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!

Good Graphics Card – Asus GTX 1060 available now!

GTX 1060
What a treat! This time around we got to skip the founders edition and move straight into testing out the latest Asus ROG STRIX GTX 1060 graphics card!

This beastly new graphics card looks utterly amazing, even when it’s off.  Turn it on and not only does Republic of Gamers start glowing with a vibrant LED but half the card lights up to go along with it – you can check these out for yourself on our GGPC Instagram 🙂  It’s a Aura RGB Lighting system so you’ll be able to tweak things so the card will match your setup perfectly.

It’s a massive card, much larger than we expected but comes packed with all those fancy ASUS technologies like their DirectCU III with a triple wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow and quieter performance. It also features GPU-controlled fan headers you can connect to system fans for targeted supplemental cooling which we’re looking forward to playing around with 🙂 We were surprised to that even this massive aftermarket version didn’t have an SLi bridge though!

GGPC GTX1060 build
Performance wise it doesn’t disappoint, we’ve begun testing out our favourites and as you’ll see in our quick Overwatch FPS below the in game results are pretty excellent!  This new graphics card also meets the requirements for a VR ready PC which is sure to put at the top of many peoples upgrade lists, and if you’re thinking of upgrading from the Nvidia 700 series this new graphics card is certainly a fine choice.


This time around it’s a little different from the other recent 10 series launches with the aftermarket cooler versions being available and the Nvidia Founders edition only being sold directly by Nvidia, sadly that means it’s pretty unlikely we’ll see the reference version down here in NZ 🙁

There are a few different flavours available for the GTX 1060 now in New Zealand and they are all quite unique, the new GTX 1060 G1 Gaming edition features the new dual fan cooling system with alternate spinning fans and 2 composite copper heat pipes with direct touch to the GPU, much like the Asus GTX 1060 above the fans shut off during low usage for silent operation. Gigabyte have additional GTX 1060 models coming including a both a mid sized and small form factor version!

G1 GTX 1060 top

EVGA have created what’s looking to be the best GTX 1060 options with a very cool, very small graphics card on offer as well.   Seriously how cool are these!  These cards also feature EVGA ACX cooling technology which once again allows for silent operation and also feature optimized swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor, delivering more airflow with less power which EVGA say allows additional power for the GPU.

EVGA 1060 small and big

Pretty cool right!  We’ve uploaded our first GTX 1060 custom build to PC Part Picker for you all to check out, and be sure to swing by the GGPC YouTube and GGPC Facebook for as we have a lot more gameplay coming from these excellent new graphics cards 🙂



Good Graphics Card – GTX 1060 incoming

GTX 1060 NZ

UPDATE: The GTX 1060 is available in New Zealand now!

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!

BETA Testing Begins – Red Bull Air Race!

Red Bull Air Race BETA

NVIDIA & Wingracers have teamed up to give away some beta access codes for Red Bull Air Race – The Game!

It’s time to race in the competition that mirrors the real Red Bull Air Race. You can compete against players from all over the world at each accurately recreated location in an attempt to claim real-life prizes and become the 2016 Virtual World Champion. The Game is being developed by racing game veterans Slightly Mad Studios as a AAA game. To achieve a maximum of authenticity, all race tracks and all pilots of the Red Bull Air World Championship will be included.

Quantities are limited, so act fast to get your Beta key for Red Bull Air Race today!

Good Graphics – GTX 1080 and 1070 Available NOW

UPDATE: The GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 available in New Zealand now!

UPDATE: Gameplay FPS Test playlists are live now for the GTX 1050, GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080 and also GTX 1060 Laptop, GTX 1070 Laptop

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 🙂


If you’re wanting to check out the GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop Virtual Reality Performance we’ve got the tests on GGPC YouTube Channel running both on battery and plugged into mains power to check out – spoilers – it passed both 😛

Below is DOOM from our GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop In-Game Framerate Playlist and 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 🙂

So yes, it seems we’re in for some crazy times ahead!  Be sure to keep an eye on our YouTube Graphics Card FPS Channel to see more Graphics Cards in action!


