Ryzen 7 3700X

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, for pre-built Ryzen + Radeon desktop or laptop systems (or RX6900XT GPU stand-alone GPU now too), see this AMD Rewards: Raise the Game offer which is on now too and offers Far Cry 6 + Resident Evil Village.

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 Ryzen CPU with Assassins Creed Valhalla BONUS!

UPDATE: This promotion has now ended, the codes expire November 7th so please activate ASAP!

Woohooo! AMD have just kicked off an awesome new free game bonus offer for those getting themselves selected Ryzen CPU, or Gaming PC featuring these powerful processors!

For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select AMD Ryzen

This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from July 7th 2020 – October 3rd 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in NZ)

Eligible models for Ryzen Equipped to WIN AMD Rewards promotion linked below!

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800XT
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
AMD Ryzen 9 3900XT
AMD Ryzen 9 3950X

This new AMD Rewards Key offer unlocks an awesome game!

PLEASE NOTE: Assassins Creed Valhalla release date TBC December 2020

Assassins Creed Valhalla: Become Eivor, a mighty Viking raider and lead your clan from the harsh shores of Norway to a new home amid the lush farmlands of ninth-century England. Explore a beautiful, mysterious open world where you’ll face brutal enemies, raid fortresses, build your clan’s new settlement, and forge alliances to win glory and earn a place in Valhalla. England in the age of the Vikings is a fractured nation of petty lords and warring kingdoms. Beneath the chaos lies a rich and untamed land waiting for a new conqueror. Will it be you?

As with previous AMD Rewards Key promotions, you’ll have to claim your key first and then activate it via the portal – this activation must be done with the AMD hardware fitted inside your system!

Step #1: Purchase an eligible AMD component or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from a participating retailer.

Step #2: Register your purchase to redeem your AMD REWARDS KEY from the retailer. (PB Tech)

Step #3: Login (or create) to your AMD Rewards profile at www.amdrewards.com/login 

Step #4: Enter your AMD REWARDS KEY on the page that follows the login (shown below) – IMPORTANT! You’ll need to redeem from the PC that has the AMD hardware fitted inside, you cannot redeem from your mobile device.

Step #5: A prompt will appear for verification, click OK to proceed and follow the prompts.

Step #6: Success! Proceed to the next step – we’re almost there!

Step #7: You’ll now see the ‘My Rewards’ screen, any game options will be available to your here.

Step #8: IMPORTANT! Only click if you want to activate the token , you can wait till near the end of the promotion if you want to (but don’t leave it too long, codes do expire!)

Step 9: Once you click the ‘activate’ link you’ll be taken to launcher or landing page (For Assassins Creed Vahalla this will likely be uPlay or Epic Games launchers.), login or create a new account to proceed.

Step #10: Redeem your AMD Rewards Game Pass in the new box that has appeared – you’ve done it!

If you get stuck at any stage of the activation process you can send a message to the AMD team directly via the eTicket Contact Form which is linked at the bottom of the AMD Rewards Support Page www.amdrewards.com/faq.

It’s pretty great just how good the AMD team are at responding to messages, our last ticket test was sent on 25/02/2020 and was responded to within 12 hours – well done AMD!

GAME ON!

New AMD Gaming PC + Razer Gear BONUS!

UPDATE: This event has now ended, check out the latest GGPC Promotions here!

We’ve got even MORE gaming goodies up for grabs right now for those who get themselves one of our latest GGPC builds which feature an all AMD config inside, with awesome 3rd gen Ryzen CPU combined with the awesome RX 5600XT or RX 5700XT graphics for great gaming performance.

The RX 5600 XT is certainly a fan favourite amongst those who are looking for the best possible performance per dollar spent, and those cooler designs from PowerColor and SapphireTech are both utterly awesome too – providing low noise and low temps even when gaming for hours. 

Those looking for even more power need only step up to the tried and tested RX 5700 XT graphics cards which increase both the clock speed and memory total for even greater performance – especially if you like to blast your opponents in a higher resolution.

We’ve paired these fine GPU options with latest Ryzen 5 & 7 CPUs to ensure great performance in whatever you do – using the Ryzen 5 3600 and 3600X with the RX 5600 XT, and stepping up to the Ryzen 7 3700X or Ryzen 9 3900X with our RX 5700 XT Gaming PC builds – a little overkill for sure of that last one, but hey, sometimes you just want an absolute gaming beast 😛

OK now back to the free stuff! Get yourself one of these new GGPC all AMD Gaming PCs and you can register to redeem some awesome Razer Gaming Gears to use with your new rig!

With the RX 5600 XT Gaming PC you’ll get….!

