Welcome to our latest review of the EVGA GTX 770 SC ACX. Where do I really start this off?! Well lets begin with the fact that this review was delayed multiple times and obviously we are a bit late to the game. At the time of this review there were some major personal real life career changes in the works that had me put certain things in a hold pattern. One of them happen to be this website. Was it a good choice? It’s hard to tell at this time. Some PR relationships may have suffered because of it, but that was to be expected and I knew I would have to deal with that when the time came. So instead of just taking a product and giving nothing in return I at least want to acknowledge that I am back and with the full intent to actually continuing on with the production of reviews and articles. Continue reading
In my previous article I talked about how to disable a feature that a lot of us were not very fond of that removed and seemingly forced you to view your previous search results. To revert back it required a little work in chrome://flags where you had to disable the “Enable Instant Extended API” option. With the latest update to Chrome they had removed that option, but there was an option in chrome://settings where you could make a new tab open a certain window. Unfortunately Google developers thought it would be cool to NOT allow chrome://apps or any other chrome option to be used. Now it allows you to put it in there, but it routes right back to the new chrome page. Basically the Chrome developers have hard coded it to make sure you see their new fancy-pants design no matter what. For me, I really would rather not see the latest or most popular searches made. I want to see my apps, and only my apps and many others feel the same way. What doesn’t make any sense is how they have the option in settings to allow you to input a specific page for a new tab, but no URL’s of any kind work and there is no option in chrome://flags to turn it on or force this option to work. So yet again I hit a brick wall.
So what do we do from here? Well don’t worry, there are still other ways to fix this. Unfortunately, the only way I found that works is to install the extension Show Apps in new tab. It’s not the route I would like to take by having to install a third party extension when it’s unnecessary, but it works. If I find another option I will update this article, but for now this is all I have.
OCZ has been pretty quite this year, except for the recent public decline of shares. This was the first sign that trouble was on the horizon for OCZ and in the last month people have been watching closely. Well, as of today they have filed for bankruptcy and this is more than likely due to what has been reported as shady accounting which led to a hemorrhage of money that could not be fixed in time to save the once popular company in the custom PC build world. They were well known in the industry as the leader in top quality products for gamer’s such as super fast memory, amazing SSD’s, and powerful PSU’s. Some of course will argue this and myself know of previous issues that they had. If you were to look at a time line I’m sure you could link up the decline in quality for the products to when the shady accounting started. So what’s in store for the drowning company? It appears that Toshiba has offered to buy all of OCZ’s assets. What could you expect? Well, If you want an SSD, memory or even a PSU for a hell of a good price I can imagine the cost of an OCZ product is going to drop dramatically in price here soon. Sadly for them, but great for consumers and just in time for some folks to save money on holiday gifts. Currently Amazon shows an almost $50 drop in price on most everything, some others are more/less.
The new GeForce 331.65 WHQL driver is now available to download. An essential update for all GeForce GTX users, 331.65 WHQL is the Game Ready driver for Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghosts, and includes the Batman: Arkham Origins optimizations introduced alongside 331.58 WHQL last week. With 331.65 WHQL, you’ll receive a great gaming experience from day one with the latest driver tweaks and performance optimizations, including up to 12% extra performance in Battlefield 4.
Other titles benefit, too: Sniper Elite V2 performance increases by up to 19%, DiRT Showdown performance by up to 13%, Metro: Last Light performance by up to 9%, Sleeping Dogs performance by up to 9%, Max Payne 3 performance by up to 9%, and F1 2012 performance by up to 6%.
GeForce 331.65 WHQL also sees the introduction of GeForce Experience 1.7, which includes the long-awaited ShadowPlay Beta, an innovative gameplay recording tool that can constantly record the action with a minimal performance impact thanks to the H.264 encoder built into GeForce GTX 600 and 700 Series GPUs. For full details about ShadowPlay, and other new features of GeForce Experience 1.7, please check out our GeForce Experience 1.7 launch story.
If you didn’t catch word of our recent driver releases, we’ve made a major update to our NVIDIA Control Panel (NVCPL) Ambient Occlusion (AO) override feature. This easy-to-use tool enables you to apply fidelity-enhancing, realistic shading and shadowing to games that do not natively support the feature. With the recent upgrade, the quality of NVCPL AO has been drastically improved with the introduction of HBAO+.
Debuted in Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, HBAO+ is a new, NVIDIA-developed Ambient Occlusion technique that utilizes the latest technologies to significantly increase the precision, fidelity, and rendering speed of high-quality AO. HBAO+ is currently making waves in Batman: Arkham Origins, and will be seen next month in Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. For further details on HBAO+, please visit ourHBAO+ technology page, and for more info on Ambient Occlusion itself, please head here.
331.58 WHQL is a whole host of profile updates, adding new SLI profiles, updating existing SLI profiles, adding new Ambient Occlusion profiles, and updating other profile elements for optimum game experiences:
- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Updated Profile
- Batman: Arkham Origins – Updated SLI Profile
- Battlefield 3 – Updated Surround Profile
- Battlefield 4 – Updated Surround Profile, Updated SLI Profile
- Crisis 2015 – Added SLI Profile
- Crysis 3 – Added HBAO+ Profile
- Dirty Bomb (a.k.a. Extraction) – Added DX9 SLI Profile
- Dragon Sword – Updated DX9 Profile
- Dying Light – Added DX11 SLI Profile
- Euro Truck Simulator 2 – Updated SLI Profile
- F1 2013 – Updated SLI Profile
- FIFA 14 – Added SLI Profile, Added HBAO+ Profile, Added 3D Vision Profile (Rated “Good”)
- GRID 2 – Updated DX11 Profile
- Natural Selection 2 – Added DX11 SLI Profile
- Outlast – Added DX9 SLI Profile
- Added DX9 SLI Profile, Added 3D Vision Profile (Rated “Excellent”)
- Space Hulk – Updated Profile
- Splinter Cell: Blacklist – Updated SLI Profile
- State of Decay – Added DX9 SLI Profile
- Urban Trial Freestyle – Added 3D Vision Profile (Rated “Good”)
- War of the Vikings – Added DX11 SLI Profile
- Watch Dogs – Added DX11 SLI Profile
If you don’t use Chrome, that’s okay, not everyone is perfect. That counts myself as I use a multitude of different browsers. Mainly because I have to test tools in a bunch of different environments for my real life job (IE sucks, just saying). I have been warming up to Chrome more lately though. I definitely like the way Chrome uses resources and shuts down individual tasks rather than the entire browser.
Recently Chrome had a big update that seemed to force the option to use a search bar in your new tab window right above your most recent searches. You’re not really being forced, but there is no real direct feature in options to turn it off. Unfortunately you have to dive a bit deeper in to Chrome to fix this one. At this point I just want to lay this out for you; if you use the following instructions and mess with other options and your Chrome browser starts puking everywhere or stops working all together it is your own fault. The instructions I have below are specific to one thing and one thing only. So please don’t stray beyond your own capabilities and mess with anything you don’t feel comfortable with or understand. Continue reading