GTX 1060

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

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 25th of September so get your details in and we’ll see you in the arena!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming PC – The ROG GR8 II Mini Gaming PC!

The Asus Republic of Gamers GR8 II is a Gaming PC that packs excellent gaming performance into a very cool, very small package.

Perfect for those who want all the power of a desktop Gaming PC, but are looking for something really small it’s pretty similar in size to current-generation consoles standing at a short 29cm tall. Unlike many of the little PC we see though, this one actually fits a real desktop i5-7400 CPU inside perfectly paired with a 3GB GTX 1060 which gives us excellent performance in games. Built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi provides a fast, stable connection while playing online games or streaming movies, the GR8 II also sports a handy Bluetooth v4.2 for connecting everything from smartphones to headsets – speaking of headsets, the shape and size of the GR8 II make it a pretty good headset holder too!

On the back of the chassis, you’ll find 2x HDMI outputs making it ideal for a Virtual Reality setup, you can connect both your HTC Vive VR Headset and a TV for really good group gaming session in the lounge 🙂 It’s upgradable too, simple slide-off covers make for easy access to the M.2 SSD and additional 2.5” HDD/SSD storage slots for quick upgrades.

Looking good with a clean matte black finish, the chiseled, sharply-angled side panels and plasma copper-coloured centre come together in an eye-catching way, even though it’s much smaller than most other gaming desktops the perfectly-framed ROG Eye on the side panel along with some sweet Aura effects across the front face make this mini Gaming PC stand out from the rest!

GAME ON!

 

 

Good Gaming Laptop – Aero 15 GTX 1060!

Update: Aero 15 Laptops are available for order in NZ now!

These new ones have a slightly bigger screen size, but by opting for a class-leading 15” 5mm bezel display the new Aero 15 offers you greater display real estate without increasing chassis size allowing them to keep their signature, super slimness 🙂

Little tweaks to the design, like placement on the webcam and mics within the hinge keep things very slim indeed, and nice touches like the carbon fiber detailing on the back along with the way the RGB led shines through the dual cooling fans is just beautiful 🙂 When comparing with the previous Aero 14 the rear cooling vents on the Aero 15 have been extended and air blown out from two positions on the back of the laptop while gaming, and to go even further, a Thunderbolt 3 port has been added for a premium ultra-fast transfer speed at 40Gbps and the ability to connect external graphics enclosures (we tested this by adding a GTX 1080Ti), or run with twin 5K external displays… truly a mobile powerhouse without limits!

Specifications wise it’s packing the latest 7th gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ, a 6GB GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card along with 16GB of DDR4 ram and a super quick PCIe M.2 for storage. They’ve also done wonderful things to the keys on these new version and the new Aero 15 now sports a RGB Fusion chicklet keyboard with the best keys we’ve even seen – vibrant but with little light leakage!

In-game the Aero15 is excellent, far above expectations. The GTX 1060 inside was able to keep our framerates high in a range of games and when we tested the i7-7700HQ with a little CS:GO we were pleasantly surprised to see the CPU usage keeping around 50% even while using the built in Nvidia Shadowplay Game Capture tools. You can manually set fans speeds via the control center but leaving them set to auto is just fine, the laptop will pulse up the speed as needed when you’re gaming – we did a quick test to see at what point the CPU begins to throttle itself and the mark is 89 degrees, at this point the fans kick in and the CPU changes from its 3.8GHz boost to 3.2GHz (base is 2.8GHz) to keep things cooler, during these moments we noticed no bumps or jumps in game 🙂

We’ve continued adding to our GTX 1060 Laptop Test YouTube Playlist and as you can see in the latest Witcher 3 Novigrad gameplay test below – things are looking very good indeed!

Now that we’ve had a really good play with the new GTX 1060 Aero we happily give this super slim and powerful little laptop our GGPC Recommends Award – the Aero 15 is GOOD!

We’ve got more new laptops incoming, keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!

Good Gaming Laptop – Gigabyte Kaby Lake GTX 1060 Aero!

GGPC Gigabyte GTX 1060 Kaby Lake Gaming Laptop

Gigabyte have continued to update their excellent line up of GTX 10 series gaming laptops and now the first of the Kaby Lake refresh has arrived in New Zealand – among which is the absolutely stunning Aero series which is now packing the mighty i7-7700HQ and a 6GB GTX 1060!

Gigabyte Aero GTX 1060 Laptop Marco Keys GGPC NZWhat makes this series so darn impressive is the laptop sports a gorgeous 2560×1440 resolution IPS screen packed into a very portable 14″ package, it’s simply a joy to look at 🙂
Weighing in at around 2KG this is one of the few laptops available now that’s perfect for work (it’s so fast!) and also great for gaming after hours. It’s super thin too, coming in just under 2cm slim and yet those talented chaps at Gigabyte still managed to fit very comfortable auto-adjusting backlit keyboardand individual macro keys!

Aside from the very latest in hardware inside you’ll also find it has all the connections we look for like USB Type-C and HDMI 2.0 for connecting to a 4K 60FPS screen should you decide that you want to play a little League of Legends on the TV when you get home 😛

UPDATE: We were blown away when we first tested the GTX 1060 in laptops and with this new, more portable option things are certainly looking even better now for the gamer on go 🙂 Even with the new slimmer frame this GTX 1060 Kaby Lake combo still pushes out the frames like a big gaming PC and with that beautiful 2560×1440 screen games are a joy to play! Even in the most intense firefights, the Gigabyte Aero manages to keep thing nice and smooth as we try to capture the flag in Overwatch below \o/

GOOD GRAPHICS CARD BONUS – Choose your adventure with GTX 1050, GTX 1050ti & GTX 1060!

