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Intel Master Key: Feel the Force GAME BONUS!

UPDATE: More master key codes have just arrived – the offer is back up and now includes new 10th gen CPU options!

UPDATE: There are two Intel Master Key offers currently running – please see the Gears Tactics Intel Master Key offer too (you can only redeem one offer per purchase, so choose wisely padawan!)

Intel are at it again, bringing us another incredible game bonus offer for those getting themselves selected Intel CPU, or Gaming PC featuring them!

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel i5, i7 & i9 series Desktop CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

Promotion is awesome even if you just grabbed a new gaming PC because it backdates a fair way too!

Valid on qualifying purchases from March 24th 2020, while code supplies last, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Eligible CPU models for Intel Master Key: FEEL THE FORCE

i7-9700
i7-9700F
i7-9700K
i7-9700KF

i9-9900
i9-9900K
i9-9900KF

i7-10700
i7-10700K
i9-10900
i9-10900F

i9-10900K

Now onto the good stuff! This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.

A galaxy-spanning adventure awaits in STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order, a new 3rd person action-adventure title from Respawn Entertainment. An abandoned Padawan must complete his training, develop new powerful Force abilities, and master the art of the lightsaber – all while staying one step ahead of the Empire.

Total War: THREE KINGDOMS is the first in the multi-award-winning strategy series to recreate epic conflict across ancient China. Combining a gripping turn-based campaign game of empire-building, statecraft and conquest with stunning real-time battles.

The Eight Princes Chapter Pack (also included in this Intel Master Key) is set 100 years after the original campaign events and features a new cast of playable factions led by the foremost princes of the Jin Dynasty. These Eight Princes offer feature substantially different campaign mechanics, focusing their playstyles in fascinating and unique ways.

And in addition to these epic games, you’ll also more sweet in-game goodies and a 1-month subscription to Origin Access game services, which is utterly excellent.

Glorious indeed! This offer is running in conjunction with another Intel Master Key too, and that on features Gears of War Tactics!

GAME ON!

Good Overclocking – Benchmarks and BSOD

Today we’re looking at the software and methods used for overclocking different systems with various brands/combinations of hardware inside.

If you’ve never done this before it’s easier than ever before, with new Ai scanning tools that will help dodge the blue screen of death that occurs when we push our systems just that little bit too far 🙂

As always, overclock at your own risk! Doing this will void your warranty and it can also damage your components.

As we reach the limits on OC, our computers will likely freeze, BSOD and display odd graphical colour pops – all indications that we should pull back.

The basics are: Some Asus, Gigabyte Aorus and ASRock motherboards will allow you to overclock certain processors, graphics cards and memory to achieve better performance.

This could be for a ranking competition or simply for better frames in your favourite games.

While the overclocking process is similar with all, the software used for each varies depending on which brand you’re working with, be it AMD or Intel, EVGA or ROG & so on.

Before we jump into all the overclocking itself though, we’ll need something to test the system with. This is a good place to start as you’ll be running these benchmarks over and over again while you do the actual overclocking – and if you don’t run them first you’ll have to base performance marks to compare with!

Testing the Overclock – Benchmarks

Benchmarks provide a repeatable test, letting us check the system stability or performance, with a score at the end to compare with others from around the world. The game themed ones can be used by players seeking more information on what a certain upgrade/configuration would result in more FPS, while others provide a score to get you onto the global leaderboards.

There are lots of options, links to our GG favourites below!

Free Benchmarks

Prime 95 – A handy tool for overclockers and system stability checkers, Prime95 has a feature called “Torture Test” that allows maximum stress testing on the CPU and RAM. There are several options allowing the stress test to focus on the memory, processor, or a balance of both.

Prime 95 – https://www.guru3d.com/files-details/prime95-download.html

Furmark – Very intensive stress testing for graphics cards. If you combine this with the Prime95 above and you’ll be running at full burn!

Furmark – https://geeks3d.com/furmark/

Final Fantasy Series – These run through various scenes in the game, counting the FPS to give you a final score at the end.

Final Fantasy XV – http://benchmark.finalfantasyxv.com/na/

Final Fantasy Shadowbringers – https://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/benchmark/

War Thunder is a free to play combat simulator that started with planes, and now includes tanks and boats. The built-in benchmark tool is amongst the best available today because the game has such depth available in its graphics setting options menu and the massive number of players to compare performance with. Highly recommended.

