AMD delivers highly anticipated Catalyst driver update 15.7 WHQL

AMD Radeon R9 295X2 review full 1
AMD has released WHQL-certified Catalyst driver update 15.7. While users might have had their complaints about the pace of AMD’s update schedule compared to longtime rivals Nvidia, there’ll be very few disappointed by the set of features and fixes on offer here.

At long last, AMD has listened to the pleads of its user-base and implemented Crossfire support for FreeSync-enabled monitors. FreeSync is AMD’s answer to Nvidia’s G-Sync, which synchronizes the refresh rates of your display and your graphics card, a practice that can help eliminate screen tearing.

We’ve seen plenty of monitors with FreeSync support released over the past several months, but users on Crossfire multi-GPU setups haven’t been able to take advantage of the functionality. That changes with the release of this update, which is sure to please owner of rigs that will see technology made available for use thanks to these tweaks.

Another major focus of this update is AMD’s preparations for the launch of Windows 10 later this month. For the time being, Windows 10 support caters to the Technical Preview, but the patch notes specify that another update will bring this in line with the final release when Windows 10 officially launches on July 29.

Gamers working with less powerful systems also have good reason to grab this update, as it extends the reach of AMD’s Virtual Super Resolution and Frame Rate Target Control to some older pieces of hardware from the company’s back catalog. The former allows for a wider field of view and smoother edges, and the latter can offer some sizable advantages to performance, according to a report from PC World.

The new updates to AMD’s Catalyst 15.7 WHQL drivers are available now. Users can download the latest update via the Catalyst Control Center.

Product Review

LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don’t need to sacrifice battery for light weight

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 aims to be very light for a laptop that converts to a tablet. And it is. But it doesn’t skimp on the battery, and so it lasts a very long time on a charge.

Is AMD's Navi back on track for 2019? Here's everything you need to know

With a reported launch in 2019, AMD is focusing on the mid-range market with its next-generation Navi GPU. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles, like Sony's PlayStation 5.

AMD Radeon VII will support DLSS-like upscaling developed by Microsoft

AMD's Radeon VII has shown promise with early tests of an open DLSS-like technology developed by Microsoft called DirectML. It would provide similar upscale features, but none of the locks on hardware choice.

Microsoft will end support for Windows 7 one year from now

Microsoft is set to end extended support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020, putting a halt on the free bug fixes, and security patches for most who have the operating system installed. 

Intel vs. AMD: Which chipmaker stole the show at CES 2019?

Intel and AMD have been competing for years, but rarely do they both debut something exciting at the same time. Intel vs. AMD at CES 2019 saw both companies step up to the plate. Who served it better?

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.

You could be gaming on AMD’s Navi graphics card before the end of the summer

If you're waiting for a new graphics card from AMD that doesn't cost $700, you may have to wait for Navi. But that card may not be far away, with new rumors suggesting we could see a July launch.

The Asus ZenBook 13 offers more value and performance than Apple's MacBook Air

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX333 is the latest in that company's excellent "budget" laptop line, and it looks and feels better than ever. How does it compare to Apple's latest MacBook Air?

Cortana wants to be friends with Alexa and Google Assistant

Microsoft no longer wants to compete against Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant in the digital assistant space. Instead, it wants to transform Cortana into a skill that can be integrated into other digital assistants.

Microsoft leans on A.I. to resume safe delivery of Windows 10 Update

Microsoft is leaning on artificial intelligence as it resumes the automatic rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update. You should start seeing the update soon now that Microsoft has resolved problems with the initial software.

Stop dragging windows on your Mac. Here's how to use Split View to multitask

The latest iterations of MacOS offer a native Split View feature that can automatically divide screen space between two applications. Here's how to use Split View on a Mac, adjust it as needed, and how it can help out.

It's not all free money. Here's what to know before you try to mine Bitcoin

Mining Bitcoin today is harder than it used to be, but if you have enough time, money, and cheap electricity, you can still turn a profit. Here's how to get started mining Bitcoin at home and in the cloud.

Need a free alternative to Adobe Illustrator? Here are our favorites

Photoshop and other commercial tools can be expensive, but drawing software doesn't need to be. This list of the best free drawing software is just as powerful as some of the more expensive offerings.

What is fixed wireless 5G? Here’s everything you need to know

Here's fixed wireless 5G explained! Learn what you need to know about this effective new wireless technology, when it's available, how much it costs, and more. If you're thinking about 5G, this guide can help!