GOT BOOST? Rocket League GTX Bonus!

BOOM! Those fine folks at Nvidia have boosted in with a sweet GAME BONUS for those grabbing a new GTX 1050, GTX 1050Ti or GTX 1060 Graphics Card, Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop featuring this awesome hardware 🙂

This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve geared up with your new hardware simple visit the website below depending on your chosen flavour 🙂

Gigabyte Redemption Site

Asus Redemption Site

MSi Redemption Site

EVGA Redemption Site

Below is a quick Gameplay FPS Test with the GTX 1050 in Rocket League with very high settings and a resolution of 2560×1440, super smooth even at this higher resolution!

Now if you’re thinking to yourself 1440p is nice but why not 4K you’d be the same as us, sadly for reasons unknown the options with the game only go as high as 2560×1440? Lucky for us though a little tinkering within the config file allows you to set your own resolution 🙂

Here’s a quick 4K game capture with the GTX 1050 – this amazing little graphics card (exact settings shown at the end of the video) still manages to keep above 60FPS when in game and only dipped into the high 50’s during the replays – crazy cool!

If you’re wondering about laptop performance rest assured things are looking just as good 🙂 Though it’s a little harder to find a 1440p screen on a laptop we managed to have a quick go with the new Gigabyte Aero 14 which packs a GTX 1060 inside and performance was excellent as you can see for yourselves below!

This promotion is valid from the 30th May till the 25th of September so get your details in and we’ll see you in the arena!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – LawBreakers BETA Tests BEGIN!

UPDATE: Just ahead of the full release on August 8th, LAWBREAKERS has entered the open beta testing stage so everyone can jump in now and have a go!

You can download the game right now via Steam – we’ve been happily playing this one right through the closed BETA phase and it’s a very good shooter indeed, extremely fast paced with some excellent classes available that significantly change the way you’ll play.

Ohhh this one is good, really GOOD 🙂

Bring your skills and prepare to deliver death from every angle as you compete in unprecedented gravity-defying competition from legendary game designer Cliff Bleszinski and team.

LawBreakers challenges even the best players to get off the ground, and learn new ways to play in fast-paced, omni-directional multiplayer FPS combat unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Choose from 9 distinct roles represented by 18 unique characters for all FPS play-styles from offensive Battle Medics that can heal and kill, to high-flying Vanguards that can soar in 360 degree movement — all featuring multiple weapons, thrilling ability combos, dynamic movement systems and more!

We’ve jumped into the action with a GTX 1070 Gaming PC to check things out, be ready to stack that RAM up though – this one uses everything it can but WOW is it looking smoooooooth!

 

Good Gaming – DOOM UPDATE 6.66 Multiplayer and Play Free Weekend

Wooohooo! Those fine folks at ID software are making a few key changes to DOOM Multiplayer and this weekend it’s going FREE TO PLAY on PC so we can all check out the changes for ourselves 🙂 Toted as update 6.66 this one completely changes the way DOOM’s multiplayer progression system and some mechanics around power ups. Now, instead of unlocking new content through random loot drops, we’ll race to complete in-game challenges.

You can download DOOM right now via STEAM, the button for this has replaced the usual ‘buy’ button with new ‘play’ button 🙂 This will give you access to the first two levels of the campaign + full access to the mulitplayer modes.

As a part of these massive changes to how it all works, ID will reset everyone’s level back to zero, but the good news is we won’t lose any of the gear and powers we’ve already unlocked and those who managed to get the top-tier Slayer level with the old system will get a special badge to reflect this. Little changes to the UI have been made too with a new HUD and kill cards that shows us detailed of kills, and the weapons used to get them.

Oh yes, and the Multiplayer DLC is going to be FREE!

These introduce nine new multiplayer maps to dominate, three new playable demons to unleash, new weapons to master, a new equipment, and a host of new armour sets, taunts and more!

If you haven’t tried DOOM for yourself yet, you’re in for a treat! It’s a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience packed full of relentless demons, impossibly destructive guns and has an absolutely killer soundtrack 🙂

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Keyboard – The Logitech G Pro TKL RGB!

The Logitech G Pro TKL RGB is the first to carry the name Pro, a keyboard is designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top eSports athletes – we’ve used it’s spiritual precursor, the G310 in many gaming tournaments and found it to be excellent!

