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TechPowerUp Releases GPU-Z v2.9.0

TechPowerUp today released GPU-Z v2.9.0, the latest version of the graphics sub-system information, diagnostic, and monitoring utility no enthusiast can leave home without. Version 2.9.0 fixes some of the bugs encountered with Windows 10 April 2018 Update, with support for new WDDM 2.4 drivers. Support is also added for NVIDIA Tesla V100, and NVIDIA GPUs in TCC mode (eg: Tesla and Quadro families). Also added is support for "Haswell" GT1 variant (found on certain Celeron SKUs), and more AMD "Bristol Ridge" APU graphics variants.

At AMD's request, we disabled "Vega" SoC clock and hot-spot sensors by default. You can manually enable them any time in the settings. For enthusiasts who have GPU-Z launched at start-up (as a Scheduled Task), Windows will no longer nag with the "this file was downloaded from the Internet" dialog every time. PerfCap reason for Tesla GPUs in TCC mode has been fixed to "none." Detection of various AMD "Carrizo," "Bristol Ridge" and "Stoney Ridge" GPUs were fixed. The overall drawing code for the sensor graphs is improved. Grab GPU-Z from the link below.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.9.0

The Change-log follows.

TechPowerUp and Be Quiet! Win to Build Giveaway: The Winners

TechPowerUp and Be Quiet! brought you a chance to pick up either a Dark Base 700 case, or Straight Power 11 750W PSU, or both. Our Giveaway has ended, and we've picked three lucky winners from hundreds of entries. Dark Base 700 is among the quietest mid-towers in the market, and our review has shown that its acoustic dampening can significantly quieten the many noisy components your high-end build may have. The Straight Power 11 750W is its perfect match, with a design focus on low noise, without compromising on safe and clean power for your build. Without further ado, the winners:
  • Srdjan from Madison, USA - wins both a Be Quiet! Dark Base 700 case and a Straight Power 11 750W PSU
  • Mylous from Las Vegas, USA - wins a Be Quiet! Dark Base 700 case
  • Christopher from Highland, USA - wins a Be Quiet! Straight Power 11 750W PSU
A huge congrats to you three! TechPowerUp and Be Quiet! will return with more such interesting giveaways.

CTS-Labs Responds to a TechPowerUp Technical Questionnaire

Yesterday, we had a very productive phone call with CTS-Labs, the firm behind the "AMD Flaws" critical security vulnerabilities exposé of the "Zen" microarchitecture. Our questions focus on the practicality of exploiting these vulnerabilities, and should provide more insight to the skepticism centered on needing admin privileges, flashing BIOS ROMs, and other localized hacks that would render any machine, not just "Zen" powered, vulnerable. Feel free to follow up with questions in the comments section, if we can help explain something.

CTS Labs Sent AMD and Other Companies a Research Package with Proof-of-Concept Code

CTS Labs, the Israel-based IT security research company behind Tuesday's explosive AMD Ryzen security vulnerabilities report, responded to questions posed by TechPowerUp. One of the biggest of these, which is also on the minds of skeptics, is the ominous lack of proof-of-concept code or binaries being part of their initial public report (in contrast to the Meltdown/Spectre reports that went into technical details about the exploit). CTS Labs stated to TechPowerUp that it has sent AMD, along with other big tech companies a "complete research package," which includes "full technical write-ups about the vulnerabilities," "functional proof-of-concept exploit code," and "instructions on how to reproduce each vulnerability." It stated that besides AMD, the research package was sent to Microsoft, HP, Dell, Symantec, FireEye, and Cisco Systems, to help them develop patches and mitigation.

An unwritten yet generally accepted practice in the IT security industry upon discovery of such vulnerabilities, is for researchers to give companies in question at least 90 days to design a software patch, harden infrastructure, or implement other mitigation. 90 days is in stark contrast to the 24 hours AMD got from CTS Labs. CTS Labs confirmed to TechPowerUp that it indeed shared its research package with AMD (and the other companies) just 24 hours prior to making its report public, but urged those disgruntled with this decision to look at the situation objectively. "If you look at the situation in the following way: right now the public knows about the vulnerabilities and their implications, AMD is fully informed and developing patches, and major security companies are also informed and working on mitigation."