War Thunder – https://warthunder.com/nz

UNIGENE – The free mode lets you check performance and stability in a beautiful, detailed environment.

Heaven UNIGINE – https://benchmark.unigine.com/heaven

Vally UNIGINE – https://benchmark.unigine.com/valley

SuperPosition UNIGINE – https://benchmark.unigine.com/superposition

Paid Benchmarks

3D Mark – The king of the hill when it comes to competitive overlocking, with leaderboards and loads of modes.

3D Mark – https://www.3dmark.com/

With any of the software above downloaded & installed, we’re ready to get the tools needed to do the actual overclocks. We’ll break this into different groups to keep things super easy.

Overclock Graphics Cards

By far the easiest to do, and able to be done with most graphics cards from the entry-level GTX 1650 to the highest end RTX 2080 Ti, overclocking your GPU is a fun way to get into the swing of things. The tools used focus on 2 main customisation points, core clock and memory clock – increases to either result in more performance.

Software: Brand dependant, you can find these on the brand websites for your specific graphics card too (the best place to get the latest version)

Asus GPU Tweak II – https://www.asus.com/us/site/graphics-cards/gpu-tweak-ii/
Aorus Engine – http://download.gigabyte.us/FileList/Utility/vga_utility_aorus_setup_v1.6.8.exe
EVGA Precision X1 – https://www.evga.com/precisionx1/

EVGA Precision X1 has a pretty solid guide, and OC scanner tools to help find the limits of your graphics card.

All the software packages work in the same way, but the interface for each is a little different. Be sure to run your benchmark first, at normal settings, and note the score before you start to play with these tools.

If you’re using RTX you can actually have the software OC for you, finding the limits and adjusting the settings automatically. If you want to do this select OC Scanner.

If you’re keen to manually overclock though, ensure fans are set to AUTO or 100%, and turn the power limit slider to max!

Then we slowly tweak up the Boost Clock with +100, with each increase, we click the tick to apply the settings – and then run the benchmark again and note the score.

Once the system starts to freak out, freeze or display error we ease back on the Boost Clock, and start increasing the Memory Clock.

The process is the same, raising the Memory Clock +100 until system failure strikes.

You can also click and type in target clock speed rather than using the sliders too, this becomes more helpful when you start to reach limits!

You’ll see the results in your benchmarks, and with our graphics card now overclocked we can move onto the CPU.

Overlocking a CPU was previously a bit more involved, however much has changed with the 9th Gen Intel K series CPU now having preset profiles on many motherboards and the release of the Intel Performance Maximizer. This automated processor overclocking tool examines your processor’s individual performance and programs personalised settings for a custom overclock – made simple.

Intel Performance Maximizer: https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/28772/Intel-Performance-Maximizer

If you want to go for a classic, manual OC this is still very doable and we can turn up our RAM here too, tap the F2 or DEL key as you boot to enter the BIOS.

Looking specifically at the guide for AORUS Z390 series, and the i9-9900K CPU – steps as below!

Enter “Advanced Frequency Settings”

Here you see the “Extreme Memory Profile (X.M.P.)” option. Change it to “Profile 1”. You might see a profile 2 with even higher settings – doesn’t work all the time but in some cases even a 3200MHz kit can run at 3600MHz.

Now, onto the CPU. The formula to calculate the frequency of your CPU is: CPU Base Clock * CPU Clock Ratio. The Intel i9-9900K CPU has a Base Clock of 100 and CPU Clock Ratio of 47 for a frequency of 100 * 47 = 4700MHz. In this Aorus guide the overclock target is 5GHz for a 300MHz increase.

Set your CPU Clock Ratio to “50”. (You can use the keys PgUP and PgDN to tweak settings)

Power management settings may decrease the stability of your system. Disable the following power management settings: Intel Speed Shift Technology, CPU Enhanced Halt (C1E), C3 State Support, C6/C7 State Support, C8 State Support and C10 State Support.

The formula for Uncore frequency is CPU Base Clock * Uncore Ratio = Uncore Frequency. Uncore frequency is the frequency of the non-core parts of the CPU- IE cache, memory controller, etc. To start, set your uncore to 47 and continue on with the guide. After you have determined your CPU’s highest overclock you can re-visit your uncore settings. In general higher uncore values do not produce meaningful performance differences, but they may improve benchmark score. Set CPU Uncore to “47”.

