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AMD’s Technology Decks: DirectX 12

DirectX 12 has seemed like a game changer for quite some time now. Recently, with the launch of AMD’s new GPUs, Tech Decks were included with the PR material for the Fury and 300 series. AMD included a detailed look into all the benefits of their Graphics Cards in combination with DirectX 12 and quite frankly, it looks really exciting. One of the huge AMD only benefits are the Async Shaders, which are poised to draw even more performance from the GPU than what other manufacturers will be able to take advantage of. Of course, we’ll have to wait for the full on reviews to see how much benefit there is, as well as the release of Windows 10, but for now, enjoy the full slide presentation if you have a moment or two to spare.



Futuremark Begins Development of VR Benchmark, Invites Industry Participation

Futuremark Begins Development of VR Benchmark, Invites Industry Participation HELSINKI, FINLAND – June 10, 2015 – Futuremark® is developing a VR benchmark that uses a combination of software and hardware to measure performance, latency, and accuracy. Designed primarily for manufacturers, analysts and press, the VRMark™ benchmark will test a system’s ability to deliver high quality virtual reality experiences for a range of content types from photos and video to games and simulations. http://www.futuremark.com/benchmarks/vrmark With development under way, Futuremark is inviting VR system manufacturers to join its Benchmark Development Program™. BDP members will have exclusive access to VRMark throughout its development, gaining a deep understanding of its workloads, right down to the source code. Using a development process that’s been government-vetted for neutrality, members can provide input to Futuremark at every stage from specification to public release. Companies creating VR hardware and software, and others with an interest in VR system performance, are invited to apply for VRMark BDP membership today at http://www.futuremark.com/bdp. “There are already more than a dozen different head-mounted displays for VR at various stages of completion. Analysts forecast that VR will reach 10.8 million users by the end of 2016. But delivering a great VR experience relies on overcoming significant performance challenges,” said Jukka Mäkinen, Man...



ASUSTOR Release Surveillance Center 2.3 Beta

ASUSTOR Release Surveillance Center 2.3 Beta ASUSTOR’s Surveillance Center 2.3 Beta introduces brand new features including automated event action rules, foreign object detection, more intuitive on-screen controls and expansion of the HDMI local output function. All users are welcome to download and experience the latest Surveillance Center functions. Taipei, Taiwan, May 25th, 2015 – ASUSTOR Inc., a leading innovator and provider of network storage solutions, has announced the release of the Surveillance Center 2.3 beta version. This version of Surveillance Center features powerful new features including automated event action rules, simplified and intuitive on-screen controls, role-based access control, and the addition of foreign object detection for intelligent video analytics and search. The HDMI local output function has also been expanded for setups with greater than 4 cameras, allowing users to change pages to view different video feeds and automatically cycle between feeds, providing the same type of convenience as browsing real-time surveillance feeds on a web page.   “Since the release of Surveillance Center we have been continually receiving feedback from all of our users. This has allowed us to make continual improvements and innovations, creating an even more reliable, convenient and versatile surveillance system,” said James Su, Product Manager at ASUSTOR. “This new upgrade significantly enhances overall system performance in a variety of ways ...



Compare DirectX 12, Mantle and DirectX 11 with 3DMark

Compare DirectX 12, Mantle and DirectX 11 with 3DMark We’re excited to introduce our new 3DMark API Overhead feature test – the world’s first independent test for measuring differences in DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle API performance. It’s also the very first public application to use DirectX 12 full stop. This is cutting edge stuff Developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program, the 3DMark API Overhead feature test lets you compare the performance of DirectX 12, DirectX 11, and Mantle. The purpose of the test is to compare the relative performance of different APIs on a single system, rather than the absolute performance of different systems. The API Overhead feature test is not a general-purpose GPU benchmark, and it should not be used to compare graphics cards from different vendors. (We are working on a DirectX 12 benchmark with game-like workloads, which we expect to release soon after the public launch of Windows 10.) Why is API overhead important? There has been much talk this year of new graphics APIs that let developers code ‘close to the metal.’ And though it’s natural to think of the GPU, the benefits of APIs with lower overhead are actually achieved by making better use of multi-core CPUs to streamline code execution and eliminate software bottlenecks, particularly for draw calls. A draw call happens when the CPU tells the GPU to draw an object on ...



