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TechPowerUp News: A Whole lot of AMD and a Blunt Batarang

In this episode of TechPowerUp News, we talk a little bit about the big week it's been for AMD - with its massive Radeon Software Crimson Edition announcement, someone taking issue with the way AMD counts its cores, and GlobalFoundries announcing it's ready with its 14 nm node for Zen. Then there's the epic fail of the week - Batman Arkham Knight for PC, with its second misfire.

TechPowerUp and Shuttle XH81V Giveaway - The Winner

TechPowerUp and Shuttle are pleased to announce the winner of the XH81V Giveaway, in which we're giving away a Shuttle XH81V space-saving desktop barebones system to one lucky winner from the EU. That winner is Andrea from Italy. A huge congratulations to you, Andrea! TechPowerUp will return with more such interesting giveaways!

TechPowerUp and Shuttle PC Present XH81V Giveaway

Shuttle PC, makers of compact desktop PCs for the modern office, partnered with TechPowerUp to bring you the XH81V Giveaway. Open to our members from the EU, up for grabs is a Shuttle XH81V barebones system, which includes a super-compact chassis, a 90W power supply, a socket LGA1150 motherboard (supports up to 65W TDP processors), and a CPU heatpipe cooler. To win it, fill up a short form (to help us contact you), and answer a few questions to which there are no right or wrong answers. Good Luck!

To participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming Edition Giveaway: The Winner

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE brought to you the Xtreme Gaming Edition Giveaway, celebrating one of the finest mid-range graphics cards and your gateway to the world of PC gaming, the GeForce GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming. Over the giveaway period, we received scores of entries and picked one lucky winner. That winner is Josiah from the United States. A huge congrats to you, Josiah! TechPowerUp will return with more such interesting giveaways and contests!

TechPowerUp News on YouTube

TechPowerUp presents its very own YouTube channel! We take you on a journey though the very latest in the world of tech, with news, views, previews, and more. We're thrilled to present one of our first official videos. We're still learning, and welcome any and every feedback on what you'd expect from the moving-images version of your favorite tech site.

Announcing the TechPowerUp GIGABYTE Xtreme Gaming Edition Giveaway

TechPowerUp, in partnership with GIGABYTE bring you the Xtreme Gaming Edition Giveaway. We are giving away a swanky GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 950 Xtreme Gaming Edition graphics card (review here) to one lucky winner. In addition to segment-best cooling and performance for full HD gaming, the card comes with a suite of design innovations. Simply fill up a short form, and answer one simple question about this card, and you could win it! This contest is open to all.

For more details, and to participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp Thermalright and Nanoxia Giveaway: The Winners!

It gives us great pleasure to announce the three lucky winners of our Super Silent Bundle Giveaway, in partnership with Thermalright and Nanoxia. The three win a Nanoxia DeepSilence 1 Rev. B case and Thermalright HR-22 CPU cooler, each. The two should set each of the three up for a super-quiet gaming PC build. The correct answers to the two questions in the giveaway are: 1. Thermalright introduced the HR-22 cooler in 2013. It's still compatible with all of the CPU socket types in the market, and provides awesome cooling; and 2. Nanoxia Deep Silence 1 Rev. B gives you room for CPU coolers as tall as 185 mm, which should be enough for the meanest of the tower-type heatsinks out there, including the HR-22. Without further ado, the winners:
  • Ciro from Italy,
  • Paul from Germany, and
  • Marjan from Croatia.
Huge congratulations to you three. TechPowerUp will return with more such interesting giveaways.

TechPowerUp Announces the Thermalright and Nanoxia Giveaway

We here in TechPowerUp want our hardware to be as quiet and cool as possible, and the two other companies that share our passion are Thermalright and Nanoxia. In partnership with the two, we're presenting the new PC Cooling giveaway. To take part, simply "Like" our Facebook page (if you haven't already), and fill up a short form. Up for grabs are three bundles of Nanoxia DeepSilence 1 Rev. B cases and Thermalright HR-22 CPU coolers, each! The giveaway is open from today, till next Monday (28/09), and open to residents of Europe.

To participate, visit this page (Facebook not required).

AMD Radeon R9 Nano Review by TPU...Not

There won't be a Radeon R9 Nano review on TechPowerUp. AMD says that it has too few review samples for the press. When AMD first held up the Radeon R9 Nano at its "Fiji" GPU unveil, to us it came across as the most promising product based on the chip, even more than the R9 Fury series, its dual-GPU variant, and the food-processor-shaped SFF gaming desktop thing. The prospect of "faster than R9 290X at 175W" is what excited us the most, as that would disrupt NVIDIA's GM204 based products. Unfortunately, the most exciting product by AMD also has the least amount of excitement by AMD itself.

