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TechPowerUp Announces World Community Grid August Contest

TechPowerUp's World Community Grid (WCG) community is one of the top-ranking WCG teams on the charts. To celebrate its success and help give it a further push, the team has announced a contest. The contest runs throughout August, and the goal is to achieve 50,000 points within the 31 day time-frame. Points should be earned toward TechPowerUp WCG team (#22175). Between all those who reach there, a lucky winner (picked up in a draw) wins a PC bundle that includes nearly all the components one needs to add another rig to the fleet of WCG crunching machines. This includes an Intel Core 2 Quad processor, compatible motherboard, a GeForce GT 240 graphics card, RAM, HDD, and PSU.

For all contest-related details and to participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp Announces GPU-Z 0.4.4, PowerColor GPU-Z Giveaway

TechPowerUp announced version 0.4.4 of GPU-Z, the popular graphics sub-system information, diagnostics, and monitoring utility. The standalone app provides all the information you need about the installed graphics cards, and real-time monitoring of their clock-speeds, fan-speeds, voltages, temperatures, and even video memory, and GPU usage (on supported models). Version 0.4.4 packs a number of feature and stability updates, including support for new GPUs such as NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460, GT 330, GT 315, and ION2; ATI Radeon HD 5670 (Juniper), Mobility HD 5430, 4100, etc. A more complete list is given below.

With GPU-Z 0.4.4, TechPowerUp and PowerColor join hands for the PowerColor Hardware Giveaway. Spanning a period of two months, we will be giving away some groovy PowerColor graphics cards to six lucky winners (three each month). Simply fill out the form in the "PowerColor Giveaway" tab of GPU-Z 0.4.4 to participate. Up for grabs are two PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 5870; two PowerColor PCS+ Radeon HD 5850; and PowerColor Vortex HD 5770 (one each month). For all relevant-details, rules and regulations, visit the link in the PowerColor Giveaway tab. For a discussion related to this giveaway, visit this page.

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.4.4

Detailed list of changes for GPU-Z 0.4.4 follows.

TechPowerUp and ASUS Hardware Giveaway Results for June 2010 Announced

Presenting the winners of the final month of the ASUS and TechPowerUp GPU-Z Contest 2010 (for the period of June, 2010). Announced today, are six lucky winners who win some rad ASUS Republic of Gamers and ASUS lifestyle products in the GPU-Z giveaway. This month's winners and prizes are as follows:
  • Michael from the United States wins ASUS ROG Matrix HD 5870 graphics card
  • Martin from Austria wins ASUS ROG Rampage II Extreme motherboard
  • Graham from Australia wins ASUS 23" LCD Screen
  • ASUS Blu-Ray DVDROM was won by:
  • o Jason from Malaysia
    o Russel from the United States
    o Koen from The Netherlands
Congratulations to the winners. ASUS will contact them directly and arrange shipping of their prizes. This month, we picked these winners from a pool of around 76,000 unique submissions.

TechPowerUp wishes to thank ASUSTek for making the contest a huge success.

Better the TechPowerUp Logo, Bag an Intel X25-M SSD!

TechPowerUp Forums leader Kreij challenges you to improve the TechPowerUp logo, and to give it a modern 3D redesign using any of the latest 3D imaging technologies available. The winner takes away a spanking-new Intel X25-M 80 Gigabyte solid-state drive (SSD). Open from today (06/22/2010) to the 08/01/2010, the contest is open to all TechPowerUp Forums members, new and old. Good Luck!

For all related details, resources, and to participate, visit the Contest Thread.

Football Fever Contest, Brought to You by Cooler Master, EVGA, and TechPowerUp

To celebrate the greatest event associated with the beautiful game, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Cooler Master, EVGA, and TechPowerUp, bring to you the Football Fever Contest. Show your passion for the world's greatest football event by modding, painting or any creative use of a football theme or your favourite team on a computer case, cooler, power, mouse and/or accessory, and win some rad PC hardware, including:
  • Cooler Master HAF X case
  • EVGA Classified SR-2 motherboard
  • Cooler Master Silent Pro Gold 1000W PSU
  • Cooler Master V8 CPU cooler
  • Cooler Master Storm Sentinel gaming mouse
For more details and to participate, visit this page.

