In a recent post on the Microsoft Answers forum, Microsoft employee Daniel Moth stated, "DirectX 11.1 is part of Windows 8, just like DirectX 11 was part of Windows 7. DirectX 11 was made available for Vista .... but at this point there is no plan for DirectX 11.1 to be made available on Windows 7."
Submitted by skipclarke on 10 November, 2012 - 16:06
Progress: $952 / $3000
I'd like to thank everyone for their great response in our previous donation drive. You helped us cover our first half hosting costs, and the awards for 2011. We are coming to you one more time to ask for help, for our second half hosting costs and the 2012 awards.
As before, donating $25 will net you an "I Donated" badge, and donating $100 or more will get the "Like A Boss" badge added. All donations here will be cumulative for the year. If you donate more than $200, talk to me and we'll see about getting you a custom one-of-a-kind badge.
Please note - Prior to the donation drives, the *ONLY* people on the site to have the "Like a Boss" badge are the four-man Admin Team (skipclarke, AussieTimmeh, CrackerJackMack and Delphium).
Previously, we had stated that the badges would be on your profile for just 2012. I have decided that this is our last formal donation drive for hosting costs (we'll set up a generic donation button for 2013 onward), and I've decided that the donation related badges will stay on your profile permanently.
Below is the Q&A from the original donation drive earlier in the year.
What do I get for donating?
You get a nice warm fuzzy feeling in your heart. If you donate $25 or more, I'll add the "I Donated" badge to your profile. If you donate $100 or more, I'll also add the "Like a Boss" badge to your profile.
Microstuttering has plagued SLI and Crossfire setups for a very long time now. Nvidia has spent much effort in reducing this by introducing hardware based frame metering with Keplar.
A new review from Toms Hardware regarding AMD's 7990 and Nvidia's 690 had some really interesting results in their tests. It seems that when they apply Dynamic V-sync control with the third party app RadeonPro, microstuttering is reduced to almost nothing. The graphs shows that crossfire are even smoother then single card solutions with DVC applied.
Submitted by skipclarke on 8 November, 2012 - 19:28
I have decided to begin stocking the WSGF Edition & HD Triple XL Stands personally, and shipping them directly to users. I worked out a deal with Ergotech so that I could take stock of the stands, and handle order processing myself. This allows me to ship same day (schedule permitting), and manage stocking levels better. This will provide you with better faster shipping, better service, and hopefully keep us from stocking out.
I have ordered 50 WSGF stands from Ergotech; 25 of them arrived last week, with another 25 arriving after the first of the year. I also have a stock of ICE Cubes, Short Poles and VESA Plates that I will be keeping here as well. I will be "downgrading" the WSGF Edition stands to make HD Triple XLs, for anyone who wants one of those. I will remove the tall pole, two pivots and the mini bar; replacing them with the short pole. I will then take the tale pole, mini bar and pivot, and create a 1+3 upgrade kit that I can then ship direct as well.
It's a pretty big investment to order 50 stands, but it's the best thing to do for me, you the customer, and the future of the product. So, if you've been waiting to order a stand - now is the time.
Submitted by skipclarke on 8 November, 2012 - 18:14
As part of our ongoing efforts to help better serve out community, and make the WSGF the bestest it can be, we've set up a site survey via SurveyMonkey. Your input will help us ensure that the site is being designed and shaped to meet your needs.
So after just 4 days of downtime (friday evening to tuesday lunch time), we have managed to complete the major migrations and updates.
We are now rocking back on the phpbb forums which has proven to give us much better response and performance across the entire site, we hope you enjoy these improvements!
While the major migrations have been complete, there is a couple of smaller bugs that we are working on to resolve. If you do happen to spot a bug, please be sure to let us know in the following thread..
Submitted by skipclarke on 31 October, 2012 - 16:29
We'll be right back!
As part of our never-ending efforts to improve your experience here on the WSGF, we will be performing a major migration and update to the site. Two years ago we moved from a variety of web platforms to a single Drupal environment. We expected that there would be issues after the migration, but we never anticipated the impacts to the site's speed and usability. And, we never anticipated that we wouldn't be able to fix any issues we were faced with. But, that is where we are at.
Submitted by skipclarke on 23 October, 2012 - 15:57
AMD recently launched a new bundle to help sweeten the deal in when purchasing a Radeon HD 7000 series card. Great news is that they are offering not only free games, but new popular titles. As someone said in response to the bundle, "AMD is actually giving away games people want to play". Up for inclusion are Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs, plus a coupon for 20% off Medal of Honor: Warfighter. As would be expected, the bigger you buy, the more you get.
AMD has also released an improved Catalyst driver suite, that brings marked improvements to a number of popular titles. We haven't had a chance to test the new driver, but AMD claims the new 12.11 driver bring an average of 10% improvement across Borderlands 2, Dirt Showdown, Skyrim, Sleeping Dogs, Starcraft 2, Civ5 and more.
Tom's Hardware has published their latest iteration of Best Graphics Cards For The Money, so if you're in the market for an upgrade, and have a fair idea of what your budget is, you should check this article out.
Tom's Hardware has published their latest iteration of Best Gaming CPUs For The Money, so if you're in the market for an upgrade, and have a fair idea of what your budget is, you should check this article out.