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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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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 ūüôā

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!

Good Graphics Card – GTX 1650 Available Now in NZ!

UPDATE: Custom PC builder links now have the new options!

GTX 1650 Intel Gaming PC Build

GTX 1650 Ryzen Gaming PC Build

The new GTX 1650 Graphics Card is available now in New Zealand, giving us a another great low cost option for gaming PC builds! 

Designed to be the cheapest option in the new GTX 16XX series, these new GTX 1650 position themselves just above the GTX 1050Ti performance wise, and just behind the GTX 1060 – for a similar price. In games it’s looking very good indeed, the GTX1650 is a nice upgrade from the popular GTX 1050, or a very nice upgrade from the GTX 950 ūüôā The best bit is we get to enjoy the updated cooler designs from the masters at Gigabyte, Asus and EVGA, so with these new cards in our systems they’ll look and run better than ever.

Looking specifically at the current PC chart-toppers, Apex Legends, Fortnite and PUBG, a little tweaking to the settings gives us excellent performance even in some pretty intense fire fights.

The smaller size and affordable price point make these new GTX 1650 a top choice for a lounge computer, perfect for playing games with your mates – the new Mortal Kombat is looking particularly good!

Looking closer at the fastest models from the new arrivals, namely the EVGA SC Black Edition and Gaming Edition, both these GTX 1650 models have an extremely fat custom cooler, not long, just heavy on the slots it takes up. As this cooler really is big, be aware if you’re planning a PC with it first check your motherboard spacing (the graphics card might block a slot you had intended for WiFi). Both require an additional 6Pin power input so plan for 75watts and also important to note is there are just 3 monitor outputs on these new GPU, 1x HDMI (4K 60FPS ready) and 2x DisplayPorts.

Essentials…

EVGA 04G-P4-1153-KR SC Gaming Edition:

– 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5

– Boost Clock 1860 MHz (Checking details still, this seems very very high)

– 1 x HDMI 2.0b 2 x DisplayPort 1.4

– 1x 6Pin Power Input

EVGA 04G-P4-1151-KR SC Black Edition:

– 4GB 128-Bit GDDR5

– Boost Clock 1665 MHz

– 1 x HDMI 2.0b 2 x DisplayPort 1.4

– 1x 6pin Power Input

We can’t wait to build with all the new options as they arrive in NZ, the new Gigabyte version looks especially awesome with the black/grey coolers and slimmer slot form factor to allow for more traditional Gaming PC builds, and we’re excited to see which versions have no additional 6Pin required for some mini Gaming PC builds, whatever the case it looks like fun times ahead!

GAME ON! 

Good Gaming – Fortnite BONUS with GTX 1650, GTX 1660(Ti), GTX 1050(Ti), GTX 1060 & GTX 1070

UPDATE: This promotion had now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here

UPDATE: From the 23 April 2019 onwards, this promotion also includes the new GTX 1650, GTX 1660 and GTX 1660Ti.

Info below for original 10 series.

From November 29th РJune 18th 2019, get yourself a GTX 1050, GTX 1050Ti, GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 desktop Graphics Card or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from the selected range and you can register to redeem a bunch of bonus gear from the Fortnite Counterattack Set + 2000 VBUCKS!

The Fortnite Counterattack Set which includes the following:

– ‚ÄúReflex‚ÄĚ Outfit

– ‚ÄúPivot‚ÄĚ Glider

– ‚ÄúAngular Axe‚ÄĚ Pickaxe

– ‚ÄúResponse Unit‚ÄĚ Back Bling

This promotion is valid from 29/11/18 – 22/05/2019 or while code stock last.

Quick links below

Register your Gigabyte/AORUS GTX Graphics Card HERE

Register your Asus/ROG GTX Graphics Card HERE

Register your EVGA GTX Graphics Card HERE

GAME ON!

 

RTX TRIPLE THREAT – METRO EXODUS, ANTHEM & BATTLEFIELD 5 NVIDIA RTX BONUS BUNDLES

UPDATE: This promotion had now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here

Nvidia kick off a fantastic March with another free game bonus offer, they named this one the RTX Triple Threat and this time it’s the choice between Metro: Exodus, Anthem or Battlefield 5 for those getting a new RTX Graphics Card,¬†valid on purchases from March 5th ‚ÄstApril 4th 2019.

With selected¬†RTX 2060 or RTX 2070¬†‚Äď choose¬†one game, get the¬†RTX 2080 or RTX 2080Ti¬†‚Äď and you can¬†get all three!

This offer is only available from selected brands, see the links below.

