Asus

Good Motherboard – The Asus H110M-A/M.2

The H110M-A-M/2 from those fine folks at Asus is a motherboard quite unlike any other we’ve seen, small enough to fit in those little mATX chassis and packing an M.2 slot for adding some ultra fast NVMe storage into the mix!

GGPC M2 slot on an H110 motherboard

As motherboards go this one is rather nice looking, especially for the price 😛 Everything is built onto a black PCB that’s got a pretty wild design drawn in white going on around the CPU (the socket can even fit a mighty i7-6700 processor), beneath this is the additional M.2 slot that makes this motherboard pretty special 🙂 Usually features like M.2 are reserved for more expensive motherboards but Asus have continued H110M series tradition and given us slots for the things we need and that’s awesome!

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Graphics wise you’ve got enough space to fit a massive dual slot card which still leaves enough space below to add something like an AC wireless and bluetooth card for added convenience, even though this H110 has only 2x DDR4 ram slot you can actually fit up to 32GB of 2133MHz memory in it, you could even use 2400MHz or above as the mobo will automatically adjust the clock speed to suit.

Overall this is an excellent value motherboard and with that M.2 slot it sets itself apart from the pack, we’re playing with some really small high performance gaming PC with this lil mobo currently and our experiences so far have been excellent, certainly worthy of the GGPC Recommends Award and on that note – the Asus H110M-A/M.2 motherboard is GOOD! 

GGPC Award H110MAM2 Motherboard

 

Good Gaming Laptop – Asus G752 with GTX 1070 Graphics!

GGPC Asus ROG GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop

The new ROG G752VS GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop has a unique thermal design that directs dust into a dust-release tunnel to keep it away from internal components. This prolongs the component lifespan and enhances overall stability of the laptop by preventing dusk from clogging the radiator and reducing cooling effectiveness. With dedicated cooling modules for the CPU and GPU to effectively cool each component, hot exhaust is efficiently managed and expelled through the rear vents to direct heat away from you for more comfortable gaming sessions.

The ROG-exclusive 3D Vapor Chamber, together with the copper heat pipe, create an effective and efficient cooling system that helps decrease GPU temperature by up to 7°C. 3D Vapor Chamber technology enables higher-end GPUs with higher TDPs (Thermal Design Power) to be efficiently and effectively cooled to safe operating temperatures, extending component and product life. 3D Vapor Chamber is filled with coolant that, when heated, change phases from a liquid to a gas and back again. It provides stable and evenly spread temperatures on all of its surfaces, regardless of the location and density of the heat source below the chamber base.

This makes the ROG-exclusive 3D Vapor Chamber capable of dissipating large wattage heat sources from high-end and overclocked processors.

It’s more than just cool though, this new gaming laptop also features super-fast 120Hz wide-view panels, which delivers superb image quality and contrast even at when viewed from extreme angles. Smooth gaming is enhanced by NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology, which synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the GTX 1070 frame rate for ultra-smooth visuals. G-SYNC helps avoid lag, minimizes perceived stutter, and eliminates visual tearing 🙂

Performance wise this config is dream come true, check out our GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop playlist for the best in-game settings and FPS details.

Good Gaming Monitor – Asus 1440p for Overwatch eSports

The power of our Graphics Cards have increase substantially recently with the release of the AMD RX 480 and the GTX 1070 from Nvidia, things are so good in fact that if you are lucky enough to be running with one in your system you’re pretty much good to leave the 1080P world behind and jump right into 2560 x 1440 resolution for your games, of course that means you’re probably going to have to find yourself a new monitor that can handle this higher quality.

Enter the Asus VX24AH 🙂 This awesome Asus monitor is quite unlike any we’ve had the pleasure of using before. The super sleek 2560 x 1440 panel produces an absolutely stunning image that has to be seen in person to appreciate fully, while most monitors above 1920×1080 resolution use the 27? size because this one is only 23.8? the pixel density is much higher and when you’re gaming on it graphics look oh so crisp – IMO even better than our 28? 4K monitors! The colours are vibrant and the monitor is apparently 100% sRGB accurate, although we haven’t used it for editing yet it’s a pretty safe bet that it would be a great choice for this as well as gaming 🙂

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We recently equipped our GGPC eSports teams with the VX24AH for Overwatch and the game has never looked so good! The monitor also has nice and wide viewing angle so it made things easy for spectators watching the gaming with us as well, it’s also really really slim and this was a great asset for us having limited desk space for each players setup.

