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What is Catalyst Control Center? — Tom’s Guide

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The AMD Catalyst Control Center is a component in the AMD Catalyst software engine. This application provides video customization options to adjust display settings, display profiles and video performance. While the more casual computer user might never find reason to use this utility, it still plays a very crucial role in your video card’s functioning.

ATI Technologies, best known for their computer processors, developed the Catalyst Control Center (CCC) to complement their line of Radeon video cards. It first became available as a device driver and utility software package in 2002 with the release of the Radeon 8500.

The initial software package included additional utilities like Hydravision, a multimedia center; Remote Wonder and other display components. Of all these elements, Catalyst Control Center became a popular addition to any computer, and it is now available for download as part of the AMD Catalyst software package. After Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) acquired ATI, the utility became known as AMD Catalyst Control Center.

As the name indicates, the Catalyst Control Center acts as the central hub for all options and features relating to an AMD video card. By launching CCC, users are given access to various features: display management, digital control, 3D enabling, color adjustment and overdriving.

  • Display management allows users to manage multiple displays, screen resolutions and refresh rates.
  • Digital control entails the manipulation of image scaling, allowing for better display of resolutions smaller than the default screen size.
  • 3D enabling refers to the graphics settings for video games, like manipulating anti-aliasing or anisotropic filtering.
  • Color adjustment entails changing display elements like brightness, hue, contrast and more.
  • Overdriving is the display version of overclocking, creating a higher frame refresh rate while sacrificing the brightness of individual pixels.

While the Windows OS allows users to control some of these options, the AMD Catalyst Control Center gives access to even greater levels of customization and display performance enhancements. Whether you use multiple monitors with varying resolution capabilities or multimedia software, CCC can control all display functionality.

For casual and frequent gamers alike, CCC quickly becomes their friend due to the wide range of gaming-related graphic adjustments possible via 3D enabling. As mentioned before, the application allows the enabling of 3D display, which includes several sub-categories of settings for improved display performance and quality: anti-aliasing, adaptive anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, Catalyst Artificial Intelligence and display profiles.

Anti-aliasing is the most commonly used setting. It enables displaying diagonal lines. Reducing the value for anti-aliasing prevents this effect and creates a more pixelated appearance in games. Standard settings include 2x, 4x and 8x, with 16x aliasing only available for graphic cards with CrossfireX setups. Many games offer their own anti-aliasing settings, though setting it through Catalyst Control Center can create a universal display setting for all games.

Adaptive anti-aliasing is a type of filtering intended for dealing with transparent textures on in-game objects like leaves on a tree or picket fences. Activating this feature is much like anti-aliasing, smoothing out textures for an increase in video quality.

Anisotropic filtering combats the problem of projecting 3D environments onto two-dimensional surfaces. Normally, distant textures tend to flicker as they grow nearer or farther away. Display settings commonly blur the problem textures and create the illusion of an out-of-focus appearance, also known as a depth-of-field blur. Anisotropic filtering prevents the blur with a specialized texture filter system that creates sharper distant textures without any flickering, also known as “Footprint Assembly.”

Catalyst Artificial Intelligent provides special optimizations for individual games. When a game is activated, the process operates to create a faster gaming experience by lowering video quality settings as specified. Minimap detail level provides a highly specialized algorithm for smoothing edges and improving textures. This setting has a noticeable effect on visual quality, and still creates minimal impact on graphic performance, which means it’s often set at the highest option.

For users uncertain how to manually set their display options in Catalyst Control Center, AMD also offers a series of standard settings or profiles that contained preset combinations of settings for each of the 3D settings offered. These profiles include:

  • Optimal Performance
  • High Performance
  • Balanced
  • High Quality
  • Optimal Quality

The profiles focusing on performance are set to reduce overall display quality in favor of faster operation, whereas the quality profiles are designed for the opposite. In high-end video cards, the quality settings will give little impact to display performance and are often set to the highest quality possible.

The modern AMD Catalyst Control Center functions on all Windows operating systems from 7 to 8.1, and also supports limited usage on Linux and Mac OS X. Whether for AMD Radeon graphics processors or APUs in desktops and notebooks, CCC will allow the controlling of display settings for any modern Radeon cards.

CCC is typically available as part of a driver package for AMD Radeon graphics cards, though it can be downloaded from AMD’s website for managing display settings. AMD’s website offers the installation files free of charge, along with instructions for adjusting display settings.

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AMD Catalyst Omega Driver Overview

The AMD Catalyst Omega Drivers have been released! These new drivers have been in the works for the past six month and deliver many new features, a ton of bug fixes and of course the usual performance and quality improvements that gamers expect from each new driver release. AMD put so much time and effort into these new special edition drivers that they wanted to name this something different to help them stand out from the crowd. You can download AMD Catalyst Omega drivers right now from AMD’s driver download page.

AMD rolled out over 20 new features in the Catalyst Omega Driver and we’ll try to hit on the majority of them here today in our overview of the Omega drivers. Let’s dive right in!

AMD has managed to get up to 19% more performance on game titles from the AMD Radeon R9 290X desktop graphics card with the Catalyst Omega drivers versus the Catalyst 13. 12 drivers that the press was given for their launch reviews in Q4 2013. More impressively AMD was able to get 29% more performance with the Catalyst Omega drivers on the AMD A10 7850K APU than the initial Catalyst 14.2 drivers than when that processor was released. We asked AMD for performance numbers between the AMD Catalyst Omega drivers and the latest non-beta driver release (Catalyst 14.9) and we were not given that information. We do not believe that there is a significant performance increase between the latest build and Catalyst Omega due to this, but we are okay with that as the new features and bug fixes are much welcomed.


This technology is very similar to what NVIDIA offers with Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), where the driver is able to render a game at a higher, more detailed resolution (up to 4K) and then display it at a lower resolution that is supported by the monitor being used. This improve visual quality in games and works on AMD Radeon R9 295X2/R9 290X/R9 290/R9 285 video cards in both single and multi-GPU configurations. This means you can put your powerful AMD Radeon R series graphics card to work and render easily playable game titles at resolutions up to 4K to get better image quality on your 1080P or whatever resolution monitor you have. You won’t be able to do this on every game title and likely won’t want to as this will decrease your FPS much like increasing say the amount of Anti-Aliasing (AA) in a game title. If you are playing an older game title or a title that isn’t killing your GPU you can most certainly give VSR a shot!

It should be noted that Virtual Super Resolutions works in a wide variety of games and applications, including the Windows desktop. Effectively, VSR provides a Super Sampling Anti-Aliasing (SSAA) feature for the games and applications that do not natively support that functionality since VSR is game- and engine-agnostic.

The image above shows a before and after VSR screenshots to give you an idea how 4K VSR works on a 1080P diaplay. The more you zoom into an area though, the better the detail looks. This is a feature that you really need to try out in person to see the differences! In addition to the quality benefits you also get a wider or more complete view, which is highly beneficial in real-time strategy or world-building games. If you can see more of the world you are playing in, you’ll find yourself having an advantage over your opponent.

Enabling VSR can be done by checking a simple box in the AMD Catalyst Control Center in Advanced Mode under the ‘My Digital Flat Panels’ page.

Once VSR has been enabled you need need to adjust the display resolution in your game title to something higher than the native resolution of your display. As long as the game title can support the higher resolutions enabled by VSR, this feature should work. Not that the supported target displays are 1080P (60 and 120Hz) and then 1200 and 1440 at 60Hz. The Windows desktop can also be configured in a similar way. Right-click on the Windows desktop and choose Screen resolution from the pop-up menu. With VSR is enabled, you will see additional resolutions in the list that go beyond what your monitor would normally support.


Frame-pacing issues have become a concern to both NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire multi-GPU users in recent years. AMD has continued developing frame-pacing enhancements and there are many improvements in the Catalyst Omega drivers that bring a smoother gameplay experience to gamers with a multi-GPU setup. AMD informed Legit Reviews they they picked about 15 popular game titles and improved the frame pacing on them. We weren’t given a list of the 15 game titles, but AMD did mention that Batman Arkham Origins, Sniper Elite 3, Tomb Raider and the Metro Series were part of the titles that were improved. The standard deviation and average time is much better now. This is something that we are currently benchmarking on our test bench and will be bringing you the results of that later this week.

Alienware Graphics Amplifier

The AMD Catalyst Omega drivers also bring support for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, which is an external PCI-Express chassis for discrete video cards. The idea has been around for about a decade, but only now is such a product coming to market. The good news is that it is available, the bad news for gamers and enthusaists is that it only works alongside the recently released Alienware 13 notebook. This is due to the fact that Alienware came up with a proprietary cable design and no other PC on the market uses it right now.

The good news is that once the cable is hooked up you have the GPU hooked up along with four USB 3.0 ports on the Alienware Graphics Amplifier for all your gaming peripherals.

The benefit of the Graphics Amplifier and the advantages of the device is that it all the horsepower from a desktop graphics card and pushes it back whatever panel you are using, be it the notebook it is attached to or another panel connected to the notebook. With a Radeon R9 290X we were told by AMD that there was a 132% improvement at 1440P on Bioshock Infinite and a massive 268% increase on Sniper Elite 3 versus the built-in 860M graphics inside the Alienware 13 notebook.

AMD FreeSync Technology

AMD Catalyst Omega drivers also include developer support for Adaptive-Sync display manufactures. This is not a big deal for gamers today, but it is a step in the right direction and it means that AMD FreeSync displays are still on track to be released in Q1 2015. FreeSync enables dynamic refresh rates synchronized to the frame rate of AMD Radeon graphics cards and APUs to reduce input latency and reduce or eliminate visual defects during gaming and video playback. Samsung plans to launch the screen synching technology in March 2015, starting with the Samsung UD590 and UE850, and eventually across all of Samsungs UHD lineups.

From what we have been told there will be five monitors in total in March 2015 that support AMD FreeSync in these two series. The Samsung UD590 series will consist of 23.6 and 28 models and then the UE850 series will have 23.6, 27 and 31.5 models. Legit Reviews contacted Samsung and found out that the Samsung UD590 will have a minor change on it and also a firmware upgrade. When asked if existing monitors would be field or user upgradable we did not receive an answer. We also believe that the AMD slide that we were provided has a typo in it as there is not a UE590 display, it should be the UD590.

Support For 24 Monitors With Eyefinity

AMD Eyefinity launched with support for six displays and AMD has been slowing adding support for how many monitors a single system can support. If you wanted to run four AMD Radeon graphics cards in your system you can now power six displays off each card. This means you can have a 24 display setup without the need for any 3rd party hardware or software. AMD Omega Drivers has really pushed the boundaries for connected devices and most consumers and gamers shouldn’t be needing more than a 24 display setup anytime soon.


