A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history, GEARS OF WAR 4! After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends, Kait and Del, must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy. Set 25 years after the Imulsion Countermeasure weapon destroyed all Imulsion and took with it the use of fossil fuels, forcing humanity to adapt new ways for survival – but hey, at least it took out the Locust and the Lambent as well right 😛 Following the aftermath of the Lambent Epidemic, the reformed Coalition of Ordered Governments estimated that only hundreds of thousands of humans are left on Sera. To prevent the population from declining, walled-off cities were built to protect the citizens from the dangers outside but tensions rise with a new faction known as the “Outsiders” who choose to live outside of the COG jurisdiction…
Getting you game code is easy, once you’ve got your awesome new hardware visit the registration page for Gigabyte, EVGA or Asus (depending on your chosen flavour 😛) and click the REDEEM button at the bottom of the pages, follow the steps along to register your new graphics card – once completed you’ll receive an Nvidia code via email and when you’ve got that simply visit the Nvidia redemption page and enter it in!
The promotion runs from today until October 30th, the game is a part of Xbox Play Anywhere so you’ll get a copy of the PC version and Xbox One also which is nice and also a bit clever as Gears of War 4 supports Cross Play across Xbox One and Windows 10 in all of the game’s modes – fun times ahead indeed!
Those fine folks @ Nvidia have uploaded some tasty 4K gameplay to tide us over until we get to try this one out for ourselves 😛
Sporting a similar look to it’s big brother the new P55W v6 Gaming Laptop looks a little sleeker with its 15.6″ frame in black with a subtle orange trim running down the sides (a perfect match with the new Prodigy Gaming Headset from Logitech G), inside is a killer i7-6700HQ + GTX 1060 combo so we’ve got the power needed for some pretty high end gaming and when connected to mains power this laptop is also a VR Ready system \o/
Starting tests off with a good long game of Battlefield 1 the Gigabyte P55W v6 is looking very good indeed running above 60FPS at ultra!
Quickly making our way into the Witcher 3 the GTX 1060 does very well yet again, with a little tweaking of the settings we hit our 60FPS target while slicing down bandits 🙂 If you’re lucky enough to have somehow not played the Witcher 3 yet a Game of the Year Edition has just released and you’re in for a treat as this single player game looks good and plays great.
The multiplayer esports hit Overwatch plays pretty flawlessly on this config also, busting out over 100FPS at times while playing at maximum settings. Competitive play is in full swing and if you’re looking for a laptop to play on the go, the GTX 1060 is ready for the challenge!
For Virtual Reality you’ll want to be connected to mains power and below is an extremely boring video showing the performance check 😛 Until we figure out the best way to capture the 90hz this is the best way we can show performance but once we figure things out we’ll replace these videos with some actual VR Gaming 🙂
When checking out the performance on battery we tested a couple of important things out, the first being battery life while heavy gaming which was 82mins (impressive) and the second, more interesting thing was how being on battery affected the performance of the dedicated GTX 1060 graphics inside. For this test we ran on battery while playing some Battlefield 1 and brought the charge down down to around 35% remaining then recorded some gameplay showing the differences in performance you can expect when gaming on the go – this gaming laptop did much better than anything else we’ve had the pleasure of testing with only a very small settings tweak needed to keep playing with excellent FPS. (It’s quite possible the GTX 1050 laptops will be able to play without tweaking settings between plugged in and battery, can’t wait to see!)
Looking closely at the machine itself we find excellent build quality and very little flex, the full sized chiclet keyboard has is a clean white LED that makes things easy to read and we see the addition of a USB Type-C port which is great for transferring massive files. It has HDMI 2.0 for connecting to a 4K screen all the other little mod cons we look for like Bluetooth 4.1 and a cup holder (JK) but yet again – no DisplayPort sadly! The 1080P IPS display looks beautiful though with great colours and very little reflection or glare from the matt panel 🙂
UPDATE: We’ve continued testing out everything this excellent new laptop has to offer (we also checked out other versions from MSi and Asus to compare) and now that we’ve had a really good go with it we’re happy to give the Gigabyte P55Wv6 our GGPC recommendation – This GTX 1060 Gaming Laptop is GOOD!
