Gigabyte GTX 980 and GTX 970 G1 Benchmarked – Evatech

GTX 970 G1 Overclocked

With the drivers finally being released for Nvidia’s new GTX 9xx series, our technicians have finally had a chance to put our newest arrivals through their paces with a benchmark and temperature test. The GTX 980 and 970 are the newest additions to the Nvidia line up running on the more power efficient, DirectX 12 ready Maxwell architecture, announced today during Nvidia’s Game24 live stream.
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Gigabyte GTX 980 4GB Early Hands On [Photos] N980D5-4GD

Gigabyte GTX 980

Our first shipment of the eagerly awaited Gigabyte GTX 980’s arrived early ahead of Fridays launch and and much to our dismay, there was no driver CD in the box. In its place was a sticker asking us to visit Nvidia’s website to download the drivers, where the drivers have yet to be released.

So instead of bringing you benchmarks, we will have to settle for some photos instead.
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Make your next Gaming PC stand out with the new Aerocool DS Range

Aerocool DS200 Gaming PC Case

When it comes to mid tower PC case design, very few vendors deviate from the tried and true, black and white color schemes. Aerocool’s DS200 range has broken the mold releasing an ORANGE, BLUE, GREEN and RED versions in addition to the standard black and white options giving the customers 6 different colors to choose from.

The overall design of the DS 200 mid tower range follows in the footsteps of their earlier mITX DS Cube series, that also comes in range of colors. As standard the DS 200 comes with noise damping materials affixed to the internal panels and a built in LCD fan controller and temperature display. This 4 speed fan controller also has the ability to swap between 7 different back lighting colors and the temperature readout can be switched between Celsius and Fahrenheit.

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Q: How many fans can you daisy chain on a 230w sfx PSU? A: More than you should need.

Here at the Evatech offices we have accumulated a large box of OEM case fans and before we tried to sell them or even give them away, we wanted to make sure they were all working first.

In order to test them all, we could have just plugged them all in one by one, but it’s Friday afternoon and where’s the fun in that? We decided answer the question that no-one was asking, how many fans can a cheap old PSU power at once? So we dragged out a 230w sfx PSU we had we had lying around the office and start daisy chaining every fan together until they simply wouldn’t start to spin. Continue reading “Q: How many fans can you daisy chain on a 230w sfx PSU? A: More than you should need.”

Gigabyte R9 285 OC Unboxing, Hands On & Benchmarking [GV-R9285WF2OC-2GD]

Not being released to retail until next week, Evatech has got its hands on AMDs brand new 28nm Tonga XT GPU this afternoon and is bringing you what might be a world first, hands on with the R9 285!

So without further ado, lets get to it. Keep in mind we are not professional reviewers, just enthusiasts who got a new toy early, so we apologize in advance for the limited amount of testing & details.

UPDATE : BENCHMARK RESULTS ADDED – 02/09 12:05pm
UPDATE : [Correction] R9 285 not R9 285x

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PC Game Release Dates for September! Zombies, Soccer & RPGs

With very few big titles gracing August with a release date, PC gaming is slated to get start get busy again soon as September draws closer and the 2014 holiday period closes in.

A myriad of small indie titles in between fill up the gaps in between but there are 5 big name titles hitting digital shelves next month.

 

 

  • The Sims 4 : September 2nd (EA)
  • Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition : September 5th (CapCom)
  • Fable Anniversary : September 12th (Microsoft)
  • Fifa 15 : September 26th (EA)
  • Dark Souls II : Crown of the Ivory King : September 24th (Bandai Namco)

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Haswell-E, X99 Intel Chipsets and DDR4 Memory, What We Know So Far.

Expected to launch and some point in September the X99 Haswell-E chipset is the first consumer motherboard series to support DDR4 memory. Here at Evatech we are getting a lot of questions from customers asking if they should bother waiting for this or not so we thought we would take the time to address it publicly online.

From what we know so far, there will be 3 new CPU sku’s, the 5820K, 5930K and 5960X. At this point the price points are still just rumors but according to Niels Broekhuijsen over at Tomshardware we expect them to start at around the $450 AUD mark and go all the way up to $1100 for the top of the line model. Continue reading “Haswell-E, X99 Intel Chipsets and DDR4 Memory, What We Know So Far.”

Up to 5 years on-site warranty now available with every Evatech custom PC

Evatech is proud to announce it has partnered with Australia’s largest network of computer and electronics warranty providers to offer 1,2,3 or 5 year on-site warranty services with every custom PC we sell!

That means if you buy an Evatech custom PC with a NWS warranty and any component of the system fails within the warranty period, regardless of where you live in Australia, NWS will send a technician right to your door, free of charge.

These new warranty options are selectable when you are customizing any of our custom PC’s at evatech.com.au. For a full list of warranty terms and conditions click here.

Intel’s new ‘Devils Canyon’ Haswell Refresh CPUs & Z97/H97 motherboards have arrived!

Delivering higher performance with lower power consumption, the code named ‘Devil’s Canyon’ range of new Haswell based CPUs has arrived. Now available in all our Intel CPU based custom PCs with a large range of Z97 and H97 chipset motherboards.

All in all there are now 10 new CPUs to choose from, here to replace the old Haswell line up, with improved clock speeds and integrated graphics performance. To see the full range checkout our Intel CPU category – here.

Checkout our new Devil Canyon ready custom PC’s today via the links below at our custom Gaming PC page here.
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