Ragnarok Gaming PC in Corsair Graphite 780T Black

This customer’s order surprised us a little – weighing in at a little over $14,000 in total (includes 3x 34″ 3440×1440 G-Sync 144Hz monitors, a keyboard, and a mouse) with the PC costing over $9,000 by itself.

With the last many months bringing very noticeable price rises to PC hardware, creating hard hitting stock shortages, everyone in the industry has experienced a lower amount of orders than typical for the time of year, but with news that there’s no true end in sight, and rumours of continued price rises for the rest of 2018, this customer’s purchase made a lot of sense… No point waiting an entire year to buy your next PC when you can buy it now!

But, I hear you, what kind of specs do you get in a PC for $9k even?! Well, this particular customer didn’t have any questions for us before hand, and put together the following configuration that they ordered (only main components listed):

Asus X299 ROG STRIX X299-E, i7 7820X 8-core 4.3GHz, Corsair H110i, 64GB DDR4, Samsung 500GB 960 Evo M.2, Samsung 1TB 960 Evo M.2, 4TB HDD, 2x Asus GTX 1080 TI ROG STRIX, Blu-Ray writer, 1200W PSU.

This order is leaving our warehouse later today after being very safely wrapped up, then on board to our Queensland based customer who I’m sure is eagerly anticipating the arrival of their new toys.

Pics!

Burnout Paradise Remastered [Later this year]

We don’t usually post about games that were released 10 years ago, buuuut had to make an exception when Electronic Arts announced that Burnout Paradise would be getting a remastered release for current-gen consoles, followed by a PC release later this year, all in (up to) glorious 4K graphics.

It could be better news, it could be a new Burnout title entirely, but I’m sure many nostalgic gamers will welcome a straight up remastering that cannot be held victim to any butchering, and just promise some quality gameplay and a walk down memory lane. Speaking of, screenPLAY did their thoughts on the announcement over on YouTube, as well as some other discussions of games being remastered or re-imagined…

The game will reportedly include all the DLC from the original title.

Wallets wide open,
Evatech

Ragnarok Gaming PC in Corsair Air 540 Black

While it’s not the most expensive PC we’ve ever built, it is just enough to make it the new most expensive PC of this year. Coming in at $11,500 this is sure to make our NSW based customer extremely happy for years to come. No expense was spared when it came to the items that really count when it comes to performance.

It has the best Intel CPU; an i9 18 core at up to 4.4GHz costing just under $3,000 itself, 128GB of DDR4 RAM; the most a consumer grade PC can have right now, a healthy 1TB of SSD storage in the lightening fast M.2 format opposed to the slower SATA, and then not one but two of the best Nvidia gaming graphics cards; GTX 1080 TI OC.

We trust that no matter the task, this PC is more than capable of completing it in the best possible way. But now onto the pictures! We wanted to showcase how RGB lights can really give a build a different look and character to match whatever your mood or environment. Enjoy.

Valkyrie X Gaming PC in InWin 805C Infinity RGB

We decided it’s been way too long since our last build log post – and what better way to resume them than with Intel’s relatively new Coffee Lake CPU inside an always impressive InWin Infinity case. Hope you enjoy the pictures!

Z370, Intel 8700K, 16GB DDR4 RGB, 1TB M.2 SSD, GTX 1070 TI, Neon Green PSU extension cables, 700w Gold PSU & more; built for gaming.

PS. Hope you spotted the MSI gaming dragon wearing an MSI snapback…

Windows patches CPU bug, gaming performance unaffected

News has been circulating about a processor (CPU) bug with all Intel chips released in the last ~10 years which requires an operating system level fix. There is a disclosure from Google which indicates AMD processors are also affected by this, despite AMD previously saying they are not impacted.

Early reports suggest if the exploit is taken advantage of by a malicious party, they could gain complete control of your system – this is purely speculative and absolute worst case – there is so far no evidence of this being exploited in the wild so far.

The patch required to fix this can cause an impact on performance. It will slow down “syscalls” (function calls where the program talks directly to the operating system). This includes everything from opening files to communicating over the network; it’s virtually impossible to write a program without it. Performance impact will vary between applications; programs that don’t make as many syscalls may be mostly unchanged or unnoticeable. Although there’s a lot of uncertainty, rumours, and secrecy involved (to ensure the information doesn’t get into the wrong hands before adequate steps have been made to keep us all safeguarded first): we have some benchmarks.

