RTX 3060

RX 6600 XT Graphics Cards Available Now in NZ!

UPDATE: AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT Graphics Cards are available now!

Following a flurry of leaks and teasers, AMD and their partners Powercolor, Gigabyte, MSI, Sapphire & Asus have been proudly showing off the performance and cooling for the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Card series just unveiled.

Unlike the monster GPUs we’ve seen already in recent 6000 series releases, this new RX6600 looks to be targeting excellent performance at 1920×1080 resolution, but the performance results shown so far have this graphics card pushing out frames like an absolute champion, beating the popular RTX 3060 in a range of popular games, including Battlefield 5 with a whopping +16 FPS in comparison.

Moreover, the charts released by AMD show Cyberpunk 2077 reaching an 83FPS average on max settings, while that’s only 3FPS higher than the RTX 3060 test system – it’s an unbelievable result in both respects. More exciting numbers are Apex Legends at 186FPS, DOTA 2 at 289FPS and Rainbow 6 Siege at 441FPS… so I think we’ll be pushing past 1080p in a few situations!

Picture of FPS statistics to compare the RX 6600 XT with the RTX 3060 Graphics Card

This was all revealed in the AMD Where Gaming Begins: EP. 4 presentation, in which the Director of Product Management for Radeon, Nish Neelalojanan, introduced us to the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT, highlighting the low power supply requirements and awesome performance it offers to gamers.

The lower than expected PSU requirements are great too see, making the new AMD Radeon RX6600 a variable upgrade for those running a 500w PSU in their current system, if you’re running higher you can be sure there are going to be higher wattage versions with aftermarket coolers from the partners to consider as well.

Before we jump into a closer look at the various versions coming for RX 6600 XT, let’s take a quick look at the base specifications and expand some of the acronyms around outputs.

Essentials:

– Max Resolution 7680×4320
– Expected Power (Desktop): 160w
– Memory Size: 8GB GDDR6
– Memory Bandwidth: Up to 256 GB/s
– Base Frequency: 1968 MHz
– Boost Frequency: Up to 2589 MHz

Inputs & Outputs:

– Power Input: 1x 8pin
– DisplayPort: 1.4 with DSC (Display Stream Compression)
– HDMI: 2.1 with FRL (Fixed Rate Link) and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)

Picture of the outputs on the RX 6600 XT, HDMI and DisplayPort with no Type-C, unlike the larger options.

Shown above, the outputs from the ASUS DUAL RX6600XT match reference design, with 3x DisplayPort and 1x HDMI.

What is DSC? DisplayPort with Display Steam Compression uses the same 32.4 Gbps bandwith, but unlike the non DSC version can can support 4K at 120Hz with HDR, or even 8K at 60 Hz with DSC enabled.

What is VRR? This Variable Refresh Rate enables the source to wait until the next frame is ready so a smoother gaming experience can be provided VS the more taxing option to repeat the current frame, or worse, to display the partially-rendered next frame, causing a teared look and stutter.

What is FRL? In HDMI 2.1 specification, Fixed Rate Link support is necessary to achieve the higher uncompressed resolutions such as those above 4K 60FPS.

Ahhh that’s some good jargon, now let’s take a closer look at aftermarket favourites which are expected to be available on release day here in NZ.

Starting off with Sapphire, an exclusive partner of AMD, we now expect two different versions of the RX 6600 XT to be available at launch featuring NITRO+ and PULSE aftermarket cooler designs. These are both dual fan models, quite a bit larger than the stock cooler option from AMD for lower noise and improved thermal performance under load. The PULSE RX6600XT offers a larger cooler with the same single 8-pin PCIe power input as the reference model

The Sapphire Nitro+ cooler design is awesome, adding metallic and addressable RGB aesthetics along with neat features such as a BIOS switch for quickly accessing various profiles, like performance and silent. The NITRO RX6600XT has an ARGB header just above the Sapphire logo too.

If you look closely at the fans you’ll also notice the Sapphire Nitro+ is using alternate spin too, this new hybrid fan design provides strong downward air pressure through the fan while keeping the noise low.

Looking at the Gigabyte options, we have an absolute monster graphics card named the RX 6600 XT GAMING OC PRO. At first glance, this looked very similar to the RTX 3080 GAMING OC cooler design, but it’s quite a bit smaller with straighter lines. This uses the WINDFORCE 3X cooling system with alternate spinning fans too, but again requires only a single 8-pin PCIe power input 🙂 Nicely done Gigabyte!

These three are all looking great, but this is just a small slice of what’s coming, with Asus even showing off a water cooled option via ROG STRIX – very exciting times ahead!

