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Logitech GGPC this June!

We did it! Onwards through the next level we go, armed with an awesome Logitech G prize pack for June 2020!

That’s right folks! 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 June 2020 is a brilliant gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, and up first we’ve got audio covered with the awesome Logitech G560 RGB Speaker System!

Enjoy amazing audio with 240 watts of peak power feeding an explosive, down-firing subwoofer and two satellite speakers with wide-angle drivers for a full range of clear, pure sound. The DTS:X Ultra engine renders 3D surround sound from PC games and also music, delivering heightened realism, accuracy, and a competitive edge.

These aren’t just great sounding speakers though! Featuring Logitech LIGHTSYNC these speakers can actually react to the action happening in-game! Playing GTA V and getting into trouble with the cops? Your speakers will be flashing blue and red while to race to escape the fuzz! With four lighting zones, two front-facing and two projecting backwards you can customise from nearly 16.8 million colours to perfect your gaming setup.

Our lucky June winner is going need a great mouse too, and we’ve got one that’s all about ensuring your movements translate perfectly into your game, with no acceleration messing with your aim!

The award winning Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy.

With on-the-fly DPI switching, you have the flexibility to react to the chaos of battle with precision. Snipe a foe across the map (250 DPI) before fleeing in the blink of an eye (4000 DPI). It also boasts eight programmable buttons that can be configured for complex macros or single keystrokes and four DPI settings that can be shifted on the fly.

Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this June. 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!

New AMD Gaming PC + Razer Gear BONUS!

We’ve got even MORE gaming goodies up for grabs right now for those who get themselves one of our latest GGPC builds which feature an all AMD config inside, with awesome 3rd gen Ryzen CPU combined with the awesome RX 5600XT or RX 5700XT graphics for great gaming performance.

The RX 5600 XT is certainly a fan favourite amongst those who are looking for the best possible performance per dollar spent, and those cooler designs from PowerColor and SapphireTech are both utterly awesome too – providing low noise and low temps even when gaming for hours. 

Those looking for even more power need only step up to the tried and tested RX 5700 XT graphics cards which increase both the clock speed and memory total for even greater performance – especially if you like to blast your opponents in a higher resolution.

We’ve paired these fine GPU options with latest Ryzen 5 & 7 CPUs to ensure great performance in whatever you do – using the Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X with the RX 5600 XT, and stepping up to the Ryzen 7 3700X or Ryzen 9 3900X with our RX 5700 XT Gaming PC builds – a little overkill for sure of that last one, but hey, sometimes you just want an absolute gaming beast 😛

OK now back to the free stuff! Get yourself one of these new GGPC all AMD Gaming PCs and you can register to redeem some awesome Razer Gaming Gears to use with your new rig!

With the RX 5600 XT Gaming PC you’ll get….!

Razer BlackWidow Gaming Keyboard: One of the best-selling and most popular keyboard series in the world, the BlackWidow has established itself as a top choice of Esports athletes. With mechanical keys, this gaming keyboard is ready to give you the advantage of precision designed from the ground up specifically for gaming.

Razer Kraken X USB Gaming Headset: Engineered to be extremely light at just 275g, this PC gaming headset’s slim form factor is complemented by a suite of features to achieve a near-weightless feel on your head, so you’ll be ready to game on and on and on and on while armed with superior audio – you’ll never want your gaming marathons to end! Equipped with 7.1 surround sound, this USB gaming headset provides more precise positional audio, so you’ll always get an accurate direction of where the action is happening to be better prepared for any engagement! 

And if you gear up with the RX 5700 XT Gaming PC you’ll also get…!

Razer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse: For more than a decade, the Razer DeathAdder line has been a mainstay in the global esports arena. It has garnered a reputation for reliability that gamers swear by due to its proven durability and ergonomics. The Razer DeathAdder Essential retains the classic ergonomic form that’s been a hallmark of previous Razer DeathAdder generations. Its sleek and distinct body is designed for comfort, allowing you to maintain high levels of performance throughout long gaming marathons, so you’ll never falter in the heat of battle.

