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AMD Rewards Far Cry 6 + Resident Evil Village Gaming Bonus!

UPDATE: RX 6900 XT stand-alone graphics cards are now included!

AMD surprise us with another awesome AMD Rewards game bonus and this new AMD Raise the Game bundle has both Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village up for grabs!

This offer is valid for those who are buying a Gaming PC or Laptop with an ALL AMD config, meaning both the CPU and Graphic Card need to be inside.

The good news is the range is large, including AMD Ryzen 3000 and 5000 series 5, 7 & 9 CPU, along with the full Radeon 6000 series. From September 10th – December 31st, the eligible AMD Ryzen / Radeon Gaming PC builds are:

Ryzen + Radeon RX 6600 (XT) Gaming PC
Ryzen + Radeon RX 6700 (XT) Gaming PC
Ryzen + Radeon RX 6800 (XT) Gaming PC
Ryzen + Radeon RX 6900 (XT) Gaming PC

And stand alone graphics cards:

Radeon RX 6900 XT Graphics Card

You’ll need to claim your AMD Rewards key from the retailer, so make sure they’re AMD authorised (see PB Tech if you’re in New Zealand).

Once you’ve got your new hardware sorted, you’re in for a treat!

Resident Evil Village: Set a few years after the horrifying events in the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the all-new storyline begins with Ethan Winters and his wife Mia living peacefully in a new location, free from their past nightmares. Just as they are building their new life together, tragedy befalls them once again. When BSAA captain Chris Redfield attacks their home, Ethan must once again head into hell to get his kidnapped daughter back.

Graphically stunning to behold, both in terms of art direction and the ultra-realistic graphics powered by the RE Engine, this fight for survival will have to chasing down leads and hunting for clues while running for your life 🙂

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.

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 game, co-op too!

GAME ON!

Quick note! We’ve heard of a couple of freezes when detecting the hardware to activate the AMD Rewards Key, if you get stuck the AMD Rewards team can get things sorted, you can contact them via www.amdrewards.com/support should you need help.

GGPC SEPTEMBER 2021 WITH LOGITECH G!

OH YEAHHHH!! It’s finally September and that means we’ve got awesome new Logitech G gaming goodies up for grabs!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this September 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.

An excellent mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs, our Super September Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky NZ gamer!

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

Our grand prize pack for the September 2021 event is super cool, featuring the latest Logitech G gaming headset, a top reviewed RGB gaming keyboard and what is probably the most popular gaming mouse in New Zealand, this all comes together to create an amazing full setup for our lucky winner – so let’s take a closer look at the awesome gear!

Weighing in at a feathery 240 grams, the new Logitech G335 Gaming Headset has a single 3.5mm plug and Y splitter included, so our winner can use it with their new PC, and all sorts of other gadgets too.

With 40 mm neodymium drivers, G335 delivers crisp, clear sound that makes your game come alive. It’s Discord Certified to guarantee crystal clear communication performance with amazing sound and voice clarity.

An awesome headset for sure, but our winner is going to need a great keyboard too, and we’ve got that covered with the top-rated Logitech G213 Prodigy RGB Gaming Keyboard, which as I write this sits as the #1 top-selling gaming keyboard, with 125+ reviews and an average rating of 5 stars – it’s so good!

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.

Completing our lucky September Grand Prize Pack is a gaming mouse that needs little introduction as it features on pretty much every best gaming mouse list we’ve seen.

The Logitech G502 HERO Gaming Mouse is the successor to the original G520 Proteus Spectrum, and the continuously updated HERO sensor makes this mouse more and more accurate with each version.

In addition to the core performance and personalisation features, many details were thoughtfully engineered and designed. The cable has a nice hook and loop cable tie, the side grips are great and the magnetic weight-cavity door is just plain fancy – it’s a great mouse that our lucky September winner is sure to love 🙂

WOW! What a bunch of prizes!

Check out 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!

INTEL MASTER KEY: CRYSIS REMASTERED + HUMANKIND GAME BONUS!

Intel is back and they’ve got another awesome new Intel Master Key game bonus offer for those gearing up with select Intel Desktop CPU, Gaming PC or Gaming Laptops!

This new Intel Master Key Crysis Remastered Trilogy + Humankind offer includes a selected range of Intel 10th Gen and 11th Gen CPU in the eligible list, really great news for those building a new Gaming PC.

