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AMD Rewards Far Cry 6 with Selected Ryzen 7 & 9 CPU!

AMD has just kicked off their latest game bonus bundle and this time it’s for the first-person shooter adventure game – Far Cry 6!

This offer is only available on selected AMD Ryzen 7 & 9 CPU, and only from eligible retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand).

There are currently two date ranges for this promotion, because the 5000 series releases a little later.

From October 21st – December 31st 2020 the eligible CPU are:

Ryzen 7 3800XT
Ryzen 9 3900XT
Ryzen 9 3900X

From November 6th (3am NZ release time TBC) – December 31st 2020 the eligible CPU list expands to include:

Ryzen 7 5800X
Ryzen 9 5900X
Ryzen 9 5950X

Far Cry 6: Dive into the gritty world of a modern-day guerilla revolution to liberate a nation from its oppressive dictator Anton, who wants to build the wealth of the nation for his son to inherit – he will sacrifice the freedom and lives of anyone who stands in his way.

Please note: The Far Cry 6 game release date is February 18th, 2021.

After revolution and decades of foreign economic sanctions and blockade, Yara has been frozen in time, forcing its people to find new ways to adapt. In its past life, Yara was a prosperous nation and a tropical paradise that attracted travellers from all over the world, excited to explore its lush jungles, pristine beaches, and sprawling capitol city!

It’s going to be an exciting adventure, and being a Far Cry series game, co-op too!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Free to Play PC Games

We’ve been playing a fair few games lately (as always :P) and recently we’ve been diving into as many free to play PC games as we can, this blog will be a sticky one that we constantly update with new games as we play them but for now we’ll start things off with a few unique and rather good games for your PC that will cost you nothing but the data to download them 🙂 (the titles for each are download links)

Genshin Impact – A 3D platform adventure game that takes notes from the popular Nintendo Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. This anime adventure begins in a large world named Teyvat, and quickly establishes a solid main quest line to get the ball rolling, introducing new gameplay mechanics and puzzles via a party of four characters, each harnessing the power of the elements to overcome specific obstacles. This quickly expands with more characters, with more creative puzzles and solutions becoming available as you progress.

Destiny 2 – If you’re looking for responsive first-person looter shooter combat with an array of abilities, weapons and armour that lend to the customisation of a unique character – Destiny 2 is a solid game. Excellent solo and even better with a couple of friends, the cinematic story is a joy to play. Explore the various planets, each with a their own look and feel, you could say in many ways it’s a lot like Warframe below – but with a first person / Halo combat evolved feel to it.

War Thunder –  This one gives us action-packed battles on the ground and in the skies, and now also at sea, it’s crazy how good this game is with beautiful graphics and a massive line-up of tanks, planes and boats for us to use in the PVP battles + recently the game’s creators added a new PVE game mode named Assault which is a blast to play.

We’ve done 3 quick videos to show gameplay from each mode, the tanks, planes and boats are all so unique too which is great for keeping things fresh and interesting.  Each mode has a deeper layer of difficulty settings taking the gameplay from Simulation to Arcade to suit players.

The online player matching is top notch and War Thunder is also a good game to enjoy with friends, with easy to follow menus that just make sense.

You could say it’s similar in many ways to World of Tanks and World of Warships but ultimately War Thunder wins the day with a seamless combination of modes and unmatched intensity of aerial dogfights. A truly great game that deserves a download 🙂

Dauntless – Dauntless is a free to play co-op action RPG, it’s so polished and so much fun to play with friends that it will certainly make a fine addition to your gaming library too 🙂 Filled with airships and giant beasts this one is very similar to Monster Hunter although the art style is completely different. Players team up to take down a range of Behemoths, bashing and slicing bits off to collect the parts needed craft and upgrade weapons and equipment with which we then proceed to hunt down larger Behemoths and smash them. Combos are a big part of the game, learning patterns of the monsters another – it all comes together perfectly in what feels like an almost finished, excellent game.