Featuring Logitech’s own exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches – purpose-built for pro-grade performance, responsiveness and durability these have a very short actuation point at just 1.5mm making them around 25% faster than a standard mechanical switch. A perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, the Romer-G is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboard switches 🙂

The compact tenkeyless design which frees up tournament table space for low-sens mouse movement, and a detachable cable for easy transportation to the next tournament. Durability is built into every component and reinforced by a super-strong steel backplate that adds stability and rigidity to gameplay.

To improve performance even further, Logitech focused on KSP (Keystroke Signal Processing) which is the sequence of events that translates a switch actuation into a USB signal. To make the Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard ultra responsive, they’ve optimised the KSP to be up to 10ms faster response than the competition. Speed isn’t just in the key switch, it’s the entire system starting with the switch actuation, KSP, and then report rate.

Using Logitech Gaming Software you can customise every key manually but there is also a massive range of lighting profiles available for over 300 different games. We highly recommend you enable ‘Automatic Game Detection’ in the Logitech Gaming Software to have them automatically display on the Pro Keyboard when the game launches – when Mass Effect Andromeda launched we were surprised with a very cool custom A logo on our keyboards during loading which was pretty crazy cool and once you get in-game it just gets cooler by lighting up all the keys you’ll need in your gaming session 🙂

Combine all this with smart little touches like a removable USB connection, killer macro management and those oh-so-perfect height adjusting rubber tipped feet and you’ve got the Logitech G Pro TKL RGB Gaming Keyboard!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Laptop – Gigabyte 120Hz P57x V7!

New toys!

Over the weekend we got very lucky and had the chance to test drive the latest 17.3″ Gigabyte GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop, well, not that exact version actually – ours came with a very quick 120Hz display!

As we uploaded our first GGPC YouTube video however, we realised this was going to be a tough one to show you… the problem being that our maximum frame rate using the built-in Nvidia Shadowplay Game Capture is just 60FPS and the frames displayed on our screen were going as high as 120FPS!

Starting off with some Overwatch we turned everything up that we could, customising the EPIC preset to increase the antialiasing quality right up to ULTRA – SMAA HIGH (odd that epic doesn’t include this as standard right?) and also pushed our resolution all the way to 2560×1440. It was a very nice surprise to see this higher resolution available and even better still to see that 120Hz option! Even with these extremely high settings though we still spent most of our time enjoying a crisp 90FPS, which, after experiencing the super visuals on the laptop itself, just isn’t done justice in the video below! #firstworldproblems

From here we decided to move into some Battlefield 1 and encountered a similar issue, even at the highest settings with our resolution set to 2560×1440 we were getting frame rates well into the 80’s – lucky for us the map rotation eventually swung around to the Amiens City which is notoriously heavy late game and we were able to snap a quick shadowplay with plenty of explosions, tanks, players and smoke everywhere helping to drop our FPS around 60 🙂

From here we moved into testing out our favourite space sim at the moment – the still-in-development Star Citizen \o/ We played with the settings for a while and found the best setup (right now, it changes with each update) is to play at 1080P with the graphics preset on HIGH. This gives you all the coolest effects like ambient occlusion and also adds some extra definition to the “space clouds” which I feel gives you something to visually gauge your speed and direction – turning things down to the lower preset does free up around 20 more FPS though so we captured a quick Shadowplay for those settings as well.

We decided to round off our gaming tests with a bit of Black Desert Online and set off on an adventure! Finding ourselves in an Orc village at dawn with rain pelting down we tweaked our settings for a smooth and beautiful combat experience at 1440p 🙂

Battery on the P57Xv7 lasted us 1 hour & 11 mins at full brightness while looping videos which was excellent, we ran all the tests above with the fan profile set to auto which revs the cooling up and down as needed.

As with our previous tests with the P57Xv6 we again set out to restrict airflow so we could see when things started to throttle and noted 95 degrees as the tipping point to watch with the CPU – during these high temps we still had no system crashes or instability.

We’ll update out GGPC Computers Blog as soon as we hear these new models are available in NZ, until then I guess we should get back to gaming 😛

 

Good Gaming PC – The ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC!

The Asus Republic of Gamers GR8 II is a Gaming PC that packs excellent gaming performance into a very cool, very small package.