Direct Redemption Links:

ASUS: Click Here

Gigabyte/Aorus: Click Here (No more codes left)

EVGA: Click Here

Gigabyte/Aorus RTX Laptops: Click Here (scroll down and select APAC region)

ASUS RTX Laptops: Click Here

Metro Exodus:¬†Metro Exodus is a story-driven first-person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most graphically stunning game worlds ever created. Featuring an arsenal of unique, customisable, hand-crafted weaponry built on the principle of mechanical realism, you’ll journey across Russia with your travelling companions, recruit new allies along the way to help your cause, and encounter sinister foes in the wastelands.

Anthem: Team with up to three other players in cooperative adventures that reward both combined effort and individual skill. Each player’s choice of javelin exosuit will shape their contribution and strategic role. As you explore, you will discover a gripping story filled with unique and memorable characters. Seamless and intelligent matchmaking will ensure you can quickly and easily find other players to adventure alongside.

Battlefield 5: The Battlefield series goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War 2. Take on all-out multiplayer with your squad in modes like the vast Grand Operations and the cooperative Combined Arms, or witness human drama set against global combat in the single-player War Stories. As you fight in epic, unexpected locations across the globe, enjoy the richest and most immersive Battlefield yet.

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Anthem / Battlefield 5 BONUS with Nvidia RTX

This promotion has now ended, see the new RTX BORN TO HUNT BONUS with Wolfenstein: YOUNGBLOOD

Last Submission Date on event Page:  March 4th 2019
Last Submission Date on NVIDIA event Page: March 10th 2019

Nvidia is back with another sweet free game bonus with Anthem and Battlefield 5 up for grabs for those getting a new RTX Graphics Card, valid on purchases from January 8th –¬†February 25th 2019

With selected RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 ‚Äď choose one game, get the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080Ti ‚Äď and you can get both!

Depending on your chosen brand of RTX Graphics Card use the links below to register and redeem!

Redeem Asus RTX Graphics Cards

Redeem Aorus/Gigabyte RTX Graphics Cards

Redeem EVGA RTX Graphics Cards¬†<- If you are unable to get yours via EVGA due to an “Out of codes” message, please let us know!

Anthem: Team with up to three other players in cooperative adventures that reward both combined effort and individual skill. Each player’s choice of javelin exosuit will shape their contribution and strategic role. As you explore, you will discover a gripping story filled with unique and memorable characters. Seamless and intelligent matchmaking will ensure you can quickly and easily find other players to adventure alongside.

Battlefield 5: The Battlefield series goes back to its roots in a never-before-seen portrayal of World War 2. Take on all-out multiplayer with your squad in modes like the vast Grand Operations and the cooperative Combined Arms, or witness human drama set against global combat in the single-player War Stories. As you fight in epic, unexpected locations across the globe, enjoy the richest and most immersive Battlefield yet.

 

GAME ON!

Far Cry 5 Game Code Activation for RX 580 or VEGA Custom Gaming PC

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

For those building a new Custom PC there’s a sweet promotion on at selected retailers throughout NZ and if your system¬†includes the RX 580, VEGA, VEGA 56 or VEGA 64 Graphics Cards within you can register to redeem a Far Cry 5 game code, though this process is fairly straightforward it’s important to note you’ll have to do a part of this from the PC you’ve just built as the AMD system actually verifies hardware this time around before providing the game code.

STEP #1: Visit www.amdrewards.com, sign in (it’s easy to create a new account, but remember the email address as you need it later) and the button will change, click to move on.

STEP #2: Enter the code you received from your retailer

STEP #3: System will verify automatically here. If you see the message below please ensure you have the latest drivers installed for your AMD hardware. These can be found in the AMD Driver Centre if needed.

STEP #4: You’ll now get your¬†game code sent to the email you signed up with, from here we just need to download or run the Ubisoft UPLAY Launcher

STEP #5: Once in the Uplay launcher you can activate the game code as shown below, once that’s done you’ll have the game added to your library available for download.

STEP #6: GAME ON!

Those fine folks at Hardware Unboxed have worked through the night and benchmarked a stunning 50 Graphics Cards using the Far Cry 5 in-game benchmark, you can check out the results in the video below!

Good Gaming – Far Cry 5 BONUS with Gigabyte AORUS Motherboards

**This promotion has now ended**

Now with more motherboard options! Promotion is valid on purchases from April 1st – June 30th (or while code stocks last) Completed registrations will still be accepted by GIGABYTE until July 15th, 2018.

For a limited time and while stocks last, get yourself a Gigabyte Aorus Motherboard from the range below and you can register to redeem a Far Cry 5 Game Code bonus!

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 3 Pro

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 7

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 5

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 3

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte Z370XP-SLI 

X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro

X299 AORUS Gaming 7

X299 AORUS Gaming 3

X299 UD4 Pro

Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming WIFI

Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming 2.0

Z370N WIFI

H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI

H370 AORUS Gaming 3

H370N WIFI

B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI

B360 Gaming 3

Once you’ve got your awesome new motherboard simply follow the steps below to register and redeem your game code.