The Dell UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor (Model UP2715K) was the first 5K display on the market that is readily available. This 5K display supports a massive a 5120×2880 screen resolution that makes a 4K panels 2840×2160 screen resolution look small. The UP2715K display manages to lay down 14.7 million pixels at 218 Pixels Per Inch (PPI) at a very impressive 60Hz. Oh and it does that with 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB coverage! AMD Catalyst Omega drivers support this display automatically now, so if you have two individual DisplayPort 1.2 outputs on your AMD Radeon video card you should be able to run a 5K display today.

AMD Fluid Motion Video

AMD also improved multimedia playback for those with 35 Watt or higher APUs or Radeon R7 and R9 series GPUs. The Catalyst Omega driver allows the GPU compute to interpolate inferred frames with real frames and increase overall video frame rate and smoothness when watching Blu-ray content. For this to work you must use Cyberlink PowerDVD 14.

AMD Contour Removal

If you don’t have PowerDVD 14 you’ll still get multimedia improvements thanks to a new Contour Removal feature that removes compression artifacts without disturbing video details. To enable this feature you need to go into thte Catalyst Control Center (CCC) and enter Advanced mode. From there you need to head over to the Video tab, choose Quality, then Video Quality. Lastly, place a checkmark in the De-contouring box and you’ll have contour removal enabled.

AMD told Legit Reviews that the Catalyst Omega driver underwent approximately 65% more automated and 12% more manual test-cases, utilizing 10% more varied system configurations, with 10% more varied screen displays, as well as significant quality enhancements requested during an open call by our most critical users on six of the largest PC communities all to ensure a user experience as intuitive, reliable, and enjoyable as possible. AMD said that they got more user feedback for these drivers than any other release as they wanted to make sure they were answering the needs of the gaming community.

AMD also fixed tons of driver bugs in the AMD Catalyst Omega Driver release. There are too many to list here or talk about though as there are dozens if not hundreds of big fixes that took place in the AMD Catalyst Omega Drivers. AMD is still working actively on Catalyst drivers and have more features that plan on introducing as time goes on. If there is still an issue that you are experiencing with AMD Catalyst drivers after you have updated to the latest Omega build we highly suggest reporting the issue to AMD directly to get the issue on their radar in order to get it resolved!

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AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.4.1 Release

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by Brent Justice


AMD’s annual big AMD Radeon Software release is upon us.  What started in December of 2014 with AMD Catalyst Omega continues to this day, 2021 with a brand-new big software release with AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition.  The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21. 4.1 Release is here.  This new driver version brings some big updates to the AMD Radeon Software suite to make your experience better.  It also brings new features and functionality, plus some improved UI elements. 

This driver isn’t so much about any big game performance updates, rather feature and user experience updates.  Although AMD emphasizes it continually updates drivers to improve performance over time for video cards, and it is important they have day-one support for new games.

AMD’s Past Updates

Let’s first talk about some of AMD’s goals with AMD Radeon Adrenalin, and some big updates it made to the software not so long ago.  Starting back in July of 2019 some new features were added with the Radeon RX 5700 XT launch, Radeon Anti-Lag, Radeon Image Sharpening, and FidelityFX CAS.  Those technologies are still used today and have been expanded upon since release. 

Then in December of 2019 came a major change for AMD Radeon Software, it got an entirely new user interface.   The entire look and feel of the software was changed, this was a huge change from the previous look. In addition, Radeon Boost, Integer Display Scaling, and User Profiles were introduced. 

Then, in May of 2020, another big update came and new FidelityFX features added.  AMD FidelityFX Screen Space Reflections, Ambient Occlusion, HDR Mapper, and Downsampler.  There are SDKs available for developers to include these features in games. 

Then just recently, in March of 2021 with the launch of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT Radeon Anti-Lag was updated to support DX12, there was a brand-new Performance Stress Test feature added and Frame Rate Target Control.


When it comes to performance, AMD releases frequent drivers every month, which fixes issues and gradually improves performance in some games.  The Radeon RX 5700 XT for example has seen some large improvements over its lifetime through driver released, like a 23% performance increase in Wolfenstein Young Blood since launch.   It has appreciated 30 game day-0 releases since its launch.  We hope to see these trends continue with the Radeon RX 6000 series.


Other improvements made to the software are reliability-related.  There is an AMD Bug Reporting tool built into the software and AMD Crash Defender.  With the bug reporting when a bug is encountered it will fill in the information and make it simple to send that report which gets sent directly to the right people at AMD to get the problems resolved.  The Crash Defender can help keep your system running if a crash occurs due to driver issues. Crash Defender is only supported on Windows 10.

AMD is hard at work with the new driver stability methodology deployed for Radeon RX 6000 Series Graphics.  There is a community forum on that addresses questions from the public.  Moving forward there will be new processes to help test stability and monitor issues and trends.

Vivid Visuals

The next big topic is improving visuals with AMD’s initiative called Vivid Visuals.   This includes Radeon Anti-Lag, Radeon Boost, and AMD FreeSync.  The other part of Vivid Visuals is AMD’s FidelityFX suite of features for games. 

One of these is AMD Radeon Image Sharpening.  You can turn this feature on in the driver and it will be applied for all games.  It supports DX9, DX11, DX12 and Vulkan games.  It does not need special coding from game developers, it operates simply by the driver and just applies the sharpening in every game.  This can make clearer details in games, removing blurry textures.

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Adrenalin 21.7.2 Driver Performance Analysis

This review showcases Radeon Adrenalin driver performance of the reference AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (RDNA 2.0) with 22 PC games including Chernobylite. We use the latest AMD Optional (beta) Adrenalin 21.7.2 driver released last week and compare these drivers versus our previously recommended driver 21.7.1. We also chart the performance of the 21.6.1 (WHQL) drivers as a reference, and we perform all tests on the same game version and with the same OS build.

For our Adrenalin driver reviews, we use ‘beta’ instead of ‘Optional’ and ‘WHQL’ instead of ‘Recommended’. We don’t use AMD’s Recommended label since we recommend drivers.

Our AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (Reference, RDNA 2.0 GPU micro-architecture).

Our testing platform is a recent install of Windows 10 64-bit Pro Edition, an i9-9900K with stock clocks, a Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO motherboard, and 32GB of T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB WHITE DDR4 3200MHz. The games tested, settings and hardware, are identical except for the drivers we compare.

Benching Methodology

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i9-9900K (Hyper-Threading/Turbo boost on; stock settings)
  • Gigabyte Z390 AORUS PRO motherboard (Intel Z390 chipset, v.F12l BIOS)
  • T-FORCE XTREEM ARGB WHITE 32GB DDR4 (2×16GB, dual-channel at 3200 MHz CL14), supplied by TeamGroup
  • AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (Reference) 12GB, stock clocks, on loan from AMD
  • Samsung 500GB SSD 960 EVO NVMe M.2
  • WD Blue 1TB SATA SSD
  • Corsair RM750x, 750W 80PLUS Gold power supply unit
  • ASUS TUF Gaming VG289Q 28″ IPS UltraHD (3840×2160) 60Hz 5ms FreeSync Monitor (Fixed Refresh Rate On) when testing games at 2160p resolution.
  • ASUS ROG Swift PG279Q 27″ IPS QuadHD (2560 x 1440) 165Hz 4ms G-Sync Monitor (Fixed Refresh Rate On) when testing games at 1440p or 1080p resolution.

Test Configuration – Software

Radeon Software Adrenalin Suite-related

  • The minimal Radeon Adrenalin Software installation is used.
  • We install the display driver.
  • We enable the ‘Issue detection’ setting.

Hybrid & Non-Synthetic Tests-related

  • Single run per test.

Game Benchmarks-related

  • We use the corresponding built-in or custom benchmark sequence.

Frametimes Capture & Analysis tool-related

  • CapFrameX is used for capturing and analyzing the relevant performance numbers obtained from each recorded built-in or custom benchmark sequence.
  • Consecutive runs until detecting 3 valid runs (no outliers) that can be aggregated by CapFrameX using the following method:
    • ‘Aggregate excluding outliers’:
      • Outlier metric: Third, P0. 2 (0.2% FPS percentile).
      • Outlier percentage: 3% (the % the FPS of an entry can differ from the median of all entries before counting as an outlier).
  • We compare and value the results and aggregated records in terms of percentages of gain/loss, by setting the following thresholds to consider a certain % value as significant (not within the margin of error) for our benchmarking purposes:
    • Score/FPS Avg > 3% when valuing hybrid and non-synthetic benchmarks;
    • FPS Avg > 3% when evaluating raw performance;
    • P1/P0.2 > 3% when evaluating frame time consistency; after applying our custom formula

{[(LowPercentileFPS_2 / AvgFPS_2) / (LowPercentileFPS_1 / AvgFPS_1)] – 1} x 100

Benchmark Suite: 22 PC Games, 4 Hybrid & 4 Non-Synthetic Tests

Hybrid Tests (3DMark)

  • Fire Strike Ultra
  • Time Spy Extreme
  • DirectX Raytracing feature test
  • Port Royal

Non-Synthetic Tests

  • Basemark GPU
  • UNIGINE Superposition
  • Neon Noir (Benchmark)
  • Boundary: Raytracing Benchmark

DX11 Games

  • Borderlands 3 (DX11)
  • Chernobylite (DX11) – NEW
  • Days Gone (DX11)
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (DX11)
  • Far Cry New Dawn (DX11)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Ghost Recon Breakpoint (DX11)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (DX11)
  • Neon Noir (DX11; Loop Mode)

DX12 Games

  • Borderlands 3 (DX12)
  • Cyberpunk 2077 (DX12)
  • F1 2021 (DX12) 
  • Horizon Zero Dawn (DX12)
  • LEGO® Builder’s Journey (DX12)
  • Metro Exodus (DX12)
  • Metro Exodus PC Enhanced Edition (DX12)
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (DX12)
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (DX12)
  • Godfall (DX12)
  • DIRT 5 (DX12)

Vulkan Games

  • DOOM Eternal (VK)
  • Strange Brigade (VK)
  • Quake 2 RTX (VK; v. 1.5.0)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint (VK)
  • Wolfenstein Youngblood (VK)

Software Adrenalin Control Center Settings

Here are the global Adrenalin Control Center settings:

Radeon Software Adrenalin Control Center Global Graphics Settings (AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT).

All AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin settings are set so that all optimizations are off, Texture filtering is set to ‘High’, and Tessellation uses application settings. These settings are used across all drivers so that the performance of each driver version can be compared accurately.

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.7.2

This latest Radeon Software Adrenalin 21.7.2 beta driver was released on Tuesday (07/27/21) primarily to bring support for two more Vulkan API extensions and for Chernobylite, which exited Early Access on July 28.


The download links for the Adrenalin 21.7.2 beta drivers can be found starting here. The 21.7.2 release notes can be found here.

Here are the release highlights of Adrenalin v21.7.2 from AMD Radeon’s website:

Support For

      • Chernobylite

Added Vulkan Support

      • VK_KHR_copy_commands2
        • This extension introduces extensible versions of the Vulkan buffer and image copy commands that can now accept extension-specific information via their copy parameters.
      • VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state2
        • This extension allows more states to be set dynamically to reduce the number of unique pipeline state objects used by an application.

