The new Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics cards is set to be released on February 26th at 6am here in New Zealand, with awesome new options in a wide range of aftermarket cooling designs from EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte available on day one with more to come!
Being a 30 series RTX GPU, this new 3060 is super powerful, as we’ve come to expect from this latest generation of graphics cards, and the first options also have a rather massive allocation of memory at 12GB running with a 192-bit memory bus – that’s more and less than the just-released RTX3060Ti, which has 8GB at 256-bit, we’re unsure if/when other memory options are coming.
That aside the RTX 3060 is a very exciting graphic card with slightly lower spec’s than the Ti version across the board, and thanks to those relaxed power requirements and great performance, it’s sure to be extremely popular. The RTX 3060 is geared to support the latest Nvidia feature sets, including Broadcast for streamers and NVIDIA Reflex for high FPS gamers, which is even more exciting now with some of the compatible mice, such as the Logitech PRO X Superlight, being released already.
Looking at the base specs we see the RTX 3060 packs in 3,584 cores, with its base clock from Nvidia showing 1.32GHz – it’s going to be very interesting to see how far EVGA, Asus and Gigabyte can push this default spec up! If the mighty Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3060 Elite shown above is any indication of what we can expect – it’s going to be quite the race.
On the other end of the spectrum, we see the EVGA RTX 3060 cooler design for their black series is looking super cool too, suitably dark and low key in comparison!
Oddly, these are also looking to be the first new RTX 30 GPU that Nvidia hasn’t shown a Founders Edition for, so it’s going to be interesting to see if those might come a bit later with other memory configuration, but that’s just speculation at this point.
You can check out all the latest RTX3060 options as soon as they become available (6am, early Friday morning here in NZ) in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech.
Woohooo! New Nvidia GeForce graphics cards have been revealed and it’s all looking very good indeed for gamer’s in New Zealand with the most powerful RTX 3080 expected arrive first, followed by the RTX 3090 and lastly RTX 3070 graphics card models.
Looking closer at the flagship RTX 3090 we see a massive PCB and cooler, with 24GB GDDR6X memory under the hood for the fastest possible performance. Oddly, the RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 reference cooler design looks to outtake air in new directions – not to worry though, lots of great aftermarket versions are coming our way 🙂
Quickly recapping the key points from the Nvidia presentation, the new RTX 30 series graphics cards were unveiled during a virtual launch event by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang. During the event which it was also announced that Fortnite, the pop culture gaming phenomenon, is turning on RTX real-time ray tracing, adding four ray-traced features for a more immersive gaming experience, including reflections, shadows, global illumination and ambient occlusion. Fortnite is the latest blockbuster game to turn RTX On, joining Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and a large group of AAA titles, such as Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2 and Watch Dogs: Legion – which was also highlighted in a game bonus offer. (we’ve asked the Nvidia team to see if we’re eligible in NZ.)
Huang additionally revealed powerful new tools for gamers, including NVIDIA Reflex, which makes competitive gamers quicker; Omniverse Machinima, for video game storytelling using real-time computer graphics engines; and NVIDIA Broadcast, which harnesses AI to turn any room into a home broadcast studio.
“Today’s launch of NVIDIA Ampere GPUs is a giant step into the future,” said Huang. “The work of thousands of engineering years, the GeForce RTX 30 Series delivers our greatest generational leap ever. NVIDIA RTX fuses programmable shading, ray tracing and AI for developers to create entirely new worlds. Twenty years from now, we’ll look back and realise that the future of gaming started here.”
The new RTX 30 Series GPUs are packed full of cutting-edge features, with over two decades of graphics R&D, technology including:
– World’s fastest graphics memory: NVIDIA has worked with Micron to create the world’s fastest discrete graphics memory for the RTX 30 Series, GDDR6X. It provides data speeds of close to 1TB/s system memory bandwidth for graphics card applications, maximising game and app performance.
– Next-gen process technology: New 8N NVIDIA custom process from Samsung, which allows for higher transistor density and more efficiency.
– New streaming multiprocessors: The building block for the world’s fastest, most efficient GPU, delivering 2x the FP32 throughput of the previous generation, and 30 Shader-TFLOPS of processing power.
– Second-gen RT Cores: New dedicated RT Cores deliver 2x the throughput of the previous generation, plus concurrent ray tracing and shading and compute, with 58 RT-TFLOPS of processing power.
– Third-gen Tensor Cores: New dedicated Tensor Cores, with up to 2x the throughput of the previous generation, making it faster and more efficient to run AI-powered technologies, like NVIDIA DLSS, and 238 Tensor-TFLOPS of processing power.
– DLSS: AI-Powered Gaming Acceleration NVIDIA DLSS, one of the biggest graphics breakthroughs of the past decade, uses the deep learning neural network powered by RTX Tensor Cores. When enabled, DLSS improves performance in titles such as Control, Minecraft with RTX for Windows 10 and Death Stranding, while generating images that are comparable to native resolution. DLSS will be heading to Boundary, Bright Memory Infinite, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Cyberpunk 2077, Fortnite, Ready or Not, Scavengers and Watch Dogs: Legion. For those with more powerful PC configurations, a new Ultra Performance mode enables DLSS to run up to 8K
– NVIDIA RTX IO: Enables rapid GPU-based loading and game asset decompression, accelerating input/output performance by up to 100x compared with hard drives and traditional storage APIs. In conjunction with Microsoft’s new DirectStorage for Windows API,(1) RTX IO offloads dozens of CPU cores’ worth of work to the RTX GPU, improving frame rates and enabling near- instantaneous game loading.
