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New Fortnite Ready Nvidia Gaming PC

We’ve teamed up with Nvidia to create some wonderful new battle royale gaming systems! Powerful and affordable, our latest range of Fortnite Ready Gaming Rigs are designed to look great while providing excellent performance and all come armed with ShadowPlay game capture and stream ready NVIDIA 1050Ti, 1060 and 1070 Graphics Cards perfectly paired with the latest in Intel 8th Gen processors for smooth gameplay.

ShadowPlay is a key factor here, the Nvidia software works within Fortnite to capture your best moments automatically, using a function called ShadowPlay Highlights! Never let an epic moment go unsaved with ShadowPlay Highlights for Fortnite Battle Royale. Every kill, death, and Victory Royale moment is captured for easy sharing with all your friends and followers online.

All gameplay below was recorded using this built-in ShadowPlay game capture software!

Some of you will be thinking “I already have a GGPC with these exact specs so what’s new about these builds?!” – and fair enough! With these three new GGPC we’ve made them a little smaller than usual in the Phanteks P300 Chassis, every effort in choosing the parts has been made with a strong focus on a clean look and solid upgrade path too – with the 8GB Ram kits used being black HyperX single dimms to leave 3x slots free for expansion all the way up to 32GB, we’ve pre-fitted both SSD (for OS and your favourite games) and HDD (for everything else) but you’ll find 2x slots ready and waiting should you want to add more. We’ve added nothing that could be considered unnecessary except for maybe our GPU support bars – but those are awesome for big graphics cards and we’ve gone large on one of the builds here, using the biggest GTX 1070 we could find for GGPC Ace 😛

Let’s start with the current favourite GGPC Hero and drop in on Tilted Towers with the GTX 1050 + Ryzen 2200G combo, this gives us excellent FPS using a custom settings mix of medium shadows and epic view distance. (exact setting used shown at the end of all videos)

Moving onto our first new addition to the lineup, GGPC Drift with a GTX 1050Ti 4GB and an Intel 8th Gen i3-8100 quad core combo yet again proves itself very capable, although it’s certainly not the most powerful of the new range, Drift happily pushes out a very respectable 60FPS on all high settings, even while in some pretty intense Fornite rocket battles.

Stepping up the performance a notch we move onto the new GGPC Ravage with its Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB graphics card and Intel i5-8400 six core CPU inside. This tried and true config delivers smooth 60+ gameplay on epic settings in Fortnite.

If you’re hunting for even more frames then the new GGPC Ace with a powerful GTX 1070 8GB + Intel i5-8400 is just the ticket! Smoothly gliding into the Tilted Towers this build pushes out 90+ FPS even during the toughest battles.

Moving onto the new RTX series of graphics card we see excellent performance from all the new graphics cards even while capturing at 4K resolutions. We’ve used a new GGPC i5-9600K + RTX 2070 system for these tests, swapping out the graphics card to capture each.

The RTX 2080Ti is understandably the most impressive of the bunch, able to stay above 60FPS on full epic settings even while we drop on the cube and get into a firefight.

Moving onto the RTX 2080 we achieve very similar performance one we drop the shadows down from Epic to High. You can run on full epic with the RTX 2080 like we’ve done in this video too, it’s only during the very intensive drops and large firefights that it drops into the high 50’s.

Moving onto the RTX 2070 we again enjoy some incredible performance, this time dropping the Shadows setting to medium, with anti-aliasing and effects on high to maintain our 60FPS+ target at the 4K resolution.

You can check out all these and more quick gameplay FPS test videos on GGPC YouTube, and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

 

Intel Master Key with i5 and i7 – Cuphead, VR and MORE!

There is a new Intel Master Key available now, and it unlocks some pretty awesome extras for those getting a new Intel Core i5 or Core i7 CPU, Gaming PC, or Custom PC featuring these processors.

On the code it says it unlocks quite a lot, including VR titles, but we’ve found some additions that don’t seem to be listed anywhere + even more unlocks as we completed the surveys that appear while redeeming the games!

First up, to claim your Intel Master Key simply visit your retailers Intel Master Key Redemption Website and register your new hardware to receive your special code. Now that hard stuff is out of the way let’s look at the games it unlocks!