This new Intel Master Key unlocks two very different games, Humankind and Crysis Remastered. The eligible date range for purchases is from August 27th 2021 – January 31st 2022 and only from authorised Intel partners (see PB Tech in New Zealand) so you can claim your Master Key Code, quick links below for our favourite Intel CPU options.

– Intel Core i5
– Intel Core i7
– Intel Core i9

Now onwards to the best bit, let’s check out those games!

HUMANKIND: Just released and looking darn good, with a hilarious launch trailer about the battles the rage between those wanting to be the first in history. The game world is, for a part at least, historically based, so you can destroy or improve, starve or thrive, and create a civilization that is unique to the choices made.

Gameplay is turn based, very strategic. It’s a brilliant PC game, changing with each playthrough.

Those who have been gaming for a while will instantly recognise the next game, it set the bar for PC performance for many years following its original release, it innovated hero shooter gameplay mechanics and gave us gamers the freedom to play parts of the game in our own unique way, the world design was exciting and for the most part, quite open.

CRYSIS REMASTERED: You’ll get all 3 main games in the Crysis Trilogy, so there is a lot to get though – but storylines are strong, gameplay is excellent and remastered graphics are beautiful. Re-visit the dangerous North Korean islands, save humanity from a deadly virus in New York City and uncover the truth about C.E.L.L.

MAXIMUM ARMOUR. MAXIMUM POWER. MAXIMUM SPEED!

PLEASE NOTE: We’ve had reports about the text message verification tool having issues sending messages to NZ numbers. If you get stuck at all during game activation be sure to log Support Claim with the Intel Master Key Team – they will help fix these sort of issues should they arise.

GAME ON!

NVIDIA Battlefield 2042 GAME BUNDLE with RTX 3070(Ti), RTX 3080(Ti) and RTX 3090 Custom PC Builds!

UPDATE: OFFER EXTENDED! Now ended till October 4th 2021. Codes now expire 4th January 2022.

Get ready for more team tactical gaming with the latest BATTLEFIELD 2042 game code offer from NVIDIA!

The offer is different from previous ones, in that right now, you can’t activate the bonus offer with the purchase of an NVIDIA Graphics Card stand-alone, and exactly what is eligible changes depending on the brand.

The offer is only valid on select GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 Ti, 3080, 3070 Ti, and 3070 desktop and laptop systems with invoices dated from August 24th – October 4th 2021.

See the current range at NVIDIA Battlefield 2042 Game Bonus at PB Tech in NZ.

This may change as more brands join in but right now it’s only MSI (Pre-built Gaming PC) and ASUS / GIGABYTE (Custom Gaming PC builds).

Please note: We expect more brand redemption websites will go live soon, and we’ll add more brands as they get confirmed.

When it comes to what qualifies as a custom Gaming PC build, the Asus T&C say the invoice(s) must include eligible RTX 3070/80/90(Ti) GPU plus at least 3/4 additional parts listed from compatible Motherboard, CPU, RAM and Storage, so yep, definitely read the specific brand redemption page conditions before you commit. You can use the custom PC builder tool at https://www.pbtech.co.nz/system-builder/gaming-pc/custom-gaming-pc and if you select an eligible GPU, a banner will automatically appear.

Register to Redeem with select MSI Desktop Gaming PC

Register to Redeem with select Gigabyte Custom Gaming PC Builds

Register to Redeem with select ASUS Custom Gaming PC Builds

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware, you’ll need to register to redeem your promotion code, to activate your promotional code for Battlefield™ 2042 you must have a GeForce Experience and EA Origin account.

Now, onto the game 🙂

This Nvidia bundle includes BF2042 Standard Edition, and because of the dates it’s likely going to activate the pre-order bonuses, so activate your codes right away for the best possible result!

Open Beta Early Access
Baku ACB-90 melee takedown knife
“Mr. Chompy” epic weapon charm
“Landfall” player card background and “Old Guard” tag 

Via NVIDIA: NVIDIA is proud to announce that we are the official Battlefield 2042 PC graphics platform partner. Battlefield V was the first Frostbite game engine-based game to add DLSS, and Battlefield 2042 is the second.

Battlefield 2042: The world is in chaos. Resources are dwindling as violent climate change takes hold and the United States and Russia are on the verge of war. As entire countries collapse, people find themselves with no nation to call home. These nomads are known as the Non-Patriated (“No-Pats”), a diverse group of people who have bound together in clusters across the globe in order to survive the turbulent new world.

