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Nvidia RTX 30 Series Watch Dogs: LEGION Game Bundle!

Nvidia have a new game bonus offer and it’s for those gearing up with the RTX 3080, RTX 3090 or RTX 3070 graphics cards, or gaming PC featuring this awesome hardware.

WATCH DOG: LEGION: Gear up and get ready for some awesome hack-attacking! With an entire population of potential recruits and the city’s technology at your fingertips, you’ll need to hack, infiltrate, and fight your way to a liberated London.

The full game is set launch on October 29th 2020 and the Ubisoft team worked with Nvidia to bring gamer’s the ultimate experience, enhanced with immersive ray-traced reflections and performance-accelerating DLSS!

The Nvidia Watch Dogs: LEGION game bonus offer is valid on purchases from September 17th – October 30th, 2020 or while code supplies last. (codes expire November 30th)

This promotion is only available from selected RTX graphics cards, quick links below for all models included in this promotion. (See the full range of Nvidia RTX at PB Tech)

GeForce RTX 3080 Out now!

GeForce RTX 3070 (Release 16th October TBC)
GeForce RTX 3090 (Release 25th September TBC)

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware, you’ll need to register to redeem your game code, see quick links below for Desktop Graphics Cards included in the promotion.

Register to Redeem Gigabyte AORUS RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem EVGA RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem ASUS ROG RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem MSi RTX Graphics Cards

Want to see more while you wait? Enter the Watch Dogs Legion universe in this intense chase through a dystopian London created by Emmy awards winner Alberto Mielgo.

GAME ON!

Frames Win Games – Nvidia RTX Rainbow 6 Seige Gold Edition BONUS

UPDATE: This promotion has been extended until September 30th!

Nvidia are back again with another good game bonus offer!

Gear up and get ready for some awesome team tactical gaming with the latest register to redeem TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX® SIEGE GOLD EDITION game code for those getting themselves a selected RTX Graphics Card, or Gaming PC featuring this hardware.

You’ll need to get in quick for this one though, the offer is only valid on purchases from July 30th – September 30th 2020. (Original end date August 28th)

This offer is only available from selected RTX graphics cards, quick links below for all models included in this promotion. (See the full range of Nvidia at PB Tech)

GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Super
GeForce RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 Super
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware, you’ll need to register to redeem your game code, see quick links below for Desktop Graphics Cards or Gaming PC featuring these included in the promotion.

Register to Redeem Gigabyte AORUS RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem EVGA RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem ASUS ROG RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem MSi RTX Graphics Cards (Also includes Laptops and Desktop PC!)

Rainbow 6 Seige: Master the art of destruction and gadgetry in Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Face intense close-quarters combat, high lethality, tactical decision making, team play and explosive action within every moment. Engage in a brand-new style of assault using an unrivalled level of destruction and gadgetry!

On defence: Coordinate with your team to transform your environments into strongholds. Trap, fortify and create defensive systems to prevent being breached by the enemy.

On attack: Lead your team through narrow corridors, barricaded doorways and reinforced walls. Combine tactical maps, observation drones, rappelling and more to plan, attack and defuse every situation.

The Gold Edition pack allows the player to choose from dozens of highly trained, Special Forces operators from around the world. Deploy the latest technology to track enemy movement. Shatter walls to open new lines of fire. Breach ceilings and floors to create new access points. Employ every weapon and gadget from your deadly arsenal to locate, manipulate and destroy your enemies and the environment around them.

Running high frames and refresh rates on competitive games allow you to see things sooner and hit what you are aiming at. This Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege high FPS and Hz video shows the benefits of using a powerful graphics card like the GeForce RTX 2080Ti with a 240 Hz monitor.

The base game feels like a modern Counterstrike at first, so you can jump in and get into the lethal shooter gameplay side right away, but much like CS as you learn the various levels the game starts to evolve into a very deep, rather slow tactical shooter, packed full of glorious PVP misdirection and bait movements.

More than just point and shoot, there is a real emphasis on using environmental sounds to locate the enemies in this one too, adding to the tension and everyone slowly creeps about the place, peeping through holes in walls and popping off rounds to cover the sounds created elsewhere.

You can play the game in a single-player mode they call ‘situations’ and this is great for trying out new things without having to wait for the match to end to try things again. Multiplayer is also doable in solo queue but the game really comes into its own when you team up with mates and get on the microphones.

You don’t actually need to have the highest-end graphics card to enjoy this game too, 60+ FPS is achievable on entry-level GTX configs (remember this game bonus offer is ONLY for RTX graphics cards though), simply don a riot shield, work with your team, and have fun emptying the clip 🙂

GAME ON!