Pretty awesome right! This sweet bonus offer is only available while stocks last (AMD have 100x bundles) so be sure check out the latest in AMD Gaming PC at PB Tech today!

GAME ON!

Nvidia COD: Warzone Cooler Master Custom TD500 Case Giveaway!

Nvidia have teamed up with Cooler Master & Activision to create a bunch of custom skinned Call of Duty: WARZONE TD500 chassis prizes – and they’re up for grabs to those buying themselves a new GeForce GTX or RTX graphics card!

That’s right folks! For a limited time, if you purchase selected Nvidia GTX or RTX series Graphics Card, or Gaming PC featuring these, and you can then enter the draw to WIN (one of eight) COD: WARZONE PC Cases!

This awesome competition is valid for eligible graphics card purchased between the May 1st & August 30th 2020 (and only at authorised retailers, see PB Tech in NZ.)

Those entering this competition really are in for a treat too – should they win a TD500 case for themselves they’re sure to be blown away by its combination of fantastic cooling performance and custom good looks, but even without the skin, this case is one of the best.

The specific version that Nvidia have skinned for this event comes pre-fitted with 3x 120mm ARGB fans which pretty much guarantee a sweet looking build, especially when matched with that TD500 prismatic front.

Because Cooler Master work closely with the other top hardware manufacturers around the world, those vibrant fans are compatible with software from Asus AURA, Gigabyte FUSION, ASRock PolyChrome & MSi Mystic Light Sync – certainly making things a bit easier as you’re currently shopping for that new graphics card 🙂

Performance is on point thanks to the seamless implementation of mesh ventilation which makes up the entire perimeter of the front panel. Concealed by the front bezel, considerable airflow is provided to the system almost completely out of view. Joined by the top panel ventilation and rear exhaust, the MasterBox TD500 A-RGB delivers efficient cooling and spectacular aesthetics without compromising one for the other… it’s all quite excellent!

Ahhh, such an awesome prize, be sure to check out the full range of Nvidia Graphics Cards at PB Tech today!

BUT WAIT!? There’s more to this!

Those fine folks at Cooler Master have another way to for you to WIN! And they’ve also combined that awesome custom TD500 chassis above with a couple of extra CM gaming gears to sweeten the prize pack!

Enter the Cooler Master WARZONE Gaming Giveaway <- Here!

The MM711 is a truly innovative mouse that does more with so much less. Along with all the pro-grade features that make our gaming mice deadly in combat, we’ve also implemented a striking new shell design, lightweight and durable Ultraweave cable and RGB – all while keeping the overall weight of the mouse to less than 60g. The result is quicker movements, longer gaming sessions, minimal fatigue, less sweaty palms 😛

The MH650 Gaming Headset provides an immersive experience in a portable package ideal for console and PC gamers. Virtual 7.1 surround sound and omnidirectional boom mic offer high-quality sound and comms, wrapped in a sleek matte black design and fully customizable RGB illumination – and cushioned ear cups provide the perfect fit for those marathon sessions.

OK, I think that’s us sorted – we certainly didn’t expect two ways to win that awesome CM Case but we ain’t complaining!

GOOD LUCK & GAME ON!

Intel Master Key: Feel the Force GAME BONUS!

Intel are at it again, bringing us another incredible game bonus offer for those getting themselves selected Intel CPU, or Gaming PC featuring them!

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel i5, i7 & i9 series Desktop CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

Promotion is awesome even if you just grabbed a new gaming PC because it backdates a fair way too!

Valid on qualifying purchases from March 24th 2020 – September 30th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Eligible CPU models for Intel Master Key: FEEL THE FORCE

i5-9600K
i7-9700
i7-9700F
i7-9700K
i7-9700KF

i9-9900
i9-9900K
i9-9900KF

Now onto the good stuff! This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.

A galaxy-spanning adventure awaits in STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order, a new 3rd person action-adventure title from Respawn Entertainment. An abandoned Padawan must complete his training, develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire.