Fixed Issues

      • Game Compatibility advisor in AMD Radeon Software may incorrectly advise some users their CPU and/or GPU do not meet the minimum requirements to play some games. If some users are still experiencing this issue, reinstall or upgrade your driver and perform a factory reset. Learn more from AMD here on performing a factory reset.
      • If a Blue or Black screen is observed in mobile systems, temporarily disable Enhanced sign-in.
      • Resident Evil Village may experience an intermittent application hang or TDR on AMD Radeon VII graphics products in the first mission of the game.
      • A Blue or Black screen may be observed after updating to the latest Radeon Software when core isolation is enabled.

The Adrenalin 21.7.2 Driver Performance – Summary Charts with 22 Games

Below you can find the summary charts of our representative selection of 22 games plus 4 hybrid and 4 non-synthetic benchmarks. We chart our games’ driver performance progression from version 21.7.1 to 21.7.2 using the reference AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT.

You can see the list of graphics settings on the charts, and we run each built-in or custom game benchmark’s sequence at 2560×1440, except for Days Gone and Far Cry New Dawn, tested at 3840×2160 resolution; and LEGO® Builder’s Journey (DX12 & DXR) and Watch Dogs: Legion (DXR) which are tested at 1920×1080 resolution. You may click on each chart to open a pop-up for the best viewing.

Results give average framerates and higher is better. We display the low FPS percentiles (P1 and P0.2) below the corresponding averages. We use CapFrameX to record frametimes over time and to visualize and convert them into their corresponding average FPS and P1 and P0.2 FPS percentiles values.

There are also columns showing percentages of gain/loss in both raw performance (average FPS) and, when applicable, in frametimes consistency or stability between the different driver versions. We applied the following custom formula to calculate the stability gains or losses:

{[(LowPercentileFPS_2 / AvgFPS_2) / (LowPercentileFPS_1 / AvgFPS_1)] – 1} x 100

We mark significant performance changes (higher than 3%in bold and use purple for the significant improvements or orange font for regressions.

Adrenalin 21.7.2 Driver Performance Charts

Hybrid BenchmarksNon-Synthetic BenchmarksDirectX 11 Games – Built-in benchmarks (except Days Gone and Chernobylite, tested using BTR’s custom sequences).DirectX 12 Games – Built-in benchmarks (except Cyberpunk 2077 and LEGO® Builder’s Journey, both tested using BTR’s custom sequences).Vulkan Games – Built-in benchmarks (except DOOM Eternal, tested using a custom sequence).DirectX Raytracing Games – Built-in benchmarks (except Cyberpunk 2077 and LEGO Builder’s Journey, both tested using the BTR’s custom sequences).Vulkan Raytracing Games – Built-in benchmarks (except DOOM Eternal, tested using a custom sequence).

Notes on Adrenalin 21.7.2 Driver Performance – 21.7.2 (beta) vs. 21.7.1 (beta)

From the charts, we see no significant differences in graphics performance between drivers for both the hybrid and non-synthetic tests using our RX 6700 XT.

For the game benchmarks, most games show no significant differences when we move to the 21. 7.2 beta drivers from the 21.7.1 beta driver version.


Please be aware that the following results, notes, and the corresponding driver recommendation are valid for similar RDNA 2.0 gaming rigs on Windows 10 v21h2. Its representativeness, applicability, and usefulness on different AMD Radeon micro-architectures, testing benches, and Microsoft Windows versions may vary.


Based on our previous results and findings, we recommend RDNA 2.0 gamers update to the latest Adrenalin 21.7.2 beta driver. Its raw performance and smoothness or frametimes consistency level are overall on par with our previously recommended driver 21.7.1 using our RX 6700 XT GPU.

From a qualitative point of view, there are important reasons that also make it advisable to upgrade to version 21.7.2. These reasons include its higher level of driver bug fixes, the optimizations for the latest games, and support for the latest AMD Radeon technologies.

Let’s Play!


Rodrigo González (aka ‘RodroG’) is an enthusiast gamer and tech reviewer especially interested in shooter games, open-world role-playing games, and software and hardware benchmarking. He is the author of the NVIDIA WHQL Driver Performance Benchmarks Series and founder and moderator of the r/allbenchmarks community on Reddit.

*The featured image is from AMD.

AMD Radeon Software Crimson, Catalyst Control Panel Compared

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AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group released the first public iteration of the Radeon Software Crimson driver suite and made some bold claims about its benefits. AMD said the software is quicker to install and launch, and the driver features improvements that increase the power efficiency and performance of Graphics Core Next (GCN) GPUs. AMD said the user interface has been redesigned to be easier to navigate and better organized so that users can easily find features.

We dug in to examine some of these claims.

Test System

The system being used for this evaluation is one of the matching test benches used for our all of our GPU evaluations. The system consists of an Intel Core i7-5930K overclocked to 4.2 GHz and 16 GB Crucial Balistix Sport DDR4 seated in an MSI X99S XPower motherboard. The system has two Crucial M200 500 GB SSDs, one used for the boot drive and another used for game installations. The GPU we used is Power Color’s Radeon R9 390X Devil. We would have preferred to test with a Fury X to look at the new Directional Scaling, but that will have to wait for another time as we don’t have one available in this lab currently. 

The drivers used for comparison are the new Radeon Software Crimson Edition and AMD Catalyst Driver 15.7.1.

Faster Installation

AMD said it made some improvements to the installation process for Radeon Software Crimson, which reduces the install time. The company’s own internal testing indicated that Catalyst Driver 15.7.1 takes approximately 95 seconds to install on a system with an i7-6700K paired with an R9 390 and required no less than seven clicks to complete. By contrast, the installation process for Crimson running on the same machine took only 69 seconds and can be completed with 3 clicks.

As a graphics card reviewer who spends a fair amount of time reinstalling graphics drivers and switching back and forth between platforms, this is a welcome change to me, but I’m surprised AMD spent the time refining the process, as for most people a driver installation is a once-in-a-blue-moon type of event. Nevertheless, we tested out the claim for ourselves to see if there was any validity to it.

The installation time on our test system for Crimson was a grand total of two minutes, 32 seconds. The tests that AMD recorded had a much quicker install time than that, so I uninstalled and then reinstalled the driver again using the already-extracted installation files. Running it this way, the software installed in 71 seconds. Removing the software was even faster than that. We didn’t record the uninstall time, but it was well under a minute, and likely less than 30 seconds. The installation process for Catalyst Driver 15.7.1 run from a pre-extracted installation package took one minute 42 seconds to complete, and it required multiple user interactions.

Quicker Launch Time

If you’ve ever used Catalyst Control Center, you already know that the software isn’t exactly speedy. One of the main goals for Radeon Software Crimson was to reduce the launch time of the software to essentially nil. The company’s ambition was to have the driver suite launch in under one second on any system.

AMD said that Radeon Software Crimson has been built from the ground up with a Qt software development framework, which makes launching the application much quicker. The developers were able to do away with Microsoft’s .Net Framework by making this change. AMD said it found that Radeon Software Crimson launches twice as fast on high-end machines, and as much as 24 times faster on mobile FX 8000 series APUs.

AMD’s internal testing showed that even on the highest-end gaming rigs, the Catalyst Control Center would take upwards of one and a half seconds to start up, and it would take up to 24 seconds to launch on an FX 8800p mobile APU. AMD said it managed to reduce launch times to one second or less for all configurations, including the aforementioned APU.

We don’t have a device that will start a timer and launch the application at the same time and then stop when Radeon Software Crimson has fully loaded, but we did some quick tests by pressing a stopwatch timer at the same moment as launching the application. With Catalyst 15.7.1, the launch time was routinely just over one second. With Radeon Software Crimson, the launch was so fast that it was hard to stop the timer precisely. Crimson launches on our system in just over half a second the first time, and in less than 0. 4 seconds in subsequent launches between system reboots. 

Easier To Navigate

According to AMD, the outgoing Catalyst Control Center suite was the subject of many user complaints involving the navigation of the software. AMD said it took that user feedback seriously when designing the layout of Radeon Software Crimson.

The AMD Catalyst Control Center has all of the menus off to the left of the screen. Many of the categories are multi-word titles that have somewhat vague meanings, such as My Digital Flat-Panel or Desktop Management.

Radeon Software Crimson has an interface that’s much simpler to navigate, with single word category names that clearly indicate what you’ll find in these sections. Along the top of the home screen you’ll find Gaming, Video, Display, Eyefinity and System buttons, and along the bottom there are buttons for Updates, Preferences and Notifications. You also find social media links for all of AMD’s various pages at the bottom.

In the Catalyst Control Center, 3D Settings includes only a global profile. You have the option of manually adding individual applications to create custom profiles, but this process is all done manually.

Radeon Software Crimson automatically detects the games and 3D applications that are installed on your PC and creates profiles for each of them, which are then presented as tiled buttons in the Gaming tab. Each game can have its own individual profile settings, or global setting can still be applied.

AMD OverDrive, the company’s own overclocking utility, was found under the Performance tab in Catalyst Control Center. The utility did not offer any kind of profile system; any changes made to the GPU settings were in effect in all 3D applications.

In Radeon Software Crimson, the OverDrive utility has undergone a significant overhaul. The interface is similar, but Crimson is much more modern. OverDrive has been moved to the Gaming tab and can now be found under global settings and each individual game profile. If you are a tinkerer, the new OverDrive utility can have specific overclocks for every individual game you own.

The Video section of the Catalyst Control Center contains more submenus than every other category. The driver has many different options to enhance video that have been spread out over multiple pages.

Radeon Software Crimson manages to consolidate the majority of the same options into one single page. AMD provides seven different presets and a custom option that lets you adjust sharpness, brightness and color vibrance. AMD Steady Video and AMD Fluid Motion Video toggle switches can be found here, too.

Display settings in Catalyst Control Center are scattered between three different categories. This is likely the cause of most of the feedback that AMD received about people having trouble finding settings.

Radeon Software Crimson consolidates most of the same options into the Display tab. AMD stuck the settings people access the least in the Additional Settings section located at the top right of the Display page. The Radeon Additional Settings page makes use of the old layout.  

Power Savings

AMD said that Radeon Software Crimson reduces power draw in its most recent model GPUs. The company said that everything from the R7 360 to the Fury series GPUs operate more efficiently while playing games and doing regular tasks such as watching YouTube videos.

In addition to the driver refinements, Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC) has been improved upon to add even more power saving benefits. With Radeon Software Crimson, FRTC adds support for Direct X 9 titles and a wider range of frame rates. By limiting the frame rate in older DX9 titles, the GPU doesn’t have to work as hard and saves power.

We put the power savings to the test in a number of scenarios. We recorded total system wattage while the PC was resting at idle, while watching the Star Wars The Force Awakens trailer in 1080p on YouTube, and while playing Battlefield 4 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with and without FRTC enabled. All of these tests were performed with the Catalyst 15.7.1 driver and the new Radeon Software Crimson driver for comparison.