*Note: You may find that you lose stability at 5GHz CPU clocks if you raise the uncore frequency really high. Start with uncore at 4.7GHz and if your system is stable then raise it to a higher frequency. **Note: Please disable the “Ring to Core offset (Down bin)” under the Advanced CPU Core Settings. Under the “Chipset” tab disable VT-d.

Here you can disable settings or features which may not be necessary in your daily operation. VT-d is used for virtualization. If you don’t plan on using any virtual machines you can disable it. The same stands for Internal Graphics.

Now that we have set our memory XMP profile, Uncore, and CPU multiplier we must also adjust the CPU voltage (Vcore). In order for the CPU to operate at higher frequencies more voltage will be required. Go to the starting BIOS page (M.I.T.) and select the “Advanced Voltage Settings” option.

Select the “Advanced Power Settings” Option

CPU Vcore: Raising this helps keeps the system stable at higher CPU frequencies. However, it also increases the amount of heat your CPU produces. We suggest you keep Vcore under 1.35V depending on your CPU cooling solution. Most CPU’s should be able to overclock to 5GHz on all the cores at this voltage, however CPUs are not all created equally. Some may need more voltage, some less. Set Vcore to “1.30” to start. If you system is not stable raise the voltage in increments of .01 with a maximum of 1.40V.

*Note that changing Vcore voltage also changes your Uncore voltage since they share the same power rail.

CPU VCCIO and CPU System Agent Voltage: Both of these settings help with DRAM frequency overclocking. Values up to 1.3-1.35V are high but they are ok if you are using air cooling. Since we used X.M.P. profiles for our memory these voltages will be automatically set.

SAVE YOUR SETTINGS!

Before rushing off to test your new overclock we suggest saving your profile. You will find this option on the last page of the BIOS named “Save & Exit”

Congratulations! You are now running at 5GHz, and now it’s time to make sure that it’s stable… so benchmark benchmark benchmark, tweak settings and go for the highest score you can!

OC ON!

Good Gaming PC – Custom Builds & Asus Z490

With the brand new Asus 400 series of motherboards now happily making their way towards New Zealand, just in time for the Intel 10th Gen release date (which is set as May 21st in this part of the world), it’s the perfect time to start designing some custom gaming rigs for these awesome new options!

While the new Asus Z490 range includes many options, the two favourites are the glorious PRIME Z490-A and ROG STRIX Z490-F, which is perfect for us because they both look so different, with contrasting black VS white colour themes.

Both also have the internal header required for use with Type-C front IO found on the latest chassis – so we can build pretty much anything we want 🙂

Firing up the GGPC custom PC design tool and loading in the new options gives us some really cool looking configs, using the NZXT H510 series of cases chosen for that oh so good Type-C front IO, and they’re also available in black and white to match our motherboards, along with Elite options for those that want more glass, and even CRFT special edition for that unique WoW factor.

Combining these with all the Asus graphics cards options from AMD and Nvidia, along with the latest SSD & RAM options from Crucial, Samsung, G.Skill & Kingston, and more vibrant custom cooling from Cooler Master & NZXT for adding even more colour to the mix we’ve been able to create some wonderful looking builds.

Clicking the custom PC images shown above will take you to our building tool, we’ve kept our options fairly monochrome to start things off so the colour themes really come through nicely.

Have a play around with the parts and see which configuration you like the most, we’ll be doing the same while photographing and adding new components to the builder along the way!

For those new to custom PC gaming builds there’s a lot more to Asus than just really really good looking… I mean… some of it’s is just so utterly gorgeous that I… lost my chain of thought… Asus are real good engineers too! 

For many people out there it has been a while since they’ve done a new build for themselves, considering just how good things like the i7-7700 were a few years back you can completely understand why too! It has been able to keep up with all but the newest graphics cards which is nice, but with the new Intel 10th Gen i7-10700 showing such significant gains in comparison, along with the motherboard enhancements radically increasing the speed of our storage though all-new options, and connectivity like WiFi 6, for many it’s going to be enough motivation to pick up that screwdriver 😛

Which brings us to more reasons why Asus are pretty great for PC builders.