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the titles need a VR Headset such as the HTC Vive or Vive PRO

Cuphead

Cuphead is a classic run & gun action game heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by cartoons of the 1930s, the visuals & audio are painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz music. Play as Cuphead or Mugman (in single player or local co-op) as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you pay your debt back to the devil!

Arizona Sunshine

When you hear a flash of a human voice on the radio, your hopes and beliefs are confirmed – there are still survivors out in the blistering hear of the post-apocalyptic Grand Canyon state! Arizona Sunshine poses a two-fold battle for survival in a VR zombie apocalypse in which players need to navigate both the hordes of zombies coming for their brains and the scorching hear in their desperate search for human contact.

Arizona Sunshine is a VR shooter built and optimized for VR from the ground up. Step into the midst of a zombie apocalypse as if you were really there, and defend yourself against enemies close enough to touch. Enabled by the Intel® Core™ i7 CPU, Arizona Sunshine’s physics and particle systems bring zombie mutilation, wind & water effects, destructible environments, and an array of background detail never before seen in VR.

Sprint Vector VR

Championship Intergalactica! Race, jump, climb, and fly at extreme speeds through crazy-colorful courses and sabotage your competition as you sprint to victory. Innovative Fluid Locomotion mechanics let you attain incredible speed and control in this VR adrenaline platformer.

Redout: Enhanced Edition

Redout is pure Anti Gravity racing, a tribute to the classic arcade racing monsters. It’s designed to be an uncompromising, fast, tough and satisfying driving experience, soaked in that vertigo that stands at the core of the genre. Conquer a Single Player campaign spanning more than 100 events, 11 game modes and 30 racetracks. Then move on to Online Multiplayer, or challenge a friend in Split Screen. Your opponents will be fast and unforgiving. Ready to challenge the Solar Redout Racing League?

Raw Data VR

Built from the ground up for VR, Raw Data’s action gameplay, intuitive controls, challenging enemies, and sci-fi atmosphere will completely immerse you within the surreal world of Eden Corp. Go solo or team up and become the adrenaline-charged heroes of your own futuristic technothriller.

Interkosmos VR

Enter Zvezda, a fully interactive re-entry capsule heavily inspired by 1970’s space technology where every switch, gauge, and mechanical bit could be relevant to your survival.

Interkosmos is an arcady astronaut adventure in VR. Brace yourself for a rush of hectic gameplay to challenge your inner cosmonaut and a fun story full of twists and Cold War absurdities.

World of Tanks – In Game Content

World of Tanks is a team-based MMO game dedicated to armored warfare in the mid-20th century. Engage in free epic online tank battles for instant adrenaline-packed action! Take control of hundreds of authentic tanks, from heavy and powerful steel brawlers to light and fast scouts, and engage your enemy on immersive maps. Battle in teams and join 78 million other players worldwide!

Warhammer: Vermintide II

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Vermintide. The time has arrived to revisit the fierce first-person co-op slaughter-fest featuring visceral and ground breaking melee action, set in the apocalyptic End Times of the war-ravaged Warhammer Fantasy Battles world

And these are the additional unlocks we got as we redeemed!

Star Trek: Bridge Crew VR

Star Trek: Bridge Crew puts you and your friends in the heart of a starship. As officers of the Federation, every action and decision you make together will determine the fate of your ship and crew. Developed specifically for VR, Star Trek: Bridge Crew offers a true-to-life level of immersion in the Star Trek universe.

In Star Trek: Bridge Crew, the Federation dispatches you and your crew to command the new vessel, USS Aegis, as part of a critical initiative. Your mission: explore a largely uncharted sector of space known as the Trench in hopes of locating a suitable new home world for the decimated Vulcan populace. The Trench contains stunning beauty and undiscovered wonders, but also strange anomalies and dangers yet unknown. The Klingon Empire is also active in the region, and their purpose is undoubtedly a threat to the Federation’s plans. It’s up to you and your crew to chart the sector to determine the Klingons’ aims and secure a peaceful Federation presence.

Rock Band VR

With 60 outstanding playable tracks, classic game mode, campaign mode, and leaderboards, Rock Band VR brings you hundreds of hours of ultimate rock’n’roll simulation!

However! It also requires your have the compatible guitar controller.