Play as non-patriated soldiers with unique skills who’ve taken up arms. They are known as Specialists, tasked with carrying out military operations. In-game, each of these unique Specialists have their own speciality and trait that you can use to give yourself the advantage in combat.

Battlefield 2042 is set to release October 22nd, get your squad ready for massive battles with up to 128 players, new and remastered maps, transformative weather events and a cutting-edge arsenal at your disposal.

It’s exciting for sure, Battlefield 2042 is the next generation of the series’ exciting sandbox gameplay and distinct multiplayer experiences.

GAME ON!

RX 6600 XT Graphics Cards Available Now in NZ!

UPDATE: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Graphics Cards are available now!

Following a flurry of leaks and teasers, AMD and their partners Powercolor, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire & Asus have been proudly showing off the performance and cooling for the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Card series just unveiled.

Unlike the monster GPUs we’ve seen already in recent 6000 series releases, this new RX6600 looks to be targeting excellent performance at 1920×1080 resolution, but the performance results shown so far have this graphics card pushing out frames like an absolute champion, beating the popular RTX 3060 in a range of popular games, including Battlefield 5 with a whopping +16 FPS in comparison.

Moreover, the charts released by AMD show Cyberpunk 2077 reaching an 83FPS average on max settings, while that’s only 3FPS higher than the RTX 3060 test system – it’s an unbelievable result in both respects. More exciting numbers are Apex Legends at 186FPS, DOTA 2 at 289FPS and Rainbow 6 Siege at 441FPS… so I think we’ll be pushing past 1080p in a few situations!

Picture of FPS statistics to compare the RX 6600 XT with the RTX 3060 Graphics Card

This was all revealed in the AMD Where Gaming Begins: EP. 4 presentation, in which the Director of Product Management for Radeon, Nish Neelalojanan, introduced us to the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, highlighting the low power supply requirements and awesome performance it offers to gamers.

The lower than expected PSU requirements are great too see, making the new AMD Radeon RX6600 a variable upgrade for those running a 500w PSU in their current system, if you’re running higher you can be sure there are going to be higher wattage versions with aftermarket coolers from the partners to consider as well.

Before we jump into a closer look at the various versions coming for RX 6600 XT, let’s take a quick look at the base specifications and expand some of the acronyms around outputs.

Essentials:

– Max Resolution 7680×4320
– Expected Power (Desktop): 160w
– Memory Size: 8GB GDDR6
– Memory Bandwidth: Up to 256 GB/s
– Base Frequency: 1968 MHz
– Boost Frequency: Up to 2589 MHz

Inputs & Outputs:

– Power Input: 1x 8pin
– DisplayPort: 1.4 with DSC (Display Stream Compression)
– HDMI: 2.1 with FRL (Fixed Rate Link) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)

Picture of the outputs on the RX 6600 XT, HDMI and DisplayPort with no Type-C, unlike the larger options.

Shown above, the outputs from the ASUS DUAL RX6600XT match reference design, with 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI.

What is DSC? DisplayPort with Display Steam Compression uses the same 32.4 Gbps bandwith, but unlike the non DSC version can can support 4K at 120Hz with HDR, or even 8K at 60 Hz with DSC enabled.

What is VRR? This Variable Refresh Rate enables the source to wait until the next frame is ready so a smoother gaming experience can be provided VS the more taxing option to repeat the current frame, or worse, to display the partially-rendered next frame, causing a teared look and stutter.

What is FRL? In HDMI 2.1 specification, Fixed Rate Link support is necessary to achieve the higher uncompressed resolutions such as those above 4K 60FPS.

Ahhh that’s some good jargon, now let’s take a closer look at aftermarket favourites which are expected to be available on release day here in NZ.

Starting off with Sapphire, an exclusive partner of AMD, we now expect two different versions of the RX 6600 XT to be available at launch featuring NITRO+ and PULSE aftermarket cooler designs. These are both dual fan models, quite a bit larger than the stock cooler option from AMD for lower noise and improved thermal performance under load. The PULSE RX6600XT offers a larger cooler with the same single 8-pin PCIe power input as the reference model

The Sapphire Nitro+ cooler design is awesome, adding metallic and addressable RGB aesthetics along with neat features such as a BIOS switch for quickly accessing various profiles, like performance and silent. The NITRO RX6600XT has an ARGB header just above the Sapphire logo too.

If you look closely at the fans you’ll also notice the Sapphire Nitro+ is using alternate spin too, this new hybrid fan design provides strong downward air pressure through the fan while keeping the noise low.

