nvidia-geforce-logoSource: TechPowerUp!

NVIDIA today released its first developer beta drivers that support the new Vulkan 1.2 3D graphics API. Labeled GeForce 441.99, under the R440-series, the drivers extend Vulkan 1.2 support to all NVIDIA graphics architectures going back to “Kepler.” That would include GTX 600/700-series “Kepler,” GTX 700/900-series “Maxwell,” GTX 10-series “Pascal,” and GTX 16/RTX 20-series “Turing,” along with TITAN and Quadro graphics cards based on these architectures. NVIDIA states that its API support for Vulkan 1.2 is “full,” including including support for timeline semaphores, descriptor indexing, buffer device address and SPIR-V 1.5 features.

You can download the GeForce Software 441.91 Beta drivers via GeForce.com.

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Play Arma 3 for free until Sunday, get it on sale at 70% off

Bohemia Interactive is excited to announce an immediate Free Week for Arma 3 on Steam, starting today January 14th (10 AM PST), and ending on Sunday, January 19th (10 AM PST). To play Arma 3 for free, people can simply visit the Arma 3 store page on Steam, and fire their mouse left-click at the green “Install” button.

To continue playing Arma 3 after the Free Week has ended, people will be able to seize a massive 70% discount on the Arma 3 base game, and/or enjoy savings of up to 66% on Arma 3 DLC packs and expansions until January 20th. When purchasing the Arma 3 Ultimate Edition (complete-your-collection bundle), they will seize an additional 15% bundle discount on top.

During the Free Week, all Steam users will have free access to the Arma 3 base game plus the Arma 3 Apex expansion. This also includes Arma 3′s full “The East Wind” singleplayer campaign and the “Apex Protocol” co-op campaign. New players might also familiarize themselves with the game’s controls via the “Prologue” tutorial campaign.

Arma 3 was first released in 2013 and has sold more than 5 million games to date. Over the past years, it has been reinforced by 80 platform updates, as well as 10 DLC packs, and 2 expansions. Meanwhile, Bohemia’s content creation community has shared more than 70.000 items to the Arma 3 Steam Workshop. Arma 3 continues to be one of the most popular games played on PC, with a 90% approval rating based on 100.000+ Steam user reviews, and an average playtime per user of 150 hours.

For more information about the game, please visit www.arma3.com.

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command-modern-operationsCommand: Modern Operations has reached an outstanding milestone. The Open Beta for Build 1121.4 has introduced a major new feature: the Fog of War (FOW) for Tacview 3D view.

When God’s Eye view is disabled, the Tacview window will now display only own- and friendly-side units plus any detected contacts. Displayed contact shapes start from generic semi-opaque placeholders and then switch to more specific (and solid) shapes when/if they are sufficiently classified/identified. If God’s Eye is active, all units are shown as before. (Known current issue: Switching side or toggling God’s Eye status forces the Tacview window to close and re-open).

Check here the full changelog and instructions to download the beta update.

Important note for Steam users. You can apply this update manually on top of your Steam installation. This new beta will soon also be available on the Steam beta branch, and after it checks out also on the normal distribution branch.

amd-radeon-software-adrenalin-2020Source: TechPowerUp!

AMD today released the latest version of Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition. Version 20.1.1 Beta comes with follows up on the previous 19.12.3 release with an equally long list of fixes and stability improvements in the wake of AMD radically updating its driver software, particularly the Radeon Software application. Before that, 20.1.1 includes performance optimization for “Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.” The company has also fixed [email protected] result errors when using RX 5700 series GPUs. To begin with, AMD removed audible beeps for toggling of Radeon Chill, Boost, and Anti-Lag features (the beep is now optional). Radeon ReLive indication on screen timer during recordings has been disabled by default. V-sync settings now hide or disappear when Enhanced Sync is enabled, so as to not conflict with it and destabilize your gaming session. ReLive experiencing performance issues with high-resolution cameras has also been addressed. Radeon Game Advisor causing in-game CPU usage spikes has also been resolved. Issues with software updates through Radeon Software have been fixed. Also fixed is abnormal CPU usage with DuplicateDesktop process when gaming. A Radeon Software (application) crash when resuming from machine sleep has been fixed.

Radeon Software Overlay toast message persisting even when disabled, has been fixed. Stuttering issues with “Lost Ark” have been fixed. Custom stream hotkey failing to stream with Radeon ReLive has been fixed. Radeon R9 200, R9 300, and R9 Fury series GPUs experience instability in a number of games with over 120 Hz refresh-rates. This has been fixed. MJPEG video payback on RX 5700 series experiencing a green tint when viewed with WMP or Movies & TV application has been fixed. “MechWarrior 5″ crashing with DXGI dialog error when using FreeSync displays over HDMI, has been fixed. DouYu live streaming with hardware-acceleration on RX 5700 series was experiencing display corruption, which has been fixed. Excessive fog/smoke effects in “Trials Rising” has been fixed. Right-eye display corruption with “Boneworks” VR has been fixed. “Resident Evil 2″ flashing screen at start up in DirectX 12 mode has also been fixed.