Asus Q-CODE & Q-LED will help to identify problems with a PC even if it can’t boot into windows or box. Four little LEDs light up to indicate power status, and any problem with the CPU, graphics card, RAM or boot drive for a quick diagnosis. Going one step further the Q diagnostic codes provide a reference point for fast and easy codes that describe common installation and component problems, and also when it’s (A)ll(O)k!

ROG Bios Flashback is the simplest (and safest) BIOS update method and it’s soo good that updates can even be done with no CPU or RAM installed – crazy right?! Simply download and pop that BIOS file onto a USB stick, plug it into the special USB BIOS Flashback port and press the button to begin the automatic process. You’ll still need to have the motherboard connected to your power supply of course, but no RAM and no CPU is a massive win, it allows us to make sure a build is running the latest software even before its fully assembled, minimising the issues that arrive a little later on when even newer hardware gets released.

Asus SafeSlot is something you’ll likely not to even notice is there, but back in the day (2008) it was really difficult to ship a pre-built gaming PC with the graphics card fitted because in transit if it took a solid knock the weight of the massive GPU could literally rip the PCIe socket apart with the graphics card still in it! Asus solved this by making sure every part was tightly secured in thermoplastic, an insert moulded SafeSlot prevents part loosening, misalignment, improper terminations, and other structural issues. The thermoplastic resin also provides improved resistance to shock and vibration. 

Those are all sweet features, but the likelihood of something going wrong with an Asus motherboard is slim at best, so let’s turn our gaze to the totally unnecessary features that make us smile, things like RGB and top-quality audio goodness.

AURA is what Asus have named their RGB software suite, but it’s important to note that it’s not only for Asus gear – more than 50 other brands such as Cooler Master, Hyper X, Crucial, G.Skill, Phanteks, AMD, EKWB, Lian Li and more have products that work with the Asus AURA software suite, so you can control and sync your RGB LED light show with just the one software setup. It’s awesome and goes beyond the usual PC parts to offer controls for everything from gaming monitors to mice. Just look out for the AURA badge when you’re choosing your various components and gaming gears and you’ll be all set.

The component we generally try our hardest to match with the motherboard is the graphics card, and Asus graphics cards which also feature Aura are the best ones too, you can even connect more RGB stuff directly to some models now, as if the 2xRGB and 2x ARGB headers weren’t already enough!

Sonic Studio does a bunch of neat things if you’re into sharing your awesome gameplay by live-streaming it with X-Split or OBS, and if you look at this Z490-F specifically it’s packing as Asus exclusive S1220A chip for SupremeFX technology that provides a flat frequency response for a neutral, detailed sound signature, so if you’re using a gaming headset, the front-panel output is driven by two op-amps to preserve audio quality.

Having all this sweet audio tech allows for other things too, but opinions are mixed on features like Sonic Rader III which will allow you to graphically see where sounds (like footsteps) are coming from in-game, and that latest version does a good job of indicating how far that sound is too, so if you’re waiting in a room you can shoot the bad guy through the door BEFORE he opens it – yep, that sounds like cheating to me BUT then you realise the other benefits that it brings, allowing you to game without the sound turned on, in the living room for example with others being loud, or maybe just so you can enjoy a good audiobook while you play. With sonic radar on because you’ll still have those audio ques, even if you can’t hear what’s going on.

Combine all this with world record-smashing overclocks and an ecosystem of products that cover everything on our desks it’s easy to see why Asus is a global leader in technology – and with the Z490-A + Z490-F it’s just about to get a whole lot better!

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!

Intel Master Key – Gears Tactics & MORE!

UPDATE: Offer now includes 10th Gen Intel CPU options

Accelerate your game with INTEL! Those fine folks have just kicked off a new Intel Master Key offer with even more bonus games up for grabs! 

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel i5, i7 & i9 series Desktop CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

Promotion is valid on qualifying purchases from April 21st 2020 – September 30th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Eligible CPU models for Intel Master Key: Accelerate Your Game

i5-9400
i5-9500

i7-9700
i7-9700F
i7-9700K
i7-9700KF


i9-9900
i9-9900K
i9-9900KF


i7-10700
i7-10700K


i9-10900
i9-10900F

i9-10900K

Now onto the good stuff! This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.

Full Game Downloads: 

Gears Tactics: A turn-based strategy game from one of the most acclaimed video game franchises – Gears of War. Outnumbered and fighting for survival, recruit and command your squad to hunt down an evil mastermind who makes monsters.

