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AMD Rewards Raise the Game Godfall + Shadowlands BONUS!

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 – October 3rd 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!

Good Motherboards – B550 for AMD Ryzen incoming to NZ!

UPDATE: B550 stocks have landed in NZ and are available now at PB Tech!

UPDATE: New B550 motherboard options are now available in the Ryzen Custom PC building tool.

With the new AMD B550 range of motherboards are set to release on the 16th of June (Early morning on the 17th here in New Zealand) it’s a great time to start planning out some new builds with these awesome new options!

The B550 is particularly cool for those building the best value Gaming PC possible, especially if you’re using a 3rd Gen Ryzen CPU (like the just-released AMD Ryzen 3 3100 or 3300X) as some of the new B550 motherboards options will support PCIe 4.0 storage just like the way more some expensive X570 motherboards do right now (but with less slots/options) so the X570 motherboards series still has a place for those building with the highest-end Ryzen CPU and multiple storage devices.

For those using X570 already there is also a new BIOS to enjoy. Users can update the latest BIOS to motherboards through multiple ways such as GIGABYTE Q-Flash. With Q-Flash Plus on the X570 and B550 series motherboards, you can easily update BIOS without even installing a processor, memory, graphics cards, making it all super easy and ready to take full advantage of the new Ryzen XT processors, which are set for release in NZ soon (July TBC).

Graphics card wise although the new slots support PCIe 4.0 also, we expect we won’t see an increase in performance here, as version 3 already had enough bandwidth, but for those that love AMD Crossfire for dual graphics card builds – it’s coming back with the B550 motherboard series!

The B550 motherboard series also brings in more compatibility with new cases thanks to options including the much-requested USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C internal header, this will allow us to use the latest case options like the NZXT H510i which needs that specific header for its front IO. Not all B550 motherboards will have this of course, and there is the NZXT H511 for those building with the much more common USB 3.0 headers.

All that technical stuff is certainly looking good, and there has never been a better time to jump aboard the AMD hype train. Check out the video below from Asus about their new ROG Strix B550-F, which sort of sounds like it was voiced by Seth Rogan 🙂

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!

Good Overclocking – Benchmarks and BSOD

Today we’re looking at the software and methods used for overclocking different systems with various brands/combinations of hardware inside.

If you’ve never done this before it’s easier than ever before, with new Ai scanning tools that will help dodge the blue screen of death that occurs when we push our systems just that little bit too far 🙂

As always, overclock at your own risk! Doing this will void your warranty and it can also damage your components.

As we reach the limits on OC, our computers will likely freeze, BSOD and display odd graphical colour pops – all indications that we should pull back.

The basics are: Some Asus, Gigabyte Aorus and ASRock motherboards will allow you to overclock certain processors, graphics cards and memory to achieve better performance.

This could be for a ranking competition or simply for better frames in your favourite games.

While the overclocking process is similar with all, the software used for each varies depending on which brand you’re working with, be it AMD or Intel, EVGA or ROG & so on.

Before we jump into all the overclocking itself though, we’ll need something to test the system with. This is a good place to start as you’ll be running these benchmarks over and over again while you do the actual overclocking – and if you don’t run them first you’ll have to base performance marks to compare with!

Testing the Overclock – Benchmarks

Benchmarks provide a repeatable test, letting us check the system stability or performance, with a score at the end to compare with others from around the world. The game themed ones can be used by players seeking more information on what a certain upgrade/configuration would result in more FPS, while others provide a score to get you onto the global leaderboards.

There are lots of options, links to our GG favourites below!

Free Benchmarks

Prime 95 – A handy tool for overclockers and system stability checkers, Prime95 has a feature called “Torture Test” that allows maximum stress testing on the CPU and RAM. There are several options allowing the stress test to focus on the memory, processor, or a balance of both.

Prime 95 – https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/prime95-download.html

Furmark – Very intensive stress testing for graphics cards. If you combine this with the Prime95 above and you’ll be running at full burn!

