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Catalyst Omega: AMD Takes Its Drivers to the Next Level
December 9th, 2014 in Graphics Technology
AMD has released Catalyst Omega, a major driver release with performance enhancements and lots of extra features. We take a closer look.
Dragon Age Inquisition PC Technical Review
November 21st, 2014 in PC Gaming
Bioware returns to its roots with the tactics heavy Dragon Age Inquisition; read our PC review to find out how it fares in terms of PC optimization.
New developer 1C Game Studios tries their hand at lauded flight sim series with IL-2 Sturmovik Battle of Stalingrad. See how the game fares in terms of PC features and performance with our tech review.
Alien Isolation PC Technical Review
October 13th, 2014 in PC Gaming
Creative Assembly has delivered a true survival horror game with Alien Isolation. Read our tech review to find out how it fares in terms of PC features and performance.
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Catalyst Omega: AMD takes its drivers to the next level
Dec 10, 2014 at 03:25 AM by Lupine
The new Omega driver is getting a lot of response in our forums (link). We were able to test-drive it for a few days before its release and even threw some benchmarks to the mix. Click away to see our first impressions.

Catalyst Omega: AMD takes its drivers to the next level @ Rage3D.com
Catalyst Omega driver adds Virtual Super Resolution, Mantle capturing, more
Dec 9, 2014 at 03:04 PM by seanR3D

AMD had elected to push its major driver feature additions to a new yearly Catalyst release dubbed "Omega", the first of which is out today.

This release (14.12) includes the addition of Virtual Super Resolution (VSR), which is AMD's answer to NVIDIA's Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR). Both techniques allow for improved image quality at a very high performance cost (which is fine if you have plenty of power to spare). For now, VSR is supported on the R9 285 and R9 290 series cards, but more will be added in the future.

Besides that you get performance improvements for select titles (Beyond Earth, Advanced Warfare, Assassin's Creed Unity, Dragon Age Inquisition, and Far Cry 4), and on a general level (albeit on a minor scale), frame pacing improvements for most major titles, issue and bug fixes, Mantle capture and streaming support (unfortunately it's through the dreadful Gaming Evolved client, but at least it's an option), FreeSync support, 5K support, better video playback, and more.

Hit the source to download the driver and/or to see the full notes.

Source: AMD
Dragon Age Inquisition PC patch #2 released, improves controls, Mantle
Dec 9, 2014 at 02:36 PM by seanR3D
Update: For those experiencing graphics issues after the patch, see this post for a temporary workaround.

The highly anticipated second patch for Dragon Age Inquisition is now here at last. This release includes a reasonably long list of key UI and control fixes, as well as bug fixes, many of them PC centric.

Among what's included: scrolling out with the mouse wheel will now enable tactical camera mode, hiding the HUD will now hide everything, war table and conversation screens should now always be responsive, and various control tweaks. Besides that, you get improved Mantle performance (previously it caused additional stuttering) and better stability.

Regarding the keyboard and mouse controls, Bioware says this is simply the first pass at improving them, and "our next priority is to improve the PC mouse/keyboard controls further. We’re investigating how to expand on PC usability and functionality to address specific requests from the community."

Hit the source for the full notes; download the patch through Origin.

Source: Bioware Blog
Dragon Age Inquisition PC patch #1 releasing December 9
Dec 8, 2014 at 04:41 PM by seanR3D
The second and much awaited patch for Dragon Age Inquisition (DAI) has been delayed for consoles, but PC gamers won't have to suffer, as it will release tomorrow, December 9.

No details have surfaced as of yet on what the patch will include, but players have been asking for a banter bug fix, music bug fix, user interface improvements, performance improvements, gameplay bugs, and more, so hopefully at least some of that is included.

If you haven't yet, be sure to check out our DAI tech review for the skinny on the PC specific features.

Source: Twitter
Far Cry 4 PC patch 1.5 released, fixes graphics and control issues, more
Dec 8, 2014 at 04:36 PM by seanR3D
Ubisoft has released the 1.5 patch for Far Cry 4 on PC. Among other things, this release fixes numerous graphics, controls, and interface issues. Unfortunately, the stuttering issue still persists, according to many user reports.

See the full notes at the source if you like; download the patch through uPlay.

Source: Ubisoft forum
Dying Light system requirements are extremely high
Dec 4, 2014 at 06:53 PM by seanR3D
The next game from Dead Island makers Techland is extremely demanding on system requirements. Dying Light should be doable at the minimum level for most enthusiasts, but a good many will need to upgrade to meet or exceed the recommended.

While the game looks great visually, it doesn't seem to justify such high requirements. The Dead Island games weren't the most well-optimized on PC, so it's possible optimization is lacking here also. That or the hordes of zombies bog down performance no matter what.

See the requirements below.
System Requirements
    • OS: Windows® 7 64-bit / Windows® 8 64-bit / Windows® 8.1 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-2500 @3.3 GHz / AMD FX-8320 @3.5 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM DDR3
    • Hard Drive: 40 GB free space
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 670 / AMD Radeon™ HD 7870
    • Sound: DirectX® 10
    • OS: Windows® 7 64-bit / Windows® 8 64-bit / Windows® 8.1 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel® Core™ i5-4670K @3.4 GHz / AMD FX-8350 @4.0 GHz
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM DDR3
    • Hard Drive: 40 GB free space
    • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 780 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290
    • Sound: DirectX® 10
Source: Steam
New footage shows off Resident Evil PC remake at 60fps
Dec 4, 2014 at 06:38 PM by seanR3D
New footage from Capcom shows the upcoming Resident Evil remake on PC in action, and at 60 frames per second (fps), no less. See it below.

