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Good Gaming PC – The GTX 1070 Dark Knight

GGPC DARK KNIGHT GAMING PCWith our most recent Dark Knight eSports edition we changed things up a lot upgrading to a very nice new chassis, an unlocked and water cooled intel i7-6700K + 500GB SSD and massive 4TB HDD for storage but the biggest change came from us fitting an EVGA Hybrid GTX 1070, which also has a very fancy all in one liquid cooler attached 🙂

And this is where things get fun 🙂 The GTX 1080 + i7-6700K is able to hit a whopping 19400 in the Final Fantasy Benchmark run which is pretty excellent, our tests with the GTX 1070 + i7-6700K in Paladin gave us an impressive result of 17800 which was actually a lot closer than we thought it would be… this might actually be possible with an OC. In game it was very difficult to tell the two graphics card apart performance wise (both run most on ultra settings pretty darn well) but the EVGA Hybrid 1070 under full load is much much quieter, something we specifically wanted for this build as it’ll be used for a lot of live game streaming.

We had such a good time testing things out in our GTX 950 Hero Overclocking Blog so we thought we’d do it again and see if we how close we could get to the 19400 score with our Dark Knight 1070 by making full use of that sweet cooling 🙂

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The rules are simple, overclocking of the graphics card is savvy but we’re not going to touch the CPU or RAM at all 😛

We’ll be using our favourite FREE benchmark for this one set to maximum detail at 1920×1080, you can download the Final Fantasy Benchmark software via this blog from Nvidia Benchmarksit’s free so you can install and test your own systems at home and compare with various configurations we have in our Gaming PC Benchmark Playlist.

For overclocking we’ll be using the Asus GPU tweak II software (also FREE!) as we love how easy it is to use, feel free to use any software you want for this though as it all does pretty much the same thing. It doesn’t matter which flavour of graphics card you are using either – other software choices like Afterburner or Precision will still work just fine 🙂

Starting with a base test at stock settings we exceed our previous base test and score 18000, this is going to be easier than first thought but we’ll still be needing around 9% performance gains to get reach to our dream target of 19400 \o/

We then started tweaking a little, first cranking power limit to max for a run before we tinker with the all important Core Clock and Memory Clock. We then tweaked these up with basic +100 to each, with GPU tweak II you can click and type in target clock speed rather than using the sliders, also don’t forget to click the tick to apply the settings. This gave us slightly better results with a score coming in a 18400, now to close the gap!

With a little tweaking and a few long tests to be sure it’s stable we managed an impressive 19228 with the 1070! (less than 1% off our GTX 1080 score!) You can check out the final scene in our benchmark run video below, with a quick snapshot of our settings shown at the very end to make things easy if you’re wanting to tinker for yourself at home – maybe even push things up a little higher!

If you’re overclocking to see just how far you can get remember that not all graphics cards limits are identical and overclocking results can vary a bit from card to card but that makes it all the more fun when you get a really good one! Go slowly as you increase the clock speeds look out for graphical glitches so you know when the limits of your card are getting close. The first one to keep an eye out for is pop in (or missing) textures, if you see odd colour dimming or pink and green flashes your OC is likely a little too high 😛 If you go wayyy to far you’ll crash either the benchmark software, nvidia display driver or force reboot your PC so play it safe and go slow so you avoid having to reboot.

Lot’s of fun to be had with this kind of thing in any case, keep your eyes on GGPC Computers Blog for the latest gameplay tests, custom builds and more!

 

Good Gaming Gear – Best of Computex 2016 (so far…)

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Every year the best and biggest names in PC Gaming hardware get together in Taipei to show off their upcoming tech in an exhibition known as Computex and this year the team from Good Gaming PC NZ joined the frey to hunt down the coolest components, gaming gear and computer gadgets 🙂  This event also times itself with a series of rig modding and building competitions held around the world and becomes an ideal meeting spot for custom gaming PC builders to exchange ideas and show off their creations.

We’ve just enjoyed day 2 and it’s a great time to start sharing some awesome finds so far!

First up, best in graphics cards!

There have been two shining stars of the show in this field so far, new tech from Corsair and Phanteks both based around making the most of the new Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics cards that released just as Computex 2016 was about to begin (coincidence, I think not).

If you’re wanting to really make the most of the new graphics power in the GTX1080 Corsair and MSi have gotten together and created a maintenance free liquid cooling solution they call the Sea Hawk that will allow you to push this beast to the limit without fuss 🙂 It’s a very tidy piece of kit that’s ideal for making extremely high performance gaming PC builds easily.

 

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If you’ve wanting to make something with top teir performance and a really custom look things are getting pretty amazing with some exciting new tech from the team at Phanteks.  They’ve created a pretty impressive looking custom waterblock for the GTX 1080 that catches the light perfectly and you’ll be able to customize your new super cool cards with all the RGB goodness you want 🙂

 

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Next, some very unique chassis!

 

There have been two that certainly deserve this title and the first is aptly named Dream Box, with this DIY-kit, customization is mandatory 🙂  Unlike other mod-savvy chassis solutions, the new Dream Box DIY-kit allows you to create things in a way that feels a bit like lego.

The other favourite so far is pretty sweet not only because of the creativity but also because it’s essentially FREE, those fine folks at ThermalTake have created a hub they call the ThermalTake 3D Makers which provides schematics for 3D printing parts to mod your chassis with, right now they are displaying at the show a chassis that’s pretty similar to the popular TT P5 called the Core P1 and say this is going to be available for download – crazy cool!

 

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How about some RGB portable solid state storage?

 

Avexir have refined their design and are busy showing off a new SSD, this latest drive features similar RGB lighting as the previous version but is much slimmer and also has a very handy USB Type C connection allowing it to be used as a portable hard drive if needed – awesome!

 

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And to round things off – best in gaming gear!

This one caught us by surprise and we’re off to capture some fresh video of this wonderful keyboard in action first thing tomorrow so we can show you just how cool it is (update: here’s a video)  From the design team at Zalman comes a new gaming keyboard they are calling the Z-Machine, available in a range of great colours this driverless keyboard has features and effects that really need to be seen to be believed.

 

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This is just a little snippet of what we’ve found so far, be sure to keep your eyes on our computers blog and instagram for more excellent gear as we find it!

GG!