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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.

TechPowerUp NVIDIA Shield Tablet Giveaway: Here's The Winner!

Another exciting giveaway comes to an end. Here's the winner of TechPowerUp and NVIDIA Shield Tablet giveaway. One lucky winner stood a chance to win an NVIDIA Shield Tablet, the most powerful Android tablet for gaming, which has so much graphics processing muscle, that it has a games and content marketplace of its own, apart from Google Play Store.

Carlos from Portugal is the winner. A huge congrats to you!

Join Us for the WCG 10th Birthday Challenge

To celebrate the 10 years of World Community Grid (WCG), one of the most popular distributed computing projects, TechPowerUp, the worldwide rank 12 contributing team, will take part in the 10th Birthday Challenge, hosted by SETI.Germany. The TechPowerUp WCG team is giving away prizes of its own (sourced from members) to top contributing participants within the team. Prizes include game keys, PC hardware, and cash rewards. The contest goes live on Friday, 16/11/2014, and ends on Tuesday, 25/11/2014. For more details, and to participate, visit this page!

TechPowerUp NVIDIA Shield Tablet Giveaway

TechPowerUp is giving away an NVIDIA Shield Tablet, the most powerful handheld game console, which can double up as a conventional Android tablet. Powered by NVIDIA's in-house Tegra silicon, the Shield Tablet has so much processing power, that NVIDIA created its very own game and app marketplace that sells games, which take advantage of that power. And that's on top of Google Play Store, which sells games that just any Android device could play. The tablet comes with an ergonomic game controller, which gives you the kind of control you expect from a conventional game console. To participate, simply "Like" our Facebook page, if you haven't already, and fill up a short form (or have Facebook do it for you). One lucky winner will be randomly picked at the end of the giveaway.
To participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp and MSI Gaming The Elder Scrolls Online Giveaway: The Winners

Here are the winners of the TechPowerUp and MSI Gaming The Elder Scrolls Online Giveaway. Yes, there's more than one! One lucky winner gets an MSI X99S Gaming 7 socket LGA2011V3 motherboard, and ten lucky winners get game codes to The Elder Scrolls Online! Without further ado, the winners:
  • James from Norway, wins an MSI X99S Gaming 7 motherboard
  • The Elder Scrolls game-codes are won by:
    o Mitchel, Jaden, Sean, and Ali from the United States
    o Roman from Russia
    o George-Daniel from Romania
    o Lovrenc from Slovenia
    o Reino from South Africa
    o Heikki from Finland
    o Pedro from Portugal
A Huge Congrats to the winners!

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.8.0 Released

TechPowerUp rolled out the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics subsystem information, diagnostic, and monitoring app, which no enthusiast can leave home without. Version 0.8.0 introduces support for a large number of new GPUs, and fixes several bugs. To begin with, GPU-Z 0.8.0 adds full support for GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970, including a reliable method of extracting BIOS from GeForce "Maxwell" GPUs. Support is also added for Quadro K420, K620, K2000D, K2200, K4200, K5200; and Radeon R5 M240, R5 M255, FirePro W2100, W4100, W8100, FireStream 9270, FirePro 2450. Preliminary support is added for AMD "Topaz" GPU.

GPU-Z 0.8.0 now accurately measures dedicated and dynamic memory usage on Windows 8 and 8.1 systems. A system hang is fixed on systems with AMD "Hawaii" GPUs, when GPU-Z is running alongside an accelerated video playback. GPU-Z now correctly reads the ROP and stream processor counts of AMD "Tonga" GPU, with updated die-size info. Stuttering on systems with CrossFire ULPS is fixed. The change-log details other relevant changes.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.8.0 | GPU-Z 0.8.0 ASUS ROG Themed

The change-log follows.

Cooler Master V-Series Power Supply Giveaway: Here are the Winners!

Here are the winners of the TechPowerUp and Cooler Master V-Series Power Supply Giveaway. Spread between mid-September and mid-October, the giveaway sought to better understand what customers expect from a mainstream PSU that goes into performance-segment gaming PC builds, from which five lucky winners are randomly chosen to win a piece of the various V-Series semi-modular PSU models, from Cooler Master's lineup, which are designed for great bang-for-buck, durability, and quiet operation. Without further ado, the winners:
  • Dimitris from Greece, wins a Cooler Master V1200
  • Shane from the United States, wins a Cooler Master V1000
  • Bruno from Portugal, wins a Cooler Master V850
  • Eetu from Finland, wins a Cooler Master VSM750
  • Mihai from Romania, wins a Cooler Master GM750
A huge congrats to all of you! Let there be more power to you.