Shop the latest in the AMD Store!

Crypto mining with Nvidia Graphics Cards: Understanding LHR, V2 and 2.0 GPU Manufacturer codes

UPDATE: All GGPC pre-built and Custom Gaming PC systems are using new model NVIDIA Graphics Cards which are LHR, KL, V2 or 2.0.

Recently, Nvidia took steps towards making their Gaming Graphics Cards less desirable to crypto miners. They did this by making restricting performance for a specific mining task, while gaming performance still remains full strength.

The important detail to be aware of is that NVIDIA has now applied a reduced hash rate performance to newly manufactured GeForce RTX 3080(Ti), RTX 3070(Ti) and RTX 3060(Ti) GPU.

This means all currently available NVIDIA 30 series GPU, except for the RTX 3090, are now less suitable for mining builds.

Clear communication to gamers that also want to mine is now the goal – using MFC codes. This was needed because these GPUs originally launched with a full hash rate, there is a lot of old information around the web that can make it somewhat confusing for those wanting to try mining out for the first time.

To help with this, NVIDIA GeForce partners, Asus and Gigabyte AORUS have applied labelling for new model cards with a “Lite Hash Rate,” or “LHR” or “KL” or “V2” or “2.0” identifier to signal that the GPU is the newer version.

Examples!

For Asus, you can see the V2 is now in the MFC codes for the graphics cards.

TUF-RTX3060-O12G-V2-GAMING

DUAL-RTX3060TI-O8G-MINI-V2

Sometimes, the new MFC code characters make them too large for websites to display, in the case of PB Tech New Zealand we can see they have a limited number of characters they can display so they add it to the title.

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce RTX 3080 OC V2 is ROG-STRIX-RTX-3080-010G-V2-GAMING

For Gigabyte AORUS, the new MFC codes look like these with 2.0.

GV-N3070EAGLE OC-8GD 2.0

GV-N3080GAMING OC-10GD 2.0

EVGA are using KL to signal the updated versions. But GPU like the RTX 3080 Ti are all lite hash rate, so those still use the original KR

12G-P5-3967-KR (this has a KR but because it’s a newer Ti, it’s a lite hash rate)

10G-P5-3885-KL (The new version of the RTX 3080 with KL identifier)

MSI are yet to apply a new MFC code identifier in some cases, but newer graphics cards show the LHR identifier.

RTX 3060 Ti GAMING X 8G LHR

RTX 3080 GAMING Z TRIO 10G LHR

So there we have it! We hope this helps to make the search for graphics cards a little easier, with time all gaming graphics will be the newer versions too, so it’s only going to get better for us gamers 🙂

GAME ON!

Please note: for those still wanting to mine, the current time-to-break-even stat for the RTX 3090 is around 320 days.

EVGA Graphics Cards get a Falconeer Game BONUS!

UPDATE: This offer is ending now, we’ve received word that code supply is running very low at EVGA so get in quick!

EVGA direct redemption link: https://au.evga.com/articles/01460/evga-the-falconeer-promotion/

The Falconeer is an open-world air combat game, featuring frenetic aerial dogfights and deep exploration of the mysterious open-world of The Great Ursee.

Starting today, and only while code stocks last, you can register to redeem The Falconeer with purchase of a qualifying EVGA Graphics Cards.

The eligible GPU models for this one are EVGA GTX 16 series, as well as the RTX 30 series, and only from authorised retailed (PB Tech for NZ)

Quick links below for the latest EVGA Graphics Cards,

EVGA RTX 3060
EVGA RTX 3060 Ti
EVGA RTX 3070
EVGA RTX 3070 Ti
EVGA RTX 3080
EVGA RTX 3080 Ti
EVGA RTX 3090

The Falconeer: Become the Falconeer and soar through the skies aboard a devastatingly powerful Warbird. Uncover secrets lost to the sea as you join or oppose different factions and clans scattered throughout The Great Ursee. Take advantage of multiple Falconeer classes with individual stats, weapons and warbirds that can be upgraded through winning battles, completing quests, discovering secrets, or applying Mutagens or Chants. Use ocean thermals and energy to dive, dodge, barrel-roll, and twist to gain an advantage. The Falconeer is an open-world air combat game, featuring fast, brutal aerial dogfights and deep exploration of an incredible fantasy open-world set not only above the clouds but also amongst the waves and down through the sunken, ocean depths.

