Much like the existing Ti identifier, these new ‘S’ models (EG: ROG-STRIX-RTX2060S-O8G-GAMING) indicate the increased performance of the much loved RTX 2060, RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 options – with the new models named RTX 2060 SUPER, RTX 2070 SUPER and RTX 2080 SUPER. Right now, Nvidia is busy showing off the founders’ edition cards but there are some wonderful new aftermarket versions for these ones too!
Kicking off with the RTX 2060 SUPER models we get a 2GB memory upgrade bringing the total to 8GB onboard. This is nice for those playing games such as Apex Legends, which displays a memory warning when running the game on max settings with the 6GB card.
The new RTX 2070S is running 8GB VRAM also, but the GPU architecture this time is taken from the RTX 2080 (Turing 104, classic RTX 2070 is using Turing 106) so it’s looking a lot like a cut-down RTX 2080 🙂 This, of course, makes the RTX 2070 Super Graphics Card power requirements change heavier due that increased performance, with the RTX 2070S now using the 8pin + 6pin power connection rather than a single 8-pin seen on the classic RTX 2070.
PC gaming is great fun, and gaming with your friends makes it even better. Online play, gaming headsets and webcams have come a long way but nothing beats being in the same room while you team up to destroy the bad guys (or each other). While we certainly grab our rigs and head over to a mates place, if there are a few of you this can become quite the mission, especially with everyone needing to plug in their monitors and PC in, and then there’s that having everyone connected to same home WiFi thing 😛
Thankfully the internet cafe has evolved into the modern gaming lounge, and the best one in Auckland is Pixel Lounge. It hasn’t been around that long either, but that’s one of its biggest strengths – everything in the cafe is modern, you’ll be able to play comfortably on deluxe Corsair gaming chairs, treating your eyes with ultra fast 240Hz LG monitors while powerful ROG / Ryzen builds push out all the frames you could want 🙂
Having the best components and gaming gear certainly helps, but the Pixel Lounge team has gone above and beyond to add in all the little things too, making the total experience you’ll have a good one. The environment they’ve created is rather brilliant, with a combination of decals and canvas that line the walls of the primary gaming area, which seats up to 20 players. There is an additional chill out area that has couches, coffee tables and a dining too – making it perfect for taking a quick break to talk tactics while enjoying a cappuccino and some tasty snacks – and I’m very happy to say that this isn’t just a cup of instant either, Pixel Coffee, a real standalone cafe, is right there too!
Casual gaming aside for a little bit, another thing that Pixel Lounge does really well is competitive gaming. If you enjoy a bit of PVP, or you would like to get involved with the New Zealand eSports community and join a local group, then you should look out for events posted on the Pixel Lounge Facebook page – just last week they were hosting the UoA University Rumble finals and it was a good time had by all, with live streaming and plenty of action as the teams smashed each other in League of Legends with tonnes of Riot points up as prizes for the event. You don’t need to be a pro, it’s totally fine if you’re wanting to get involved but would like a little help getting everything together first, the Pixel Lounge team can even coach you along with pro tips and training sessions available should you want them.
Now onto the most important stuff, and it’s going to get pretty technical 🙂 How do they give so many people in one location such a smooth online gaming experience? Well, Pixel Lounge run a pretty ridiculous IT infrastructure. CAT6A network with 10GB switches, very high tier Voyager business fibre & their very own Bootserver. Essentially all the gaming machines boot via the network and only use the internal M.2 as cache, so everyone gets their own fresh image of Windows paired with an 8TB gamedisk. It is seriously cool stuff and keeps everyone’s sessions instanced, with no retained data 🙂 Brilliant!
The Pixel Lounge is located at 342 Great North Road, here is a google maps link to get you there, and once you’re close you really can’t miss the glowing sign pictured below!
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.
**Congratulations to our November Grand Prize Winner: David O!**
Ohhh YEAH! It’s a new month and we’ve got some epic new prizes for those grabbing themselves a new Gaming PC! If you get yourself a GoodGaming PC this November you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new GGPC + you’ll go into the draw to win some of the latest gaming gear!
The G240 provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.
A great mousepad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our MASSIVE November Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!
IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!
Our November Grand Prize Pack is packed full of the latest Logitech G Gaming Gears that have just released worldwide!
As esports professionals strive for ever greater speed and accuracy, so too does Logitech G. With the invention of HERO 16K, the next-gen gaming sensor, the world now has a new leader. For PRO Wireless, HERO 16K has been optimized to track insane flicks at speeds over 400 IPS without spinning out. HERO 16K delivers peak performance at any sensitivity with zero smoothing, acceleration, or filtering from 100 to 16,000 DPI. HERO 16K also consumes 10x less power than predecessors, like PMW3366, enabling a lighter battery and longer battery life. Pros require the best, and that’s HERO 16K.
