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Where + How To Renew Driving Licence In Malaysia!

Where + How To Renew Driving Licence In Malaysia!

Find out where and how you to renew your driving licence in Malaysia!

 

Why You Need To Renew Your Driving Licence ASAP

The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has discovered that hundreds of thousands of people are driving with expired licences.

They recently reminded motorists that the moratorium on expired driving licences will end on 30 June 2022.

Right now, those that JPJ caught were “only” been slapped with a fine. But after 30 June 2022, they will be issued with a summon and their licences may be revoked.

These are the four categories of expired licences that may be revoked, if they are not renewed in time :

  • Learner’s Driving Licence (LDL) : Up to 2 years
  • Probational Driving Licence (PDL) : More than 1 year
  • Competent Driving Licence (CDL) : More than 3 years
  • Public Service Vehicle / Goods Driving Licence (PSV / GDL) : More than 3 years

If your licence is revoked, you will need to undergo the full process to re-qualify and obtain a new licence.

Recommended : JPJ : Renew Driving Licence Or Retake Full Driving Test!

 

Fine For Driving Without A Valid Licence In Malaysia

If you are caught driving without a valid licence, you will be fined based on how long your licence has expired.

How Long Your Licence Has Expired Delivery Fee
1-15 Days RM 150
16-30 Days RM 200
31-60 Days RM 300

But as noted earlier, if you do not renew your licence for more than 3 years, you will not only be fined, you will be required to take the driving exam again.

Even worse, you will have to submit an eRayuan letter to obtain a learner’s licence (LDL) which costs RM30, and after passing the exam, you be issued a probationary licence (PDL) for 2 years.

 

How To Check Your Licence Expiry Date In Malaysia

Did you know you can check your driving licence expiry date, even if you are overseas? Here is what you need to do :

  1. Go to the official JPJ Licence Expiry Date enquiry page.
  2. Select your identification type
    – Temporary Resident (MYKAS)
    – Permanent Resident (PTM)
    – Malaysian Public (MYKAD)
    – Police (POL)
    – Military (TEN)
    – Non Malaysia (LLN)
  3. Key in your Identification Number (without dash)
  4. Key in the CAPTCHA security code – the 4-digit number in the image.
  5. Click Search.

You should get a report like this, which shows you when your driving licence was last renewed, and when it will expire.

 

Where To Renew Driving Licence In Malaysia

You can renew your driving licence in person, or online, depending on the licence type.

For in-person renewal, you can even get a representative (a friend, relative or runner) to renew it for you.

JPJ Licence Type Expiry Where To Renew
Learner’s Driving Licence (LDL) Up to 2 years JPJ
Pos Malaysia
Probational Driving Licence (PDL) Over 1 Year JPJ
Competent Driving Licence (CDL) Over 3 Years JPJ
MyEG
Pos Malaysia
Public Service Vehicle (PSV) /
Goods Driving Licence (GDL)
Over 3 Years JPJ

In Person Renewal Options

  1. Pos Malaysia post offices
    – this is where I prefer to renew my driving licence
    – post offices located within shopping malls are open on weekends, which makes them super convenient
    – unless there is a queue, you can get your licence renewed within 15 minutes
  2. JPJ state and branch offices
  3. Urban Transformation Centres, where you will find a JPJ branch
    – UTC Kuala Lumpur
    – UTC Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
    – UTC Keramat, Kuala Lumpur
    – UTC Kedah
    – UTC Sungai Petani, Kedah
    – UTC Perak
    – UTC Melaka
    – UTC Johor
    – UTC Pahang
    – UTC Terengganu
    – UTC Kuching, Sarawak
    – UTC Sibu, Sarawak
    – UTC Miri, Sarawak
    – UTC Sabah
    – UTB Tawau, Sabah

Online Renewal Option

Currently, the only online renewal option is MyEG. While convenient, just be aware that :

  • they can only renew the Competent Driving Licence (CDL)
  • you will need to submit a photo (with a white background)
  • they will charge a fee for delivery of the new driving licence
  • you won’t get your driving licence immediately
Area Fee Max. Delivery Time
Klang Valley RM 6 2 working days
Peninsular Malaysia RM 8 Towns : 2-3 working days
Rural : 5 working days
Sabah + Sarawak RM 10 5 working days

 

What You Need To Renew Driving Licence

Competent Driving Licence (CDL)

Renewal Options : 1 Year, 2 Years, 3 Years, 4 Years, 5 Years
Fee :

  • RM 2 per year for Class A or A1
  • RM 20 per year for Class B, B2 and C
  • RM 30 per year for Class D and above

Required Documents

  1. Original MyKad / passport, or copies if renewal is undertaken by representatives
  2. Original MyKad / passport of representatives, if necessary
  3. Original / copy of driving licence
  4. 1 colour photo (white background) with dimensions of 25 mm x 32 mm
    If you are applying in JPJ offices, you can take the picture at the counter, or use the picture embedded in your MyKad

Vocational Driving Licence (PSV / GDL)

Renewal Option : Only 1 Year
Fee : RM 20 per year
Required Documents

  1. Original MyKad / passport, or copies if renewal is undertaken by representatives
  2. Original MyKad / passport of representatives, if necessary
  3. Original / copy of driving licence
  4. Certification from medical officer (JPJL8 Form)
  5. 1 colour photo (white background) with dimensions of 25 mm x 32 mm
    If you are applying in JPJ offices, you can take the picture at the counter, or use the picture embedded in your MyKad.

 

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Paul Pelosi : Real vs. Fake Arrest Mugshot Compared!

People have been sharing a mugshot of Paul Pelosi – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband – who was arrested for DUI.

Take a look at the viral photo and find out what his real mugshot really looks like!

 

Claim : This Is The Paul Pelosi Arrest Mugshot

For many American conservatives, the story of Paul Pelosi getting arrested for DUI has not gotten enough media attention. So they have resorted to claiming that he was also arrested for possessing child porn and drugs, or that Nancy Pelosi was with the real culprit, and Paul was covering for her.

More recently, they shared a photo, claiming that it was of Paul Pelosi, with a blackened eye.

Paul Pelosi’s mug shot. Looks like he got a shinner…. #PaulPelosi #PaulPelosiMugShot #MugShots #NancyPelosi

Paul Pelosi’s mug shot. Don’t stop passing this around before it is banned…

The police refused to release it but his mugshot got leaked.

 

Paul Pelosi : Real vs. Fake Arrest Mugshot Compared!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that American conservatives are creating to smear politicians across the aisle.

Fact #1 : That Mugshot Was Photo Edited

The Paul Pelosi mugshot that went viral was digitally altered from a photo taken at the Pre-Grammy Gala, taken by Kevork Djansezian on February 14, 2016.

Here is a comparison of the crop of that Pre-Grammy Gala photo (on the left), and the edited photo on the right.

You can see that many parts of the face are similar – ears, nose, mouth, left eye, both eyebrows, and even the wrinkles on his face.

The person who altered the photo made him look heavier, added hair from a different person, as well as a blackened right eye.

Fact #2 : His Real Mugshot Was Released

Perhaps as a response to the fake mugshot being shared online, Paul Pelosi’s real mugshot was released by the Napa County Department of corrections, with this statement :

Napa County Department of Corrections Releases Paul Pelosi Mugshot

(NAPA, California) — On the night of May 28, 2022, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested Paul Pelosi (DOB 4/15/40) for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving with a .08% Blood Alcohol Content or Higher. He was booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections and subsequently cite released the following morning.

In Napa County, the decision to release or withhold mugshots or booking photos lies with the Napa County Department of Corrections, not the District Attorney’s Office. In the days after Mr. Pelosi’s arrest, Napa County followed the Department of Corrections’ policy regarding the release of booking photos and mugshots. Mr. Pelosi received the same treatment under that policy that all individuals released from County Jail receive.

No state law specifically requires the release of booking photos or mugshots, but policies regarding this topic can vary by jurisdiction. Napa County updated its policy to reflect current best practices and align with the policies of similar jurisdictions. As such, Napa County is now making available to the media and the public the booking photo of Mr. Pelosi taken at approximately 4:30 a.m. on May 29, 2022, at Napa County Department of Corrections.

This comparison shows you his real mugshot (on the left), and the fake mugshot (on the right).

As you can see, Paul Pelosi did not suffer any facial injuries from his crash.

Fact #3 : Paul Pelosi Was Arrested For DUI

Paul Pelosi was driving home from a dinner party at around 10:15 PM on Saturday night, when he attempted to cross a State Route 29 intersection at Walnut Lane in the Napa County.

His 2021 Porsche was hit by a 48 year-old Jeep driver, Jesus Lopez. Fortunately, neither men were hurt seriously, although both cars were written off in the crash.

After the accident, Paul was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.08%, and arrested on “suspicion of DUI”.

Fact #4 : He Faces Two Misdemeanour Charges

Paul Pelosi’s bail was set at $5,000 for two counts of misdemeanour :

  • driving under the influence
  • driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher

He is scheduled to appear in court on August 3, 2022; although Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley said that she has not decided whether to bring charges.

This is standard protocol for any DUI case that is referred by a law enforcement agency in Napa County.

No decision has been made at this time. Any speculation to the contrary is incorrect.

When a filing decision is made by the Napa County District Attorney, the media and public will be notified.

Fact #5 : A Young Lady Was Not Involved

The claims that Paul Pelosi was with a (very) young lady are also false.

This was confirmed by the accident report, which only shows two drivers involved. There were no passengers in both cars.

 

Fact #6 : Nancy Pelosi Was Not Involved

To be clear, there were only two people involved in the accident – Paul Pelosi and Jesus Lopez.

Claim that US Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the real driver, but her husband covered for her are false. This was confirmed by her spokesperson, who stated :

The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.

She could not be with her husband as she was in the East Coast to deliver a commencement address to the 2022 graduates and receive an honorary doctorate degree at Brown University in Rhode Island, on Monday, 30 May 2022.

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JPJ : Renew Driving Licence Or Retake Full Driving Test!

If your driving licence has expired, you need to renew it ASAP, or you will be forced to retake the full driving test!

Here is what you need to know…

 

JPJ : Renew Driving Licence Or Retake Full Driving Test!

