AMD

Good Gaming CPU – Ryzen 3600, 3600X, 3700X, 3800X and 3900X!

It’s exciting times for PC builders with the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series just about to release in New Zealand! The release date is set for 07/07/2019, but unfortunately, this is also in the US timezone, so for us here in NZ, it’s going to be early morning on the 8th July.

The first wave of 3rd gen Ryzen includes all the CPU listed below, with the new Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G scheduled to land in NZ a little later on (we’ll update as soon as we know) – it’s important to note that all the day one Ryzen 3000 CPU options do not include VEGA integrated graphics, so you need to pair these with Graphics Cards in your builds. Thanks to the Computex event release we also have USD pricing to convert into NZD, it’s great to have so much information this early on!

The key takeaway information is faster clock speeds, faster RAM supported and a larger L3 cache – many of the models look to include the top-tier Ryzen Wraith Prism RGB Cooler too, rather than the previous Wraith Spire RGB option. If you’re using a current gen AM4 A320, B450 or X470 motherboard be sure to check the BIOS updates before you install the new CPU.

AMD Ryzen 5 3600
Expected Price
(NZD): $342.50
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 3MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
Expected Price
(NZD): $428.55
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Spire

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
Expected Price
(NZD): $566.24
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
Expected Price
(NZD): $686.89
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.9GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
Expected Price
(NZD): $859.05
CPU Cores: 12
Threads: 24
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.6GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 6MB, L3 64MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

Regarding cache, it’s basically a really small amount of fast memory used by the CPU, so for those who aren’t familiar here’s a quick metaphor.

You are a CPU, actively working on something with your right hand

Have something on the workbench in front of you (data in L2 cache)

Have something behind you in the cupboard (data in L3 cache)

Data which is stored in your RAM or SSD is like having it another room, so it takes a bit longer to fetch (we’re talking fractions of a second though)

Motherboard wise, we have a new X570 series releasing on the same day and this is ready to go with Ryzen 3000 right out of the box. Having one of these will also allow your build to use the latest PCIe 4.0 SSD storage options from Gigabyte and Corsair. For those want to create an all-new AMD system there are also two new Graphics Cards releasing – the AMD RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT – and these get also get an AMD REWARDS Microsoft GAMEPASS bonus, but more those soon 🙂

Benchmark wise, 3D Mark has just released a new option for those wanting to test the AMD’s third-generation Ryzen processors, the new X570 motherboards and that oh so fancy PCIe 4.0 SSD.

Stock for all these awesome new CPU, GPU, Motherboard and SSD are landing in New Zealand now ahead of the 07/08/2019 release date – so we should have all the goodness available in NZ on day one!

GAME ON!

 

Good Gaming – Sapphire RX 590 Gold Graphics Card Competition

This promotion has now ended.

SAPPHIRE is proud to present a unique Gold Edition of the NITRO+ RX 590 graphics card alongside a special anniversary Wallpaper Competition with a 2x Graphics Cards up for grabs!

Via Sapphire: This time the competition will require some creative input, as we’d like you to design screen wallpapers from the NITRO or PULSE graphics product lines.

Here’s how to enter the competition:

— Follow Sapphire on InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

— Upload your most creative SAPPHIRE NITRO Wallpaper OR the best SAPPHIRE PULSE Wallpaper image (1680x1050p) through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

— Include the hashtags #SAPPHIREwallpaper & #SAPPHIREGoldGiveaway

— Submit your post through Gleam so Sapphire doesn’t miss your submission!

Make sure your post is publically visible!

The prizes are pretty awesome, those SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 590 AMD 50 Gold Edition is the latest custom graphics card from Sapphire and is great for gaming, it’s gold colour celebrates AMD’s 50th Anniversary, and they’ve paired it with white LED lighting from the dual fans for a pretty spectacular effect.

Good luck!

 

Good Gaming – AMD Rewards & 50th Anniversary GOLD Special Editions!

This promotion has now ended, keep your eyes on our GGPC PC Gaming Blog for more awesome promotions!