Breakroom

Breakroom lets you use Windows inside VR. You can surround yourself with applications. Work on Photoshop while watching a Youtube tutorial or just watch your favorite movie while playing online poker and browsing Reddit, while sitting on the beach or in a Japanese garden. You can finally use your headset for other things than gaming and free yourself from the limitations of the physical monitor. Turn your virtual reality headset into a multi-monitor system!

Guided Meditation VR

Meditation made simple & visual, built from the ground up for VR. Leave the worries of your life for a short virtual vacation across 17 environments, and return calmer and stronger. Find your happy place.

All up, a pretty good haul of games and VR experiences, you can check out the latest in Intel Gaming PC and eligible CPU options here and be sure to keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog for the latest!

 

 

Good Gaming – IEM 2018 Certified Gaming PC

**This promotion has now ended, Vermintide II + FFXV Masterkeys are still available though!**

We’ve teamed up with Intel and designed a whole new range of IEM Certified Gaming PC which not only provide excellent performance for PC Gamers, but also qualifies you for a special INTEL MASTER KEY which can be used to unlock a range of BONUS GAMES!

Purchase any GGPC IEM Gaming PC from PB Tech and then use the contact form to register your build and the team will send you a special Intel Master Key.

Once you’ve got your Intel Master Key simple visit the Intel Redemption Site and enter your key, from here you’ll be able to access codes for the games included in this promotion!

Looking specifically at the current games which the Intel Master Key with IEM Certified Gaming PC unlocks there are three “Free to Play” ones in the mix, the bonus with these comes in the form of in-game currency that you can use to add a little customisation to your Starship or Hero. If you’re wanting to check these out for yourself right away you can find the download links for Dreadnought, Warframe and Fractured Space in our GGPC Free to Play PC Games Sticky Blog 🙂 You’ll also get Warhammer Vermintide 2 which just released with rave reviews (This one is multi-player Left for Dead style gaming gold) and XMorph Defence plus the acclaimed This War of Mine. (the banners below all link to YouTube videos)

A new addition to the IEM GGPC games lineup, Counter Strike Global Offensive is a well-known team vs team shooter that plays a big part in the Intel Extreme Masters competitions. The game series is currently celebrating its 19th birthday and there’s even a new UI in beta testing to check out. Take the roll of either a terrorist or counter-terrorist and compete to secure hostages, arm/disarm explosives, or just kill each other. With a thriving community of players, this one is sure to be a fine addition to your games library.

Jump in and experience Warframe, the latest updates were massive and introduced wide open landscapes, all new gameplay and even more multiplayer mutant massacres. You play as a Tenno, a mighty warrior with both blade and gun: master of the Warframe armour. Those that survived the old war were left drifting among the ruins. Now they are needed once more. The Grineer, with their vast armies, are spreading throughout the solar system. A call echoes across the stars summoning the Tenno to an ancient place.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 is the sequel to the critically acclaimed Vermintide. Team up for the fiercest first-person co-op slaughter featuring visceral and ground-breaking melee action. Set in the apocalyptic End Times of the war-ravaged Warhammer world, you will be challenged like never before as you and your team of heroes face untold enemy hordes in a desperate struggle to save the Empire from devastation. Choose a career for your Hero, customise the talent tree, choose and craft a vast range of unique weapons and gear then hack you way through the ranks of monstrous invaders!

Dreadnought puts you in command of massive capital ships for tactical, team-based warfare in space and across the skies of different planets. As a mercenary captain, your motivations are simple: to reap the rewards of battle and build your reputation – and to be fearless doing it. Armed with earth-shaking weapons and the support of your teammates, you must claim victory by outmaneuvering, outshooting and outclassing the opposing team. Prepare yourself. It’s time to take the helm.

A unique fusion of a top-down shooter and tower defence strategy. You are the X-Morph – an alien species that invades Earth to harvest its resources and terraform the surface. Strategize in the build mode by carefully selecting various types of alien towers or throw yourself right into the heat of the battle. Build mazes for incoming enemies in an environment that provides exceptional planning freedom. Tear down buildings and collapse bridges to support your defence or to simply indulge in a spectacle of unprecedented destruction. Possess a range of unique alien weapons and use defence strategies like you’ve never seen before in this genre.