Perfect for those who want all the power of a desktop Gaming PC, but are looking for something really small it’s pretty similar in size to current-generation consoles standing at a short 29cm tall. Unlike many of the little PC we see though, this one actually fits a real desktop i5-7400 CPU inside perfectly paired with a 3GB GTX 1060 which gives us excellent performance in games. Built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi provides a fast, stable connection while playing online games or streaming movies, the GR8 II also sports a handy Bluetooth v4.2 for connecting everything from smartphones to headsets – speaking of headsets, the shape and size of the GR8 II make it a pretty good headset holder too!

On the back of the chassis, you’ll find 2x HDMI outputs making it ideal for a Virtual Reality setup, you can connect both your HTC Vive VR Headset and a TV for really good group gaming session in the lounge 🙂 It’s upgradable too, simple slide-off covers make for easy access to the M.2 SSD and additional 2.5” HDD/SSD storage slots for quick upgrades.

Looking good with a clean matte black finish, the chiseled, sharply-angled side panels and plasma copper-coloured centre come together in an eye-catching way, even though it’s much smaller than most other gaming desktops the perfectly-framed ROG Eye on the side panel along with some sweet Aura effects across the front face make this mini Gaming PC stand out from the rest!

GAME ON!

 

 

Good Gaming Controller – Logitech G Pro X56 RHINO H.O.T.A.S Joystick and Dual Throttle

Perfect for both space games like Star Citizen and gigantic robot sims like Mechwarrior Online the new RHINO X56 flight controller from Logitech G provides budding pilots and space-aces with the many inputs required to achieve true control of our flying vehicles or mechs. Going wayyy beyond the usual pitch, roll, yaw, backwards, forwards, up, down, left and right this X56 Pro Flight System allow you to control things like gimballed weapons and omni directional thrusters so you can nimbly jet yourself into the perfect position in heat of battle!

Using a twin-engine throttle controller is the only suitable method for manipulating a virtual twin-engine aircraft. The X-56 Rhino boasts twin throttles – allowing for some pretty crazy maneuvers – and also provides the option to adjust the friction required to move them. If your aircraft of choice is single-engine, a handy throttle lock effectively converts the twin throttles into a single unit.

Through the included software package you’ve got the ability to completely customise all of the X-56 Rhino’s axes and buttons. On the axis side, you can adjust deadbands and response curves to fine-tune axes to respond just like an aircraft’s real-life counterparts. On the buttons and toggle side, you can assign any number of in-sim commands, such as afterburner, Frame Shift Drive, target lock and weapon group firing. The software also allows programmability for an array of mouse and keyboard commands – from basic single-key inputs to very advanced, timed, and macro commands.

Piloting while using VR is a great experience but can prove difficult because you can’t see your own hands, which can make finding the controls you need problematic. The X-56 places controls perfectly under your fingers where subtle distinctions in button feel and shape help you navigate the control set with ease. Even the switches on the base of the throttle are staggered or separated so telling them apart from feel alone is possible, leaving you free to concentrate on the immersive VR experience 🙂

During virtual flight – just like true flight – the accuracy of an aircraft’s control surfaces is of paramount importance. The X-56 Rhino’s control surfaces are incredibly accurate, courtesy of a 16-bit aileron and elevator axis, developed from the ground up, this 16-bit axis solution enables extremely precise movement!

This new X56 Controller is just a slice from a range of new gear that’s just landed in New Zealand, check out the latest in the Logitech Game Controller Store today!

Good Gaming – Overwatch World Cup 2017 SYNDEY!

The Overwatch World Cup 2017 is underway and the next live event is pretty close to NZ, taking place just over in Syndey 🙂 Running from July 21st through to the 23rd at the Star Events Centre it’s the second of four group stage qualifier events. Australia’s top 100 Overwatch players fought hard to get the 13th position in the pool of 32 qualified nations putting them into Group C where they will be competing against Sweden, Italy, and Portugal. The stage in Sydney will also play host to Group D, which will be a battle between Finland, Japan, Spain, and Vietnam.

Our recently elected NZ World Cup national committee have selected the New Zealand team which is assigned to Group G, with our live event set to take place in Burbank USA! 

Keep your eyes on our PC Gaming Blog and we’ll update with more as the battles continue to rage!