TechPowerUp and ASUS Hardware Giveaway Results for May 2010 Announced

It's that time of the month again, when we unveil the winners for last month's round of the ASUS and TechPowerUp Hardware Giveaway (for the period of May, 2010). The giveaway is an ongoing event for users of TechPowerUp GPU-Z, brought to you by ASUS. In each of the three months this giveaway is spread across, we will pick six lucky winners who win some groovy prizes from ASUS. This month's winners and prizes are as follows:
  • Mauricio from Argentina wins ASUS ROG Matrix HD 5870 graphics card
  • Cesare from Italy wins ASUS ROG Rampage II Extreme motherboard
  • Ho from Taiwan wins ASUS 23" LCD Screen
  • ASUS Blu-Ray DVDROM was won by:
  • o Kamil from Poland
    o Justin from USA
    o Frank from Germany
Unfortunately we had to disqualify Mr. "Big Daddy", send me a scan of your passport if that is your actual name and we will arrange a prize for you.

Congratulations to the winners. ASUS will contact them directly and arrange shipping of their prizes. This month, we pick from around 57,000 unique submissions. If you have already made a submission in this round, you don't need to make a submission again. Being an ongoing contest, winners are picked from an ever-growing pool of submissions. Redundant entries are disqualified. Good Luck for this month's round. Following is a map of where in the world we got this month's entries from.

TechPowerUp LIVE From Computex 2010

TechPowerUp is coming to you live from Computex 2010, quite literally. A new technology used lets you see high-quality photos from Computex seconds after they're taken from our reporters in the field. A new interface lets you browse through those images, as well as chat with other TechPowerUp members to discuss without even entering the forums. Select pictures will be detailed further in news posts.

TechPowerUp LIVE

Computex 2010 - We Are Here

So, the temperatures are rising and we have made our way to Taipei for Computex 2010. The next few days are full of meetings to take a look at some of the things the industry has to offer. Stay tuned on for all the news, real pictures and information about the newest gadgets, hardware and technologies. We will also be updating our Twitter TechPowerUp from time to time with some behind the scenes info and happenings as we go along, so make sure to follow us there as well.Source: TechPowerUp

Fold With TechPowerUp! at The 2010 Chimp Challenge

TechPowerUp! Folding@Home community will be participating in Chimp Challenge 2010. This worldwide Folding@Home competition finds a special place among distributed computing enthusiasts, with some of the world's leading F@H teams, particularly from technology communities participating. TPU's team is competing under the team name of ChimPowerUp. The goal of this competition is to achieve a score of 20,000,000 points, the contest starts Wednesday, May 5th at 12pm, Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). The team to reach the goal first wins.

You can help your favourite site win with your participation. Head over to this page, your one stop page to get started with folding with TechPowerUp. Between all the fun and frolic, participants get to amass huge computing power for the Folding@Home project, which helps solve complex, socially-relevant scientific problems.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.4.2 Released

TechPowerUp today released version 0.4.2 of the GPU-Z graphics subsystem information and monitoring utility. This release comes quicker than its typically one-month development cycle, as it fixes some important issues. Version 0.4.2 resolves an issue with some NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards where GPU-Z may affect fan-speed control. It fixes a rare crash on MSI R5830 Twin Frozr II graphics card, and reverts to its old method of calculating graphics card memory bandwidth which caused some confusion among the enthusiast community. The ongoing Hardware Giveaway stays, giving you a chance to win some groovy ASUS Republic of Gamers series graphics cards and motherboards.

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.4.2

A complete list of changes (changelog) follows.

