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AMD Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Cards available now in NZ!

UPDATE: RX 6600 builds are now included in AMD Rewards – Raise the Game!

Gosh, they did a pretty good job keeping this new graphics card release under wraps, but as of 2 am October 14th 2021, the latest AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics cards are available to buy in New Zealand!

Much like the recently released XT version, there is no reference cooler design, so we get to enjoy a diverse range of aftermarket versions from AMD exclusive partners Powercolor, Sapphire and ASRock, as well as Asus, Gigabyte and a little later on, MSI.

AMD Radeon RX 6600 Essentials:

1x 8-Pin Power input (500w PSU recommended)
3x DisplayPort (v1.4) + 1x HDMI (Supports 4K@120Hz)
7680 x 4320 Max Resolution
2+ Slot Form Factor

Starting off with a closer look at the Sapphire Pulse RX 6600 Graphics Card we see that this latest option features their awesome Dual-X cooling system, with a state-of-the-art radiator setup and 2x fans that help to keep things cool while remaining rather quiet thanks to the larger size + improvements Sapphire has made to the fan blades, which they claim make the solution up to 10% quieter than the previous generation – nicely done Sapphire!

White the Sapphire Nitro+ Cooler leans towards the 2-slot form factor, a closer look at the MSI 2x Mech RX 6600 shows not all are so slim. While its still an easy fit for most chassis, for those looking to build very tight ITX SFF gaming PC it could be an important detail to consider.

That being said, previous MECH 2X GPU have performed very well and this new arrival is likely to follow the trend, that TORX FAN 3.0 tech is very cool!

More favourites in the new range are from AMD exclusive partner Powercolor who have two models releasing in NZ on day one, the Powercolor Fighter RX 6600 and Powercolor Hellhound RX 6600. Fighter is their standard ultra-slim design, with no LED light effects or bling to be seen, the design finds itself nicely filling the gap for those ultra-small gaming PC builds in which every mm counts.

The Powercolor Hellhound version sacrifices the slim Fighter design, but adds very vibrant LED lighting too a massive set of twin fans, it looks awesome especially with a chassis that supports either inverted motherboard placement or side mounting GPU with a PCIe 4.0 extender.

Rounding off our quick look is a monster RX 6600 for Gigabyte, with a massive 3x Fan cooler fitted on their Eagle RX 6600. The GPU PCB length is still short, and this allows the back fan to blow right through the fins.

Although significantly larger than all other launch options, the Gigabyte Eagle RX 6600 still only requires that 1x 8-Pin power input, and is surprisingly quite slim, just a couple of mm over 2-slot.

It’s really good to see some many great options released, and with the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 being the most affordable graphics card option for gamers it sure is well received here at GGPC – we’re busily working on our first RX 6600 Gaming PC builds with the Gigabyte Eagle inside – and it’s looking really really good 🙂

GAME ON!

NVIDIA Battlefield 2042 GAME BUNDLE with RTX 3070(Ti), RTX 3080(Ti) and RTX 3090 Custom PC Builds!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, see the latest Nvidia Game Bundle here!

Get ready for more team tactical gaming with the latest BATTLEFIELD 2042 game code offer from NVIDIA!

The offer is different from previous ones, in that right now, you can’t activate the bonus offer with the purchase of an NVIDIA Graphics Card stand-alone, and exactly what is eligible changes depending on the brand.

The offer is only valid on select GeForce RTX 3090, 3080 Ti, 3080, 3070 Ti, and 3070 desktop and laptop systems with invoices dated from August 24th – October 4th 2021. (Codes expire on 4th January 2022.)

This may change as more brands join in but right now it’s only MSI (Pre-built Gaming PC) and ASUS / GIGABYTE (Custom Gaming PC builds).

Please note: We expect more brand redemption websites will go live soon, and we’ll add more brands as they get confirmed.

When it comes to what qualifies as a custom Gaming PC build, the Asus T&C say the invoice(s) must include eligible RTX 3070/80/90(Ti) GPU plus at least 3/4 additional parts listed from compatible Motherboard, CPU, RAM and Storage, so yep, definitely read the specific brand redemption page conditions before you commit. You can use the custom PC builder tool at https://www.pbtech.co.nz/system-builder/gaming-pc/custom-gaming-pc and if you select an eligible GPU, a banner will automatically appear.

