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Microsoft uses 3DMark to show DirectX 12 benefits

Microsoft shared the first public details of DirectX 12 at GDC yesterday. And I’m delighted that they chose 3DMark 11 to demonstrate the advantages of the new API. In their words, “3DMark [11] on Direct3D 11 uses multi-threading extensively, however due to a combination of runtime and driver overhead, there is still significant idle time on each core. After porting the benchmark to use Direct3D 12, we see two major improvements – a 50% improvement in CPU utilization, and better distribution of work among threads.” The chart shows the time 3DMark 11 spends in each thread in DirectX 11 (top) and DirectX 12 (bottom). This MSDN blog post explains how the efficiencies in DirectX 12 are achieved: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/directx/archive/2014/03/20/directx-12.aspx A new 3DMark test for DirectX 12 With DirectX 12 game developers will be able to create richer scenes with more objects by better utilizing modern GPU hardware. DirectX 12 also introduces a set of new rendering features that will dramatically improve the efficiency of algorithms such as order-independent transparency, collision detection, and geometry culling. I’m excited to announce that we are creating a new 3DMark benchmark that will demonstrate and test the full capabilities of DirectX 12.



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Microsoft Responds to Mantle with DirectX 12

DirectX hasn’t seen an update for a very long time. PC gaming on the other hand, has seen some very interesting changes over the past years, but more significantly in recent times would be the Steam Machine and AMD’s Mantle technology. These two offer a direct competition to Microsoft so it’s no surprise that they’ve had to find a way to respond and quickly. Without going into too much of the speculation that’s already out, it seems that DirectX 12 may well be a direct response to Mantle technology. The Steam Machine obviously offers competition, but it also requires that games be designed to run for a Linux based OS and is less likely to fill the niche for work at home procedures. Mantle could be much scarier for Microsoft, because if game developers design to it, there could be very little need to upgrade to a new version of Windows while still enjoying peak performance from the latest AMD graphics cards. To modestly explain why this works, Mantle allows more graphics processing to go straight to the GPU rather than having to use the CPU as the middle man. Still run Windows 7? No big deal because you have the latest AMD drivers with Mantle software. DirectX 12 hasn’t revealed details yet, but if it tries to garner the same kind of performance that Mantle does, it will be easier for Microsoft to pin it to newer versions of Windows, forcing consumers to upgrade in order to keep peak performance out of their hardware. While this all ma...



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Support Ending for XP, Microsoft Provides Free Transfer Tool

For those of you still running Windows XP, Microsoft would like for you to think about switching over to a newer Windows operating system. I know, XP still works just fine for many things, and still exceeds for some uses. However, come April 8th, Microsoft is ending their support for this iconic operating system. Soon, Microsoft plans to notify users of the operating system by pop-up on their desktop, providing users with a link to the end-of-support page. This page gives more in-depth information about what will happen on April 8th. Microsoft says the pop-ups will keep coming up on the 8th of every month after April, unless the message is disabled by the user. What is going to happen when support is dropped? Well, you will still be able to use your operating system just as you had been before, but Microsoft will not be releasing any more patches, system updates, or security updates. In a further attempt to persuade users to migrate to newer operating systems, Microsoft will be offering a free data migration tool to make your switch to Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1 much easier. In order to provide this service to the public, Microsoft has teamed up with Laplink to produce the data migration tool named PCmover Express for Windows XP. Microsoft Senior Marketing Communications Manager, Brandon LeBlanc released this blog statement, “This tool will copy your files, music, videos, email, and user profiles and settings from your old PC to your new device, transferring a...



ASUSTOR Releases Innovative Upgrades with ADM 2.1

ASUSTOR Releases Innovative Upgrades with ADM 2.1 Unveiling a new cloud storage experience, all ASUSTOR NAS devices are upgrading to ADM 2.1. Exclusive and innovative MyArchive function allows users to use hard disks as removable storage archives; File Explorer now features thumbnail previews and seamless drag and drop file transfers between NAS and computer; New releases include a VPN Server App and streaming video download App, Takeasy along with Chrome and FireFox add-on Download Center Helper; Mobile app AiMusic streams music from the NAS to mobile devices; Newly added support for Bluetooth devices. Taipei, Taiwan, February 25th, 2014 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced that all of its NAS devices (2, 3 and 6 Series) will be upgrading to the ASUSTOR Data Master (ADM) 2.1 operating system. ADM 2.1 expands the core functionality of the system and includes upgrades to built-in Apps such as Storage Manager and File Explorer along with newly expanded support for Bluetooth devices. Furthermore, a number of in-house developed Apps have been added to ASUSTOR’s App lineup that are sure to please both business and home users alike. “We are very excited to be launching ADM 2.1 with special attention to feedback and suggestions we have been constantly receiving,” said Steve Huang, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “ADM 2.1 introduces some truly unique functions developed by ASUSTOR. We hope our users will enjoy the...



