Microsoft in early March released an update for the proprietary Microsoft Edge browser with Startup boost. Unfortunately, this brought not only acceleration, but also new problems for users.
In Microsoft Edge 89, acceleration is automatically enabled without user intervention. Microsoft promises that the feature could speed up downloads by 29 to 41%.
Simultaneously with the launch of the Startup boost in Microsoft Edge, users started noticing and complaining about performance degradation, as well as a crash that causes the browser to not actually close. Microsoft Edge continues to run in the background, unbeknownst to the user. You can find out about this only by launching the “Task Manager”.
For example, one user writes:
“Found multiple instances of Edge running in the background and when I disabled Startup Boost everything was back to normal. I didn’t notice any performance difference when this feature was enabled / disabled. Only that it affected my processor and caused my games to freeze horribly. “
Another unpleasant “feature” that annoys users is that the browser can open immediately after closing.
Microsoft is already aware of the problem and is investigating it. It has been decided to temporarily disable the function for now.
Intel says older games may not run well on Arc cards
Intel Arc graphics cards have issues running older games – they will run but slower than similar Nvidia/AMD cards. Games based on the DirectX 11 and DirectX 9 graphics APIs are reported to experience significant framerate drops. The company explained this by poor optimization of games for new cards.
Intel Graphics spokesman Tom Petersen explained that some games on DirectX 11 will work as well as on other cards, but others may slow down. It is assumed that this is due to the peculiarities of the video card drivers. Older types of GUIs rely on the GPU driver for memory management.
According to Petersen, Intel needs more time to improve and optimize graphics cards for games. At the same time, he clarified that Intel cards work very differently than Nvidia counterparts.
He also clarified that Arc accelerators have been optimized for games running on the new DirectX 12 and Vulcan APIs. For example, the version of Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the Intel Arc A770 card produced about 80 FPS when using DX12. And on DX11, the rate dropped to 40 FPS.
Earlier in China, they introduced the A380 video card in the version from MSI.
Valve has started taking orders for Steam Deck in Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan
Valve Corporation has begun accepting orders for the Steam Deck gaming system from gamers from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan. At the same time, the manufacturer notes that those who ordered the console earlier will receive it on time.
In phase one, Steam Deck was available in the US, Canada, UK, and select European countries starting February 25th. In Asian countries, the console is sold with the help of Komodo. In terms of pricing, the console is priced at 800 yen in Japan, NT$13,380 in Taiwan, NT$3,288 in Hong Kong, and 589,000 won in South Korea.
In addition, the company will show the work of the console at BitSummit and Tokyo Game Show, which should draw attention to it. It is also noted that buyers from the Asian region will receive an updated version of the Steam Deck.
Earlier it was reported that the company has solved the problems with production, so before the end of the year, many can get the console and at a very good price.
For the first time, the share of Windows 11 on Steam fell in monthly terms
The share of Windows 11 on Steam fell for the first time in monthly terms. As a result of July, the share of fixed assets dropped from 21.23% to 21.12%. Previously, Windows 11 showed growth every month, or at least remained with the same market share.
Leading by a huge margin is still Windows 10, which now occupies 73.17%, which is 1.91 percentage points more than a month ago. The share of Windows 7 decreased to 2.04%, macOS occupies 1.74%, and Linux increased its share to 1.23%.
As for the video cards, there have been no tangible changes. The leader is still the GeForce GTX 1060, and its share increased by 0.1 p.p., to 7.12%. In second place is the GTX 1650 with a share of 6.35%, and the GTX 1050 Ti closes the top three with a share of 5.67%. It is also worth noting the rather tangible growth of most models of the current RTX 30 line.
In the processor field, AMD continues to win the market from Intel. The share of the first increased immediately by 2.22 percentage points, up to 33.73%.
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