Next up we have the first Logitech G keyboard also wears the emblem of Pro 🙂 Designed and built to the exacting standards of some of the world’s top esports athletes, our lucky winner is in for a treat with the G Pro Gaming Keyboard on their desk! Engineered for extreme performance and designed to win, the short-throw Romer-G switches actuate at just 1.5mm, making them around 25% faster than the competition’s standard mechanical switches.
Providing a perfect blend of speed, precision and quiet performance, this Logitech G Pro Gaming Keyboard is the stealth assassin of mechanical gaming keyboards.
To complete this epic setup we’ve got a really excellent Gaming Headset too! The new G Pro Gaming Headsetwill have our lucky winner hearing everything with greater precision, from quiet footsteps to gunshot audio signatures to voice comms. Patent-pending, hybrid-mesh Pro-G™ audio drivers solve common distortion problems to deliver booming bass and precise clarity.
Pro Gaming Headset is compatible with Windows 10 surround sound features like Windows Sonic for headphones and Dolby Atmos for headphones for accurate positional audio. Directional audio combined with exceptional clarity provides precise awareness of everything that’s happening around you. Premium leatherette ear pads were selected for Logitech G PRO Headset to create a seal around the ears for improved passive noise isolation. Get incredible comfort with soft foam padding and reduce distractions with up to 50% more sound isolation than other ear pads. Also included in the package are soft micro-suede leatherette earpads.
Pro-grade advanced condenser microphone performs with wider frequency response, lower signal to noise ratio and higher sensitivity. Designed for improved clarity with a full-size pop filter, your voice comms come through loud and clear.
built to be extremely lightweight, strong and extremely comfortable. To achieve that, PRO headset uses advanced materials including TR90 nylon in the headband, stainless steel sliders, and glass fibre reinforced nylon joints. The lightweight construction with polymer shell and fork is perfect for long periods of wear and competitive gaming.
Incredible gear, amazing November fun ahead – check out the latest range of Good Gaming PC builds today!
Trusted by top esports professionals, G903 with LIGHTSPEED wireless technology delivers incredible responsiveness for competition-level twitch targeting. Featuring the world’s most advanced PMW3366 optical sensor, G903 offers superior tracking accuracy and consistency even at speeds over 400 IPS. The flexible ambidextrous design, customisable lighting, and a lightweight 110g design means G903 is ready to meet your exacting preferences. G903 now comes with a 10g optional weight module so you can adjust the weight to fit your preferences.
Our next sweet bonus goes perfectly with the gaming mouse above, our lucky winner will never worry about low battery with the Logitech POWERPLAY Wireless Charging System in their setup! POWERPLAY is a wireless charging system for gaming mice. The base generates an energy field that is transformed into charging current by a special powercore within the G903. The beauty of this system is that your mouse will charge while you’re at play and at rest, so whenever or however long you want to game, it’s charged.
But that’s not all, our winner will also take away the Logitech C922 HD Pro Stream Webcam which is perfect for streaming with its no-drop audio, auto-focus, and a 78-degree field of view. It’s even packing a digital dynamic background replacement powered by Personify, so you can easily integrate your live image into the game on Twitch or YouTube without a complicated green screen setup. Automatic low-light correction and premium autofocus through a full HD glass lens adjusts to your movements and environment, so you have a consistent broadcast even in the dim, fluctuating light gamers regularly experience.
With a feature set that’s designed to meet the demands of serious streamers everywhere, the C922 Pro Stream makes it easy to produce clear, professional content. You can stream and record video in your choice of sharp, true-to-life 1080p at 30fps or a fluid 720p at 60fps to match the speed of your game. Uploads are fast and smooth thanks to built-in advanced H.264 video compression, freeing up processing power and network bandwidth to keep your game smooth while you broadcast.
Logitech have also teamed up with gaming broadcast software XSplit and a complimentary 3-month XSplit Premium license for Windows is included so you can easily start streaming and recording your PC games with professional-grade tools and features right out of the box.
It also includes a fully adjustable tabletop tripod lets you record from the most flattering angle for your stream 😛
Purchase yourself a Good Gaming PC this June and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new GGPC!
The G240 provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement!
A great mousepad for any mouse, but this will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE June Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!
IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!
The JUNE MEGA PRIZE consists of two distinctly impressive pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear that combine for the ultimate racing sim setup, and another awesome piece of wireless gaming audio from ASTRO!
Starting our incredible setup off is the top tier Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset! Delivering top-of-the-line acoustics, ergonomics, and durability that professional gamers demand. Experience legendary sound and performance without the inconvenience and restrictions that come with wires, the all-new ASTRO Base Station features a 5GHz wireless transmitter that provides clear, low-latency voice communication, while making headset pairing and charging simple.