Razer BlackWidow Gaming Keyboard: One of the best-selling and most popular keyboard series in the world, the BlackWidow has established itself as a top choice of Esports athletes. With mechanical keys, this gaming keyboard is ready to give you the advantage of precision designed from the ground up specifically for gaming.

Razer Kraken X USB Gaming Headset: Engineered to be extremely light at just 275g, this PC gaming headset’s slim form factor is complemented by a suite of features to achieve a near-weightless feel on your head, so you’ll be ready to game on and on and on and on while armed with superior audio – you’ll never want your gaming marathons to end! Equipped with 7.1 surround sound, this USB gaming headset provides more precise positional audio, so you’ll always get an accurate direction of where the action is happening to be better prepared for any engagement! 

And if you gear up with the RX 5700 XT Gaming PC you’ll also get…!

Razer DeathAdder Essential Gaming Mouse: For more than a decade, the Razer DeathAdder line has been a mainstay in the global esports arena. It has garnered a reputation for reliability that gamers swear by due to its proven durability and ergonomics. The Razer DeathAdder Essential retains the classic ergonomic form that’s been a hallmark of previous Razer DeathAdder generations. Its sleek and distinct body is designed for comfort, allowing you to maintain high levels of performance throughout long gaming marathons, so you’ll never falter in the heat of battle.

Pretty awesome right! This sweet bonus offer is only available while stocks last (AMD have 100x bundles) so be sure check out the latest in AMD Gaming PC at PB Tech today!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – 3rd Gen Ryzen, new X570 Motherboards & AMD RX 5700 XT Graphics!

It’s exciting times for PC builders with the new AMD Ryzen 3000 series just released in New Zealand!

UPDATE: New parts have been added to the Ryzen Custom PC Builder Tool. For the X570 and PCIe 4.0 SSD specifically, there is also a new Ryzen X570 Master Builder 🙂

It’s important to note that only the new Ryzen 3 3200G and Ryzen 5 3400G include integrated VEGA graphics, with the others, you’ll need to pair dedicated graphics cards in your builds.

The key takeaway information is faster clock speeds, faster RAM supported and a larger L3 cache – many of the models look to include the top-tier Ryzen Wraith Prism RGB Cooler too, rather than the previous Wraith Spire RGB option. If you’re using a current gen AM4 A320, B450 or X470 motherboard be sure to check the BIOS updates before you install the new CPU.

AMD Ryzen 3 3200G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 8
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 4
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.0GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
Integrated Graphics: VEGA 11
CPU Cores: 4
Threads: 8
Base Clock: 3.7GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 2933MHz
Cache: L2 2MB, L3 4MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.2GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 3MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Stealth

AMD Ryzen 5 3600X
CPU Cores: 6
Threads: 12
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Spire

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.6GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X
CPU Cores: 8
Threads: 16
Base Clock: 3.9GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.4GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 4MB, L3 32MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X
CPU Cores: 12
Threads: 24
Base Clock: 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock: 4.6GHz
Memory Support: DDR4 3200MHz
Cache: L2 6MB, L3 64MB
CPU Cooler Included: Wraith Prism RGB

Regarding cache, it’s basically a really small amount of fast memory used by the CPU, so for those who aren’t familiar here’s a quick metaphor.

You are a CPU, actively working on something with your right hand

Have something on the workbench in front of you (data in L2 cache)

Have something behind you in the cupboard (data in L3 cache)

Data which is stored in your RAM or SSD is like having it another room, so it takes a bit longer to fetch (we’re talking fractions of a second though)

Motherboard wise, we have a new X570 series releasing on the same day and this is ready to go with Ryzen 3000 right out of the box. Having one of these will also allow your build to use the latest PCIe 4.0 SSD storage options from Gigabyte and Corsair.

For those want to create an all-new AMD system there are also two new Graphics Cards releasing – the AMD RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT – and these get also get an AMD REWARDS Microsoft GAMEPASS bonus, see more info on that here 🙂

AMD RX 5000 Series Essentials…

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1465MHz
Boost Clock: 1725MHz

Graphics Card: Radeon RX 5700 XT
Power Inputs: 1x 6pin 1x 8pin
Display Outputs: 3x DisplayPort 1x HDMI
Length: 270mm
VRAM: 8GB GDDR6
Base Clock: 1605MHz
Boost Clock: 1905MHz

Massive thanks to ARTIS for capturing so much gameplay FPS test footage so fast, lots more AMD RX 5700 series gameplay on the ARTIS YouTube Channel.

Benchmark wise, 3D Mark has just released a new option for those wanting to test the AMD’s third-generation Ryzen processors, the new X570 motherboards and that oh so fancy PCIe 4.0 SSD.

GAME ON!