Looking at the Gigabyte options, we have an absolute monster graphics card named the RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO. At first glance, this looked very similar to the RTX 3080 GAMING OC cooler design, but it’s quite a bit smaller with straighter lines. This uses the WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with alternate spinning fans too, but again requires only a single 8-pin PCIe power input 🙂 Nicely done Gigabyte!

These three are all looking great, but this is just a small slice of what’s coming, with Asus even showing off a water cooled option via ROG STRIX – very exciting times ahead!

Shop the latest in the AMD Store!

AMD REWARDS WARFRAME G-SERIES BONUS with RYZEN 5600G & 5700G!

The latest Ryzen 5000 G-Series option are available now in NZ, named the Ryzen 5 5600G and Ryzen 7 5700G – both are new CPUs (or APUs more accurately) with Radeon graphics built-in. AMD aim to deliver a gaming experience without the need for additional graphics cards. This is most excellent news for those looking to build a new mini PC for playing games like Genshin Impact, Warframe, War Thunder, Fortnite, CSGO and pretty much everything else that’s in our PC free to play games list blog, and as you’d expect, both CPU are extremely capable in regular desktop duties too.

Those gearing up with one of these new Ryzen options will be happy to hear that AMD have teamed up WARFRAME and we now have a new AMD Rewards G-SERIES bonus bundle available today!

This promotion is available from August 6th – September 25th, and it must be purchased from an authorised retailer so you can claim the AMD Rewards Key (PB Tech in New Zealand).

For those who haven’t played Warframe before, you’re in for a treat, this looter shooter has an incredible amount of customisable characters and weapons, planets to conquer, star fields to explore – the way it plays changes significantly as you level up and continue to customise each, and the final swing from absolute godlike power to mission failure can be challenging, but that’s one of the many things that makes this game so successful.

CPU wise, it’s only the newest AMD G-Series Ryzen 5 & 7 options that are eligible, quick links below for both options.

AMD Ryzen 5 5600G
AMD Ryzen 7 5700G

Motherboard wise look to the newer AM4 socket 500 series options for hassle free installation, or check for BIOS updates first to make sure it’s good. Fast RAM for the 5600G & 5700G is good too, and the performance from the 3200MHz sweet spot kits available now is excellent, popping in a 3600MHz gives a small bump to FPS in games that already run well.

These 5000G series CPUs were first shown during the recent Computex event, along with some comparisons with the i7-11700 option from Intel.

GAME ON!

BATTLEFIELD 2042 TECHNICAL PLAYTEST ABOUT TO BEGIN!

The first round of technical playtests for the upcoming Battlefield 2042 game are about to begin, so check your inbox now to see if you’ve got a golden ticket.

If you’ve not heard of these but would like to get involved in future testing phases you’ll first need to sign up to become an EA playtester via https://www.ea.com/en-gb/playtesting (there is no New Zealand, we just select Australia)

Standard rules apply, the technical playtest will be in a closed environment and under strict NDA no captured gameplay is allowed to be shared, we’ll have to wait for the BETA testing to begin for that 🙂

Via EA: This means a few thousand participants will join us to help us test some of our new features and functionality that we’re building from the ground up for Battlefield 2042. Do keep in mind that the Technical Playtest is purposefully not intended to be the full experience you will see in the Open Beta, or at launch. It is a development-led environment with only a subset of features, focused on technical performance.

GAME ON!

Crypto mining with Nvidia Graphics Cards: Understanding LHR, V2 and 2.0 GPU Manufacturer codes

UPDATE: All GGPC pre-built and Custom Gaming PC systems are using new model NVIDIA Graphics Cards which are LHR, KL, V2 or 2.0.

Recently, Nvidia took steps towards making their Gaming Graphics Cards less desirable to crypto miners. They did this by making restricting performance for a specific mining task, while gaming performance still remains full strength.

The important detail to be aware of is that NVIDIA has now applied a reduced hash rate performance to newly manufactured GeForce RTX 3080(Ti), RTX 3070(Ti) and RTX 3060(Ti) GPU.

This means all currently available NVIDIA 30 series GPU, except for the RTX 3090, are now less suitable for mining builds.

Clear communication to gamers that also want to mine is now the goal – using MFC codes. This was needed because these GPUs originally launched with a full hash rate, there is a lot of old information around the web that can make it somewhat confusing for those wanting to try mining out for the first time.

