Warframe and World of Warships lead the free-to-play movement with great graphics and innovative gameplay that continues to fuel players around the world, these multiplayer masterpieces are free for you to check out which is great and support in-game micro-transactions to add a bit of customisation to your Teeno or Battleship 🙂
Thanks to Gigabyte and Nvidia if you’re gearing up with selected GTX 950 Desktop Graphics or GTX 950m Gaming Laptops this new gaming bonus will give you a little in game currency to play with! What you spend this on is up to you but you’ll have 1000 Platinum for Warframe and 2000 Doubloons to use in World of Warships.
Getting you bonus is super easy, once you’ve grabbed your new hardware simply visit the Gigabyte Redemption Page for desktop graphics or the Gigabyte Gaming Laptop Redemption Page to get your code (you can double check which versions are eligible here as well) , it’s valid on purchases between June 07 & July 26 2016 so if you’ve just picked up your new gaming hardware you can register for this bonus as well. Once you’ve got your code you can redeem your free goodies at the Nvidia Redemption Portal 🙂
These games both play exceptionally well on the GTX 950 as you can see below with our Hero Gaming PC below happily pushing out 100+ FPS in Warframe!
Of all the Gaming PC builds here at GGPC New Zealand, the Hero is the most popular and it’s no surprise really with such good looks and remarkable performance at around $1299.
Like all our builds we constantly test Hero with slightly different components to see if we can squeeze out a little more performance for each $ spent, and on that note – let’s take a look at the latest tweaks 🙂
Our GTX 950 DCUII Edition is being replaced with a slightly larger, quieter and more powerful Asus STRIX version, to match this we’ve also changed the motherboard from the Gigabyte H110M-S2H to the almost identical Asus H110M-A which has a slightly different shape and darker colouring.
This new configuration also fits the requirements for a “Powered by Asus” system which is nice for future special promotions coming directly from Asus NZ.
What do these changes mean for you? Well, previously our stock settings Final Fantasy Benchmark test came in with an average score of 6239 – with our new graphics card being a larger, cooler and quieter we couldn’t resist seeing what kind of score the new build would be able to hit with a quick graphics card overclock – our target being a 10% performance increase for a score of 7000 😛
For our OC software we’ll be using the free Asus GPU Tweak II package that is included with the graphics card, if you’ve never tried overclocking before it’s an ideal starting point for monitoring temps and tweaking your settings. Using this software we were able to boost the systems score from 6443 (the new stock average is higher) to a very nice 7212! This had another cool effect we didn’t expect and the systems rating changed from “Very High” to “Extremely High” 🙂 That’s almost a GTX 960!
You can download the Final Fantasy Benchmark software via the blog from Nvidia Benchmarks, it’s free so you can install and test your own systems at home and compare with various configurations we have in our Gaming PC Benchmark Playlist. Below is the settings we used if you want to try this out your own GTX 950 at home, it doesn’t matter which flavour of GTX 950 you are using either – the Asus GPU tweak II software will still work 🙂
Fun times ahead with the GTX 1070 and 1080 just around the corner 🙂 We’ve just had a bunch of new chassis arrive in the workshop from our recent component hunt in Taipei so keep your eyes on our Computers Blog for more custom PC builds, benchmarks, gameplay FPS tests and more!
The Battlefield 1 trailer is here and things are looking awesome! Exciting times for fans of this epic series, check out the trailer below for the awesome new game that’s coming our way!
What should we do while we wait? For starters Dice and EA are celebrating by giving away free access to DLC for Battlefield 4 and Battlefield Hardline so you can pick up the Battlefield 4 add-on ‘Dragon’s Teeth’ and the Battlefield Hardline expansion ‘Robbery’ until the 10th and there is also some sweet trial offers going on right now at Origin!
An Origin trial will let you play the full version of a game, depending on which you’ll be able to play for different amounts of time and this doesn’t have to be in one session – if you have a 12 hour trail you can split this over multiple gaming sessions and that’s pretty cool. Don’t worry about the time it takes to download either, origin will start the clock from when you first log in to play and if you like the game so much you end up buying it you’ll keep all the progress you’ve made along the way 🙂
First up – Battlefield 4 for 168 hours! This 1st person shooter (or 3rd if you’re in vehicle) has the famous battlefield environment which changes as war wages, sometimes in a rather breathtaking fashion. In the shanghai map you can bring down an entire skyscraper which is a pretty amazing experience, especially if you’re under it when it happens…. This game is action packed and if you’re lucky enough to be packing a card like the GTX 970 below you can reach 100FPS on ULTRA! You won’t need the highest end hardware to enjoy the game though, this one is extremely optimised and runs well on all our AMD R7 +R9 series and Nvidia 900 series Gaming PC.