AMD are celebrating 50 years with new Gold Edition RX 590 Graphics Card and a special, signed version of the Ryzen 2700X + a new free game offer which includes World War Z and the Division 2 Gold Edition!

Looking closely at the Ryzen 2700X Gold we see the chip’s specifications match the popular 2nd Gen Ryzen 7 2700X, with 8-Cores and a 4.3 GHz Max Boost. AMD’s CEO, Lisa Su, has her signature on an included sticker, and also a coupon for a special 50th-anniversary shirt. For the Graphics Card, we have a new Gold RX 590 from Sapphire, and it looks spectacular! Again matching the specs of the popular blue RX 590, but with a beautiful new look!

Both include the free game offer, but this is valid only at selected retailers in New Zealand (PB Tech) and only on qualifying purchases from between 30th April – 8th June 2019 – NZ Stock is also very limited in numbers, so be sure to get in quick! 

Best of all, even if you’re not grabbing the new Gold Edition, those fine folks at AMD have also added that amazing game bonus offer across a large range of their tech, including the Ryzen 5 and 7 series, Radeon RX or VEGA Graphics Cards, and AMD Gaming PC featuring this hardware inside.

Now, let’s look at the games! 

Arm yourself with AMD Ryzen or Radeon to lead a team of elite agents in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Gold Edition, a post-pandemic Washington, D.C. to restore order and prevent the collapse of the city. With The Division 2 Gold Edition you get the main game, Year 1 Pass, 7-day early access to all Year 1 episodes, 8 classified assignments, 3 new specializations and more.

Band together in World War Z, where you and a few hardened survivors are left to take on millions of ravenous zombies without feeling or fear. Plus, you get an exclusive AMD50 weapon skin on top of it. Get the power of Ryzen and the performance of Radeon for the ultimate gaming experience!

Check out the full range of AMD Gaming PC, Rzyen CPU and Radeon RX Graphics Cards at PB Tech today!

GOOD GAMING – AMD REWARDS THE DIVISION 2 WITH RYZEN CPU

This promotion had now ended, code redemptions are available until June 1st (01/06/2019)

For a limited time and while stocks last get yourself awesome Ryzen CPU from the select range and you can register to redeem a Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 game bonus!

This promotion is valid on the following CPU purchases from January 9th – April 6th 2019 

RYZEN 5 2400G

RYZEN 5 2600

RYZEN 5 2600X

RYZEN 7 2700

RYZEN 7 2700X

The Division 2: Lead a team of elite agents into a post-pandemic Washington DC to restore order and prevent the collapse of the city. Lawlessness and instability threaten our society, and rumours of a coup in the capital are only amplifying the chaos. All active Division agents are desperately needed to save the city before it’s too late. You are a member of the Division, an elite group of civilian agents charged with being the last line of defence. With DC at risk, it’s time to gear up and use your unique skills to take on this new threat!

We loved the original Division and can’t wait to run, gun and roll around like crazy! If you’re gearing up with one of these new Ryzen CPU or Gaming PC featuring one inside you’re in for a treat!

Good Gaming PC – Final Fantasy XV Benchmark now live

The new FINAL FANTASY XV Official Benchmark application is now available for free download here and can be used to test a systems performance by displaying several of the events, maps and characters used in the game.

The score increases based on the FPS count, and the speed at which it will count up is based on your PC’s capabilities. Right now the Benchmark compatibility test takes is roughly 6 1/2 minutes for a full run, with the score results and a performance evaluation coming up at the very end.

Testing resolutions this time around are 1920×1080 and glorious 4K, as usual, we’ll be recording our scores with various configurations to make it easy to check against your own PC’s to see how things look with different hardware.

AMD RADEON – Quake Champions FREE GAME BONUS with Ryzen 5 + 7, RX 560, RX 570 and RX 580

Gear up with AMD Ryzen 5, Ryzen 7 or RX 560, RX 570 or RX 580 then register to redeem to get early access to QUAKE CHAMPIONS and a sweet FREE BONUS, the “Champions Pack”.

