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RTX 2080 Graphics Cards Release Today in NZ!

Nvidia RTX Graphics Cards are available now in New Zealand, with models from EVGA, Asus and Gigabyte all looking very good. This latest generation of GPU has a slightly different naming style with the unexpected R – this highlights the real-time ray tracing aspect of this new release. Another new term to come along with the graphics cards in NVLink, the new SLi bridge for enthusiasts looking to build the most powerful gaming rigs in world.

Ray tracing relates to some of the graphic elements that make our games look good, or maybe realistic is a better word for this, it helps with dynamic lighting and reflections and with the boost real-time ray tracing enables, we’re even closer to having games look like our favourite CG cutscenes 🙂 It’s not a game breaker and if your sticking with GTX you’ll still be able to play, just on lower settings. Youtube demos can be seen via these links for Battlefield 5, Metro Exodus and Shadow of the Tomb Raider if you want to see real-time ray tracing in action.

Looking closer at the models available at launch, the new EVGA RTX 2080 XC with the Precision X1 software suite which, when paired with the NVIDIA Turing graphics card, promises to unleash its full potential with a built-in overclock scanner, adjustable frequency curve and RGB LED control.

The software is set for release along with the new RTX series, and it looks like this new generation of EVGA’s GPU stress testing utility, brings with it some excellent modes for pushing our new graphics cards to the limits.

If EVGA has the coolest software award then the coolest RTX award must go to Gigabyte’s new RTX 2080 OC with Windforce Cooling.

The triple cooling system features 3x 82mm fans, with an alternate spinning fan in the middle, 6 composite copper heat pipes and heat-pipe direct touch all working together to deliver an effective heat dissipation capacity for great performance at lower temperatures.

The airflow is spilt by the triangular fan edge, and guided smoothly through the 3D stripe curve on the fan surface, effectively enhancing the airflow.

The card looks amazing too, gone in the signature orange from the previous 10 series, replaced by a perfect semi-metallic grey.

Moving onto the new Asus Dual RTX 2080 we can highlight one thing all these new cards have in common, they’re large, and Asus is totally OK with this, making some of fattest.

Via Asus: This generation, our top-end cards adopt a 2.7-slot footprint to accommodate a larger heatsink because bigger is better. We’ve increased the overall surface area of our cooling array by over 50% compared to last gen. If you want to squeeze the most out of the Dual GeForce RTX 2080’s performance, our latest design gives you a lot more thermal headroom for overclocking. If you’re just looking for an amazing plug-and-play experience, the extra heat dissipation keeps your fans running at lower speeds while you game.

The coolers on all models sit high, so when you fit them in your systems (upside down), these new RTX series fill almost three-slots. Keep this in mind if you’re thinking of adding a component to the motherboard slots below. There is also no more DVI output, though the EVGA card looks to include an HDMI – DVI adaptor in the box. For the next generation VR headsets you’ll now see a special USB Type C connection on the back.

See these and more awesome new RTX Graphics Cards + RTX Gaming PC in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech, fun times ahead!

 

New Fortnite Ready Nvidia Gaming PC – Drift, Ravage and Ace!

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.

You can check out all these and more quick gameplay FPS test videos on GGPC YouTube – the new Battlefield 5 BETA begins tonight!

 

Good Graphics Card – Win a PUBG Loot Crate with ASUS!

UPDATE: Competition has been extended to the 12th August so gear up and get those entries in!

Another great promotion from Asus and Nvidia has just begun, this time specifically for gamers grabbing themselves Asus GTX Graphics Cards.

Simply purchase yourself an Asus Nvidia GTX 10 Series Graphics Card between the 1st June and 12th August 2018 then register your awesome new GPU for your chance(s) to WIN! I say chances because depending on the specific model you buy, you’ll qualify for a different number of entries into the draw.

4 chances to win = Asus GTX 1080/ GTX 1080 Ti

3 chances to win = Asus GTX 1070/ GTX 1070 Ti

2 chances to win = Asus GTX GTX 1060

1 chance to win = Asus GTX 1050 / 1050 Ti

Prizes for this one include a massive PUBG aluminium Loot Crate filled with a PUBG North Face Backpack, ASUS GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, ASUS PG279Q Gaming Monitor and Fusion 300 Gaming Headset, with 20 more lucky winners receiving a sweet PUBG hoodie and T-shirt 🙂

Once you’ve got your new GPU be sure to register it for this competition on the Nvidia website linked below!

https://www.nvidia.com/en-au/geforce/events/pubg-loot-crate-giveaway

Nvidia GTX Crew 2 BONUS!