Warframe – A team based hack’n’slash shooter with some pretty action-packed moments, heaps of gear and hours of fun 🙂 With a massive range of characters, powers, customisation and mission types to get stuck there’s a lot to do, and as you progress through each planet you’ll unlock even more missions and events to team up with other players in. The player base is very large, so auto-matching a group is hassle-free. The ongoing (and massive) updates introduced new open worlds which are beautiful, the developers are very active too, steaming all kinds of behind the scenes goodness and sometimes even jumping into the game and hunting groups of players by taking control of what is usually, an evil NPC named Stalker. One of the best bits about Warframe is you start out extremely powerful, able to flip and slow-motion dive while shooting enemies to pieces. You play as a Tenno, an agile weapon master who wields the mighty Warframe and commands some awesome powers – Overpowered but unprepared and often forced out of your comfort zone, you must find it in yourself to improvise, not just to save yourself but the fate of all Tenno.

Apex Legends – A recently released 3 player team shooter set in the Titanfall universe. Apex Legends features top-notch graphics and an excellent communication system that allows players to clearly call objectives, item locations and enemy movements without voice chat. Players can choose from a lineup of outlaws, soldiers, misfits, and misanthropes, each with their own set of skills ranging from tanky shield bubbles to evasive grappling hooks. The Apex Games welcome all comers – survive long enough, and they call you a Legend.

Valorant – Riot takes on the competitive shooter in their latest a 5v5 tac-shooter. If you’ve enjoyed CS:GO and Paladins, this one will have you and your mates teaming up yet again to plant or defuse the Spike in one-life-per-round, first to 13 series. The characters are called Agents in this one, and depending on which one you choose you’ll be getting powers. use them to create new opportunities to let your gunplay shine.

Path of Exile – Created by NZ game studio Grinding Gear Games, Path of Exile is an isometric online action RPG is set in the dark fantasy world of Wraeclast. It’s very similar to Diablo, and offers excellent co-op gaming with extremely deep character customisation, the best skill tree we’ve seen in a long long time and even a hardcore mode in which staying alive actually matters 😛 The game is completely free and not at all “pay to win”, the community is excellent and graphics are top notch. All in all, this is our most recommended game right now, crazy good times to be had playing on your own, but in a group with some friends, the game really shines. You are an Exile, struggling to survive as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you!

Warzone – the latest addition to the Free to Play battle royal genre and this time with a Call of Duty theme! Packed full of super familar gameplay with dashes of originality mixed in to keep things fresh, it’s the usual drop in a survive scenario with an ever constricting wall of deadly gas keeping everyone together but when you die you get one chance to fight your way out of a prison to re-join your team – die again and your team can still buy your freedom!

ARGO – A hardcore tactical first-person shooter, jump straight into combat in this official standalone FREE total conversion of Arma 3. This one has us fighting for supremacy in a familiar but new setting – the Mediterranean island of Malden, complete with dense urban areas and wide open plains ideal for snipers you’ll find each location has been built to provide an optimal experience for each game mode 😛 What really makes this one stand out for us here at GGPC so far is the new Combat Patrol CO-OP mode in which you can team up with some friends and fight against AI opponents with both randomized objectives and procedural generation of enemy forces making each session of Combat Patrol unique. Combine this with three competitive game modes and a pretty good looking Scenario Editor with which you can create your own missions with and you’ve got ARGO, it’s a pretty darn impressive free to play wargaming experience 🙂

Paladins – A team-based shooter set in a vibrant fantasy world and features a diverse cast of Champions ranging from sharpshooting humans to mech-riding goblins, mystical elves, jetpack-clad dragons, and bomb golems. Each Champion brings a unique set of abilities to the battlefield and new Champions are regularly added to Paladins, keeping the game exciting.  With strategy elements and character customisation through a unique collectable card system, players can amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities to play exactly how they want to play.