Race through long, intense gaming sessions in maximum comfort with up to 15 hours of battery life. Hear the roar of your engine as you scream past your rivals with Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound. Communicate clearly with your team thanks to optimised chat levels and game sounds with the built-in MixAmp technology!
Audio is definitely covered with this awesome A50 Gaming Headset from Astro – so now is the time to talk controls!
Feel your tires on every turn and type of terrain, sense under- or over-steer drifting. Powerful dual-motor force feedback realistically simulates force effects for precision response. Solid steel ball bearings in the wheel shaft and stainless steel paddle shifters and pedals make G920 the long-distance race wheel, it’s covered in high-quality, hand-stitched leather, with the look and feel of a high-performance racecar wheel and it gives you a more comfortable, durable experience. Helical gears are modeled after gears used in automotive transmissions to reduce unwanted noise and vibration. Anti-backlash keeps the wheel and pedals tight, maximizing your control. This steering wheel delivers exceptionally smooth, quiet steering action. G920 Driving Force Racing Wheel features a long-lasting, reliable hall-effect steering sensor, using magnetic fields to sense the position of the wheel.
Maintain a more realistic driving body position with the separate floor pedal unit with integrated throttle, brake, and clutch pedals. G920 Driving Force lets you comfortably accelerate, brake and change gears with the feel of an actual car. The nonlinear brake pedal mimics the performance of a pressure-sensitive brake system for a more responsive, accurate braking feel. For even finer control, reposition the pedal faces to make heel-toe manoeuvres easier to perform. Rubber feet for hard surfaces and a patented retractable carpet grip system help your pedals stay right where you put them. We’ve deliberately chosen the XBOX version for the G920 to provide our winner with easy setup and crossplay options with all the best racing games available on PC.
Ohhh that’s a pretty amazing racing wheel and pedal setup we’ve got here, but it’s not over yet!
Completing the setup is another awesome piece of gaming hardware from Logitech G, the Driving Force Shifter!
Designed for use with the G920 Driving Force racing wheels, to enhance the latest racing titles with more traditional, manual gear controls. By adding the Driving Force Shifter to our racing wheel setup we complete it for the most realistic experience!
The six-speed H-pattern shifter moves fluidly and solidly clicks into each gear, helping you execute smooth, accurate gear transitions on hairpin turns and straightaways and with a solid steel gear shaft, Driving Force Shifter is built for precision racing and long-lasting reliability. Durable built-in clamps allow Driving Force Shifter to be mounted securely to a table or racing rig to minimize shifting or wobbling during aggressive race manoeuvres. The knob and boot are covered in high-quality, hand-stitched leather, giving it a look and feel similar to a high-performance race shifter and giving you a more comfortable, durable experience.
Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, the G240 provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement!
A great mousepad for any mouse, but this will also put you into the draw for our MASSIVE Logitech Gaming Prize Pack which will be going out to one lucky gamer!
G512 is a high-performance gaming keyboard, delivering 1 ms report rate and featuring advanced Romer-G Linear mechanical switches. Full-spectrum RGB combine with LIGHTSYNC technology that takes the LED experience with your games to a whole new level! The aluminium alloy gives the G512 a bladelike chassis with a beautiful brushed metal finish, on the back you’ll also find a handy USB port for convenience – plug in a device to charge or plug in a mouse, without missing a beat.
And speaking of a gaming mouse – we’ve got a great one to go with this!
The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum Gaming Mouse with full RGB LED Lighting and tunable weight options included. Get maximum tracking accuracy from the responsive PMW3366 optical sensor which works with exclusive Logitech G Delta Zero optical sensor technology to minimize mouse acceleration and increase reliable targeting. Adjustable RGB lighting lets you select from up to 16.8 million colours and as our lucky winner is going to have a complete setup, Logitech Gaming Software will allow them to choose lighting to match their style, and then set this theme over the whole kit – synchronizing lighting patterns and effects to bring the gaming setup to life with breathing or light cycling light patterns!
Ohhh that’s a pretty amazing setup we’ve got here, but it’s not over yet!
Featuring Pro-G audio drivers using hybrid mesh materials, the G533 delivers audio performance normally found in high-end audiophile headphones. DTS Headphone:X technology accurately replicates 7.1 speaker placement and audio positioning, allowing this headset to recreate the in-game environmental effects and positional audio game designers intended you to hear. You can even tune the volume levels for each of the 7 audio channels to amplify game sounds coming from rear channels to hear what’s behind you! With advanced lossless digital audio transmission, the G533 delivers wireless convenience and incredible high fidelity sound with up to 15 meters range, designed to maintain a strong connection even in noisy EMI environments such as when there are multiple competing wireless signals nearby.