The first signs of that are, AMD making it prohibitively expensive at $650, and not putting it in the hands of the press, for a launch-day review. We're not getting one, and nor do some of our friends on either sides of the Atlantic. AMD is making some of its tallest claims with this product, and it's important (for AMD) that some of those claims are put to the test. A validated product could maybe even convince some to reach for their wallets, to pull out $650.

PowerColor and TechPowerUp GPU-Z R9 Fury X Contest: The Winners

PowerColor and TechPowerUp GPU-Z Radeon R9 Fury X Contest drew to a close last weekend, and two winners have been picked. These two get a scorching fast PowerColor Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card, each. Without further ado, the winners:
  • Diego from Italy
  • Eric from Canada
A huge Congrats to you two! TechPowerUp will return with more such exciting contests and giveaways.

Last Chance to Win One of Two PowerColor Radeon R9 Fury X Graphics Cards

Did you know, TechPowerUp and PowerColor are giving away PowerColor Radeon R9 Fury X graphics cards to two lucky winners of our GPU-Z 0.8.4 PowerColor Fury X Contest? It's not too late to try your luck, if you haven't already! Simply download the latest version of TechPowerUp GPU-Z, and fill up a short questionnaire. Two lucky winners stand a chance to win a PowerColor Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card, each! The contest closes on 25th July 2015, so hurry!

Want to be the Face of TechPowerUp?

TechPowerUp's foray into the YouTube medium can be led by you. Yes, you! Do you think you can talk hardware and gaming in front of a camera, for our thousands of readers? If so, sign up for our TechPowerUp YouTube Channel project, and you could be the face of this site on YouTube. All you need to be, is aged between 21 and 30, based in US or Canada; be presentable (we're not too strict on this), and have a good command over English, with an easy international accent; have basic video editing skills, and most importantly, have a good aptitude with PC hardware (you needn't be too technically sound or have a formal education in this area).

Upload a sample of your work, while keeping it "unlisted" (eg: describe a piece of hardware, or explain a recent news story at length, while keep it interesting. We are interested in seeing your face, personality and speech), and e-mail a link to that video to . You needn't be a regular forum member of TechPowerUp. Do not post links to your videos in the comments. We will get back in touch with shortlisted candidates to talk turkey.

TechPowerUp Announces GPU-Z 0.8.4 and PowerColor Fury X Giveaway

TechPowerUp announced GPU-Z version 0.8.4. The latest version of the popular video subsystem information, monitoring, and diagnostic utility, comes with full support for AMD Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card, and support for two other chips, namely the Radeon R7 370, and Intel "Broadwell" GT3e. The user-interface has been polished up, to include high-DPI aware visual elements, such as vendor logos. The video BIOS UEFI support indicator has been improved.

With GPU-Z 0.8.4, TechPowerUp and PowerColor bring you a new GPU-Z Giveaway! Two lucky winners stand to win a PowerColor Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card, each, by simply filling up a small form, and answering a simple question, in the "PowerColor Giveaway" tab of the main version of GPU-Z. The Radeon R9 Fury X is AMD's new flagship graphics card. Good Luck!
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.8.4 | GPU-Z 0.8.4 ASUS ROG Themed

The change-log follows.

Announcing the TechPowerUp WCG Fathers Day Challenge

In honor of all the fathers around the world, and in fond remembrance of our beloved Dean "Kreij" Kortenhoven, the TechPowerUp World Community Grid (WCG) team is announcing a new challenge and a giveaway, "donated by crunchers, for crunchers." By taking part in the events that span from 10/06 (tomorrow), all the way through 21/06, you stand to win some cool crunching hardware, PayPal gifts, and AAA game keys. Get crunching!

For more information, visit the forum threads of the 2015 WCG Fathers Day Challenge and Kreij Memorial PC Giveaway

TechPowerUp Announces GPU-Z 0.8.3

TechPowerUp announced the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics system information, monitoring, and diagnostic utility. Version 0.8.3 adds support for new GPUs, updates support for existing ones, adds new features, and addresses some bugs. To begin with, GPU-Z adds a new feature that tells you if the video BIOS embeds a UEFI module or not, letting you use some of the newer OS features such as Secure Boot and Fast Boot.

GPU-Z 0.8.3 comes with support for new and upcoming GPUs, such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GTX 965M, GTX 950M, NVS315, and GT 750 (GK106). On the AMD front, it adds support for AMD "Fiji" GPU, with its new memory technology; and "Mullins" APU (Radeon R2 and R3 series). It also adds support for the integrated graphics cores inside several Intel Core "Broadwell" CPUs. OpenCL detection code is improved, and a missing PerfCap sensor bug is fixed.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.8.3 | GPU-Z 0.8.3 ASUS ROG Themed

The complete change-log follows.