Planetside 2 – It’s a very different experience from most first-person shooters because instead of the usual 24v24 firefights – battles in Planetside 2 can typically involve a few hundred players. This war takes place over several continents each of which has a defined landscape, there are 3 factions to choose from each with there own infantry weapons, ground vehicles and aircraft. The scale of the game can be quite daunting at first but for new players if you go Engineer class and get a Sunderer vehicle you’ll rapidly begin leveling up while being a great addition to the war effort, doing this will allow you to quickly amass enough experience points to buy new weapons, vehicle mods or abilities. The game world is large, but getting around is easy thanks to an instant action button on the map screen that will take you into hot spots, you can also hover over locations to see just how many players from each faction are fighting in that specific sector which is excellent. Community wise (NZ players) we highly recommend jumping into this one on a Sunday afternoon, it’s pretty crazy!

Mechwarrior Online – A slower paced, tactical online shooter set in the BattleTech Universe. Victory requires a mastery of tactical positioning, teamwork, and firing discipline to prevent overheating and the dreaded shutdown (overload only works so much!). Each battle will reward you with credits depending on performance and these can be spent on new weapons, equipment and mech chassis to full your hangers. For new players, there is a rotation of free to play pre-configured mechs to take into battle and these will give you a good taste of how each weight class performs so you can spend your credits wisely. Once you’ve brought a BattleMech of your very own there is a faction warfare system and if you spend a little time in each jumping from faction to faction you can quickly amass a bunch of personal hangers to store more and more of your own mechs in, this becomes more important with multiple variants of the same frame offering different hardpoints to mount weaponry on and new skills to unlock as you progress. It’s not an easy fight and do not expect to just run in and win, this is a thinking persons shooter for sure.

Battlerite –  If you enjoyed League of Legends but just want the team fights, you should check out this one for sure. A PvP arena brawler and the spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Bloodline Champions. The unique combination of a top-down shooter meeting a fast-paced fighting game and take part in highly competitive, adrenaline-fueled 2v2 and 3v3 battles. Engage in quick and intense action as you take control over one of many Champions, each with unique abilities to master. Welcome to a world where Champions dedicate their lives to the Arena.

EVE Online – The new free to play mode in EVE will allow you gain a lot of skills with no money down 🙂 Leveling up an EVE Online character has always been a little different from most MMORPG, every player in the game controls a clone which they train in new skills over time (even when you’re not logged in) as opposed to the far more common “kill this and fetch that for XP”. As your clone learns more and more you will be able to fly more ships and kit these out with new modules and equipment. When you die you respawn into another clone but depending on when you last did a clone imprint that new clone may or may not have the skills you previously acquired and it’s this investment in time that makes up one of many factors that gives each life in EVE a real feeling of value – there are of course the in-game monetary losses involved with death in EVE, losing your favourite ship certainly hurts! The new alpha clone state will allow you to get some pretty potent ships like the Caracal below, armed with many heavy missile launchers you’ll be a fine addition to fleets around the universe 🙂

Cloud Pirates – Arcade airship based combat awaits you in this science-fiction fantasy battleground game 🙂 Remarkably tactical but also good fun early on for a casual run-and-gun playstyle, as you progress through you’ll gain access a bunch of unique upgrades for your airships, captain and crew which leads to much more challenging matches and modes as you progress.  There are numerous visual customization options to tinker which as you go and plenty of airships to choose from each with their own unique handling and firing arcs – snipers, tanks, dps, tackle – there really is a lot!

Dreadnought – This is a medium paced arcade action game which puts you in command of a massive sci-fi battleship, similar in many ways to Fractured Space and Cloud Pirates below but with some really beautiful landscapes to wage war on this is one can be a stunner with settings cranked to high. Customisation for your starship is first class from guns and turrets to coatings and decals and there is a range of configs for each ship class so you’re sure to find one that fits your playstyle perfectly. Massively enjoyable in a group or alone, we’ve been playing this one since early BETA days and it’s still a lot of fun 🙂

Atlus Reactor – A rather refreshing and unique take on turn-based tactical combat. Engage in 4v4 team battles with a short moment between each round to lock in your players’ actions after which all eight players will execute their command lists. Each character has a range of moves available to them that will initiate at different times in the action que depending on the type of move selected, this makes playing Altus Reactor a game of predicting what your opponents might do which just keeps getting better the more familiar you become with the growing roster of freelancers available (numbering 25 as I write this). Once you reach level 10 there is also a “Seasons” XP event in which players can complete challenges and receive some extra bonus loot to customise their characters.