The Great Ursee is an ancient place, filled with beautifully detailed locations to find and explore, not only above the clouds, but also below the waves. Discover sparks of order and civilization as well as wild and dangerous coasts filled with treasure, pirates, lost technology and amazing creatures.

Great stuff EVGA!

AMD RX 6700 XT coming to NZ this March!

UPDATE: See the latest RX 6700 XT Graphics Cards at PB Tech NZ

The new RX 6700 XT graphics cards are set to release in New Zealand on Friday the 19th of March at 2am. That’s right folks, AMD have officially announced the new RX 6700 (XT) graphics cards, showing FPS tests and revealing specifications in another “Where Gaming Begins” special event.

The fun stuff really begins 236 seconds in, following an AMD intro filled with big numbers, and many pats on backs, which comes to a head with BIG NAVI reveal.

The new RX 6700 (XT) Graphics Cards are set to replace the RX 5700 series, and compete with the RTX 3060 / 3070 graphics cards performance wise, so we’re expecting good things. AMD revealed a performance comparison during the presentation showing FPS gains in Assassin Creed Valhalla + Dirt 5, losses in Watch Dogs Legion and Gears 5, along with a few others and more marginal ups and downs – the most important one is likely Call of Duty: Cold War, which is sure to have plenty of benchmarks appear online closer to launch 😉

AMD then continued on to show the potential FPS upgrades for those who own an RTX 2080 Super, and it was a good reminder about the significant performance boost we’re getting out of all the latest graphics card releases.

At a glance the new RX 6700 XT looks great, with new HDMI 2.1 for those gaming on fancy new TVs, and that beautiful AMD cooler design, now with dual fans.

Essentials:
– 2 Slot Design
– 3x DisplayPort
– 1x HDMI 2.1 (4K 120Hz + 8K 60Hz ready)
– 12GB GDDR6 (192Bit like the RTX 3060)
– 230w Board Power (1×8-Pin + 1×6-Pin)

The 12GB memory is like what we’ve just seen from Nvidia and their RTX 3060, and AMD continues to explain the move by showing the memory used by Call of Duty: Cold War, Dirt 5, Horizon Zero Dawn and Red Dead Redemption 2 while 1440P gaming at max settings – crazy high!

The presentation continued on showing lots more about AMD Ray-Tracing and some absolutely beautiful examples of these fancy lighting features in action. showing short segments on how Radeon Anti-Lag aims to make gaming more responsive, and AMD FreeSync makes gameplay smoother,.

AMD wrapped up but showing a massive range of aftermarket cooler designs from ASRock, Powercolor, Gigabyte, MSi, Sapphire and more too – all looking utterly awesome!

Now it’s just a short wait for the new options to release, we’ll be keeping our eyes on the mighty AMD Store & Custom Gaming PC Builder for the latest!

Nvidia RTX 3060 Available now in NZ!

The new Nvidia RTX 3060 graphics cards is set to be released on February 26th at 6am here in New Zealand, with awesome new options in a wide range of aftermarket cooling designs from EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte available on day one with more to come!

Being a 30 series RTX GPU, this new 3060 is super powerful, as we’ve come to expect from this latest generation of graphics cards, and the first options also have a rather massive allocation of memory at 12GB running with a 192-bit memory bus – that’s more and less than the just-released RTX3060Ti, which has 8GB at 256-bit, we’re unsure if/when other memory options are coming.

That aside the RTX 3060 is a very exciting graphic card with slightly lower spec’s than the Ti version across the board, and thanks to those relaxed power requirements and great performance, it’s sure to be extremely popular. The RTX 3060 is geared to support the latest Nvidia feature sets, including Broadcast for streamers and NVIDIA Reflex for high FPS gamers, which is even more exciting now with some of the compatible mice, such as the Logitech PRO X Superlight, being released already.

Looking at the base specs we see the RTX 3060 packs in 3,584 cores, with its base clock from Nvidia showing 1.32GHz – it’s going to be very interesting to see how far EVGA, Asus and Gigabyte can push this default spec up! If the mighty Gigabyte AORUS RTX 3060 Elite shown above is any indication of what we can expect – it’s going to be quite the race.

On the other end of the spectrum, we see the EVGA RTX 3060 cooler design for their black series is looking super cool too, suitably dark and low key in comparison!

Oddly, these are also looking to be the first new RTX 30 GPU that Nvidia hasn’t shown a Founders Edition for, so it’s going to be interesting to see if those might come a bit later with other memory configuration, but that’s just speculation at this point.

You can check out all the latest RTX3060 options as soon as they become available (6am, early Friday morning here in NZ) in the Nvidia Store at PB Tech.

GAME ON!