TechPowerUp Radeon BIOS Editor (RBE) 1.25 Released

TechPowerUp released the latest version of its Radeon BIOS Editor (RBE). Version 1.25 packs support for components of a host of new ATI Radeon graphics processors, notably belonging to the new Radeon HD 5000 series. Several improvements to the application's stability and reliability were made, including a more capable built-in hex editor search, memory interface detection, and feature to enable RivaTuner versions v2.25 and above to cooperate with Radeon HD 5000 series GPUs.

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp Radeon BIOS Editor (RBE) ver. 1.25

A detailed list of changes by the Author are as follows:

Easily Migrate to Our Sister Site for Some Off Topic Entertainment

Dear community members,

We have just finished work on a brand new feature that lets registered members of TechPowerUp forums create their profile on our sister site in a snap.

Early last year, we decided to spin off the "General Nonsense" forum on TechPowerUp Forums to create, a community with a broader scope for TPU members to socialize. However, many TPU regulars complained that creating a new account there was a cumbersome process.

The new feature lets you create an account at using your existing TPU credentials a piece of cake:

Instructions Inside

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.3.7 Released

TechPowerUp released the newest version of GPU-Z, our graphics subsystem information and monitoring utility. Version 0.3.7 brings with it some significant feature-set updates that enhance usability, and add the the vast amount of information this tiny utility can display. To begin with, GPU-Z now shows the GPU Computing features your graphics cards support, including whether they support technologies such as DirectCompute, OpenCL, CUDA, and PhysX acceleration. Building on the infotips feature the previous version came with, the Sensors tab now includes handy infotips too. For NVIDIA users, GPU-Z is able to display the exact amount of video memory in use by making use of a new driver-level feature by the company.

GPU-Z also includes full-support for ATI Radeon HD 5970, NVIDIA GeForce GT 240, and improved support for Intel G41. Detection features have also been added that help determine counterfeit graphics cards that use some old GPUs relabeled as new current-gen GPUs. Several other stability issues have been addressed. GPU-Z is backed by our extensive video-card BIOS database, and overclocking validation system.

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.3.7

A complete list of changes according to the change log is as follows:

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.3.6 Released

Today TechPowerUp presents version 0.3.6 of GPU-Z, our graphics sub-system diagnostic utility that provides information on the computer's installed graphics hardware, their various specifications, and provides real-time updates on their parameters such as clock-speeds, temperatures, voltages, and fan-speeds. The utility is backed by our overclock validation system, and an extensive video-card BIOS database. This release brings with it a few important changes that improve compatibility with the latest graphics processors, and enhance usability.

To begin with, GPU-Z introduces an infotip feature that makes understanding graphics hardware easier. Hovering the mouse over an information field shows concise information related to that field. Along with polished support for ATI Radeon HD 5850, and HD 5700 series, version 0.3.6 introduces preliminary support for AMD's newer GPUs. Also introduced is support for several of NVIDIA's GeForce 100 and 200 series GPUs, and some Tesla GPGPU processors. A number of stability issues have also been fixed.

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.3.6

A list of changes according to the change log is as follows:

TechPowerUp Community Crunching/Folding Contest Announced, Score Your Way to a DC-PC

TechPowerUp's Folding@Home and World Community Grid teams, both among the top 100 teams in their own merits, have decided to give back to the community by announcing the TechPowerUp Community Crunching/Folding Contest. Organized entirely by the community, the contest gives one lucky winner, a pre-assembled, turnkey PC with optimal hardware for distributed computing (DC-PC). For starters, the PC has an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 accelerator to run GPU-accelerated distributed computing applications of the likes of Folding@Home GPU, while its Pentium Dual-Core handles CPU-driven distributed computing applications, such as World Community Grid. With 500 GB of handy storage, Windows XP SP2 OS, Antec BP-550Plus 550W PSU to power it all, and In Win X-Fighter as its housing, the prize would make a perfect addition to any distributed computing enthusiast's armory.