Be Quiet! and TechPowerUp Announce Giveaway

Be Quiet! and TechPowerUp have come together for a chance for PC enthusiasts from the United States and Canada, to build a quieter PC. The company, which has a design focus on low-noise across its entire product lineup, is giving away two of its quietest products - the first lucky winner stands to win both a Be Quiet! Dark Base 700 case and a Be Quiet! Straight Power 11 750W power-supply; the second lucky winner stands to win a Dark Base 700 case, while the third lucky winner gets a Straight Power 11 750W power-supply (three winners in all). The giveaway is open from today, till 26th, 2018 23:59 UTC. Good hunting!

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

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.8.0 Released

TechPowerUp today released GPU-Z v2.8.0, with important stability and feature updates. To begin with, we've addressed driver-crash issues seen on AMD "Raven Ridge" APU iGPU enabled systems, when using GPU-Z. The new DXVA 2.0 Features page in the "Advanced" tab is a ready-reckoner for all the video formats your GPUs provide hardware-acceleration for. We've made improvements to the accuracy of video memory usage readings on AMD Radeon GPUs, rendering performance of NVIDIA PerfCap sensor; and AMD power-limit readings in the "Advanced" tab.

Among the new GPUs supported are Radeon RX 460 Mobile, RX 560 Mobile, RX 570 Mobile, RX 580 Mobile, RX 550 based on Baffin LE. Minor bug-fixes include NVIDIA PerfCap sensor drawing outside its area; accuracy of temperature reading on AMD "Vega," a "BIOS reading not supported" error popping up on certain motherboards, and the driver digital signature reading getting truncated on high-DPI displays. Grab GPU-Z v2.8.0 from the link below.

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.8.0
The change-log follows.

AMD Releases Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.2.1 WHQL

AMD today has released the WHQL version of its Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.2.1 Beta drivers, which the company had introduced just five days ago. There's no apparent difference between this driver version and the previously released one, other than the WHQL certification - this might mean some additional stability in the new driver release compared to its Beta version, though mileage may vary.

Just as a friendly reminder, the Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.2.1 drivers add support for Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age, while fixing a number of bugs with FreeSync and the Vulkan API, among others. As always, you can download these drivers right here on TechPowerUp!, just by following the link below.
DOWNLOAD: AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 18.2.1 WHQL

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.7.0 Released

TechPowerUp today released the latest version of GPU-Z, the popular graphics subsystem information and diagnostic utility. Version 2.7.0 comes with a handful of important bug fixes and updates to its internal modules. To begin with, we've updated the NVFlash module that lets GPU-Z extract video BIOS from graphics cards, the newer NVFlash supports BIOS extraction from some of the newer NVIDIA graphics cards such as the GTX 1070 Ti. We've also fixed incorrect video memory amount reading on AMD Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. TMU and ROP counts, and OpenCL status on AMD "Polaris 21" GPUs is fixed, as is incorrect labeling of a memory clock sensor on NVIDIA GPUs. GPU-Z will no longer prevent system shutdowns and reboots on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z 2.7.0

The change-log follows.

Reeven and TechPowerUp Year-End Giveaway: The Winners

TechPowerUp and Reeven ended 2017 with a [silent] bang, our Year End Giveaway gave three lucky winners a chance to win some of Reeven's best cooling products, including a Reeven Hans CPU cooler, a pair of Reeven ColdWing14 fans, and a Reeven 4Eyes Touch fan-controller. With 2017 behind us (in all timezones), we picked the winners!
  • Michael from the United States, wins a Reeven Hans CPU Cooler
  • 睿璟 黃 from Taiwan, wins two Reeven ColdWing14 Fans
  • Marco from Italy, wins a Reeven 4Eyes Touch Fan-controller
A Huge Congrats to you three! TechPowerUp strives to bring you more such interesting giveaways throughout 2018!

Update Jan 10: Michael never responded, so another winner for the Reeven Hans cooler was picked: Rhys from Australia.

TechPowerUp and nerdytec Holidays Giveaway: The Winner

TechPowerUp and nerdytec brought you a golden opportunity to win a nerdytec Couchmaster Cycon Black Edition lap-stand, along with a full set of gaming peripherals, including a Logitech G413 Carbon keyboard, a Logitech G703 gaming mouse, and a Logitech G533 Wireless gaming headset. Together with these, the Couchmaster Cycon converts your living room couch into a serious and ergonomic gaming station, loaded to the boot with pockets for your Cheetos and Monster drink. Winner takes all in this absolute cracker of a giveaway:
  • David from Burton, United States
A huge Congratulations to you, David!