Our results showed there wasn’t much improvement with YouTube and BF4, but CS:GO was much more efficient even before FRTC was enabled. AMD claimed to have reduced power draw by 20 W when watching the same YouTube video, but its test system included a Fury X, which may see better improvements to efficiency than our R9 390X test sample.

Performance Improvements

Typically, when a new driver is released, it comes with enhancements to performance. Without enabling the new Shader Cache feature, Radeon Software Crimson doesn’t appear to improve the overall framerate in the games we tested.

AMD said that the Fable Legends benchmark and Call of Duty Black Ops 3 saw gains between 5 and 10 percent, but CS:GO and BF4 were virtually the same results with Catalyst verses Crimson.

It does appear that Crimson increases frame rate stability somewhat when FRTC is disabled, but it appears to have the opposite effect when it’s enabled. The graph shows that the Catalyst driver maintains a more consistent framerate than the Crimson driver.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a Direct X 9 title, so FRTC can’t be used with the Catalyst driver. With the feature disabled, the framerate stays very consistent and more stable with the Crimson driver.

As Yet Untested

There are still a few features of the Radeon Software Crimson driver suite that we haven’t properly tested yet. Shader Cache is the most interesting feature we’ve yet to run through thoroughly. Seamless open world games such as Fallout 4 and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate send shaders to the GPU that are commonly used in these large environments. Shader Cache allows for the compiled shaders to be stored in a cache file on the hard drive. This results in quicker retrieval of assets, and it frees the GPU up for other tasks.

AMD claimed that Shader Cache has four main benefits: It enables quicker game load times, quicker level load times within games, reduces frame rate stutter caused by CPU overload, and reduces the split second hangs that sometimes occur while gaming.

We performed some initial tests to measure the time it takes to load Battlefield 4 from Windows, as well as level load times. The differences were negligible between the tests with Shader Cache disabled and the ones with it enabled. This feature is likely best tested on slower hardware than our typical test bench, so we’ll have to revisit this evaluation at a later time.

Frame rate stutter and split-second hangs are caused by multiple GPUs in Crossfire. We presently don’t have any matching GPUs from AMD’s current lineup to test Crossfire performance, so this will also have to be revisited at a later time, as well. Another feature that requires multiple GPUs is Frame Pacing for DX9 titles, so we haven’t verified how well this feature works either.

Other features we’ve not yet had the opportunity to test include FreeSync Low Frame Rate Compensation, because we don’t currently have a FreeSync display at this lab, and Directional Scaling, because this feature requires a Fiji GPU which we also don’t currently have on hand. AMD also included some video features specific to its FX 8800P and A10-8700P mobile APUs, which, again, we don’t have on hand.

Thoughts So Far

There’s still more to test to get the full story on Radeon Software Crimson, but so far it’s all looking good. We didn’t see the performance gains that AMD was talking about, but the reduction in power draw is a welcome advancement in the refinement of AMD driver packages.

The user interface for Crimson is a vast improvement over the Catalyst Control Center. AMD really did deliver on its promise that Radeon Software Crimson is easier to navigate and intuitive. The company also made good on its promise to reduce load times for the driver software package. Radeon Software Crimson launches incredibly fast compared to the Catalyst suite.

Radeon Software Crimson is a welcome advancement in AMD graphics card driver suits. The software has a pleasing look to it, is easy to use, and boots up fast. AMD’s drivers have definitely caught up with the times.

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AMD Catalyst Omega Driver Reviews and more

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Here a roundup of todays reviews and articles:

AMD Catalyst 14. 12 Driver — The Omega Driver Overview
AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega Performance Analysis
AMD Catalyst Omega Driver Review
AMD Catalyst Omega Drivers; Details & Performance
AMD Catalyst Omega Launch
ASRock M8 Z97 Mini-ITX SFF System Review
ASUS X99-A LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review
Catalyst Omega driver adds more than 20 features, 400 bug fixes
Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse
Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 16GB Memory Kit Review
FreeSync monitors hit mass production, coming in Jan-Feb
Gigabyte WaterForce Review
How to turn off tabs in Mozilla Thunderbird
Intel Core i7 5960X CPU Review – What Has Become The Industries Best
Interview with UK gaming system builder CHILLBLAST
Introducing the new AMD Catalyst Omega Driver
Linux Mint 17.1 review — less change is good change
Noontec Zoro II HD Fashion Hi-Fi Headphones Review
Passcape ISO Burner Review
QNAP TS-451 Network Attached Storage Review
Review: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
Samsung 850 EVO 120GB
Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Review
Samsung 850 EVO Review
Samsung 850 EVO Review
Samsung 850 EVO Series SSD Review
Samsung 850 EVO SSD Review (120/500GB) – Showing Off 3D TLC V-NAND
Samsung 850 EVO SSD Review
Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review
Samsung SSD 850 EVO SATA Solid State Drive Review
Samsung SSD 850 EVO Solid State Drive Review
Samsungs 850 EVO solid-state drive reviewed
Swiftech h340-X
VSR is AMD’s answer to Nvidia’s DSR tech

AMD Catalyst 14.

12 Driver — The Omega Driver Overview

AMD is getting ready for the winter, in this article we look at what AMD labeled the ‘Omega Driver’. This naming has nothing to do with an old Catalyst modder who went by this name; this is the new 14.12 Catalyst driver which has had some TLC from AMD. The new driver overall is improving performance on a number of games, and next to that AMD is injecting a few new features as well. Time for a quick article to cover all topics.

The December Omega driver obviously is an incremental driver update just as we have seen on roughly a monthly release schedule. The driver team has put a lot of focus on consumer feedback and tries to deal and adapt towards the demand from you guys. In fact if you have any feedback and/or bug-reports, please do visit this link.

Read full article @ Guru3D

AMD Catalyst 14.12 Omega Performance Analysis

Every two or so years, AMD rolls out a year-end Catalyst driver update, which steps up not just performance, and splats bugs, but also expands the software feature-set. The new Catalyst 14.12 Omega is part of AMD’s effort to catch up with NVIDIA’s latest software features, and get ahead with some.

Read full article @ techPowerUp

AMD Catalyst Omega Driver Review

More performance and features for Radeon graphics cards and APUs. AMD remains publicly buoyant that its Radeon GPUs are highly competitive with Nvidia’s latest Maxwell GeForce GTX 970 and 980 offerings. Nvidia may hold the single-GPU crown and be leading on power efficiency but competitive pricing and attractive game bundles are keeping Radeon in the game. But Nvidia’s driver and software enhancements launched alongside high-end Maxwell haven’t gone unnoticed by AMD.

As a direct response to Nvidia’s software wizardry AMD has conjured up a few tricks of its own. AMD is delivering these in its latest driver update called Catalyst ‘Omega’. Eagle-eyed readers may have already seen details about the Omega driver since they were unintentionally released ahead of schedule at the end of last week in the States. AMD’s new Omega driver includes a seemingly endless array of new features that target frame pacing, resolution scaling and video quality. Omega is designed for AMD customers using APUs and GPUs with Radeon graphics, so many of the optimisations apply to both product segments.

Read full article @ Hexus

AMD Catalyst Omega Drivers; Details & Performance

AMD has introduced what may be its biggest graphics driver release ever, with more than 20 new features, 400 bug fixes, and some miscellaneous performance improvements.

Read full article @ Hardware Canucks

AMD Catalyst Omega Launch

AMD launch their new Catalyst Omega driver today. We had time to sit down with Sasa and Terry from AMD — two of the key people responsible for the new software. We also coverage the main differences and improvements with the new driver software.

Read full article @ KitGuru

ASRock M8 Z97 Mini-ITX SFF System Review

We first saw the ASRock M8 Z87 small form factor barebones in the second half of 2013 when it was reviewed by my colleague Luke Hill. This latest Z97 version is a relatively minor refresh with an update to Intel’s latest Haswell compatible Z97 chipset. The SFX power supply has been upgraded from 450W to 600W and that appears to be the extent of the changes.

Read full article @ KitGuru

ASUS X99-A LGA 2011-v3 Motherboard Review

Today we review the basic no-frills ASUS X99-A motherboard and see just what ASUS has sacrificed, if anything, in order to keep the price in the $250 range. While Haswell-E CPU systems are not exactly for the budget conscious, saving cash on the motherboard gets you a lot closer to a budget-minded system build.

Read full article @ HardOCP

Catalyst Omega driver adds more than 20 features, 400 bug fixes

AMD has introduced what may be its biggest graphics driver release ever, with more than 20 new features, 400 bug fixes, and some miscellaneous performance improvements.

Read full article @ The Tech Report

Cougar 700M Gaming Mouse

With such a wide variety of mice on the market we sometimes tend to focus just on what comes out from the largest of the manufactures. We sometimes forget that some of the companies that we now see as being large brands used to just be small up and coming brands. It’s nice to step back and check out what some of the other manufactures are doing. A great example of this is Cougar, just a few years ago they jumped into the fan market and we were very impressed with their offering. I’ve even seen some of their fans in use at our events. Well recently they jumped into the peripherals market and today I will be checking out their 700M gaming mouse to see if it has what it takes to stand out in a crowded market.

Read full article @ LanOC Reviews

Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 16GB Memory Kit Review

The first ever DDR4 memory kit that we reviewed was from Crucial and it was their standard JEDEC kit. While this memory was impressive it is not what most gamers and enthusiasts are looking for. Today we are taking a look at a second DDR4 kit from Crucial, this time it is of their Ballistix Sport DDR4-2400 memory. This memory features an operating speed of 2400 MHz with timings of 16-16-16-5 at 1.2v. The 16 GB kit that we are looking at today of course has some very attractive, yet non-intrusive heatspreaders as well. Let’s get this kit on the test bench and see what they can do!

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FreeSync monitors hit mass production, coming in Jan-Feb

Among other things, AMD’s Catalyst Omega driver announcement has given us an update of sorts on the status of FreeSync. The first FreeSync displays have entered the mass production and validation stage, AMD tells us, and they’re now scheduled for a launch in the January-February time frame.

Read full article @ The Tech Report

Gigabyte WaterForce Review

3-way GTX 980 SLI water-cooling system takes PC graphics to the extreme. For a moment there, we thought Gigabyte was sending us on a trip to some exotic location. No such luck, though if you’re a PC gaming enthusiast, what lies inside the company’s mysterious suitcase is arguably even better.

This is the Gigabyte WaterForce — a three-way SLI water-cooling system that incorporates a trio of factory-overclocked and liquid-cooled GeForce GTX 980s. It’s the ultimate graphics upgrade for performance aficionados, and yeah, as you might have guessed, it won’t come cheap.

This is a £2,500 upgrade, folks, but lift your jaw off the floor and keep reading, as the benchmark results are tantalising, to say the least.