Good Gaming – Nvidia Fallout 4 Mod Contest

Fallout 4 Mod Contest

NVIDIA is proud to present the Fallout 4 Mod Contest in celebration of Fallout 4 and the release of the Creation Kit.  Officially calling on the Mod community to submit their creations for a chance to win prizes, including engineering support!

Choose from one of the categories below for your submission:

– Mods manipulating the way things work in the game, like dialogue, audio mods, patches, UI changes, and Utilities
– Mods based around creating weapons, enhancements to existing weapons, apparel, aids/chems, miscellaneous items, and more
– Mods focusing on new quests and Fallout 4’s Workshop mode
– Mods featuring new environmental elements— new towns, cities, vegetation, environmental art, and more

Here’s how to enter:

STEP 1: Download and use the Fallout 4 Creation Kit Mod tools to create a Mod that best meets the judging criteria as described below.
STEP 2: Upload your Mod, along with a screenshot and or video of how it works, to Bethesda.net.
STEP 3: Once uploaded, submit your official entry form,  along with a screenshot of your Mod, YouTube link, description, and your Bethesda.net Mod URL.

Contest submission deadline is July 3, 2016.

NVIDIA will select the top five (5) mods in each category to move into the public voting final. Each entry will be judged based on the following criteria:

– Originality and creativity
– Overall graphical or functional quality and polish
– Entertainment value or “how fun is it to play?”

The top five Mods in each category (20 finalists total) will then be posted here and open to public voting beginning the week of July 11. The Grand Prize winner, along with the top winner from each category, will be determined by you, the community. All 20 finalists will automatically win a prize! Check out the full Terms and Conditions here.

What are you waiting for? Let’s get modding!



OVERWATCH – OPEN BETA early access now live!


If you pre-ordered Overwatch you’ve been flagged for early access to the latest open beta tests!  If you haven’t already entered your codes then check that inbox for two early-access keys – there should be one for you and one for a lucky friend 🙂

This BETA opens up to everyone on the 5th so even if you’ve not already joined the battle you can in just a couple more days, the game is extremely fun to play and features a wide array of unique heroes, ranging from a future soldier with deadly aim, to a hook throwing, potion slamming warrior, to a transforming robot tank.

Every hero in Overwatch plays differently, and using their abilities at the right time is the key to dominating your opponents. We’ve begun testing each systems performance for the best settings to use for a 60FPS target (1080p 100% rendering) and we are happy to report solid performance on both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, check out the videos below from our GGPC GTX 950 Hero and R7 370 Shaman Gaming PC!


GGPC Shaman Gaming PC (R7 370 + AMD FX-6300)

GGPC Hero Gaming PC (GTX 950 + i5-6400)

Just Landed in NZ – ROG GX700 Liquid Cooled Laptops


UPDATE: Well then, this was totally blown out of the water by the new GTX 10 series gaming laptops wasn’t it!

The Republic of Gamers GX700 is one of the most highly-anticipated laptops this year, and rightly so with a radical design that enables a whole new level of cooling and potential for the highest possible performance – it’s a genuine portable desktop replacement.

This gaming beast of the machine sets itself apart from the rest with the a fantastic liquid-cooling dock system for the laptop and this enables some rather extreme gaming performance along with overclockability while fully utilizing the intel HK-Series Skylake processor, and the mighty desktop GeForce GTX 980 in a notebook form factor – that’s the Nvidia GTX 980! (not GTX 980M).

That’s one crazy graphics card for a laptop!  The ROG GX700 is one of the several enthusiast grade laptops packing this extreme hardware, and it’s not a toned down version either.  This GTX 980 has more CUDA cores and texture mapping units than the GTX 980M and performance aligns with the desktop version of the graphics card.  It’s also worth noting that the GX700 GTX 980 has 8GB of memory vs the 4GB available on a desktop card like the Asus Strix GTX 980.

ROGGX700OnePlugWith its beautiful design, powerful specs + that oh so cool cooling system the GX700 has blown us away 🙂

Full credit to Asus design team for how easy it is to dock the cooler onto the back of the laptop and also for little touches like the single power cable to help reduce clutter.