TechPowerUp Wishes You a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

TechPowerUp wishes you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas, and a Prosperous New Year! We hope you have a great time today, and unwrap something from your loved ones that loves ones and zeroes! 2017 has been an epic year in the world of PC technology, and we will see it off with a special surprise for our fans, as we turn the page onto 2018 with the International CES, promising another mega extravaganza of new technology and things that we badly want.

We would like to thank you for all your love and support through 2017, and we promise to make 2018 an even better TechPowerUp for you!

ADATA and TechPowerUp XPG EMIX Giveaway: The Winners

Earlier this month, ADATA and TechPowerUp brought you the XPG EMIX Giveaway, a chance for three lucky winners to get an set of ADATA XPG EMIX H30 Headset and SOLOX F30 Amplifier, each. Together, the XPG EMIX H30 headset and SOLOX F30 amp make for a high-end, eSports tournament-grade audio solution for competitive gamers. The XPG EMIX H30 combines the highest grade acoustic-dampening with large drivers. The SOLOX F30 is a tailor-made amp for this headset, that puts out just the right impedance and range, along with a great degree of physical and software control. Without further ado, the winners:
  • Joshua from the United States
  • Manuel from Spain
  • Kevin from Canada
A huge congrats to you three! TechPowerUp will return with more such interesting giveaways!

TechPowerUp and ADATA XPG Announce the EMIX Giveaway

TechPowerUp and ADATA XPG present the EMIX e-Sports gaming headset giveaway, showcasing the EMIX series of amplified gaming headsets. Three lucky winners stand to win a set of XPG EMIX H30 Headset and SOLOX F30 Amplifier, each. The full-size EMIX H30 headsets deliver a wide sonic range with powerful bass thanks to their 53 mm drivers. The SOLOXX F30 amplifier + headset stand is an external audio card, putting out 7.1 channel virtual surround audio. Together, the EMIX H30 and the SOLOX F30 aim to take your gaming audio to e-Sports tournament levels. The contest is open world-wide, till the 17th of December, 2017.

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

TechPowerUp and GeIL EpicGear Thanksgiving Giveaway: The Winners

TechPowerUp and GeIL Thanksgiving Giveaway draws to a close on the heels of Thanksgiving Weekend. The Giveaway puts some of GeIL's best creations of the year, including EpicGear gaming peripherals, and SuperLuce series DDR4 memory kits, in the hands of three lucky winners from around the world. The fist winner gets an EpicGear peripherals set, which includes an EpicGear Gekkota gaming mouse, EpicGear GryphuZ Pro gaming mouse pad, and an EpicGear Melodiouz gaming headset. The second winner gets a Super LUCE RGB Sync 2x 8 GB DDR4-2400 memory kit. The third lucky winner gets a GeIL Super LUCE RGB Lite 2x 4 GB DDR4-2400 memory kit. Without further ado, the winners.
  • Jonathan from the United States, wins EpicGear Gaming Peripherals Set
  • Manuel from Spain, wins GeIL Super LUCE RGB Sync 2x 8GB DDR4-2400 Kit
  • Łukasz from Poland, wins GeIL Super LUCE RGB Lite 2x 4 GB DDR4-2400 memory kit
A huge Congratulations to you three! TechPowerUp will return with more such interesting giveaways!

TechPowerUp and GeIL Announce Thanksgiving Giveaway

TechPowerUp and GeIL announce the Thanksgiving Giveaway. Open to contestants from all over the world (where legal), from November 15 thru November 23, 2017, the giveaway lets you bag gaming peripherals from GeIL's EpicGear brand, or its SuperLUCE DDR4 gaming memory. The first lucky winner gets an EpicGear set that includes EpicGear Gekkota gaming mouse, EpicGear GryphuZ Pro gaming mouse pad, and an EpicGear Melodiouz gaming headset. The second lucky winner gets a GeIL Super LUCE RGB Sync 2x 8 GB DDR4-2400 memory kit. The third lucky winner gets a GeIl Super LUCE RGB Lite 2x 4 GB DDR4-2400 memory kit. To stand a chance to win, all you have to do it fill up a short form that lets us get back to you if you've won.
For more information, and to participate, visit this page. Good Luck!