A favourite here at GGPC, Fractured Space in a MOBA style game with massive starships much like Dreadnought above, but with a very different play style and unique battle mechanics. Fractured Space is an award-winning free-to-play space combat game. Fight in co-op PvE or 5-v-5 PvP. Brought to life in the stunning Unreal Engine 4, giants of interstellar conflict fight in spectacular close quarter battles for dominance. Pick a manufacturer, choose a class and customize your weapons. Through experience, you gain the right to command more ships while earning credits to add them to your fleet. Tailor your craft to your combat preferences with crew and weapon loadout options then take on your specialized role when your interstellar juggernaut warps into battle.

In This War Of Mine you do not play as an elite soldier, rather a group of civilians trying to survive in a besieged city; struggling with lack of food, medicine and constant danger from snipers and hostile scavengers. The game provides an experience of war seen from an entirely new angle. The pace of This War of Mine is imposed by the day and night cycle. During the day snipers outside stop you from leaving your refuge, so you need to focus on maintaining your hideout: crafting, trading and taking care of your survivors. At night, take one of your civilians on a mission to scavenge through a set of unique locations for items that will help you stay alive. Make life-and-death decisions driven by your conscience. Try to protect everybody from your shelter or sacrifice some of them for longer-term survival. During a war, there are no good or bad decisions; there is only survival. The sooner you realize that, the better.

The ever growing range of GGPC IEM Gaming PC are available now (look for IEM in the name and the signature gold badge), each providing remarkable game performance and those sweet bonus games, keep reading for more on the latest intel Extreme Masters event!

Now, more about the IEM Event!

We had a blast at last years IEM Syndey event, and having just returned from the 2018 IEM eSports Event we can happily report this one was even better than the first! This was because of the way in which Intel has refined everything, providing an interactive and stress-free introduction to competitive gaming in the area around the main event, it genuinely was a bit of eSports for everyone 🙂

Upon entering the event center you’re now greeted with a focused range of things to do, I counted 7 sets of gaming PC’s setup right in the foyer, with most following a 6v6 layout and several offering 4v4 VR experience, with an additional 2x setups for VR racing specifically and another two (or was it three) offering a room scale HTC Vive Pro experience to a check out – commentators off to the left were chanting HyperX – who seemed to be running a constant stream of giveaways and off to the right was a similar setup from Acer.

Cut right through the middle and you have the choice to head left, for a host of food and drink options or right for even more interactive gaming zones, having already enjoyed a big breakfast we headed right continuing along at short distance till the oval passage opened up into another large hall, this one populated by a full eSports event stage which at our time of arrival looked to be jamming some Starcraft 2, Vodafone was to the right and a massively impressive stage in the theme of CS:GO map dust was off to the left with additional Intel game stream stations along the way at which you could talk shop with streamers and see how they configured their setups for this relatively new form of social gaming. The large CS:GO themed station provided even more PC VS setups for eager players to jump on and have a go – the theme of the event was clear – mini eSports competitions were taking place all over with quick prizes available for everyone – two team captions would choose players from the crowd and they would face off in a series of short games for a prize, much like in the Intel main event taking place in the grand auditorium each night, but accessible to all.

In the early afternoon the main doors opened and the crowd began to flow in through the gates for the main events – top tier teams facing off against each other in fierce CS:GO competitive matches – and this was a tournament full of surprises, upsets and crucial clutch moments.

This all played out pretty well from a spectators point of view as we got to witness extremely aggressive plays from all the teams involved, and this led to a much fresher, more creatively vocal crowd than the year previous 😛

All up it’s hard to choose which part we enjoyed the most at IEM Sydney 2018, this one was so much more than just the main event and we certainly hope that Intel continues along this path with the next, which we’ll certainly to flying over to Sydney for yet again!

Good Gaming – Far Cry 5 BONUS with Gigabyte AORUS Motherboards

**This promotion has now ended**

Now with more motherboard options! Promotion is valid on purchases from April 1st – June 30th (or while code stocks last) Completed registrations will still be accepted by GIGABYTE until July 15th, 2018.

For a limited time and while stocks last, get yourself a Gigabyte Aorus Motherboard from the range below and you can register to redeem a Far Cry 5 Game Code bonus!

