Starting today, and till the end of December, if you gear up with Asus RTX Graphics Cards you can register to redeem a Call of Duty Black OPS 4 games bonus to go with your awesome new GPU 🙂
This promotion is currently combined with another Asus Motherboard, Router & Monitor event, and uses the same redemption page right now – but graphics card purchases can only be redeemed between December 1st 2018 – December 31st.
As you may have gathered from the list of gear receiving a Black OPS 4 bonus from Asus right now they’ve gone pretty hard out in support of the game, creating a new range of special edition motherboards with skull logos, mouse pads and even routers wearing the COD badges.
For those who haven’t jumped on yet, Black OPS 4 is still going strong with fast-paced FPS combat, creative weapons, zombies, and intense multiplayer action – it’s a pretty sweet bonus!
Nvidia RTX Graphics Cards are available now in New Zealand, with models from EVGA, Asus and Gigabyte all looking very good. This latest generation of GPU has a slightly different naming style with the unexpected R – this highlights the real-time ray tracing aspect of this new release. Another new term to come along with the graphics cards in NVLink, the new SLi bridge for enthusiasts looking to build the most powerful gaming rigs in world.
Ray tracing relates to some of the graphic elements that make our games look good, or maybe realistic is a better word for this, it helps with dynamic lighting and reflections and with the boost real-time ray tracing enables, we’re even closer to having games look like our favourite CG cutscenes 🙂 It’s not a game breaker and if your sticking with GTX you’ll still be able to play, just on lower settings. Youtube demos can be seen via these links for Battlefield 5, Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider if you want to see real-time ray tracing in action.
Looking closer at the models available at launch, the new EVGA RTX 2080 XC with the Precision X1 software suite which, when paired with the NVIDIA Turing graphics card, promises to unleash its full potential with a built-in overclock scanner, adjustable frequency curve and RGB LED control.
The software is set for release along with the new RTX series, and it looks like this new generation of EVGA’s GPU stress testing utility, brings with it some excellent modes for pushing our new graphics cards to the limits.
If EVGA has the coolest software award then the coolest RTX award must go to Gigabyte’s new RTX 2080 OC with Windforce Cooling.
The triple cooling system features 3x 82mm fans, with an alternate spinning fan in the middle, 6 composite copper heat pipes and heat-pipe direct touch all working together to deliver an effective heat dissipation capacity for great performance at lower temperatures.
The airflow is spilt by the triangular fan edge, and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, effectively enhancing the airflow.
The card looks amazing too, gone in the signature orange from the previous 10 series, replaced by a perfect semi-metallic grey.
Moving onto the new Asus Dual RTX 2080 we can highlight one thing all these new cards have in common, they’re large, and Asus is totally OK with this, making some of fattest.
Via Asus: This generation, our top-end cards adopt a 2.7-slot footprint to accommodate a larger heatsink because bigger is better. We’ve increased the overall surface area of our cooling array by over 50% compared to last gen. If you want to squeeze the most out of the Dual GeForce RTX 2080’s performance, our latest design gives you a lot more thermal headroom for overclocking. If you’re just looking for an amazing plug-and-play experience, the extra heat dissipation keeps your fans running at lower speeds while you game.
The coolers on all models sit high, so when you fit them in your systems (upside down), these new RTX series fill almost three-slots. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of adding a component to the motherboard slots below. There is also no more DVI output, though the EVGA card looks to include an HDMI – DVI adaptor in the box. For the next generation VR headsets you’ll now see a special USB Type C connection on the back.
Those fine folks at Asus have just launched a wonderful promotion starting in New Zealand today – and it covers a massive range of Asus goodies including Monitors, Keyboards, Headsets, Networking and Graphics Cards.
It’s a register to enter promotion in which you buy selected Asus products between the 18 of June and the 28th July (A little over a month this time huh guys) and then you register your awesome new gear for entries into the competition which has some truly remarkable prizes up for grabs, like the new Asus 4K 144Hz Gaming Monitor 😛
In addition to the PG27UQ Gaming Monitor, Asus has a range of awesome gear up for grabs like a BMW, GT-AC5300 Gaming Router, P3B Projector, Fusion 700 Gaming Headset, ROG STRIX Flare Gaming Keyboard, Blue Cave Router and even a few VivoStick mini PC’s
Every $200 spent will give you one chance to win, with no cap on the entries, EG: If you purchase $2000 worth of eligible Asus products this will give you 10 entries. When registering a total purchase value over $200, you will also receive an ASUS mouse pad bonus (limit 2 per person.)
Buying some Asus? You’ve got to be in to win with this one so be sure to register your gear using the link below!
Another great promotion from Asus and Nvidia has just begun, this time specifically for gamers grabbing themselves Asus GTX Graphics Cards.
Simply purchase yourself an Asus Nvidia GTX 10 Series Graphics Card between the 1st June and 12th August 2018 then register your awesome new GPU for your chance(s) to WIN! I say chances because depending on the specific model you buy, you’ll qualify for a different number of entries into the draw.
4 chances to win = Asus GTX 1080/ GTX 1080 Ti
3 chances to win = Asus GTX 1070/ GTX 1070 Ti
2 chances to win = Asus GTX GTX 1060
1 chance to win = Asus GTX 1050 / 1050 Ti
Prizes for this one include a massive PUBG aluminium Loot Crate filled with a PUBG North Face Backpack, ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, ASUS PG279Q Gaming Monitor and Fusion 300 Gaming Headset, with 20 more lucky winners receiving a sweet PUBG hoodie and T-shirt 🙂
Once you’ve got your new GPU be sure to register it for this competition on the Nvidia website linked below!