Read full article @ Hexus

How to turn off tabs in Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird is my desktop email client of choice. It has been my primary go-to program for all things email for years and even though it is not very high up on Mozilla’s priority list anymore, it is an excellent program for that.

Read full article @ gHacks

Intel Core i7 5960X CPU Review – What Has Become The Industries Best

Ever since the first dual-core desktop CPUs started rolling out in 2005, the race to bring more computing cores to desktop processors has been on. Now, nearly a decade later, Intel has pushed ahead further than ever before with the release of the Core i7 5960X, their first ever consumer socketed eight-core CPU. While, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a consumer grade eight-core CPU (AMD has been making them since 2012), this is first one with Intel’s Hyper-Threading technology which allows for 16 multiple threads per core that should increase overall performance in multi-threaded tasks greatly.

Read full article @ TechnologyX

Interview with UK gaming system builder CHILLBLAST

UK System builder CHILLBLAST focus on building high value gaming systems and to give you a better picture of their operation we managed to get some time to chat with two of their key staffers – Ben Miles, Sales Director and Louise Blain, Marketing and Communications Manager.

Read full article @ KitGuru

Introducing the new AMD Catalyst Omega Driver

AMD is releasing a new driver called the AMD Catalyst Omega. This new driver contains many new features that AMD will update on a yearly basis. We’ll go over what this year’s driver update incorporates, there are features such as Virtual Super Resolution (VSR) that will allow you to run games at higher resolutions.

Read full article @ HardOCP

Linux Mint 17.1 review — less change is good change

Now relying on an Ubuntu LTS base, Mint update shows the distro’s strategy is on point.

The Linux Mint team recently released Linux Mint 17.1—a somewhat minor but still welcome upgrade to the Ubuntu-based ecosystem. And while Linux Mint 17.1 arrives as it usually does (a few weeks after the release of a new version of Ubuntu), version 17.1 is not based on Ubuntu’s latest effort, 14.10. Instead, this edition of Mint remains tied to the last Long Term Support (LTS) release, Ubuntu 14.04.

This marks the first time Linux Mint has not used the newest version of Ubuntu for a release. But if you paid attention to the curious approach of Linux Mint 17. 0, you’ll know that was the plan all along. These days, Mint will not be changing its Ubuntu base again until the next LTS release—Ubuntu 16.04—arrives in 2016. And at first glance, it might seem like a bad thing. After all, Mint is missing out on whatever new stuff is in Ubuntu 14.10 (in this case it’s not much, but 15.04 will have plenty of changes).

Read full article @ ArsTechnica

Noontec Zoro II HD Fashion Hi-Fi Headphones Review

When people hear the word headphones their mind immediately thinks of well-known and established manufacturers such as Sennheiser, AKG, B&W, JBL and Koss. This is of course the natural response any person would have (especially since at first we too would think of those names) but that certainly doesn’t mean that these manufacturers are the only ones capable of releasing high quality products with very good or even excellent audio reproduction. As a matter of fact the best headphones I’ve used to date were manufactured by Ultrasone a name which although very familiar to audiophiles around the world it’s not as popular as the ones we mentioned. Noontec may not aspire to design and manufacture the best headphones money can buy but they do offer models with very good audio reproduction at extremely affordable prices and the brand new Zoro II HD Fashion Hi-Fi Headphones aim to take things a step further.

Noontec is founded on his commitment to bring all end-users fabulous personal experiences and feelings with his own consumer electronics featured by elegance, fashion and high quality, Noontec now is presenting fashion Hi-Fi headphones, HD media players, Android TV BOX and Apple accessories; Most of them with honorable Design Awards, are well received and have gained a highly reputation all over the world. Embracing the idea of continually bringing superb personal experiences & feelings to the end-users, noontec has been strictly observing the international standards to elaborate every individual product. Hence, noontec branded products have internationalized developing management, fashionable design conception and globalized sales channels.

Roughly one year ago we tested the Zoro HD headphones which at the end of the day performed extremely well for their price although they did lack good bass levels something which we did pass along to Noontec. Well it seems that Noontec paid attention to our input (and that of others no doubt) since the brand new Zoro HD II headphones aim to fix that by using their latest Votrik HD400 40mm dynamic stereo drivers (feature a frequency responce of 13Hz-26KHz with 32Ohm impedance and 104dB sensitivity) which thanks to an different design, higher quality components (always compared to those used in the original Zoro HD headphones) and extended tuning can produce higher clarity bass-rich audio. Noontec has also used a different design with the Zoro II HD so although the headphones are still foldable, feature a nice shiny piano coating and the frame is made out of aluminum the end result looks even better (slightly larger however). Audio quality is our primary concern however so lets check the latest Zoro II HD headphones out and see how they do.

Read full article @ NikKTech

Passcape ISO Burner Review

If you work with ISO disk images regularly you have multiple options at your disposal. Windows users can burn ISO images to disk natively for example and nearly all unpackers supports the extraction of ISO file contents to the local system.

Read full article @ gHacks

QNAP TS-451 Network Attached Storage Review

Network storage used to be a thing only found in business class networks. However, with the increase in popularity of home networking and the ability to easily share large amounts of data between PCs attached to the home network, network attach storage is quickly becoming an integral part of the modern home network.  

Read full article @ Modders-Inc

Review: Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD

Several months ago, I attended the Samsung Global SSD Summit where I was first introduced to the Samsung 850 PRO along with its new 2nd generation 2-bit per cell MLC 3D V-NAND technology. At the time, 3D V-NAND had already been in testing internally at Samsung for almost a year and its introduction was quite revolutionary as it promised double the performance, double the endurance, and significantly better power efficiency than previous generation 2D planar NAND. Additionally, given the fact that 2D planar NAND physically hits its limits in terms of further die shrinks past the 1xnm lithography, the transition to 3D NAND was inevitable and not just for Samsung, but for the industry as a whole. For more in depth information on 3D V-NAND, be sure to check out our review on the Samsung 850 PRO here.

Read full article @ Custom PC Review

Samsung 850 EVO 120GB

The Samsung 840 EVO is one of the best consumer SSDs on the market. The drive delivers good performance for its price. Earlier this year, Samsung launched the 850 Pro that uses the 3D V-NAND that boosts the performance, capacity and reduces power consumption for the SSDs over the 2D planar NAND. We were hoping that Samsung would deliver a consumer drive that also uses same 3D V-NAND as what it has done in the past. Well, our prayers have been answered as Samsung has unveiled the 850 EVO as the successor to the 840 EVO.

Read full article @ Bjorn3D

Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD Review

We’ve seen our fair share of solid state drives over the past few years, and while we think they are fantastic in providing speed boosts in a PC system, not all SSDs are equal in terms of capability, performance, or features for the price you pay.

Prices continue to make SSDs more accessible to mainstream users, true enough, but there isn’t much to differentiate many of these products to the typical consumer. Are SSDs fast? Absolutely. Are they the same? Absolutely not. The trick is to find something that not only provides great performance, but can push the boundaries of what’s possible; more bang for your buck is certainly a laudible goal.

Read full article @ PureOverclock

Samsung 850 EVO Review

The Samsung 850 EVO is the latest in its affordable line of performance SSDs and shows Samsung’s desire to push the solid state game along, even at the lower end of the price/performance stack. When it comes to solid state drives Samsung has really nailed its colours to the mast; it’s going to be first to market with new technologies, it’s going to aggressively drive pricing down and it’s going to do it all alone.To that end, the Samsung 850 Pro was the first consumer SSD to arrive on the scene with 3D stacked memory making up its various capacities. The Samsung 850 EVO follows this trend, using another spin of the V-NAND technology for it’s more price-conscious range of SSDs. And, as is its wont, Samsung is purely using its own technology — its own memory and controllers — for its drives.

Read full article @ Techradar

Samsung 850 EVO Review

When we sampled the previous generation 840 EVO from SAMSUNG we were very impressed. It was reasonably priced, had good encryption qualities and in stock format was also a very fast drive. Add RAPID technology and the drive became a performance beast. So, with today’s example being a refresh of that SSD we are hoping for much the same, if not more. It would be fair to say that this drive, perhaps more than most is eagerly anticipated by the enthusiast market due to the popularity if the 840 EVO but that isn’t to say that the 850 EVO is aimed purely at the enthusiast market segment because with the popularity of Ultra books and the demand for fast data access ever increasing, all users in the PC market will benefit from a drive such as this so when the chips are down — how does this drive perform? Is it value for money? A worthwhile investment or an unneeded rehash?

Read full article @ Vortez

Samsung 850 EVO Series SSD Review

A little over a year ago we got our first look at Samsung’s 840 EVO drive, the first drive to prominently feature energy efficient TLC NAND along with really solid performance. It’s a drive that was a big hit with consumers because it was priced well and was super power efficient. Plus Samsung’s SSD marketing campaign didn’t hurt either (remember this gem?). This time around the 850 EVO still features TLC NAND but now it’s of the 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) variety making it the first to market on the client drive. While other makers haven’t even ventured into the TLC NAND market, Samsung is already on their second generation TLC drive. Available capacities are 120GB, 250GB, 500GB and 1TB with MSRP’s ranging from $99.99 to $499.99. They sent us over a 120GB and 500GB drive to see what we think.

Read full article @ Legit Reviews

Samsung 850 EVO SSD Review (120/500GB) – Showing Off 3D TLC V-NAND

At the end of June, Samsung released the 850 Pro which was the successor to the 840 Pro. With it came their brand new 32-layer MLC 3D V-NAND flash, and this flash allows for greater durability, lower power consumption, improved performance and a 10 year warranty. This morning we are reporting on Samsung’s 850 EVO, the successor to the 840 EVO, and get ready for it as this SSD is going to rock your socks off.

What could Samsung have done to make their EVO series even better this round? They have thrown in a new controller for the 120GB-500GB models as well as their newest 32-layer TLC 3D V-NAND. With its new controller and 3D V-NAND, it performs like an F1 race car, yet is as efficient as an electric car! Quick burst speed and efficiency is what this drive is about. Most client PC workloads are relatively quick and small, therefore, building a drive that is optimized for low queue depth performance is important for daily client usage. The Samsung 850 EVO delivers.

Read full article @ The SSD Review

Samsung 850 EVO SSD Review

In this review we test the 500 GB Samsung 850 EVO SSD. The new SSD is a stunning series of storage technology as it is has an enthusiast class speed yet, is made to be very competitive in pricing. Armed with truckloads of performance and that attractive pricing Samsung is bound to shock and awe everyone!

As you guys know, we’ve been testing NAND Flash based storage ever since the very beginning, and it is surprising to see where we have gotten. The SSD market is fierce and crowded though. While stability and safety of your data have become a number one priority for the manufacturers, the technology keeps advancing at a fast pace as it does, the performance numbers a good SSD offers these days are simply breathtaking! You get between 450 MB/s to 500 MB/sec on SATA3 which is the norm for a single controller based SSD. Next to that, over the past year, NAND flash memory (the storage memory used inside an SSD) has become much cheaper as well. Prices a year ago settled at just under 1 USD per GB. That was two to threefold two years ago. These days a good SSD can be found under 50 cents per GB. With parties like Samsung, Toshiba and Micro the prices now have dropped with another 20%, you can spot SSDs for 40 cents per Gigabyte!