GGPC VX42ah OverclockAlthough the monitor is certainly ultra slim it does still have twin speakers for those moments when you don’t want to wear your headset, there is a headphone jack on the monitor along with the twin HDMI ports which also support MHL so if you’re lucky enough to have a MHL compatible smartphone you can view it on the VX24AH while simultaneously charging the device, and that’s certainly handy to have around 🙂

The monitor is 60Hz and since we had a little downtime between matches we checked out just how far we could overclock this and managed to increase to 69Hz stable for a 15% performance gain – nicely done Asus!

Oddly there isn’t a DisplayPort input on the monitor so if you’re thinking of going triple screen be sure to check your graphics card outputs and be prepared to get some HDMI-DisplayPort cables as the monitor only includes HDMI-HDMI cables in the box.

Now that we’ve had a really good go with this Asus monitor we are happy to recommend it to gamers who are looking for a really nice 1440p screen – This Asus Monitor is most definitely GOOD!

GGPC recommends VX24AH

UPDATE: Still haven’t found a better looking 1440p Gaming Monitor in NZ yet!

Good Gaming Internet – The Asus AC Repeater

We live in a very wonderful, very connected world now with more and more of our gadgets and gaming gears using wireless technology to connect to each other and of course, the internet. With so much going on it’s not surprising that sometimes it’s a little but much for our home networks to handle and that’s why those talented guys and gals at Asus have released the RP-AC68U wireless repeater 🙂

GGPC RP-AC68U Outputs and InputsThis sleek mini monolith looking device has internal antennas to keep things super tidy and will improve the coverage of any existing wireless router. It works as a repeater, so you can extend your wireless networking to previously hard to reach parts of your home and with extremely fast 802.11ac speeds up to 1900 Mbps this ensures a reliable high-speed internet coverage everywhere for the your new AC wireless ready gaming laptops, smartphones, game consoles, and smart TVs.

It’s pretty crazy cool when turned on as well, the top glows with red LED which flows down the sides and it really looks like the Asus Republic of Gamers team had and hand it this design 😛

For older devices you’ll be happy to know it still supports the classic 2.4 GHz as well as the newer 5 GHz frequencies, this dual-band repeater will allow you to split users and connect different devices so your latest tech can enjoy the benifits offered via the less congested, faster 5GHz frequency for tasks such as streaming HD content, transferring large files and of course all the usual good stuff. Getting the perfect placement and setup is pretty easy thanks to a nice LED signal indicator Asus have included on the device, this provides a visual showing the strength of the current WiFi signal and makes finding the optimal position for the Asus AC Repeater a breeze.

File sharing becomes pretty darn easy as well, simply connect your USB storage drive into the repeater’s USB 3.0 port, and users connected to your network can access the files.  Along with this single USB 3.0 port, you’ll also find five built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports which you can use to connect cable savvy devices that you previously had to run those ridiculously long cables all the way from your modem, I think we’ve all been there!

This high-performance wireless kit really works, we’ve used it in our own GGPC office to connect multiple PC that were previously in a dark zone and not having to run 20 meter ethernet cables is a definite win and even though nothing beats that direct connection if you’re playing a fast paced competitive game like Overwatch, it performed perfectly well when we played games like Star Citizen, Black Desert Online and quite a few more so on that note we are happy to give the Asus RP-AC68U our GGPC Recommends Award – the Asus AC Wireless Repeater is GOOD!

GGPC Recommends RP-AC68U

Good Gaming PC – eSports NZ custom builds!

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We’re pretty excited to be competing in the upcoming Ping Zero! eSports tournaments and we’ve been working hard on creating some very special gaming PC for our GGPC team players to use throughout the event.