Asus has a sweet register to redeem Steam Gift Voucher bonus on selected motherboards! There are two tiers of credit available depending on which motherboard you buy and this offer is valid on purchases from 01/05/2018 through to 30/06/2018! Entries must be submitted BEFORE 10th July.
Before we get into the advantages offered by the Cooler Master Kit below is a quick video showing some of the lighting options offered by the Segotep RexGB.
We can all agree the Segotep RGB fan kit is pretty awesome to look at and they definitely provide excellent cooling for the price also, however… The Cooler Master MasterFan Pro RGB fans can be used to allow for a visual indication of system component usage, PC heat levels and more! When you install the Cooler Master fans, you’ll notice these have two cables coming off each, one is a standard 4pin fan header and another is a special RGB header connection – the kit also includes a HUB but we won’t use this for AURA features so be sure you’ve got 3x fan headers ready to go.
In our testing system we’re running an Asus X370F Motherboard which only has 2x RGB headers, however, so we’ll be adding in the Cooler Master 1-3 RGB Splitter Cable – this will leave one of our motherboard headers free for future upgrades too. (TIP! There are little arrows on the RGB cables that align as shown in the image below, if you do one of these backwards the colours won’t sync!)
Because we’ve got the Asus Motherboard we’ll be using the software package called AURA in our guide, looking at the Cooler Master Fan box again you’ll notice this logo appears here as well.
Finding the AURA software package can be a little tricky, it’s not on the official drivers or utilities website for your motherboard or your fans – instead, you’ll want to go to this dedicated Asus AURA Download page, then select the download tab up top, then select the most recent version to trigger the download.
This will download as a zip file so unpack that, then run ‘setup’, it’s small and quick.
With our Aura software installed, you first need to calibrate our RGB before jumping into the special features. To do this simply select the ‘Settings’ tab in AURA, then click the calibrate button, from here it will ask you what colour your fan is, after you select each option it will change the colour and ask again, very easy!
let’s start off with something useful, system component usage. Using these settings we can choose the colours displayed when the PC hits various marks under stress – at idle it’s a calm green, firing up moderate task gets us into a cool yellow, so we know our PC is processing things, but it’s still got plenty of power to use, firing up big game gives us a vibrant red signalling we’re using everything our PC has to power this task.
How about temperatures? For this one, it turned out to be a tough demo to do because along with all this RGB the fans also provided excellent airflow through our chassis… In the end we have to tweak our lighting zones markers as shown in the sliders below and even blow hot air into the PC via our trusty custom water pipe bending gun!
This is made possible by the technology built into the motherboard, and fans aside for a brief moment this same software can control other AURA ready components connected to the motherboard like our G.Skill ram, and it’s easy to sync every compatible part all from the one software package, this can be used to make your PC dance to music and all the usual pulse, strobe strobe, flashy flashy stuff.
There’s a lot more that can be done with Asus AURA with a little tinkering too, it’s actually pretty limitless as those fine folks at Asus also made the software development kit available.
We hope you enjoyed this quick guide on RGB PC fans with a purpose, be sure to keep your eyes on our Gaming PC Blog for the latest!
Those fine folks at Asus have a sweet bonus for those looking to build with Ryzen in their new system, a BONUS ROG Pugio RGB Gaming Mouse with selected Asus AM4 and TR Motherboards!
This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve got your awesome new hardware simply head to the Asus Redemption Site and follow the steps along to get your awesome new mouse, you’ll have to provide the receipt for your motherboard in this promotion so if you’re having a system builder assemble your new PC be sure to get the full parts list included on the invoice.
This ROG STRIX PUGIO mouse is pretty special too, it first appeared in New Zealand around the time of TechXpo 2017 and was a hit at the show, an ambidextrous gaming mouse it’s got some sweet configurable magnetic side buttons that let decide on your own side button layout, with exclusive push-fit switch sockets offer variable click resistance. The PUGIO also features some truly stunning aesthetics to match its performance – including angular ASUS Aura RGB light channels that can be controlled with Aura Sync!
This mouse is pretty special too, it’s brand new and just made it’s first appearance in New Zealand a couple of weeks ago – the ROG STRIX PUGIO! This one’s also an ambidextrous gaming mouse but it has got some sweet configurable magnetic side buttons that let decide on your own side button layout, with exclusive push-fit switch sockets offer variable click resistance. The PUGIO also features some truly stunning aesthetics to match its performance – including angular ASUS Aura RGB light channels that can be controlled with Aura Sync!
This mouse is really quite wonderful, so much so we’ll leave this here with a massive picture of the mouse to drool over below 🙂 GAME ON!
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 buildtheir 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!
Perfect for those who want all the power of a desktop Gaming PC, but are looking for something really small it’s pretty similar in size to current-generation consoles standing at a short 29cm tall. Unlike many of the little PC we see though, this one actually fits a real desktop i5-7400 CPU inside perfectly paired with a 3GB GTX 1060 which gives us excellent performance in games. Built in 802.11ac Wi-Fi provides a fast, stable connection while playing online games or streaming movies, the GR8 II also sports a handy Bluetooth v4.2 for connecting everything from smartphones to headsets – speaking of headsets, the shape and size of the GR8 II make it a pretty good headset holder too!
On the back of the chassis, you’ll find 2x HDMI outputs making it ideal for a Virtual Reality setup, you can connect both your HTC Vive VR Headset and a TV for really good group gaming session in the lounge 🙂 It’s upgradable too, simple slide-off covers make for easy access to the M.2 SSD and additional 2.5” HDD/SSD storage slots for quick upgrades.
Looking good with a clean matte black finish, the chiseled, sharply-angled side panels and plasma copper-coloured centre come together in an eye-catching way, even though it’s much smaller than most other gaming desktops the perfectly-framed ROG Eye on the side panel along with some sweet Aura effects across the front face make this mini Gaming PC stand out from the rest!