I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the game TITANFALL 2 together with 3 other influencers, they will be issuing their challenges in their own videos in the next few days, so make sure you click their portraits below and hop over to their social media.
Send me a 30s video clip of your best moment in TITANFALL 2 – it could be your frag highlights, or some sick grappling and wall-running manoeuvres – and I’ll choose the winner on 31st December 2016 by SGT 2359.
Before I begin my post, let me qualify that this is not a professional spec and stat review, I did not do the testing the hardcore way – shutting down background programs, repeated tests under the same conditions etc.
This review is more about real world performance, in real world games, and how the card performs in my computer.
My comparisons are also going to be very specifically vs the GTX970
But of course, I’ve needed to run tests, so that I can examine the numbers and use them to figure things out.
Here are some links for you, as well as the card specs
Key facts about GeForce GTX 1060
· Crafted for speed and optimized for performance per watt: GeForce GTX 980-level performance with only 120 watts of power
· GeForce GTX 1060 custom boards starting on-shelf July 19, MSRP starting at $249
· Great for overclocking: Easy to overclock to 2GHz, on average 15% faster and over 75% more power efficient than the closest competitive product
· Simultaneous Multi-Projection come to UE and Unity game engine: More than 30 games are already in development, (including Unreal Tournament, Poolnation VR, Everest VR, Obduction, Adr1ft and Raw Data.)
Here’s my unboxing videos, if you’re interested to see how the FE looks packaged
Let’s start with my computer hardware and set up.
I use a 3 monitor set up, you can see the models and how I set them up in the screenshots below.
My 1060 is connected via DVI-D to my BenQ XL2411T, which is a monitor that can go up to 144hz.
My 970 is connected to my BenQ RL2450H by DVI and by HDMI to my HP2311.
My XL2411T is running on 120Hz (any higher and my other monitor shuts off, I’m not sure why).
Overall table of comparison of Firestrike
Here are my OLD computer hardware specs, and some results based on 3D Mark tests that I ran.
As you can tell, I was using 2 gfx before this, I had a 560Ti on the 2nd PCIE x8 slot, and my 970 on the PCIE x16 slot.
Not shown is my 600w cooler master power supply.
Even a year + ago, on may 23 2015, my CPU was the bottleneck.
Fast forward to TODAY, these are my current specs and test results.
750w FSP power supply not showm
The 1060 shows up as a “Generic VGA” because I’m using direct downloaded drivers which don’t show the make and model.
As you can tell, I’ve shifted my 970 to the PCIE x8 slot, and put the 1060 in the PCIE x16 slot.
Looking at the numbers, there isn’t really THAT BIG a difference between my previous set up and this current one. There’s roughly a 200 point increase in the 3D score, and some decreases in the other scores.
And just for kicks, I did yet another test, taking out the 970 totally, and simply leaving the 1060 in.
And here’s where we see a bigger jump in the scores. I’m churning out 5 digit scores now.
So from this I can only conclude that the 970 might be throttling the performance of my 1060, and that my CPU is definitely bottlenecking my performance.
SO, that’s it for the number heavy bits… on to…
2. REAL WORLD PERFORMANCE
I play mainly 2 games right now, World of Warcraft and DOTA 2.
I also stream at 720p and 2000 bitrate.
All feedback is based on having my 1060 in the main slot, and 970 on the second slot, dedicated to physx
A) World of Warcraft
Here are my settings and in game FPS.
Running on full screen mode, at 120 FPS, my in game frame rate is a steady 90+, in fact, most of the time it hovers around 96-98.
On my previous set up, I was getting almost only half the FPS with a range from 40-60.
A fun fact about my XL2411T monitor : While most FPS gamers buy this for the 120/144hz refresh rate, I actually bought it specifically to play MMOs – Wow and FFXIV. I get “carsick” when I play MMOs on low FPS, because the tearing and floaty graphics kill my eyes.
B) DOTA 2
I don’t play DOTA 2 on the highest settings, and I don’t require it on 120Hz. I’m pretty used to 60Hz play, and it gives me a flat 120fps when my stream is not on.
With my 970, I wasn’t getting 120, I was getting around 80.
C) Live Streaming on Twitch
On my old set up (I removed the 560TI and use my 970 as a solo card), streaming was pretty decent, but still not up to standard.
