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Raze HELL with ASUS + Doom Eternal Game BONUS!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This Bonus offer starts on August 1st!

For a limited time and while game codes last, gear up with selected ASUS AMD Graphics Cards or Motherboards and you can register to redeem a sweet DOOM Eternal Game BONUS!

Gear up and get in quick, this offer is only valid on purchases from August 1st – August 31th 2020.

This offer is only available from selected ASUS Radeon Graphics Cards or AMD Ryzen B450/B550 chipset Motherboards, see quick links below for models included in this promotion that are available in NZ. (See the full range of Asus at PB Tech)

Eligible Asus Components:

ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700XT Graphics Card

ASUS ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING Motherboard

ASUS ROG Strix B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) Motherboard

ASUS TUF GAMING B550M-PLUS (WI-FI) Motherboard

ASUS PRIME B550M-A (WI-FI) Motherboard

ASUS PRIME B550M-K Motherboard

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware you can register to redeem via the ASUS Doom Eternal Redemption Site to register your new hardware and claim that game code!

DOOM ETERNAL: Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear… is you.

If you’ve played Doom before, you’re in for more of the same action-packed ultra violence 🙂 Be prepared for awesome new environments too, this one feels like a it’s channelling HELL ON EARTH at times, and it’s a worthy spiritual sequel/remake for sure!.

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 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!