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Good Gaming Headset – The Cooler Master MasterPulse

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The MasterPulse Over-ear headset delivers quality stereo sound in a comfortable, lightweight aluminum frame fitted with flexible headband provides comfort for even the longest gaming sessions while five little cushions provide a better fit and feel for your head. The ear shaped padded cups provide a decent level of comfort while blocking unwanted external noise, these cups can also be removed for a quick clean.

CM MasterPulse Headset QualityThis new gaming headset also features back covers that, when the panels are removed, significantly enhance the lower frequencies which gives you noticeably enriched bass tones which isn’t really something we’ll use much for gaming but because this headset is packing a discreet mic it’s a little more savvy for general use over the more traditional gaming headsets we usually see, you can use it with most mobile devices via a 3.5mm gold-plated four pole headphone jack. When we jump back onto our PC’s we connect this to an additional splitter to separate the mic and speakers.

When the panels are on, the MasterPulse will provide you with clear and balanced sound at normal bass levels. These side panels can also be 3D Printed and Cooler Master have provided a 3D model here for easy download (contains .STP and .OBJ files)

UPDATE: The CM MasterPulse Gaming Headset is available in NZ now!

UPDATE: Now we’ve got these onto our heads we can see (or hear) what all the fuss is about, the headset produces some epic sound when you’re gaming and in titles like Battlefield 1 the bass produced from firing a howitzer is extremely satisfying \o/ The volume on these is also quite remarkable, at full it’s so loud it feels like your ears are taking damage but still it maintains a clarity often missing in headsets when turned up so far, no crackles here 🙂 While we don’t recommend putting with one on full noise when gaming this headset isn’t just for gaming – listening to music via our phones when out and about was an enjoyable experience. There’s a little microphone built into the left side which provides pretty good voice chat options and this also did well in the wind outside, great stuff Cooler Master! The last little bit we really liked was the shape of the earcups, being tall enough to fit a ear without pinching allowed us to do some marathon gaming sessions with these without discomfort which is always nice 😛 Overall it’s a great headset for just about anyone, customisation is a plus and Cooler Master got the essentials pretty spot on, on that note we happily give this new set of ear cannons our GGPC recommends award – the MasterPulse Gaming Headset is GOOD!

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Good Gaming Motherboard – Gigabyte Z170X-DESIGNARE

GGPC Blog Z170X DesignaireGigabyte sure has packed a lot on the Z170X-Designare’s ATX design while not going over the top with the plastic and bling 🙂 You’ll still be able enjoy tweaking things like the RGB lighting but that’s not really what this one is all about, instead they have created an excellent motherboard for high end gamers that has all the important features we look for and a layout we dreamed about – incognito if you want it to be or lit up for a show 🙂

The motherboard itself is a deep matt black with chrome supports around the graphics card slots, if you’re going to build an SLi or Crossfire Gaming Rig you’ll be happy to see the spacing between the graphics cards is wide allowing both to breath giving you solid performance even if you stick to air cooling. When it comes to connections we find everything we could want, the Z170X Designare packs U.2, Thunderbolt 3 with dual USB 3.1 Type-C, and dual Intel LAN. There are three heatsinks on the motherboard with a subtle blue colouring and all can be removed easily if you want to mask these off and go all black (easy mod, a little nailpolish and done).

Now we can talk about how this motherboard is good but I think it’s really best if we build a PC using and show you a little more around how to paint those heatsinks and how the software behind it works for overclocking and adjusting the lighting for the perfect look so that’s just what we’ll do in a blog coming soon 🙂

UPDATE: We’ve made a killer rig with some friends at PB Tech we call the G1 Loop featuring this motherboard, check it out on PC Part Picker today!

Keep you eyes on GGPC Computers blog for builds, components, gameplay and more!

Good Gaming Laptop – The GTX 1070 P57Xv6!

Recently we have had the pleasure of testing out some amazing new Desktop Graphics Cards on our GGPC YouTube Channel and today we excitedly get to play some games on the next generation of Gaming Laptops to see just how good things are going to be for a gamer on the go 🙂 Spoilers, things are looking really really GOOD.