To help with this, NVIDIA GeForce partners, Asus and Gigabyte AORUS have applied labelling for new model cards with a “Lite Hash Rate,” or “LHR” or “KL” or “V2” or “2.0” identifier to signal that the GPU is the newer version.

Examples!

For Asus, you can see the V2 is now in the MFC codes for the graphics cards.

TUF-RTX3060-O12G-V2-GAMING

DUAL-RTX3060TI-O8G-MINI-V2

Sometimes, the new MFC code characters make them too large for websites to display, in the case of PB Tech New Zealand we can see they have a limited number of characters they can display so they add it to the title.

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3080 OC V2 is ROG-STRIX-RTX-3080-010G-V2-GAMING

For Gigabyte AORUS, the new MFC codes look like these with 2.0.

GV-N3070EAGLE OC-8GD 2.0

GV-N3080GAMING OC-10GD 2.0

EVGA are using KL to signal the updated versions. But GPU like the RTX 3080 Ti are all lite hash rate, so those still use the original KR

12G-P5-3967-KR (this has a KR but because it’s a newer Ti, it’s a lite hash rate)

10G-P5-3885-KL (The new version of the RTX 3080 with KL identifier)

MSI are yet to apply a new MFC code identifier in some cases, but newer graphics cards show the LHR identifier.

RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X 8G LHR

RTX 3080 GAMING Z TRIO 10G LHR

So there we have it! We hope this helps to make the search for graphics cards a little easier, with time all gaming graphics will be the newer versions too, so it’s only going to get better for us gamers 🙂

GAME ON!

Please note: for those still wanting to mine, the current time-to-break-even stat for the RTX 3090 is around 320 days.

GGPC AUGUST WINNER ANNOUNCED!

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

UPDATE: Congrats to the August 2021 Event Winner Kristie E!

YAY! It’s finally August and that means we’ve got awesome new Logitech G gaming goodies up for grabs!

Get yourself a Good Gaming PC this August 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.

An excellent mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs, our Massive August 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 the August 2021 event is amazing, featuring the most popular gaming mouse in the world, an absolutely incredible pro gaming headset, and a top reviewed RGB gaming keyboard, this all comes together to create an amazing full setup for our lucky winner – so let’s take a closer look at the awesome gear!

G502 is an icon, topping the charts through every generation, and is the mouse of choice for serious gamers. Today, Logitech’s latest G502 sits on the throne, respected amongst the ranks of the world’s most advanced gaming mice – the G502 Wireless Gaming Mouse takes everything we love about the previous G502 versions, combined with the latest Logitech wireless tech.

Ultra-fast and reliable with performance trusted in competition by esports pros, this G502 also features an exceptionally good HERO 16K sensor and is POWERPLAY wireless charging compatible. With this complete advanced technology remastering, G502 LIGHTSPEED still retains the same beloved shape – and the Logitech G team even achieved a 7-gram weight reduction!

A crazy good mouse for sure, and wow those reviews are incredible! But that’s not all our lucky August 2021 winner will get to enjoy, let’s go onwards and look at more of the awesome Logitech G prizes up for grabs this month 🙂

The Logitech PRO X Wireless Gaming Headset is exceptionally good, and just like the mouse above, subtle improvements in the design have made placed this gaming headset at the pinnacle of gaming technology.

LIGHTSPEED wireless technology, only from Logitech G, lets you game wirelessly without compromises in latency, connectivity or battery. BLUE VO!CE microphone technology helps to ensure that your voice sounds richer, cleaner, and more professional.

Certainly a great headset for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this August. 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 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 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 KINGSTON FURY Ram Kits – BEAST & RENEGADE

Recently, Kingston HyperX into two separate teams, with HyperX pushing forward to expand the range of mice, keyboards, microphones and headsets, with HyperX FURY ram becoming part of the HyperX story, forgoing the Kingston.

With HyperX now happily standing on their own, Kingston looks to be taking back FURY, re-releasing as FURY BEAST and FURY RENEGADE! These new Kingston FURY series aims to be the next generation of performance memory and storage solutions for PC enthusiasts, gamers and content creators. It’s essentially the same product, with Kingston’s excellent engineering and manufacturing.

DDR4 kits are expected to be available late July, early August 2021 in NZ, and we can see they have updated their Kingston part number decoder tool with DDR5 information now too – so super exciting times ahead!

Keep your eyes on the Kingston Store for the latest.