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QNAP Launches Free Digital Signage App for Turbo NAS, Benefiting Small Businesses and Personal Profile Promotion

Introduction In Taipei, Taiwan on February 13, 2014 QNAP® Systems, Inc. announced the new Signage Station app for its Turbo NAS series. This App provides a seamless solution for the designing, publishing, and sharing multimedia contents with access controls. End users are able to download the iArtist Lite software to help design the digital signage content and upload it to the Turbo NAS, as well as share the contents using the web-based Signage Station. Visitors can now view the content on smart phones, tablets and laptops, and share by emails or social networking sites. The Signage Station allows end users to quickly design animated contents and share them online. Content administrators can even set up access permissions to the original and editable digital signage content for designers to edit & easily share via the Turbo NAS. The Signage Station also provides beginners with 52 templates to help complete the animated content design. A rich set of widgets, including audio, RSS, and clock, are also available to further enhance the content.   The Signage Station app is available to download from the QTS 4.0 App Center. For more information, please visit http://www.qnap.com/i/station/en/signage.php.   About QNAP Systems, Inc. QNAP Systems, Inc., as its brand promise “Quality Network Appliance Provider”, aims to deliver comprehensive offerings of cutting edge network attached storage (NAS) and network video recorder (NVR) solutions featured with eas...



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Futuremark Announces Servermark™ Benchmark

Introduction In HELSINKI, FINLAND on February 13, 2013 Futuremark® announced it is creating a new benchmark for measuring and comparing the performance of servers. This product is designed for industry, enterprise and press users. Servermark™ will be a comprehensive benchmarking tool for x86-based servers running Linux and will be especially suitable for testing virtual machines. This product will feature a variety of benchmark tests for web servers, file servers, database servers, media servers and other common server use cases. For details on this product please visit http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/servermark As with all Futuremark benchmarks, The Servermark will be developed in partnership with leading hardware companies. The Servermark Benchmark Development Program™ members will have the opportunity to provide input at all stages of development in addition to receiving regular development builds and complimentary site licenses for the new benchmark. Any technology companies interested in joining the Servermark Benchmark Development Program should call Oliver Baltuch on +1-408-614-2025 (PST) or email bdp@futuremark.com.  Find out more about Servermark and the Benchmark Development Program on the Futuremark website, or follow Futuremark on LinkedIn for the latest company news. About Futuremark® Futuremark® creates the world’s most popular benchmark tests. Futuremark’s 3DMark®, PCMark®, Powermark® and Peacekeeper™ tests have helped million...



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New in PCMark 8 version 2.0.191

Introduction There is a major update that adds new tests and workloads to PCMark 8. Scores from the Home, Creative and Work benchmarks in PCMark 8 v2.0.191 are not comparable with scores from v1.2.157 or other previous versions. This update adds a new Compatibility Mode setting to the Professional and Advanced Editions that enables you to run older versions of each test for times when you need to compare scores with historical benchmark results.  These notes are a summary of the changes in this update. Please read the PCMark 8 Technical Guide for detailed descriptions of the new tests and workloads. Home benchmark Home updated to version 3.0. Scores should not be compared with previous versions. New Photo Editing test using the open source ImageMagick library and a wider variety of image processing operations. Video Chat test now features improved face detection and performance. The test has been updated to use OpenCV 2.4.7. Creative benchmark Creative updated to version 3.0. Scores should not be compared with previous versions. Photo Editing test using the open source ImageMagick library and a wider variety of image processing operations. Video Editing part 2 now uses source material in 4K UHD resolution (3840×2160). Video Group Chat test now features improved face detection and performance. The test has been updated to use OpenCV 2.4.7. Work benchmark Work updated to version 2.0. Scores should not be compared with previous versions. Work version 2.0 adds a new Spre...



