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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!

 

 

Good Design – Asus ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse

We first caught a glimpse of the ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse when we attended at Computex last year (along with a killer keyboard we’re still hunting for) and it made for quite the impressive setup, at the time we didn’t realise this was going to be wireless!

RogSpathaDesignThe effort that Asus have put into the design of this large, sturdy, wireless mouse is quite remarkable – It packs a total of 12 programmable buttons, but the 6 side buttons are arranged in a way that forms the ROG EYE, this is quite a awesome feat with form meeting function in an excellent way.  

The mouse is extremely responsive with specs much like the Logitech Chaos Spectrum wireless experience, giving a 1000hz refresh rate wirelessly and a staggering 2000hz (0.5ms) refresh rate for the ultimate performance over a wired connection.

Spatha is quite heavy in comparison but when you hold it you can tell it’s all because no expense was spared making this quality mouse, it uses the renowned Japanese made Omron switches and should you want to change them, ASUS have made things easier by making them interchangeable within sockets and have even included an extra pair 🙂  The angles of the buttons seems to put everything in reach and my mid sized hand fits comfortably over the large frame.

With such impressive attention to detail in the Spatha, Asus have undoubtedly created a premium gaming mouse.  Fun times ahead as we thrash this beast through a range of games, we’ll update our computers blog and GGPC Instagram with more glorious pics soon!

Just Landed in NZ – ROG GX700 Liquid Cooled Laptops

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UPDATE: Well then, this was totally blown out of the water by the new GTX 10 series gaming laptops wasn’t it!

The Republic of Gamers GX700 is one of the most highly-anticipated laptops this year, and rightly so with a radical design that enables a whole new level of cooling and potential for the highest possible performance – it’s a genuine portable desktop replacement.

This gaming beast of the machine sets itself apart from the rest with the a fantastic liquid-cooling dock system for the laptop and this enables some rather extreme gaming performance along with overclockability while fully utilizing the intel HK-Series Skylake processor, and the mighty desktop GeForce GTX 980 in a notebook form factor – that’s the Nvidia GTX 980! (not GTX 980M).

That’s one crazy graphics card for a laptop!  The ROG GX700 is one of the several enthusiast grade laptops packing this extreme hardware, and it’s not a toned down version either.  This GTX 980 has more CUDA cores and texture mapping units than the GTX 980M and performance aligns with the desktop version of the graphics card.  It’s also worth noting that the GX700 GTX 980 has 8GB of memory vs the 4GB available on a desktop card like the Asus Strix GTX 980.

ROGGX700OnePlugWith its beautiful design, powerful specs + that oh so cool cooling system the GX700 has blown us away 🙂

Full credit to Asus design team for how easy it is to dock the cooler onto the back of the laptop and also for little touches like the single power cable to help reduce clutter.

Even without the cooler having a laptop with so much power to take with you is great but when you add in the liquid cooling system as well this new ROG creation becomes a excellent option for the travelling gamer or video editor on-the-go.  Asus even include a great custom case for both items so you can travel safely with your awesome laptop 🙂

Just a few of these marvelous machines have landed in New Zealand, so if you’re after one don’t delay – grab yourself a GX700 ROG Gaming Laptop today!

 

Good Gaming Monitor – Asus 1ms VE248HR available now!

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Ohhhh we love a good value gaming monitor and Asus have a great one releasing right now in NZ called the VE248HR!

Living up to the epic reviews set by the previous generation VE248H (no R) is going to be tough but Asus have kitted this new monitor with a faster refresh rate now hitting that coveted 1ms response time for the smoothest visuals even in your most action packed moments 🙂

While this might not be the slimmest 1920×1080 gaming monitor that Asus makes it stands solid on a desk and can take a decent knock, the buttons along the lower left protrude so you can easily hit the right ones without having to turn the monitor to see them and the matt panel does a good job defusing reflections while producing some great colours 🙂 It’s also sporting 100×100 VESA mounts for those of us that enjoy multi monitor madness and even has a pair of small built in 1-watt speakers. Inputs and outputs wise you’ll find a HDMI (no MHL sorry), a DVI and even a VGA – I can understand why they kept a VGA with this one as the monitor is really well priced and would make a fine choice in an office, even if it’s just a little overkill for most!

We loved the previous model and we’re pretty sure this new one will be equally enjoyable – keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest updates, gameplay tests and more!

