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AMD Radeon RX 6600 Graphics Cards available now in NZ!

UPDATE: RX 6600 builds are now included in AMD Rewards – Raise the Game!

Gosh, they did a pretty good job keeping this new graphics card release under wraps, but as of 2 am October 14th 2021, the latest AMD Radeon RX 6600 graphics cards are available to buy in New Zealand!

Much like the recently released XT version, there is no reference cooler design, so we get to enjoy a diverse range of aftermarket versions from AMD exclusive partners Powercolor, Sapphire and ASRock, as well as Asus, Gigabyte and a little later on, MSI.

AMD Radeon RX 6600 Essentials:

1x 8-Pin Power input (500w PSU recommended)
3x DisplayPort (v1.4) + 1x HDMI (Supports 4K@120Hz)
7680 x 4320 Max Resolution
2+ Slot Form Factor

Starting off with a closer look at the Sapphire Pulse RX 6600 Graphics Card we see that this latest option features their awesome Dual-X cooling system, with a state-of-the-art radiator setup and 2x fans that help to keep things cool while remaining rather quiet thanks to the larger size + improvements Sapphire has made to the fan blades, which they claim make the solution up to 10% quieter than the previous generation – nicely done Sapphire!

White the Sapphire Nitro+ Cooler leans towards the 2-slot form factor, a closer look at the MSI 2x Mech RX 6600 shows not all are so slim. While its still an easy fit for most chassis, for those looking to build very tight ITX SFF gaming PC it could be an important detail to consider.

That being said, previous MECH 2X GPU have performed very well and this new arrival is likely to follow the trend, that TORX FAN 3.0 tech is very cool!

More favourites in the new range are from AMD exclusive partner Powercolor who have two models releasing in NZ on day one, the Powercolor Fighter RX 6600 and Powercolor Hellhound RX 6600. Fighter is their standard ultra-slim design, with no LED light effects or bling to be seen, the design finds itself nicely filling the gap for those ultra-small gaming PC builds in which every mm counts.

The Powercolor Hellhound version sacrifices the slim Fighter design, but adds very vibrant LED lighting too a massive set of twin fans, it looks awesome especially with a chassis that supports either inverted motherboard placement or side mounting GPU with a PCIe 4.0 extender.

Rounding off our quick look is a monster RX 6600 for Gigabyte, with a massive 3x Fan cooler fitted on their Eagle RX 6600. The GPU PCB length is still short, and this allows the back fan to blow right through the fins.

Although significantly larger than all other launch options, the Gigabyte Eagle RX 6600 still only requires that 1x 8-Pin power input, and is surprisingly quite slim, just a couple of mm over 2-slot.

It’s really good to see some many great options released, and with the new AMD Radeon RX 6600 being the most affordable graphics card option for gamers it sure is well received here at GGPC – we’re busily working on our first RX 6600 Gaming PC builds with the Gigabyte Eagle inside – and it’s looking really really good ūüôā

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Sapphire RX 590 Gold Graphics Card Competition

This promotion has now ended.

SAPPHIRE is proud to present a unique Gold Edition of the NITRO+ RX 590 graphics card alongside a special anniversary Wallpaper Competition with a 2x Graphics Cards up for grabs!

Via Sapphire: This time the competition will require some creative input, as we’d like you to design screen wallpapers from the NITRO or PULSE graphics product lines.

Here’s how to enter the competition:

— Follow Sapphire on¬†Instagram,¬†Facebook¬†and¬†Twitter.

— Upload your most creative SAPPHIRE NITRO Wallpaper OR the best SAPPHIRE PULSE Wallpaper image (1680x1050p) through Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

— Include the hashtags¬†#SAPPHIREwallpaper¬†&¬†#SAPPHIREGoldGiveaway

— Submit your post through¬†Gleam¬†so Sapphire doesn’t miss your submission!

Make sure your post is publically visible!

The prizes are pretty awesome, those¬†SAPPHIRE NITRO+ RX 590 AMD 50 Gold Edition¬†is the latest custom graphics card from Sapphire and is great for gaming, it’s gold colour celebrates AMD‚Äôs 50th Anniversary, and they’ve paired it with white LED lighting from the dual fans for a pretty spectacular effect.

Good luck!