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Apacer, the Only Industrial SSD Manufacturer Winning the 22nd Taiwan Excellence Award

Introduction On Jan. 15th ,in Taiwan Apacer won the 22nd Taiwan Excellence Award. Apacer is not only devoted to R&D but also provides value added and customized professional services to help solve customers’ problems. The products that received awards include Apacer SSDWidget the world’s first-ever monitoring SSD software with cloud technology, SFD 25A-M – the industry-leading 5mm ultra-slim SSD, and CSD (Combo SATA Drive) – the dual drives SSD with groundbreaking and innovative design. Apacer SSDWidget is a cloud-based mobile software application with SSD real-time monitoring and diagnosis. With this package the system administrator will receive real-time information of SSD conditions deployed in all systems in a network regardless of time and region. SFD 25A-M, industry-leading 5mm ultra-slim SSD Apacer launches the ultra-slim 5mm SFD (SATA Flash Drive) 25A-M SSD – it comes with the latest SATA 3 (6Gb/s) transmission interface and standard 7+15 pin male connector. It is 50% thinner and comes with a 256GB of storage and a read/write speed up to 480/350 MB/sec CSD, a dual drive SSD This is a dual SATA SSD inside the standard 2.5-inch SSD housing using SAS connector, enabling users to choose the capacity size of the disk and NAND Flash type (SLC or MLC). The CSD which has a sequential read speed over 1,000MB/s can be set to (RAID 0) or (RAID 1). Under RAID 1 mode, data will be synchronously saved in both SSDs. About Apacer Apacer Technology Inc. ...



 
 
 
 
 
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Gigabyte Aivia Uranium mouse

Introduction Gigabyte is one of those companies that doesn’t need an introduction. When it comes to PC products their name speaks for itself. Gigabyte has been supplying us with quality products since 1986, producing motherboards, PC components, peripherals, complete systems and the list goes on. Today we have the opportunity to share one of their newest mouse. The Aivia Uranium is named after the symbol ‘U’ from the periodic table, which is where they came up with Uranium. The Aivia Uranium is remarkable gaming gear, delivering extraordinary power to all your game plays with its GHOST Macro Station, whose built-in memory in the receiver allows you to save commands or Macros. With a maximum of 6500dpi and 1Ghz polling rate, the 2100mAh NiMH rechargeable AA batteries are capable of lasting 50 continuous hours of gaming. Before we get started on the mouse, let’s get reacquainted with Gigabyte: GIGABYTE was founded in 1986, establishing our uncontested position in continuous technological innovation. By focusing on key technologies and achieving strict quality standards, GIGABYTE has been regarded as an innovative and trusted motherboard leader in the globe. To keep pace in a rapidly changing world, we have offered a comprehensive product line covering Motherboards, Graphics Cards, PC Components, PC Peripherals, Laptops, Slate Devices, Desktop PCs, Network Communications, Servers and Mobile Phones. We are dedicated to building up a full-range digital life...



 
 
 
 
 
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System Mechanic 12

Intro This has probably happened to most of you: while sitting at your computer, playing a game or scoping out some new hardware you wish you could own, it occurs to you that it has been a while since you ran all of the maintenance procedures for your computer. Rather than performing the needed maintenance, you justify putting it off for fear of running out of time during the maintenance procedure or simply not knowing how to perform the proper maintenance. We all have busy lives, and it’s high time that a flexible, all encompassing piece of software came our way that helps with this. Enter System Mechanic, (now in it’s 12th rendition). This super flexible software kit involves patented maintenance technology designed specifically to keep everything in your operating system (OS) running as smoothly and easily as possible, (even with your SSD). Having been around for approximately 15 years now, the bar has been set pretty high for this version of the software, so let’s see what it delivers. As this was a digital copy there is no packaging to speak of so we’ll be getting right to the software itself. About iolo Technologies, LLC: www.iolo.com Founded in 1998, iolo technologies, LLC (www.iolo.com) innovates patented technology and award-winning software that repairs, optimizes, and protects computers and digital devices. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles with global sales presence in 33 countries and products in 11 languages. Since 1998 tens ...



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Benchmark Surface 2 with 3DMark for Windows RT

3DMark is now available as a free app for Windows RT devices from Windows Store: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/app/3dmark/f71eedf2-76ac-4be9-a073-13142d4a87fe 3DMark on Windows RT includes the same benchmarks as the Android and iOS editions. Cross-platform benchmarking across Windows, Android, iOS, and Windows RT is easy, fast and accurate with 3DMark. 3DMark Ice Storm is a DirectX 11 feature level 9 benchmark, (the modern equivalent of DirectX 9), for testing Windows RT tablets and notebooks. It includes two 720p Graphics tests designed to stress graphical (GPU) performance and a Physics test to stress processing (CPU) performance. 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme raises the Graphics tests’ rendering resolution to 1080p and uses higher quality textures and post-processing effects to create a more demanding load for the latest mobile devices. 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited is a different type of benchmark, one designed to test the raw performance of the underlying hardware. Use Ice Storm Unlimited to compare different chipsets, CPUs and GPUs without vertical sync, display resolution scaling and other operating system factors affecting the result. You’ll find more details in our technical guide: http://www.futuremark.com/downloads/3DMark_Technical_Guide.pdf 