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is the first in the multi-award-winning strategy series to recreate epic conflict across ancient China. Combining a gripping turn-based campaign game of empire-building, statecraft and conquest with stunning real-time battles.

The Eight Princes Chapter Pack (also included in this Intel Master Key) is set 100 years after the original campaign events and features a new cast of playable factions led by the foremost princes of the Jin Dynasty. These Eight Princes offer feature substantially different campaign mechanics, focusing their playstyles in fascinating and unique ways.

And in addition to these epic games, you’ll also more sweet in-game goodies and a 1-month subscription to Origin Access game services, which is utterly excellent.

Glorious indeed! This offer is running in conjunction with another Intel Master Key too, and that on features Gears of War Tactics!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming PC – Custom Builds & Asus Z490

With the brand new Asus 400 series of motherboards now happily making their way towards New Zealand, just in time for the Intel 10th Gen release date (which is set as May 21st in this part of the world), it’s the perfect time to start designing some custom gaming rigs for these awesome new options!

While the new Asus Z490 range includes many options, the two favourites are the glorious PRIME Z490-A and ROG STRIX Z490-F, which is perfect for us because they both look so different, with contrasting black VS white colour themes.

Both also have the internal header required for use with Type-C front IO found on the latest chassis – so we can build pretty much anything we want 🙂

Firing up the GGPC custom PC design tool and loading in the new options gives us some really cool looking configs, using the NZXT H510 series of cases chosen for that oh so good Type-C front IO, and they’re also available in black and white to match our motherboards, along with Elite options for those that want more glass, and even CRFT special edition for that unique WoW factor.

Combining these with all the Asus graphics cards options from AMD and Nvidia, along with the latest SSD & RAM options from Crucial, Samsung, G.Skill & Kingston, and more vibrant custom cooling from Cooler Master & NZXT for adding even more colour to the mix we’ve been able to create some wonderful looking builds.

Clicking the custom PC images shown above will take you to our building tool, we’ve kept our options fairly monochrome to start things off so the colour themes really come through nicely.

Have a play around with the parts and see which configuration you like the most, we’ll be doing the same while photographing and adding new components to the builder along the way!

For those new to custom PC gaming builds there’s a lot more to Asus than just really really good looking… I mean… some of it’s is just so utterly gorgeous that I… lost my chain of thought… Asus are real good engineers too! 

For many people out there it has been a while since they’ve done a new build for themselves, considering just how good things like the i7-7700 were a few years back you can completely understand why too! It has been able to keep up with all but the newest graphics cards which is nice, but with the new Intel 10th Gen i7-10700 showing such significant gains in comparison, along with the motherboard enhancements radically increasing the speed of our storage though all-new options, and connectivity like WiFi 6, for many it’s going to be enough motivation to pick up that screwdriver 😛

Which brings us to more reasons why Asus are pretty great for PC builders.

Asus Q-CODE & Q-LED will help to identify problems with a PC even if it can’t boot into windows or box. Four little LEDs light up to indicate power status, and any problem with the CPU, graphics card, RAM or boot drive for a quick diagnosis. Going one step further the Q diagnostic codes provide a reference point for fast and easy codes that describe common installation and component problems, and also when it’s (A)ll(O)k!

ROG Bios Flashback is the simplest (and safest) BIOS update method and it’s soo good that updates can even be done with no CPU or RAM installed – crazy right?! Simply download and pop that BIOS file onto a USB stick, plug it into the special USB BIOS Flashback port and press the button to begin the automatic process. You’ll still need to have the motherboard connected to your power supply of course, but no RAM and no CPU is a massive win, it allows us to make sure a build is running the latest software even before its fully assembled, minimising the issues that arrive a little later on when even newer hardware gets released.

Asus SafeSlot is something you’ll likely not to even notice is there, but back in the day (2008) it was really difficult to ship a pre-built gaming PC with the graphics card fitted because in transit if it took a solid knock the weight of the massive GPU could literally rip the PCIe socket apart with the graphics card still in it! Asus solved this by making sure every part was tightly secured in thermoplastic, an insert moulded SafeSlot prevents part loosening, misalignment, improper terminations, and other structural issues. The thermoplastic resin also provides improved resistance to shock and vibration. 

