaling).

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Unity 5 Teleporter demo video
« on: May 24, 2014, 04:10:14 AM »
We’d like to share with you a project that was built during the R&D period of the Physically Based Shader and Reflection probes.

This benchmark project is one among several which helped us identify what improvements of functionality were necessary from an artist’s production perspective.

We compared offline to realtime rendering methods and output with the aim to achieve both an increase of visual quality, and a better streamlined, smoother production workflow for artists, which will open playful possibilities for graphics to be extended beyond realism to stylism.

MSI Afterburner Version 3.0.0 (2014/5/16)

Remote server hasn't been updated, but still does its job.

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Ported to new VC++ compiler, new core and skin engine libraries with better extendibility
Added Bonaire, Curacao and Hawaii graphics processors family support
Added core and auxiliary VDDCI voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON R9 290/290X series graphics cards with IR3567B voltage regulators
Added core voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON R7 260/260X series graphics cards with NCP81022 voltage regulators
Added core voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON 7790 series graphics cards with NCP81022 voltage regulators
Added NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan graphics cards:
◎ Added slider for temperature limit adjustment
◎ Added option for linked power limit and temperature limit adjustment
◎ Added option for temperature limit prioritizing
◎ Added maximum voltage adjustment
Improved NVAPI access layer architecture with better extendibility
Improved AMD ADL access layer with Overdrive 6 support to provide compatibility with future AMD GPUs
Added NCP4206 voltage regulators support to provide compatibility with future custom design MSI graphics cards
Improved voltage control layer architecture provides better compatibility with automatic voltage control on NCP4206 voltage regulators
Improved hardware monitoring module architecture with better extendibility
Added voltage control mode selection option to the "Compatibility properties" section in "General" tab. Now you can toggle between reference design, standard MSI and extended MSI voltage control modes
Added "boost edition" / "GHz edition" GPU type selection option for reference design AMD RADEON 7970 and AMD RADEON 7950 based graphics cards to "AMD compatibility properties" section in "General" tab
Added GPU usage averaging algorithm for Overdrive 6 capable AMD GPUs. Now displayed GPU usage is being averaged by sliding window to smooth GPU usage artifacts occurring due to bug in AMD ADL API on AMD Sea Islands GPU family
Added optional unified GPU usage monitoring path via D3DKMT performance counters. You may tick "Enable unified GPU usage monitoring" option in "AMD compatibilities properties" in "General" tab as a workaround to replace native AMD GPU usage monitoring if it is working improperly (e.g. broken GPU usage monitoring in AMD ADL API for AMD Sea Islands GPU family)
Added temperature limit, power limit, voltage limit, maximum overvoltage limit and GPU utilization limit graphs to hardware monitoring module for release 320 and newer NVIDIA driver. The graphs help you to understand the reasons of realtime performance limitations (e.g. limiting performance due to reaching power target) on GPU Boost compatible graphics cards
Added framebuffer, video engine and bus controller usage graphs for NVIDIA graphics cards to hardware monitoring module
Added generic NVAPI videomemory usage monitoring for NVIDIA graphics cards unattached to Windows desktop (e.g. dedicated PhysX accelerators)
Updated power reporting for release 320 and newer NVIDIA drivers. Now MSI Afterburner reports normalized total power according to NVIDIA recommendations
Added CPU temperature monitoring (Intel Core 2 and newer Intel CPUs only), CPU usage, RAM usage and pagefile (commit charge) usage graphs to hardware monitoring module
Added CPU info to "i" window
Added basic monitoring for unsupported GPUs (e.g. Intel integrated iGPUs):
◎ Now GPU usage and videomemory usage can be monitored and displayed in On-Screen Display on any GPU, so you can use MSI Afterburner to monitor graphics subsystem on laptops without dedicated NVIDIA/AMD GPU
◎ Extended GPU usage monitoring for Intel integrated iGPUs. You can independently monitor usage of main GPU execution unit (labeled as "GPU usage") and MFX unit (labeled as "VID usage" to keep NVIDIA-styled GPU domains naming)
Now full list of currently active 3D processes is being displayed in On-Screen Display server info section in "i" window instead of one active 3D process before
Fixed GUI issue causing vertical slider to be rendered improperly in advanced application properties window under certain conditions
On-Screen Display text length limit has been extended from 256 bytes to 4 kilobytes
Added predefined fan speed curves list to the "Fan" tab in advanced application properties. The list allows you to select default curve on all cards and additional pre-defined curves (such as silent or performance fan speed curve) on some custom design MSI graphics cards
Added core voltage control for reference design NVIDIA GeForce GTX 7x0 series graphics cards
Added core voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON 7990 graphics cards with VT1556 voltage regulators