BIOSTAR announces support for AMD’s FM2+ “Godavari” APU

BIOSTAR Offers support on New AMD FM2+ “Godavari” APU  May 11th, 2015, Taipei, Taiwan – With AMD’s launch of the FM2+ “Godavari” class of APUs today, Biostar has been in preparation of a complete series of mainboards for the supporting chipsets such as the BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A88W 3D, Hi-Fi A70U3P and Hi-Fi A68U3P. To make upgrading even easier, these boards also have backwards support for previous generation FM2+ / FM2 APUs. These new Godavari AMD APUs are AMD socket FM2+ and will feature an upgraded CPU and GPU architecture. The new Godavari APU are part of the Kaveri-Refresh platform which is aimed to re-fresh the current Kaveri APUs with the new 8000 series branding utilizing the x86 Steamroller core and GCN graphics architecture. The BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A88W 3D, Hi-Fi A70U3P and Hi-Fi A68U3P all have features such as onboard LAN, PCI Express 3.0 x16, SATA 6Gb/s, and USB 3.0. And with BIOSTAR’s enhancements to these new FM2+ boards users will enjoy mainboards that excel in additional areas of BIOSTAR expertise such as the BIOSTAR Audio+, Video+, Speed+, Protection+, Durability+ and DIY+. For more info on BIOSTAR’s AMD motherboards go to: http://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/socket.php?S_ID=21 About BIOSTAR BIOSTAR is a manufacturer dedicated to the production of motherboards, graphics cards and industrial computing systems. Since its establishment in 1986, the BIOSTAR GROUP has become a major motherboard supplier in the PC industry. In order to pursue continuous gr...



TRENDnet® Launches Video Analytics and License Plate Recognition Add-On Software

TRENDnet® Launches Video Analytics and License Plate Recognition Add-On Software TORRANCE, Calif. – April 14, 2015 – TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, from ISC West 2015 launches video analytics and license plate recognition add-on software modules for TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software.TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software offers advanced camera management, recording, search, and playback functionality. It supports all TRENDnet cameras and over 3,000 other cameras from over 100 brands. It’s compatible with Windows and Windows Server operating systems and features Run as Service support. Four TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software packages are available: 4-Channel (TV-VMS004), 9-Channel (TV-VMS009), 16-Channel (TV-VMS016), and Unlimited-Channel (TV-VMS999) solutions. “Video analytics and license plate recognition add-on software increases the potential applications of our TRENDnet Luxriot VMS software,” stated Sonny Su, technology director for TRENDnet. “The add-on solutions are easily integrated and configured.” TRENDnet Luxriot Analytics Add-On Modules TRENDnet Luxriot Analytics add-on modules enhance surveillance by monitoring and reporting the associated behavior of people, vehicles, and objects. Common applications include intruder/perimeter protection, theft detection, vehicle monitoring, crowd management, abandoned object recognition, and pedestrian/vehicle counting. Add-on module to TRENDnet Luxriot VMS sof...



QNAP Brings Improved Multimedia Entertainment with Kodi

QNAP Brings Improved Multimedia Entertainment with Kodi Taipei, Taiwan, 14 April, 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. today announced that its NAS officially supports Kodi (formerly XBMC) Entertainment Center. Users of x51, x53, x70, x71, x79 and x80 series NAS now can install Kodi in HD Station to enjoy an improved entertainment experience. As of version 14, XBMC has been renamed “Kodi”. If users have XBMC v13 installed, they can install Kodi separately to use its beautiful unified interface to enjoy pictures, videos and music. Both versions can be installed to provide users with greater choice. “Multimedia entertainment has become a major part of QNAP NAS, and we will continue to offer up-to-date applications and technology to provide our users with the best multimedia experience,” said Ken Cheah, product manager of QNAP. QNAP will also rename XBMC v13 to “HD Player” in its HD Station platform. HD Player introduces a revamped user interface for more intuitive operations and integrates the QTS Media Library and user authentication for securing NAS data. HD Station is a free app available in QTS, and integrates multiple applications including Kodi, HD Player, YouTube, Spotify, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, DeaDBeeF, and more. By installing HD Station and connecting the QNAP NAS to an HDMI display, users can directly enjoy the video, music and photo collections stored on their QNAP NAS, surf the web, and even control the entire experienc...