Gigabyte Aorus X299 Gaming 3 Pro

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 7

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 5

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Gaming 3

Gigabyte Aorus Z370 Ultra Gaming

Gigabyte Z370XP-SLI 

X299 AORUS Gaming 7 Pro

X299 AORUS Gaming 7

X299 AORUS Gaming 3

X299 UD4 Pro

Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming WIFI

Z370 AORUS Ultra Gaming 2.0

Z370N WIFI

H370 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI

H370 AORUS Gaming 3

H370N WIFI

B360 AORUS Gaming 3 WIFI

B360 Gaming 3

Once you’ve got your awesome new motherboard simply follow the steps below to register and redeem your game code.

STEP #1: Visit www.au.aorus.com/login and sign into your AORUS Club account, or create a new one. Be sure to remember the details used as you’ll receive your game code via this email.

STEP #2: Visit https://au.aorus.com/game_bundle.php?Page=137# and enter the details for your product.

STEP #3: Now that you have registered you’ll swiftly receive your game code from the Gigabyte team via email, once you’ve received it head to www.farcry5-redeem.ubi.com/en-US/login, login to your Uplay account (or create one) and enter your code!

STEP #4: You’ll now get your game code sent to the email you signed up with, from here we just need to download or run the Ubisoft UPLAY Launcher

STEP #5: Once in the Uplay launcher you can activate the game code as shown below, once that’s done you’ll have the game added to your library available for download.

STEP #6: GAME ON!

Now you’re in for a treat! Far Cry 5 is a multiplayer masterpiece, you take on the role of the local Sheriff for the Montana town named Hope County, and while you could just spend your time hunting and fishing (with grenades) there is an ominous doomsday cult rising up and causing some problems around town… better get onto that!  With most of the game world being accessible to players after completing the game’s introductory missions, once complete you’re going to be pretty much free to rush through the world causing chaos as you see fit.

Good Bonus – Get Steam Credit with Selected Asus Motherboards

**This promotion has now ended**

Asus has a sweet register to redeem Steam Gift Voucher bonus on selected motherboards! There are two tiers of credit available depending on which motherboard you buy and this offer is valid on purchases from 01/05/2018 through to 30/06/2018! Entries must be submitted BEFORE 10th July.

Eligible models for $20 Steam Gift Card:

• TUF Z370-PRO GAMING
• TUF Z370-PLUS GAMING
• TUF H370-PRO GAMING (WI-FI)
• TUF B360-PRO GAMING
• TUF B360M-PLUS GAMING

Eligible models for $40 Steam Gift Card:

• ROG STRIX Z370-H GAMING
• ROG STRIX H370-F GAMING
• ROG STRIX H370-I GAMING
• ROG STRIX B360-G GAMING
• ROG MAXIMUS X FORMULA
• ROG MAXIMUS X CODE
• ROG MAXIMUS X HERO
• ROG STRIX Z370-E GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-F GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-I GAMING
• ROG STRIX Z370-G GAMING (WI-FI AC)

Once you’ve received your awesome new motherboard simply visit this Asus Redemption Site and fill in the form at the bottom of the page to claim your voucher code.

 

Good Gaming PC – Final Fantasy XV Benchmark now live

The new FINAL FANTASY XV Official Benchmark application is now available for free download here and can be used to test a systems performance by displaying several of the events, maps and characters used in the game.

The score increases based on the FPS count, and the speed at which it will count up is based on your PC’s capabilities. Right now the Benchmark compatibility test takes is roughly 6 1/2 minutes for a full run, with the score results and a performance evaluation coming up at the very end.

Testing resolutions this time around are 1920×1080 and glorious 4K, as usual, we’ll be recording our scores with various configurations to make it easy to check against your own PC’s to see how things look with different hardware.

Good Gaming PC Case – Phanteks EVOLV SHIFT

Those talented techs at Phanteks have created a new addition to the now iconic EVOLV series with two new chassis joining the range, these latest offerings are known as the EVOLV SHIFT and they’re looking really good! All up there are four versions of these new chassis, with two colour options (the black Evolv Shift looks amazing) and two unique sizes available.

The superb craftsmanship of the Evolv Shift can be seen in every detail, although extremely compact compared to the mid sized chassis we often see, the Shift delivers a versatile space in which we can pack in plenty of powerful components –  and pack them in we did!