The Road Transport Department (JPJ) is warning that the moratorium on expired driving licences will end on 30 June 2022.

The moratorium actually ended on 31 December 2021, but many drivers were under the impression that the moratorium was still in effect.

After checking their records and conducting operations across the country, JPJ found that hundreds of thousands of drivers have yet to renew their expired licence.

Thus, they are reminding those with expired licences to renew them before the end of the month.

Right now, those that JPJ caught were “only” been slapped with a fine. But after 30 June 2022, they will be issued with a summon and their licences may be revoked.

These are the four categories of expired licences that may be revoked, if they are not renewed in time :

  • Learner’s Driving Licence (LDL) : Up to 2 years
  • Probational Driving Licence (PDL) : More than 1 year
  • Competent Driving Licence (CDL) : More than 3 years
  • Public Service Vehicle / Goods Driving Licence (PSV / GDL) : More than 3 years

If your licence is revoked, you will need to undergo the full process to re-qualify and obtain a new licence.

Recommended : Please DO NOT Walk-In To Renew Your Malaysian Passport!

 

JPJ Fine For Driving Without A Valid Licence

If you are caught driving without a valid licence, you will be fined based on how long your licence has expired.

How Long Your Licence Has Expired Fine
1-15 Days RM 150
16-30 Days RM 200
31-60 Days RM 300

But as noted earlier, if you do not renew your licence for more than 3 years, you will not only be fined, you will be required to take the driving exam again.

Even worse, you will have to submit an eRayuan letter to obtain a learner’s licence (LDL) which costs RM30, and after passing the exam, you will need be issued a probationary licence (PDL) for 2 years.

 

How To Check Your Licence Expiry Date

Did you know you can check your driving licence expiry date, even if you are overseas? Here is what you need to do :

  1. Go to the official JPJ Licence Expiry Date enquiry page.
  2. Select your identification type
    – Temporary Resident (MYKAS)
    – Permanent Resident (PTM)
    – Malaysian Public (MYKAD)
    – Police (POL)
    – Military (TEN)
    – Non Malaysia (LLN)
  3. Key in your Identification Number (without dash)
  4. Key in the CAPTCHA security code – the 4-digit number in the image.
  5. Click Search.

You should get a report like this, which shows you when your driving licence was last renewed, and when it will expire.

 

JPJ : Where To Renew Driving Licence

The four licence types can be renewed at all JPJ state and branch offices, as well as JPJ offices in Urban Transformation Centres (UTC).

However, those with a learner’s licence (LDL) can also renew it in any Pos Malaysia branch; while those with a regular licence (CDL) can also renew it at Pos Malaysia or MyEG.

Please don’t wait until the last minute, as there will inevitably be a rush of people trying to do just that. And the police and JPJ will, no doubt, be conducting more traffic stops and roadblocks to look for people with expired licences and road tax.

Here is a summary of the four licence types, and where you can renew them :

JPJ Licence Type Expiry Where To Renew
Learner’s Driving Licence (LDL) Up to 2 years JPJ
Pos Malaysia
Probational Driving Licence (PDL) Over 1 Year JPJ
Competent Driving Licence (CDL) Over 3 Years JPJ
MyEG
Pos Malaysia
Public Service Vehicle (PSV) /
Goods Driving Licence (GDL)
Over 3 Years JPJ

 

What You Need To Renew Driving Licence

Competent Driving Licence (CDL)

Renewal Options : 1 Year, 2 Years, 3 Years, 4 Years, 5 Years
Fee :

  • RM 2 per year for Class A or A1
  • RM 20 per year for Class B, B2 and C
  • RM 30 per year for Class D and above

Required Documents

  1. Original MyKad / passport, or copies if renewal is undertaken by representatives
  2. Original MyKad / passport of representatives, if necessary
  3. Original / copy of driving licence
  4. 1 colour photo (white background) with dimensions of 25 mm x 32 mm
    If you are applying in JPJ offices, you can take the picture at the counter, or use the picture embedded in your MyKad

Vocational Driving Licence (PSV / GDL)

Renewal Option : Only 1 Year
Fee : RM 20 per year
Required Documents

  1. Original MyKad / passport, or copies if renewal is undertaken by representatives
  2. Original MyKad / passport of representatives, if necessary
  3. Original / copy of driving licence
  4. Certification from medical officer (JPJL8 Form)
  5. 1 colour photo (white background) with dimensions of 25 mm x 32 mm
    If you are applying in JPJ offices, you can take the picture at the counter, or use the picture embedded in your MyKad.

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Was Paul Pelosi Arrested For Child Porn + Cocaine?!

Was Paul Pelosi – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband – just arrested for child porn and crack cocaine?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

Updated @ 2022-06-10 : Added Napa County DA’s announcement on charges.
Originally posted @ 2022-05-30

 

Claim : Paul Pelosi Was Arrested For Child Porn + Cocaine!

Within hours of the news breaking that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was arrested in California, Vancouver Times posted a story that claimed he was found to also be in possession of child porn and crack cocaine!

They later updated their story to also claim that Nancy Pelosi would also face charges, and that she was tied to international sex trafficking rings.

Paul Pelosi is in serious trouble and could face many years in prison.

Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was re-arrested this weekend for possession of child pornography and crack cocaine. The MSM reported on the first arrest, but not the second arrest.

Sources indicate Pelosi paid off the prosecutor’s office to keep the second arrest “off-the-books.”

Paul Pelosi was first arrested late Saturday in Napa County north of San Francisco, according to a sheriff’s office online booking report.

He was caught driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, the report said.

Pelosi was originally released on bail, but was re-arrested after police found child pornography on his phone, as well as crack cocaine and pipes in his car. The child porn and drugs were not found during the initial search.

California Highway Patrol Officer and the FBI stated the investigation is ongoing and both Pelosi and his wife Nancy could be facing more charges. There has long been speculation the Pelosi’s are tied to international sex trafficking rings.

Pelosi’s arrest was first reported by TMZ.

 

Truth : Paul Pelosi Was Not Arrested For Child Porn Or Cocaine…

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created to generate page views and money from gullible people.

Fact #1 : Vancouver Times Is A Fake News Website

Vancouver Times is a “content aggregator” (copy and paste) website that is known for creating fake news to generate more page views and money.

To look legitimate, they copy and paste news from legitimate news organisations. To drive traffic, they create fake news, sometimes masked as “satire”.

To give themselves a veneer of deniability, they label themselves as a “satire website” in their About Us section.

Vancouver Times is the most trusted source for satire on the West Coast. We write satirical stories about issues that affect conservatives.

We are not affiliated with the mainstream media (CBC, CTV etc.) in any way, and any similarities between our content and the work of the MSM is purely coincidental.

Fact #2 : They Relabel Fake Stories As Satire

The Satire section in Vancouver Times appears to be a place where their fake stories go to “die”.

It looks like their SOP is to post fake stories as genuine news, to trick people and go viral. They will then shift their fake stories to the Satire section after getting fact checked.

They first posted this fake story about Paul Pelosi under their America section, only moving it to their Satire section after I fact checked it.

Here are some of the fake news that they created recently, that we debunked :

Fact #3 : Paul Pelosi Was Arrested For DUI

Paul Pelosi was driving home from a dinner party at around 10:15 PM on Saturday night, when his 2021 Porsche was hit by a 48 year-old Jeep driver on Walnut Lane in the Napa County while he was trying to cross a State Route 29 intersection.

After the accident, Paul was arrested on “suspicion of DUI”.  He was not arrested for possession of child porn or crack cocaine.

Vancouver Times created that fake claim that the police found child pornography and crack cocaine to drive traffic to their website.

Fact #4 : He Was Granted Bail Within Hours

Paul Pelosi was granted bail within hours, which would not be possible if he was really found to possess child pornography and crack cocaine, as Vancouver Times falsely claimed.

According to Napa County records, this was what happened :

  • 11:44 PM, May 28 : Paul Pelosi was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
  • 4:13 AM, May 29 : Paul Pelosi was booked into jail
  • 7:26 AM, May 29 : Paul Pelosi was released at 7:26 on bail

Fact #5 : He Faces Two Misdemeanour Charges

Paul Pelosi’s bail was set at $5,000 for two counts of misdemeanour :

  • driving under the influence
  • driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher

As the police booking record shows, there was NO MENTION of child porn or crack cocaine – the possession of which are felonies, not misdemeanours.

Vancouver Times made up those claims, to drive traffic to their fake news article.

Fact #6 : Nancy Pelosi Was Not Involved

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi was not with her husband during the incident, it is nonsensical for Vancouver Times to claim that she could be facing charges herself.

This was confirmed by her spokesperson, who stated :

The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.

She could not be with her husband as she was in the East Coast to deliver a commencement address to the 2022 graduates and receive an honorary doctorate degree at Brown University in Rhode Island, on Monday, 30 May 2022.

Fact #7 : Nancy Pelosi Was Not Tied To Sex Trafficking Rings

Nancy Pelosi was never tied to sex trafficking rings.

That is part of QAnon conspiracy theories about Democrat sex trafficking rings that have been repeatedly debunked.

Fact #8 : Napa County DA Reviewing DUI Charges

On Thursday, June 9, 2022, Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley announced that the Napa County DA’s Office was reviewing the DUI charges.

Haley also said that Paul Pelosi agreed to a court date for early August, although no decision has been made at this time (to charge him for DUI).

If it’s not obvious by now, Paul Pelosi was never arrested and will not be charged for possession of child porn or crack cocaine.

Everything that Vancouver Times publishes should be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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Did PDRM Just Install CCTV Cameras At All Toll Booths?!

Did PDRM just install CCTV cameras at all toll booths to catch motorists committing traffic offences?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : PDRM Just Installed CCTV Cameras At All Toll Booths!

People are sharing a WhatsApp voice message of a woman who claims that the PDRM just installed CCTV cameras at all toll booths to catch motorists committing crimes, so they can issue fines.

Sekarang ini dekat setiap tol ada CCTV. Sesiapa yang menggunakan handphone dekat tangan dia ke, atau bercakap telefon, semua sekali polis hantar saman. PDRM ada letak kamera kat setiap tol. So hati-hati bila berlalu kat tempat tol. Tali pinggang keledar kalau pakai pun dia saman. Pakai handphone pun dia saman. So berjaga-jaga kat setiap tol. Sekarang ini memang PDRM cari duit uituk bagi kerajaan.

