Hardware

amd-radeon-software-adrenalin-2019Source: TechPowerUp!

AMD has released their yearly driver update called Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition v18.2.2. For the past three years, the company has been releasing year-end feature-packed updates to Radeon Software. The 2017 version saw the introduction of Radeon Software “Adrenalin”, before which we had Crimson/ReLive and Omega. The company also sped up its driver release cycle to match AAA game releases, and over the years, increased its reliability score and customer satisfaction. With Radeon Software Adrenalin, AMD is targeting three key consumer segments: Gamers, Enthusiasts, and Creators. The new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition v18.2.2 is available online at the AMD driver download page.

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NVIDIA has released the  GeForce 417.35 WHQL drivers. These drivers provide optimization to the latest update of Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition, which introduces DLSS (deep learning super-sampling), NVIDIA’s major image-quality enhancement feature released alongside “Turing.” The 417.35 WHQL update also addresses a number of issues. “Rocket League” now no longer sometimes launch with a white screen and crash-to-desktop. The “Manage GPU Utilization” tab in the Workstation settings of NVCPL on machines running TITAN V no longer appears when it shouldn’t. The drivers also fix SLI disabling after driver update on TITAN Xp SLI setups. Ansel support for “Battlefield V” is improved. Texture flickering in “Hitman 2: Silent Assassin” has been fixed. The drivers also include an updated GeForce Experience (version 3.16.0.140).

You can download the new GeForce 417.35 WHQL drivers through GeForce Experience or via GeForce.com.

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samsung-860-qvo-ssdBy Nathan Kirsch @ Legit Reviews

Samsung launched a new consumer Solid State Drive (SSD) series today called the Samsung 860 QVO SSD. This SATA III 2.5-inch drive series is available in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB capacities and feature Samsung’s brand new high-density 4-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash. The Samsung 860 QVO was brought to market to help eliminate the need to for PC users to rely on a combination of an SSD as the boot drive and a rotational hard drive for mass storage. In order for that to happen the 860 QVO series needs to be rather inexpensive. The good news is that the Samsung 860 QVO 1TB SSD has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $149.99 or roughly $0.15 per GB. The larger 860 QVO 2TB and 4TB drives have the same price per GB as they cost $299.99 and $599.99, respectively. These prices are still higher than using say a 256GB SATA SSD boot drive and a 2TB HDD for archive storage, but Samsung believes that the market is willing to pay a little extra as they don’t have to frequently switch data between the primary and secondary drive. Samsung firmly believes that the storage paradigm will shift back to all-in-one drive model.

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NVIDIA today released the latest version of its GeForce software suite. Version 417.01 WHQL drivers come game-ready optimization for “Darksiders III.” The drivers also add SLI profiles for “Artifact.” The drivers also address a number of bugs, including refresh-rates above 30 Hz not being applicable on certain 4K Ultra HD monitors (provided hardware requirements such as DisplayPort HBR2 or HDMI 2.0 or greater are met). The drivers also fix Frame Rate Limiter 2 not functioning in some cases. Also addressed is an “Event ID 14″ error message when CSM is disabled in the UEFI setup program, G-Sync not disengaging after exiting a game, and incomplete Ansel images appearing when resolution is set 30X or higher.

You can download the new GeForce 417.01 WHQL “Game Ready” drivers through GeForce Experience or via GeForce.com.

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nvidia-geforce-logoSource: TechPowerUp!

NVIDIA has released the GeForce 416.94 WHQL “Game Ready” drivers. These come optimized for “Fallout 76,” “Hitman 2,” and “Battlefield V.” NVIDIA re-listing Battlefied V, a game it already optimized for with v416.81 could mean the company may have improved performance for the game. NVIDIA confirmed that a game patch will drop “soon” through Origin, which will add NVIDIA RTX support, more so because Microsoft has resumed rolling out Windows 10 1809. The drivers also add 3D Vision profiles for “Hitman 2″ and “Fallout 76.” A minor bug that caused lagging on Windows desktop with GeForce GTX 780 has also been fixed.

You can download the new GeForce 416.94 WHQL “Game Ready” drivers through GeForce Experience or via GeForce.com.

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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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thrustmaster-t-flight-headset-03So, from time to time, we folks at Combatsim get the opportunity to test out and review some really neat gear. When CSIM gets that call from the companies wanting us to put their gear to the test, they turn to us long-term, die-hard CSIM forum contributors (20 years hard time in my case) to give the gear a spin and jot down the essentials so we can let the rest of the world know our valued opinions. I got the nod from our fearless site lead a couple of weeks ago when Thrustmaster asked if CSIM would be willing to try out their newest offering, the T.Flight U.S. Air Force Edition Gaming Headset.

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