Even without the cooler having a laptop with so much power to take with you is great but when you add in the liquid cooling system as well this new ROG creation becomes a excellent option for the travelling gamer or video editor on-the-go.  Asus even include a great custom case for both items so you can travel safely with your awesome laptop 🙂

Just a few of these marvelous machines have landed in New Zealand, so if you’re after one don’t delay – grab yourself a GX700 ROG Gaming Laptop today!


Good Gaming – Try Star Citizen FREE this week!


From time to time those fine folks at Roberts Space Industries like to open Star Citizen up to for everyone to try out, and provide access to ships current players might not otherwise own.

It’s a great way to introduce new players to the growing universe of Star Citizen as well. For the next week until April 25th, Free Fly access is enabled!

Anyone with a Star Citizen account will have access to the Aurora LN, the F7C Hornet, and the Mustang Delta. This Free Fly event gives new players access to a few unique parts of the Star Citizen experience, the best two are below 🙂

Star Citizen Alpha – Also known as Crusader, this is the nucleus of the world they are creating.  Experience the Star Citizen universe with multiple space stations and environments, scripted missions, places to explore and more, Alpha 2.3.1 is your first look at a much larger game!

Arena Commander – Arena Commander allows instant access to group space battles (as shown in the GTX 950 GGPC Hero Gaming PC FPS test below), cloud city high speed races and even has an AI swarm survival event for you to enjoy.

Let’s take a closer look at those ships!

Aurora-LX_OrthoThe Aurora LN or “Legionnaire” is the strongest of the Aurora ship class, featuring both gimbal and forward mounted blasters as well as a rocket pod.

This sturdy spacecraft is a dedicated combat fighter valued at $35 USD usually and with it’s tight form factor it can be a pretty tough ship to target in straight up pursuit but be sure to turn quickly as it’s full length can make for a deadly strafe run.

Delta-FrontThe Mustang Delta is nimble single seater with little more than thrusters and blasters on it.  The cramped cockpit offers an excellent view for dogfighting and there are few ships that can maneuver through asteroid fields as effectively in combat.  Extremely soft but equally hard to hit this is the go to starfighter if you’re wanting to slowly destroy larger, more expensive ships while weaving through the structure of a space station. I’m not sure if you can buy this variant currently but the basic Mustang Alpha package is available for $45 USD.

F7c_hornet_storefront_visual (1)The F7C Hornet is a based on the military variant and can be equally deadly in the right hands, compared to the Mustang above it’s like flying a brick but with additional armour and forward facing firepower this fearsome fighter can shred hapless targets in seconds.  It also has some pretty good spin so be very careful if you’re chasing one of these down as you might just find it has spun around and is now flying backwards with you directly in its sights…  deadly.   Valued at $125 US Dollars this one is the crown jewel of the FLY FREE offering.

You can register for an account here to get started, if you have a friend already playing you can grab a ‘referral code’ from them to get an additional 5000 credits should you decide to join the universe full time, if you don’t know anyone playing here is a code from us “STAR-KW6J-PZ95″

See you in space!




UPDATE: This competition has now ended

Take to the streets on your journey to become the Ultimate Icon. Get behind the wheel and floor it through the sprawling urban playground that is Ventura Bay for a chance to earn awesome rewards from Ghost Games and NVIDIA!

How do I enter?  Play Need for Speed on the PC and record your most epic gameplay experience with NVIDIA ShadowPlay – then use the hashtag #ShareEveryWinNFS when you post your video or screenshot to YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram and fill out the official Entry Form linked below!

One Grand Prize winner will win a powerful gaming PC!

Three runner ups will receive a GeForce GTX 970 plus great prizes from Ghost Games.

Remember that submitting your epic gameplay video using the hashtag #ShareEveryWinNFS isn’t all you’ve got to do to be in the draw – you must also submit your masterpiece via the Shadowplay: Share Every Win to be in this one.   

Contest ends April 7, 2016 and we’ll be checking out all the awesome rides!