 

Good Gaming PC Case – CM MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror

We’ve been treated to so many good chassis lately and today we’re looking specifically at a very reasonably priced computer case from those fine folks at Cooler Master – a¬†white MasterBox 5 with a dark mirror front panel ūüôā

Starting things off, this isn’t the first in the MasterBox 5 series and there are also options if you wanted to grab this one¬†in black, or with mesh instead of tinting on the front – that’s really what Cooler Master has been all about lately as well, options!

This chassis provides a really good base to start just about any kind of build in,¬†an included power supply shield will help keep¬†things super tidy inside.¬†There are mounting holes all over the place which allow¬†for multiple positions when fitting¬†storage devices, the movable hot swap HDD caddy has a clip hinge with the CM logo on each drive bay as well. This case is ready for various sizes of motherboard, from the tiny ITX though to large ATX like we’ve used below in our little AMD test system.

The chassis does include¬†2x black CM 120mm fans which are mounted in the front, with these fitted the mirror effect for the front panel is pretty good at reflecting whatever your PC¬†is facing – this panel is actually a deep tint so if you decide to put LED fans into the position you’ll cancel out the mirror somewhat and a things will light up the front, you can check this out in our RGB¬†MasterBox 5 build shown at the bottom of this blog ūüôā¬†The top of the case provide quick access to dual USB 3.0 (which aren’t coloured blue, we like this) and also audio jacks with the power button having a white LED light behind it.¬†The side window panel is massive so when it came time to add in the little extra lighting we mounted this on the front aiming backwards, that way if you’ve got the PC on your desk at eye-level you won’t have a blazing LED shining directly into your eyes ūüėõ

GGPC MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror Custom Build

Even though the chassis is inexpensive compared to others of similar looks and quality (it’s under $150 NZD at the time of writing this) it’s so tidy looking you really can put in the highest end components and things won’t be off balance. There is space for X99 motherboards and dual graphics card builds, you can rear mount your radiator or even front mount a 240mm liquid cooling kit in a push/pull configuration and it¬†even fits the absolutely massive air cooling units like the MasterAir Maker 8¬†– crazy cool!

GGPC CM MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror Multiple Custom Builds

We like this chassis so much we’ve decided to use it for our own top selling build – the GGPC Hero GTX 1050 Gaming PC \o/ With this build being a part of our latest series of custom rigs you can tweak the components and the new visual tool will show you what your system design looks like as you choose/change components.¬†You won‚Äôt need to be a hardware guru to design a system, we only provide options which are compatible with each other.¬†The tool works by providing a range of fully functional base builds from which you can customise your system upwards, adding additional graphics power or digital storage depending on your needs. You‚Äôll be happily swapping out components¬†to get the perfect look with no worries ūüôā

We’re looking forward to doing more Custom Gaming PC builds with this chassis,¬†with such flexible mounting options and killer looks it’s hard not to love this case (or the others in the series) but among the current range this white dark mirror version is certainly a favourite of ours ūüôā On that note we happily give this fine Cooler Master chassis our GGPC recommends award – the MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror Case is GOOD!

 

GGPC Recommends Cooler Master MasterBox 5 Dark Mirror Gaming PC Case

 

 

Good Graphics Card – DOOM RX 480 BONUS!

 

GGPC Gigabyte AMD Doom RX 480 bonus

Just announced! If you’re gearing up with a beastly new RX 480 (ohhh that second one for crossfire:) or grabbing a¬†Gaming PC¬†featuring this graphics card you are in for a treat!

For a limited time AMD NZ are bundling coupon gamecodes for DOOM with the RX 480, this bonus¬†is valid on purchases between¬†Feb 21st¬†though to May 21st 2017 through selected retailers¬†ūüôā

Doom is a multi-award winning first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. Gameplay is extremely action packed with a large arsenal of iconic weapons (go chainsaw!) to collect which can be freely switched by players throughout the single player game, multiplayer sets itself apart with the ability to unlock and equip two favourites with more death dispensing options available as pickups throughout each round.

Getting your gamecode is easy!¬†Once you’ve got your powerful new hardware simply visit the registration site depending on what flavour you’ve choosen, currently you can visit the Gigabyte Redemption Page¬†or¬†PB Tech has setup an AMD Rewards page with details to get your codes for Sapphire and Asus also¬†ūüôā Once completed you’ll receive visit¬†www.amdrewards.com¬†to redeem your coupon code for DOOM! (Even if you’ve already signed up there is a moment to confirm you date of birth, this game is rated R16!)

