This video features a quick look at Cloud Gate, one of three new tests in 3DMark. Cloud Gate is designed for testing for DirectX 10 compatible notebooks and typical home PCs.
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"Feature-packed driver improves performance by up to 26%, adds improved TXAA anti-aliasing support to Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III, enhances SGSSAA, and adds new SLI profiles." Read More >
"The subject is Synapse 2.0, a "cloud-based unified driver for gamers" offered by Razer that saves gaming preferences online, including the user-defined settings and configuration of gaming mice. This lets gamers log in from anywhere in the world, or switch to a new mouse and play with their personal settings intact. The activation server for Synapse 2.0 went down a couple of times recently due to Hurricane Sandy and some server usage spikes that the system couldn't handle.
"NVIDIA today announced the latest NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) drivers -- R310 -- double the performance(1) and dramatically reduce game loading times for those gaming on the Linux operating system.
The result of almost a year of development by NVIDIA, Valve and other game developers, the new GeForce R310 drivers are designed to give GeForce customers the best possible Linux-based PC gaming experience -- and showcase the enormous potential of the world's biggest open-source operating system.
"Linux gamers are used to being an afterthought when it comes to most major game releases, but Valve seems set to change that soon. The company announced a pending beta test for a long-awaited Linux version of its popular Steam distribution service. Valve is seeking to fill 1,000 spots for the closed beta through a Web survey for existing Steam users, asking them to detail their gaming system and experience with Linux.
"In a presentation at Ubuntu Developer Summit currently going on in Denmark, Drew Bliss from Valve said that Linux is more viable than Windows 8 for gaming. Windows 8 ships with its own app store and it is moving away from an open platform model. Some other points from the talk..."
FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA DRIVER:
This driver introduces significant performance improvements for many games across ALL 28nm AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series products: HD 7700, HD7800 and HD7900.
Performance Highlights of the AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA Driver
"Facing worrying job cuts, investor downgrades, and potential irrelevance in the market, AMD is trying to attract attention to its line of gaming GPUs by expanding its "Never Settle" bundling program to include up to three new games. Consumers that purchase AMD's top-end Radeon 7900 series of GPUs will now get license codes to download Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs. The lower-end 7700 or 7800 series cards come with a code for FarCry 3, but customers can add a license for Hitman: Absolution by buying two of the lower-end cards at once.
"Steve Jobs piqued consumer curiosity when he unveiled the iPad and declared "the post-PC era has begun." And now with the imminent release of Windows 8 RT tablets—low-powered slates running a touch-friendly version of Office—it might seem that perhaps the world actually can live without desktop computers.
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