Furmark – https://geeks3d.com/furmark/

Final Fantasy Series – These run through various scenes in the game, counting the FPS to give you a final score at the end.

Final Fantasy XV – http://benchmark.finalfantasyxv.com/na/

Final Fantasy Shadowbringers – https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/benchmark/

War Thunder is a free to play combat simulator that started with planes, and now includes tanks and boats. The built-in benchmark tool is amongst the best available today because the game has such depth available in its graphics setting options menu and the massive number of players to compare performance with. Highly recommended.

War Thunder – https://warthunder.com/nz

UNIGENE – The free mode lets you check performance and stability in a beautiful, detailed environment.

Heaven UNIGINE – https://benchmark.unigine.com/heaven

Vally UNIGINE – https://benchmark.unigine.com/valley

SuperPosition UNIGINE – https://benchmark.unigine.com/superposition

Paid Benchmarks

3D Mark – The king of the hill when it comes to competitive overlocking, with leaderboards and loads of modes.

3D Mark – https://www.3dmark.com/

With any of the software above downloaded & installed, we’re ready to get the tools needed to do the actual overclocks. We’ll break this into different groups to keep things super easy.

Overclock Graphics Cards

By far the easiest to do, and able to be done with most graphics cards from the entry-level GTX 1650 to the highest end RTX 2080 Ti, overclocking your GPU is a fun way to get into the swing of things. The tools used focus on 2 main customisation points, core clock and memory clock – increases to either result in more performance.

Software: Brand dependant, you can find these on the brand websites for your specific graphics card too (the best place to get the latest version)

Asus GPU Tweak II – https://www.asus.com/us/site/graphics-cards/gpu-tweak-ii/
Aorus Engine – http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Utility/vga_utility_aorus_setup_v1.6.8.exe
EVGA Precision X1 – https://www.evga.com/precisionx1/

EVGA Precision X1 has a pretty solid guide, and OC scanner tools to help find the limits of your graphics card.

All the software packages work in the same way, but the interface for each is a little different. Be sure to run your benchmark first, at normal settings, and note the score before you start to play with these tools.

If you’re using RTX you can actually have the software OC for you, finding the limits and adjusting the settings automatically. If you want to do this select OC Scanner.

If you’re keen to manually overclock though, ensure fans are set to AUTO or 100%, and turn the power limit slider to max!

Then we slowly tweak up the Boost Clock with +100, with each increase, we click the tick to apply the settings – and then run the benchmark again and note the score.

Once the system starts to freak out, freeze or display error we ease back on the Boost Clock, and start increasing the Memory Clock.

The process is the same, raising the Memory Clock +100 until system failure strikes.

You can also click and type in target clock speed rather than using the sliders too, this becomes more helpful when you start to reach limits!

You’ll see the results in your benchmarks, and with our graphics card now overclocked we can move onto the CPU.

Overlocking a CPU was previously a bit more involved, however much has changed with the 9th Gen Intel K series CPU now having preset profiles on many motherboards and the release of the Intel Performance Maximizer. This automated processor overclocking tool examines your processor’s individual performance and programs personalised settings for a custom overclock – made simple.

Intel Performance Maximizer: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28772/Intel-Performance-Maximizer

If you want to go for a classic, manual OC this is still very doable and we can turn up our RAM here too, tap the F2 or DEL key as you boot to enter the BIOS.

Looking specifically at the guide for AORUS Z390 series, and the i9-9900K CPU – steps as below!

Enter “Advanced Frequency Settings”

Here you see the “Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.)” option. Change it to “Profile 1”. You might see a profile 2 with even higher settings – doesn’t work all the time but in some cases even a 3200MHz kit can run at 3600MHz.