Here is my English translation of the original message.

There are now CCTV cameras at every toll booth. The police will issue summons to those who are seen using a holding or using a handphone. PDRM has installed cameras at every toll booth. So be careful when you are at the toll. They will issue you a summon if you don’t wear a seatbelt, or if you are using a handphone. So be careful at every toll booth. PDRM right now is looking to collect money for the government.

Some people are also sharing this version in Chinese :

各位朋友注意了,现在交警会在每一个TOLL闸门放摄像机。如果你驾车在过TOLL的时候打电话,玩手机,或者没有绑安全带,被摄像机拍到。恭喜你。SAMAN会寄过去你家

 

Truth : PDRM Did Not Install CCTV Cameras At Any Toll Booth!

This is another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Highway Operators Installed Those CCTVs

Highway operators like PLUS install CCTVs at their toll booths to monitor operations, and safety issues. As they explained in 2018 :

Our staff monitor the situation at all the toll booths from the camera recording just in case motorists need assistance at the toll lane.

Fact #2 : PLUS Denied The Claim

PLUS Expressways Berhad – the largest highway concessionaire in Malaysia confirmed in 2018 that PDRM is not using their CCTV cameras to catch traffic offenders :

The CCTVs are not being used to catch traffic offender.

The CCTV recordings may be shared with the PDRM in the cases of accidents, but otherwise, highway operators do not share them with the police.

Fact #3 : There Are CCTVs All Along Highways

CCTV cameras are not just installed at toll booths. They are actually installed at many points along highways in Malaysia.

PLUS, for example, installed 2,000 CCTV cameras along their highways. You can even view some of those CCTV feeds using the PLUS app!

Fact #4 : This Hoax Has Been Circulating Since 2017

This voice message started circulating in August 2017, and has been resurrected several times in the past few years. It was fake in 2017, and it remains fake today, in 2022.

Fact #5 : PDRM Can Catch You At Any Time

Police officers can catch traffic offenders at any time. They do not have to rely on toll booth cameras.

Even though this is a hoax, you should always wear a seatbelt, and you should never use your mobile phone while driving.

 

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GrabUnlimited : Is It Worth Becoming A Member?

GrabUnlimited offers a large number of discount vouchers, and the opportunity to earn rebates!

Find out what GrabUnlimited really is all about, and whether it’s worth becoming a member!

 

GrabUnlimited : What Is It?

GrabUnlimited is a subscription plan that offers discount vouchers, and special promotions for Grab services.

Here are some of the benefits that the GrabUnlimited subscription offers :

Special June Promotions

  • 4 x GrabFood discount vouchers (up to 50%) + free delivery (cannot be used at peak hours or in Penang)
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Standard Subscription Vouchers

  • 50 x GrabFood free delivery vouchers (up to RM3 off)
  • 10 x GrabMart free delivery vouchers (up to RM3 off)
  • 10 x GrabFood discount vouchers (15% off, only for self pick-up)
  • 1 x RM5 Grab Ride discount (Malaysian airport rides only)

Unlimited Benefits

  • RM1 GrabFood premium delivery discount
  • JustGrab (Top-Rated Drivers) in selected cities (from 9 June 2022 onwards)
  • Earn up to 1.5% in GrabRewards (instead of just 0.5% for non-members)
    You will get 1.5 GrabRewards for every RM1 spent, instead of just RM0.75.
  • Monthly Grab Hot Deals are now limited to GrabUnlimited members.

 

GrabUnlimited : My Humble Opinion

GrabUnlimited is being pitched to the media as a great way to save and earn money (paradoxical, I know!).

At first glance, it does look attractive, offering you 38% or 50% discount vouchers, as well as free delivery vouchers worth RM180. And who doesn’t want to “earn” 1.5%?

The real purpose though is to lock you into their platform, to discourage you from using their rivals / alternatives.

And if you look at the fine print, you will realise that those benefits and vouchers come with caveats that make them much less attractive.

  • You get 1.5 GrabRewards for every RM1 you spend – twice that of non-members, which you can use to redeem discounted Grab vouchers for a rebate “up to 1.5%”.
  • The 50% discount voucher is really a RM8.50 discount voucher with a minimum spend of RM20. The additional discount comes from Grab automatically applying one of the GrabUnlimited RM3 free delivery vouchers. It is also limited to “selected restaurants”.
  • The 38% discount voucher is really a RM7.50 discount voucher with a minimum spend of RM25. The additional discount comes from Grab automatically applying one of the GrabUnlimited RM3 free delivery vouchers. It is also limited to “selected restaurants”.
  • The 15% off Self Pick-Up discount is capped at RM12, which works out to a maximum order value of RM80.
  • The RM3 GrabFood free delivery voucher requires a minimum spend of RM20, and is not valid for Mix & Match orders.
  • The RM3 GrabMart free delivery voucher requires a minimum spend of RM40, and is not valid for Mix & Match orders.

That is why Grab limited their monthly Hot Deals and Top-Rated Drivers to GrabUnlimited members. They used to be available to everyone.

That does not mean it’s a bad idea to subscribe. If you use Grab regularly to order food or grocery deliveries, you can save quite a lot. You just have to make sure you meet the voucher requirements.

And you should definitely not fall into the trap of only using Grab. Always check alternative delivery services to see if they offer a better deal.

Finally, if you do not use Grab regularly (like me), you should obviously not subscribe at all. It would only be a waste of your money.

 

GrabUnlimited : What You Must Know…

GrabUnlimited Membership Cost

GrabUnlimited is a subscription-based membership programme that costs RM4.90 per month, which works out to RM58.80 per year.

New subscribers will be charged 1 sen for the first month, but will have to pay the full subscription price thereafter.

Existing GrabUnlimited members outside of Penang, Kuching and Johor Bahru who subscribed in April and May will be charged only 1 sen in June, but will have to pay the full subscription price from July onwards.

How To Subscribe To GrabUnlimited

Here is what you need to do to subscribe to this plan :

  1. Open the Grab app
  2. Go to Account > Subscriptions
  3. Tap on GrabUnlimited
  4. Review the plan details, and tap on Get this plan
  5. Pay for the subscription using your GrabPay Wallet

GrabUnlimited Automatically Renews Monthly

You may be interested to try out GrabUnlimited due to the 1 sen promotional price for the first month.

But please be warned that once you subscribe, it will automatically renew every month, and you will be charged the full price.

if you don’t want to pay the full price after trying it out, make sure you cancel the plan before the next billing date.

Cancelling GrabUnlimited

This is the official way to cancel your GrabUnlimited subscription :

  1. Open the Grab app
  2. Go to Account > Subscriptions
  3. Tap on GrabUnlimited
  4. Tap on View Details
  5. Tap on Cancel Plan

If you accidentally cancelled your subscription, you can resubscribe anytime before the next billing date at no additional cost.

 

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30% to 100% Highway Toll Discount For 2022 Aidilfitri Holiday!

The government of Malaysia just announced 30% to 100% highway toll discount for the 2022 Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday!

Here is what you need to know…

 

30% to 100% Highway Toll Discount For 2022 Aidilfitri Holiday!

On 25 April 2022, the government of Malaysia announced that they came to an agreement with 30 highway concessionaires to offer a 30% to 100% discount on highway toll charges during the 2022 Hari Raya Aidilfitri holiday!

The 30% to 100% discount will only apply to all vehicle classes, on these dates and times :

  • From 12:01 AM on Saturday, 30 April 2022 until 11:59 PM on Sunday, 1 May 2022
  • From 12:01 AM on Saturday, 7 May 2022 until 11:59 PM on Sunday, 8 May 2022

Please note that there is no toll discount from 2 May until 6 May 2022.

 

2022 Aidilfitri Highway Toll Discount : Full List Of Highways

Here is the full list of participating highways :

100% Highway Toll Discount

  1. Lebuhraya Utara Selatan (PLUS)
  2. Lebuhraya Utara Selatan Hubungan Tengah (ELITE)
  3. Lebuhraya Seremban – Port Dickson (SPDH)
  4. Lebuhraya Butterworth – Kulim (BKE)
  5. Laluan Kedua Malaysia Singapura (LINKEDUA)
  6. Jambatan Pulau Pinang (JPP)
  7. Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) 1
  8. Lebuhraya Pantai Timur (LPT) 2
  9. Lebuhraya KL – Karak (KLK)

50% Highway Toll Discount

  1. Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS)
  2. Lebuhraya Damansara – Puchong (LDP)
  3. Lebuhraya Cheras – Kajang (GRANDSAGA)
  4. Lebuhraya Sungai Besi (BESRAYA)
  5. Lebuhraya Baru Pantai (NPE)
  6. Lebuhraya Bertingkat Ampang – KL (AKLEH)
  7. Lebuhraya KL-Putrajaya (MEX)
  8. Lebuhraya Duta – Ulu Kelang (DUKE)

30% Highway Toll Discount

  1. Projek Pengurusan Air Banjir Dan Terowong (SMART)
  2. Lebuhraya Koridor Guthrie (GUTHRIE)
  3. Lebuhraya KL- Kuala Selangor (LATAR)
  4. Lebuhraya Lingkaran Luar Butterworth (LLB)
  5. Lebuhraya Kemuning – Shah Alam (LKSA)
  6. Lebuhraya Lingkaran Kajang (SILK)
  7. Jambatan Sultan Abdul Halim Muad’zam Shah (JPP2)
  8. Lebuhraya Lembah Klang Selatan (SKVE)
  9. Lebuhraya Skim Penyuraian Trafik KL- Barat (SPRINT)
  10. Lebuhraya Kajang-Seremban (LEKAS)
  11. Lebuhraya Pintas Selat Klang Utara Baru (GRAND SEPADU)
  12. Lebuhraya Senai – Desaru (SDE)
  13. Lebuhraya Persisiran Pantai Barat (WCE)

The cost of these discounts, estimated at RM77.11 million, will be jointly absorbed by the Malaysian government and the concession companies.

 

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1 Week Toll-Free Travel Between Malaysia + Singapore!