AORUS Z490 Motherboards and Intel 10th Gen!

UPDATE: Shop the latest Z490 Motherboards at PB Tech NZ!

Those top techs at Gigabyte have just released details for the new Z490 series of motherboards which are made to be used with the highest-end intel 10th Gen CPU options, such as the i9-10900KF, which is pretty darn fast!

What’s so important about the Z490? Well, because the 10th generation of Intel Core processors features new microarchitecture, they require a new socket type named LGA 1200, which is on the Z490 series, which means that older motherboards will not be compatible, even with BIOS updates. It’s very similar to what just happened with AMD’s latest ThreadRipper CPU series too, when that socket changed from TR4 to the new TRX40.

So if you’re wanting to build with the fastest parts, such as a new 10th gen i9 K series CPU, you’ll need to combine this with a Z490 motherboard.

Looking at the i9-10900K specifically we get an unlocked CPU with 10 cores and 20 threads. BUT! The increase in core count and stock frequencies will likely lead to higher power consumption, since in order to accomplish the goal of hitting 5.3GHz across all cores, a TDP above the standard 120w might be needed…

And that’s where AORUS Z490 motherboards come in to play.

Getting technical, Gigabyte have a 16-phase direct power design with highly durable DrMOS power stages to deliver 1440 Amps. Solid power pin connectors on the motherboards ensure that the power delivery is stable while reducing excess heat during overclocking to prevent throttling. The addition of Tantalum Polymer capacitors improves the transient response of the VRM between high and low loads, increasing the stability of the processor so that users won’t have to worry about overlocking failures caused by unstable power. Featuring a new and improved Fins-Array II heatsink design so each phase can hold up to 90 amps, the Z490 AORUS lineup is geared with the best power and thermal management to optimize overclocking performance on the 10-core K series processors.

There are a lot of models in the new Z490 lineup to choose from too, with options featuring expansive inputs, headers and slots as expected so we can pair them with the latest cases, but also nice new design tweaks are becoming standard, such as that integrated I/O shield we love. It’s all looking pretty darn good from Aorus and their Z490 series!

Now you might be thinking to yourself that the Aorus Z490 we’ve detailed above sounds a bit… extreme… and it definitely is 🙂 It’s one of the most high-end motherboards ever made! If you’re feeling not quite so extreme, and still want a great motherboard, you’ll be happy to know that one of the best things about Aorus is that they make motherboard options to suit all budgets and even the best value options, such as the awesome Aorus Z490 Elite AC are still feature-packed and ready to overclock!

Awesome fun times ahead for builders around the world, with a bunch of new Z490 motherboards from Gigabyte incoming to New Zealand, and then more just afterwards with the new H470, B460, and H410 chipsets too.

We’ll show you all the latest builds as soon we’re allowed too, so be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC blog for the latest!

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!

Nvidia Super – RTX 2060S, RTX 2070S & RTX 2080S

Nvidia have a whole bunch of new graphics cards options for PC gamers in NZ and they’re calling them SUPER!

UPDATE: Nvidia have a new 2x Game BONUS up for grabs too! Check out the SUPERFAST SUPERNATURAL Promotion for more information.

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.

Looking at the first releases, we have some excellent new RTX 2060 Super Graphics Card models!

Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Windforce
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Gaming OC
Aorus GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER
EVGA GeForce RTX 2060S SUPER SC Ultra

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.

New models for RTX 2070 Super as below!

Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Gaming OC
Asus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Dual EVO
Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER
Aorus GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER

EVGA GeForce RTX 2070S SUPER Black
EVGA GeForce RTS 2070S SUPER XC

And that brings us to the new RTX 2080 Super, which is also running with 8GB VRAM and Turing 104 architecture just like the standard version, but with a few additional cores to boost that performance.

Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Gaming OC
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Black Edition
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER XC
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER XC Ultra (really BIG!)
EVGA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER FTW3 Ultra (also really BIG!)

You can check out all the new models in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech, and be sure to keep your eyes on our Gaming PC builds for the latest!

GAME 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 🙂 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 – June 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:

– “Reflex” Outfit

– “Pivot” Glider

– “Angular Axe” Pickaxe

– “Response Unit” 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 – April 4th 2019.

With selected RTX 2060 or RTX 2070 – choose one game, get the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080Ti – 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 – choose one game, get the RTX 2080 or RTX 2080Ti – 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!

RTX 2080 Graphics Cards Release Today in NZ!

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.

See these and more awesome new RTX Graphics Cards + RTX Gaming PC in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech, fun times ahead!