Showcase your speed, skill and style in the arena with access to ALL of the game’s Champions, which includes an additional skin for Ranger, and an AMD exclusive Radeon Ruby skin for Nyx 🙂

This awesome bonus is valid on purchases made between the 22nd of August 2017 and 29th of October 2017 so get in quick!

This is a register to redeem promotion, with two different ways to get your code depending on if you purchase an AMD RX Graphics Card or Ryzen CPU, so once you’ve geared up with your new hardware simply visit the websites below and follow the steps along.

Gigabyte Redemption Site <- For RX Graphics Cards

Sapphire is done via the AMD Rewards Redemption Site <- For RX Graphics Cards

Ryzen codes are issued via PB Tech NZ Promotions Site <- For Ryzen CPU

Packed with blazing-fast action and explosive rocket jumps you know and love, step into the arena with Quake Champions and access your arsenal of powerful and unique weapons. There are no loadouts, and no limit to the number of guns you can carry, just pure VS action!

Good Gaming PC – AMD THREADRIPPER

The AMD THEADRIPPER 1950X is just about to release in New Zealand \o/ We’ve already begun testing these extremely high-end CPU options with our own custom PC builds here at GGPC NZ and things are looking pretty good!

Wanting to keep everything AMD we kitted out our first test system with twin Sapphire Nitro RX 580 Graphics Cards and begun making our way through the usual stuff like Cinebenchmarks to quickly compare with to others around the world before jumping into some games to really have some fun checking things out \o/ These new ThreadRipper CPU options are a part of the Ryzen family but both the 1920X and 1950X do require a special motherboard socket to use, you find these on new motherboards with TR4 and X399 in the name, like the AORUS GA-X399 Gaming 7 🙂 It’s not just a socket change up either, specific details around support for quad channel RAM configurations, a cache size increase and expanded PCIe support have been added to take full advantage of these mighty 16 core processors, M.2 ultra fast storage and all the supporting hardware these highest end PC will undoubtedly be using in the future.

One thing popped up as each of us started builds, we all thought to ourselves… this CPU is massive, where should I put the thermal paste? Thankfully, the CPU Cooler options that we’re attaching on top still have the same surface area as before so just a blob in the middle like normal worked for us, it’s going to interesting to see if ThreadRipper specific cooling options emerge after release though 🙂

Because Nvidia ShadowPlay is excellent for capturing 60FPS 4K gameplay for the ThreadRipper FPS tests we’ll be using our Aorus GTX1080 Ti config, with 16GB of G.Skill 2400Hz DDR4 and a Samsung EVO 245GB SSD for storage.

Keep your eyes on the GGPC YouTube channel for the latest!

GAME ON!

 

GGPC at techXpo NZ!

UPDATE: GGPC Workshop spots are currently fully booked, spots may open on the days though!

Coming up this weekend, the Vodafone Event Centre plays host to a tech fair with friends from Gigabyte, Asus, Cooler Master, G.Skill and Logitech G showcasing their latest tech devices and solutions for end users like us!

They’ll be hosting demonstrations and lending expert tech advice while displaying their latest products for you to get hands on with. Brand experts will be at each booth to take you through their tech and share with you their knowledge on PC Gaming. The event centre will also host various entertainment setups such as full gaming setup areas, a drone enclosure offering drone flying sessions, workshop classes, hands-on PC builds and more!

The crew from GGPC will be there hosting a workshop packed full of handy tips & tricks for water cooling, case modding, and getting the best performance for your dollar plus there will be awesome prizes up for grabs throughout each day – and a bunch of lucky attendees will get the chance to build their own dream PC at half price! 

This event is free to attend so if you’re a system builder, gamer, tech guru or just interested to see the latest and greatest electronics and digital technology in New Zealand, JOIN US AT THE NZ TECHXPO 2017 THIS WEEKEND!