Software wise, I’m using XSplit, but will probably try to do some texting on Shadowplay sometime in the near future.
I was streaming on 2000 bitrate, 720p @30fps, and my system would choke now and then.
It still could manage to run and stream 2 games at once – I would tax my system by playing WoW whilst queuing for
Streaming DOTA 2 is generally not a very intensive thing, and I was managing this with minor problems – my in game FPS would drop to 40 fps, which is actually pretty jerky to play, but not that bad to watch on stream. It thus wasn’t very enjoyable to stream and play simultaneously.
I tested the new set up on the old stream settings (2000 bitrate, 720p @30fps) as well as the new settings (2600bitrate, 1080p @ 30fps) for quite a few games each, and here are my findings.
With my 1060, I can do 80fps in game, whilst streaming at 2600/1080/30. Whereas streaming on 2000/720/30 gives me 90FPS.
Streaming WoW on 2600bitrate, 1080p @ 30fps gives me an in game fps range of 60-80+. It doesn’t go over 90 fps, but the game play is smooth.
3. Summary/Overall Thoughts
Overall, of course there’s a noticeable difference in the performance of my graphics, but it’s also quite obvious that my CPU is a bottleneck.
I think it would be really fun to see what kind of stats I can get with the latest gen i7. Judging by the 3D mark scores online, I’m about 5000 points off firestrike – I do see stats of 15k.
In the meantime though, the biggest differences I see are when I play WoW, and when I stream. So I’m going to go out on a limb and conclude that you will see the best improvement on mid-high graphics intense games with the new card, if you were using a 970 previously.
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I’ve had the pleasure of using the ideapad Y700 for the past couple of weeks, and even brought it with me on my trip to Japan.
I’m not sure about you, but when I heard “Lenovo”, I instantly associated it with “office notebook”, and all the images of a blocky black version immediately came to mind. I was pleasantly surprised to unwrap this beauty, which had red accents, and a backlit keyboard, together with some rather sexy curves and a rubberized surface.
The entire bundle of goodies that I received – the ideapad Y700, Lenovo Headset, Mousepad, Mouse, and Samsonite backpack.
Stock photo taken from Lenovo Singapore website
I do my work on a 13″ Macbook Pro, but I have found it impossible to play games on. I tried firing up DOTA 2, but my program dock refused to go away, and I didn’t want to change my settings because it’s a pain to change them back when I play on my desktop. Also… 13″… I might as well just play Vainglory on my tablet to scratch my MOBA itch.
I previously lugged around an 18″ dual graphic card Alienware laptop, but, let me tell you this, because I don’t think you’ll have the pleasure of doing so yourself, that carrying a 7kg laptop plus it’s 1kg adaptor around through customs, IS NOT FUN.
It’s kept my arms toned and my collarbones chiseled, but it’s also given me lots of literal headaches.
And there’s also the time when I stuck my very expensive headset in with it into the bag for a short while, and the laptop promptly fell over and broke one ear cup. 😥
I had more or less given up on travelling with a gaming laptop, and decided to just play fallout shelter for the rest of my life on my MIpad when I was offered a shot at the ideapad Y700.
Here are 3 reasons why the ideapad Y700 is my new go-to for gaming on the go.
1. Depending on the specs you choose, its weight starts at 2.6kg. While this might sound like quite a lot, it’s actually very manageable if carried in a backpack. And I’m not saying this just because I’m used to struggling with 7kg!
It leaves you with a sufficient amount of energy to carry a keyboard, mouse, mousepad and headset along with it in your backpack.
I normally opt to just bring a mouse and mousepad with the laptop though, because of the excellent sound system (reason no. 2) which negates the need for a headset;
and the tactile, backlit keys with numpad
Here’s a comparison pic with my Macbook Pro. [The comparison is purely just for size, I know there’s no real comparing a Y700 with a mbp in terms of specs simply because their purposes are so different. However, the mbp is considered a portable laptop, so putting the Y700 next to it will give you a better idea of what to expect.]