STEP #1: Visit www.au.aorus.com/login and sign into your AORUS Club account, or create a new one. Be sure to remember the details used as you’ll receive¬†your game code via this email.

STEP #2: Visit https://au.aorus.com/game_bundle.php?Page=137# and enter the details for your product.

STEP #3: Now that you have registered you’ll swiftly receive your game code from the Gigabyte team via email, once you’ve received it head to www.farcry5-redeem.ubi.com/en-US/login, login to your Uplay account (or create one) and enter your code!

STEP #4: You’ll now get your game code sent to the email you signed up with, from here we just need to download or run the Ubisoft UPLAY Launcher

STEP #5: Once in the Uplay launcher you can activate the game code as shown below, once that’s done you’ll have the game added to your library available for download.

STEP #6: GAME ON!

Now you’re in for a treat! Far Cry 5 is a multiplayer masterpiece, you take on the role of the local Sheriff for the Montana town named Hope County, and while you could just spend your time hunting and fishing (with grenades) there is an ominous doomsday cult rising up and causing some problems around town… better get onto that!¬† With most of the game world being accessible to players after completing the game’s introductory missions, once complete you’re going to be pretty much free to rush through the world causing chaos as you see fit.

FORGE YOUR ARMY ‚Äď SHADOW OF WAR FREE GAME BONUS WITH NVIDIA

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here!

An epic open-world awaits us! Brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System, we must go behind enemy lines to forge our army, conquer fortresses and dominate Mordor from within as we prepare to confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War!

The fate of Mordor rests upon the choices you’ll make. So weigh them with your life, because Nothing Will be Forgotten.

This awesome bonus is valid on purchases made between the 26th of September 2017 and 12th of December 2017 so get in quick! This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve geared up with your new hardware simple visit the website below and follow the steps along.

Gigabyte Redemption Site

ASUS Redemption Site

MSi Redemption Site

EVGA Redemption Site

We’ll continue adding redemption links as the pages go live ūüôā

GAME ON!

 

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 Рand 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 PC ‚Äď CORSAIR RGB RAM WITH GIGABYTE AORUS FUSION!

GGPC RGB RAM Corsair Vengence and Gigabyte Aorus Fusion

If you’re lucky enough to be packing a Gigabyte Aorus Motherboard in your Gaming PC there’s a really¬†cool update that will let you tweak Corsairs new RGB Vengeance RAM kits within the existing Gigabyte FUSION app we already use to customise¬†our zone lighting. These new kits light up in one entire colour at a time rather than having¬†individual zones, so we’re limited to showing a single colour per stick but we could still have four fitted each with their own colours,¬†the Corsair RGB¬†currently does¬†four standard light effects — static, rainbow, breathing and colour shift.

Right now those with GIGABYTE Fusion enabled motherboards will be able to control their Corsair Vengeance RGB RAM as well, you can still control things via Corsair Link software¬†but¬†having one software package to control everything is the goal, just like we did with the¬†MasterCase Pro 6 PC Part Picker build¬†so we can’t wait to try this out with Fusion¬†here at GGPC ūüėõ

GGPC PCPartPicker Trident Z RGB Ram Build

The FUSION desktop app itself is¬†really easy to use, but what makes this one sooo appealing for us is it actually has a smartphone companion app as well¬†and with it you can customise things from your android smartphone – you can download the Gigabyte RGB Fusion Smartphone App on Google Play¬†\o/ It’s important to note that this app will likely need an update to add the new ram functionality and¬†there is sometimes a little tinkering you must do around permissions in order to pair your system with the app, thankfully¬†Jon Col√≥n left a review on the app which explains it with details “UPDATE: In order for this program to work, open windows firewall with advanced security. Under inbound rules click “New Rule” – Click port then next. You need to add TCP 9009, UDP 1980 and UDP 19801″

GGPC Gigbyate Aorus RGB Fusion App

Fun times ahead for sure –¬†if you just can’t wait to¬†start playing around with this awesome new tech below are links to some of our favourite FUSION ready motherboards and also the G.Skill RGB kits which are available in New Zealand right now!

Gigabyte GA-AB350-Gaming 3 <- Ryzen ready!

Gigabyte GA-Gaming B8 <- Perfect for Nvidia themed custom PC

Gigabyte GA-B250N Phoenix-WIFI <- Best small form factor motherboard

Gigabyte GA-H270-Gaming 3 <- Great for Black/Red themed builds and excellent value

Gigabyte GA-Z270MX-Gaming 5 <- Mid sized and SLi ready

Gigabyte Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming K5 <- We used this in our GeForce Custom Gaming PC Design \o/

Gigabyte Aorus GA-Z270X-Gaming 5 <- Excellent for the Black/White base theme with RGB on top

G.Skill RGB Trident Z 2400Mhz Kit -> 2x8GB G.Skill Trident Z RGB