Now, onto the CPU. The formula to calculate the frequency of your CPU is: CPU Base Clock * CPU Clock Ratio. The Intel i9-9900K CPU has a Base Clock of 100 and CPU Clock Ratio of 47 for a frequency of 100 * 47 = 4700MHz. In this Aorus guide the overclock target is 5GHz for a 300MHz increase.

Set your CPU Clock Ratio to “50”. (You can use the keys PgUP and PgDN to tweak settings)

Power management settings may decrease the stability of your system. Disable the following power management settings: Intel Speed Shift Technology, CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E), C3 State Support, C6/C7 State Support, C8 State Support and C10 State Support.

The formula for Uncore frequency is CPU Base Clock * Uncore Ratio = Uncore Frequency. Uncore frequency is the frequency of the non-core parts of the CPU- IE cache, memory controller, etc. To start, set your uncore to 47 and continue on with the guide. After you have determined your CPU’s highest overclock you can re-visit your uncore settings. In general higher uncore values do not produce meaningful performance differences, but they may improve benchmark score. Set CPU Uncore to “47”.

*Note: You may find that you lose stability at 5GHz CPU clocks if you raise the uncore frequency really high. Start with uncore at 4.7GHz and if your system is stable then raise it to a higher frequency. **Note: Please disable the “Ring to Core offset (Down bin)” under the Advanced CPU Core Settings. Under the “Chipset” tab disable VT-d.

Here you can disable settings or features which may not be necessary in your daily operation. VT-d is used for virtualization. If you don’t plan on using any virtual machines you can disable it. The same stands for Internal Graphics.

Now that we have set our memory XMP profile, Uncore, and CPU multiplier we must also adjust the CPU voltage (Vcore). In order for the CPU to operate at higher frequencies more voltage will be required. Go to the starting BIOS page (M.I.T.) and select the “Advanced Voltage Settings” option.

Select the “Advanced Power Settings” Option

CPU Vcore: Raising this helps keeps the system stable at higher CPU frequencies. However, it also increases the amount of heat your CPU produces. We suggest you keep Vcore under 1.35V depending on your CPU cooling solution. Most CPU’s should be able to overclock to 5GHz on all the cores at this voltage, however CPUs are not all created equally. Some may need more voltage, some less. Set Vcore to “1.30” to start. If you system is not stable raise the voltage in increments of .01 with a maximum of 1.40V.

*Note that changing Vcore voltage also changes your Uncore voltage since they share the same power rail.

CPU VCCIO and CPU System Agent Voltage: Both of these settings help with DRAM frequency overclocking. Values up to 1.3-1.35V are high but they are ok if you are using air cooling. Since we used X.M.P. profiles for our memory these voltages will be automatically set.

SAVE YOUR SETTINGS!

Before rushing off to test your new overclock we suggest saving your profile. You will find this option on the last page of the BIOS named “Save & Exit”

Congratulations! You are now running at 5GHz, and now it’s time to make sure that it’s stable… so benchmark benchmark benchmark, tweak settings and go for the highest score you can!

OC 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 Wraith Prism RGB Cooler Setup & Software

Today we’re taking a look at the AMD Wraith Prism CPU Cooler and its RGB connection cables + software controls.

This specific cooler is a little hard to find as a standalone option, instead, the AMD Wraith CPU Cooler is included with the following AMD Ryzen CPU.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

It’s a remarkably good looking cooler, with unique connection options that include both a 4-pin RGB Header and a USB 2.0 Internal Header cable to enable control of the colours.

The LED layout is split into 2 main zones.

– The RGB Header cable controls only the fan.

– The USB 2.0 Header cable controls both, with additional A-RGB options for the outer ring, but the fan colour controls are overridden if the RGB header cable is attached.

This becomes important when you want to match the colours with other RGB components within your Gaming PC – right now static colours are no problem but getting a colour flow effect to sync between the outer ring, central fan and case fans can’t be done easily. (we’ll update when it works again)

That’s not to say you can’t have some awesome RGB colours though! So let’s connect the cables and install the software for testing 🙂

Starting with the CPU Cooler installed into our PC, we’ll now attach the cables required to control the RGB.