 

**This promotion is now over, however, some EVGA codes had an issue redeeming – please contact us if you are stuck**

If you’re into arcade racing action but have always wanted to race on more than just ground, Ubisoft’s The Crew 2 is the racing game for you. With boats, planes, off-roaders, and high-performance racing cars, The Crew 2 offers unparalleled variety and immense amounts of fun. And adding to the fun, you can explore and move across the game’s vast open world by transforming into a boat, plane or car with the press of a button at any time.

Having just enjoyed a bunch of BETA testing on PC, cranking up fidelity to its highest levels means you’ll need the fastest graphics cards around, the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1080 Ti. For that reason, Nvidia is kicking off a new Crew 2 GeForce GTX bundle when you purchase qualifying GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, or Gaming PC featuring this awesome hardware, which will give you the keys to a free copy of The Crew 2 PC Standard Edition!

 

 

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.

GAME READY – Destiny 2 Free Game Bonus with Nvidia

PLEASE NOTE: For those getting a GGPC with GTX 1060, 1070, 1070 Ti or RX 570, 580 & VEGA please see our exclusive GGPC Destiny 2 Free Game Bonus HERE 

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended

TEAM UP AND FIGHT ON! Those fine folks at Nvidia have a killer DESTINY 2 GAME BONUS for those grabbing a new GTX 1080, GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card or Gaming PC and Gaming Laptop featuring this awesome hardware 🙂

Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home.

This awesome bonus is valid on purchases made between the 17th of October 2017 and 5th of January 2017 so get in quick! This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve geared up with your new hardware simple visit the website below and follow the steps along.

This is a register to redeem promotion, please use the handy links below depending on which flavour your grabbing 🙂

Hardware monitoring in Destiny 2 is a little different with most being disallowed/disabled – those fine folks at Logitech G have a great workaround for this though using the Logitech Gaming Software and their ARX companion APP 🙂 

FORGE YOUR ARMY – SHADOW OF WAR FREE GAME BONUS WITH NVIDIA

FORGE YOUR ARMY! Those fine folks at Nvidia have a killer Middle-Earth: Shadow of War GAME BONUS for those grabbing a new GTX 1080 or GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card or Gaming PC featuring this awesome hardware!

An epic open-world awaits us! Brought to life by the award-winning Nemesis System, we must go behind enemy lines to forge our army, conquer fortresses and dominate Mordor from within as we prepare to confront the full power of the Dark Lord Sauron and his Ringwraiths in this epic new story of Middle-earth. Forge a new Ring of Power, conquer fortresses in massive battles and dominate Mordor with your personal orc army in Middle-earth: Shadow of War!

The fate of Mordor rests upon the choices you’ll make. So weigh them with your life, because Nothing Will be Forgotten.

This awesome bonus is valid on purchases made between the 26th of September 2017 and 12th of December 2017 so get in quick! This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve geared up with your new hardware simple visit the website below and follow the steps along.

Gigabyte Redemption Site

ASUS Redemption Site

MSi Redemption Site

EVGA Redemption Site

We’ll continue adding redemption links as the pages go live 🙂

GAME ON!

 

GAME ON!

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!

 

GOT BOOST? Rocket League GTX Bonus!

BOOM! Those fine folks at Nvidia have boosted in with a sweet GAME BONUS for those grabbing a new GTX 1050, GTX 1050Ti or GTX 1060 Graphics Card, Gaming PC or Gaming Laptop featuring this awesome hardware 🙂

This is a register to redeem promotion so once you’ve geared up with your new hardware simple visit the website below depending on your chosen flavour 🙂

Gigabyte Redemption Site

Asus Redemption Site

MSi Redemption Site

EVGA Redemption Site

Below is a quick Gameplay FPS Test with the GTX 1050 in Rocket League with very high settings and a resolution of 2560×1440, super smooth even at this higher resolution!

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 laptop performance 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!

GAME ON!