Update: The Asus VE248HR Gaming Monitor is available now!

Good Gaming Monitor – ROG 34″ Curved G-Sync available now in New Zealand

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First it was a concept at Computex in June last year, now the gaming display of your dreams has come true. In case you haven’t heard, the new ROG Swift PG348Q is the new flagship gaming display. For those of you in search of the ultimate gaming display, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better. Before looking the specs, let’s not overlook the award-winning design with the Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme and ROG logo light projection.

The gaming performance is equally matched with the aggressive design.

PG348Q is exceptional in all the essential factors for what makes a great gaming display; a large display, high resolution, vibrant colors and color accuracy, high refresh rate, fast response time and exclusive gaming technologies (such as ASUS GamePlus & GameVisual, and NVIDIA G-SYNC). Besides all of these, you also get an ultra-wide curved screen which has you more immersed because it curves around you for a panoramic view. The ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio will make use of your peripheral vision while gaming as you will see more content horizontally which you normally won’t see, and every inch of your display will be utilized when watching a movie in 2.40:1 (the majority of existing movies are already available in 2.35:1 or greater).

Having a 34-inch display so close to your face is simply massive, initially it would take a little time to get used to it if you’re upgrading from a smaller display.

After spending some time with it – you simply can’t go back…  This monitor is epic!

UPDATE: There’s a massive range of Gaming Monitors available in NZ now, but this one’s still the best!

Good Gaming Gear – Asus Cerberus Gaming Keyboard, Mouse and Mousepad

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CerberusSwitchAsus have just released a new gaming gear combo named the Cerberus and it’s a pretty impressive setup for those looking to kit themselves out on a budget.  The bundle consists of a gaming keyboard, mouse and mousepad which all come in separate boxes so I expect we’ll be seeing all the items available separately soon.

Taking a closer look at the combo the comparison must be made with the Cooler Master Devastator gaming bundle as the keyboards are very similar in design, this is not a bad thing at all for Asus with CM version being an extremely well reviewed budget gaming combo!  There are a few differences though and the Asus version can display the keys backlight in red or blue depending on your preference – it’s important to note that the red bars on the side will  still glow red though even if the keys themselves are set to blue.

The tactile feedback of the keyboard is nice with good resistance and spring, the spacebar responds to being pressed even of the very edges and removing the keycaps reveals the splash resisting switch – an integrated drain hole prevents liquids from being trapped inside the keyboard and ensures easy cleanup should you accidentally give your keyboard a bit of your drink while gaming 🙂

CerberusMouseThe Cerberus mouse at first glance appears ambidextrous but with the thumb buttons being placed on the left side it’s certainly a preferred right hander.  It’s a four button design well suited for 1080p gaming, the sides have non-slip rubberized grips and the cable is a solid 1.8 meters.    The cable is braided (same with the keyboard) although the USB connection for the mouse is anti corrosive gold which is nice 🙂  Unlike the keyboard the LED on the Cerberus Mouse changes depending on your DPI settings – Red is 500, Green is 1000, Blue is 1500 and the LED turns pink at 2500 (max).

Finishing the combo off is a pretty sweet Cerberus mouse pad featuring the three headed dog logo in all its glory, the texture gives good control for your mouse and the stitching on the sides is excellent.

Overall, it looks like Asus might just have created the perfect starting set for a new gaming pc gamer and we’ll get some more pictures up on the GGPC Instagram so you can take a closer look at this awesome new kit!

 

 

Get your BONUS Game: Rise of the Tomb Raider with Nvidia!

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Update: This promotion has now ended

For a limited time, those fine folks at Asus, EVGA and Gigabyte are hooking you up with a BONUS copy of Rise of the Tomb Raider when you get selected Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GTX 980 & GTX 970 graphics car­ds.

This game sure is something special as well – Rise of the Tomb Raider has made it amongst four nominees for the Writers Guild of America’s award for 2015’s best-written video game!

In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara embarks on her first great Tomb Raiding expedition. Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action.

In her first adventure, Lara Croft was forged into a true survivor, but she glimpsed a deeper, secret world. Now, after uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider.

Once you’ve got your excellent new graphics card simple visit the redemption pages for the flavour you choose, here are the links for ASUS, EVGA and Gigabyte.

This promotion is running until the 16th of Feb 2016, so get in on this great offer quick!