GGPC AMD DOOM Redemption

Below is some spoiler free multiplayer gameplay with the RX480 in Doom on our own GGPC Ranger Gaming PC, we’ve turned the settings up past ultra with shadows set to nightmare and as you can see from the gameplay below – the AMD RX 480 handles this one with ease! Better still you can actually run the game with Vulkan and enjoy even greater¬†performance!

Good Gaming PC Case – The Segotep SG-K7 RGB!

Throughout 2016 we were¬†treated to a range of outstanding new chassis as manufacturers embraced both tempered glass and RGB lighting in their chassis lineups ūüôā Of all these new cases though one has really stood out, from a manufacturer known as Segotep who also made our orignal GGPC Shaman chassis known as Warship. This new case is a massive leap ahead in quality and looks a lot like¬†the InWin 805 but with slightly different front IO placement, a big PSU shield and comes pre-fitted with 4x 120mm RGB fans.

GGPC Segotep SGK7 BoxGood looks aside there are a lot of other things Segotep got right with the SGK7, firstly the way it’s all packaged up is excellent¬†with a sturdy double box and no polystyrene to be found ūüôā The foam padding holds everything securely¬†and both sides of all the glass panels (two sides and front) are shrink wrapped for extra protection. The RGB fans are fitted 3x in the front and 1x in the back and come pre-connected to an included hub so you can control the colours and effects easily via the front IO. It also contains a decent manual for new builders which we really appreciate, and even a cleaning cloth which is a must for any glass build as they do tend to become fingerprint magnets ūüėõ

GGPC Segotep Custom Gaming PC BuildThere’s no better way to get to know a chassis than building a gaming PC in one so for this blog we designed one that’s using the new B250m motherboard from Gigabyte and fitted the new i5-7500 taking a little time to wrap the cable up on the included CPU cooler so it looks nice. Another good thing about the new motherboards is we get to use 2400MHz ram this time around – the previous 2133MHz limitations are removed giving us access to¬†a much larger variety of kits at the faster speed which is great for us¬†as we¬†like to try out new parts whenever possible – the new G.Skill Trident RGB is coming in 2400MHz so we’re¬†extremely happy about this little change up!

Putting it all together was a quick process and once we successfully did a little boot test I¬†thought I’d spend a moment doing something with the Segotep SGK7 I haven’t really seen any other chassis do – adding a custom RGB name plate!

GGPC Segotep RGB Custom Name PlateTo do this you need to remove the front glass panel so you can access some screws, once those are out a little clear plastic panel (with the default Segotep sticker on it) can be removed.¬†When we peeled off the sticker it left a little residue which we¬†quickly cleaned off with some meths, using the old sticker as a sizing template I began hunting around for something the right size to use. We¬†then simply¬†printed GGPC on a piece of paper with black around it, the LED glow is powerful enough to shine through the paper but if you take a little time to cut out the name it really blasts through – just put your gamertag on the plastic backer and screw it back in you won’t need any glue etc – it’s that easy ūüôā

We’ve not seen a chassis this good available for so little before especially in New Zealand and on that note, now that we‚Äôve built a Good Gaming PC in this chassis we are happy to give it a well¬†deserved recommendation to anyone looking for a top chassis at a great price ‚Äď The Segotep SG-K7¬†is GOOD!

GGPC Segotep SGK7 Good Gaming Case

Good Graphics Card – AMD RX 470 Just landed in NZ!

GGPC RX 470 NZ

Oh you sexy thing!

We’ve excitedly just begun our first gaming pc¬†build¬†with the latest AMD graphics card – the Sapphire RX 470!¬†A new graphics¬†card that AMD claims is capable of decent 1080p gaming and also hits the minimum spec for a VR system,¬†it‚Äôs all part of AMD‚Äôs overall strategy to reduce the cost of buying into the VR ecosystem and with performance looking to be very similar to that of the excellent GTX 970 (our previous VR Ready go-to graphics card) things are indeed looking good!

Sapphire have both a 4GB and 8GB version of the RX 470 available now and each is using their awesome dual fan Nitro cooling system, they’ve also placed the 8-pin power inputs on the back of the graphics cards again which everyone should be doing – nice work Sapphire!

The logo along the top is lined with LED lighting but instead of using software to tweak this you’ll find an LED mode button¬†on the back of the PCB can be used to switch it between various settings including a nice breathing mode, you can also download the new Sapphire TriXX 3.0 Software to customise lighting, adjust fan speeds, core voltages and clock speeds to tune up performance ūüôā

Keep your eyes on our GGPC Computers Blog and YouTube Channel for the latest!