Register to Redeem with select MSI Desktop Gaming PC

Register to Redeem with select Gigabyte Custom Gaming PC Builds

Register to Redeem with select ASUS Custom Gaming PC Builds

Once you’ve got your awesome new hardware, you’ll need to register to redeem your promotion code, to activate your promotional code for Battlefield™ 2042 you must have a GeForce Experience and EA Origin account.

Now, onto the game 🙂

This Nvidia bundle includes BF2042 Standard Edition, and because of the dates it’s likely going to activate the pre-order bonuses, so activate your codes right away for the best possible result!

Open Beta Early Access
Baku ACB-90 melee takedown knife
“Mr. Chompy” epic weapon charm
“Landfall” player card background and “Old Guard” tag 

Via NVIDIA: NVIDIA is proud to announce that we are the official Battlefield 2042 PC graphics platform partner. Battlefield V was the first Frostbite game engine-based game to add DLSS, and Battlefield 2042 is the second.

Battlefield 2042: The world is in chaos. Resources are dwindling as violent climate change takes hold and the United States and Russia are on the verge of war. As entire countries collapse, people find themselves with no nation to call home. These nomads are known as the Non-Patriated (“No-Pats”), a diverse group of people who have bound together in clusters across the globe in order to survive the turbulent new world.

Play as non-patriated soldiers with unique skills who’ve taken up arms. They are known as Specialists, tasked with carrying out military operations. In-game, each of these unique Specialists have their own speciality and trait that you can use to give yourself the advantage in combat.

Battlefield 2042 is set to release October 22nd, get your squad ready for massive battles with up to 128 players, new and remastered maps, transformative weather events and a cutting-edge arsenal at your disposal.

It’s exciting for sure, Battlefield 2042 is the next generation of the series’ exciting sandbox gameplay and distinct multiplayer experiences.

GAME ON!

RX 6600 XT Graphics Cards Available Now in NZ!

UPDATE: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Graphics Cards are available now!

Following a flurry of leaks and teasers, AMD and their partners Powercolor, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire & Asus have been proudly showing off the performance and cooling for the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Card series just unveiled.

Unlike the monster GPUs we’ve seen already in recent 6000 series releases, this new RX6600 looks to be targeting excellent performance at 1920×1080 resolution, but the performance results shown so far have this graphics card pushing out frames like an absolute champion, beating the popular RTX 3060 in a range of popular games, including Battlefield 5 with a whopping +16 FPS in comparison.

Moreover, the charts released by AMD show Cyberpunk 2077 reaching an 83FPS average on max settings, while that’s only 3FPS higher than the RTX 3060 test system – it’s an unbelievable result in both respects. More exciting numbers are Apex Legends at 186FPS, DOTA 2 at 289FPS and Rainbow 6 Siege at 441FPS… so I think we’ll be pushing past 1080p in a few situations!

Picture of FPS statistics to compare the RX 6600 XT with the RTX 3060 Graphics Card

This was all revealed in the AMD Where Gaming Begins: EP. 4 presentation, in which the Director of Product Management for Radeon, Nish Neelalojanan, introduced us to the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, highlighting the low power supply requirements and awesome performance it offers to gamers.

The lower than expected PSU requirements are great too see, making the new AMD Radeon RX6600 a variable upgrade for those running a 500w PSU in their current system, if you’re running higher you can be sure there are going to be higher wattage versions with aftermarket coolers from the partners to consider as well.

Before we jump into a closer look at the various versions coming for RX 6600 XT, let’s take a quick look at the base specifications and expand some of the acronyms around outputs.

Essentials:

– Max Resolution 7680×4320
– Expected Power (Desktop): 160w
– Memory Size: 8GB GDDR6
– Memory Bandwidth: Up to 256 GB/s
– Base Frequency: 1968 MHz
– Boost Frequency: Up to 2589 MHz

Inputs & Outputs:

– Power Input: 1x 8pin
– DisplayPort: 1.4 with DSC (Display Stream Compression)
– HDMI: 2.1 with FRL (Fixed Rate Link) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)

Picture of the outputs on the RX 6600 XT, HDMI and DisplayPort with no Type-C, unlike the larger options.