Added core voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON 7870 XT graphics cards with CHL8225 voltage regulators
Added core voltage control for cost down reference design AMD RADEON 7770 graphics cards with uP1609 voltage regulators
Added limited core voltage control for reference design AMD RADEON 7850 graphics cards
Added secondary voltage control loop support for CHL8214 voltage regulators to provide compatibility with future custom design MSI graphics cards
Improved skin engine, now skinned slider controls support curved paths defined by alpha channel. Skin format reference guide has been updated to v1.6 to document new slider types support
Fixed single tray icon mode functionality under Windows 8
Improved single tray icon mode handling. It is no longer necessary to restart application when toggling single tray icon mode
Now unofficial overclocking mode and official clock limits extension command line switch (XCL) for AMD graphics cards are accessible via GUI in "General" tab in "AMD compatibility properties" section
Added "Disable ULPS" option to "AMD compatibility properties" section in "General" tab
RestoreAfterSuspendedMode configuration file switch is no longer undocumented, now it is enabled by default and accessible via GUI in "General" tab in "Compatibility properties" section
Added "Reset display mode on applying unofficial overclocking" option to "AMD compatibility properties" section in "General" tab. This option can be used as a workaround for infamous flickering issue, caused by bug in AMD driver
Now MSI Afterburner displays path to driver registry key in "i" window
Now MSI Afterburner displays voltage regulator model and location information in "i" window
Now MSI Afterburner displays RivaTuner Statistics Server installation path and server version information in "i" window
Added French and Turkish localizations
Recompiled kernel mode driver to bypass false positive in driver verifier
Added workaround for missing tray icon when starting application while EXPLORER.EXE is not responding
Application tray icon is now being restored after restarting EXPLORER.EXE
Build number is now displayed in "i" window and in application tray icon tooltip
Localizable installer files for third party translators are now included in distributive in .\SDK\Localization\Installer folder
Now power users can display graphs in hardware monitoring window in multiple columns via configuration file
Framerate slider limit in "Videocapture" tab has been extended from 100 FPS to 120 FPS
Now flashing camera icon is being displayed in the top left corner of monitoring window when video is being captured
Added "Use dedicated encoder server" option to "Videocapture" tab
Added prerecording settings to "Videocapture" tab. You can select one of the following prerecording modes:
◎ Prerecord to a temporary file. This mode suits best for prerecording long videos (e.g. 10 minutes or more of H.264 video) or for prerecording videos with low compression ratio (e.g. lossless Lagarith video)
◎ Prerecord to RAM. This mode suits best for prerecording short videos (e.g. a couple minutes of H.264 video) and it provides a bit better performance than prerecord to file. Also, unlike prerecord to file, prerecord to RAM minimizes writes so it can increase the lifetime of SSD if you plan to use the prerecording frequently
Added "NV12 compression" to the list of available video formats to "Videocapture" tab. This format can be used to replace uncompressed video recording with fixed 2x compression ratio at the cost of some color information loss caused by RGB to YUV 4:2:0 color space conversion
Added "External plugin" to the list of available video formats to "Videocapture" tab. External plugins provide hardware accelerated H.264 video encoding support for Intel QuickSync, NVIDIA NVENC and AMD VCE platforms
Improved DirectInput hotkey handler minimizes the risk of losing hotkey functionality until application restart under certain conditions
RivaTuner Statistics Server has been upgraded to version 6.1.1:
◎ The server is no longer being distributed as a part of client applications like MSI Afterburner and EVGA Precision. Now it comes under generic RivaTuner Statistics Server name with own installer and can be optionally installed when necessary. The clients will automatically hide any server dependent functionality (such as On-Screen Display, framerate monitoring, automatic 2D/3D profiles management, screen and video capture and so on) when the server is not installed
Now RivaTuner Statistics Server installer is being started by MSI Afterburner installer to make installation process easier for beginners. The server distributive is being copied to .\Redist\RTSSSetup.exe during MSI Afterburner installation, so you may always install it later if necessary

New in Release 334.01.01f01:

    Graphics driver updated for Mac OS X Mavericks 10.9.3 (13C65)
    Contains performance improvements and bug fixes for a wide range of applications.
    Includes NVIDIA Driver Manager preference pane.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA NVAPI R337
« on: May 19, 2014, 04:20:49 PM »
NVAPI is NVIDIA's core software development kit that allows direct access to NVIDIA GPUs and drivers on all windows platforms. NVAPI provides support for categories of operations that range beyond the scope of those found in familiar graphics APIs such as DirectX and OpenGL.

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