TechPowerUp Releases GPU-Z v2.5.0

TechPowerUp today released the latest version of TechPowerUp GPU-Z, the graphics subsystem information, monitor, and diagnostic tool for PC enthusiasts and gamers. Version 2.5.0 introduces a slew of new features, support for new graphics cards, under the hood improvements, and bug fixes. To begin with, we've re-done the main tab to show graphics driver date and WHQL status in new fields. A refresh button is added, so you can manually refresh graphics card information, after a driver update for example. The BIOS string for NVIDIA BIOSes are now consistently cased, and driver version name titled "NVIDIA" instead of the retired "ForceWare" brand.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.5.0 adds support for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, with its new WDDM 2.3 driver model, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, GTX 1050 Ti Mobile (GP106), Quadro GP100, and Quadro M620; from the AMD stable, support is added for Radeon RX Vega 64 Liquid Edition, and FirePro M4150; from Intel, support for Intel UHD 600-series "Coffee Lake" graphics was added. Among the new sensors added are Vega SOC Clock, VR SOC and VR Mem. The internal NVFlash module used to extract video BIOS, has been updated. A crash associated with failed BIOS uploads to our database, has been fixed. Grab TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.5.0 from the link below.

DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.5.0
The change-log follows.

TechPowerUp and Rosewill Nebula Headset Giveaway: The Winners

TechPowerUp and Rosewill brought you the Nebula headset giveaway, with nine lucky winners standing to one of the company's best gaming headsets, each. The Nebula GX10 and Nebula GX30 feature ergonomic and lightweight designs, and pack drivers that have been perfectly tuned for gaming. Up for grabs were five GX30 headsets, and four GX10. Without further ado, the winners:

Nebula GX10:
  • Marco from Italy
  • Peter from Sweden
  • Joseph from the United States
  • Ivo from Bosnia and Herzegovina
Nebula GX30:
  • micropage7 from Indonesia
  • David from the United States
  • Arrakis+9 from the United States
  • Do from Vietnam
  • Cecelia from Mexico

TechPowerUp and Rosewill Announce the Nebula Gaming Headset Giveaway

TechPowerUp and Rosewill return with another exciting giveaway for gamers, celebrating the company's Nebula line of high-end gaming headsets. We are giving away four Rosewill Nebula GX10 headsets, and five Rosewill Nebula GX30 headsets, totaling nine lucky winners, who stand a chance to win a piece of Rosewill's latest gaming audio technology. The giveaway is open from today (20/10) to the 31st of October 2017, and open worldwide (wherever legal). Nine lucky winners will be randomly chosen at the close of the giveaway. To stand a chance, simply fill up a short form to help us get back to you.
For more information, and to participate, please visit this page. Good Luck!

Rosewill and TechPowerUp Orbit Z1 RGB Case Giveaway: The Winners

Rosewill and TechPowerUp brought three lucky winners the chance to win an Orbit Z1 RGB case, a well-organized ATX tower, with minimalist yet effective RGB multi-color LED lighting, a contemporary dual-compartment layout, and much more. We've received thousands of entries, and randomly selected three lucky winners, who receive the case, each. Without further ado, the winners!
  • Mike from Italy,
  • Elien from the United States, and
  • Stefan from Canada
A huge Congratulations to you three! TechPowerUp and Rosewill will return with more such interesting giveaways!

TechPowerUp and Rosewill Announce the Orbit Z1 RGB Giveaway

A while ago we had the opportunity to review Rosewill's new Orbit Z1 RGB chassis, which has good looks, a great layout, at an even better price, making it an all-round package for those wanting to build good-looking gaming rigs. We are giving away three of these cases in our latest Giveaway. To participate, simply fill up a short form that helps us get back to you, if you've been randomly picked the winner. The giveaway is open from today (12th Sep) till the 26th of September, and open to participants world-wide. Good luck!
For more information, and to participate, visit this page.

Tiny App Checks NVIDIA Driver Updates

A tiny open-source app named simply "TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker" by "ElPumpo" could make GeForce Experience look bulky and redundant, if all you use it for is keep up with driver updates. With practically each new AAA game release, NVIDIA and AMD tend to put out graphics driver updates. Among several useful features such as optimizing your game settings or making them portable, the GeForce Experience app keeps your GeForce drivers up to date. On the downside, it has drawn criticism over its user privacy, the need to register as a user and log-on at each system startup; and for its unnecessarily big memory footprint as the app keeps running in the background.