 

Good Gaming RAM – G.Skill Flare X for Ryzen Gaming PC

GGPC GSkill FlareX for Ryzen Gaming PC

With the new AMD Ryzen 5 series just about to launch it’s time to go crazy preparing a range of new builds featuring this new generation of processor \o/ But Ryzen 5 isn’t the only good thing in AMD gaming – those fine folks at G.Skill have just released a DDR4 RAM kit for the AM4 platform they’ve named the G.Skill FLARE X series 🙂

Featuring a very aggressive looking heat-spreader (when compared to the sleek V-Series we know and love) this new RAM is especially designed to be compatible with new Ryzen processor range, enabling top tier performance. It uses high performance integrated circuits (IC) screened specifically for the AMD platform, kits are put through G.Skill’s rigorous testing processes to ensure the best reliability and stability in your system.

If you’re thinking of grabbing a new Ryzen 5 and building an AMD Gaming PC there are a lot of motherboards that will look great with this new RAM kit – check out the Gigabyte GA-AB350 Gaming 3Asus PRIME B350 PlusROG Crosshair VI Hero motherboards for sure but the best match for this ram comes from the ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 which has some pretty awesome red metal heatsinks of its own that align with the colouring of the G.Skill Flare X pretty perfectly!

GGPC GSkill FlareX ASRock AB350 Gaming K4 Ryzen Gaming PC Match

We’ll update this blog with the all the latest news as we start our build and test things out for ourselves, keep your eyes on our PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

Good Gaming PC Case – CM MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror

We’ve been treated to so many good chassis lately and today we’re looking specifically at a very reasonably priced computer case from those fine folks at Cooler Master – white MasterBox 5 with a dark mirror front panel 🙂

Starting things off, this isn’t the first in the MasterBox 5 series and there are also options if you wanted to grab this one in black, or with mesh instead of tinting on the front – that’s really what Cooler Master has been all about lately as well, options!

This chassis provides a really good base to start just about any kind of build in, an included power supply shield will help keep things super tidy inside. There are mounting holes all over the place which allow for multiple positions when fitting storage devices, the movable hot swap HDD caddy has a clip hinge with the CM logo on each drive bay as well. This case is ready for various sizes of motherboard, from the tiny ITX though to large ATX like we’ve used below in our little AMD test system.

The chassis does include 2x black CM 120mm fans which are mounted in the front, with these fitted the mirror effect for the front panel is pretty good at reflecting whatever your PC is facing – this panel is actually a deep tint so if you decide to put LED fans into the position you’ll cancel out the mirror somewhat and a things will light up the front, you can check this out in our RGB MasterBox 5 build shown at the bottom of this blog 🙂 The top of the case provide quick access to dual USB 3.0 (which aren’t coloured blue, we like this) and also audio jacks with the power button having a white LED light behind it. The side window panel is massive so when it came time to add in the little extra lighting we mounted this on the front aiming backwards, that way if you’ve got the PC on your desk at eye-level you won’t have a blazing LED shining directly into your eyes 😛

GGPC MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror Custom Build

Even though the chassis is inexpensive compared to others of similar looks and quality (it’s under $150 NZD at the time of writing this) it’s so tidy looking you really can put in the highest end components and things won’t be off balance. There is space for X99 motherboards and dual graphics card builds, you can rear mount your radiator or even front mount a 240mm liquid cooling kit in a push/pull configuration and it even fits the absolutely massive air cooling units like the MasterAir Maker 8 – crazy cool!

GGPC CM MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror Multiple Custom Builds

We like this chassis so much we’ve decided to use it for our own top selling build – the GGPC Hero GTX 1050 Gaming PC \o/ With this build being a part of our latest series of custom rigs you can tweak the components and the new visual tool will show you what your system design looks like as you choose/change components. You won’t need to be a hardware guru to design a system, we only provide options which are compatible with each other. The tool works by providing a range of fully functional base builds from which you can customise your system upwards, adding additional graphics power or digital storage depending on your needs. You’ll be happily swapping out components to get the perfect look with no worries 🙂

We’re looking forward to doing more Custom Gaming PC builds with this chassis, with such flexible mounting options and killer looks it’s hard not to love this case (or the others in the series) but among the current range this white dark mirror version is certainly a favourite of ours 🙂 On that note we happily give this fine Cooler Master chassis our GGPC recommends award – the MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror Case is GOOD!

 

GGPC Recommends Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror Gaming PC Case