TechPowerUp and Cooler Master Announce V-Series PSU Giveaway

TechPowerUp and Cooler Master announce a new V-Series PSU giveaway, celebrating the launch of its new line of high-end, 80 Plus Platinum-certified, modular, smart power supplies, designed from the ground up, to power the newest generation of high-end desktop PC builds. Up for grabs are each of the top-five models of the V-Series, including the V1200, V1000, V850, VSM750, and GM750.

To stand a chance to win, simply "Like" our Facebook page, if you haven't already, fill up a short form, and answer a questionnaire by Cooler Master. There are no right or wrong answers, and Cooler Master is simply trying to find out what high-end PSU buyers of today look for most in a PSU, with the dawn of digital-PSUs, with the ability to interface with the system software, giving you a great degree of control over them. The giveaway ends on the 30th of September, 2014. Winners will be announced shortly after. Good Luck! For contest rules, and to participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.9 Released

TechPowerUp released the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular PC graphics information, monitoring, and diagnostics utility, which gives you up to date information on your installed graphics processing hardware, and lets you monitor them in real-time. Version 0.7.9 of GPU-Z adds support for several new GPUs, and fixes various outstanding bugs.

To begin with, support is added for new and upcoming GPUs, such as AMD "Tonga," Radeon R9 M275X, FirePro W5100, W9100; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 6 GB, GTX 860M, GT 830M, GTX 780M, GT 740, GT 730, GT 720, Quadro NVS 510, FX 380M, GRID K520, and Tesla K40c. Bug fixes include correct release date for Radeon R9 290, more robust NVIDIA PhysX detection, improved fan-speed monitoring on some newer AMD cards, sensor graph overflow/underflow, and fixed French translation.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.9 | GPU-Z 0.7.9 ASUS ROG Themed

The complete change-log follows.

TechPowerUp and MSI Z97 Gaming Giveaway - Here is the Winner

Here are the winners of the TechPowerUp and MSI Z97 Gaming Giveaway. After coasting through hundreds of entries, one lucky winner was randomly selected, who wins an awesome MSI Z97 Gaming 7 socket LGA1150 motherboard, featuring gaming-grade audio and networking, and support for up to three high-end graphics cards in multi-GPU configurations; on top of stellar CPU overclocking credentials.

Since we have just one of these to give away, there's just one winner, and that is Paul from the United Kingdom. A huge congrats to you, Paul! TechPowerUp will return with more such interesting giveaways.

Announcing the MSI and TechPowerUp Gaming Z97 Giveaway

TechPowerUp and MSI announce the Z97 Gaming Facebook Giveaway. Open to contestants worldwide, the giveaway lets you win an awesome MSI Z97 Gaming 7 motherboard, which features everything a modern PC gamer ever needs, including Killer NIC, and gaming-grade audio with ground-layer isolation, and a headset amp. Also featured is support for 3-way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFireX. To win it, all you have to do is "Like" our Facebook page (if you haven't already), fill up a simple entry form (or make Facebook do it for you), and answer a few simple questions. Good Luck!
For more details, and to participate, visit this page.

BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Giveaway: Here Are The Winners!

Presenting, the winners of the Hi-Fi Giveaway brought to you by BIOSTAR and TechPowerUp. Spanning a fortnight from late-June, the contest saw hundreds of entries from the US, vying for one of three BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97-WE socket LGA1150 motherboards, featuring one of the industry's best sounding onboard audio solutions, by answering a simple poll on our Facebook page. Without further ado, here are the winners:
  • Barry, from Kansas
  • Jay, from New Jersey
  • Jonathon, from Massachusetts
A huge congratulations to you guys! TechPowerUp will return with more such exciting contests!

TechPowerUp and BIOSTAR Announce Hi-Fi Giveaway!

TechPowerUp teamed up with BIOSTAR to bring you a cool new giveaway, in which you could win one of three BIOSTAR Hi-Fi Z97WE socket LGA1150 motherboards based on the Intel Z97 Express chipset, and ready for not just current Core "Haswell," "Haswell Refresh," and "Devil's Canyon" processors, but also future 5th generation Core processors. The Hi-Fi Z97WE boasts of a powerful onboard audio solution that features audiophile-grade capacitors, ground-layer isolation, and a high SNR CODEC. To enter the contest, all you have to do is "Like" our Facebook page, if you haven't already, and fill up a short form (or make Facebook do it for you). Good Luck!
For more details, and to participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE 600 WattOut Giveaway: The Winners!