Blade and Soul – A rather fun MMO set in a world of martial arts masters and mythology 🙂 A tale of revenge at its core that will have you exploring a beautiful, cinematic world inspired by the distinct visual style of acclaimed artist Hyung Tae Kim. This one has got detailed character customization tools, offers some brilliant PVP matches and has an excellent action-based combat system. The storyline is very enjoyable, especially the introduction to the game world.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive – You’ve undoubtedly already heard of this one, a team based first person shooter with a range of real-world weapons options, maps, and a passionate community of players. The base game puts terrorists against a counter-terrorist force, with the bad guys trying to plant a bomb and the good guys trying to stop them, and this leads to some amazing engagements, team tactics and replays. There are missions to save hostages too, with the counter-terrorists having to successfully escort them back to the starting point of the map, making things quite intense in the final dash. With CSGO joining the free to play ranks, you can now you can enjoy the FPS shooter without paying a cent. The original Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999, and since then, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world. It’s very popular in eSports circles, and you can run it well without the need for the latest hardware.

DOTA 2  Originating as a fan-made Warcraft 3 modification, Dota was an instant underground hit. After coming to Valve, the original community developers have bridged the gap to a more inclusive audience, so that the rest of the world can experience the same core gameplay, but with a level of polish and depth that’s unmatched. Much like League of Legends, Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy. Players can choose from a roster of over a hundred unique heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control on a beautiful fantasy landscape, battling one another with cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

Fortnite – More than just you vs 99 battle royale with even changing modes available (50v50 is great!) what really sets this one apart from other 3rd person shooters games is the building system, with almost all the objects in the map being able to be smashed apart into useful wood, stone, and metal. These can then be used to build ramps, walls, floors etc to create a defensible building, protect your team, or access a hard to reach the area and flank your opponents. It all takes place in one large map, with a zeppelin battle bus full of opponents (and some friends) all scrambling to grab a whole lot of guns. Construct and destroy environments while engaged in intense PvP combat, explore, or just riding around in golf carts if that’s what you do – with so many players no matter what you’re up to it’s likely you’ll stumble into some crazy fun times along the way!

League of Legends – A popular take on the multiplayer online battle arena game type that first came about as a mod for Warcraft 3 named DOTA back in 2003… or was it 2002, anyways it was a while ago 🙂 League of Legends released to the public in 2009 and it has since become one of the most played games in the world today with some very cool new heroes to play as and more joining the ranks constantly. It’s quite a wonderful game to play if you’re a gamer that’s short on time with matches lasting from twenty minutes to one hour depending on how well each team performs. The game is both newbie friendly and deep enough to keep a long term player interested, the roster of heroes to play as changes often and there is even a rune loadout enabling you to tweak you heroes slightly using various power-ups you can purchase using currency accrued as you play matches.

Killer Instinct – This one has been made available via the Windows Store so you’ll need a Windows 10 Gaming PC to try it out. It’s the same Killer Instinct we remember playing in movie theatres wayyy back in the 90’s but with some wonderful new graphics to enjoy 🙂 The free version of this one gives players a single character with which you can access all game modes, including online multiplayer!

We’ll continue adding to this list as we test more and more Gaming PC, if you know a great new free game you think we should test out please drop a comment in via our GGPC YouTube channelwe are on the hunt now for a nice driving game!

GAME ON!

Intel Master Key – Get Marvel Avengers with selected i5, i7 & i9!

UPDATE: This promotion has been extended until November 30th!

We all knew this one was coming when we saw the new Intel CPU boxes but now it’s official! (see the full range at PB Tech)

For a limited time and while code supplies last, get yourself an Intel CPU from a select range, or custom PC featuring these, and you can register to redeem a Marvel Avengers Game Bonus – so get ready to assemble your team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, embrace your powers, and live your Super Hero dreams!

This Intel Master key unlocks the full game, and some additional bonus skins for our heroes that we can use in game.