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE G1.Gaming GTX 960 Contest: The Winner

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE announce the winner of the G1.Gaming GTX 960 giveaway, which saw over 4,000 participants vying for a slick new GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 G1.Gaming graphics card. Featuring a large triple-fan WindForce 3X cooling solution designed for GPUs several tiers above it, the GTX 960 is pampered with cooling that will keep it miles away from its performance-crippling temperature throttle, giving you the best possible performance, and some of the lowest noise figures.

Thomas from France wins the contest. Congratulations!

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE Announce GTX 960 G1 Gaming Giveaway

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE bring you this month's giveaway, showcasing the season's hottest mainstream graphics card, the GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 960 G1 Gaming. One of the highest-clocked GTX 960 cards, the G1 Gaming pairs NVIDIA's super-efficient "Maxwell" derived GPU with a massive triple-fan cooling solution, which stays silent until a high temperature threshold is reached. Pair a 120W TDP GPU with a 300W-capable heatsink, and you've got yourself a massive "silence" headroom. One lucky winner gets this card. All you have to do is "Like" our Facebook page (if you haven't already), fill up a short form (or have Facebook do it for you), and answer one simple question. Good Luck!

For more information, and to participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp Fractal Design Giveaway: Here are The Winners

It's been an incredible past three weeks soaking in hundreds of entries from around the world for the TechPowerUp - Fractal Design Giveaway, which sees three lucky winners get some frosty cool Fractal Design gear. The entries are closed, and three winners randomly picked. Without further ado, the winners:
  • 1st: Toan from Vietnam, wins a Fractal Design Define R5 case + Edison M 650W PSU + Kelvin S24 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
  • 2nd: Bogdan from Romania, wins a Fractal Design Define R5 case + Kelvin S24 AIO Liquid CPU Cooler
  • 3rd: Eric from the United States, wins a Fractal Design Define R5 case
A huge congrats to the winners!

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.8.2 Released

TechPowerUp released the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular video hardware information and diagnostic utility. Version 0.8.2 brings with it a vast number of changes, support for new hardware, and bug-fixes. To begin with, the user-interface of GPU-Z received a major update, with the addition of a "Lookup" button that takes you to our GPU Database page corresponding to your GPU. The app can now tell you if your drivers are WHQL-signed. GPU manufacturer logos are updated.

Among the new hardware supported includes NVIDIA GeForce TITAN-X, GTX 980M, GTX 970M, GGTX 965M, GTX 845M, GTX 760 Ti OEM, GTX 660 (960 shaders), GT 705, GT 720, GT 745M, NVS 310, and Grid; AMD Radeon R9 255, FirePro W7100, HD 8370D, AMD R9 M280X, and R9 M295X; and Intel "Broadwell" integrated graphics. Specifications are revised for GeForce GTX 970.

A large number of bugs were fixed, and overall usability improved, including notably GPU-Z now supports Windows 10. We implemented a new working way of extracting BIOS from NVIDIA GPUs on systems with WIndows 8 and higher, to avoid a system hang. A large number of bugs were fixed, and overall usability of the app improved, as detailed in the change-log.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.8.2 | GPU-Z 0.8.2 ASUS ROG-themed

The Change-log follows.

TechPowerUp Fractal Design Giveaway

Fractal Design and TechPowerUp bring to you the season's hot new giveaway. Simply "Like" our Facebook page and fill up a short form (or make Facebook do it for you), and you could win one of three bundles from Fractal Design. The first prize is a bundle of Fractal Design Define R5 case, a Fractal Design Edison M 650W modular PSU, and a Fractal Design Kelvin S24 all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. The second prize winner gets the case and the cooler, while the third prize winner gets the case.

For more details and to participate, visit this page.

We're Live from the 2015 International CES

TechPowerUp begins its year with the planet's hottest technology expo, the International CES, held in Las Vegas USA, each January. The 2015 International CES is expected to bring together some of the newest, strangest, and most out of the box creations in the world of tech, under one roof. We'll be out there, bringing you our latest finds! Stay live, and chat with us, on this page.

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE Game on X'mas Giveaway: The Winner!

Here's the winner of the Game on X'mas Giveaway! Brought to you by TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE, one lucky winner stood a chance to win a blazing fast, yet, quiet and cool GIGABYTE GeForce GTX 970 G1.Gaming graphics card, featuring the company's latest WindForce 3X cooling solution, a hefty factory-overclock, and much more. The winner is Edward, from the United Kingdom. Way to go, Edward! TechPowerUp will return with more such interesting giveaways.
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