Quickly removing the Graphics Card to give us easy access to the two ports on the bottom of of the CPU Cooler we first connect the RGB Cable to an RGB Header, and then the other cable to the USB 2.0 Header on our motherboard.

With the two cables now connected our build instantly syncs the AMD Wraith CPU Cooler to our case fans, and while the outer ring does at first appear to be matching the flow as it proceeds the colours will slowly de-sync.

With everything looking good it’s time to move onto software install, the easiest way to find the latest version is by visiting the AMD CPU Cooler Solution website and clicking the button shown below.

This will take to the Cooler Master software download page, simply click the button here and a compressed software package will begin to download.

Please note: At the time of writing this, our software download was Wraith Prism v1.18

Unpack the zip that’s now in your download folder and run the program to install the software – the most difficult steps are done!

OK, now you can start playing with the 3 tabs to control the two separate RGB zones, RING LED and FAN LED, the third is just that little AMD logo top left.

IMPORTANT: Remember that you can’t change the fan LED with using these software controls if the RGB header cable is attached.

Looking specifically at our B450 Aorus Motherboard, you can see we connected the RGB header just below the CPU Cooler.

Simply pop the RGB Header cable out, and the Wraith Cooler Software controls will now let you tweak and change everything to suit 🙂

We can now use a combination of Aorus FUSION RGB software and the Cooler Master AMD Wraith Prism Cooler Software to align the colours on everything.

All the various brands’ RGB software can be found on the product page download section for your specific motherboard, with AORUS you can also get it from the dedicated website they’ve set up at https://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/512/rgb2.html 🙂

Quick tip: If you’re running AORUS RGB Fusion on your PC be sure to get the Android APP as it adds even more controls options, smart features and settings.

With the motherboard software set to static orange for our test, we can now return the Cooler Master Wraith Prism Software and configure this to match.

And we’re all done, with the RGB header cable detached, and our two software packages configured individually to match, we can set our whole system, or individual parts, to our own colour preference for the perfect look.

We choose orange because of the subtle orange highlight on our Aorus Motherboard but it looked pretty awesome in blue too 🙂

You can configure the various parts, then uninstall the software/remove cables and it will retain the last known config – this is pretty good as the cables that come out the cooler are pretty big and can be tricky to hide.

LED ON!

AMD Rewards – Monster Hunter Iceborne RX 5500 XT

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

Those fine folks at AMD have an excellent game up for grabs for those buying the latest Radeon RX 5500 XT Graphics Cards – Monster Hunter World + Iceborne!

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

This promotion is valid only on purchases from December 12th 2019 – January 27th 2020 and only from qualifying retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

If you’ve not jumped into Monster Hunter World already, you’re in for a treat – and if you’ve already completed the main storyline, the Iceborne expansion is ready for you to continue onwards!

Good Gaming – 3rd Gen Ryzen, new X570 Motherboards & AMD RX 5700 XT Graphics!

It’s exciting times for PC builders with the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series just released in New Zealand!

UPDATE: New parts have been added to the Ryzen Custom PC Builder Tool. For the X570 and PCIe 4.0 SSD specifically, there is also a new Ryzen X570 Master Builder 🙂

It’s important to note that only the new Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G include integrated VEGA graphics, with the others, you’ll need to pair dedicated graphics cards in your builds.

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 3 3200G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 8
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 4
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.0GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 11
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 8
Base Clock: 3.7GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600
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
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
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
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
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, see more info on that here 🙂

AMD RX 5000 Series Essentials…

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1465MHz
Boost Clock: 1725MHz

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700 XT
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1605MHz
Boost Clock: 1905MHz

Massive thanks to ARTIS for capturing so much gameplay FPS test footage so fast, lots more AMD RX 5700 series gameplay on the ARTIS YouTube Channel.

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.

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!

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