Shown above, the outputs from the ASUS DUAL RX6600XT match reference design, with 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI.

What is DSC? DisplayPort with Display Steam Compression uses the same 32.4 Gbps bandwith, but unlike the non DSC version can can support 4K at 120Hz with HDR, or even 8K at 60 Hz with DSC enabled.

What is VRR? This Variable Refresh Rate enables the source to wait until the next frame is ready so a smoother gaming experience can be provided VS the more taxing option to repeat the current frame, or worse, to display the partially-rendered next frame, causing a teared look and stutter.

What is FRL? In HDMI 2.1 specification, Fixed Rate Link support is necessary to achieve the higher uncompressed resolutions such as those above 4K 60FPS.

Ahhh that’s some good jargon, now let’s take a closer look at aftermarket favourites which are expected to be available on release day here in NZ.

Starting off with Sapphire, an exclusive partner of AMD, we now expect two different versions of the RX 6600 XT to be available at launch featuring NITRO+ and PULSE aftermarket cooler designs. These are both dual fan models, quite a bit larger than the stock cooler option from AMD for lower noise and improved thermal performance under load. The PULSE RX6600XT offers a larger cooler with the same single 8-pin PCIe power input as the reference model

The Sapphire Nitro+ cooler design is awesome, adding metallic and addressable RGB aesthetics along with neat features such as a BIOS switch for quickly accessing various profiles, like performance and silent. The NITRO RX6600XT has an ARGB header just above the Sapphire logo too.

If you look closely at the fans you’ll also notice the Sapphire Nitro+ is using alternate spin too, this new hybrid fan design provides strong downward air pressure through the fan while keeping the noise low.

Looking at the Gigabyte options, we have an absolute monster graphics card named the RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO. At first glance, this looked very similar to the RTX 3080 GAMING OC cooler design, but it’s quite a bit smaller with straighter lines. This uses the WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with alternate spinning fans too, but again requires only a single 8-pin PCIe power input 🙂 Nicely done Gigabyte!

These three are all looking great, but this is just a small slice of what’s coming, with Asus even showing off a water cooled option via ROG STRIX – very exciting times ahead!

Shop the latest in the AMD Store!

Good Motherboard – Gigabyte X570S Fanless!

A new series of motherboards for Ryzen Gaming PC builders is on the way to New Zealand right now, and amongst these seven new options is a motherboard that’s exceptionally good looking – the X570S Gaming X.

Via Gigabyte: To unleash the full potential of the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series processors, the motherboard requires the best CPU power, memory and IO design. With the best quality components and Gigabyte R&D design capability, X570S GAMING X is a true beast among motherboards.

We couldn’t agree more! But it’s also a quiet beast 🙂

Unlike most, this X570S Gaming X motherboard has no mini fan on it, instead opting for a large sink to dissipate heat. This is good because the fans that usually go in that spot, although small, do generate quite a lot of noise. The new cooling solution has increased the surface area by around 2x compared to a regular heatsink, the single-piece design and larger surface with channels and inlets provide the improvements needed for heat transfer performance.

The colour design is metallic dark, with some subtle rear lighting LED behind the right side and no front-facing RGB, there are 2x headers to connect RGB or ARGB components with.

Other features include front and rear USB 3.2 Type-C support, re-enforced PCIe slots with double locking brackets for heavy graphics cards, and a new solid pin design for power inputs – all welcome additions for those who will be using these for their new top tier rig 🙂

The memory layout is insanely good too, with the Gigabyte team ready to support speeds of up to DDR4-5100+ MHz via new XMP ready RAM kits.

Exciting times are ahead for sure, and this is just one of the new motherboard models that are on the way – keep your eyes on the Gigabyte Store for the latest!

GEAR UP! Gigabyte Aorus Motherboard + Outriders Game Bonus!

The Gigabyte team has an awesome new promotion for those looking to buy a new X570, Z590 or B560 series motherboard – with the just-released Outriders Game up for grabs as a sweet bonus.

This offer is valid on eligible purchases from April 26th – May 31st 2021, and only from eligible retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand).