Marvel’s Avengers: An epic, third-person, action-adventure game that combines an original, cinematic story with single-player and co-operative play. Assemble into a team of up to four players online, master extraordinary abilities, customise a growing roster of heroes, and defend the Earth from escalating threats!

In-Game Content: Receive the Intel Exclusive Hero Outfits including Black Widow’s Sanguine Kiss Outfit, Captain America’s Star-Spangled Outfit, Hulk’s Unbreakable Outfit, Iron Man’s Iron Relic Armor Outfit, Ms. Marvel’s Insta-Fab Outfit, and Thor’s Dwarven Forged Outfit to further customise your gameplay experience.

Getting your game code is easy, once you’ve got your awesome new CPU simply visit the redemption site, create an Intel account, and then fill in your purchase details. The Intel team will then respond with your game code and instructions to activate (we’re unsure if this will happen ahead of the September 4th full game release, hopefully it does so we can all pre-load)

Marvel Avengers Redemption Website: https://softwareoffer.intel.com/MarvelsAvengers

Please note: Some people have gotten in touch saying that the redemption site is blocking them as though they used a VPN, even when they aren’t. A workaround for this issue is to register using a smartphone on the NZ mobile network.

This one is a little different from the usual Intel Master Key code offer as we no longer get our master key from the retailer, and it’s not a code in the box, instead, it’s done through the Intel portal linked above. This also means if we get stuck at all during the redeeming process we’ll need to use https://softwareoffer.intel.com/support to get issues sorted.

Register to Redeem Marvel Avengers with these eligible CPU:

i5-9400
i5-9500
i5-9600K
i5-9600KF
i7-9700
i7-9700F
i7-9700K
i7-9700KF
i9-9900K
i9-9900KF

i5-10400
i5-10400F
i5-10600
i5-10600K

i7-10700
i7-10700K
i9-10900
i9-10900F

i9-10900K

There is also a new lineup of Intel CPU with Marvel Avenger themed packaging, these feather “A” in the designation represents Avengers. Intel has released KA special editions for four of the best unlocked processors – quick links below!

i5-10600KA
i7-10700KA
i9-10850KA
i9-10900KA

So there we have it, exciting times ahead as we team up to beat the bad guys. The BETA had our PCs pushed to the limits so we’re excited to see the if full game performance and graphics settings/options have also updated.

GAME ON!

Good Gaming CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600X, Ryzen 7 5800X and Ryzen 9 5900X

Wooohooo! AMD have just revealed a bunch of new Ryzen CPU options and announced a global release date set for November 5th 🙂

Via AMD: When you have the world’s most advanced processor architecture for gamers and content creators, the possibilities are endless. Whether you are playing the latest games, designing the next skyscraper, or crunching data, you need a powerful processor that can handle it all—and more. Hands down, the AMD Ryzen™ 5000 Series desktop processors set the bar for gamers and artists alike.

And they’re certainly looking great! During the event, AMDs’ technical marketing guru, Robert Hallock, took the AMD Ryzen 9 5900X through a series of games and performance benchmarks, at first showing the increase in performance VS his own Ryzen 9 3900XT, then moving into the same series of comparisons VS the Intel i9-10900K.

What was really cool about all this was that it was done on current gen motherboard platforms. This kind of boost in performance without a new motherboard is uncommon, and AMD is giving gamers, many of whom have already invested in an X570 or B550 series for their current 3rd gen CPU, the opportunity to do a same-socket CPU upgrade to their PC. We’ll know about exactly which CPU will work with which motherboard closer to release though.

For those gearing up, AMD Rewards have a Far Cry 6 game bonus offer set to begin on November 5th too, but this looks to only be for the Ryzen 7 5800X, Ryzen 9 5900X and 5950X CPU options – we’ll update with more info as it comes in.

It all looks awesome, and at the end Lisa Su continued to wow the crowd by holding up a MASSIVE new AMD RX 6000 graphics card, which is said to be detailed in another AMD release event taking place on October 28th (29th here in NZ, see you at 5am again!)

GAME ON!

AMD Rewards Raise the Game Godfall + Shadowlands BONUS!