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PCMark 8 benchmark update adds Windows 8.1 compatibility

This update adds compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11, introduces new options for testing OpenCL, and adds detailed hardware monitoring graphs. Scores from the Work, Storage and Applications benchmarks are not affected by this update. Scores from the Home and Creative benchmarks should not be compared with scores from previous versions of PCMark 8 due to the addition of new run modes for those tests. PCMark v1.1.111 uses a new installer. If your system has an older version of PCMark 8 installed, you should manually uninstall it using Add/Remove Programs in the Windows Control Panel before installing this update. You should also manually uninstall SystemInfo. New The Home and Creative benchmarks now offer a choice of run modes. Conventional mode does not use OpenCL, reflecting how the majority of software works today. Accelerated mode uses OpenCL acceleration, anticipating how software will work in the future. New interactive graphs show hardware monitoring data from each benchmark run. Improved Progress windows now show estimated time for each test. SystemInfo scan is now at least 50% faster. Compatibility Compatible with Windows 8.1. Compatible with Internet Explorer 11. SystemInfo updated to v4.21 for improved compatibility with the latest hardware. New troubleshooting options for OpenCL device selection in Help tab. Fixed Fixed an issue in the Web Browsing test that could cause the test to hang. Fixed an issue with Video Chat and Video Group Chat show...



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MSI GT70 Workstation Certified By ISV Ascon – Kompas 3D

Kompas 3D MSI provides the latest GT70 2OK mobile workstation to *ASCON, a Russian engineering software developer of CAD, AEC, PLM for reliability and compatibility tests. MSI mobile workstation is the ideal solution for engineers, whose professions are to work on 3D-intensive applications. After passing long running tests of ASCON-Kompas 3D V14; Ascon certified MSI as an official hardware partner with the full functional compatibility. “Popularization of cloud services gives more freedom to work remotely. But when it comes to the use of professional design tools and 3D- modeling, the clouds is not enough! Therefore, mobile workstation capabilities become extremely important. ASCON always focuses on usability of its users, so mobile workstation is the answer to the increasing need of mobile users in the workplace.” -by Eugene Bulynina- deputy director of ASCON A distinctive feature of mobile workstation series is the NVIDIA Quadro graphics card. MSI launched complete range of workstation solutions for the most demanding professionals. Graphics card options are K2100M, K3100M to K4100M. NVIDIA Quadro graphics support the latest standards of OpenGL, DirectX and CUDA technology. MSI workstations assure better computing capability, software compatibility, and upgradable possibility. Get more configuration details http://workstations.msi.com ASCON *ASCON was founded in 1989 as a private company, becoming one of the first CAD/AEC/PLM developers and integrators in Russian and...



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3DMark is Steam’s Daily Deal, 66% off for 48 hours

3DMark is today’s Daily Deal on Steam. http://store.steampowered.com/app/223850/ 3DMark on Steam 3DMark includes three benchmarks – Ice Storm, Cloud Gate and Fire Strike – for testing everything from notebooks to high-end gaming PCs. Designed for gamers, overclockers and system builders, 3DMark Advanced Edition improves upon the free version by allowing you to: Run each test individually – skip the tablet and notebook tests when benchmarking a gaming PC. Unlock the Fire Strike Extreme preset for testing PCs with multiple GPUs. Use custom settings to explore your PC’s limits. Use benchmark looping for testing your PC’s stability when overclocked. Earn Steam Achievements(!) and compete for the fastest PC on Steam leaderboards. Move your key freely between the Steam and standalone versions.



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FinalWire Rolls Out AIDA64 v3.20

Microsoft Windows 8.1 and 128 Processors Support BUDAPEST, Hungary – September 17, 2013 – FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 3.20 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 3.20 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises. The latest AIDA64 update extends its multi-threaded benchmarking and stress-testing capabilities to cover up to 128 logical processors and 2 processor groups, implements support for Microsoft Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems, and supports the latest graphics and GPGPU computing technologies. New features & improvements Microsoft Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM support Support for up to 128 logical processors and 2 processor groups SensorPanel area graphs and histograms Optimized 64-bit benchmarks for Intel Core i7 “Ivy Bridge-E” CPU HTML report menu, revamped MHTML report format Socket FM2+ and LGA-1150 motherboards support DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.4, APP SDK 2.8.1, OpenCL 1.2 SPIR support Support for Bochs PC Emulator 2.6.2 Intel 525, Intel 530, Samsung 840 Evo SSD support GPU details for nVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti, GeForce GTX 760 More details about the new AIDA64 features are available at www.aida64.com/whatsnew Pricing and Availability AIDA64 Extreme Edition and AIDA64 Business Edition are available now at www.aida6...






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