To kickstart the reopening of the land border, Malaysia will offer toll-free travel to and from Singapore for one week!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Malaysia + Singapore To Allow Land Travel On 1 April 2022!

On 24 March 2022, the governments of Malaysia and Singapore announced that they will reopen their common land border on 1 April 2022!

Start 1 April 2022, all fully-vaccinated travellers will be allowed to cross from Malaysia to Singapore, and vice versa, without the need to

  • apply for entry approval
  • under quarantine
  • take a pre-departure test
  • take an on-arrival test

This travel liberalisation will apply to all travellers, regardless of nationality and the medium of transportation.

This announcement will restore land travel between Malaysia and Singapore to how it was pre-pandemic, which will greatly boost trade and tourism.

Many Malaysians and Singaporeans will also be able to meet up with friends and family members in the other country.

Read more : Malaysia Reopens International Borders On 1 April 2022!

 

1 Week Toll-Free Travel Between Singapore + Malaysia!

To kickstart the reopening of the land border, Malaysia will offer toll-free travel to and from Singapore for one week!

From 1 April until 7 April 2022, the toll fee will be waived on all vehicles travelling via the Johor Causeway (Sultan Iskandar) and the Second Link (Tanjung Kupang).

This toll fee waiver are for Malaysian citizens, who are Touch ‘n Go and SmartTag users, travelling in both directions.

This toll fee waiver is in addition to the Road Charge waiver for Singapore-registered vehicles entering Malaysia at both the Johor Causeway and the Second Link.

PLUS Highway estimates that at least 42,000 vehicles will enter Malaysia through the both locations every day. This toll fee waiver is estimated to benefit over 300,000 cross-border journeys between Malaysia and Singapore.

 

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Penang Smart Parking : RM4.40 Glitch Fixed!

The Penang Smart Parking glitch that reduced everyone’s account balance to just RM4.40 has been FIXED!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Penang Smart Parking Glitch Reduced Balance To RM4.40!

On 19 January 2022, drivers in Penang received a surprise when their Penang Smart Parking app showed a balance of just RM 4.40.

Many took to social media to ask if their accounts were hacked, or claim that the Penang Smart Parking app was hacked.

Currently, it does NOT appear to be a hack, as everyone reported the same RM4.40 balance in their account.

 

Penang Smart Parking Glitch Fixed, Balances Synced By Tomorrow!

When the problem first cropped up, the Penang Smart Parking team asked the public not to worry if their account balance shows RM4.40, as their eWallet balances remain secure and intact.

At 5:51 PM, the PSP team announced that they successfully fixed the problem, and restored the correct eWallet record.

All transactions will be synchronised after operating hours today at 6:00 PM, and is expected to be completed by 6 AM on 20 January 2022.

 

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Shah Alam Toll Plaza : Still CLOSED After Flash Flood!

The Shah Alam toll plaza on the PLUS Highway remains closed, as PDRM + Bomba helped to rescue 226 victims!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Shah Alam Toll Plaza : Still CLOSED After Flash Flood!

At around 2 PM on 18 December 2021, a flash flood forced the PLUS Highway management to completely shut down the Shah Alam Toll Plaza and Interchange.

They also activated mandatory exits at the Subang and Seafield toll plazas to divert southbound and northbound traffic from the flooded Shah Alam toll plaza and interchange.

In addition, PLUS Highway also closed the entry lane at Bukit Raja, as well as the Setia Alam ramp to Shah Alam.

Motorists who are trapped between Setia Alam to Shah Alam, and between Subang to Shah Alam / ELITE Highway, were required to make an emergency U-turn via a temporary access that PLUS created.

19 December 2021 Update

By 7 AM, PDRM and Bomba rescuers located and transferred 226 victims who were trapped by the flash flood to other parts of the PLUS highway.

At 5:40 PM, PLUS Highway announced that the Shah Alam toll plaza will remain closed, and motorists would continue to be redirected to the Subang and Seafield toll plazas.

If you are planning to travel to, or from Shah Alam, using the PLUS Highway, you should seek an alternative route; or postpone your trip.

PLUS Highway will reopen the Shah Alam toll plaza once they confirmed it’s safe to do so.

 

Flash Flood Risk To Persist Until 19 December 2021

The Malaysia Meteorological Department warned that the severe rainstorm will persist at least until 19 December 2021 :

  • Dangerous (until 18 December 2021) : Selangor, Kuala Lumpur
  • Severe (until 19 December 2021) : Perak, Pahang, Selangor, Putrajaya, Negeri Sembilan

 

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How To Pay PDRM Traffic Summons Using Maybank ATM!

You can now pay your PDRM traffic summons using any Maybank ATM!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Pay Your PDRM Fines Through Pos Malaysia / Maybank ATM!

On 12 December 2021, PDRM announced that you will be able to pay your traffic summons with the 80% discount through :

  • all Pos Malaysia branches across the country
  • all Maybank ATM machines anywhere in Malaysia

Note : We have no idea if this option will extend beyond the discount period.

Read more : 80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

 

How To Pay PDRM Traffic Summons Using Maybank ATM!

Some of you have had trouble paying your PDRM traffic summons using the Maybank ATM, so here is our (partial) guide :

Step 1 : Insert your ATM card, and key in your PIN number

Step 2 : Select the PAYBILLS option.

Step 3 : Select PDRM SUMMONS PAYMENT.

Step 4 : Tap CONTINUE in this disclaimer screen.

Step 5 : Key in your MyKad (I/C) number, and tap YES.

Step 6 : Your compoundable summons will now be displayed, with the total amount to be paid (after the 80% discount).

Step 7 : Unfortunately, I have none under my name, so I cannot proceed further. But at this point, you will be allowed to make payment through the Maybank ATM, either through a cash deposit, or your Maybank account.

 

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TNG RFID Will Finally Be Operational On PLUS Highway!

After almost 2 years of delay, TNG RFID will finally be operational on the PLUS Highway from 15 January 2022 onwards!

Here is what you need to know…

 

TNG RFID @ PLUS Highway : Originally Scheduled For April 2020!

TNG RFID is an electronic payment system that uses an RFID (radio-frequency identification) tag that is affixed to the vehicle’s windscreen or headlamp, and linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account.

The TNG RFID Tag is linked to the user’s Touch ‘n Go eWallet account, and whenever your vehicle approaches a toll, an overhead scanner its encrypted code and automatically deducts the fare, allowing you to pass without stopping.

This system was originally meant to be implemented on the PLUS highway in April 2020, but was repeatedly delayed until now…

Read more : TNG RFID Self-Fitment Guide : How To Do It Yourself!

 

TNG RFID Will Finally Be Operational On PLUS Highway!

On 16 December 2021, the Malaysia Ministry of Works (KKR) announced that the TNG RFID system will be activated from 15 January 2022 onwards for Class 1 light vehicles from the Juru toll in Penang to the Skudai toll in Johor Bahru.

This is part of the Ministry’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) blueprint, which includes the Multi Lane Free Flow (MLFF) toll system.

With the RFID system enabled, motorists will be able to pass through RFID tolls at up to 30 km/h, with the convenience of automatic top-ups.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your RFID tag yet. PLUS highway tolls will still support Touch ‘n Go cards and SmartTAG. Support for these legacy payment methods will be gradually reduced to allow for more RFID lanes.

You can purchase the TNG RFID tags for RM 35 at these two official online stores :

Please buy only from the two official TNG RFID online stores above. We do NOT recommend buying from third-party stores, because they may not be authentic.

 

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80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

PDRM + JPJ just extended their 80% traffic offence discount programmes, so there is NO NEED to rush!

Here is what you need to know…

 

80% Discount For Traffic Offences : Four Days Of Long Queues!

After both Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Road Transport Department (JPJ) offered the 80% discount on most traffic offences, there were long queues outside police and JPJ offices.

This extended online, where the PDRM MyBAYAR Saman system was brought to its knees, with users unable to register and/or log in to pay their fines.

Nevertheless, PDRM reported that 372,636 traffic summonses were cleared on the first day, netting RM 17.5 million!

Read more : PDRM + JPJ Traffic Offences : How To Get 80% Discount?

 

80% Traffic Offence Discount Extended For PDRM + JPJ!

To alleviate the heavy traffic to their servers, both PDRM and JPJ announced that they would extend their 80% discount on traffic offences!

PDRM

PDRM is extending their 80% discount on traffic offences to 31 December 2021, and you will be able to make payments at :

  • Payment Counters at Police District Headquarters
  • Payment Counters at Police Contingent Headquarters
  • MyBAYAR Saman online portal or app
  • Pos Malaysia branches
  • Maybank ATM

JPJ

JPJ is extending their 80% discount on traffic offences to 15 December 2021, and you will be able to make payments at :

 

80% Discount Not For All Traffic Offences

The discounts being offered do NOT apply to all traffic offences. Here is a list of traffic offences that will not be reduced under this programme :

  • Causing accidents
  • Overtaking another vehicle dangerously
  • Driving on the emergency lane
  • Not obeying traffic lights
  • Overtaking across double lines
  • Non-compoundable offences
  • Offences involving heavy vehicles
  • Modification of vehicle exhausts

 

How To Get PDRM / JPJ Traffic Discount Online?

PDRM

Instead of queuing up at the police headquarters, you should use the online MyBayar Saman portal or app :

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

JPJ

Instead of queuing up at JPJ offices, you should use their online mySIKAP online portal.

 

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PDRM + JPJ Traffic Offences : How To Get 80% Discount?

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) just announced the latest details of their 4-day traffic offence discount programme!

Now you can actually skip the queue, and pay for your traffic offences with up to 80% discount online!

 

Discount For Traffic Offences : What Was Announced Earlier

It was announced earlier that the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and the Road Transport Department (JPJ) would be offering massive discounts on traffic offences over four days at the KL Convention Centre (KLCC).

  • 80% discount for traffic summonses within Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya
  • 70% discount for traffic summonses outside Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya

That immediately led to criticism that the tiered discounts is discriminatory. A common refrain -why are people in KL and Putrajaya getting more discount than those from other states?