Armed with the new 17.3″ Gigabyte P57X Gaming Laptop which is packing an excellent i7-6700HQ + GTX 1070 combo (no M!) it’s got the power needed for high end gaming and also exceeds the requirements for a VR ready system!

We’ve started our gameplay tests off with a quick match in DOOM, then moved into a little space piracy in the just released SciFi exploration game No Man’s Sky, we then went for a very quick run around the Ark in Survival Evolved heading onwards to Novagrad to fight some guards in Witcher 3 🙂

Ah DOOM, such a great game and it plays beautifully on the new GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop as you can see for yourself below, when turning all the settings upto max we also turned film grain up by accident 😛 In the YouTube description for this video we have included a second test with film grain set to zero if you’re wanting to check it out, FPS is still 100+ either way but the newer video does look super crispy 🙂

In No Man’s Sky our P57X GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop was able to run everything at max settings while keeping above 110 FPS in space battles and didn’t drop below 60FPS once we hit the planets surface below, though it did come pretty close 😛

Ark: Survival Evolved took a little tweaking but seeing as the game is still in development it can be a rather hard one to run well, regardless we were still able to get pretty darn close to the 60 FPS we were chasing and once we had things configured it didn’t take us long to find a pretty happy looking Dinosaur, we expect our FPS will take a hit as we build structures and tame the beasts and when it does we’ll get right back to tweaking those settings 🙂

The Witcher 3 looks great with all the settings turned up as well battle the town guards in Novigrad some very high end hardware to enjoy, to get such high performance from a gaming laptop in this often challenging game is a really great to see.

To round off the first tests we’ve done a very quick run-through with the new 3DMark Time Spy Benchmark, we ran this benchmark three times in succession to ensure the laptop was nice and warm and on that note the front of the laptop doesn’t actually get hot like others have in past tests, good design from Gigabyte with smart placement of the components towards the back allowing ventilation via the keyboard, nicely done indeed.

The P57Xv6 Gaming Laptop also passes the VR Ready test even when running on battery, you can check out the SteamVR Performance Tests here though strangely it’s not actually detecting the Nvidia graphics card is these, the scores certainly looks like it’s using it however this could be interesting if the game you are wanting to play has some sort of autodetect hardware in place – more tests needed!

Performance aside there are a few more things we like about this laptop, firstly the build quality is outstanding with very little flex, the hinges on the screen are robust (and orange) and if you tip the laptop upside-down you’ll see the impressive dual exhaust cooling system which, when at 100% speed (a setting we highly doubt you’ll use, auto is fine) has a noise output that is about twice that of an intel stock cooler running at full load.  It’s packing most of the features we look for in a modern system like AC Wireless, Bluetooth 4.1, USB Type C, and HDMI 2.0 for 4K 60FPS, sadly no DisplayPort this time around. The laptop has a nice white LED keyboard backlight that can be switched between half strength, full, off and of course auto mode which adjusts to suit the lighting around you.

Battery lasted us 1 hour & 23 mins at full brightness while gaming which was nice, you lose a little of the graphics power when running in this way but the laptop is just so powerful you’ll still be running on very high settings in games like Overwatch, be aware that if you adjust the fans to quiet mode when running on battery a frame limiter will affect your FPS in game so it’s best to leave cooling on AUTO or GAMING modes. Temperature wise on AUTO fan settings you can reach into the 80’s which is just fine – we pushed the thermal limits by doing tests with DOOM and restricted airflow during which we started to notice the graphics throttling itself when it reached around 95 degrees and this caused the temps to drop rapidly even with the restricted airflow, during these high temps we still had no system crashes or instability 🙂

Gigabyte laptop build quality cooling and lighting

Gigabyte Smart Manager software comes pre-installed and with it we were easily able to tweak everything we wanted too, the usual things we look for like fans speed settings could be adjusted here but it also included a nice range of display settings to take some strain off our eyes via a smart colour option.  Using this software you can also overclock the graphics card in the laptop to squeeze out a little bit more performance, though it’s unlikely you’ll be doing that for a while as the laptop is a gaming beast at stock settings 🙂

We’ve had a really good go with this new Gaming Laptop we can happily give it our GGPC Recommends Award – The Gigabyte P57Xv6 is GOOD! 