This means that SSD technology and NAND storage has gone mainstream and due to the lower prices, the volume sizes go up as well. Years ago, 64 GB was hot stuff, then slowly we moved to 120 GB, last year 240 GB for an SSD in a PC was the norm, upcoming year we’ll transition slowly to roughly 500 GB per SSD as the norm as such a drive is going to hover between 200 to 250 USD/EURO. With the market being so huge, fierce and competitive, it brought us to where we are today… nice volume SSDs at acceptable prices with very fast performance. Not one test system in my lab has a HDD, everything runs on SSD while I receive and retrieve my bigger chunks of data from a NAS server here in the office. The benefits are performance, speed, low power consumption and no noise. You can say that I evangelize SSDs, yes Sir… I am a fan.

Read full article @ Guru3D

Samsung SSD 850 EVO (120GB, 250GB, 500GB & 1TB) Review

Samsung hasnt stopped impressing me in the SSD space. The early Samsung SSDs werent very good, but ever since the introduction of the SSD 830 Samsung has been doing a brilliant job and has been setting the bar for performance, cost and reliability. The SSD 840 specifically showed what properly executed vertical integration can really do as Samsung was the first manufacturer to utilize TLC NAND in a client SSD. Two years later Samsung wowed us by introducing worlds first SSD with 3D NAND, the SSD 850 Pro, and today Samsung is presenting the TLC flavored V-NAND SSD, more commonly known as the SSD 850 EVO. Read on to find out whether the 850 EVO is as much of a beast as its big brother is!

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Samsung SSD 850 EVO SATA Solid State Drive Review

Samsung is at the ready with a brand new family of mainstream solid state drives, targeting the market segment previously occupied by its popular SSD 840 EVO series. The new Samsung SSD 850 EVO series is the follow-up to the company’s current flagship SSD 850 PRO, but the new EVO is Samsung’s first to pack 32-layer 3D V?NAND 3-bit MLC flash memory. The move to 32-layer 3D V-NAND 3-bit MLC flash (a.k.a. TLC) brings costs down, but doesn’t adversely affect endurance because the cell structure doesn’t suffer from the same inherent limitations of planar NAND, since the cells are stacked vertically with the 3D V-NAND.

We’ve got a 500GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO on the test bench and have compared it to the 840 EVO as well as the higher-end 850 PRO, and a few other enthusiast-class drives for good measure…

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Powered by their own 32-layer 3D V-NAND technology, the Samsung SSD 850 EVO replaces the 840 EVO solid state drive and delivers up to twice the density and write speed of traditional 20nm planar NAND flash components. In this article, Benchmark Reviews tests the 500GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO against the fastest solid state drives available.

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Samsungs 850 EVO solid-state drive reviewed

Samsung’s long-awaited 850 EVO SSD employs three-dimensional NAND with three bits per cell. It augments that TLC storage with an SLC write cache, and it has a higher endurance rating and longer warranty than most MLC drives. We’ve taken a closer look to see how it holds up against the competition.

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Swiftech h340-X

They say bigger is better, and it seems as though Swiftech is following through on that mantra with the h340-X. Similar to its smaller sibling, the h320-X, this new version offers a larger 280 mm radiator. Though is the increase in surface area enough to place this Swiftech cooler firmly at the top of the charts?

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is a unique experiment of Asian automakers, the purpose of which is to promote spare parts for SsangYoung, GM, KIA and Hyundai cars. Part of the production goes directly to the conveyors of these concerns. The company offers the following: motorists, without the risk of running into a fake, can buy spare parts from famous Korean and Japanese manufacturers (GMB, Genuine, Mobis) at very attractive prices.

AMD sells the following parts: cooling elements, fuel group, suspension parts, sealing materials, clutch parts, automotive brake parts, camshafts, block heads, shock absorbers and their supports, belts, rollers and tensioners, as well as air conditioners, filters and assemblies assembled.

AMD has already established a reputation as a mediocre low-cost company. The quality of spare parts from different deliveries can vary greatly. Buyers should pay attention not so much to the information on the box, but to its contents — the name of the manufacturing company and the country of production are engraved or written on the spare parts. AMD supplies both budget Chinese-made parts, the quality of which is usually low, and a high-quality product from a Korean or Japanese company.

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    Cooling system

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      Belts — rollers — tensioners

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      Front axle — beam — suspension front axle oil seal Front axle oil seal Front hub external oil seal Front axle axle oil seal, left Front axle axle oil seal, front right Front suspension beam (subframe), front Silent block (cushion) of the front axle gear front

    Starter Motor & Components

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    Engine Sensors & Switches

      Air Mixture Temperature Sensor Hall Sensor

    Fuel Group — Intake Control

    Tank/Fuel Pump Gasket (Fuel Level Sensor Gasket) damper assembly

Drive — half shafts — CV joints

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Shock absorbers — springs — supports

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Air conditioning — heating — ventilation

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    Ignition — instruments

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        Best Buy: AMD vs.

        Micron Technology

        Five months ago, stock for Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) and Micron Technology (NASDAQ: MU) had the following different trajectories when it came to their prices. Micron started the year on a positive note thanks to huge demand for memory chips, while AMD struggled after a sell-off in tech stocks and an increase in market share driven by Intel.

        But the position of the two stocks has changed markedly since then.

        AMD is back on the mojo with consistently strong quarterly results and strong guidance for 2021. Micron, on the other hand, has lost investor confidence due to concerns about the state of the memory market. This is not surprising — investor sentiment in Micron shares is driven by the ups and downs in the circular memory market, as I noted in April, while AMD sits on a light tailwind that could provide long-term growth.

        AMD looked like a better buy in April as a result, and the stock has since lived up to that call. But with Micron now trading at a pittance valuation and the outlook in the memory market looking up, is it now a better bet over AMD? Let’s see if my investment advice has changed.

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        Advanced Micro Devices case

        There are three reasons why AMD stock is still worth a buy, even after impressive gains over the past few months.

        First, the chipmaker continues to hurt Intel in the x86 processor (central processing unit) market. Mercury Research estimates that AMD’s processor market share hit a 14-year high in the second quarter of 2021, hitting 22.5%, up 4.2 percentage points from the previous quarter. AMD has doubled its CPU market share at the expense of Intel in the last two to three years and seems to continue to improve its position thanks to its advanced manufacturing process.

        Stronger market share in processors will be one of AMD’s main catalysts, as its computing and graphics business is still quite small compared to Intel. Similarly, AMD’s success in the server processor market could add billions of dollars to its revenue in the future.

        Secondly, AMD is trying to take advantage of the growing demand for video cards. Jon Peddie Research estimates that it owns 17% of the discrete graphics processing unit (GPU) market, with Nvidia controlling the rest. There is no doubt that Nvidia is the dominant supplier of graphics cards, but AMD investors should not forget that discrete GPU sales are expected to rise from 29billion dollars in 2020 to 44 billion dollars in 2023.

        If AMD continues to hold even 20% of the discrete GPU market in the future, it could significantly increase its revenue.

        Third, AMD’s dominance in gaming consoles adds another powerful catalyst to the company’s portfolio. AMD’s Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom (EESC) business benefits greatly from the Sony PlayStation 5 and the latest Microsoft Xbox consoles that use its semi-custom chips.

        EESC’s business is also designed for long-term growth, as the next generation of consoles is still in its infancy. Third parties estimate that the PS5 could sell 67 million units annually by 2024, which would be a huge jump from the 4.5 million sold last year. Throw in the fact that AMD has won a contract to supply chips for an upcoming handheld game console that could turn out to be a big hit, and it’s easy to see why AMD’s EESC business will continue to operate at full capacity.

        With all these tailwinds, it’s no wonder AMD expects revenue to grow by 60% in 2021. Moreover, analysts believe that the company’s strong growth will continue in the long term, as AMD’s earnings are expected to rise by 10%. an annual growth rate of over 32% over the next five years. As such, AMD appears poised to support the recent rally thanks to a host of upside factors.

        Micron case

        Micron’s stock has fallen over the past few months despite no visible signs of weakness in the company’s business. The company’s third-quarter revenue rose 36% to $7.42 billion, while adjusted earnings per share jumped to $1.88 per share from $0.82 per share in the year-ago quarter. Favorable Memory Pricing Conditions Drive Micron’s Operating Profit to 31.9% during the quarter from 18% a year earlier.

        What’s more, Micron’s manual suggests it won’t run out of steam. The company expects fiscal fourth quarter revenue of $8.2 billion and earnings per share of $2.30, leading to 35% year-over-year revenue growth and a sharp jump from last year’s earnings. year at $1.08 per share. It’s amazing to see Micron’s stock fail despite such an outstanding performance. But investor concern seems warranted, as falling memory prices have historically been bad news for the company.

        However, the huge demand for memory chips from the end market suggests that memory prices may continue to remain at the same level. For example, memory research firm TrendForce believes strong demand from data center servers could push server DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory) prices up 5-10% this quarter.

        More importantly, the server market is set for long-term growth. Mordor Intelligence estimates a 12% annual increase in enterprise server spending through 2026 driven by the deployment of hyperscale data centers and increased demand for server storage. A similar scenario is unfolding in the mobile DRAM market, where the deployment of 5G smartphones has led to a surge in demand.

        Counterpoint Research estimates that mobile DRAM revenue increased 30% year-on-year in Q1 2021, driven by an increase in average DRAM capacity per smartphone. With 5G smartphones equipped with large amounts of DRAM and still in the early stages of development, Micron should continue to see healthy demand in this market.

        With mobile devices and servers accounting for nearly three-quarters of the entire DRAM market, investors’ fears of falling demand for memory may not be grounded. Finally, analysts estimate that long-term catalysts that Micron could benefit from could lead to significant increases in revenue and earnings in the coming years.

        In fact, analysts expect Micron to achieve a compound annual growth rate of 58% over the next five years, well above AMD’s expectations.


        It should be obvious by now that both Micron and AMD can continue to sustain their impressive growth going forward. That way, investors can’t go too far wrong with any of the stocks.

        However, for those who are looking for a profitable game right now, there is a good reason to buy Micron shares, as they are trading at a minimum profit of 20 times more. Forward earnings that are multiples of just 7 make it even more attractive compared to AMD, which trades at multiples of 35. So investors with higher risk appetite may still choose AMD as its premium seems justified, while how those looking to buy cheap stock should take a closer look at Micron Technology.

        Fixed: AMD Catalyst crash on Windows 10 and other issues.

        Millions of people use AMD graphics cards, and sometimes problems with graphics cards and operating system can occur.

        Some Windows 10 users are reporting AMD Catalyst crashes and other issues with AMD graphics cards, so let’s see what issues these users are having.