GGPC GTX 1070 Warlock eSports Edition PC!

We’ve made this build quite small by using the Phanteks EVOLV and with this new form factor we had plenty of space on the desk for our weapons of choice – Logitech G Gaming Gear setups for eSports!

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Good Graphics Card – Asus GTX 1060 available now!

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What a treat! This time around we got to skip the founders edition and move straight into testing out the latest Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1060 graphics card!

This beastly new graphics card looks utterly amazing, even when it’s off.  Turn it on and not only does Republic of Gamers start glowing with a vibrant LED but half the card lights up to go along with it – you can check these out for yourself on our GGPC Instagram 🙂  It’s a Aura RGB Lighting system so you’ll be able to tweak things so the card will match your setup perfectly.

It’s a massive card, much larger than we expected but comes packed with all those fancy ASUS technologies like their DirectCU III with a triple wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow and quieter performance. It also features GPU-controlled fan headers you can connect to system fans for targeted supplemental cooling which we’re looking forward to playing around with 🙂 We were surprised to that even this massive aftermarket version didn’t have an SLi bridge though!

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Performance wise it doesn’t disappoint, we’ve begun testing out our favourites and as you’ll see in our quick Overwatch FPS below the in game results are pretty excellent!  This new graphics card also meets the requirements for a VR ready PC which is sure to put at the top of many peoples upgrade lists, and if you’re thinking of upgrading from the Nvidia 700 series this new graphics card is certainly a fine choice.

 

This time around it’s a little different from the other recent 10 series launches with the aftermarket cooler versions being available and the Nvidia Founders edition only being sold directly by Nvidia, sadly that means it’s pretty unlikely we’ll see the reference version down here in NZ 🙁

There are a few different flavours available for the GTX 1060 now in New Zealand and they are all quite unique, the new GTX 1060 G1 Gaming edition features the new dual fan cooling system with alternate spinning fans and 2 composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to the GPU, much like the Asus GTX 1060 above the fans shut off during low usage for silent operation. Gigabyte have additional GTX 1060 models coming including a both a mid sized and small form factor version!

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EVGA have created what’s looking to be the best GTX 1060 options with a very cool, very small graphics card on offer as well.   Seriously how cool are these!  These cards also feature EVGA ACX cooling technology which once again allows for silent operation and also feature optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor, delivering more airflow with less power which EVGA say allows additional power for the GPU.

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Pretty cool right!  We’ve uploaded our first GTX 1060 custom build to PC Part Picker for you all to check out, and be sure to swing by the GGPC YouTube and GGPC Facebook for as we have a lot more gameplay coming from these excellent new graphics cards 🙂

 

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Good Graphics Card – GTX 1060 incoming

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UPDATE: The GTX 1060 is available in New Zealand now!

Nvidia has unveiled the new GTX 1060 and it’s the most exciting Pascal-based graphics card lineup yet – Nvidia claims the GTX 1060 is faster than a GTX 980!

This awesome new graphics card is set to be released worldwide on July 19 and while the full technical specifics for the GTX 1060 aren’t available just yet, Nvidia claims is easily overclocked to 2GHz and beyond but best of all – the power supplied is via a single 6-pin connector, this will enable us to do some crazy small gaming PC builds featuring this new card and the overall price should be very good indeed! Like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, the GTX 1060 will be available from manufacturers like Gigabyte, Asus and EVGA as well as a founders edition from Nvidia.

The early launch of the GTX 1060 makes things pretty interesting with AMD set to release the RX 470 shortly afterwards, in any case we can’t wait to show you our YouTube Gameplay FPS tests for both!

Good Graphics – GTX 1080 and 1070 Available NOW

UPDATE: The GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 available in New Zealand now!

UPDATE: Gameplay FPS Test playlists are live now for the GTX 1050, GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and also GTX 1060 Laptop, GTX 1070 Laptop

Jumping straight into gaming the new GTX 1070 doesn’t disappoint, specs for this one are quite similar to the recently released GTX 1080 with a large memory allocation of 8GB GDDR5 (no X, that’s only with the 1080) and a boost clock speed of 1683MHz with slightly less cuda cores. Without overclocking this new GTX 1070 graphics card from Nvidia is capable of some extremely high end settings while gaming and even if you’re gearing up to go with a new GTX 1070 in a Gaming Laptop, performance is excellent!