UPDATE: This AMD Rewards bonus has been extended until December 5th 2020

AMD have even more free games up for grabs and this time it’s for those grabbing a new Radeon RX 5500, RX 5600 or RX 5700 (XT) graphics card, or custom gaming PC featuring these awesome GPU!

Also awesome: the AMD Rewards Ryzen Assassins Creed Valhalla bonus offer is on right now too!

This new AMD Rewards Raise the Game bonus promotion has two games on offer, and you can register to redeem one or both depending on the graphics card purchased.

Register to redeem Godfall with,

RX 5500 XT Graphics Cards

Register to redeem Godfall + World of Warcraft Shadowlands with,

RX 5600 XT Graphics Cards
RX 5700 Graphics Cards
RX 5700 XT Graphics Cards

This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from July 14th 2020 – December 5th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (See eligible AMD Graphics cards at PB Tech in NZ).

We’ll update the article with the direct link to the code redemption page as soon as it goes live, but until then, lets take a closer look at the awesome games that are up for grabs!

Godfall: Get ready to hack your way through hordes in this looter-slasher, melee action-RPG 🙂 You are the last of the Valorian knights, god-like warriors able to equip Valorplates, legendary armor sets that transform wielders into unstoppable masters of melee combat. Tear through foes as you climb through each of the elemental realms and challenge the mad god, Macros who awaits you at the top.

World of Warcraft Shadowlands: Discover what lies beyond the world you know in the next chapter of the World of Warcraft saga – Shadowlands! The veil between life and death is no more. With a single act of destruction, Sylvanas Windrunner has ripped open the way to the afterlife. Azeroth’s staunchest defenders have been dragged into all-consuming darkness. An ancient force of death threatens to break its bonds and unravel reality.

Hidden realms of wonder and horror await any who would pass to the other side. The Shadowlands is home to an entire realm of the departed; it is a world between worlds whose delicate balance preserves life and death itself. As one of Azeroth’s greatest champions, you have been granted the power to cross over in body and soul. Now you must investigate a conspiracy to unmake the cosmos, and help Warcraft legends journey back… or fulfill their ultimate destiny.

Align yourself with one of four Covenants—mysterious sects, each with their own ambition for the Shadowlands—to restore balance to the hereafter

If you havn’t played WoW yet, you’re in for a treat, the base game is free to try if you’re wanting to jump in ahead of the Shadowlands update too 🙂

GAME ON!

New RTX 3070 Graphics Cards are coming to New Zealand!

UPDATE: RTX 3070 NZ Launch Time Confirmed: 2am 30/10/2020

Woohooo! New Nvidia GeForce graphics cards have been revealed and it’s all looking very good indeed for gamer’s in New Zealand with the most powerful RTX 3090 expected arrive first, followed by the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 graphics card models.

Looking closer at the flagship RTX 3090 we see a massive PCB and cooler, with 24GB GDDR6X memory under the hood for the fastest possible performance. Oddly, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 reference cooler design looks to outtake air in new directions – not to worry though, lots of great aftermarket versions are coming our way 🙂

We also have some pricing, albeit in USD, so we’ve converted to NZD and added the 15% GST to get a better idea of what we can expect, along with release date estimates from the founders editions.

UPDATE: RTX 3090 Graphics Card are available for order now.

UPDATE: RTX 3080 Graphics Card are available for order now.

RTX 3070 Graphics Card
– Estimated NZ Price: $849 NZD (based on $499USD)
– Expected Release Date: October 30th (2am in NZ)

Quickly recapping the key points from the Nvidia presentation, the new RTX 30 series graphics cards were unveiled during a virtual launch event by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang. During the event which it was also announced that Fortnite, the pop culture gaming phenomenon, is turning on RTX real-time ray tracing, adding four ray-traced features for a more immersive gaming experience, including reflections, shadows, global illumination and ambient occlusion. Fortnite is the latest blockbuster game to turn RTX On, joining Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and a large group of AAA titles, such as Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2 and Watch Dogs: Legion – which was also highlighted in a game bonus offer. (we’ve asked the Nvidia team to see if we’re eligible in NZ.)

