If you’re on the hunt for a well priced, somewhat classy, gaming laptop that’s good – definitely check out the latest HP Omen AX which packs the excellent 4GB GTX 1050 Graphics + intel i7-7700HQ combo into a very tidy 15″ package 🙂
The current configuration for this one (AX246TX is the exact model) available now in New Zealand sports a 1TB Hard Drive and also 256GB of extremely fast NVMe M.2 Storage along with 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 ram to ensure smooth performance while you’re multitasking. Although it’s quite thin the Bang & Olufsen dual speakers can still pump out some glorious audio and the built-in wide vision webcam allows you to keep everyone in frame when video calling friends or family.
It’s got all the extras we look for in a modern laptop too, essentials like an HDMI output for gaming on the big TV are there but they’ve also made sure to include handy tech like Bluetooth 4.2 and dual band AC wireless which is great to see. The keyboard is full sized with a num-pad and glows with a red LED backlight that shines right through the letters for clean even look that’s pretty perfecto and to top it all off the 1920×1080 IPS screen is anti-glare 🙂 There is also another version of this laptop (exact model is 5-AX238TX) and it’s got a beautiful 3840×2160 display paired with a GTX 1050Ti.
It’s going to be a lot of fun comparing this one to our recent tests with the Sabre 15 below as the internal specs here are the same, keep your eyes on our PC Gaming Blog and our GGPC YouTube Channel for the latest!
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 laptopperformance 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!
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It’s not often that we see a gaming laptop with such amazing price/performance but the new Sabre 15 GTX 1050 Gaming Laptop brings it all together pretty perfectly, before we dive into the gameplay FPS tests though let’s take a quick look at the specifications.
With a very quick M.2 SSD for loading times along with mass storage for games via the 1TB HDD the Sabre 15 is a versatile and agile gaming laptop, the i7-7700HQ and GTX 1050 combo is backed by an unexpectedly large 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 ram also.
The frame of the laptop screams gamer with aggressive detailing on the lid and also along the rear cooling vent, and the chiclet keyboard glows with a cool white LED which can adjust manually or automatically via the light sensor. This chassis supports a range of connection options including the USB type-C and twin Mini DisplayPorts along with the must haves like HDMI and USB 3.1, it even sports a discreet 6 in 1 card reader which is pretty handy to have!
Inputs and Outputs…
– 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port
– 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port
– 1 x USB 3.0 port
– 1 x USB 2.0 Port
– 1 x Mic-In/Headphone-out
– 2 x Mini DisplayPort
– 1 x HDMI 1.4
– 1 x RJ45 (for LAN insert)
– 6 in 1 Card Reader
– Auto-adjusting Backlit Keyboard
– Webcam and Mic build in.
Jumping into gaming with the Sabre 15 we see the performance align with it’s desktop brothers, and considering this system has a monitor and keyboard built into it the value kicker is that much better – investing in both a gaming keyboard and gaming mouse is advised though as this one can connect to your TV in the lounge via the HDMI for a wonderful console killing experience 🙂
Looking specifically at Overwatch we were able to maintain our 60FPS target even with the texture filtering quality set to EPIC, furthermore we recorded this very heavy battle with the built-in Nvidia Shadowplay Game Capture tools which can now even stream to Twitch, Facebook and more… and our CPU usage spent most of its time in the 30’s and didn’t even cross the 50% usage mark… insanity!
Swinging around to an older game that won’t use much of the graphics card but should put more stress onto our CPU we fired up CS:GO 🙂 Again using the built in Shadowplay Game Capture to record the clip below we where able to hit a whopping 69% peak usage in an online match with both bots and real people playing.
Rounding off the tests with a quick game of League of Legends we set out to get into a large team fight and succeeded 🙂 Even with all the explosions and effects on screen (game settings on MAX) our lowest dip was to 62.4FPS and that was only for a microsecond, crazy cool!
While the performance for this laptop is excellent it’s not quite invincible 😛 for our final test of the night we headed to Novigrad – the largest city in the Witcher 3 and got into a some fights just at daybreak when the lighting effects hit hard 🙂 Even with all the settings turned down for this one hitting our 60FPS target wasn’t quite possible in the city although we did come close with around 45FPS even during our bomb test on a poor chap with shield 🙂 If you’re looking for great performance in Witcher 3 there is also another version of the Sabre 15 with a GTX 1050Ti we’re about to test and also check out our latest GTX 1060 Laptop tests with the Aero 15, it handled the Novigrad run insanely well!
