ROG

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 Motherboard – Massive ROG Towel Bonus

GGPC ROG Motheboard Bath Towel BONUS

UPDATE: Promotion extended, now 1st June 2017 to 31st July 2017.

Asus Republic of Gamers have a sweet new bonus offer available now for those gearing up with selected ROG STRIX series motherboards, it’s BIG, RED and is the leading cause of dry skin in the world – a giant ROG towel \o/

With all the rain lately in NZ this promo really couldn’t have come at a better time, when summer returns it’ll also be great for the beach, it’s certainly easy to spot 🙂

Asus ROG STRIX motherboards have killer looks and an all important feature which allows you to control a host of RGB devices from a single software package – we’ve done some special builds to demonstrate this and we know you’ll agree, when building a PC around Asus AURA RGB things really do look good!

GGPC ASUS ROG AURA SYNC

Getting your ROG bonus is pretty easy, once you’ve geared up with your killer new motherboard simply visit the ASUS Redemption Site to fill in your details on the form below.

Not all the motherboards listed in this promotion on the Asus website are available in NZ right now and others have just arrived making them a little hard to find, below are quick links so you can check them out – we’ll add to this as more arrive 🙂

ASUS STRIX Z270E GAMING

ASUS STRIX Z270F GAMING <- We used this one in the build above

ASUS STRIX Z270H GAMING

ASUS ROG STRIX H270F GAMING

ASUS ROG STRIX Z270G GAMING

ASUS ROG STRIX Z270I GAMING

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS IX HERO <- We used this in our Corsair Black Sails build \o/

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS IX CODE

ASUS MAXIMUS IX FORMULA

GAME ON!

 

 

Good Custom PC – Certified Components and Systems

For us here at GGPC the exciting world of PC Gaming splits into two separate parts, the first being all the wonderful components we get to test out when reviewing new tech and the second being actually playing games on the completed systems for fun, our YouTube channel and now eSports thanks to competitive gaming events \o/

For system designers and builders there are literally thousands of component options to choose from, and within each component type there are masses of variants available for each with slightly tweaked voltage configurations, ascetic options and more. Luckily for everyone involved in this process the biggest players at the heart of the manufacturing side like Asus, ASrock and Gigabyte have excellent technicians that make lists available showing which parts they’ve certified for themselves. This certification sometimes carries on to the extreme level, when it does the item actually gets a special badge added to the specific hardware involved – items like these killer Asus Republic of Gamers RAM kits 🙂 These are certified versions of Team Group T-FORCE Dark memory with the classic Mayan style heatsink and have passed ROG stress tests thus becoming T-FORCE Dark ROG overclocking modules. Having these along with a ROG motherboard’s optimizing Ai overclock function (update that bios!) will enable you to automatically tune these kits to ROG limits.

GGPC ROG Certified Gaming RAM

Further down the line there is yet another form of certification, this time as much from the players as it is the makers – like IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) which requires a system to meet certain specs in order to get the special badge. These usually have a set of guidelines that must be followed in order to be considered for certification, as you’d expect with the IEM ones these use specific gaming savvy intel CPU and Kingston RAM. Intel Extreme Masters is the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world. Started in 2006 by ESL, the competition features Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and League of Legends tournaments across multiple continents with the next big CS:GO event scheduled for May 6th – 7th in Sydney, Australia.

 

Good Gaming Laptop – Asus G752 with GTX 1070 Graphics!

GGPC Asus ROG GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop

The new ROG G752VS GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop has a unique thermal design that directs dust into a dust-release tunnel to keep it away from internal components. This prolongs the component lifespan and enhances overall stability of the laptop by preventing dusk from clogging the radiator and reducing cooling effectiveness. With dedicated cooling modules for the CPU and GPU to effectively cool each component, hot exhaust is efficiently managed and expelled through the rear vents to direct heat away from you for more comfortable gaming sessions.

The ROG-exclusive 3D Vapor Chamber, together with the copper heat pipe, create an effective and efficient cooling system that helps decrease GPU temperature by up to 7°C. 3D Vapor Chamber technology enables higher-end GPUs with higher TDPs (Thermal Design Power) to be efficiently and effectively cooled to safe operating temperatures, extending component and product life. 3D Vapor Chamber is filled with coolant that, when heated, change phases from a liquid to a gas and back again. It provides stable and evenly spread temperatures on all of its surfaces, regardless of the location and density of the heat source below the chamber base.

This makes the ROG-exclusive 3D Vapor Chamber capable of dissipating large wattage heat sources from high-end and overclocked processors.

It’s more than just cool though, this new gaming laptop also features super-fast 120Hz wide-view panels, which delivers superb image quality and contrast even at when viewed from extreme angles. Smooth gaming is enhanced by NVIDIA G-SYNC display technology, which synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the GTX 1070 frame rate for ultra-smooth visuals. G-SYNC helps avoid lag, minimizes perceived stutter, and eliminates visual tearing 🙂

Performance wise this config is dream come true, check out our GTX 1070 Gaming Laptop playlist for the best in-game settings and FPS details.