For our first build in the smaller Shift chassis, we grabbed the Gigabyte B250N ITX Pheonix motherboard which conveniently has wireless built in, a 2 x 8GB kit of G.Skill Trident Z and a little SFX power supply from Corsair. With the large windows running down both sides and providing such a nice view we opted to replace our intel stock cooler with the Phanteks TC12LS low profile cooler, having used this previously in our CM Pro 6 RGB Sync test build we yet again replaced the standard fan with a very nice RGB one to really light things up, graphics wise even the smallest version of this chassis can fit a full-length (35cm) card inside but it’s important to note that even though we absolutely love the massive Aorus 1080Ti its triple slot form factor was a just a little too large for this one 😛

Building with the Shift is easier than most small cases due to the way they’ve separated it into different areas, the top of the chassis is where you mount your motherboard and a PCIe extender then attaches to another space behind this where you will fit your graphics card – with the smaller Shift, if you go with a dual fan graphics card it can be fitted backplate facing either in or out, with the longer triple fan cards we found the best fit is backplate out – keep that in mind when choosing which card to build with 😛

This leaves a fairly large space in the lower compartment which lets the air flow in and upwards, you could easily fit a 120mm AiO liquid cooling kit in here if you wanted too. While the power supply has its own special output on the base of the build all your outputs from the motherboard and graphics card come out at the top of the case hidden beneath a push-to-release cover panel which serves as the primary airflow output vent, there is a little hole on the rear of this area that cables can be routed through.

You can check out our builds in the Phanteks EVOLV Shift this weekend at the TechXpo in Auckland, we’ll also update with lots of pictures of the builds from the event so keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog and our GGPC Instagram for the latest!

GGPC at techXpo NZ!

UPDATE: GGPC Workshop spots are currently fully booked, spots may open on the days though!

Coming up this weekend, the Vodafone Event Centre plays host to a tech fair with friends from Gigabyte, Asus, Cooler Master, G.Skill and Logitech G showcasing their latest tech devices and solutions for end users like us!

They’ll be hosting demonstrations and lending expert tech advice while displaying their latest products for you to get hands on with. Brand experts will be at each booth to take you through their tech and share with you their knowledge on PC Gaming. The event centre will also host various entertainment setups such as full gaming setup areas, a drone enclosure offering drone flying sessions, workshop classes, hands-on PC builds and more!

The crew from GGPC will be there hosting a workshop packed full of handy tips & tricks for water cooling, case modding, and getting the best performance for your dollar plus there will be awesome prizes up for grabs throughout each day – and a bunch of lucky attendees will get the chance to build their own dream PC at half price! 

This event is free to attend so if you’re a system builder, gamer, tech guru or just interested to see the latest and greatest electronics and digital technology in New Zealand, JOIN US AT THE NZ TECHXPO 2017 THIS WEEKEND!

 

Good Gaming PC – X299, Intel Core i9 and i7X Gameplay Tests Begin!

GGPC has been busy playing some games with the first arrivals from a new i9 CPU range from intel \o/ We’ve started things off with a tasty new i9-7900X which boasts 10 cores and 4.3GHz Turbo Boost (4.5GHz with TB3!) but before we dive right in there is even more sweet hardware that’s released alongside the new intel CPU and it’s all looking suitably awesome, X299 motherboards have appeared in NZ already from those fine folks at Gigabyte and Asus!

For our first build we’ve used a beautiful Aorus X299 AORUS Gaming 3 motherboard in black (this one has really cool detailing on the headsinks too) and, much like the previous X99 motherboards these new X299 versions spread out the ram slots to the left and right of the CPU socket which really does help to make a build look EPIC 😛 With our test i9-7900X build we filled all the slots up with G.Skill Trident Z RGB Ram for a total of 64GB and it does indeed look epic when all the ram slots are lit up 🙂

Diving into the latest version of Minecraft 1.2 with Optifine and Sildurs Vibrant Shaders version 1.61 we were treated to some excellent performance at 4K, the quick test couldn’t have been in a better spot with the latest water effects on display as we ran around a village right beside the ocean 🙂 

Jumping into a little Overwatch next we has a blast happily charging around in our new D.VA Police Skin shooting down Pharah with Mercy in tow 🙂 Our FPS never dipping below 60 even with the settings cranked to a custom epic preset with SMAA on max at 4K \o/ 13 seconds into the video I muted the sound to talk to another GGPC tester – will have update this one soon 😛