Star Wars Battlefront for 4 hours! If you’re a fan of Star Wars you’ll have just enough time to do a full map cycle which is likely going to leave you eager for more – this is one of the best looking games out and although it’s not quite the dynamic ever changing warzone we enjoy in Battlefield above it’s pretty incredible! Yet again this one will run great on all sorts of gaming hardware as you see with our GTX 950 Hero Gaming PC FPS test below!
There a bunch of other free game trails to check out, one is even the SIMS! You can also sign up for Origin Access which will give you game trails for even more like the upcoming Mirrors Edge 2 – exciting times ahead indeed 🙂
If you pre-ordered Overwatch you’ve been flagged for early access to the latest open beta tests! If you haven’t already entered your codes then check that inbox for two early-access keys – there should be one for you and one for a lucky friend 🙂
This BETA opens up to everyone on the 5th so even if you’ve not already joined the battle you can in just a couple more days, the game is extremely fun to play and features a wide array of unique heroes, ranging from a future soldier with deadly aim, to a hook throwing, potion slamming warrior, to a transforming robot tank.
Every hero in Overwatch plays differently, and using their abilities at the right time is the key to dominating your opponents. We’ve begun testing each systems performance for the best settings to use for a 60FPS target (1080p 100% rendering) and we are happy to report solid performance on both AMD and Nvidia graphics cards, check out the videos below from our GGPC GTX 950 Hero and R7 370 Shaman Gaming PC!
From time to time those fine folks at Roberts Space Industries like to open Star Citizen up to for everyone to try out, and provide access to ships current players might not otherwise own.
It’s a great way to introduce new players to the growing universe of Star Citizen as well. For the next week until April 25th, Free Fly access is enabled!
Anyone with a Star Citizen account will have access to the Aurora LN, the F7C Hornet, and the Mustang Delta. This Free Fly event gives new players access to a few unique parts of the Star Citizen experience, the best two are below 🙂
Star Citizen Alpha – Also known as Crusader, this is the nucleus of the world they are creating. Experience the Star Citizen universe with multiple space stations and environments, scripted missions, places to explore and more, Alpha 2.3.1 is your first look at a much larger game!
Arena Commander – Arena Commander allows instant access to group space battles (as shown in the GTX 950 GGPC Hero Gaming PC FPS test below), cloud city high speed races and even has an AI swarm survival event for you to enjoy.
Let’s take a closer look at those ships!
The Aurora LN or “Legionnaire” is the strongest of the Aurora ship class, featuring both gimbal and forward mounted blasters as well as a rocket pod.
This sturdy spacecraft is a dedicated combat fighter valued at $35 USD usually and with it’s tight form factor it can be a pretty tough ship to target in straight up pursuit but be sure to turn quickly as it’s full length can make for a deadly strafe run.
The Mustang Delta is nimble single seater with little more than thrusters and blasters on it. The cramped cockpit offers an excellent view for dogfighting and there are few ships that can maneuver through asteroid fields as effectively in combat. Extremely soft but equally hard to hit this is the go to starfighter if you’re wanting to slowly destroy larger, more expensive ships while weaving through the structure of a space station. I’m not sure if you can buy this variant currently but the basic Mustang Alpha package is available for $45 USD.
The F7C Hornet is a based on the military variant and can be equally deadly in the right hands, compared to the Mustang above it’s like flying a brick but with additional armour and forward facing firepower this fearsome fighter can shred hapless targets in seconds. It also has some pretty good spin so be very careful if you’re chasing one of these down as you might just find it has spun around and is now flying backwards with you directly in its sights… deadly. Valued at $125 US Dollars this one is the crown jewel of the FLY FREE offering.
You can register for an account here to get started, if you have a friend already playing you can grab a ‘referral code’ from them to get an additional 5000 credits should you decide to join the universe full time, if you don’t know anyone playing here is a code from us “STAR-KW6J-PZ95″
Powerful heroes join the fray! Changing the battle with new abilities and ultimates. Paragon blasted its way into a new stage of testing with players allowed to share and stream gameplay from the latest MOBA game – it even has a built-in Replay System, making it easy to export to YouTube + a GIF creator so you can share your most glorious moments instantly, and even build guides for the community.
“But what about that message saying I can’t share gameplay!”
Don’t worry about that – it’s a glitch left over from the first round of testing as below in this Tweet from EpicGames addressing the confusing situation!