This version of the game includes resolution upgrades, post-processing effects, widescreen support, improved audio fidelity and 5.1 support, and a choice between original or modern control schemes. Judging from the footage, the game has survived very well in the modern age thanks to the changes.

Resident Evil launches January 20.
Cyber Monday deals for AMD products
Dec 1, 2014 at 05:24 PM by Kombatant
It's Cyber Monday and there are some pretty good deals concerning AMD products out there. Here are some of them:

- An XFX AMD Radeon Double D R9 270X 2GB for $149.99, which saves you $75 over at TigerDirect.
- Newegg has an XFX Double Dissipation R9-290X-EDFD Radeon R9 290X 4GB for $299.99, shaving $70 off the price.
- Over at Newegg again, just $54.99 for an ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition.

- A CyberPowerPC powered by an AMD FX-Series 6300 Processor with Radeon R7 250 dedicated graphics receives a hefty $120 discount by BestBuy for a total of $529.99
- Office Depot has a Toshiba Satellite with AMD A6-6310 Processor for $449.99.
- For those of you that like Acer, Newegg has an E5-551-89TN Notebook which sports an AMD A-Series A8-7100 processor, for $379.99 ($120 savings).

- AMD FX-9590 for $199.99 at Newegg.
- AMD A10-Series APU A10-7850K for $129.99 ($88.43 savings) over at Amazon.

If you want to hunt down more AMD deals, make sure you visit the AMD dedicated Red Zone pages from various retailers/e-tailers including Newegg, Amazon, Microcenter, NCIX and TigerDirect.
Dark Souls II PC to receive graphics, performance upgrades
Nov 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM by seanR3D
Dark Souls II is receiving a PC patch next year which will upgrade the visuals, performance, sound, and multiplayer capabilities of the game. On the multiplayer front, you'll be able to play with up to five other players at a time.

More details are said to come soon. For now, we just know it will release April 7, 2015.

Update: Publisher Namco Bandai has said you'll have to buy the upcoming Scholar of the First Sin DLC (releasing on the same day) to get the aforementioned upgrade.

Source: Bandai Namco Tumblr / Twitter
Dragon Age Inquisition PC Technical Review
Nov 21, 2014 at 02:50 PM by seanR3D
Bioware returns to its roots with the tactics heavy Dragon Age Inquisition; read our PC review to find out how it fares in terms of PC optimization.

Dragon Age Inquisition PC Technical Review @ Rage3D.com
Samsung to launch FreeSync monitors in March 2015
Nov 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM by seanR3D
At the Future of Compute event today, it was announced Samsung will launch "ultra high-definition" (UHD) monitors which integrate AMD's FreeSync technology in March of next year.

If you don't know anything about FreeSync, it allows "dynamic refresh rates synchronized to the frame rate of AMD Radeon graphics cards and APUs", the result of which is extremely low input latency and stuttering. In other words: butter smooth gameplay unlike almost anything we've seen to date.

Samsung with start with the Samsung UD590 (23.6-inch and 28-inch models) and UE850 (23.6-inch, 27-inch and 31.5-inch models). Before too long, all of its UHD lineup will use FreeSync.

Capcom adopts Mantle
Nov 20, 2014 at 12:07 PM by seanR3D
Capcom has adopted AMD's Mantle API for its "Panta-Rhei" engine, so future Capcom titles using the engine will benefit from improved performance when AMD hardware is used. The news comes way of today's Future of Compute event.

Capcom is the latest addition to the lineup of Mantle supporters, which includes big names DICE, Bioware, Nixxes, Crytek, and Firaxis.

Geforce 344.75 drivers optimize performance, add MFAA
Nov 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM by seanR3D
NVIDIA has released its Geforce 344.75 certified drivers.

This release contains performance improvements for Dragon Age Inquisition, Far Cry 4, The Crew, and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, and adds the new

The release also includes multi-framed sample aliasing (MFAA). MFAA is described as another high impact, low performance cost anti-aliasing method that's suitable even for 4K resolution.

Hit the source for full details and the download (or get the driver through Geforce Experience).

Source: Geforce
Catalyst 14.11.2 beta driver improves Dragon Age Inquisition, Far Cry 4 performance
Nov 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM by seanR3D
AMD has released its Catalyst 14.11.2 beta driver. This release focuses on performance optimizations for new releases Dragon Age Inquisition and Far Cry 4.

For Dragon Age, you get a Crossfire profile and a minor performance improvement (5%) while using a single GPU and AA. For Far Cry, you a major performance improvement (50%) while using a single GPU and AA.

Hit the source for the full notes and driver.

Source: AMD
Final Fantasy XIII will get 1080p support, graphics options
Nov 11, 2014 at 02:47 PM by seanR3D
Final Fantasy XIII was released on PC finally to the excitement of series fans, only to let them down when they realized what a rough port it is.

Fortunately, that will get better: Square Enix has announced they'll be adding graphics options and support for 1080p in an upcoming patch. You can expect it at the beginning of December.

Related note: Final Fantasy XIII-2 will release December 11, this time with "new features and enhancements" (quite likely this means the graphics options and 1080p support its predecessor is getting). You can see the trailer for it below.

Source: Steam Community

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