Huang additionally revealed powerful new tools for gamers, including NVIDIA Reflex, which makes competitive gamers quicker; Omniverse Machinima, for video game storytelling using real-time computer graphics engines; and NVIDIA Broadcast, which harnesses AI to turn any room into a home broadcast studio.

“Today’s launch of NVIDIA Ampere GPUs is a giant step into the future,” said Huang. “The work of thousands of engineering years, the GeForce RTX 30 Series delivers our greatest generational leap ever. NVIDIA RTX fuses programmable shading, ray tracing and AI for developers to create entirely new worlds. Twenty years from now, we’ll look back and realise that the future of gaming started here.”

The new RTX 30 Series GPUs are packed full of cutting-edge features, with over two decades of graphics R&D, technology including:

– World’s fastest graphics memory: NVIDIA has worked with Micron to create the world’s fastest discrete graphics memory for the RTX 30 Series, GDDR6X. It provides data speeds of close to 1TB/s system memory bandwidth for graphics card applications, maximising game and app performance.

– Next-gen process technology: New 8N NVIDIA custom process from Samsung, which allows for higher transistor density and more efficiency.

– New streaming multiprocessors: The building block for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU, delivering 2x the FP32 throughput of the previous generation, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power.

– Second-gen RT Cores: New dedicated RT Cores deliver 2x the throughput of the previous generation, plus concurrent ray tracing and shading and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.

– Third-gen Tensor Cores: New dedicated Tensor Cores, with up to 2x the throughput of the previous generation, making it faster and more efficient to run AI-powered technologies, like NVIDIA DLSS, and 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.

– DLSS: AI-Powered Gaming Acceleration NVIDIA DLSS, one of the biggest graphics breakthroughs of the past decade, uses the deep learning neural network powered by RTX Tensor Cores. When enabled, DLSS improves performance in titles such as Control, Minecraft with RTX for Windows 10 and Death Stranding, while generating images that are comparable to native resolution. DLSS will be heading to Boundary, Bright Memory Infinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Cyberpunk 2077, Fortnite, Ready or Not, Scavengers and Watch Dogs: Legion. For those with more powerful PC configurations, a new Ultra Performance mode enables DLSS to run up to 8K

– NVIDIA RTX IO: Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating input/output performance by up to 100x compared with hard drives and traditional storage APIs. In conjunction with Microsoft’s new DirectStorage for Windows API,(1) RTX IO offloads dozens of CPU cores’ worth of work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near- instantaneous game loading.

You can watch the full Nvidia event recap on YouTube above, we’ll continue to get all the details together and get ready for some massive game FPS testing – will there be an performance advantage to PCIe 4.0? Will the 313mm length have us cutting cases so it can fit? We’re excited to find out.

GAME ON!

Logitech GGPC this October!

Get ready for awesome October packed with Logitech G prizes for those grabbing themselves a new GGPC!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for October 2020 is an awesome gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, and these really are something special!

Our lucky October winner is going need a great headset, and we’ve got audio covered with the Logitech G432 Gaming Headset!

Featuring DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound, powered by Logitech G HUB software, lets you hear enemies sneaking behind you, special ability cues, and immersive environments-all around you with 3D audio that goes beyond 7.1 channels to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.

A 6mm microphone makes sure your squad mates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard.

Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within.

Now how about a great mouse to go with that? One that’s all about ensuring your movements translate perfectly into your game, with no acceleration messing with your aim!

This next one really shouldn’t need an introduction as it been sitting happily at the top of most “best gaming mouse” lists for a long while now, but just in case you’ve somehow missed it, the exceptional Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse is rather special indeed!

Packing the newly created HERO 16K sensor, full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options, this mouse is capable of tracking insane flicks at speeds over 400 IPS without spinning out. HERO 16K delivers peak performance at any sensitivity with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering from 100 to 16,000 DPI.

Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this October. Completing the winners setup is a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback that is up to 4x faster than the 8ms report rate of standard keyboards and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy features Logitech keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and a quiet sound operation.

Wow! What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!

Nvidia RTX 30 Series Watch Dogs: LEGION Game Bundle!