The fix released for Linux with an i7 6700 calling the getpid syscall 100,000,000 (one-hundred million) times:
Before the patch: ~3.8 seconds
After the patch: ~15 seconds

Gaming performance however is a completely different ballpark – because games doesn’t need to interact with the OS directly nearly as often (if at all) as gaming benchmarks (below) have proven.

Testing conducted on Linux with a Intel i7 8700K and Radeon RX Vega 64 (thanks to Michael Larabel @ phoronix)

It is imperative that you do allow the Windows updater to run in order to protect yourself from being compromised.

It’s important to note that Intel has stated any performance impacts are entirely workload-dependant (as our research also implies) and that for the average computer user, should not be significant, and that it will also be mitigated over time by further OS updates.

As for our customers, apart from ensuring their Windows updates are turned on and they let it complete, gaming should be largely unaffected, so, happy continued gaming!

Goodbye 2017… Hello 2018!

The year sure blew by here at Evatech HQ, we had a lot going on to keep us all busy.

Almost as soon as we started back in January, we had Intel’s 7th Gen CPUs launch; Kaby Lake. This also saw the introduction of Z270, H270, and B250 series motherboards. Previous series Z170, H170, B150, and H110 motherboards were able to take a BIOS update to cope with the 7th Gen CPUs, but were mostly replaced once the new stock had become abundantly available.

By late February we had added AMD’s comeback to CPUs and motherboards after their previous release which was back in 2011. Ryzen has had quite a few issues since its launch, and Evatech still advises against Ryzen for all our customers. We also released our own warranty service, dropping support of National Warranty Services (NWS) in order to give Evatech ultimate control of the quality of work carried out on our customers’ PCs.

In March we saw Nvidia launch the highly anticipated GTX 1080 TI graphics card, which is still the best gaming graphics card you can buy today. Ryzen also released their lower-end CPUs. Evatech officially picked up InWin cases. While not the easiest or most conventional to build in, they do have an undeniable pleasing look to them once completed.

April. What can I say? We kept our heads down and got work done.

Skipping ahead to May, we got a look at RGB RAM done very, very right, with GSkill’s DDR4 Trident Z RGB RAM.

In June, we launched our Zurich workstation PC which has proved to be very popular amongst businesses and individuals who spend most of their time working in 3D design applications and the likes. A few weeks after the success of the Zurich, we added our Stealth PC, which offers home users the ability to go further than our original Everest PC in terms of performance, and is also focused on quiet operation. As if this wasn’t enough, Intel also launched their X299 series of motherboards, to replace the X99 series. With this of course, a new range of CPUs, for the first time ever going up to an i9 CPU, instead of the previous highest end i7 CPU.

In early July we were finally able to announce that we had been working with Channel 7’s hit new TV show focused on PC/console gaming; screenPLAY. screenPLAY airs on 7mate, and was recently moved from a Thursday 10pm time-slot to Thursday 7:30pm. The show is hosted by faces that should be familiar to most gamers or game enthusiasts: Stephanie Bendixsen (@hexsteph), Nich Richardson (@nichboy), and Miles Ross (@MilesTheRoss). Evatech supplied screenPLAY with the PCs they use to game on, record the gameplay, as well as edit and process the video footage for the TV show that is then aired on YouTube and/or TV! We also provided the gaming chairs you will see the hosts sitting on.

With August we started to get a taste for Bitcoin’s ability to influence PC hardware availability and pricing. Bitcoin’s price started to surge, and crypto-currency miners all over the globe started to buy up Evatech’s favourite GPUs: GTX 1060, GTX 1070, GTX 1080, and GTX 1080 TI. We turned away requests to building mining rigs, or customers who were obviously after graphics cards for mining purposes as we are all about gaming. We experienced some delays while we struggled to get our hands on top-tier graphics cards for our customers, but still managed to get PCs out on time for our gaming customers.