With the desktop version of the GTX 1070 we started testing with a very affordable intel i5 combo and received a top score exceeding what is currently deemed necessary for a VR Ready Gaming PC 🙂  This is going to be a very popular graphics card indeed even if the video below is extremely boring to watch!

After our initial tests with the desktop GTX 1070 we updated our design from the i5-6400 we used originally to a slightly more powerful i5-6500 for our new GGPC Warlock GTX 1070 Gaming PC, this gave us a little more power balance (both CPU are great but the 6500 is certainly faster) and performance is now better in games like Assassins Creed. Check out our PC build on GGPC PC Part Picker if you’re looking to build a 1070 system yourself and are hunting for a starting point to tweak from 🙂

GGPC GIGABYTE GTX 1070 LAPTOP NEVER FIGHT ALONE

If you’re wanting to check out the GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop Virtual Reality Performance we’ve got the tests on GGPC YouTube Channel running both on battery and plugged into mains power to check out – spoilers – it passed both 😛

Below is DOOM from our GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop In-Game Framerate Playlist and if you’ve got some time you can check out a range of games with system stats shown top left and settings we used (always chasing 60FPS!) shown at the end of each gameplay 🙂

Moving onto the Desktop GTX 1080 we decided to do all tests at 3840×2160 resolution and chase 60FPS as always, we did this for a few reasons but mainly because if you’re after a GTX 1080 Gaming PC you’re probably wanting to play in 4K and also because too many attempts at 2560×1440 had us just selecting all ultra settings 😛

The Battlefield 1 BETA sure looks beautiful in 4K, the desert map was great fun and we can’t wait to do more tests when the full game releases, check out the new GTX 1080 Gameplay FPS Test Playlist for more performance tests in a range of games and let us know anything you’d like to see tested 🙂

So yes, it seems we’re in for some crazy times ahead!  Be sure to keep an eye on our YouTube Graphics Card FPS Channel to see more Graphics Cards in action!

 

Good Graphics Cards – Best of Computex 2016

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This year the Computex Expo in Taipei timed itself well with the releases and announcements for new graphics cards from both Nvidia and AMD. We’ve all seen the founders edition GTX 1080 and thankfully the show was packed with excellent looking cooler designs from the masters at Gigabyte and Asus.  Unfortunately on the AMD side of things we had to sign NDA (no disclosure agreements) so we’ll show you more on the AMD RX 480 around its release on the 29th of June but lucky for us on the Nvidia side of the things we can show you all the goodness that’s coming to New Zealand soon!

From the Gigabyte team the new graphics cards are looking very impressive indeed with three unique designs to found on display and also powering some excellent gaming systems, choosing which card to get is going to be tough as they all look and perform so well!

 

The Gigabyte G1 Gaming GTX 1080

 

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The Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming GTX 1080 – that middle fan design is fantastic!

 

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We could only find one card from Asus, a very nice looking STRIX version that we can’t wait to get our hands on 🙂

 

The Asus Strix GTX 1080

 

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Laptops are about to enjoy a massive boost in gaming power as well with external graphics card enclosures on display from Gigabyte and Asus with a third design also coming from design cooperation between Silverstone and Gigabyte. These new accessories work via the Thunderbolt 3 connection and you’ll be able to change or upgrade the graphics card inside which is pretty damn outstanding news for the longevity of our laptops with of this new technology, being able to get a reasonably spec’d laptop with decent battery life to use when you’re out and about that can be transformed into a gaming beast when you return home is pretty wonderful news.

The Asus ROG design is very aggressive, certainly vibrant and quite large. At the front of the casing a plasma tube glows as red lightning crackles inside, the intricate Republic of Gamers design is quite impressive to behold. It should be noted we could hear a high pitched noise from the unit however (possibly the plasma tube) and hopefully this is fixed before the final version releases.