Hitman 2: Unravel the past of the elusive Shadow Client as you track your targets across new exotic locations and improvise the biggest kills in franchise history.

Dungeons 2: The Dungeon Lord is back – and this time he’s serious! Fulfil the Dungeon Lord’s insatiable quest for vengeance by recruiting fearsome new monsters from all corners of the underworld in order to undertake his evil bidding.

Halo Wars 2: Lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy. Featuring campaign, multiplayer, and the all-new Blitz mode, this is the biggest Halo battlefield ever.

In addition to all these, the Intel Master Key unlocks a bunch of handy software, DLC and subscriptions too.

Full Software: Corel VideoStudio Pro 2019, Corel Painter Essentials 7

Subscription/Credit: The Cycle – Intel Skin, World of Tanks (new account only), Origin Access (Basic 1 month), Overwolf – Game Capture Tools.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you get stuck at all during game activation be sure to log Support Claim with the Intel Master Key Team – they will help fix these sort of issues should they arise.

Check out all the awesome Intel CPU at PB Tech today!

INTEL MASTER KEY – NEED FOR SPEED HEAT

This promotion has now ended, we’ll announce the next Intel Master Key promotions here soon!

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel 8th or 9th Gen, i7 or i9, ‘K’, ‘KF’ or ‘KS’ series Desktop CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

Promotion is valid on qualifying purchases from December 11th 2019 – April 15th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Now onto the good stuff!

This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.

Full Downloads: Need for Speed HEAT, Kingdom Come: Deliverance, ArcheAge: Unchained, Subnautica, Street Fighter 5, Total War: Three Kingdoms

Subscription/Credit: Origin Access Basic, Gamer Sensei, Dashlane Password Manager (limited time offers)

PLEASE NOTE:  The Steam activation for Total War: Three Kingdoms game code is currently experiencing region-lock issues, if you experience this issue please log a Support Claim with the Intel Master Key Team – they will issue you a new code ?

Check out all the awesome new Intel Gaming PC at PB Tech today!

Intel Master Key – ‘K’ & ‘H’ BONUS!

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Intel Master Key promotions here!

Those fine folks at Intel have ANOTHER awesome Intel Master Key bonus up for grabs! 

For a limited time and while stocks last, you can register to redeem a BONUS Intel Master Key Code with select Intel 8th or 9th Gen, i7 or i9, ‘K’, ‘KF’ or ‘KS’ series Desktop CPU, or custom PC featuring this hardware.

Promotion is valid on qualifying purchases from November 5th 2019 – January 31st 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in New Zealand)

The Intel i7 & i9 ‘K’ series provide unlocked performance perfect for those wanting to overclock their Gaming Rig to achieve the best performance possible. When combined with a compatible motherboard (look for the Z390 motherboards in the current range) you’ll be able to increase the voltage, core multipliers and more to push your CPU to its absolute limits!

Of course, overlocking comes with its own risks, learn more about those in Benchmarks and Bluescreens 🙂

Anyway – back to the good stuff! 

This INTEL MASTER KEY code unlocks a range of awesome games, DLC and handy software.

Full Downloads: Total War: Warhammer II, Plants VS Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, Street Fighter V, Three Kingdoms.

In-Game Content: ArcheAge Unchained, Total War: Three Kingdoms Eight Princes DLC.

Subscription/Credit: Dashlane (6 month), Gamer Sensei (credit)

UPDATE: The Steam activation for Total War: Three Kingdoms game code is currently experiencing region-lock issues, if you experience this issue please log a Support Claim with the Intel Master Key Team – they will issue you a new code 🙂

What a bunch of goodies!

You can also check out the Intel Master Key ‘F’ series i3/i5 bundles here, and be sure keep your eyes on our GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!  

INTEL MASTER KEY i3-9100F & i5-9400F!

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Intel Master Key promotions here!

The new Intel 9th Gen i3-9100F & i5-9400F provide incredible performance without the added costs of integrated graphics. Ideal for users looking for a speedy Intel CPU to be paired with a dedicated graphics card – making them a top choice for PC Gamers, Content Creators and Editors around the world – if you’re looking for the best performance possible, and no un-used extras, look for the Intel ‘F’ series when shopping for CPU.

This Intel Master Key offer is available on purchases from September 25th – December 31st 2019, and only from authorised retailers – see all eligible Intel i3, i5 and Custom PC builds at PB Tech.

