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GOT BOOST? Rocket League GTX Bonus!

BOOM! Those fine folks at Nvidia have boosted in with a sweet GAME BONUS for those grabbing a new GTX 1050, GTX 1050Ti or GTX 1060 Graphics Card, Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop featuring this awesome hardware 🙂

This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve geared up with your new hardware simple visit the website below depending on your chosen flavour 🙂

Gigabyte Redemption Site

Asus Redemption Site

MSi Redemption Site (Please note, their site’s down as I write this but we’ve let them know :P)

EVGA Redemption Site

Below is a quick Gameplay FPS Test with the GTX 1050 in Rocket League with very high settings and a resolution of 2560×1440, super smooth even at this higher resolution!

Now if you’re thinking to yourself 1440p is nice but why not 4K you’d be the same as us, sadly for reasons unknown the options with the game only go as high as 2560×1440? Lucky for us though a little tinkering within the config file allows you to set your own resolution 🙂

Here’s a quick 4K game capture with the GTX 1050 – this amazing little graphics card (exact settings shown at the end of the video) still manages to keep above 60FPS when in game and only dipped into the high 50’s during the replays – crazy cool!

If you’re wondering about laptop performance rest assured things are looking just as good 🙂 Though it’s a little harder to find a 1440p screen on a laptop we managed to have a quick go with the new Gigabyte Aero 14 which packs a GTX 1060 inside and performance was excellent as you can see for yourselves below!

This promotion is valid from the 30th May till the 31st of July so get your details in and we’ll see you in the arena!

GAME ON!

Good Graphics – Titanfall 2 tests begin!

Titanfall 2 is out now and this one is pretty darn excellent on a lot of levels, the effort that has been put into this game and all the other little things around it is really rather good 🙂

Firstly, when you grab the game on Origin you won’t need a buy an additional season pass to ensure the multiplayer game stays current – and that means no splitting up the community of players! We here at GGPC really appreciate this and agree 100% this is the way to keep a good online game going and servers full of players, on that note we’re totally fine with additional single player content being available later on at an additional cost (the game includes a single player campaign already as well). They also released a smartphone card game named Titanfall Frontline which you can download now for free via Google Play, it’s certainly not as deep or polished as games like Hearthstone or Elder Scrolls Legends but still was nice to have a little jam with the tutorial mission and a couple of regular PVP matches while downloading the main Titanfall 2 game on our PC.

Onto the main game! We begin our performance tests with the GGPC Assassin Gaming PC config with its GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card, an Intel i5-6400 quad core and 2x4GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM and as you’ll see from the gameplay below they’ve done a great job with this game and we’re able to stay above 60FPS stable with some very high settings indeed!

Switching sides to the red team with a quick test playing on our GGPC Shaman Gaming PC which packs an AMD RX 470 Graphics Card, i5-6400 quad core and 2x4GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM we again enjoy some very high settings with FPS above 60 even during some pretty action packed moments!

We’ll continue testing out different graphics cards with this game so keep you’re eyes on the GGPC YouTube Channel for the latest 🙂

GAME ON!

Good Graphics Card – GTX 1050 and 1050ti Available NOW!

GGPC GTX 1050 Incoming

UPDATE: The GTX 1050 and GTX 1050ti are available in NZ now – check out the latest GTX 1050 Gaming PC performance here plus more gameplay below!

It’s a great day for the everyday PC gamer with the announcement of the latest GTX 1050 graphics cards! Built for playing eSports hits like Overwatch and League of Legends these new graphics cards are sure to make there way into many many gaming rigs around the world by offering excellent performance at a great price.

Both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050ti versions have been announced and both are looking pretty darn good, memory ranges from 2GB to 4GB and the new lineup is solid with different versions to suit varied budgets and gaming PC builds 🙂

Starting things off with the great value Gigabyte GTX 1050 Windforce 2GB Graphics card we have a cooling system that features two 90mm unique blade fans with an alternate spinning fan design and 2 pure copper composite direct touch heat pipes all working together to deliver an effective heat dissipation capacity for higher performance at lower temperatures. This new GPU is sporting a single DVI, 3x HDMI outputs and a DisplayPort so connecting to your favourite screen(s) will be a breeze, the maximum resolution is a massive 7680×4320 so it’s a really good option for productivity setups as well.

Gigabyte GTX 1050 Power in

The card performs slightly above the GTX 950 (which was an excellent graphics card, we used a lot in our legacy GGPC Hero build) Below is a quick test playing some minecraft with Sildurs Vibrant Shaders active with the new GTX 1050 🙂

The new GTX 1050 also gave us some pretty excellent performance even with the new Titanfall 2, below we are using the adaptive framerate target mode in game to keep above 60FPS.

Is the card VR ready? Well, it’s an interesting question! The GPU sits just under “recommended” in the Steam VR performance test. We’ll have to test this one out with a range of titles and see how it actually goes in game. (more on this soon)

A single 6-pin power input will be needed to fit these and it’s pretty nice to see all versions fitted with a solid back plate, looking closer at the GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming Graphics Card the beautiful orange highlights now extend around the sides and even onto the backplate which looks awesome, both the G1 Gaming and Xtreme Gaming versions also sport RGB lighting 🙂

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Good Graphics – No Man’s Sky Gameplay FPS Tests Begin!