The open-source app, along with its source-code and a pre-compiled binary, are available on GitHub. It's a little rough on the edges, but could be worth it for its tiny memory footprint. On the flip-side, this app doesn't run on in the background, and you have to manually run it to look up updates, something you might as well look up online in your browser. The API that makes this app work could be pulled by NVIDIA any time, as it looks to promote GeForce Experience. Alternatively, you can subscribe to E-Mail notifications by TechPowerUp by clicking on the "Get Notified" button in our download pages, for your favorite driver updates. We're completely web-based and you won't need to trust apps to look up your driver updates.
DOWNLOAD: TinyNvidiaUpdateChecker by ElPumpo

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.4.0 Released

TechPowerUp today posted a quick update to GPU-Z in the wake of some controversy surrounding the reported shader counts of some Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics cards by version 2.3.0, which we released earlier this week. The new TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.4.0 comprehensively updates stream processor count detection of AMD Radeon RX Vega series graphics cards, which means the stream processor and TMU counts of the RX Vega 56 graphics cards, including those that have been flashed with RX Vega 64 video BIOS, should be correctly displayed. In addition, v2.4.0 corrects OpenCL detection on Radeon graphics cards running on certain older drivers.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.4.0

The change-log follows.

PSA: Flashing RX Vega 56 with RX Vega 64 BIOS Does Not Unlock Shaders

When TechPowerUp released GPU-Z v2.3.0 earlier this week, AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 users who had flashed their graphics cards with the video BIOS of the higher RX Vega 64, discovered that their stream processor count had shot up from 3,584 to higher counts under 4,096. Some of these users felt it more or less explained the performance jump experienced after the BIOS flash. Some users even saw wrong stream processor-counts of their untouched RX Vega 56 reference-design cards. TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.3.0 incorrectly reports the stream processor count of flashed RX Vega 56 graphics cards, and some RX Vega 56 graphics cards out of the box; due to some under-the-hood bug in the way it reads the registers of AMD's new GPUs. We are working on an update to GPU-Z, which will fix this bug.

As we explained in our older article, flashing your RX Vega 56 with the BIOS of RX Vega 64 does not unlock stream processors, and the performance jump can be explained with the increased clock speeds. RX Vega 64 BIOS runs your RX Vega 56 reference-design graphics card at the higher reference clock speeds of 1247 MHz core, 1546 MHz boost, and 945 MHz memory; compared to the 1156/1471/800 MHz reference clocks of the RX Vega 56. This significant increase in clock speed is sufficient to explain the increased performance. Since the TMU count is tied to the number of GCN compute units visible to GPU-Z, the TMU count of certain RX Vega 56 cards is being incorrectly displayed. The upcoming update of GPU-Z addresses this as well.

TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.3.0 Released

TechPowerUp today released the latest version of GPU-Z, the graphics subsystem information, diagnostic, and monitoring utility PC enthusiasts swear by. Version 2.3.0 adds support for new GPUs, and comes with several under the hood improvements. To begin with, GPU-Z 2.3.0 adds official support for AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56; Radeon Pro WX 7100 and WX 3100; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile, GeForce MX150, and Quadro M2200. We've added a new VRM efficiency monitoring feature, and VDDC/VDDCI power readings for AMD "Polaris" based graphics cards. Also addressed are bugs with GPU and memory activity monitoring on Radeon RX 500 series; missing or incorrect information on AMD graphics cards running on 17.7.2 drivers; and a rare crash on machines with AMD CrossFire configurations.
DOWNLOAD: TechPowerUp GPU-Z v2.3.0

The change-log follows.

TechPowerUp News Team Openings for US, CA & other American Countries

TechPowerUp is looking to expand its News Team, and is seeking out PC enthusiasts located in the Americas (North America and Latin America), who share our talent and passion for crisp and engaging tech news. Aspirants should be able to allocate a few hours per day, preferably when it's daytime in the Americas, and have good command over English, and the technology TechPowerUp traditionally covers. This is a paid, part-time, remote position.

To apply, write to w1zzard@techpowerup.com with your resume, other info you consider important, and optionally, attach examples of your work. There are no work-experience requirements.
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