Quick links below to eligible motherboards included in this promotion 🙂

Gigabyte Aorus X570 Motherboards

Gigabyte Aorus Z590 Motherboards

Gigabyte Aorus B560 Motherboards

Once you’ve got your awesome new motherboard simply visit the Aorus Outriders Redemption Page at www.aorus.com/redeem/outriders/#how to claim your game code!

For those who havn’t played Outriders yet – there is a demo on Steam that will give you a taste of the game to check out ahead of your purchase, it’s a small sample but shows off the mechanics well with multiple characters to try. At it’s core Outriders is a 3rd-person looter-shooter with story-driven RPG elements and co-op gameplay, the various classes (Outriders), each has a set of special abilities to complement the gunplay. It’s pretty violent but in an over-the-top way.

GAME ON!

NVIDIA CALL OF DUTY COLD WAR GAME BUNDLE WITH RTX 3080 & RTX 3090

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, redemption is still open for a very limited time (expected last day for vendor redemption websites is 18th Feb)

Gear up and get ready for some amazing team shooter gameplay with the latest register to redeem game code offer for the upcoming FPS extravaganza, Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War!

This time it’s for those grabbing themselves selected RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 graphics cards, or gaming PC featuring this hardware.

This promotion is for eligible purchases from October 30th, 2020 –  February 11 2021, but only from certain brands (see the PB Tech RTX Call of Duty: Cold War Promotion in NZ)

The register to redeem part of this promotion depends on the specific graphics card brand purchased, see the NZ links below to claim your game code.

Register to Redeem Asus / ROG / TUF GPU = https://www.asus.com/events/infoM/activity_call-of-duty-black-ops-cold-war

Register to Redeem Gigabyte / AORUS GPU = https://au.aorus.com/event-detail.php?i=1723 (redemption now closed)

Register to Redeem EVGA GPU = https://au.evga.com/articles/01453/get-call-of-duty

Register to Redeem MSi GPU = https://au.msi.com/Promotion/the-ultimate-play

COD Black OPS Cold War: A gripping single-player Campaign awaits players, come face-to-face with historical figures and hard truths, battle around the globe through iconic locales like East Berlin, Vietnam, Turkey, Soviet KGB headquarters, and more!

The next chapter of the iconic Black Ops Multiplayer experience is here, defined by signature combat, deniable operations, and a connected experience across platforms and generations.

Black Ops Cold War will also support and build on the hit, free-to-play PC game experience Call of Duty: Warzone.

Experience the next generation of global combat in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 30 Series. Dedicated RT Cores for ray tracing and Tensor Cores for groundbreaking AI acceleration with NVIDIA DLSS. NVIDIA Reflex for the lowest latency and best responsiveness. GeForce RTX 30 Series.

GAME ON!

Nvidia RTX 30 Series Watch Dogs: LEGION Game Bundle!

UPDATE: This offer has now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here!

Nvidia have a new game bonus offer and it’s for those gearing up with the new RTX 3070, RTX 3080 or RTX 3090 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 3070 Out now!
GeForce RTX 3080 Out now!
GeForce RTX 3090 Out now!

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 MSi RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem GIGABYTE RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem EVGA RTX Graphics Cards

Register to Redeem ASUS ROG 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!

Gigabyte Spring SSD Bundle Offer with RTX 2070 SUPER

UPDATE: This promotion has ended early. All SSD have been redeemed.

Gigabyte has a sweet bonus offer available now for those grabbing themselves selected RTX 2070 Super Graphics Cards. Gear up between September 21st – October 31st 2020 (ended 15th October 2020) and you can register to redeem a Gigabyte 480GB SSD to go with your new GPU!

These bonus Gigabyte SSDs possess both high data transferring speed and enhanced endurance. The design is tidy and they’re a great addition to any gaming PC build, as we can always use more space for games!

The Gigabyte RTX 2070 SUPER series features powerful WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with triple-fan cooling, 6 composite copper heat pipes, and an alternate spinning fan, delivering an effective heat dissipation capacity for higher performance at lower temperatures!

This offer is only available for a limited time, learn more about the Gigabyte Super Spring Deal at PB Tech today!

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

UPDATE: This offer has now ended, see the latest Nvidia Promotions here!

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 GeForce Graphics Cards at PB Tech)

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!