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PC Powerplay Special 2 2016

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PC PowerPlay is Australia's original and best-selling PC games magazine. Offering a mix of games and hardware coverage, the magazine gives a complete picture for the PC entertainment enthusiast. Inside is breaking news of new games, detailed previews of upcoming games, and advice to help readers make sense of the array of hardware and tech products that hit the market each month. PC Powerplay doesn’t just promote tech, it benchmarks and analyses it to help gamers make the most intelligent purchasing decision they can.

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Future Publishing Ltd
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
ride the whirlwind

Holy mother of god, what a month it’s been in the lead-up to this year’s PCPP Tech Special. Not only did I fly to Austin for the GeForce GTX 1080 launch, I then flew to Macau for AMD’s RX400 series launch, then direct to Computex for four days of back to back meetings. Throw in a case of a bizarre and rather serious flu that struck the entire team down, and it’s been an epic magazine to put together. The good news is that there’s plenty of cool info in here, especially regarding our Computex visit and the new GeForce GTX 1080 card from Nvidia. If there’s one thing I noticed on all of these field trips, it’s that Virtual Reality has become the driving force of the gaming hardware industry…

13 min.
computex hotware

01 In Win Aurora fans Price: TBA • Distributor: In Win www.inwin-style.com Case fans aren’t the most exciting thing in the world, but In Win has announced what could be the smartest fan solution we’ve seen in a long time. The Aurora fan itself isn’t that mind blowing – it’s a 120mm, 800-2000 RPM spinner, but the way it’s connected and controlled is genius. Rather than having to use separate fan controllers, the Aurora fans can be daisy chained together so one input can be used for multiple fans. The daisy chaining cables feature LEDs for extra lighting and the whole thing can be controlled via wireless remote. 02 EVGA DG-87 Price: $299.99 • Distributor: EVGA www.evga.com EVGA is promoting the new DG-8 range of cases as being designed as the ultimate gaming platform due…

2 min.
pcpp at computex taipei 2016

As the world’s largest PC component conference, Computex is a massive collection of huge halls jam-packed to the ceiling with the very latest in hardware. The theme this year was impossible to miss, with Virtual Reality being the focus. From case makers, to graphics cards creators to motherboard manufacturers, nearly every stand on the show had some form of “VR Ready” logo plastered all over the place. However, very few of these actually had approved by Oculus or HTC stamps – they’re simply claiming that these components will run today’s VR kits. That’s not saying much really, as all these kits need are a GTX 970/R9 290 level graphics card, an Intel Core i5-4590/AMD FX 8350 or better CPU, along with 4GB or 8GB of memory and twin USB 3.0 ports.…

2 min.

Though Gigabyte doesn’t like to promote its Aorus brand closely with its parent company, the Aorus laptops were nonetheless hosted on the same sprawling conference table as Gigabyte’s other laptops. The focus for this year seems to be gaming on the go – laptops that have the grunt to run with decent performance but without breaking your back. The highlight of their range had to be the new Aero 14, which measures just 19.9mm in depth. Yet Aorus has managed to pack in some powerful hardware into this 1.9kg notebook, with the Nvidia GTX 970M delivering most of the punch to the beautiful 14-inch screen, which has a 3K resolution. There’s also an Intel 6th Gen Core i7 processor, suggesting this thing will chew through batteries with ease. Yet it has…

1 min.

As one of our favourite motherboard manufacturers, we were a little surprised at ASRock’s focus on mini-PCs this year. Having said that, its BeeBox range was one of the best NUC-like PCs we’ve ever seen. This year the company launched the new DeskMini 110, which uses the Mini-STX form factor – the first time we’d ever heard of this to be honest. Using an Intel H110 chipset, the motherboard measures just 5 inches by 5 inches, making it absolutely tiny. Yet it can still handle i7 CPUs, provided their maximum TDP doesn’t exceed 65W. Three USB 3.0 ports (one Type-C) are included as well as HDMI and DisplayPort, making this a capable little HTPC box. Its other focus was on two new motherboards. The first is the X99 Taichi, which is…

5 min.

The highlight of last year’s Corsair booth was definitely the Bulldog, a mini-PC designed to fit inside an AV rack below your TV with ease. Sadly it still hasn’t launched yet, but Corsair did show off version 2.0 this year, and it’s definitely changed somewhat. The new version doesn’t quite have the squat, doggy-looking exterior of the original, and has grown slightly in size; apparently it no longer fits inside a standard AV shelf, which is a bit of a shame. Apparently Corsair weren’t happy with the thermal design of the original, so the new version should run cooler and quieter, so we’re happy to compromise on space. We were initially informed that the Bulldog should hit the Australian market in the next few months for a price of $2999, but…