        1. Black screen on boot
        2. System failure and internal power error
        3. AMD Catalyst Error 182
        4. AMD Catalyst failed to install

        1. AMD Catalyst Issue — Black Screen on Boot

        Black Screen on Boot in Windows 10 is a fairly common issue and is caused by certain versions of AMD video card drivers. Lucky for you, there is an easy way to fix this.

        Here’s exactly what you need to do if you’re experiencing a black screen issue due to an AMD Catalyst issue on Windows 10:

        1. Go to Settings > System.
        2. Select the Apps & Features tab on the left.
        3. Locate the AMD Catalyst Installation Manager in the list and uninstall it.
        4. If you are asked to confirm that you want to uninstall AMD Catalyst Install Manager, select Yes.
        5. After uninstalling the current version of the drivers, visit the AMD website and download the version 15.7 drivers.
        6. Run the installation and extract the files to the desired location. Remember this location, you will need it again in step 9.
        7. Go to Device Manager and find Microsoft Basic Display under Display Drivers.
        8. Right-click the driver and select Update.
        9. Next, click the Browse button and find the location where you extracted the 15.7 drivers. By default, the driver location should be C:\AMD, but you may have changed it in step 6.
        10. Click Okay, and the installation wizard should find the drivers in the specified location.
        11. Restart your computer.

        Manually updating drivers is very annoying, so we recommend that you download this driver update tool to do it automatically. This way you will prevent file loss and even permanent damage to your computer.

        2. AMD Catalyst Issue — System Crash and Internal Power Error

        Once again, this issue is caused by certain versions of AMD display drivers, so the solution is to uninstall them and install an older version of the drivers or the one that works for you . Some users are even suggesting to use AMD 15.6 Beta Driver for Windows 8.1.

        Also, uninstall Lucid Virty MVP if you have it installed. This application is usually installed if you have upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10.

        You can also turn off automatic driver updates because Windows 10 often updates your drivers automatically. To do this, follow these steps:

        1. Open System Properties. You can do this by right-clicking on This PC and selecting Properties.
        2. Under Computer name, domain and workgroup settings, select Change settings.
        3. Next, go to the «Hardware» tab.
        4. Next, select Device Installation Settings.
        5. Then click No. Let me choose what to do and select «Never install drivers from Windows Update».
        6. Click Save Settings and restart your computer.

        Alternatively, you can also download the Show and hide updates troubleshooter to hide updates you don’t want to install.

        3. AMD Catalyst Error 182

        Error code 182 usually occurs when the driver installation process fails. To fix this problem, you must first delete the contents of the C:/AMD folder.

        Then temporarily disable your antivirus, antimalware, and firewall software and try installing the AMD driver. Don’t forget to re-enable the security software as soon as you install the driver.

        Error 182 can also occur if the AMD driver installer cannot detect your graphics hardware. To resolve this issue, use the AMD Driver Selector to find and download the appropriate driver. If you are still unable to identify the correct model of your AMD graphics cards, please go to the AMD support page and follow the instructions on the corresponding page.

        If you have a customized AMD graphics card, your best bet is to contact the manufacturer.

        4. AMD Catalyst failed to install

        If Windows 10 is preventing you from installing AMD Catalyst by displaying error 1723, there are several solutions that you can use to resolve this issue. You can uninstall the current driver, download a new driver using AMD Radeon Options, download and install a new driver manually, or use Device Manager.

        If nothing works, you can try downloading and installing AMD Catalyst using the Tweakbit Driver Update Tool.

        1. Download and install TweakBit driver update.
        2. After installation, the program will start scanning your computer for outdated drivers automatically. Driver Updater will check the driver versions you have installed against its cloud-based database of the latest versions and recommend the correct updates. All you have to do is wait for the scan to complete.
        3. Upon completion of the scan, you will receive a report of any problematic drivers found on your PC. Scroll through the list and see if you want to update each driver individually or all at once.

        Disclaimer : Some features of this tool are not free.

        As you can see, AMD drivers can cause problems, but you can easily fix them. We’ve also covered what to do if Windows 10 prevents AMD drivers from being installed, so you might want to check that out.

        If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, just go to the comments section below.

        Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2015 and has since been completely revised and updated to ensure freshness, accuracy and completeness.


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        AMD PowerPlay — AMD PowerPlay

        AMD PowerPlay is a brand name for a suite of power reduction technologies implemented in several AMD GPUs and APUs supported by their proprietary «Catalyst» graphics device driver. AMD PowerPlay is also implemented in ATI/AMD chipsets which integrated graphics and in AMD Imageon portable chipset which was sold by Qualcomm in 2008.

        In addition to the desirable goal of lowering power consumption, AMD PowerPlay helps reduce desktop cooling noise and extend battery life in mobile devices. AMD PowerPlay has been replaced by AMD PowerTune. [1]

        Table of Contents

        • 1 History
        • 2 Currently Supported Products
          • 2.1 Desktop vs Laptop
          • 2.2 Feature Overview3 AMD0 APU
          • 2.3 Feature Overview of AMD Graphics Cards
        • 3 See also
        • 4 Recommendations
        • 5 external link


        The technology was first implemented in Mobility Radeon products for notebooks to provide a set of features to reduce the power consumption of a portable computer. Technology consists of several technologies; examples include dynamically adjusting the clock when the laptop is not connected to a power outlet and allowing different brightness levels for the laptop’s LCD monitor backlight. The technology has been updated with the release of each generation of mobile GPUs. The latest release is ATI PowerPlay 7.0. [2]

        Since the release of the Radeon HD 3000 series, PowerPlay has been implemented to further reduce the power consumption of desktop GPUs.

        Currently Supported Products

        Official ATI Support List [3] only lists ATI Radeon 3800 series desktop cards, but PowerPlay is also a feature list for all Radeon HD 3000/4000/5000 series products. Independent reviews showed that the latter already had lower power consumption compared to other 3D cards, so the addition of PowerPlay to this lineup was clearly meant to solve the problem of a market that is increasingly focused on power, heat, and noise. The ATI Radeon HD 2600 line, which does not support PowerPlay, has been phased out in favor of the same-priced 3000 series, which also supports PCI Express 2.0, DirectX 10.1, and faster GDDR3 memory capacity.

        The entire ATI Radeon Xpress line is also supported for single board computers which are typically power sensitive and used in large installations where configuration and boot image management are major issues.

        PowerPlay support was added to the amdgpu Linux kernel driver on November 11, 2015. [4]

        Desktop vs. Notebook

        The main difference between the desktop and laptop versions is that the desktop version lacks features designed for use with laptops, including adjustable LCD backlight brightness . PowerPlay technology for Radeon desktop graphics has three usage scenarios: normal mode (2D mode), light gaming mode, and heavy gaming mode (3D mode) replacing laptop scenarios (AC or battery). Tests have shown that the lowest core clock speed of the RV670 GPU can reach 300MHz with PowerPlay enabled. Jun 2016 October 2017 Jan March 2020. January 2011 May 2014

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        See also

        • Cool’n’Quiet & PowerNow! — power-saving technologies for
        • AMD PowerXpress processors — energy-saving technologies for multi-GPU
        • NVIDIA PowerMizer, similar features available in GeForce 9 mobile products Larabel, Michael (December 7, 2016). «Better Features of the Linux 4.9 Kernel». Phoronix. Received on December 7, 2016.
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          How to find and fix the drivers of the AMD or ATI display in Windows

          • 1 Determine your driver
          • 3 Install your driver
          • 4 Final comments

          ATI may be a thing of the past after AMD bought it out in 2006, but their graphics cards

          are still used on older systems. If you have problems finding drivers or their work, we will provide you with insurance.

          In fact, the ATI branding was only officially retired about five years ago, so it’s not as uncommon as you might think to use ATI cards. However, even if you are using a more modern AMD

          card then you may still find some of the tips below helpful.

          Did you have driver problems with your ATI card? Please let us know how you managed to solve this problem in the comments after reading the article.

          Find Your Driver

          If you want to know if your driver is up to date, or if you just want to know what works for you, you can easily find this information. First, perform a system search for DXDIAG and select the appropriate result. This will download the DirectX

          Diagnostic Tool and it will give you an overview of your system components.

          Switch to display tab and check the information provided in Drivers section on the right. Version will be your driver number and Date will be when this driver was published, not when you installed it. While it’s not necessary to update your drivers if you’re not having issues, you may find that newer versions have some performance improvements, especially for gaming.

          Remove your driver

          If you’ve jumped between graphics cards or installed multiple drivers, it might be worth uninstalling everything and starting from scratch to avoid clashing. This is especially recommended if you really have display problems.

          If you have AMD Catalyst Control Center installed, you can use this utility to remove the drivers. Search your system for uninstall program and select the appropriate result. Now find AMD Catalyst Control Center from the list and click + Change from the top bar of the list. In the wizard that opens, click followed by and then Express to remove all AMD software. Follow the wizard to the end and it will remove all your display drivers and the software itself.

          This is one way to do it, but for my money it’s not the best way, so don’t worry if you don’t have Control Center installed. Instead, check out a software called Display Driver Uninstaller. This works for NVIDIA

          too, but we will use it for AMD/ATI drivers. This program ensures that nothing remains on your system, such as random folders and registry keys.

          First, download the latest software from the website, unpack the download and run the application. You will be asked if you want to boot into Safe Mode, confirm that you will and your system will automatically reboot and download the Display Driver Uninstaller again. It should have detected that you are using AMD/ATI drivers, but if not then select it from the drop down list. When you’re ready to delete, press Clear and restart button and let the program do its thing.

          Your system will reboot and you will now be without video drivers installed. This means that we can install and install the latest and cleanest drivers on your system and possibly resolve any issues you may have encountered.

          Install your driver

          When it comes to any driver you should always go straight to the official source if you can as they will be safe to download

          , In this case, visit the AMD website. You can download a utility that will automatically detect your driver, but we can also use the information we got earlier from the DirectX Diagnostic Tool to make a manual selection.

          If you select manual selection, make sure you select the legacy ATI drivers and not the latest AMD drivers. You’ll find that XP is the most up-to-date operating system named in the OS dropdown, but these drivers should work up to Windows 7.0003

          However, don’t worry if you can’t get them to work or if you’re using Windows 8 or higher. Install the driver independently, search the system for Device Manager, , and then select the appropriate result.

          Open Video Adapters, select Properties and then switch to Driver tab in the new window. Now click Update Driver… and select Browse my computer for driver software. Now choose Let me choose from a list of device drivers on my computer .

          You will then be presented with a list of drivers. At this point, your choice will depend on your particular ATI graphics card, but ideally you should be able to select it without the Microsoft Corporation name. If it is not available and it is not clear which driver to choose, you may have to try them all in turn (remove after each if necessary). Select driver, press followed by and let the wizard do his magic.

          Thanks to John Gibbins for his guidance on this particular piece of advice.