Now open to everyone, the contest is a purely community funded and organized. It involves achieving 60,000 BOINC points and 100,000 F@H points within a contest time frame of 60 days, starting from 11:59PM EST on 10/14/09. The contest ends on 11:59PM EST on 12/12/09. Participants must 'crunch' (score) for WCG Team #22175 and 'fold' (scoring) for Folding@Home team #50711 only. The winner will be selected within five days of contest closure, and contacted by e-mail. TechPowerUp doesn't partake as the organizers of this contest, and hence do not hold any liabilities. We do however, like to commend our Folding@Home and World Community Grid teams for organizing this contest, that symbolizes goodwill and team-spirit, and wish everyone associated with it good luck. For more information, please visit this page.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.3.5 Released

TechPowerUp today released version 0.3.5 of the GPU-Z graphics subsystem information and monitoring utility. GPU-Z provides information on the computer's installed graphics hardware, and provides real-time updates on their parameters such as clock-speeds, temperatures, voltages, and fan-speeds. Version 0.3.5 makes the utility geared up for the newest graphics processors from AMD, its Radeon HD 5800 series, along with improved support for NVIDIA FX5500, 9400 GT, G73, GTS 240, GT 140, FX 1800, GT 120 (Apple), FX 380, FX 350, GTX 295 Single PCB, Quadro CX, FX 5800, FX 4800, FX 3800, GTX 180M, GTX 260M, FX 2700M, G 110M, GT 120M, GT 220M, FX 1700M, G 105M, MCP79MX. GPU-Z can now also detect the embedded GPU on some Intel socket LGA-1156 processors. Support is also added for some of AMD's newest Radeon HD 4700 series GPUs and HD 4650 AGP, M92, M96, M98. A concise list of other notable changes is as follows:
  • Added clock reading for Intel i910, i915, i945, 946
  • Added support for DDR3 detection on G9x
  • Added monitoring support for RV7xx based mobile chips
  • Voltage controller "slaves" are now called "phases"
  • Fixed BIOS parsing on some newer HD 4870 cards
  • Added voltage monitoring support for MSI N275GTX Lightning

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 0.3.5

TechPowerUp World Community Grid Team Amongst Top 100 Teams

The TechPowerUp World Community Grid (WCG) team crossed an important milestone today, reaching a world rank of 99, entering the top 100 domain. The team ranks (TC) 99 out of 15,293 according to WCG statistics aggregator BOINC Synergy. 118 out of registered 132 members are active. According to statistics from, the team will enter the top 90 teams in 10 days (at its present rate), and top 75 in about one month. The team's growth like clockwork could not have been possible without the invaluable contributions of its members, who believe in doing their bit for the various scientific and socially-relevant problems WCG attempts to solve. To learn more about contributing to the team, please visit this page. Extended team statistics can be viewed here.

TechPowerUp and HIS Design Your HD 4890 Contest: Here Are The Winners!

Earlier this April, TechPowerUp and HIS announced the "Design Your HD 4890 Contest", to celebrate the launch of AMD's flagship Radeon HD 4890 graphics accelerator. The contest involved designing the accelerator's body graphics, an important ingredient in making the product. The winner receives a free Radeon HD 4890 accelerator with the winning design printed on the accelerator. The first and second runners up receive HIS Radeon HD 4850 IceQ4 512 MB, and HIS Radeon HD 4650 iSilence 512 MB respectively.

Nearly 60 days of contest time, and an overwhelming response of 314 entries later, a panel of 11 judges from HIS, AMD, and TechPowerUp selected the top three entries, along with a short list of noteworthy designs. Here are the winners:

TechPowerUp World Community Grid Team Contest Announcement

The TechPowerUp World Community Grid (WCG) team has been roaring up the rankings thanks to several dedicated participants. In celebration of our continued success, and in an effort to entice new members, we will be holding our first ever TechPowerUp WCG contest starting Monday, June 15th. This competition is geared toward ALL WCG members, not just those putting up huge numbers. Everyone has a chance to win a great prize! Here are the rules:
  • You must be a member of the TPU WCG by June 15th
  • You must accumulate at least 50,000 BOINC points over 90 days to be eligible
If you make it to 50,000 (and almost everyone can), your name will be put into a drawing for an awesome Xclio 1000 full tower case worth US $270! Free shipping to the winner of the drawing is included in the prize! The prize will be to any country/region.