From here we jumped into a bunch of games until we finally hit one that couldn’t quite hit our 60FPS 4K target, well at least not all of the time 😛 Black Desert Online is currently featured in the massive Steam summer sale and the player base is MASSIVE right now – perfect for some really hardcore testing 🙂

Starting things off with the most popular activity in the game we began hunting for large mobs to kill so we could really test things out with lot’s of effects on screen, we tried several areas and found the heaviest zones to be the forest and giant canyons, especially the area below which was covered in a thick fog at the time of testing. We followed this up by putting even more stress on the system by turning the Ui off which activates a filter in BDO, check out the Ui Off, Farming Mobs FPS test here and Ui Off, Fighting a Giant in the Forrest test here.

The largest city in the game is known as Calpheon and it’s pretty massive, this area is notorious for reducing even the most powerful systems to low FPS but we didn’t have a bad time at all riding our horse through the town with the biggest dips happening only for a moment right in the middle at the marketplace.

Rounding off the Black Desert tests we wanted to see what performance was like with hundreds of players in the area so we headed to the smaller town of the Velia which has a popular fishing spot, it didn’t disappoint with so many players loading them happened in chunks!

Blown away by the performance of this “not really intended for gaming but pretty darn good at it i9 CPU” we decided to fire up the latest Final Fantasy Stormblood benchmark check out another new CPU that’s coming out for the same new X299 platform – an i7-7740X \o/

This Final Fantasy Stormblood benchmark is FREE to download here so you can try it out on your system at home and compare your scores with ours.

Pretty cool right! Even though we loved every minute gaming with the i9 our little i7 did great in the benchmark test – we can’t wait to try this one out with even more games 🙂

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Laptop – Aero 15 GTX 1060!

Update: Aero 15 Laptops are available for order in NZ now!

These new ones have a slightly bigger screen size, but by opting for a class-leading 15” 5mm bezel display the new Aero 15 offers you greater display real estate without increasing chassis size allowing them to keep their signature, super slimness 🙂

Little tweaks to the design, like placement on the webcam and mics within the hinge keep things very slim indeed, and nice touches like the carbon fiber detailing on the back along with the way the RGB led shines through the dual cooling fans is just beautiful 🙂 When comparing with the previous Aero 14 the rear cooling vents on the Aero 15 have been extended and air blown out from two positions on the back of the laptop while gaming, and to go even further, a Thunderbolt 3 port has been added for a premium ultra-fast transfer speed at 40Gbps and the ability to connect external graphics enclosures (we tested this by adding a GTX 1080Ti), or run with twin 5K external displays… truly a mobile powerhouse without limits!

Specifications wise it’s packing the latest 7th gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ, a 6GB GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card along with 16GB of DDR4 ram and a super quick PCIe M.2 for storage. They’ve also done wonderful things to the keys on these new version and the new Aero 15 now sports a RGB Fusion chicklet keyboard with the best keys we’ve even seen – vibrant but with little light leakage!

In-game the Aero15 is excellent, far above expectations. The GTX 1060 inside was able to keep our framerates high in a range of games and when we tested the i7-7700HQ with a little CS:GO we were pleasantly surprised to see the CPU usage keeping around 50% even while using the built in Nvidia Shadowplay Game Capture tools. You can manually set fans speeds via the control center but leaving them set to auto is just fine, the laptop will pulse up the speed as needed when you’re gaming – we did a quick test to see at what point the CPU begins to throttle itself and the mark is 89 degrees, at this point the fans kick in and the CPU changes from its 3.8GHz boost to 3.2GHz (base is 2.8GHz) to keep things cooler, during these moments we noticed no bumps or jumps in game 🙂

We’ve continued adding to our GTX 1060 Laptop Test YouTube Playlist and as you can see in the latest Witcher 3 Novigrad gameplay test below – things are looking very good indeed!

Now that we’ve had a really good play with the new GTX 1060 Aero we happily give this super slim and powerful little laptop our GGPC Recommends Award – the Aero 15 is GOOD!

We’ve got more new laptops incoming, keep your eyes on the GGPC Computers Blog for the latest!