High-Rely DeltaSync File-Level Backup Technology Introduced

High-Rely DeltaSync File-Level Backup Technology Introduced NetSwap and RAIDFrame Firmware Update Adds Important New Speed-Saving Backup Synchronization Feature COLUMBUS, OH – 26 MARCH 2015 – Highly Reliable Systems, the innovative American-made server backup storage experts, have announced at the ASCII Group Success Summit immediate availability of NetSwap firmware release 2.13. This update includes a newly developed High-Rely DeltaSync Technology, which enhances synchronization functionality for NetSwap and RAIDFrame server backup appliances. DeltaSync is a file-level tracking feature that queues changes in memory, and promotes significantly improved synchronization times between High-Rely backup devices and their targets. “A key feature of our products is our Automatic Mirroring Technology (AMT), which allows our backup systems to be continuously connected while creating automatic backups onto removable media. Our new DeltaSync feature was designed in direct response to the needs of our customers using today’s larger hard drives” explained Derry Bryson, senior software engineer at Highly Reliable Systems. “High-capacity hard drives translate into longer rebuild times using block-by-block mirroring technology that copies the entire disk – even if only a small portion of the data changed. DeltaSync copies only the data that has changed, leading to rebuild times that are a fraction of what they were using mirroring.&...



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Compare DirectX 12, Mantle and DirectX 11 with new 3DMark test

Compare DirectX 12, Mantle and DirectX 11 with new 3DMark test  Introducing our new 3DMark API Overhead feature test – the world’s first independent test for measuring differences in DirectX 12, DirectX 11 and Mantle API performance. It’s also the very first public application to use DirectX 12 full stop. This is cutting edge stuff! Developed with input from AMD, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA, and the other members of our Benchmark Development Program, the 3DMark API Overhead feature test lets you compare the performance of DirectX 12, DirectX 11, and Mantle. The purpose of the test is to compare the relative performance of different APIs on a single system, rather than the absolute performance of different systems. The API Overhead feature test is not a general-purpose GPU benchmark, and it should not be used to compare graphics cards from different vendors. (We are working on a DirectX 12 benchmark with game-like workloads, which we expect to release soon after the public launch of Windows 10.) Why is API overhead important? There has been much talk this year of new graphics APIs that let developers code ‘close to the metal.’ And though it’s natural to think of the GPU, the benefits of APIs with lower overhead are actually achieved by making better use of multi-core CPUs to streamline code execution and eliminate software bottlenecks, particularly for draw calls. A draw call happens when the CPU tells the GPU to draw an object on the scre...



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First DirectX 12, Now Vulkan

About a week ago, I posted my thoughts on AMD putting an end to Mantle and what that could mean for DirectX 12. While I was pretty excited, some people were quick to remind me that while DirectX 12 is low-level, it’s still proprietary. Well the good news is that I only had half of the story. Not only was AMD pointing developers to DirectX 12, but they also started pointing them to the new API from Khronos Group, Vulkan. For those unfamiliar with the Khronos Group (as I was a few days ago), they are the people responsible for OpenGL. In short, this API was originally designed for graphics workstations and while it could be used for gaming purposes, the code was built up over the span of 20 years making it difficult to program to. OpenGL ES was cleaner, but was only designed towards mobile devices. This is where Vulkan comes in. Vulkan has taken the best and brightest features of Mantle and brought the “close to the metal” concept to a completely open and cross-platform API. To put it simply, what DirectX 12 is accomplishing for Windows, Vulkan should be able to accomplish for pretty much every major graphics player in the industry including the Big 3 (INTEL, AMD, NVIDIA). Those of you who wanted something non-proprietary; it looks like you got it and it isn’t fragmenting the industry, which was a concern back in the early days of Mantle. The other really interesting thing about Vulkan is what it could mean for the future of SLI and Crossfire. Rumors ...



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DirectX 12 Looking Better with an End to Mantle

News just arrived that AMD is ending the Mantle API and directing developers to start working towards DirectX 12 instead. I’m sure the thought that comes to everyone’s mind is, “What on earth is going on!?!” When I first saw the end to Mantle, even I was slightly disappointed but as that segued into the appeal to start using DirectX 12, I felt the rush of excitement again. It may not seem like it, but I have a feeling this is really good news for what’s in store for the future of gaming. Let’s review what’s been happening in the API world a bit. A couple years back, Mantle starts claiming how it can boost performance on AAA titles and as results start flowing in, the potential for the gaming industry looked promising even if more work was needed. Fast forward to GDC 2014 and Microsoft announces DirectX 12 coming to the next version of Windows. What everyone was scratching their heads at was the inclusion of AMD, along with NVIDIA, INTEL and QUALCOMM, as one of the major supporters for the new Microsoft API. Why would AMD support something that was seemingly in direct competition with Mantle? Now, it looks like AMD saw potential to get in on the ground floor, which not only allowed them to make sure performance was going to reach their standards, but also allowed them to determine if they needed to spend resources keeping Mantle in the mix if their GPUs could benefit just as well from DirectX 12. So is this good news? At first, it ...



