Radeon Catalyst and display driver 9.6 NEW

ex_08apr_dmm_radeon4890_gameA new driver is released for almost all recent Radeon display adapters. The following improvements are announced with this new driver

  • Company of Heroes – performance improves up to 25% with HD 4600 series products and below as well as improvements of up to 10% on HD 4800 series
  • Crysis – performance improves up to 13% in multi-GPU configurations
  • Crysis Warhead – performance improves up to 11% in multi-GPU configurations
  • World in Conflict – performance improvements of up to 30% can be seen in settings
    that were previously CPU limited

Also, some crashes and problems with the CCC has been fixed.

This is all great, but now in a time where AMD (ATI) cards are considered better than their equivalents in nVidia, I think it is time for AMD to stand up for the challenge and fix embarrassing bugs such as:

  • 3D graphics corruption in many games with Adaptive anti-aliasing enabled.
  • Games crash on minimize and resolution changes.
  • funny looking effects.
  • Buggy deinterlacing that actually make movies interlaced (scan-line effect)
  • V-sinc does not know when to turn on or off
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AMD (ATI) must work more with the developers and do more “Best played on Radeon” games. Also it is time to flood the market with DirectX 10.1 games, since no nVidia cards already supports it. and I’m not talking about crappy games such as Stormrise.

Radeon card are strong but I feel that this miss a Strong software support.

what do you think

New hard disk not appearing in ‘my computer’? make it

Problem: You got a new hard disk, after installing it, your system can’t find it.

Causes: If the hard disk appears in the “Device manager” it is probably just not formated.  Samsung and other brands ship their HDs unformated

Solution: From the control panel go to “Administrative tools” choose “Computer management” and inside it select “Disk Management”. In the lower portion of the form you will find your HD as “unpartitioned” right click it creat partitions as you wish then format them as you wish.

You can check more Quick tips for your computer here

Fix desktop crashing into 16 color display mode

Problem: When Windows Xp starts, the display reverts to a low resolution 16 color mode.

Cause: Generally this is caused by a malfunctioning display adapter driver, I have seen it on built-in VGAs from intel.

Solution: reinstall the display driver, if you still have the same problem, uninstall the VGA driver and do not install a driver for it again, windows will just use software support to display your desktop correctly. but you still wont be able to play games or correctly view movies until you find a working driver and install it.

Buzzing sound from the audio front panel when playing 3D games? Here is the solution

This is for you if you hear a buzzing sound from your headphones just at the moment when you start a 3D game.

This buzzing sound is caused by your VGA, modern graphic adapters emit a relatively strong noise when processing 3D images. Noting dangerous.

Many newer motherboards such as my Asrock X58 deluxe have the front panel connection just above the first PCI express 2 slot.

When you installed your computer, you must have let the front panel cable rest on top of your VGA (mine is a sapphire 4890 OC). At such a short distance electromagnetic coupling occur (electromagnetic waves are transformed into electrical signals creating a noise).

To reduce\remove this buzzing (humming) sound, make sure to move the front panel cable as far as possible fom the VGA .

Asrock Instant Boot review

asrock-instant-bootYou can see it the minute you enter asrock’s website : “Instant Boot: boot up to windows is 4 seconds“. Sounds good for me, but lets look some more into it. First you must use Windows XP or Vista , Have only one User, AND no passwords… hmmmm, I can live with that so lets continue reading.

Continue reading “Asrock Instant Boot review”

AMD Phenom II X4 socket AM3 finally

AMD have released their last line of multi-core CPUs. these new 45 nm are more or less the same their AM2+ equivalents . the only difference is the new DDR3 support
Until now. no motherboard is able to run the AM3 with DDR3  in triple channel, which is one of the main disadvantages of this CPU. Also the X3 model has been proved to have the higher performance per cost according to the guru of 3d

So for now AMD is still out of league with intel and their core i7.

I have been waiting for the AM3 phenom II for a while, but I decided to skip on it for the following reasons:

-no triple channel DDR3 yet

– far from any competition with core i7

– AM3 boards only support AM3 processors and DDR3  (Due to AMD CPU limitation, DDR2 1066 is supported by AM2+ / AM3 CPU for one DIMM per channel only)

you can get the AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W  for 169$ and a respected ASUS M4A79T Deluxe AM3 DDR3 AMD 790FX ATX AMD Motherboard for 199$. So the total is 368$

You can also get the  Intel Core i7 920 Nehalem 2.66GHz LGA 1366 130W for 290$ and an ASUS P6T Deluxe V2 LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard for 290$. So the total is  580$

So you will have to spend an extra 212$ to get the i7 system up and running. if you have that extra money go for it. If not, many pros have given thumbs up for the new AMD maybe it is all you need.