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Nvidia DX12 Issue

1 September 2015

Another major Nvidia controversy has been brewing over the last couple of days. Ashes of Singularity developer Oxide claims that Nvidia's Maxwell (900 series) GPUs do not natively support an important, potentially performance-enhancing, DirectX 12 feature called Asynchronous Compute. Nvidia has not yet made a statement on this issue. It's unclear what actual performance impact this will have on Nvidia GPUs in upcoming DX12 games if they only provide software, not hardware, support for Async Compute. If you're in the market for a new GPU, I recommend waiting until this issue is independently clarified.

Nvidia GeForce 355.82 WHQL

1 September 2015

Nvidia has released the 355.82 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is for GeForce 400 and higher graphics cards under Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10. This is the recommended driver for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Mad Max. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.15.0428 and updates GeForce Experience to version 2.5.14.

AMD Catalyst 15.8 Beta

1 September 2015

AMD has released the Catalyst 15.8 Beta graphics driver for the HD 5000 series and above on Windows 7, 8.1 and 10. This beta provides support for the Oculus 0.7 SDK, performance improvements in Batman: Arkham Knight and Ashes of the Singularity, as well as bug fixes.

Intel Rapid Storage Technology 14.6

29 August 2015

Intel has released Version of the Rapid Storage Technology driver for the use of RAID or AHCI on Intel chipset-based motherboards.

Windows Updates

28 August 2015

Microsoft has released several non-critical updates, including a Cumulative Update, for Windows 10 on Windows Update. They are listed in more detail in this Microsoft Article.

Firefox 40.0.3

28 August 2015

Mozilla has released Version 40.0.3 of the Firefox browser. This update disables asynchronous plugin initialization and contains bug fixes.

Nvidia GeForce 355.80 Hotfix

26 August 2015

Nvidia has released the 355.80 Hotfix graphics driver. This driver is for the GeForce 400 series and above under Windows 10. It fixes excessive virtual memory consumption for SLI configurations on Windows 10.

CCleaner 5.09

25 August 2015

A new Version 5.09.5343 of the free CCleaner system cleaning utility has been released. Changes include improved Windows 10 Registry cleaning, an optimized build for Windows 10 64-bit, improved MS Edge, IE11, and Malwarebytes cleaning, as well as minor improvements and bug fixes.

SoundBlaster Windows 10 Drivers

25 August 2015

Creative has released Windows 10 drivers for most of the SoundBlaster series of sound cards by now. The download links, plus the estimated availability date of Windows 10 drivers for the remaining Creative sound cards, can be found here.

Nvidia GeForce 355.69 WHQL

21 August 2015

Nvidia has released the 355.69 WHQL certified graphics driver. This driver is only for the newly released GeForce GTX 950 GPU under Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10. The driver package contains PhysX version 9.15.0428 and GeForce Experience version 2.5.12.

QuickTime 7.7.8

21 August 2015

Apple has released a new Version 7.7.8 of the QuickTime media player. This version has security fixes.

Chrome 44.0

21 August 2015

Google has released Version 44.0.2403.157 of the Chrome browser. This version provides security and bug fixes.

Java Runtime Environment 8.60

19 August 2015

Oracle has released an Update 60 to the Java Runtime Environment 8.

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