QNAP updates its 7-in-1 Mobile NAS QGenie with File Station Lite and FTP Server

QNAP updates its 7-in-1 Mobile NAS QGenie with File Station Lite and FTP Server Taipei, Taiwan, 2, February 2015 – QNAP® Systems, Inc. announced the release of firmware v3.2.0 for the QGenie Mobile NAS, adding File Station Lite and supporting FTP servers for remote access and for faster file transfers. “We are pleased to introduce File Station Lite for QGenie. It provides a simple way for users to upload, download, and share a large number of files to and from their QGenie,” said Hanz Sung, product manager of QNAP, adding “File Station Lite is a great utility for easily managing the files on a QGenie from a web browser, and by adding this new feature we hope that every QGenie user can take full advantage of its file management to enhance their digital life.” Besides File Station Lite, QGenie now supports FTP server functionality to provide a new way to transfer files between QGenie and desktop computers by using FTP applications such as FileZilla. Availability QGenie Firmware v3.2.0 can be downloaded from here.   About QNAP 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 ease-of-use, robust operation, large storage capacity, and trustworthy reliability. QNAP integrates technologies and designs to bring forth quality products that effectively improve business...



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Free Windows 10…For a Year?

If you’re following any of the tech news happening today, then I’m sure you’ve heard something about Microsoft’s Windows 10 event. We’re seeing some cool things coming into focus as more user features are being displayed. The Continuum interface calms the conflict that involves touch screens versus keyboards and mice, Cortana is integrated into everything, and the Spartan browser is looking like it’s going to do some great things for web browsing, but the one bit of news that keeps popping up is the free version of Windows 10 for 7, 8 and 8.1 users. This seems like great news, but I keep sniffing a trap here. Seriously, am I the only one here who feels like the phrase, “for a year” is a very bad sign? In all honesty, I know I’m not the only one, but I do want to share my cautions with the computing community since nobody likes to be blind-sided. A few months back, rumors came out that Microsoft might be looking into a subscription model with the release of Windows 10. The thing was, there wasn’t a whole lot evidence to substantiate that rumor back then and consumers always hope that dissatisfaction with particular announcements cause companies to rethink their stance and sweep things under the rug. However, with the announcement that Windows 10 will only be free for a year makes it very hard to imagine that this will fit in with anything but a subscription fee. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is very ...



CRYORIG Animated Install Guides Now On Handhelds

CRYORIG Animated Install Guides Now On Handhelds! 21.01.2015, Taipei, Taiwan – CRYORIG, innovator of PC thermal products is always looking for new ways to innovate and improve the user experience. Beginning with the recently announced CRYORIG H7, checking step-by-step installation videos will be as easy as holding your phone up. Most users cannot access the web through their PC when they’re installing a new heatsink. So once you’re stuck on a step while installing, there’s no way to ask for help or check out the manufacturer’s site for tips and tutorials. Now CRYORIG users can just pick up their phone and scan the QR Code on their user manual to be directly linked to a video demonstration. Each step has a separate QR code available that corresponds to the exact video demo of that step. All that’s needed is an Android, iOS or Windows Phone compatible device and working internet connection to view detailed demos on how to install your CRYORIG CPU cooler correctly. CRYORIG Animated Install Guide CRYORIG’s Offizielle Facebookseite About CRYORIG Officially founded in 2013, CRYORIG is a fresh new comer to the PC peripherals and Cooling market with a core team of seasoned veterans. The team’s resumes include experiences with renowned brands such as Thermalright, Prolimatech and Phanteks. The members are overclockers and PC modding enthusiasts, with a passion to strive for nothing but the best. With the long experience and drive for innovation and improvement, ...



The Hardware Hound

The Hardware Hound Episode 2

After a crazy 2014, the Hound is back taking care of business and boy did he have some catching up to do. On this episode, he covers a nuclear reactor disguised as a CPU cooler, some important features on Windows 10, and most importantly, new GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD. So sit back, enjoy the show and get excited because great hardware news is always good news!






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