PEW PEW! No Man’s Sky has finally released on PC and we’ve begun our Graphics Card FPS tests to see what the performance is like for both Nvidia and AMD in this epic new space odyssey 🙂

Starting out with the just released AMD RX 460 Graphics card things are looking pretty good indeed, transition from space to the planets surface is acceptable with frame rates dipping into the high 20’s, once on the surface our FPS increases to a rather impressive 45!

Next up for the green team we jet through the asteroids and down to the planet below with the excellent Nvidia GTX 960 graphics card, this mid range card has been a favourite for a while now and with it the gameplay is smooth managing to hold around 49 frames per second during our re-entry and landing test.  Great work from Nvidia!

For the AMD RX 470 graphics card test we extended the journey (2 minute test) to include blasting off from the planets surface and then headed back down again.  FPS held up very well with majority of the flight being in the 70’s and only a short stutter into 30’s during our landing sequence, so far for us these dips typically occur around landing or when entering a planets atmosphere for the first time.

When it came to the Nvidia GTX 1080 tests we opted to jump right into 4K gameplay and used ShadowPlay to capture the video below, oddly although the game settings say “Full Screen” this is not the case and it’s actually running in a window – we got around this for our game capture by setting ShadowPlay to record the desktop and it worked great!  Some stutters in the usual places for sure but this is 3840×2160 at almost max settings with game cap running and it still manages to hit around 60FPS!

One thing is for sure, No Man’s Sky is going to be one epic adventure with a whole galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action!

GAME ON!

Good Graphics Card – AMD RX 470 Just landed in NZ!

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Oh you sexy thing!

We’ve excitedly just begun our first gaming pc build with the latest AMD graphics card – the Sapphire RX 470! A new graphics card that AMD claims is capable of decent 1080p gaming and also hits the minimum spec for a VR system, it’s all part of AMD’s overall strategy to reduce the cost of buying into the VR ecosystem and with performance looking to be very similar to that of the excellent GTX 970 (our previous VR Ready go-to graphics card) things are indeed looking good!

Sapphire have both a 4GB and 8GB version of the RX 470 available now and each is using their awesome dual fan Nitro cooling system, they’ve also placed the 8-pin power inputs on the back of the graphics cards again which everyone should be doing – nice work Sapphire!

The logo along the top is lined with LED lighting but instead of using software to tweak this you’ll find an LED mode button on the back of the PCB can be used to switch it between various settings including a nice breathing mode, you can also download the new Sapphire TriXX 3.0 Software to customise lighting, adjust fan speeds, core voltages and clock speeds to tune up performance 🙂

Keep your eyes on our GGPC Computers Blog and YouTube Channel for the latest!

 

Good Graphics Card – GTX 1070 mini incoming!

GTX1070miniDesignBuilt 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!

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 – Asus AMD Warhammer Bonus

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A new AMD game bundle with ASUS graphics cards has just begun!

Gear up with selected R9 390 and 390X Graphics Cards and you can get a code for the new tactical strategy game that has just released, Total War: Warhammer. The latest in the Total War series sees us taking part in addictive turn-based empire-building with colossal, real-time battles, all set in a world of legendary heroes, giant monsters, flying creatures and storms of magical power.

The Old World echoes to the clamour of ceaseless battle. The only constant is WAR!

Essentials…
– Promotion Period: May 17 – August 15, 2016
– Qualifying GPUs: Radeon R9 390X & R9 390
– Game launch: May 24, 2016

Once you’ve got your awesome new graphics card, register to receive your game code via the redemption page: www.amdrewards.com.  Be sure to check out the awesome 360 trailer below as well!

Good Gaming PC – The GTX 950 Hero

Of all the Gaming PC builds here at GGPC New Zealand, the Hero is the most popular and it’s no surprise really with such good looks and remarkable performance at around $1299.

Like all our builds we constantly test Hero with slightly different components to see if we can squeeze out a little more performance for each $ spent, and on that note – let’s take a look at the latest tweaks 🙂

Our GTX 950 DCUII Edition is being replaced with a slightly larger, quieter and more powerful Asus STRIX version, to match this we’ve also changed the motherboard from the Gigabyte H110M-S2H to the almost identical Asus H110M-A which has a slightly different shape and darker colouring.

This new configuration also fits the requirements for a “Powered by Asus” system which is nice for future special promotions coming directly from Asus NZ.

What do these changes mean for you?  Well, previously our stock settings Final Fantasy Benchmark test came in with an average score of 6239 – with our new graphics card being a larger, cooler and quieter we couldn’t resist seeing what kind of score the new build would be able to hit with a quick graphics card overclock – our target being a 10% performance increase for a score of 7000 😛

For our OC software we’ll be using the free Asus GPU Tweak II package that is included with the graphics card, if you’ve never tried overclocking before it’s an ideal starting point for monitoring temps and tweaking your settings.  Using this software we were able to boost the systems score from 6443 (the new stock average is higher) to a very nice 7212!  This had another cool effect we didn’t expect and the systems rating changed from “Very High” to “Extremely High” 🙂 That’s almost a GTX 960!

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You can download the Final Fantasy Benchmark software via the blog from Nvidia Benchmarks, it’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.  Below is the settings we used if you want to try this out your own GTX 950 at home, it doesn’t matter which flavour of GTX 950 you are using either – the Asus GPU tweak II software will still work 🙂

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Fun times ahead with the GTX 1070 and 1080 just around the corner 🙂 We’ve just had a bunch of new chassis arrive in the workshop from our recent component hunt in Taipei so keep your eyes on our Computers Blog for more custom PC builds, benchmarks, gameplay FPS tests and more!

GG!