They also announced that these discounts would only be valid at the KLCC payment counters. That was roundly criticised as it would mean people gathering and queuing for hours – a big risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

PDRM + JPJ Traffic Offences : How To Get 80% Discount?

Just before the offer kicked off, PDRM and JPJ issued press releases (JPJ) making changes to the traffic offence discount programme :

Discount Now Up To 80%

PDRM and JPJ announced that they will offer up to 80% discount on traffic summonses, with a minimum of RM30.

There is no longer any reference to a 70% discount for traffic summonses outside KL and Putrajaya.

Discount Programme Runs For 4 Days

The PDRM and JPJ traffic summons discount programme will run for 4 days – from 9 until 12 December 2021.

You Don’t Have To Pay At KLCC!

PDRM will now allow you to pay for your compound at multiple venues, and even online!

  • PDRM Payment Counters @ KLCC
  • Summon Payment Counters at Police District Headquarters
  • Summon Payment Counters at Police Contingent Headquarters
  • MyBAYAR Saman online portal or app

JPJ will similarly allow you to pay for your compound at multiple venues, and even online!

Discounts Do NOT Apply To All Traffic Offences

The discounts being offered do NOT apply to all traffic offences. Here is a list of traffic offences that will not be reduced under this programme :

  • Causing accidents
  • Overtaking another vehicle dangerously
  • Driving on the emergency lane
  • Not obeying traffic lights
  • Overtaking across double lines
  • Non-compoundable offences
  • Offences involving heavy vehicles
  • Modification of vehicle exhausts
  • Cases registered at the courts
  • Arrest warrants that have not resulted in Discharge Not Amounting To Acquittal (DNAA)

PDRM + JPJ Advised Public To Pay Compounds Online!

Instead of requiring people to queue up at the KL Convention Centre, PDRM and JPJ now advise the public to pay their compounds online instead.

They also called on those who wish to pay their compounds physically, to obey COVID-19 precautions and SOP.

 

How To Pay PDRM / JPJ Traffic Offences Online?

PDRM

Instead of queuing up at the police headquarters, you should use the online MyBayar Saman portal or app :

The PDRM launched MyBayar Saman as an alternative payment option, instead of paying over-the-counter, or using private collecting agents like MyEG.

This would also save the public money as MyBayar Saman is FREE, and does not collect service charges. They can also pay their fines at their convenience, without wasting time queuing to pay.

JPJ

Instead of queuing up at JPJ offices, you should use their online mySIKAP online portal.

 

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Can You Wear Slippers While Driving In Malaysia?

Can you wear slippers while driving a car in Malaysia? Here is what you need to know!

Updated @ 2021-07-17 : Added confirmation letter from JPJ

Originally posted @ 2021-07-15

 

Are Police Checking For Driving With Slippers In Malaysia?

A video went viral recently, showing a police officer stopping a man, and asking if he’s wearing slippers or shoes.

Many Malaysian netizens were shocked by video. Some speculated that the police are looking for a kick-back, while others said that it’s to check if people were going to work or having a joyride.

 

Can You Wear Slippers While Driving In Malaysia?

So can you wear slippers while driving in Malaysia?

That really depends on whether you are driving a personal vehicle, or a commercial vehicle.

Fact #1 : You Can Wear Slippers While Driving A Private Vehicle

There are no laws that forbid you from wearing slippers or sandals while driving a private vehicle.

However, wearing slippers or sandals while driving a commercial vehicle (like a lorry, bus or taxi) is an offence under the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987.

The person who recorded the video was a taxi driver. That’s why the police officer let the car in front of him go, but stopped to question him.

Fact #2 : Commercial Vehicle Drivers Must Wear Appropriate Attire

Drivers of commercial vehicles do not just have to wear proper shoes while driving, they have to be properly attired.

Section 15(b) of the Road Traffic Rules 1959 requires drivers of commercial vehicles to be properly attired.

What that means is really ambiguous, but in the past has included wearing slippers or sandals while driving.

JPJ confirmed that it is mandatory for drivers of commercial and public vehicles to wear fully-closed shoes. Those who do not can be fined under the Road Transportation Act 1987.

Fact #3 : Driving With Slippers Is Dangerous

Even though it’s legal to drive a private vehicle with slippers or sandals, I highly advise you NOT to do that.

Driving with slippers or sandals have been shown to increase the risk of accidents through :

  • increasing the time it takes to work the pedals.
  • delay your reaction time.
  • reduce the amount of force on the pedals.
  • getting lodged under the pedals

Even if you don’t get a ticket for not wearing proper shoes while driving, you could end up in a bad accident.

Please stop wearing slippers while driving!

Fact #4 : Taking Off Your Slippers / Shoes Is Also Dangerous!

For those who like to drive barefoot, please don’t do that either!

Taking off your shoes or slippers before driving is a recipe for disaster, as they can get lodged under the pedals.

Imagine trying to pump the brake pedal with your shoe or slipper lodged under it.

If you really, REALLY must drive barefoot, please place your footwear in the passenger’s compartment.

 

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NVIDIA Resizable BAR : What You Need To Know!

NVIDIA finally released Resizable BAR support, and it is currently limited to RTX 30 series graphics cards only.

Here is what you need to know about Resizable BAR, and how to get your FREE performance boost!

 

NVIDIA Resizable BAR : What Is It?

Resizable BAR is an optional PCI Express feature, that can deliver a small but free boost in performance for the graphics card.

CPUs are traditionally limited to a 256 MB I/O memory address region for the GPU frame buffer. This of it as an “data dump” for stuff like textures, shaders and geometry.

Since this “data dump” is limited to 256 MB, the CPU can only send texture, shader and geometry data as and when the GPU requires them.

This introduces some latency – delay from when the GPU requires the data, and the CPU send them.

Turning on Resizable BAR or Smart Access Memory greatly expands the size of that data dump, letting the CPU directly access the GPU’s entire frame buffer memory.

Instead of transferring data when requested by the GPU, the CPU processes and stores the data directly in the graphics memory.

Graphics assets can be transferred to graphics memory in full, instead of in pieces. In addition, multiple transfers can occur simultaneously, instead of being queued up.

Do note that Resizable BAR will not increase memory bandwidth.

What it does is let the CPU directly access the entire GPU frame buffer memory, instead of using the usual 256 MB “dump”. That reduces latency because the graphics assets are now accessible by the GPU at all times.

 

NVIDIA Resizable BAR : Delayed From February 2021!

AMD was first out the door with Resizable BAR in November 2020, launching it as Smart Access Memory.

It gave their Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card a free performance boost of up to 16% in some games, but no effect in other games.

You can check out the performance difference in our article, RX 6800 XT Smart Access Memory Performance Comparison!

On 12 January 2021, NVIDIA announced that they will be able to introduce Resizable BAR support in GeForce drivers from Late February 2021 onwards.

They finally released Resizable Bar support on 30 March 2021, through GeForce Game Ready Driver 465.89.

It will be limited to their GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards and laptops, but will work with both Intel and AMD CPUs.

However, it’s not as simple as just installing GeForce Game Ready Driver 465.89.

The newly announced GeForce RTX 3060 will ship with support for Resizable BAR. However, older GeForce RTX 30 series cards will need to have their VBIOS updated from March 2021 onwards.

The motherboard must also be updated with Resizable BAR support. According to Intel, this will be limited to 11th Gen platforms, and select 10th Gen platforms.

So ironically, Resizable BAR will first work on GeForce RTX 30 series graphics cards paired with AMD Ryzen 5000 processors and AMD 500-series motherboards!

 

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CRSED, Enlisted, Mordhau + Warface Now Support NVIDIA Reflex!

NVIDIA just announced that CRSED, Enlisted, Mordhau and Warface have just been updated to support NVIDIA Reflex!

Find out what NVIDIA Reflex is all about, and how it improves responsiveness in those four games!

 

NVIDIA Reflex : What Is It?

NVIDIA describes Reflex as “a revolutionary suite of GPU, G-SYNC display and software technologies” that measure and reduce system latency.

The key to this technology is the NVIDIA Reflex SDK – a new set of APIs for game developers. Once integrated into a game, it adjusts the game engine work to eliminate the GPU render queue, and reduce CPU back pressure.

Like NVIDIA Ultra Low Latency (NULL) mode, Reflex prevents the CPU from processing faster than the GPU, eliminating extra frames from being queued up for rendering, which would normally increase render latency.

The difference really is this – by integrating with the game, the NVIDIA graphics driver can control the amount of back pressure the CPU receives from the render queue and other later stages of the pipeline.

This makes NVIDIA Reflex superior to NULL, but only with games that integrate the SDK.

 

CRSED, Enlisted, Mordhau + Warface Now Support NVIDIA Reflex!

NVIDIA announced that CRSED, Enlisted, Mordhau and Warface just added support for NVIDIA Reflex.

After you update those games, you will get to enjoy lower system latencies with your NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards.

 

CRSED, Enlisted, Mordhau + Warface : How Much Faster With NVIDIA Reflex?

CRSED is a free-to-play multiplayer last-man-standing shooter game, that was released in December 2019.

NVIDIA Reflex reduces its latency by 23%.

Enlisted is an online squad-based first-person MMO shooter that covers World War II battles.

By adding NVIDIA Reflex, it reduces system latency by up to 20% for GeForce graphics cards.

Mordhau is an 80-player medieval PvP and co-op slasher game, where players take charge of mercenaries in brutal hand-to-hand combat.

Now that Mordhau supports NVIDIA Reflex, system latency for GeForce gamers is reduced by up to 41%.

Warface is a free-to-play, online first-person shooter game with millions of players.

With this new update, Warface reduces system latency by up to 22%.

 

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Was This Driver FINED For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him?

A driver was allegedly issued a RM1K fine for letting his wife sit next to him in their car during the CMCO lockdown.

Find out what happened, and if you can really get fined for sitting side-by-side in your car!

 

Claim : This Driver Was FINED For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him!

A video of a driver being issued a fine has gone viral on WhatsApp, together with this message :

Damn stupid. Silly another case just happened in Melaka. Malim – a husband & wife kena saman bcos wife sitting at front seat next to the husband.

Police says the 2nd person (even your wife) must seat behind. Just got this news from my neighbour who just came back from malim.

People are sharing it as evidence that you can be fined for letting a passenger sit next to you in a car.