Those are all sweet features, but the likelihood of something going wrong with an Asus motherboard is slim at best, so let’s turn our gaze to the totally unnecessary features that make us smile, things like RGB and top-quality audio goodness.

AURA is what Asus have named their RGB software suite, but it’s important to note that it’s not only for Asus gear – more than 50 other brands such as Cooler Master, Hyper X, Crucial, G.Skill, Phanteks, AMD, EKWB, Lian Li and more have products that work with the Asus AURA software suite, so you can control and sync your RGB LED light show with just the one software setup. It’s awesome and goes beyond the usual PC parts to offer controls for everything from gaming monitors to mice. Just look out for the AURA badge when you’re choosing your various components and gaming gears and you’ll be all set.

The component we generally try our hardest to match with the motherboard is the graphics card, and Asus graphics cards which also feature Aura are the best ones too, you can even connect more RGB stuff directly to some models now, as if the 2xRGB and 2x ARGB headers weren’t already enough!

Sonic Studio does a bunch of neat things if you’re into sharing your awesome gameplay by live-streaming it with X-Split or OBS, and if you look at this Z490-F specifically it’s packing as Asus exclusive S1220A chip for SupremeFX technology that provides a flat frequency response for a neutral, detailed sound signature, so if you’re using a gaming headset, the front-panel output is driven by two op-amps to preserve audio quality.

Having all this sweet audio tech allows for other things too, but opinions are mixed on features like Sonic Rader III which will allow you to graphically see where sounds (like footsteps) are coming from in-game, and that latest version does a good job of indicating how far that sound is too, so if you’re waiting in a room you can shoot the bad guy through the door BEFORE he opens it – yep, that sounds like cheating to me BUT then you realise the other benefits that it brings, allowing you to game without the sound turned on, in the living room for example with others being loud, or maybe just so you can enjoy a good audiobook while you play. With sonic radar on because you’ll still have those audio ques, even if you can’t hear what’s going on.

Combine all this with world record-smashing overclocks and an ecosystem of products that cover everything on our desks it’s easy to see why Asus is a global leader in technology – and with the Z490-A + Z490-F it’s just about to get a whole lot better!

GAME ON!

New Ryzen 3 3100, 3300X & B550 Motherboards

UPDATE: Ryzen 3 3100 & Ryzen 3 3300X and available for order!

AMD have just released more details for two new Ryzen CPU options and a new motherboard series – and it’s all looking really good!

Taking a closer look at the duo of new CPU options named the Ryzen 3 3100 and Ryzen 3300X, and comparing them with the current Ryzen 3 3200G & 3400G options the main difference is the included AMD integrated graphics on the ‘G’ models, which is nice to have, but we gamers like to add dedicated graphics cards so we don’t actually need that at all.

And that’s what makes these new AMD CPU options so appealing!

Because they don’t have any integrated graphics built-in, they are both likely to be less expensive than the current 3rd Ryzen gen options.

That aside it’s just more good news 🙂 Both Ryzen 3 options are sporting 4 cores and 8 threads of processing goodness, with the 3300X having clock speeds just that little bit higher, so it deserves to wear that ‘X’ badge.

Essentials:

Ryzen 3100
– 4 Cores / 8 Threads
– 3.6GHz Base Clock
– Up to 3.9GHz Boost Clock
– CPU Socket: AM4
– Recommended Ram Speed: 3200MHz
– Ready for PCIe 4.0
– Includes Wraith Stealth Cooler

Ryzen 3300X
– 4 Cores / 8 Threads
– 3.8GHz Base Clock
– Up to 4.3GHz Boost Clock
– CPU Socket: AM4
– Recommended Ram Speed: 3200MHz
– Ready for PCIe 4.0
– Includes Wraith Stealth Cooler

Looking good! Right now we’re treated to a range of very reasonably priced B450 and A320 series motherboard options for AM4 socket CPU, so when these CPU make their way into New Zealand we’ll already be good to go, but AMD have also begun teasing a new range of motherboards that they’re called the B550 series which will bring in a bunch of options that include some of the features we’re seeing currently on the significantly more expensive X570 series, namely PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots for ultra-fast storage.