Nvidia have a new game bonus offer and it’s for those gearing up with the RTX 3080, RTX 3090 or RTX 3070 graphics cards, or gaming PC featuring this awesome hardware.

WATCH DOG: LEGION: Gear up and get ready for some awesome hack-attacking! With an entire population of potential recruits and the city’s technology at your fingertips, you’ll need to hack, infiltrate, and fight your way to a liberated London.

The full game is set launch on October 29th 2020 and the Ubisoft team worked with Nvidia to bring gamer’s the ultimate experience, enhanced with immersive ray-traced reflections and performance-accelerating DLSS!

The Nvidia Watch Dogs: LEGION game bonus offer is valid on purchases from September 17th – October 30th, 2020 or while code supplies last. (codes expire November 30th)

This promotion is only available from selected RTX graphics cards, quick links below for all models included in this promotion. (See the full range of Nvidia RTX at PB Tech)

GeForce RTX 3080 Out now!

GeForce RTX 3090 Out now!

GeForce RTX 3070 (Release 16th October TBC)

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware, you’ll need to register to redeem your game code, see quick links below for Desktop Graphics Cards included in the promotion.

Register to Redeem GIGABYTE RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem EVGA RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem ASUS ROG RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem MSi RTX Graphics Cards

Want to see more while you wait? Enter the Watch Dogs Legion universe in this intense chase through a dystopian London created by Emmy awards winner Alberto Mielgo.

GAME ON!

Good Team Communication with RTX Voice!

Nvidia have done such a good job with their new RTX voice feature, creating a wonderfully easy to use software package that destined to improve team chat all around the world.

This feature has been in test for a while now, but it got a proper debut with new RTX 3070, RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 graphic card announcements.

The NVIDIA RTX Voice plugin was said to leverages NVIDIA RTX GPUs and their AI capabilities to remove distracting background noise from your broadcasts, voice chats, and remote video conferencing meetings.

However, it was uncovered on Guru3D forums that removing a single line also allowed the software to also be run with GTX series graphics cards too.

Via GURU3D Forums:

The new nVIDIA RTX Voice works just fine without an RTX GPU and on windows 7 too but you still need an nVIDIA GPU it won’t work with AMD, tested and working on a GTX 1080 and a Titan V, here’s how to make it install…

After executing the installer and getting the message that stops it installing the installer files are extracted to C:\temp\NVRTXVoice

Open the file C:\temp\NVRTXVoice\NvAFX\RTXVoice.nvi with a text editor and remove the “constraints” section that looks like this:

<constraints>
<property name=”Feature.RTXVoice” level=”silent” text=”${{InstallBlockedMessage}}”/>
</constraints>

with that section deleted save the file and execute the installer here: C:\temp\NVRTXVoice\setup.exe

This software is absolutely unreal! Enjoy.

Amazing! This allows users to “go live” or join a meeting without having to worry about unwanted sounds like loud keyboard typing or other ambient noise in noisy environments. RTX Voice also suppresses background noise from players in loud environments, making incoming audio easier to understand.

Nvidia have made an excellent guide to setting the software up on Discord, OBS, Chrome and more here = https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/guides/nvidia-rtx-voice-setup-guide/

Gigabyte Spring SSD Bundle Offer with RTX 2070 SUPER

UPDATE: This promotion has ended early. All SSD have been redeemed.

Gigabyte has a sweet bonus offer available now for those grabbing themselves selected RTX 2070 Super Graphics Cards. Gear up between September 21st – October 31st 2020 (ended 15th October 2020) and you can register to redeem a Gigabyte 480GB SSD to go with your new GPU!

These bonus Gigabyte SSDs possess both high data transferring speed and enhanced endurance. The design is tidy and they’re a great addition to any gaming PC build, as we can always use more space for games!

The Gigabyte RTX 2070 SUPER series features powerful WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with triple-fan cooling, 6 composite copper heat pipes, and an alternate spinning fan, delivering an effective heat dissipation capacity for higher performance at lower temperatures!

This offer is only available for a limited time, learn more about the Gigabyte Super Spring Deal at PB Tech today!