GGPC Choose your adventure

UPDATE: Promotion has now ended, if you purchased your PC or Graphics Card before the 30th of January 2017 you can still redeem. 

For a limited time grab yourself a new GTX 1050ti or GTX 1060 Graphics card, Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop featuring these and you can register to redeem a game code for either Raw Data, Redout or Maize \o/

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 🙂

GAME ON!

GET THE GAME BONUS – MAFIA 3 with Asus GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080!

GGPC Mafia 3 BONUS

UPDATE: New offer is PREPARE FOR BATTLE – FOR HONOR + GHOST RECON WILDLANDS YOU CHOOSE GTX BONUS!

UPDATE: Promotion has now ended, if you purchased your PC or Graphics Card before the 26th of December you can still redeem

Asus NZ have a sweet new MAFIA III bonus available now with the Asus GTX 1060, GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 and Gaming PC using these powerful graphics cards!

Mafia 3 takes place in the city of New Bordeaux, after years of combat in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for. When his surrogate family, the black mob, is betrayed and wiped out by the Italian Mafia, Lincoln builds a new family on the ashes of the old and blazes a path of military-grade revenge and redemption through the Mafioso responsible.Building a criminal empire takes muscle and firepower. As the new boss in town, your new family is showing their loyalty with territory Kick-Back gifts to help you take down your enemies and own the city!

This awesome promotion is valid on purchases between October 7th and December 26th (or while codes last) and getting you game code is easy, once you’ve got your awesome new hardware visit the registration page for Asus (it shows a bunch of overseas promotions as well, scroll down till you see the Redemption Starts button 😛), this button will activate on the 22nd in New Zealand and when it does click it then follow the steps along to register your new graphics card – once completed you’ll receive a MAFIA III game code via email \o/

What makes this promotion even better is the code will also unlock the “Family Kickback” bonus representing your three lieutenants in the game with 3 special vehicles and weapons!

Good Gaming PC NZ – Nvidia Graphics Card Giveaway!

GGPC Nvidia ANZ Competition

Nvidia are making a push to have more NZ and Australian gamers join their forums (and like their facebook and twitters pages) so they’ve setup a little challenge with a GTX 1050ti, GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 up for grabs as prizes!

What makes this one so appealing for us here in New Zealand is the pictured founders edition GTX 1070, 1060 and 1050 – graphics cards that never actually found their way onto NZ shelves! While it’s still not certain these are the cards that are up for grabs it’s enough motivation to enter right 😛

The challenge is a pretty simple one – follow the 6 steps below and you could WIN…

1. Join the NVIDIA ANZ GeForce Forums and become an NFAN!!!

2. Like the NVIDIA ANZ Facebook Page

3. Follow the NVIDIA ANZ Twitter Page

4. Complete this sentence in this Nvidia ANZ Forums thread… “I LIVE, BREATHE AND DREAM GAMES because…”

5. Upload a picture of your gaming setup there as well!!!

6. Finally share this promotion on your Facebook and Twitter and tag @NvidiaANZ.

Pretty sweet right 😛 The only really challenging part is completing the sentence so be sure to make yours is a good one and you could win!

GAME ON!

(Actually I don’t think I’ve ever seen a photo of the GTX 1050 Founders edition but anyways…)

 

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 Gaming Laptop – Gigabyte GTX 1060 P55Wv6 is GOOD!

UPDATE: GTX 1060 Laptop Gameplay FPS Playlist

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!)

Keep your eyes on our GGPC YouTube Channel for more gameplay to check out!

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 🙂

Gigabyte P55Wv6 Gaming Laptop GGPC Edges

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!

GGPC Good GTX 1060 Gaming Laptop

Good Graphics Card – GTX 1060 Gaming FPS Tests on Laptop & Desktop

UPDATE: GTX 1060 Laptop Playlist

UPDATE: GTX 1060 Desktop Playlist

GAME ON! What better way to test out the new range of GTX 1060 Graphics Cards than by quickly playing a whole range of games with the new GTX 1060 Laptop and Gaming PC \o/

We’ve had some epic battles in Titanfall 2 with the 3GB Gigabyte GTX 1060 sticking pretty darn close to 60FPS even when jumping on the back of an enemy titan to pop a grenade 🙂 This game plays best on the 6GB version letting you push those textures all the up.

With Battlefield 1 you can go ultra all the way for most maps, in the big city map when all the smokey rubble, flame throwers and gas grenades start going it can get a little dicey but you can still keep above 60 by tweaking post processing and mesh to high 🙂

Moving away from first person shooters now we jump into a bit of Black Desert Online and with this one the 6GB Asus Strix GTX 1060 really shines, BDO is framelocked to 60 but achieving this isn’t easy – nicely done nVidia!

The GTX 1060 isn’t invincible though, we threw the Witcher 3 at it with some very high settings and while it’s still playable, it pushes the 1060 to its limits.

Tweaking the settings a little makes for smooth gaming though, as you can see with the GTX 1060 Laptop below 🙂

Lots more games to play and more tests coming, keep your eyes on the GGPC YouTube Channel for the latest!