RX 6700 XT

AMD REWARDS Xbox Game Pass for PC BONUS!

UPDATE: There is an odd quirk to the Game Pass 1-month code provided from the AMD token, if you try to redeem while a Game Pass subscription is already running it will not work, but if your cancel your current subscription it will. The issue has been reported to AMD – thanks!

AMD surprise us again with a second AMD Rewards bonus, this time for individual components rather than pre-built systems, such great news for those looking to grab themselves a new Ryzen CPU or Radeon 6000 series Graphics Card to upgrade their existing system!

This new offer gives us an Xbox Game Pass for PC 1-month subscription and is available with a wide selection of AMD components.

Perfectly timed with the impending day-one release of Halo Infinite via the Game Pass service, this Microsoft subscription gives users access to amazing new releases, and a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games to download and enjoy.

To claim your code for this new AMD Rewards: Equipped to Win offer, you have to purchase an eligible PC component between the 26th of October 2021 and 30th June 2022, and because you’ll need to claim your AMD Rewards Key, this offer is only available from AMD authorised retailers (see PB Tech in NZ).

Please note: This new offer is only for stand-alone PC parts

The range of eligible components is massive, including a large range of Ryzen and Radeon options – quick links to our favourites below!

Eligible AMD Ryzen (G-Series and ThreadRipper CPU are not eligible)

AMD Ryzen 3600
AMD Ryzen 3700X
AMD Ryzen 5600X
AMD Ryzen 5800X
AMD Ryzen 5900X
AMD Ryzen 5950X

Eligible AMD Radeon (all 6000 series)

AMD Radeon RX 6600 <- Just released!
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

The Game Pass or PC service is still somewhat new, but the Xbox team have stayed true to their original announcements from when they first kicked off back in 2019, and they’ve done a a fine job adding more and more titles to the library, and now the options are quite diverse, but the really good thing is they kept on including new games on the day the games are released!

via Microsoft (the original from back in 2019): Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile. We’re working with over 75 developers and publishers to bring PC content to the service and we’ll ensure the library remains curated and full of great PC titles across a variety of genres, with new games added every month. Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up to 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons.

Fast forward to 2021 and there are so many awesome games included with Game Pass for PC service, among these the new releases Halo Infinite, Age of Empires IV and Forza Horizon 5 have a lot of attention, but there’s so much more, especially with the recently connected EA PLAY offers.

Even if you’re not looking to upgrade right now, you may want to get the Game Pass service via https://www.xbox.com/en-NZ/xbox-game-pass/pc-games anyway, and if the timing is right, you’ll nab a sweet introductory deal too.

GAME ON!

AMD Rewards Far Cry 6 + Resident Evil Village Gaming Bonus!

UPDATE: This promotion has ended, see the latest AMD Rewards here!

UPDATE: RX 6900 XT stand-alone graphics cards are now included!

AMD surprise us with another awesome AMD Rewards game bonus and this new AMD Raise the Game bundle has both Far Cry 6 and Resident Evil Village up for grabs!

This offer is valid for those who are buying a Gaming PC or Laptop with an ALL AMD config, meaning both the CPU and Graphic Card need to be inside.

The good news is the range is large, including AMD Ryzen 3000 and 5000 series 5, 7 & 9 CPU, along with the full Radeon 6000 series, including the just-released Radeon RX 6600. From September 10th – December 31st, the eligible AMD Ryzen / Radeon Gaming PC builds are:

Ryzen + Radeon RX 6600 (XT) Gaming PC
Ryzen + Radeon RX 6700 (XT) Gaming PC
Ryzen + Radeon RX 6800 (XT) Gaming PC
Ryzen + Radeon RX 6900 (XT) Gaming PC

And stand alone graphics cards:

Radeon RX 6900 XT Graphics Card

You’ll need to claim your AMD Rewards key from the retailer, so make sure they’re AMD authorised (see PB Tech if you’re in New Zealand).

Once you’ve got your new hardware sorted, you’re in for a treat!

Resident Evil Village: Set a few years after the horrifying events in the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the all-new storyline begins with Ethan Winters and his wife Mia living peacefully in a new location, free from their past nightmares. Just as they are building their new life together, tragedy befalls them once again. When BSAA captain Chris Redfield attacks their home, Ethan must once again head into hell to get his kidnapped daughter back.

Graphically stunning to behold, both in terms of art direction and the ultra-realistic graphics powered by the RE Engine, this fight for survival will have to chasing down leads and hunting for clues while running for your life 🙂

Far Cry 6: Dive into the gritty world of a modern-day guerilla revolution to liberate a nation from its oppressive dictator Anton, who wants to build the wealth of the nation for his son to inherit – he will sacrifice the freedom and lives of anyone who stands in his way.

After revolution and decades of foreign economic sanctions and blockade, Yara has been frozen in time, forcing its people to find new ways to adapt. In its past life, Yara was a prosperous nation and a tropical paradise that attracted travellers from all over the world, excited to explore its lush jungles, pristine beaches, and sprawling capitol city!

It’s going to be an exciting adventure, and being a Far Cry game, co-op too!

GAME ON!

Quick note! We’ve heard of a couple of freezes when detecting the hardware to activate the AMD Rewards Key, if you get stuck the AMD Rewards team can get things sorted, you can contact them via www.amdrewards.com/support should you need help.

AMD Rewards Dirt 5 with selected Ryzen + Radeon Gaming PC builds!

UPDATE: Offer extended to July 17th 2021! (codes must be redeemed by August 21, 2021)

The top chaps at AMD are calling this one FUEL YOUR GAME, and it sure fits!

For a limited time and only while code stocks last, you can register selected AMD Gaming PC builds configurations to redeem a Dirt 5 game code to go with your new PC.

Via AMD: Let loose in DIRT 5™ Launch PC Edition with a system powered by select AMD Ryzen™ processors and AMD Radeon™ graphics cards. Hit the dirt track and battle your friends to take the lead in the next generation of extreme racing.

This offer promotes ALL AMD Gaming PC builds, so to be eligible for this promotion you must have certain AMD Ryzen CPU + AMD Radeon graphics within the PC, and it must be purchased from an authorised retailer so you can claim the AMD Rewards Key (PB Tech in New Zealand). This promo is for purchases made between April 20th – July 17th 2021.

CPU wise, there’s a massive range of Ryzen 7 & 9 options that are eligible, including both the newest 5000 series and some great 3rd gen options. See the quick list below with links to CPU which are available now in NZ.

AMD Ryzen 9 5950X

AMD Ryzen 9 5900X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

AMD Ryzen 7 5800X (This one is a GGPC favourite)

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

GPU wise it’s also an excellent list, with the new RX 6700 XT graphics cards in the list along with other popular graphics cards, quick linked again for eas shopping 🙂

AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT (So many great new options!)

AMD Radeon RX 6800

AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT

Looking closely at the T&C it’s interesting to see both the RX 570 & RX 580 are also included, but not much much newer RX 5700 XT, so it’s very possible that’s an error, we’ve asked AMD for more info and will update when they get back to us 🙂

Now onto the GAME!

DIRT 5 is graphically stunning, provided you’ve got the hardware to push out the frames. Lighting and rain effects are particularly impressive and the Codemasters team worked with AMD directly to make the game experience top-notch!

So there we have it, super fun times ahead with awesome Dirt 5 races to be had on lots of awesome new AMD Gaming PC!

GAME ON!

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!