Here are the winners of TechPowerUp and GIGABYTE 600 WattOut Giveaway. Up for grabs were some rad PC gaming hardware by GIGABYTE's Aivia brand, for answering a few simple questions about GIGABYTE's 600 WattOut series VGA cooling solution. The contest was open for our readers from around the globe, from which we picked three winners using random.org randomization. Without further ado, the winners:
  • Levi from the United States
  • Jacob from the United States
  • Jimmy from the United States
A huge congratulations to you guys! You each win a keyboard + mouse combo of a GIGABYTE Aivia Osmium mechanical keyboard (Cherry MX Brown switches), and GIGABYTE Aivia Uranium gaming mouse. TechPowerUp will return with more such contests!

Dean "Kreij" Kortenhoven: 1959 - 2014

Dean "Kreij" Kortenhoven, our dear friend, and one of TechPowerUp's most respected community members, moderators, and contributors; who not only contributed to TechPowerUp, but also held a key editorial position in our sister publication NextPowerUp, passed away yesterday (Wednesday, early morning Central European Summer Time, Tuesday evening, Wisconsin USA local time). He passed away peacefully, in the august company of his family. He was 54.

A true cyber-citizen, Dean made his presence online strongly felt, in each forum post, each slap on the wrist as a moderator, and each richly worded article he wrote for our publications, despite constraints from a crawly satellite ISDN connection, which he joked, rather than complained about. It goes to show that willpower beats infrastructure, in an age where we're constantly surrounding ourselves with increasingly powerful infrastructure, often without pausing to ask ourselves, if we're able to make the most of what we have by empowering it with our wisdom and willpower, before moving onto something more powerful out of the box.

Dean also contributed to the Jeep online special interest group, and often talked about the benefits of the frugal, effective engineering Jeeps offer, in comparison to modern SUVs. Before we spun off GeneralNonsense, our off-topic forum, into a full- blown forum website, we remember Dean making motivational posts to cheer up fellow users who faced personal tragedies, or who were plain stressed out and needed a release, even if that came from someone sitting thousands of miles away. It enforced his personal belief - which we strongly share - that behind every gamer, and online forum member, is a human being, with human achievements and shortfalls, and that if the Internet marked a breakthrough in human evolution, it was because people powered it, not just websites.

Farewell, Dean "Kreij" Kortenhoven, we will miss you.

Presenting TechPowerUp May 2014 WCG Challenge

In honor of TechPowerUp approaching its 10th year this July, its World Community Grid (WCG) team, which is among the world's top-20 teams, announced the May 2014 crunching Challenge. Crunch for TechPowerUp, and you stand to win tons of prizes, including fully-built distributed computing rigs, a high-end graphics card, tons of other hardware, and free game coupons for all participants. For more details, and to participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.8 Released

TechPowerUp released the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular PC graphics diagnostic and monitoring utility, which gives you up to date information of the GPUs installed in your system, and lets you monitor their clock speeds, temperatures, fan-speeds, voltages, dedicated memory usage, among other things. Version 0.7.8 introduces a few handy user-interface features, beginning with the ability to resize the app's window, when the "Sensors" tab is being viewed. With modern graphics cards giving us dozens of sensors to track, throwing in a scroll-bar is making the tab cluttered, and so we decided to give it resizing. The window returns to the normal size when other tabs, such as the main "Graphics Card" tabs are clicked, and remembers your window size preference when you select the "Sensors" tab again. At this time, this feature is available only on our main (non-skinned) version.

Apart from the resizeable window for "Sensors" tab, GPU-Z 0.7.8 adds tested support for AMD Radeon R9 295X2 "Vesuvius," R9 M275, HD 7500G, and FirePro W9000. It also adds support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN-Z, GTX 745, GTX 880M, GTX 870M, GTX 860M, GTX 850M, GTX 775M, and Quadro NVS 510. Release dates have been fixed for GTX 780 Ti, and GTX TITAN Black.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.7.8, GPU-Z 0.7.8 ASUS ROG Themed

The change-log follows.
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