September started off with a bang as Deakin University placed an order for five X299 PCs, each of them identical: liquid cooled i9 7900X, 128GB DDR4 RAM, 4x liquid cooled GTX 1080 TI, a 2TB SSD, 8TB HDD, 1500w PSU, and sleeved PSU cables. After receiving the five PCs, they fairly promptly ordered another four of the same system for another campus. Oh yeah, each system was valued at over $14,000. Evatech single-handedly wiped out Australia’s stock of liquid cooled GTX 1080 TIs, meaning we had to bring in many units from the US to build the PCs in time. It was around this time that the crypto-currency mining had taken its toll on RAM availability and pricing, unfortunately.

Deakin’s second order of expensive PCs brought us into October, which also saw the new Quadro series of graphics cards added to our workstation PCs. Nvidia also released their GTX 1070 TI graphics card, which hasn’t seemed too popular just yet. We also loaned a gaming PC to screenPLAY to use at PAX in Melbourne (since they film in Sydney). Later in the month, we were introduced to Intel’s 8th Gen CPUs; Coffee Lake. Availability of Coffee Lake was next to non-existent however, and Evatech’s website didn’t begin offering Coffee Lake powered custom PCs until later the next month… What’s the next month?!

November! We were finally able to list Coffee Lake in our Valkyrie X custom PC. Kaby Lake is still offered in our Valkyrie system, along-side Coffee Lake, probably for the next 6 months or so until Intel finishes the 8th Gen release entirely. So far, we’ve only got Intel’s Z370 series of motherboards, with the rest to follow in the first half of next year (rumoured).

With our workload really ramping up in November, December had started and we hadn’t even realised it for the first week. Apart from getting PCs out to customers all over Australia in time for Christmas and the summer school holidays, we had a lot to be thankful for: coming to the end of our best year yet. Due to being a relatively new company in this space, we’ve only just really started to see return customers in a big way this year. With their old systems just not able to keep up with the ever-demanding new game releases. We’re happy to see happy customers come back for more of the Evatech experience.

We have a lot of people to thank, starting with you; the customers. Without you, we simply wouldn’t be able to work in such a challenging and rewarding space, being able to bring dreams to reality for those who know what they want and those who are unsure but don’t want to be ripped off or mislead.

Next goes to our hard-working staff; management, purchasing, accounting, technicians, support, and sales. All working together seamlessly to maintain our high customer satisfaction levels.

Finally to all our partners; distributors, brands, and couriers. Without any of these, we’d have nothing. And let’s not forget our happy friends over at screenPLAY! We’ve thoroughly enjoyed sponsoring the show, as well as prizes to happy viewers of the show.

Thank you to all who have been a part of our journey so far, we sincerely look forward to working with all of you in the new year, and also aspire to please the newcomers in 2018.

Look for us in the new year – we’re here to stay, but might have a new look…

Hope you and your loved ones have very happy and safe Christmas & New Years celebrations.

Valkyrie Custom Gaming PC in NZXT Source 340 White

An affordable yet powerful beast of a gaming PC that looks clean – sure to power our customer’s gaming needs for years to come.

With a primarily black and white theme going on the little red accents around the CPU cooler fans really pop.

The NZXT Source S340 White edition with it’s matte black interior finish not only looks great but has plenty of room for future upgrades.

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Valkyrie Custom Gaming PC in NZXT Source 340 Elite Matte Black

A fairly simple and well balanced configuration that will be a great performer for years to come. The colour combination really came together well, which will look great behind the full tempered glass side panel. We’re sure that our Sydney based customer will enjoy this even more than we have!

See below for specifications and more pictures.

Case: NZXT Source 340 Elite Matte Black
Motherboard: Intel H270 Chipset mATX
CPU: Intel Kaby Lake i5 7600K 4-Core 4.2GHz
CPU Cooler: 120mm Tower Air Cooler
RAM: 16GB DDR4 Quad DIMM Black Series
Primary Storage Device: 250G SATA3 SSD
Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB
Network: WiFi Dual Band N PCI-E Adapter
Power Supply: 600w ATX 80 Plus Bronze
Operating System: Windows 10 64bit Home Edition USB
Anti-Virus: Norton AntiVirus
Packaging: Heavy Duty Packaging & Internal Foam – Required for all shipped custom PCs
PC Warranty: Bronze 1 Year On Site Pickup & Return Premium Warranty Service
Service: Full Assembly, Burn-in Testing, and Setup

Start customising your very own gaming PC.