Now if you’re thinking to yourself 1440p is nice but why not 4K you’d be the same as us, sadly for reasons unknown the options with the game only go as high as 2560×1440? Lucky for us though a little tinkering within the config file allows you to set your own resolution 🙂
Here’s a quick 4K game capture with the GTX 1050 – this amazing little graphics card (exact settings shown at the end of the video) still manages to keep above 60FPS when in game and only dipped into the high 50’s during the replays – crazy cool!
If you’re wondering about laptopperformance rest assured things are looking just as good 🙂 Though it’s a little harder to find a 1440p screen on a laptop we managed to have a quick go with the new Gigabyte Aero 14 which packs a GTX 1060 inside and performance was excellent as you can see for yourselves below!
This promotion is valid from the 30th May till the 25th of September so get your details in and we’ll see you in the arena!
UPDATE: Just ahead of the full release on August 8th, LAWBREAKERS has entered the open beta testing stage so everyone can jump in now and have a go!
You can download the game right now via Steam – we’ve been happily playing this one right through the closed BETA phase and it’s a very good shooter indeed, extremely fast paced with some excellent classes available that significantly change the way you’ll play.
Ohhh this one is good, really GOOD 🙂
Bring your skills and prepare to deliver death from every angle as you compete in unprecedented gravity-defying competition from legendary game designer Cliff Bleszinski and team.
LawBreakers challenges even the best players to get off the ground, and learn new ways to play in fast-paced, omni-directional multiplayer FPS combat unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Choose from 9 distinct roles represented by 18 unique characters for all FPS play-styles from offensive Battle Medics that can heal and kill, to high-flying Vanguards that can soar in 360 degree movement — all featuring multiple weapons, thrilling ability combos, dynamic movement systems and more!
We’ve jumped into the action with a GTX 1070 Gaming PC to check things out, be ready to stack that RAM up though – this one uses everything it can but WOW is it looking smoooooooth!
You’ll earn Anniversary Loot Boxes as you play, plus pick up a free box when you log in between May 23 and June 12, 2017.
The new arena maps are smaller and designed for intense action. Eliminate all enemy players to win a round – and, ultimately, win the match. As part of the Anniversary event, the three new maps can be found in the Arcade Mode and support up to 3v3 elimination matches.
Everyone will be able to play Overwatch during the FREE weekend event which is on between May 26th and 29th (Likely 27th and 30th here in NZ)
A lot of us have been playing Overwatch for more than the year, the BETA tests where frequent before its release so thought we’d have a bit of a reminisce about all the good times we’ve had and share some of our favourite videos from a year+ of playing Overwatch with all the sweet sweet graphics cards that have released over that time – and it’s certainly been a treat!
The first test we posted on YouTube for Overwatch was on April 16th 2016 with a GTX960m Gaming Laptop, I do remember playing a lot of Soldier 76 at first as he felt the most familiar – after all Overwatch really did shake things up in the world of Class Shooters and some of the character options like Winston took a lot of getting used to… but soon enough I was running around with Bastion and flying around with Pharah – it was on this day I captured my first POTG as well, it’s an unlisted video but you can check it out here🙂
Overwatch introduced us to some really cool game modes over the last year as well, the gameplay below is from release day and the mode allowed us to use our powers with a 3 second cooldown! I’m not sure how a mode like this would play out today with players having a little more experience using the characters but part of me hopes that they fire this one back up during the birthday celebrations 😛
When Overwatch first started being played a lot there where a lot of comparisons made to Team Fortress 2 and looking back I can kinda see it, especially within the moving objective modes – we game capped the clip below on the 26th of April 2016 \o/
Fast-forward to the 9th of August and competition was getting fierce, players knew the game pretty well now and the objectives became real hot points within matches – the clip below was captured on the release day for the now iconic RX 470which has just been updated to the new RX 570\o/
Before Blizzards own online competitive Overwatch had officially begun there were LAN tournaments you could enter and test you grit against other teams, Ping Zero was the first of these in New Zealand and GGPC had two teams enter the competition – we got smashed! Looking back though, specifically at the guys who won the competition you might recognise a player in the team…
Being in New Zealand our internet connection has it’s ups and downs, and while we could keep on linking great gameplay like the matches above I think i’ll leave this blog with some gamecap of us using our exclusive NZ internet to peek over the wall – we’ll be updating the GGPC PC Gaming Blog with all the details as the event itself unfolds and of course join in on all the fun ourselves from Taipei as we’re just about to head over and check out their brand new Blizzard Gaming Arena \o/
We’re looking forward to another great year ahead!