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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!

Good Graphics Card BONUS – Watch Dogs 2 with GTX 1070 + GTX 1080

GGPC Watch Dogs 2 Nvidia GTX 1070 1080 Gaming PC and Laptop BONUS

UPDATE: New offer is For Honor / Ghost Recon: Wildlands PREPARE FOR BATTLE BONUS!

Gear up with a new GTX 1070GTX 1080 or grab a Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop featuring one of these and you can register that powerful new graphics card to get a game code for Watch Dogs 2 \o/

It’s time to explore a massive and dynamic open world offering an incredible variety of gameplay possibilities. Hack your way through traffic while you engage in dangerous car chases through the winding streets of San Francisco, traverse the rooftops of the colourful and vibrant neighborhoods of Oakland, and infiltrate the cutting-edge offices of Silicon Valley companies. There are many secrets to uncover in the birthplace of the tech revolution. In Watch Dogs 2 we get to explore the birthplace of the tech revolution as Marcus Holloway, a brilliant young hacker who has fallen victim to ctOS 2.0’s predictive algorithms and is accused of a crime he did not commit. In Marcus’ quest to shut down ctOS 2.0 for good, hacking is the ultimate weapon, and players can not only hack into the city’s infrastructure but also every person and any connected device they possess, to trigger unpredictable chains of events.

From Ubisoft “Watch Dogs 2 is already considered a tremendous addition to the open-world action adventure series and we’re confident that millions of players are going to love it.”

GGPC You Geared upThis offer is valid between the 22nd of November and the 19th of December – once you’ve got your excellent new graphics card simply visit the redemption pages for the flavour you choose, here are the links for Gigabyte Laptops, Gigabyte Desktop Graphics Cards, EVGA Desktop Graphics Cards and Asus Desktop Graphics Cards – GAME ON!

Once you’ve registered your awesome new hardware you’ll receive a special Nvidia code by email along with a link to the Nvidia Game Code website so you can redeem your copy of Watch Dogs 2 🙂

UPDATE: For Asus Desktop Gaming PC and Graphics Card redemption you’ll be asked to enter the serial number and PPID, here’s where to find them 🙂

Serial number is usually on the backplate near the outputs.

The PPID label can be a little tricky if the card is fitted, but they’re easy to remove and the info is right beside the gold PCIe connection.

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 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 🙂

G1 Gaming new backplate

 

 

 

NEVER FIGHT ALONE BONUS – Gears of War 4 with GTX 1070 and GTX 1080!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended

If you’re gearing up with a powerful new GTX 1070 or GTX 1080, either as a graphics card on its own or pre-fitted in a ready to run gaming system like in our very own GGPC G1 Warlock GTX 1070 Gaming PC or GGPC G1 Dark Knight GTX 1080 Gaming PC you can register to redeem a download code for the upcoming Gears of War 4 which is set to release on October 11th \o/

UPDATE: The GTX 1070 Gaming Laptops are also included in this promotion, if you’re gearing up with one of these please use the Gigabyte NEVER FIGHT ALONE Gaming Laptop page 🙂

GGPC GIGABYTE GTX 1070 LAPTOP NEVER FIGHT ALONE

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 😛

Good Gaming – Start a Fight BONUS

Gigabyte have yet another sweet bonus (don’t forget this amazing one as well) for those of us grabbing a new GTX 1060, GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 and this also includes the latest in GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 Gaming Laptops!

START A FIGHT in Epic Games’ new MOBA, Paragon with the GAME READY bonus filled with in-game goodies to look good on the battlefield of Agora!

Pack contains:

  • – 1000 Paragon Coins
  • – Master Challenges for: Twinblast, Gideon, Greystone, Sparrow,Murdock, Grux, Muriel (each of which will grant you a skin when completed)
  • – Two additional player skins, one for Murdock and another for Grux

For Desktop Graphics Cards visit the Gigabyte Graphics Card Redemption Page and for Gaming Laptops visit the Gigabyte Gaming Laptop Redemption Page, follow the steps to register and you’ll then receive a game code by email, pop your code in here to complete the process!

We’ve taken the new GTX 1060 Gaming Laptop to Agora for a quick match and as you can see from the gameplay FPS test below, things are looking pretty darn EPIC!

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!

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 Gaming Monitor – Asus 1440p for Overwatch eSports

The power of our Graphics Cards have increase substantially recently with the release of the AMD RX 480 and the GTX 1070 from Nvidia, things are so good in fact that if you are lucky enough to be running with one in your system you’re pretty much good to leave the 1080P world behind and jump right into 2560 x 1440 resolution for your games, of course that means you’re probably going to have to find yourself a new monitor that can handle this higher quality.

Enter the Asus VX24AH 🙂 This awesome Asus monitor is quite unlike any we’ve had the pleasure of using before. The super sleek 2560 x 1440 panel produces an absolutely stunning image that has to be seen in person to appreciate fully, while most monitors above 1920×1080 resolution use the 27? size because this one is only 23.8? the pixel density is much higher and when you’re gaming on it graphics look oh so crisp – IMO even better than our 28? 4K monitors! The colours are vibrant and the monitor is apparently 100% sRGB accurate, although we haven’t used it for editing yet it’s a pretty safe bet that it would be a great choice for this as well as gaming 🙂

GGPC eSports NZ

We recently equipped our GGPC eSports teams with the VX24AH for Overwatch and the game has never looked so good! The monitor also has nice and wide viewing angle so it made things easy for spectators watching the gaming with us as well, it’s also really really slim and this was a great asset for us having limited desk space for each players setup.

GGPC VX42ah OverclockAlthough the monitor is certainly ultra slim it does still have twin speakers for those moments when you don’t want to wear your headset, there is a headphone jack on the monitor along with the twin HDMI ports which also support MHL so if you’re lucky enough to have a MHL compatible smartphone you can view it on the VX24AH while simultaneously charging the device, and that’s certainly handy to have around 🙂

The monitor is 60Hz and since we had a little downtime between matches we checked out just how far we could overclock this and managed to increase to 69Hz stable for a 15% performance gain – nicely done Asus!

Oddly there isn’t a DisplayPort input on the monitor so if you’re thinking of going triple screen be sure to check your graphics card outputs and be prepared to get some HDMI-DisplayPort cables as the monitor only includes HDMI-HDMI cables in the box.

Now that we’ve had a really good go with this Asus monitor we are happy to recommend it to gamers who are looking for a really nice 1440p screen – This Asus Monitor is most definitely GOOD!

GGPC recommends VX24AH

UPDATE: Still haven’t found a better looking 1440p Gaming Monitor in NZ yet!