Intel i3-9100F,

  • 4 Core / 4 Thread
  • Processor Base Frequency 3.6GHz
  • Max turbo frequency 4.2GHz
  • No Integrated Graphics

Intel i5-9400F,

  • 6 Core / 6 Thread
  • Processor Base Frequency 2.9GHz
  • Max turbo frequency 4.1GHz
  • No Integrated Graphics

The software package unlocked by this Intel master Key is pretty awesome too, with a bunch of gaming and editing options for us to enjoy! It’s a mixture of full software, in-game content and subscriptions this time around.

Full Software: Corel Painter Essentials 6 + Euro Truck Simulator 2 + Dungeons 2 + GRID: Autosport + Goat Punks + WINZIP 23

GRID Autosport: A classic racing game that followed on from the BAFTA-winning GRID and BAFTA-nominated GRID 2, GRID Autosport from Codemasters that brings alive the experience of becoming a professional racing driver. Immersing gamers in a world of contemporary motorsport with a wide range of different disciplines and series, players will choose how to build and shape their career. It’s a world of breadth, of depth, of intensity and, of course, of the excitement that only racing cars can deliver.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Euro Truck Simulator 2 gives you the chance to become a real truck driver from the comfort of your home! Featuring licensed trucks with countless customization options and advanced driving physics, the game delivers an unparalleled driving experience which has put it in the spot of the most popular truck driving simulator on the market. The in-game world features numerous landmarks and precisely recreated territories to create the ultimate experience, making you feel as if you were driving the trucks in real life! But let’s not be fooled – Euro Truck Simulator 2 is not only about driving – the economy in game allows you to create and grow your own transportation company exactly as you see fit – the opportunities are endless!

Dungeons 2: The Dungeon Lord is back – and this time he’s serious! Take control of the mighty Dungeon Lord, craft a network of unique and terrifying dungeons and recruit an army of fearsome creatures from two playable factions. Prepare to defend your Kingdom against those pesky heroes, go above ground to wage war on their human cities and use the ‘Hand of Terror’ to take direct control over your minions, issue commands, and even dish out a swift slap to keep them in line.

Goat Punks: GoatPunks is a rip-roaring multiplayer game of goats, mountains, good ole head-butting action with lightning and fire to rain down on your friends below. Can you hoof it to the top and stay there? GoatPunks is a multiplayer action game pitting your goat against other players in a battle to become king of the mountain. Fight through an onslaught of bombs, obstacles and each other to climb to the top of 9 uniquely themed mountains each offering distinct challenges. Once up there, stay on top of the competition for 30 hectic seconds to claim victory. GoatPunks supports up to 4 players in head-to-headbutt, split-screen, action. Grab your controllers or keyboard and get ready to roll. Shields, weapons, and power-ups are scattered about the mountain, and if you manage to get your goat to make it up the top, all the other goats will have a common enemy: you! Stages vary in complexity providing a range of challenge and the levels are hand illustrated in an anime-like style inspired by Studio Ghibli movies. You’ll race up exotic backdrops including ice, city, candy and lantern mountains. Although the objective is simple, each round is a new adventure where anything can happen!

Corel Painter Essentials 6: is custom designed to inspire you to freely create canvas and photo art creations using award-winning Natural-Media brushes. As an intuitive paint program, Essentials offers a welcoming environment that will encourage you to have fun while using powerful and realistic art tools to reach your goals. Turn a photo into an amazing oil, pastel or impressionist work of art, or use pencils, pens or particles to paint, draw and sketch on a blank canvas. 

In-Game Content: Dreadnaught + World of Tanks BLITZ (Comes in the form of credits to use in-game, only for new accounts!)

Subscription: GRFX Studio Pro (3 month) + Dashlane (6 month) + Cylance (3 Month)

Once you’ve claimed your Intel Master Keycode the activation process is the same a previous IMK, visit https://softwareoffer.intel.com/Redeem and enter your code. This will prompt a short survey (in the past doing this has unlocked some extras too). Sometimes the system glitches at the end of the survey and you end up on a black/white screen. If this happens you can either clear the cookies or fire up an incognito tab, then re-enter the same key code and it’ll take you straight to the software download page 🙂

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!

This promotion has now ended, see the latest Intel Master Key promotions here!

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!