          Closing Comments

          ATI cards may be outdated compared to more recent AMD offerings, but they will work fine on most systems. It may take a while for the drivers to get up and running, but hopefully the advice above helped you and resolved any issues.

          Be sure to check out our guide on how to find and replace outdated drivers.

          throughout your system, not just your graphics card. It is always recommended to update your drivers regularly, especially if you are experiencing system problems.

          Are you still using an ATI graphics card? Do you have any tips for solving driver problems?

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          The past days were rich in announcements of many interesting novelties, because the practical implementation of new developments opens up more opportunities for quick and optimal achievement of what was planned. Equally important is the transition of a novelty from a test copy to a commercially viable and competitive product, which forces many companies to improve their products by investing a lot of money in this.

          Let’s start with displays based on promising OLED technology, because organic light emitting diodes are widely used in modern portable electronic devices, where relatively small panels are required. And already in the case of mobile computers, desktop systems and television systems, the use of much larger solutions is required, but then the cost of «organic» displays increases sharply, and hence the final product as a whole. From this point of view, the timing of the release of OLED panels is important, the cost of which will allow them to compete in the market with less expensive liquid crystal and plasma devices.

          Samsung plans to launch relatively inexpensive medium and large format OLED panels in 2009/2010. Moreover, representatives of the company even indicate some figures regarding the volume of products. Thus, in 2009 Samsung should produce about 3 million OLED panels (which is twice as high as today’s similar figures), and by 2010 this figure will increase by 100% — 6 million devices.

          While the cost of devices, of course, is not reported, but we can expect a significant reduction in the price of «organic» TVs, like the 11-inch Sony XEL-1 released last year

          In the near future, the LCD panel market will also change, as the market for budget mobile computers is expected to develop rapidly, associated with the release of several options from leading PC manufacturers at once, as well as the release of the low-cost Intel Centrino Atom platform. This situation will significantly affect the entire IT industry. LCD panel manufacturers are already anticipating an increase in orders for their products.

          Interestingly, companies are ready to seriously expand the range of manufactured products. This applies not only to the manufacture of LCD displays of new sizes (8. 9-inch versions and 10-inch modifications), but also the production of low-cost devices specifically designed for budget computers. Thus, the head of AU Optronics (AUO), Paul Peng (Paul Peng), expects that by 2010 shipments will grow to 285 million devices, while today the market for notebook panels is 140 million LCD panels.

          Two more areas of development will be: production of products equipped with LED backlight, and by 2011 all LCD panels will be equipped with LED backlight; as well as the transition to the release of displays with an aspect ratio of 16: 9. LG Display (LGD) will follow a similar direction of development, which expects by 2010 to produce mainly only panels with LED backlighting, which will replace solutions with CCF lamps. It is also planned that in August the company will start mass production of 8.9-inch devices, in October — 10.1-inch, and in 2009 — 9.4-inch solutions.

          AMD recently launched the first three-core processors on the market under the Phenom X3 brand (AMD Phenom X3 8750, 8650 and 8450). But, in fact, these solutions are upgraded quad-core options with one disabled computing core. The products turned out to be a very interesting proposition in terms of price/performance ratio, and as a result, AMD only plans to develop this option. New items operate at frequencies of 2.4 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.1 GHz, respectively. AMD officials emphasize that the best results in terms of performance can be achieved if the new processors are used together with the AMD 780G system logic. In addition, in the future we can hope for the sale of six-core processors, which have already received their code designation — Istanbul.

          This name hides a 45-nm six-core processor, and it should be noted that Istanbul’s six-core is «innate». In other words, if Intel is preparing to release six-core Dunnington microcircuits, which are “made up” of two three-core crystals, then the Istanbul chip will be a solid six-core one.

          Now, as for the approximate release date of such a curious product on the world market: according to the information provided, it will be possible to purchase Istanbul six-core processors starting from 2009of the year. Note that Intel plans to release its own «six-core» already in the third quarter of this year, but AMD products should have some performance advantage due to a different architecture, which means that Dunnington processors will have a very serious rival.

          In the field of graphic solutions, it is worth noting the transition of the Radeon HD 3650 to AGP, which diversifies products for the consumer. After all, no matter how low the demand for video cards that support the PCI Express graphical interface, adapter manufacturers do not want to lose even a small market for their AGP 8X products. It is for this reason that the AGP version of the ATI Radeon HD 3650 video cards was released, and a number of manufacturers have released their own versions of the upgraded board. Announced the specified product of the company: Sapphire, ASUS, PowerColor, and new items differ markedly from each other. For example, ASUS offers customers a passive cooling solution that is ideal for creating a silent PC, but in this case, the developers decided to use GDDR2 graphic memory chips, while Sapphire installs faster, but also hotter GDDR3 chips on boards.

          ATI Radeon HD 3650 AGP main features: 725 MHz graphics core operating frequency with 512 MB GDDR2/GDDR3 graphics memory, 1.0 GHz/1.6 GHz memory chip operating depending on the type of memory, active/passive cooling system, support for AGP 8X interface.

          According to the information received, the devices are already in retail, the estimated cost of video cards ATI Radeon HD 3650 AGP is up to 80 euros, depending on the specific model.

          There are a lot of interesting things in the plans of NVIDIA, which completes the line of GeForce 9 video cards, and the future announcement of the GeForce 9400 and 9500 belongs to the latest release. Samples of these video cards are available to the best NVIDIA partners, but the company is waiting for June, when the official presentation of this products.

          The reason for the delay is that there are a lot of unsold GeForce 8400s that OEMs really don’t want to buy. On the other hand, many NVIDIA partners also use GeForce 8400 video cards, so it is unlikely that the company will quickly get rid of them.

          While the GeForce 8500 is known to sell well, for an extra €10 or €20 you can get a much better GeForce 8600 GT. ATI called on NVIDIA to start a price war and users simply have too many products to choose from in the sub-$100 video card market. The presence of a large number of offers at the moment makes it difficult for the buyer to make a decision in favor of NVIDIA, which has about 2 million GeForce 8400 units in stock, and this is quite a lot, which slows down the release of new finished products by the company.

          Note that owners of a cheap motherboard based on the AMD 780G chipset with Socket AM2+ and HyperTransport 3.0 bus support should not yet dream of installing a powerful quad-core Phenom, despite the compatibility. These board models have a weak power supply system — the power circuits are rated for a maximum of 100W, and the new AMD Phenom X4, operating at a frequency of 2.4-2.5 GHz, consumes up to 125W of power. To work with older Phenom X4 processors, motherboards based on the AMD 79 chip were released0FX, working in conjunction with the SB750 southbridge. The novelties support six SATA ports, allowing you to organize a RAID array of levels 0, 1, 5, 10. The developers equipped the boards with four PCI Express x16 2.0 graphics slots at once, which will allow you to assemble an extremely powerful computer. But this feature significantly reduced the number of slots for installing expansion cards — there is a single PCI slot and PCI Express x4.

          Note that the northbridge is cooled by an air fan, and a conventional radiator is enough to remove heat from the SB750 chip. But still, the weak point of motherboards, according to available information, is a 4 + 1 PWM power supply system, which may not be enough for “extreme overclocking”, when the operating frequency of the CPU rises above 3.0 GHz, for example, for Phenom 9850 Black Edition. However, we can say with confidence that the board allows you to increase the operating frequency of the quad-core Phenom 9950 X4 up to 2.6 GHz. Those wishing to use the Phenom X4 9750 (2.4 GHz) processor in a motherboard based on the AMD 780G chipset will get this opportunity in the current quarter, and by the end of the year, the entire range of 65 nm Phenom X4 processors will fit into the TDP=95 W framework. The first models of 45nm AMD processors with four cores will also have a TDP of no more than 95W.

          Let’s move on to the drives. An interesting novelty pleased the company Verbatim, presenting an external hard drive SmartDisk HDD with a capacity of 500 GB. The main feature of the novelty is its size of 2.5 inches, the first disk of such a large volume. The Winchester uses three platters of 166 GB each, the spindle rotates at a speed of 5400 rpm. SmartDisk HDD connects to a computer via USB or FireWire and will be available this summer for about $300 (for the US market).

          InPhase, the manufacturer of HVD holographic discs, is about to offer consumers a new format with even more information stored on the disc than the current capabilities of Blu-ray optical media (up to 200 GB of information). Holographic discs with a capacity of 300 GB will be on sale in mid-May, and the $18,000 Tapestry 300r drive itself, designed to work with discs of this format. The first model will support reading HVDs up to 300 GB, although the first $180 blanks will be 150 GB.

          In the future, the company plans to increase the amount of information stored on such disks to more than 1 TB, and to work with HVD InPhase is preparing to release Tapestry 800r and Tapestry 1600r drives. The read speed of the first drive, i.e. Tapestry 300r, will be 20 Mb/s, later this figure will increase to 80 Mb/s (with a limit on the amount of readable memory to 800 GB) in the 800r model, and up to 120 Mb/s during operation with 1.6 TB drives in the 1600r model. Information on disks of this type can be stored up to 50 years.

          Let’s move on to fuel cells, namely MFC — a new idea for generating electricity using bacteria. In Boston, a group of students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new fuel cell. Bacteria feed in a closed cylinder, producing enough energy, like a battery in a phone or other small «device». Could this be a source of eternal electricity in the future?

          The goal of the team was to find an alternative for the many millions of people around the world who live off the resources of solar panels or batteries for their own needs.

          Bacteria feed in the reservoir and convert sugar and starches into electricity. This device converts little energy, but future developments may increase it.

          This is called an MFC (Microbial Fuel Cell) and is essentially a plexiglass container that is filled with degradable organic material such as straw from grasses, flowers and leaves, etc. in liquid state. Bacteria in the process of consuming sugar, starch and any other organic materials produce free electrons. At the same time, a non-platinum catalyst is used in the MFC, which makes it possible to reduce the cost of the device, unlike other existing analogues.

          The BioVolt device and electrochemical reaction catalyst are pending patent pending. In fact, the team says the entire apparatus could be built for $2.

          The idea hasn’t worked out yet, as Sony previously introduced a prototype battery in August 2007 that consumed the sugar in processed grape juice. The energy was only enough to power a small MP3 player. The Sony device was a series of small plastic cubes, each about the size of a large ice cube. Juice was injected into the system, which was starting to generate enough power to just drive the unit and external speakers.

          The current problem to be solved is the generation of a small amount of electricity. It is believed that a certain method of cleaning the catalyst will increase the generated electricity by 6 times. In addition, given the cost of one device about $ 2, you can connect several in parallel (50 pieces) in order to be able to recharge, bring more equipment into working condition. Since the cylinders must always be filled with straw (leaf scraps, grass and other organic materials), this will not be a problem for most rural areas, which is a very convenient alternative that modernizes and simplifies our everyday life.

          Having considered rather interesting new moments and events of our techno-life, we can say that they will also smoothly and inevitably move from future innovations to yesterday’s day in the near future.

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