The latest range of Gigabyte GTX 1070 & GTX 1060 Gaming Laptops are available in New Zealand now and we’ll update our GGPC Computers Blog with more tests as we make our way through the impressive new range – fun times ahead!

Good Gaming Keyboard – Cooler Master Masterkeys

Masterkeys Lite is GOOD

Cooler Master have got another new gaming keyboard – well actually this one’s a combo!

Introducing the new Cooler Master Masterkeys Lite 🙂  Unlike the above gaming keyboards which use the Cherry MX this new value keyboard is packing CM’s own mem-chanical switch which not only feels great but also conforms to the Cherry MX standard shape so we can add aftermarket custom key caps very easily, it’s still early days for the Maker Hub but we’ll be keeping an eye on this for 3D printable models to appear, until then Thingiverse certainly has more than enough to keep us modding!

Masterkeys LiteWhile the Masterkeys Lite Keyboard might not be quite as bright as its big brothers this keyboard still produces that clean RGB LED glow we’re in love with.  They’ve added something really interesting to the kickstands by running a grippy texture along the back so when you’ve got the keyboard laying flat it still sticks to your desk like glue.

Even though the target is value this keyboard is still very well built and you can change the LED lighting to suit you setup quickly and easily from the keyboard itself without additional software or drivers needed, simple must haves like disabling the windows key (which is printed with a Cooler Master logo on this keyboard) can be done easily by pushing Fn+F12 and you’ll also find a host of media and lighting controls can be accessed in the same way.

The included mouse is a nice shape has an LED indicator that flashes in several colours as you change though the DPi settings lighting up the scroll wheel and also a thin strip at the base of the mouse, you can make this glow constant and even cycle to a RGB breathing mode by clicking the DPi shift + scroll wheel simultaneously  – awesome stuff Cooler Master!

The version we have to play with has a L on the box as well which leads us to believe a second 10keyless version might be on the way which is always nice (UPDATE: Yep, there’s a new S version), in any case this is certainly the best entry level combo we’ve had the pleasure of using in a long time (since the Cooler Master Devastator II actually) and we’re happy to give this new value gaming combo our GGPC recommends badge – the Masterkeys Lite is GOOD!

 

 

 

Good Cooling – The MasterLiquid Pro 240

 

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UPDATE: We’ve built a lot of Gaming PC with this one now and it’s super quiet with little things we love like the adjustable pipes, on that note we happily give these new CPU Liquid Coolers from Cooler Master our GGPC Recommends award – The MasterLiquid Pro is GOOD! (and in all sizes, this whole series is pretty darn amazing TBH!)

The latest in thermal technology from Cooler Master – the MasterLiquid Pro 240 is one of the coolest looking all-in-one cooling solutions we’ve seen in a long while!  Those talented guys and gals at Cooler Master have re-engineered how liquid absorbs and expels heat throughout closed loop of the cooler, this has created a new CPU cooling solution that lasts longer, performs better and like all good AIO options – requires virtually no maintenance (it’s nice to change your CPU paste every few years :P)

They’ve stacked an extra chamber on top and engineered it so that cold stuff can go in, but hot stuff can’t go back up. Inside all the important components live within this new cooler area while a powerful pump sprays liquid directly at the center of the water block, solving the issue of slow flow, they’ve even mounted more ultra-fine fins on the copper base, creating even more surfaces from which the coolant can take away heat.

Inside the cooler master pumpGeared towards being cool in silence, Cooler Master have encased the pump needed to drive that concentrated spray at our CPU with a silent driver, the custom driver rotates way more smoothly than any other technology out there apparently reducing noisy clicks and vibration.  Going even further in their efforts to reduce noise the MasterLiquid’s unique square fin design on the radiator creates a greater surface area for absorption of the heat and allows for spacious airflow – this increased space allows for use of a quieter fan that pushes air farther out of the case. Bringing everything together it’s really rather quiet!

The MasterLiquid Pro 240 includes two of the latest MasterFan Pro Air Balance fans, these new high-static-pressure fans utilize a similar “silent-driver” to operate quietly while moving plenty of air.