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    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.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD GPU PerfStudio 2.15 build 2095
« on: May 18, 2014, 02:10:34 PM »
GPU PerfStudio 2.15 build 2095

    Windows 8.1 support – fixes the issue where the client would not connect to games running on Windows 8.1
    Support for DX10 and DX10.1 has been removed
    Improved support for OpenGL applications
    Fixes for missing textures in OpenGL applications
    Fixes for missing data fields in the DX11 view descriptions
    Profiler stability has been improved

New Features:

    The draw call number is now displayed in the API Trace
    Wireframe geometry overlay color can now be defined by the user

3D-Tech News Around The Web / (Android) gles3mark
« on: May 18, 2014, 02:08:24 PM »
OpenGL ES 3.0 Benchmark (beta) - test your device with the latest graphics API and share your results!

Written in C++11 and using the new OpenGL features such as
- ETC2 texture compression
- Geometry instancing
- Multiple Render Targets (MRT) for
- Deferred shading and
- Screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO)
- and more

You can upload your results together with detailed OpenGL and device info to the database at

OpenSubdiv GPU Tessellation WIP
Just a quick update on what’s happening in the opensubdiv-modifier branch in the Blender Git repository. This is an initial integration of GPU tessellation in Blender, it’s totally not final and still loads of work to be done to make this project master-ready. But there are some really cool results

The 1.01 release of the samples is a bugfix release. The modifications and additions are mainly limited to non-breaking changes in the application framework. See the release notes for details of these changes.

Just go to AlteredQualia , recent demos are on top of the list.
Some of them aint rendered correctly on Android though.

The Mandelbrot Set

Built with JavaScript and HTML5 canvas. Rendering in dedicated Web Workers.

Works on all modern browsers, including on mobile devices (multi-touch is supported).

OpenGL Extensions Viewer for iOS displays the vendor name, the version, the renderer name and the extensions for OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0

 What's New in Version 2.0.0

Massive update

- Improved navigation in the extensions list
- New: Mini-database viewer. Thanks for all your submission, you can now see all the iOS and Android renderer from the application.

AMD Unveils Ambidextrous Computing Roadmap
Announces 64-bit ARM Core Architecture License and Future "K12" ARM-based Core; Pin-Compatible x86 and ARM Processors; Demonstrates AMD Opteron A-Series 64-bit ARM Server CPU Codename "Seattle"
AMD's ambidextrous computing roadmap includes:

    "Project SkyBridge" - This design framework, available starting in 2015, will feature a new family of 20 nanometer APUs and SoCs that are expected to be the world's first pin-compatible ARM and x86 processors. The 64-bit ARM variant of "Project SkyBridge" will be based on the ARM Cortex®-A57 core and is AMD's first Heterogeneous System Architecture ("HSA") platform for Android; the x86 variant will feature next-generation "Puma+" CPU cores. The "Project SkyBridge" family will feature full SoC integration, AMD Graphics Core Next technology, HSA, and AMD Secure Technology via a dedicated Platform Security Processor (PSP).
    "K12" - A new high-performance, low-power ARM-based core that takes deep advantage of AMD's ARM architectural license, extensive 64-bit design expertise, and a core development team led by Chief CPU Architect Jim Keller. The first products based on "K12" are planned for introduction in 2016.

NVIDIA Linux, Solaris and FreeBSD driver 337.19 (beta)

   * 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.

The Chase is on!

In a world that is going increasingly mobile, The Chase showcases the sky’s-the-limit potential of the Unity game engine for bringing exceptional visual fidelity and performance to handheld devices.
Google used The Chase at their Nexus7 / OpenGL ES 3.0 reveal keynote, and it was widely shown and admired in the SIGGRAPH 2013 demo reels of many leading exhibitors.

HWMonitor PRO 1.19 has a new add-on for Android users. HWMonitor PRO for Android allows to monitor up to 10 PCs from your Android phone or tablet.using the remote feature of HWMonitor PRO.

Please go to the HWMonitor PRO page for a complete description and download links.

Enable "listening mode" and allow HWMonitor in your Firewall to connect to Android device.

Find the goof in the screenshot  :D

Source: BlenderArtists

Quote from: Tibi
Someone (nickname Cycliste) on the French Blender Clan Forum made a quite interesting test using 6 (yes six) 750 Ti cards and comparing it to the more expensive Titan

Even if you don’t read French you might like to have a look at his rig and the test results.

Quote from: Rolf
I test the Cavalier scene in 2.69.11.
With 1 card i get 14:45.41
With 2 cards i get 7:34.43, so i beat a titan with only 2 of them.
The Time of 3:29 with 6x 750ti in 2.69.11 seems slow for me.

I wonder why the speed increase is not proportional to the number of GPUs.
The culprit could be either Blender, CUDA or the PCI-E extensions cables used in the renderfarm?

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Notepad++ v6.6 released
« on: May 02, 2014, 06:36:39 AM »
The main feature of this release is Session snapshot & periodic backup.
If this feature is enabled (enabled by default), user won't be asked to save unsaved file as he quits Notepad++, and on startup Notepad++ restores the unsaved file and unsaved untitled document of last session.

This feature brings another advantage - periodic backup of unsaved files which protects your data from the PC crashing or power outage.

You can always turn off this feature to get back the old behaviour:

Dowload Notepad++ v6.6 Workers' Day Edition here:

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