Good Gaming Internet – The Asus AC Repeater

We live in a very wonderful, very connected world now with more and more of our gadgets and gaming gears using wireless technology to connect to each other and of course, the internet. With so much going on it’s not surprising that sometimes it’s a little but much for our home networks to handle and that’s why those talented guys and gals at Asus have released the RP-AC68U wireless repeater 🙂

GGPC RP-AC68U Outputs and InputsThis sleek mini monolith looking device has internal antennas to keep things super tidy and will improve the coverage of any existing wireless router. It works as a repeater, so you can extend your wireless networking to previously hard to reach parts of your home and with extremely fast 802.11ac speeds up to 1900 Mbps this ensures a reliable high-speed internet coverage everywhere for the your new AC wireless ready gaming laptops, smartphones, game consoles, and smart TVs.

It’s pretty crazy cool when turned on as well, the top glows with red LED which flows down the sides and it really looks like the Asus Republic of Gamers team had and hand it this design 😛

For older devices you’ll be happy to know it still supports the classic 2.4 GHz as well as the newer 5 GHz frequencies, this dual-band repeater will allow you to split users and connect different devices so your latest tech can enjoy the benifits offered via the less congested, faster 5GHz frequency for tasks such as streaming HD content, transferring large files and of course all the usual good stuff. Getting the perfect placement and setup is pretty easy thanks to a nice LED signal indicator Asus have included on the device, this provides a visual showing the strength of the current WiFi signal and makes finding the optimal position for the Asus AC Repeater a breeze.

File sharing becomes pretty darn easy as well, simply connect your USB storage drive into the repeater’s USB 3.0 port, and users connected to your network can access the files.  Along with this single USB 3.0 port, you’ll also find five built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports which you can use to connect cable savvy devices that you previously had to run those ridiculously long cables all the way from your modem, I think we’ve all been there!

This high-performance wireless kit really works, we’ve used it in our own GGPC office to connect multiple PC that were previously in a dark zone and not having to run 20 meter ethernet cables is a definite win and even though nothing beats that direct connection if you’re playing a fast paced competitive game like Overwatch, it performed perfectly well when we played games like Star Citizen, Black Desert Online and quite a few more so on that note we are happy to give the Asus RP-AC68U our GGPC Recommends Award – the Asus AC Wireless Repeater is GOOD!

GGPC Recommends RP-AC68U

Good Design – Asus ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse

We first caught a glimpse of the ROG Spatha Gaming Mouse when we attended at Computex last year (along with a killer keyboard we’re still hunting for) and it made for quite the impressive setup, at the time we didn’t realise this was going to be wireless!

RogSpathaDesignThe effort that Asus have put into the design of this large, sturdy, wireless mouse is quite remarkable – It packs a total of 12 programmable buttons, but the 6 side buttons are arranged in a way that forms the ROG EYE, this is quite a awesome feat with form meeting function in an excellent way.  

The mouse is extremely responsive with specs much like the Logitech Chaos Spectrum wireless experience, giving a 1000hz refresh rate wirelessly and a staggering 2000hz (0.5ms) refresh rate for the ultimate performance over a wired connection.

Spatha is quite heavy in comparison but when you hold it you can tell it’s all because no expense was spared making this quality mouse, it uses the renowned Japanese made Omron switches and should you want to change them, ASUS have made things easier by making them interchangeable within sockets and have even included an extra pair 🙂  The angles of the buttons seems to put everything in reach and my mid sized hand fits comfortably over the large frame.

With such impressive attention to detail in the Spatha, Asus have undoubtedly created a premium gaming mouse.  Fun times ahead as we thrash this beast through a range of games, we’ll update our computers blog and GGPC Instagram with more glorious pics soon!

Just Landed in NZ – ROG GX700 Liquid Cooled Laptops

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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 Monitor – ROG 34″ Curved G-Sync available now in New Zealand

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First it was a concept at Computex in June last year, now the gaming display of your dreams has come true. In case you haven’t heard, the new ROG Swift PG348Q is the new flagship gaming display. For those of you in search of the ultimate gaming display, you’d be hard-pressed to find one better. Before looking the specs, let’s not overlook the award-winning design with the Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme and ROG logo light projection.

The gaming performance is equally matched with the aggressive design.

PG348Q is exceptional in all the essential factors for what makes a great gaming display; a large display, high resolution, vibrant colors and color accuracy, high refresh rate, fast response time and exclusive gaming technologies (such as ASUS GamePlus & GameVisual, and NVIDIA G-SYNC). Besides all of these, you also get an ultra-wide curved screen which has you more immersed because it curves around you for a panoramic view. The ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio will make use of your peripheral vision while gaming as you will see more content horizontally which you normally won’t see, and every inch of your display will be utilized when watching a movie in 2.40:1 (the majority of existing movies are already available in 2.35:1 or greater).

Having a 34-inch display so close to your face is simply massive, initially it would take a little time to get used to it if you’re upgrading from a smaller display.

After spending some time with it – you simply can’t go back…  This monitor is epic!

UPDATE: There’s a massive range of Gaming Monitors available in NZ now, but this one’s still the best!