 

No, This Driver Was NOT Fined For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him!

We had earlier debunked two similar hoaxes about people getting fined for sitting side-by-side in a car :

This is yet another hoax, and here are the facts…

Fact #1 : The Driver Was NOT Fined For Letting His Wife Sit Next To Him

The man actually posted on Facebook, claiming that he was issued a summon for letting his wife use her phone :

I was just given a summon by PDRM at Jalan Dato Md Zain. I ask the officer what’s my offence and according to him “Sebelah kiri pakai hphone”.

I said that was my wife using and why issue me summon as I am not using phone. He just said go attend court. I ask for proof and he said all are there when you attend court hearing.

I refuse to sign and the office® can just sign on behalf?

Anyone encounter such issue and what can be done?

 

Fact #2 : The Driver Was Fined For Using A Phone While Driving

The Melaka state police stated that the driver was issued the ticket at about 11:08 AM on 9 November 2020, for using his phone while driving.

The driver protested that it was his wife using the phone, but the police had seen the driver using the phone with his left hand about 250 metres before the roadblock.

Because the driver refused to acknowledge the ticket, the police officer wrote ETT (Enggan Tanda Tangan / Refused To Sign) before handing the ticket to him.

The ticket lists the offence as “PANDU GUNA ALAT KOMUNIKASI” – driving while using a communications device.

Fact #3 : Two Persons Are Allowed In / On A Vehicle

The Malaysian National Security Council (MKN) released three regional SOPs and later an updated SOP for Peninsular Malaysia states under CMCO / PKPB lockdown :

The earlier three SOPs state clearly that two persons per household are allowed to go out together to purchase food and essentials.

The latest Peninsular Malaysia SOP explicitly says that two persons per household are allowed to travel in or on a vehicle.

Note that there is no requirement for the passenger to sit behind the driver. It would have been an absurd and pointless rule anyway, since they are from the same household.

Fact #4 : There Is No Limit On Commercial Vehicles

According to the MKN SOPs, there is no new limit on vehicles carrying goods and providing essential services, including those involved in business and industrial activities.

The number of people in such vehicles are limited to what’s allowed by the commercial vehicle licence.

For example, if a delivery van is licensed for up to 3 people, then 3 people may sit together in that delivery van.

Fact #5 : Taxis + E-hailing Vehicles Are Limited To 2 Passengers

The MKN SOPs limit taxis and e-hailing vehicles to 2 passengers.

That means a total of 3 people are allowed in a car, and two of them will definitely be sitting side by side.

So it will not be logical for the police to issue a fine for people sitting side by side in any vehicle.

Fact #6 : No Requirement For A Passenger To Sit Behind The Driver

For the police to issue a fine, it must be specifically forbidden in the CMCO / PKPB SOP for two persons to sit side by side in a vehicle.

There is no such requirement in the CMCO / PKPB SOP, so it is not possible for the police to issue such a fine.


We highly recommend that you check out our other two articles on this never-ending hoax about police issuing fines for sitting side-by-side in a car :

 

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Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 : What’s New?

AMD just launched Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2! Here is their official tech briefing, and details of what’s new and improved!

 

Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 : What’s New?

On 13 May 2020, AMD announced their second enterprise driver release of the year – Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2.

Here are the highlights of what’s new and improved in AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2!

Performance Improvements

AMD continues to work closely with leading ISV application developers to improve performance.

Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 is now up to 14% faster in the geomean of the SPECviewperf 13 benchmark viewsets, compared to last year’s 19.Q2 driver.

Intelligent Power Management

When upgraded to AMD Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2, the AMD Radeon Pro W5700 graphics card will use up to 21% less system power when running Photoshop than the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver.

Better Multitasking Performance

When using SOLIDWORKS and CPU rendering with KeyShot 8 in the background, AMD Radeon Pro W5700 using Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 will deliver up to 2.4x better average performance compared to the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 4000 graphics card using NVIDIA Quadro Optimal Driver for Enterprise (ODE) R440 U7 (442.74) driver.

 

Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 20.Q2 : Where To Download

You can download the new driver suite for FREE at the AMD Drivers and Support page.

 

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GeForce Driver 442.50 Fixes Apex Legends, ARK, Division 2 + More!

NVIDIA just released GeForce Game Ready Driver 442.50, which includes updates for Apex Legends, ARK and The Division 2, as well as support for three new G-SYNC monitors!

Here are the full details on the new GeForce Game Ready Driver 442.50!

 

GeForce Driver 442.50 Fixes Apex Legends, ARK + Division 2!

The new GeForce Game Ready Driver 442.50 comes with a slew of game fixes, including :

  • Apex Legends : fixes the crash that’s affecting some players with the error DXGI_ERROR_DEVICE_HUNG 0x887A0006

  • Division 2 : Day One updates for the Warlords of New York expansion that’s coming up on 3 March 2020!
  • ARK : game updates for the new Genesis expansion
  • Mortal Kombat : random crashes fixed
  • Zombie Army: Dead War 4 : no more corrupted flickering when in-game HDR is enabled
  • Battleye : Desktop Windows Manager no longer resets with NVIDIA Low Latency Mode set to Ultra.
  • Twitch Studio : display no longer corrupts when Image Sharpening is enabled globally from the NVIDIA Control Panel.
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed : game no longer crashes when playing in a water level
  • Red Dead Redemption 2 : Game no longer randomly crashes on Pascal or older GPUs.

 

GeForce Driver 442.50 Adds Three New G-SYNC Displays!

The new GeForce Game Ready Driver 442.50 adds support for three more G-SYNC monitors :

  • AOC AG271FZ2
  • AOC AG271F1G2
  • ASUS PG43U

 

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AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition Tech Report!

AMD just unveiled Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition – their next-generation software suite for Radeon graphics!

Here is our quick primer on the new AMD Radeon Software Adrenaline 2020 Edition!

 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition

AMD released Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition a year ago, delivering a performance boost of up to 15%, as well as new features like PC-to-VR, mobile device streaming, and in-game instant replay.

Now, AMD is introducing the new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition, which promises a new slew of improvements and features!

New Look + Feel

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition is a newly-redesigned application with a new look and feel designed to make it easier for users to access and use its functions.

The new Game Center allows users to launch games from a central location regardless of the online game store, adjust Radeon Software settings for each individual game, and track gaming and performance stats.

In addition, a new integrated web browser enables users to browse online for valuable game information, walkthroughs, video tutorials of Radeon™ graphics features, and more – without ever leaving the game.

Radeon Boost

The new Radeon Boost feature will deliver up to a 23 percent average performance boost during fast-motion gaming scenarios by dynamically reducing image resolution, to increase frame rates and fluidity, and bolstering responsiveness… with little to no perceptible change in image quality according to AMD.

Radeon Boost will be supported in numerous top games at launch, with additional titles added over time.

AMD Link

AMD Link now features an updated interface that matches the new desktop application look and feel.

The AMD Link mobile application now allows users to take game streaming to mobile devices outside of their homes, enabling high-quality PC gameplay on phones or tablets from anywhere.

Integer Display Scaling

The new Integer Display Scaling feature scales on-screen images from one pixel to four or more, giving classic games a retro, pixel-art style look with ultra-crisp scaling options for high-PPI displays without a performance penalty.

DirectML Media Filters

These are new visual noise reduction and upscaling filters that utilise machine learning to clean up photos and videos, to deliver better quality than traditional de-noise and upscale filters.

Radeon Image Sharpening

Radeon Image Sharpening now supports DirectX 11 games, and gives you the ability to control how much sharpness is applied. You can also toggle it on and off while in game!

Radeon Anti-Lag

Radeon Anti-Lag now supports DirectX 9 games for pre-RX 5000 series graphics cards. You can also enable it globally.

 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition Availability

Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition is available starting 10 December 2019.

 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition Slides

Here is the complete set of slides for your perusal.

 

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The Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Guide!

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Guide will help you fix the many problems that gamers will face trying to play the new AAA title from Rockstar Games!

 

The Red Dead Redemption 2 Troubleshooting Guide!

Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC, one of the most promising AAA title of Q4 2019, has been wracked by severe launch issues.

In this guide, we will take a look at the biggest problems facing gamers trying to play Red Dead Redemption 2, and share with you the solutions!

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC : What’s New?

Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the best selling games in 2018, and the PC edition with enhanced graphics, uncapped frame rates, new content and a raft of enhancements has just been released!

  • Improved graphics, including support for 4K, HDR and higher frame rates!
  • Three new Bounty Hunter missions!
  • Two new Gang Hideouts!
  • Four new weapons for Story Mode!
  • Two new treasure maps!
  • Four new horses, and three new wild horse variants!
  • Five new trinkets with new effects!
  • New photo mode!

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Here are some online purchase options for PS4 and Xbox One :

Here are the online purchase options for PC :

We will have more PC purchase links up shortly.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 : Known Problems

Here is the current list of known problems with Red Dead Redemption 2 for PC :

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher fails to initialise, with this error message

The Rockstar Games Launcher failed to initialize

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher gets stuck decrypting preloaded files.
  2. Rockstar Games Launcher crashes when you attempt to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, with this error message :

The Rockstar Games Launcher exited unexpectedly

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher crashes when being launched from Epic Games Launcher
  2. Rockstar Games Launch refuses to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, when initiated from Epic Games Launcher, with this error message

Unable to launch game, please verify your game data

  1. Rockstar Games Launcher refuses to launch Red Dead Redemption 2, with the error message :

Activation Required

  1. Red Dead Redemption 2 crashes with this error message :

Red Dead Redemption 2 exited unexpectedly

  1. Stuttering or freezing during game play due to CPU maxing out
  2. Sudden drop in frame rate (fps) during game play

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Solution Guide

Solution #1 : Update Your Graphics Card Driver

As we pointed out in an article we posted earlier, make sure you update your graphics driver :

  • AMD : Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition 19.11.1 or newer
  • NVIDIA : GeForce Game Ready Driver 441.12 or newer

Recommended : Red Dead Redemption 2 : Use These AMD + NVIDIA Drivers!

Solution #2 : Disable Antivirus or Add To Whitelist / Exemption List

Antivirus software are apparently causing RDR2 to crash, especially during the intro / shotgun scene.