You can watch the full Nvidia event recap on YouTube above, we’ll continue to get all the details together and get ready for some massive game FPS testing – will there be an performance advantage to PCIe 4.0? Will the 313mm length have us cutting cases so it can fit? We’re excited to find out.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This Bonus offer starts on August 1st!
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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)
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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!.
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.
Those fine folks at ASUS have just announced an awesome new promotion with a top tier ASUS ROG MATRIX 2080 Ti Graphics Card as the main prize!
The first 50 entries also instantly win a Limited Edition ROG gift too, it’s a random treat but among the prizes is a great looking figurine (fingers crossed).
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This promotion is valid on purchases from June 3rd – 30th 2019, and only on the following Asus products available now in New Zealand. All entries must be in before the 14th July.
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.
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!
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!
Titanfall 2 is out now and this one is pretty darn excellent on a lot of levels, the effort that has been put into this game and all the other little things around it is really rather good 🙂
Firstly, when you grab the game on Origin you won’t need a buy an additional season pass to ensure the multiplayer game stays current – and that means no splitting up the community of players! We here at GGPC really appreciate this and agree 100% this is the way to keep a good online game going and servers full of players, on that note we’re totally fine with additional single player content being available later on at an additional cost (the game includes a single player campaign already as well). They also released a smartphone card game named Titanfall Frontline which you can download now for free via Google Play, it’s certainly not as deep or polished as games like Hearthstone or Elder Scrolls Legends but still was nice to have a little jam with the tutorial mission and a couple of regular PVP matches while downloading the main Titanfall 2 game on our PC.
Onto the main game! We begin our performance tests with the GGPC Assassin Gaming PC config with its GTX 1060 3GB Graphics Card, an Intel i5-6400 quad core and 2x4GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM and as you’ll see from the gameplay below they’ve done a great job with this game and we’re able to stay above 60FPS stable with some very high settings indeed!
Switching sides to the red team with a quick test playing on our GGPC Shaman Gaming PC which packs an AMD RX 470 Graphics Card, i5-6400 quad core and 2x4GB 2133MHz DDR4 RAM we again enjoy some very high settings with FPS above 60 even during some pretty action packed moments!
We’ll continue testing out different graphics cards with this game so keep you’re eyes on the GGPC YouTube Channel for the latest 🙂
UPDATE: The GTX 1050 and GTX 1050ti are available in NZ now – check out the latest GTX 1050 Gaming PC performance here plus more gameplay below!
It’s a great day for the everyday PC gamer with the announcement of the latest GTX 1050 graphics cards! Built for playing eSports hits like Overwatch and League of Legends these new graphics cards are sure to make there way into many many gaming rigs around the world by offering excellent performance at a great price.
Both the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050ti versions have been announced and both are looking pretty darn good, memory ranges from 2GB to 4GB and the new lineup is solid with different versions to suit varied budgets and gaming PC builds 🙂
Starting things off with the great value Gigabyte GTX 1050 Windforce 2GB Graphics card we have a cooling system that features two 90mm unique blade fans with an alternate spinning fan design and 2 pure copper composite direct touch heat pipes all working together to deliver an effective heat dissipation capacity for higher performance at lower temperatures. This new GPU is sporting a single DVI, 3x HDMI outputs and a DisplayPort so connecting to your favourite screen(s) will be a breeze, the maximum resolution is a massive 7680×4320 so it’s a really good option for productivity setups as well.
The card performs slightly above the GTX 950 (which was an excellent graphics card, we used a lot in our legacy GGPC Hero build) Below is a quick test playing some minecraft with Sildurs Vibrant Shaders active with the new GTX 1050 🙂
The new GTX 1050 also gave us some pretty excellent performance even with the new Titanfall 2, below we are using the adaptive framerate target mode in game to keep above 60FPS.
Is the card VR ready? Well, it’s an interesting question! The GPU sits just under “recommended” in the Steam VR performance test. We’ll have to test this one out with a range of titles and see how it actually goes in game. (more on this soon)
A single 6-pin power input will be needed to fit these and it’s pretty nice to see all versions fitted with a solid back plate, looking closer at the GTX 1050 Ti G1 Gaming Graphics Card the beautiful orange highlights now extend around the sides and even onto the backplate which looks awesome, both the G1 Gaming and Xtreme Gaming versions also sport RGB lighting 🙂
PEW PEW! No Man’s Sky has finally released on PC and we’ve begun our Graphics Card FPS tests to see what the performance is like for both Nvidia and AMD in this epic new space odyssey 🙂
Starting out with the just released AMD RX 460 Graphics card things are looking pretty good indeed, transition from space to the planets surface is acceptable with frame rates dipping into the high 20’s, once on the surface our FPS increases to a rather impressive 45!
Next up for the green team we jet through the asteroids and down to the planet below with the excellent Nvidia GTX 960 graphics card, this mid range card has been a favourite for a while now and with it the gameplay is smooth managing to hold around 49 frames per second during our re-entry and landing test. Great work from Nvidia!
For the AMD RX 470 graphics card test we extended the journey (2 minute test) to include blasting off from the planets surface and then headed back down again. FPS held up very well with majority of the flight being in the 70’s and only a short stutter into 30’s during our landing sequence, so far for us these dips typically occur around landing or when entering a planets atmosphere for the first time.
When it came to the Nvidia GTX 1080 tests we opted to jump right into 4K gameplay and used ShadowPlay to capture the video below, oddly although the game settings say “Full Screen” this is not the case and it’s actually running in a window – we got around this for our game capture by setting ShadowPlay to record the desktop and it worked great! Some stutters in the usual places for sure but this is 3840×2160 at almost max settings with game cap running and it still manages to hit around 60FPS!
One thing is for sure, No Man’s Sky is going to be one epic adventure with a whole galaxy to explore, filled with unique planets and lifeforms, and constant danger and action!