These new AMD Ryzen CPU are both available for pre-orders now, and the arrival date for NZ is looking to be early June!

See the latest Ryzen 3 3100 & Ryzen 3 3300X CPU at PB Tech today!

AMD Rewards Raise the Game 2020 with Resident Evil 3

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, see the latest AMD Rewards here!

UPDATE: This offer has been extended until May 30th!

AMD have a new RAISE THE GAME bonus offer for gamers in New Zealand!

For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT, RX 5600 XT, RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Graphics Cards or Gaming PC featuring this hardware!

This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from February 4th 2020 – April 25th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in NZ)

Eligible models for Radeon RX AMD Rewards Raise the Game:

AMD RX 5500 XT
AMD RX 5600 XT
AMD RX 5700
AMD RX 5700 XT

This new AMD Rewards Key offer unlocks an awesome game!

Resident Evil 3: Prepare yourself for a horrific survival experience, the game is a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (from wayyy back in 1999), and follows Jill Valentine as she attempts to escape a zombie apocalypse while hunted by an intelligent bioweapon known as Nemesis. Based on the success of the awesome Resi2 remake we enjoyed in 2019 this one is going to be awesome!

PLEASE NOTE: Resident Evil 3 is set to release on 03/04/2020

In addition to coming with Resident Evil 3, if you get the AMD RX 5600 XT, AMD RX 5700 or AMD RX 5700 XT you’ll also score another code for MHW: Iceborne!

Monster Hunter World Iceborne: The title calls out the latest expansion but worry not if you don’t own the original, this AMD game bonus redeems the Monster Hunter World + Iceborne expansion so you’re in for both!

And even more awesomeness awaits with the excellent AMD Rewards Xbox Game Pass subscription offer (limited time) on too!, which gives access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play. Xbox will continue to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.

As with previous AMD Rewards Key promotions, you’ll have to claim your key first and then activate it via the portal – this activation must be done with the AMD hardware fitted inside your system!

Step #1: Purchase an eligible AMD component or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from a participating retailer.

Step #2: Register your purchase to redeem your AMD REWARDS KEY from the retailer. (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Step #3: Login (or create) to your AMD Rewards profile at www.amdrewards.com/login 

Step #4: Enter your AMD REWARDS KEY on the page that follows the login (shown below) – IMPORTANT! You’ll need to redeem from the PC that has the AMD hardware fitted inside, you cannot redeem from your mobile device.

Step #5: A prompt will appear for verification, click OK to proceed and follow the prompts.

Step #6: Success! Proceed to the next step – we’re almost there!

Step #7: You’ll now see the ‘My Rewards’ screen, any game options will be available to your here.

Step #8: Game Pass example: Select the “Game Pass for PC” code that appeared, then click the activation link. IMPORTANT! Only click if you want to start the 3-month subscription, you can wait till near the end of the promotion if you want to (but don’t leave it too long, codes do expire!)

Step 9: Once you click the ‘activate’ link you’ll be taken to www.microsoft.com/redeem – login or create a new account to proceed.

Step #10: Redeem your AMD Rewards Game Pass in the new box that has appeared – you’ve done it!

If you get stuck at any stage of the activation process you can send a message to the AMD team directly via the eTicket Contact Form which is linked at the bottom of the AMD Rewards Support Page www.amdrewards.com/faq.

It’s pretty great just how good the AMD team are at responding to messages, our last ticket test was sent on 25/02/2020 and was responded to within 12 hours – well done AMD!

GAME ON!

AMD REWARDS – Xbox Game Pass for PC BONUS!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, see the latest AMD Rewards here!

Great news for those gearing up for their next Gaming PC build – AMD has announced an awesome new 3 Month Xbox Game Pass for PC Subscription BONUS offer available on selected AMD Ryzen CPU!