Either disable your antivirus software temporarily (not really advisable), or add Red Dead Redemption 2 to its whitelist or exemption list.

Solution #3 : Update The Rockstar Games Launcher

Rockstar just issued a v1.09.164 update to fix the many issues this buggy launcher was causing :

  • Close any running Rockstar game
  • Close the Rockstar Games Launcher
  • Restart the Rockstar Games Launcher, and let it update to v1.09.164 or newer

Solution #4 : Logging Out And Back Into Rockstar Games Launcher

The Activation Required error can apparently be solved by simply logging out of the Rockstar Games Launcher, and logging back in again.

Solution #5 : Clear The Rockstar Games Launch Profile Cache

But in certain situations, if logging out and back in again fails, you will need to clear your local profile cache :

  • In Rockstar Games Launcher, go to Settings > Account Information
  • Select Delete Local Profile (This will only delete the local cache. It will not delete your Social Club account or saved games)
  • Select Confirm
  • Sign into the Rockstar Games Launcher again

Solution #6 : Reduce Number Of CPU Cores

Red Dead Redemption 2 is apparently hogging the CPU, causing stuttering or freezing. A temporary workaround has been suggested – reduce the number of CPU cores it can use :

  • Right click on RDR2.exe in Windows Explorer
  • In the drop-down list, select Set Affinity
  • You will a list of available CPU cores. Uncheck one or two cores.

Solution #7 : Switch To DirectX 12

Generally, Vulkan will offer significantly better performance than DirectX 12. Where possible, you should enable Vulkan, instead of DirectX 12.

However, if you notice sudden drops in frame rate, try switching from Vulkan to DirectX 12. This will likely get fixed in a future graphics card driver.

Solution #8 : Lower The Graphics Settings

Rockstar appears to be overly optimistic about the system requirements of RDR2. NVIDIA ran their own benchmarks, and recommended these cards for 60 fps gaming instead :

So, if you are getting low frame rates, reduce the graphics settings. In particular, volumetric graphics and water quality settings.

 

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IDE Bus Master Support from The Tech ARP BIOS Guide!

IDE Bus Master Support

Common Options : Enabled, Disabled

 

Quick Review of IDE Bus Master Support

The IDE Bus Master Support BIOS feature is a misnomer since it doesn’t actually control the bus mastering ability of the onboard IDE controller.

It is actually a toggle for the built-in driver that allows the onboard IDE controller to perform DMA (Direct Memory Access) transfers.

When this BIOS feature is enabled, the BIOS loads up the 16-bit busmastering driver for the onboard IDE controller. This allows the IDE controller to transfer data via DMA, resulting in greatly improved transfer rates and lower CPU utilization in real mode DOS and during the loading of other operating systems.

When this BIOS feature is disabled, the BIOS will not load up the 16-bit busmastering driver for the onboard IDE controller. The IDE controller will then transfer data via PIO.

Therefore, it is recommended that you enable IDE Bus Master Support. This greatly improves the IDE transfer rate and reduces the CPU utilization during the booting process or when you are using real mode DOS. Users of DOS-based disk utilities like Norton Ghost can expect to benefit a lot from this feature.

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Details of IDE Bus Master Support

The IDE Bus Master Support BIOS feature is a misnomer since it doesn’t actually control the bus mastering ability of the onboard IDE controller.

It is actually a toggle for the built-in driver that allows the onboard IDE controller to perform DMA (Direct Memory Access) transfers.

DMA transfer modes allow IDE devices to transfer large amounts of data from the hard disk to the system memory and vice versa with minimal processor intervention.

It differs from the older and processor-intensive PIO transfer modes by offloading the task of data transfer from the processor to the chipset.

Previously, this feature is only available after an operating system that supports DMA transfers (via the appropriate device driver) is loaded up.

But now, many BIOS come with a built-in 16-bit driver that allows DMA transfers. This allows the onboard IDE controller to perform DMA transfers even before the operating system is loaded up!

When this BIOS feature is enabled, the BIOS loads up the 16-bit busmastering driver for the onboard IDE controller. This allows the IDE controller to transfer data via DMA, resulting in greatly improved transfer rates and lower CPU utilization in real mode DOS and during the loading of other operating systems.

When this BIOS feature is disabled, the BIOS will not load up the 16-bit busmastering driver for the onboard IDE controller. The IDE controller will then transfer data via PIO.

Therefore, it is recommended that you enable IDE Bus Master Support. This greatly improves the IDE transfer rate and reduces the CPU utilization during the booting process or when you are using real mode DOS. Users of DOS-based disk utilities like Norton Ghost can expect to benefit a lot from this feature.

Please note that since current operating systems (i.e. Windows XP) load up their own 32-bit busmastering driver, this feature has no effect once such an operating system loads up. Still, it is recommended that you enable this feature to improve performance prior to the loading of the operating system’s own driver.

 

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Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Tech Report

The new AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver is here! It is a mouthful, to be sure! Find out what’s new in the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver, and how it delivers enterprise-grade quality and reliability, and better performance, for professional applications!

Updated @ 2018-05-13 : Added more details and links.

Originally posted @ 2018-05-11

 

AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

AMD Radeon Pro Software is a professional-grade driver that lets you maximise the performance and capabilities of AMD Radeon Pro graphics solutions. The Enterprise Edition is a special version of the Radeon Pro Software that emphasises enterprise-grade quality and reliability.

The new Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is now certified for over 100 workstation applications, including leading professional applications like Autodesk AutoCAD, Dassault Systèmes CATIA, Siemens NX, Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, and Autodesk Maya.

In this technical report, we split the topic into easily-digested portions :

 

What’s New In Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

AMD releases the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition in quarterly updates. Here are what’s new in the Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver :

Support for Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Microsoft released the Windows 10 April 2018 Update at the end of April with a slew of new and improved features. Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 adds enterprise-level support for Windows 10 April 2018, so you don’t have to worry about post-upgrade reliability issues.

Display Issues Fixed In Enterprise Edition 18Q2

  • Radeon Pro Overlay will now appear when you run two monitors in clone mode.
  • Fixed display issues for full-screen 3×2 AMD Eyefinity Pro display configurations.

VDI-Specific Known Issues With Enterprise Edition 18Q2

  • VM may disconnect after upgrading to this driver, and will be unable to connect until it is rebooted.
  • The energy subtest of SPECviewperf 12.1.1 may not complete in an MxGPU environment.

Feature Support Information

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  • Driver Options is available on Microsoft Windows 10. Always update to the latest gaming drivers to mitigate driver switching issues. This is not available with multi-GPU configurations nor with Radeon Pro Duo (Polaris). This is not available for mobile platforms.
  • Multi-GPU Eyefinity Pro on Microsoft Windows 10 is not currently supported on any hardware for Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2.

ISV Certification Notes

  • Due to Maya-MtoA software issue Trac #3142, some Viewport Draw modes for stand-ins draw an infinite line. Workaround is to toggle the Viewport Draw Mode of the stand-in in the Attribute Editor.
  • Autodesk Maya 2017/2018 may show gray patch in playback in certain models due Maya issue Maya 41945. Workaround is to click on a different frame on timeline or to click on first frame.

Apple Boot Camp

The AMD Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18Q2 is not intended for use on Radeon GPUs running in Apple Boot Camp.

 

Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Compatibility

AMD Product Family Model
Radeon Pro WX Series Radeon Pro WX 9100 (16 GB | 32 GB)
Radeon Pro WX 7100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 5100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 4100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 3100 (Price Check)
Radeon Pro WX 2100 (Price Check)
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition Radeon Vega Frontier Edition (Air | Liquid)
Radeon Pro Series Radeon Pro SSG
Radeon Pro Duo (Polaris & Fiji)
FirePro W Series FirePro W9100 (16 GB | 32 GB)
FirePro W9000 (Price Check)
FirePro W8100 (Price Check)
FirePro W8000 (Price Check)
FirePro W7100 (Price Check)
FirePro W7000 (Price Check)
FirePro W5100 (Price Check)
FirePro W5000 (Price Check)
FirePro W4300 (Price Check)
FirePro W4100 (Price Check)
FirePro W2100 (Price Check)
FirePro W600 (Price Check)
FirePro S Series FirePro S7150x2 (Price Check)
FirePro S7150 (Price Check)
FirePro S7100X (Price Check)
All other FirePro S series products
Dell Mobile Radeon Pro WX7100
Radeon Pro WX4150
Radeon Pro WX4130
FirePro W7170M
FirePro W5170M
FirePro W5130M
FirePro W4170M
FirePro M6100
FirePro M6000
FirePro M5100
FirePro M4000
HP Mobile Radeon Pro WX4170
Radeon Pro WX4150
Radeon Pro WX3100
FirePro W6150M
FirePro W5170M
FirePro W4190M

 

Download Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2

Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 is free to download and use for compatible AMD graphics solutions. It is available for the following operating systems :

  • Windows 10 (64-bit and 32-bit)
  • Windows 7 SP1 or better (64-bit and 32-bit)
  • Windows Server 2016 (64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Linux

You can download the drivers here.

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Key Features Of Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Part 1

Enterprise-Grade Quality

To deliver enterprise-grade quality and reliability, every Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition driver undergoes a stringent stability testing process. This process consists of “waves” of testing by both AMD and their OEM partners. Such extensive pre-launch testing helps to minimize post-launch issues.

Thanks to OEM and ISV partner tests and a final wave of beta user tests, there were zero reported issues with the Enterprise Edition driver in 2017 for over 99.99% of AMD Radeon Pro users. These tests are not limited to only a few professional software vendors.

The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition drivers are certified on over 80 of the leading professional applications. The last 18.Q1 Enterprise Edition driver even scored a 100% pass rate for all the certifications AMD submitted it to.

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Better Security

Data security is an oft-neglected aspect in the pursuit of better performance. That has led to major security flaws like Meltdown and Spectre. Look at the thousands of CPU models that were affected by just those two flaws.

Working with the AMD Secure Processor, Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18Q2 delivers advanced security features to help thwart malicious attacks, giving enterprises added protection for their valuable intellectual property.

The Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition also provides secure virtualization capabilities through the AMD MxGPU Technology. Because it is hardware virtualization technology, it offers users a dedicated and isolated share of the graphics memory for increased security.

AMD offers a predictable quarterly release schedule, that targets the 2nd Wednesday of the 2nd month of each quarter. This makes it easier for IT managers to plan for their next driver update, with the next Enterprise Edition release scheduled for August 8th, 2018.

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Key Features Of Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 Part 2

Better Performance

Alexander Blake-Davies, Software Product Marketing Specialist for Professional Graphics at AMD’s Radeon Technology Group, shared these performance findings with us.

The continuous performance optimizations in every Radeon Pro Software driver update, thanks in part to the close technology partnerships we have with ISV application developers, means you can get new GPU-like performance improvements over the lifetime of your graphics investment, as shown in the chart below.

For the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver we are delivering significant performance improvements in Dassault Systèmes CATIA. The 18Q2 driver is up to 38% faster when running AMD’s internal benchmark of complex customer models and up to two times faster with the AMD internal assembly model benchmark.

For design and manufacturing applications, the 18.Q2 Enterprise Edition driver when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17Q2 is up to an estimated 47% faster in Siemens NX when tested with SPECviewperf 12.1 snx-02, up to an estimated 14% faster in PTC Creo when tested with SPECapc for PTC Creo 3.0, and up to an estimated 12% faster in SOLIDWORKS when tested with SPECapc for SOLIDWORKS 2015.

For media and entertainment applications, the 18.Q2 Enterprise Edition driver when compared to the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Driver 17Q2 is up to an estimated 44% faster in Autodesk 3ds Max when tested with SPECapc for Autodesk 3ds Max 2015 and up to an estimated 22% faster in Autodesk Maya when tested with SPECapc for Autodesk Maya 2017.

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New Radeon ProRender Plug-Ins

While not technically part of the Radeon Pro Software Enterprise Edition 18.Q2 driver, AMD also introduced updated versions of the Radeon ProRender plug-ins for 3ds Max, Maya and Blender. Following the release of new macOS versions in April, AMD has just released :

  • updated Windows and Linux versions of the Radeon ProRender plug-in for Blender,

  • an updated Windows version of the Radeon ProRender plug-in for Maya, as well as,

  • an updated Radeon ProRender plug-in for 3ds Max.

These plug-ins introduce several new features and enhancements including updates to the Uber and Light Shaders, support for volumetrics and interactive denoising – accelerating artists’ workflows and ultimately making their lives easier.

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The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Tech Report

AMD has been on a yearly update cycle of Radeon Software, ever since they introduced the first version – Crimson Edition on 2 November 2015. This was followed by the Crimson ReLive Edition on 9 December 2016. On 12 December 2017, they introduced the third iteration – Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition.

In addition to enhanced performance, there are over 30 new or improved features in Adrenalin Edition. So join us for a tour of what’s new and what’s improved in the new AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition!

 

AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition

The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition is named after the Adrenalin Rose, not the hormone adrenaline (also known as epinephrine). That’s Adrenalin without the e. The Adrenalin Rose is a rich velvet red rose with long thornless stems and deep green foliage.

Before we go into the details, here is a summary of the new features being introduced in Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition :

Radeon Overlay

Radeon Overlay allows gamers to fine-tune their game experience, and monitor, record and share their gameplay without ever leaving the game. It provides one-click access to Radeon ReLive, Performance Monitoring, Radeon Chill, Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC), Radeon FreeSync and Color settings.

AMD Link Mobile App

Available for Android and iOS platforms, the AMD Link is a mobile app that complements Radeon Software on the desktop, at home as a convenient second screen, or on the go. The AMD Link dashboard features streaming and replay with Radeon ReLive, GPU and PC performance monitoring, an AMD news feed, and notifications for new driver releases.

Improved Radeon Software Core Technologies

Radeon ReLive : Radeon ReLive now includes a chat integration feature that allows gamers to engage with their communities while streaming on Facebook, Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, Weibo and more.

Radeon Chill : With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, Radeon Chill now supports games based on the Vulkan API, along with DirectX 9, 10, 11, and 12.

Radeon WattMan : With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, custom GPU profiles can be saved, reloaded at a later point and shared with the Radeon user community

Enhanced Sync : With improved compatibility and an even wider field of view, Enhanced Sync extends its support to Vulkan API-based games, Radeon GCN architecture-based products, Multi-GPU and AMD Eyefinity Technology.

 

Operating System Support

The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition will support Windows 10 and Windows 7. AMD no longer supports Windows 8, but says that the Windows 7 driver works perfectly fine in Windows 8.

 

The Adrenalin Edition In Detail

If you want more in-depth details on Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition, we split them up into separate sections :

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The Adrenalin Edition Performance Boost

The Adrenalin Edition is not meant to be a “performance driver update”. In fact, Terry Makedon was amused to read claims that AMD promised big performance update after the Adrenalin Edition name was revealed. That was probably because they mistakenly thought the name was based on the hormone adrenaline…

He clarified that performance optimisation is an on-going concern, with a focus on getting specific optimisations out in time for new game launches. There will be general performance optimisations that will be delivered over the year. But AMD won’t be holding back optimisations just to deliver a major driver update with large performance boost.

With that in mind, this chart does not show a sudden performance boost with Adrenalin Edition. Instead, it shows the cumulative performance gains since the last major release – Crimson ReLive Edition.

They also managed to reduce latency across the board in all DirectX 11 titles.

 

Borderless Windowed Multi-GPU Support

The Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition introduces a new Borderless Windows Multi-GPU Support, to complement the existing Fullscreen Multi-GPU Support.

 

Frame Rate Target Control Now Supports Vulkan

Frame Rate Target Control reduces GPU power draw by throttling it to maintain a 60 fps limit. It now supports Vulkan.

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Compute Profiles

Compute Profiles was released in an optional update a few weeks ago, and is now part of Adrenalin Edition. The Compute Profile optimises workloads on the GPU to deliver better compute performance for cryptocurrency mining.

In this example, they quoted a 15% boost in Ethereum mining performance with the Compute Profile over the default Gaming Profile on a Radeon RX 570 graphics card.

 

Radeon Software For Linux

AMD will start offering a single suite containing both open- and closed-source software stacks for Radeon Software. You will be able to choose between the consumer (AMDGPU) or workstation (AMDGPU-PRO) drivers, with the flexibility to mix-and-match open- and closed-source components.

AMD is working to deliver an open-source AMD Vulkan driver for Linux.

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Improved Core Radeon Technologies

Radeon WattMan

The Radeon WattMan is the power management tool that doubles as an overclocking / underclocking tool. In Adrenalin Edition, custom GPU profiles can be saved, reloaded at a later point and shared with the Radeon user community

Radeon Chill

Radeon Chill saves power by dynamically regulating the frame rate based on your in-game movements. With Adrenalin Edition, Radeon Chill now supports games based on the Vulkan API, along with DirectX 9, 10, 11, and 12.

In addition, Radeon Chill now supports a lot more games. Radeon Chill used to work on a whitelist concept – it will only support games that have been profiled and tested. Thanks to improved algorithms and other changes, AMD is switching it to a blacklist concept.

With Adrenalin Edition, Radeon Chill will now work with all games. But if AMD discovers that Chill does not work properly with a certain game, it goes into the blacklist so Radeon Chill won’t run on it. Currently, there are no games in the blacklist.

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Enhanced Sync

Think of Enhanced Sync as pseudo-FreeSync, minimising screen tearing with non-FreeSync monitors. With Adrenalin Edition, Enhanced Sync is now enabled on all Radeon GCN-based graphics cards, and supports all Vulkan API-based games. They also added support for Multi-GPU and AMD Eyefinity Technology.

Radeon ReLive

Radeon ReLive now has a Connect section, which serves as a control center for your Radeon ReLive video library. In addition to browsing your recorded videos, you can queue and share them on social media.

Radeon ReLive will now allow you to integrate chats from Twitch, Facebook, Mixer, YouTube, Weibo and more, to your game play.

AMD has also reduced the performance impact of Radeon ReLive. Note that these examples are from an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card.

With Adrenalin Edition, Radeon ReLive will also supports games based on the Vulkan API.

Radeon ReLive will also come with support for :

  • Borderless Region Capture – allowing you to capture only what you want to share, instead of the entire screen.
  • Chroma Key – allowing you to remove your background in your webcam or video stream
  • AMD Eyefinity Technology – allowing you to capture your game play across multiple monitors
  • separate audio tracks – recording mic audio separately from the game audio, for easier mixing and editing later

Radeon FreeSync & Themes

With Adrenalin Edition, you can now enable or disable Radeon FreeSync on a per-game basis. And Radeon Settings will have three UI theme options – Yellow, Crimson and Blue.

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Radeon Overlay

Radeon Overlay allows you to access Radeon ReLive, Performance Monitoring, Radeon Chill, Frame Rate Target Control (FRTC), Radeon FreeSync and Color settings from within the game. Just press Alt+R to activate Radeon Overlay. This key combination, incidentally, can be changed.

Performance Monitoring and Recording

Radeon ReLive

Radeon Chill

Radeon FreeSync

Frame Rate Target Control

Color Settings

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AMD Link

Available for Android and iOS platforms, the AMD Link is a mobile app that complements Radeon Software on the desktop, at home as a convenient second screen, or on the go.

You can link multiple PCs to AMD Link using a simple QR code, or you can do it manually. However, your mobile devices must (at least in this version) be on the same network as your computer.

The AMD Link dashboard features streaming and replay with Radeon ReLive, GPU and PC performance monitoring, an AMD news feed, and notifications for new driver releases.

AMD Link is now available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. It supports smartphones and tablets running on iOS 10 (or better), and Android 5.0 (or better).

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Adrenalin Edition Summary

In summary, the Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition is a checkpoint when it comes to performance. Performance improvements is a continuous process, with Adrenalin Edition delivering up to 15% better performance compared to Crimson ReLive Edition a year ago.

More important are the 30+ new or enhanced features being introduced in Adrenalin Edition.

The summary includes three infographics created by Sasa Marinkovic and his team.

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The Complete Set Of Adrenalin Edition Slides

Here is the complete set of Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition slides, minus the legal boilerplate.

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