The new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition 20.1.1 drivers are available online at the AMD driver download page.

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newhardware-iconCheck out these latest hardware announcements for today from around the web. Also included are some hardware news bits, and on some days, a few rumors tossed in for good measure. Click on the links below to read the official press release, visit the products web page, or to an independent news source.

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Players can win the experimental Soviet heavy fighter, a British self-propelled gun and more

Gaijin Entertainment announces the start of the Operation F.R.O.S.T. player event in War Thunder. From December the 20th, 2019 until January the 13th, 2020, players will be able to complete in-game tasks in battle to get six new and exclusive vehicles: the TIS MA heavy fighter, the QF 3.7 RAM SPG, a 94 FT PT-811 torpedo boat, the J6K1 interceptor, the MERKAVA MK.2B tank and a Type 1924 JAGUAR destroyer, as well as Christmas decorations and other prizes.

Each one of the newest vehicle types is special. For example, the twin-engine TIS MA is designed to escort long-range bombers and it is a real monster carrying four cannons, bombs, two types of rockets and a large calibre defensive machine gun. The Type 1924 Jaguar is a well-balanced German destroyer armed with 105mm rapid-fire guns and torpedoes. The QF 3.7 Ram SPG — is an attempt to combine the excellent 94mm anti-aircraft gun and the reliable chassis of the Ram tank into a self-propelled artillery system.

Operation F.R.O.S.T. tasks are rewarded with various prizes, including vehicle coupons. Players can use these coupons to unlock the vehicles for their own account, or sell them to other players on the Gaijin Market.

For a full list of prizes and more details on the event, read HERE.

About War Thunder
War Thunder is a free-to-play, cross-platform, massively multiplayer military masterpiece with millions of fans worldwide, that allows players on PC, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Mac and Linux to fight their way across air, land, and sea in the same battlefield. War Thunder offers 1,500+ playable aircraft, armored vehicles and ships from the early 1930s to the 2000s. The US, Soviet, British, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese and French military vehicles represented in game are carefully researched, historically accurate recreations of their real world counterparts. Fans can expect hundreds more added as Gaijin Entertainment commits to ongoing development via regular updates.

For more game information and to download War Thunder, please visit the official War Thunder website.

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call-of-duty-modern-warfareSource: Blue’s News

Activision announces the multiplayer success of the console editions of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, saying it’s the “most played Call of Duty multiplayer of this console generation,” specifically calling it “the most played Call of Duty multiplayer in the first 50 days since launch in six years.” This also includes the news that the latest installment in the military shooter sequel has now surpassed one billion dollars in sales:

“The award-winning title, which has sold more than $1 billion in sell-through worldwide, has surpassed 500 million multiplayer hours played since release with nearly 300 million multiplayer matches. Upon release, the title featured a series of firsts for Call of Duty, including crossplay and cross-progression support, as well as the removal of Season Pass and delivery of new post-release content coming free to all players on all platforms.”

arozzi-verona-v2-pro-gaming-chairBy crmaris @ TechPowerUp!

I have reviewed several Arozzi products so far, including gaming chairs and some peripherals, like its large, impressive gaming desk and one of their desktop microphones. With that having been said, I am well aware of Arozzi’s modern design lines, ergonomics, and usability when it comes to gaming furniture. Even though the company and product names sound Italian, Arozzi originates from Sweden and is relatively new to the market since it was founded in 2013. Even so, Arozzi has an abundance of gaming peripherals, and its chair category is brimming with different designs and colors to suit every user’s liking, with prices beginning at €189, which puts them in the medium-priced category and has their products address entry-level and mainstream users.

The early Vernazza gaming chair uses PU synthetic pleather, and it was one of Arozzi’s biggest gaming chairs at the time. It has been a while since I last reviewed a chair made out of fabric or something other than PU pleather, and it was as such a pleasant surprise when Arozzi sent me their latest gaming chair with a soft, durable fabric cover. The sturdy metal frame, aluminium wheelbase, and large dimensions are meant to cater to users of up to 145 kg (320 lbs), and the 70 kg/m³ foam density and ergonomic design of the neck cushion promise to provide a comfortable user experience to as many different users as possible. At €359 (including VAT) from the official company web shop, the new Vernazza with a fabric upholstery might just be the right chair for you.

Read The Review Here

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teamgroup-cardea-zero-z440-pcie-4-nvmeBy Hilbert Hagedoorn @ Guru3D

We review the TeamGroup Cardea Zero Z440 PCIe Gen 4.0 SSD. It reaches the fastest transfer rates we have seen thus far at 5 GB/sec. Of course it is an SSD you can seat into any PCIe 3.0 compatible PC, however, if you place it into a Ryzen 3000 / X570 based PC, some magic happens as you are running 4000 MB/s numbers and higher, thanks to the new PCIe 4.0 interface and a little TLC from Phison, well Toshiba strictly speaking.

Read The Review Here

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