That’s right folks, Xbox Game Pass is coming to PC! It all started in August of 2019, when players gained unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play.

Xbox continued to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.

via Microsoft: Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile. We’re working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service and we’ll ensure the library remains curated and full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month. Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up to 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons.

This offer is only available on selected AMD products, and only from authorized retailers (PB Tech in NZ)

Eligible models for Ryzen AMD Rewards:

AMD Ryzen 5 3600
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

GAME ON!

AORUS Z490 Motherboards and Intel 10th Gen!

UPDATE: Shop the latest Z490 Motherboards at PB Tech NZ!

Those top techs at Gigabyte have just released details for the new Z490 series of motherboards which are made to be used with the highest-end intel 10th Gen CPU options, such as the i9-10900KF, which is pretty darn fast!

What’s so important about the Z490? Well, because the 10th generation of Intel Core processors features new microarchitecture, they require a new socket type named LGA 1200, which is on the Z490 series, which means that older motherboards will not be compatible, even with BIOS updates. It’s very similar to what just happened with AMD’s latest ThreadRipper CPU series too, when that socket changed from TR4 to the new TRX40.

So if you’re wanting to build with the fastest parts, such as a new 10th gen i9 K series CPU, you’ll need to combine this with a Z490 motherboard.

Looking at the i9-10900K specifically we get an unlocked CPU with 10 cores and 20 threads. BUT! The increase in core count and stock frequencies will likely lead to higher power consumption, since in order to accomplish the goal of hitting 5.3GHz across all cores, a TDP above the standard 120w might be needed…

And that’s where AORUS Z490 motherboards come in to play.

Getting technical, Gigabyte have a 16-phase direct power design with highly durable DrMOS power stages to deliver 1440 Amps. Solid power pin connectors on the motherboards ensure that the power delivery is stable while reducing excess heat during overclocking to prevent throttling. The addition of Tantalum Polymer capacitors improves the transient response of the VRM between high and low loads, increasing the stability of the processor so that users won’t have to worry about overlocking failures caused by unstable power. Featuring a new and improved Fins-Array II heatsink design so each phase can hold up to 90 amps, the Z490 AORUS lineup is geared with the best power and thermal management to optimize overclocking performance on the 10-core K series processors.

There are a lot of models in the new Z490 lineup to choose from too, with options featuring expansive inputs, headers and slots as expected so we can pair them with the latest cases, but also nice new design tweaks are becoming standard, such as that integrated I/O shield we love. It’s all looking pretty darn good from Aorus and their Z490 series!

Now you might be thinking to yourself that the Aorus Z490 we’ve detailed above sounds a bit… extreme… and it definitely is 🙂 It’s one of the most high-end motherboards ever made! If you’re feeling not quite so extreme, and still want a great motherboard, you’ll be happy to know that one of the best things about Aorus is that they make motherboard options to suit all budgets and even the best value options, such as the awesome Aorus Z490 Elite AC are still feature-packed and ready to overclock!

Awesome fun times ahead for builders around the world, with a bunch of new Z490 motherboards from Gigabyte incoming to New Zealand, and then more just afterwards with the new H470, B460, and H410 chipsets too.

We’ll show you all the latest builds as soon we’re allowed too, so be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC blog for the latest!

Logitech GGPC this May!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, see the latest GGPC Promotions here!

UPDATE: Winner is being contacted and will be announced here soon

That’s right folks! 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 May 2020 is an awesome gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, and up first we’ve got audio covered with the awesome 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.

Our lucky May winner is going need a great mouse too, and we’ve got one that’s all about ensuring your movements translate perfectly into your game, with no acceleration messing with your aim!

The award-winning Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology for unrivalled accuracy.

With on-the-fly DPI switching, you have the flexibility to react to the chaos of battle with precision. Snipe a foe across the map (250 DPI) before fleeing in the blink of an eye (4000 DPI). It also boasts eight programmable buttons that can be configured for complex macros or single keystrokes and four DPI settings that can be shifted on the fly.

Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this April. 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!