 

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The Gigabyte & Silverstone combined design stands vertically and you can see that Silverstone had a large hand in the aesthetics which ooze style. Venting upwards this one is likely going to perform very well and with the small footprint it could be the best of the bunch if you’re short on space.  The Gigabyte version is more industrial, clean and also the smallest of the bunch (by quite a bit!) but still able to fit long graphics cards inside. When talking to Gigabyte about the unit we learned it was also able to be daisy chained which had us thinking about crazy SLi like setups – we don’t quite know how this would work for SLi but if it does the potential for running multiple external graphics cards for ridiculously powerful setups is very appealing.

 

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Laptop graphics solutions like these have the potential to change the way laptops are viewed by PC gamers. Currently, the most powerful of our gaming laptops struggle to power the internal dedicated graphics cards while running on battery and work best when plugged into mains power anyway so with solutions like these (although not really portable) we can turn our laptops into potent gaming systems and have the option of upgrading the graphics when needed instead of looking to replace our laptop.

We’ll be following this new technology very closely as it develops.  Be sure to keep your eyes on our computers blog for the latest news, check out our GGPC Instagram for more pictures of Custom Gaming PC, Gaming Gear and the exciting new Components.

Good Gaming PC – GTX 1080 Gaming PC in three flavours!

Today is the day!

The Nvidia GTX 1080 is now available in New Zealand and our friends over at PB Tech NZ have three stunning new Gaming PC builds using founders edition graphics cards from Asus, EVGA and Gigabyte. Each gaming system has been built around the flavour of graphics card inside, let’s check out the builds!

First up the very green Gigabyte G1 Gaming Machine!

GGPCPB1080G1Using the Gigabyte Z170 G1 Sniper Edition motherboard was a top choice, not only does this provide the unlocked i7-6700K processor with all the tools for a hearty overclock it also matches the NZXT H440 in green perfectly! Fitted with a maintenance free Cooler Master Nepton Liquid Cooling kit and Crucial Ballistix DDR4 ram this gaming rig is sure to make the most of the perfect matching Gigabyte GTX 1080 founders edition fitted inside 🙂

Dual storage devices include a Crucial solid state drive for really fast boot times + a large hard drive so you can install all your games and go crazy all night long!

Check out the green machine here = PB Gigabyte G1 GTX 1080 Gaming PC

 

GGPCPBEVGA1080Next on the list – an extremely tidy build with EVGA!
This build looks classy, the CM MasterCase 5 was a fine choice indeed and matches the EVGA Z170 FTW (for the win) Edition motherboard inside with it’s dark silver and black colour scheme. A fully modular EVGA SuperNOVA powersupply has also been used and it’s all looking extremely good together, a white LED lighting kit makes the components inside this build POP! You’ll also enjoy dual storage options yet again with this one and the build is also ready to add a second GTX 1080 in SLi when the new connectors arrive – crazy…

Check out more pictures and specs for this beast here = PB EVGA FTW GTX 1080 Gaming PC

 

GGPCPB1080ASUSLastly, and even more impressive than the first two, is the Asus Republic of Gamers version.

This one’s just a little more extreme and has a massive radiator (240mm) in the front to ensure great temperatures as you push your games to the limit and beyond! The Asus ROG HERO Motherboard is the AURA version and this is connected to the chassis RGB lighting so you’ll be able to go crazy with special effects and find the perfect theme, this also allows for a bunch of really cool effects and you could even set it to give you a light show when you play some music 🙂

The case is an epic silver Phanteks Evolv with tempered glass side panels so you’ll be able to gaze at your glorious GTX 1080 inside while it pulses to the beat of your tunes!

Check out more pictures and specs for this truly epic build here = PB Asus ROG GTX 1080 Gaming PC

Great builds indeed, these are all the creations of “Mojo” and we’ll be sure to feature more of his awesome builds in future GGPC blogs to come 🙂  We’ll be unveiling our own GGPC GTX 1080 build when the new Asus Strix versions of the 1080 arrive!

GAME ON!