We highly encourage anyone interested to sign up for the TPU WCG by June 16th!! Please contact the WCG forum moderator, paulieg with any questions.

TechPowerUp on Twitter

TechPowerUp can be now followed on Twitter, the popular micro-blogging and social-networking portal. It is where TechPowerUp staff will post snappy 'tweets' (updates) on site content, including news, reviews, and other popular developments in the forums, and, it's where our team attending major events give live updates on what's happening. As we speak, our Editor-in-Chief W1zzard, along with Senior Editor Darksaber, are attending Computex 2009. The duo is attending a press-conference by NVIDIA on its upcoming technologies. Followers get to read informal scoops live from Computex, and also reply to them.

TechPowerUp can be followed on Twitter at

TechPowerUp Radeon BIOS Editor v1.21 Released

TechPowerUp Radeon BIOS Editor (RBE) has been updated to version 1.21. RBE is our popular ATI Radeon graphics card BIOS manipulation utility. The new version brings about a few changes that enhance the application's functionality and stability. The developer has listed the following important changes:
  • Fixed minor glitch in BIOS flashing procedure
  • Minor fixes and enhancements for hex editor
  • Updated WinFlash link
  • Fixed more Radeon HD 3650-related bugs
  • Added some DeviceIDs
  • Improved specs string analysis code
  • Added fan support for Radeon HD 4770
For a complete version history, and to download the software, please visit this page.

TechPowerUp! World Community Grid Team Surges Past 6 Million Points at

The TechPowerUp! World Community Grid (WCG) Team passed an important milestone, in its relentless pursuit of the top spot. The team scored an aggregate of 6 million points yesterday as per the scoring system of popular distributed computing score aggregator (6,061,211 as of now). Currently holding world rank 170, the team's score is growing with an average of 160,000+ points per day. To give you an idea of the growth rate, statistics show the team to have aggregated close to 4 million points in the last 28 days alone. The team currently has 79 registered contributors, and believes in doing its bit for the various scientific, socially-relevant challenges WCG attempts to solve. Our hearty congratulations to the team. Extended team statistics can be viewed here. To learn more about contributing to the team, please visit this page.

Statistics Courtesy: Free-DC

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.3.4 Released

TechPowerUp today released a timely update to GPU-Z (version 0.3.4). GPU-Z is our graphics sub-system diagnostic utility that provides information on the computer's installed graphics hardware, their various specifications, and provides real-time updates on their parameters such as clock-speeds, temperatures, and fan-speeds. The utility is backed by our overclock validation system, and an extensive video-card BIOS database.

With the new version, we have isolated and fixed a few bugs, added general application compatibility and expanded support for new GPUs. The most significant changes are listed below:
  • Fixed RV740-specific Bugs: ROP count, shader count, real-time core clock, BIOS dump size
  • Added voltage reading support for Radeon HD 4890, fixed BIOS reading, fixed its transistor count
  • GPU-Z should work again on Windows 2000 without PSAPI.DLL
  • Fixed default clock-speed reading on ATI cards that have default clock lower than boot clock
For a complete version history, and to download, visit the TechPowerUp GPU-Z web page.

Design Your Own HD 4890 Contest Extended

Earlier this month, amongst extensive news and reviews coverage of the ATI Radeon HD 4890 graphics accelerator, TechPowerUp in partnership with Hightech Information Systems (HIS) announced the "Design Your Own HD 4890 Contest", where we will be giving away a special HIS Radeon HD 4890 graphics accelerator with body graphics designed by you. Your winning design makes it to the first prize itself, while first and second runners up receive other great prizes by HIS.

Thanks to the great response from our readers, we have decided to extend the contest up to May 31st 2009. We are overwhelmed by the creativity many of our contestants have exhibited, some even thinking they could come up with more than three design candidates. We have therefore decided to up the limit to five, just to let you step up your chances by a good margin. For participation, contest rules, or simply to browse through the entries so far, please visit this page.
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