The gaming laptop world recently got quite the upgrade with the release of new GTX 10 series laptops and things are getting even better for new buyers now with BONUS games and some interesting software available for download from those fine folks at Gigabyte and Intel 🙂
It’s a register to redeem promotion that’s available until the end of October so once you’ve gear up be sure to visit the Gigabyte NZ Redemption Page to get your codes, now let’s take a look at some (there are more than this on offer, these are just our favourites) of those sweet bonus goodies!
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege invites players to fight in intense close quarters confrontations with a focus on tactics, team play, and explosive action at the center of the experience.
The matches feel a lot like Counter Strike to us and you’ll want play carefully to get the most from each round, the gameplay sets a new bar for intense firefights and expert strategy in the rich legacy of past Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six games.
It’s not just games though, you’ll also be able to get some pretty interesting software like VirtualDJ, used by DJs to replace their turntables and CD players and use digital music instead of vinyl and CDs. VirtualDJ is used by tens of millions of people every day, ranging from bedroom DJs to international superstars.
This new version allow you to mix using mixing Gesture control, based on Intel RealSense technology. VirtualDJ 8.1 lets you mix, scratch & remix tracks from your song library, adjust their tempo and key, apply effects, loops and much more.
From easy and fast, to advanced and fun, Corel VideoStudio X9 has everything you need to make your videos look their best. Make a movie in minutes with FastFlick or Instant Projects, or move up to more advanced editing on the multi-track timeline.
Cover all the angles with the new Multi-Camera Editor and align clips automatically with audio syncing. With instant fixes for common problems, customizable effects, titles and transitions, VideoStudio X9 delivers high-quality results with style that’s all your own.
Those are just a slice of the sweet bonus downloads on offer in NZ with these awesome new Gaming Laptops, you can check out the full range of software on offer here and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for more!
Gigabyte 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!
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 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!
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!
Built with the all-new Nvidia Pascal architecture the ultra-fast GXT 1070 is just about to get smaller 🙂 Those talented guys and gals at Gigabyte have already miniaturized this outstanding new tech and the result is awesome, with a pint-sized graphics card now on offer that we can use to create some stunning VR ready small form factor PC builds ideal for the lounge or office!
The Gigabyte custom designed cooling system features 3 pure copper composite heat-pipes and that signature G1 Gaming unique (and effective) fan design. Packing in the same 8GB memory offered in its larger brother this mini version is sure to be a hit! We’ll update with more information on the GTX 1070 mini as release dates for New Zealand get confirmed. GG!
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 🙂
Below is DOOM from our GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop In-Game Framerate Playlistand 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 🙂
Warframe and World of Warships lead the free-to-play movement with great graphics and innovative gameplay that continues to fuel players around the world, these multiplayer masterpieces are free for you to check out which is great and support in-game micro-transactions to add a bit of customisation to your Teeno or Battleship 🙂
Thanks to Gigabyte and Nvidia if you’re gearing up with selected GTX 950 Desktop Graphics or GTX 950m Gaming Laptops this new gaming bonus will give you a little in game currency to play with! What you spend this on is up to you but you’ll have 1000 Platinum for Warframe and 2000 Doubloons to use in World of Warships.
Getting you bonus is super easy, once you’ve grabbed your new hardware simply visit the Gigabyte Redemption Page for desktop graphics or the Gigabyte Gaming Laptop Redemption Page to get your code (you can double check which versions are eligible here as well) , it’s valid on purchases between June 07 & July 26 2016 so if you’ve just picked up your new gaming hardware you can register for this bonus as well. Once you’ve got your code you can redeem your free goodies at the Nvidia Redemption Portal 🙂
These games both play exceptionally well on the GTX 950 as you can see below with our Hero Gaming PC below happily pushing out 100+ FPS in Warframe!