We’ve had a blast testing this one out for ourselves and look forward to playing more games with the Sabre 15, right now we’re on the hunt for a good one to try and use up some more of the that ram… (16GB really is a lot) and we’ll update our GGPC PC Gaming Blog and Gameplay FPS Test YouTube Channel with the latest \o/
Capcom have nailed the claustrophobic atmosphere and the graphics are crazy good, we jumped several times at the sight of our own shadows 😛 We don’t want to spoil things so watch the gameplay FPS video below at your own peril, Gaming PC wise we tested with a GTX 1050 system and it ran like a dream 🙂
Fresh from the workshop our latest GGPC Hero Gaming PC returns armed with EVGA GTX 1050 graphics \o/ Like all GGPC builds we’re always tinkering 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!
Firstly, a really cool update that effects all our Gaming PC in the GGPC custom chassis – we’ve taken out all the LED strip lighting kits and static fans and replaced both with RGB cooling 😛 A total of three RGB fans are now fitted in the front panel of the chassis and both the colour and fan speed can be adjusted via an included remote control, we left the rear 120mm outtake in the chassis as a standard GGPC black fan so you can game comfortably without a blinding LED directly in your line of sight. When the rig is on your desk and the glow from the front shines backwards to light up the beautiful components inside 🙂 Taking out the strips has also brought down the internal temperature a little and being able to tweak the fan speeds allows the gaming rig to run even quieter than before.
Another little tweak is a small update to the internal AC Wireless cards we use which now supports Bluetooth 4.2, this gives us improvements in three areas – co-existence (bluetooth and 4G (LTE) didn’t get on well, this is now fixed), smarter connectivity (improved re-connection timeout for saving battery life) and improved data transfer (connects more things!). Oh, one last thing – it’s wayyy faster than the previous versions 😛
Now onto a tweak specifically for the Hero build – we added a new GTX 1050 from EVGA 🙂 This one’s as much about ascetics as performance with the new GPU being a nice gunmetal grey that suits the case perfectly and in-game it’s a little beast!
In our last blog on the Hero we tested to see just how much performance we could get by overclocking the graphics but before we get into that let’s see what the new graphics card can do at factory settings with some in-game performance tests, after all “What is a good gaming PC?” can only be answered by “it plays the games you want to play!”
First up, the new Hero proves itself to be a good gaming PC for Overwatch players by keeping things very smooth as we get up close and personal with Roadhog and his wonderful hook 😛
If you’re thinking about getting a good gaming PC for Minecraft you’ll probably be interested in playing with Shaders on, for our tests here we installed Optifine HD D3 Ultra + Sildurs Vibrant Shaders v1.153 Medium and then went for our signature run around looking for a nice town by the water 🙂
This next one’s still under development so we’ll be stepping back in to test things out with each update but right now the just released Star Marine early access for Star Citizen is working very well with these gaming PC specs, we happily ran around the awesome looking space stations chasing down bandits while having a blast being sneaky in space 🙂
The hardest part will be deciding which free game to choose! Let’s take a look at what’s on offer 🙂
First up – Maize
A first-person adventure game about what happens when two scientists misinterpret a memo from the U.S. Government and create sentient corn. And that last sentence is pretty much the least ridiculous thing about the game 😛
Next on the list – Raw Data
A made-for-VR high-octane combat experience combining elements of shooters with tower defense. Active VR gameplay involves your whole body as you put your wits, boldness and endurance to the test. Intuitive controls completely immerse you within the game world, from engaging with objects to pulling weapons off your body to strategically choosing your loadout. And all the while, you’ll be slashing, shooting, deflecting, ducking and dodging as you fend off waves of androids set to “kill.”
And the final choice – Redout
Redout is a tribute to the old racing monsters such as F-Zero, WipeOut, Rollcage, and POD. It is designed to be an uncompromising, fast, tough and satisfying driving experience, soaked in that vertigo that stands at the core of the arcade racing genre. The floating system and driving models are based on physics: each turn, slope, hard braking, acceleration, each turn and twist of the track will apply a unique force to the ship. A sharp low-polygon style blends meshes and terrains with the latest state-of-the-art shading and lighting effects provided by the Unreal Engine 4, creating beautiful and instantly recognisable aesthetics. Breezy coastlines, eerie frozen landscapes, vast desert plains: the melancholic, dystopian atmosphere of a semi abandoned Earth is the background for the most high-speed, tense and beautiful futuristic racing clashes.
Tough choices for sure but getting your game bonus is easy 🙂 Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware visit the Gigabyte Redemption Site or EVGA Redemption Site to register for your game code, you’ll then receive a special code by email and once you’ve got that visit the Nvidia Game Code website and enter it in 🙂
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.
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 🙂