2. It’s very sleek and compact, but the screen is surprisingly expansive for a 15″ laptop. Coupled with the amazing JBL speakers, this makes your entertainment super immersive. I’ve been using the sound at 34, and I’ve been worried about disturbing my neighbours, until I realised that because of the way it’s built, you get the max experience from sitting in front of the computer, and quite little noise pollution from the sides and back.
Here are a few pictures which show you the locations of the speakers on the laptop:
The Subwoofer on the bottom of the laptop, which makes a HUGE difference to your media and entertainment!
The JBL logo on the dashboard
The view from the back of the laptop, you can see the honeycomb grilles extend all the way round to the back
3. Since it calls itself a GAMING laptop, the specs have to live up to the claim.
Admittedly, I haven’t managed to play much on it at this point in time other than music and DOTA 2, which arguably aren’t very intensive. Even so, It’s been a terrific experience. I will be adding more information into further reviews, after I’ve had more time with it.
Here is the spec sheet of the model that I’m using (there are 3 different sets of specs that you can choose for the ideapad Y700)
Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ CPU @ 2.60GHz
Windows 10 Home
Up to 5 hours’ battery life with standard battery
16 GB DDR4 memory
15.6” frameless Full HD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 IPS, anti-glare display
1 TB HDD with integrated 8 GB
WiFi 2*2 AC + Bluetooth® 4.0, LAN 1000M
NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 960M graphics
Starting at 2.6 kg (5.7 lb) / 25.95 mm (1.02”)
2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0 with always-on charging , 4-in-1 card reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC), 2-in-1 audio combo jack, HDMI
There are 3 ideapad Y700 that you can choose from, the main difference being the RAM and the HDD.
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Here is a screen grab straight from their site for your reference
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Introducing the Grace 10, with Sponsor from E-Huge Technology
Best Denki’s representative with Hello Kitty on stage
Microsoft Singapore’s spokesperson testing the audience on the colour of Hello Kitty’s nose
Lucky draw winner!
The 4 players responsible for the Hello Kitty Grace 10 from E-Huge Technology, Microsoft, Achieva and Best Denki
file folder icons, all Hello Kitty-ized!
a glossy black exterior, with pink and white accents
Kimchi and I dropped by the Hello Kitty Grace 10 launch, a limited edition collaboration with Sanrio, and powered by Windows 10. It is exclusively distributed by Best Denki in Singapore, and goes for 379SGD each.
As a tablet itself, it doesn’t boast the highest specs –
resolution 1280 x 800
RAM 2GB DDR
Cameras 2M front and back
CPU Bay Trail-T Z3735F
But what it lacks in specs, it makes up for in fashion and practicality.
The price gets you a Pigo keyboard as well, which brings the total weight to 800g (the protective case+keyboard is 200g, the tablet itself is 600g), and gives you the option of using it as a tablet, or a laptop.
Windows 10 complements this switch perfectly by allowing you to use it in tablet or laptop modes (apps scale according to what mode the tablet is in), and to sweeten the deal, Microsoft office mobile apps are downloadable FOC, or if you’re looking to get an Office 365 subscription together with the tablet, Best Denki is offering a 20SGD discount, in addition to a complimentary Microsoft wireless mouse.
I do have to admit that I’m not a great Hello Kitty fan, but I’m definitely attracted to the idea of a 800g handbag (and shoulder) friendly laptop replacement with windows 10 capabilities!
On July 29th 2015, Microsoft Corp launched Windows 10 as a free upgrade to over 190 countries. I was lucky enough to be a part of the launch event in Singapore. (I got it earlier to test!)
After key takeaways from Andrew Pickup (Senior Director, Communications, Microsoft Asia Pacific), Jessica Tan (Managing Director Microsoft Singapore) and Guenter Weimer (General Manager, Windows & Surface, Microsoft Asia Pacific) came the demo sessions that I, Jianhao Tan (YouTube sensation), Irfan and Ikhsan Fandi Ahmad ( Sons of football legend Fandi Ahmad) headed.
(picture provided by Microsoft)
We were each tasked with sharing our wonderful experiences with the new OS upgrade in different scenarios. JianHao shared the work environment,
Irfan and Ikhsan shared the school environment
(picture provided by Microsoft)
and I shared the best scenario in my opinion, the home environment.
Fans were also treated to performances by local celebrity rapper Shigga Shay and local female DJ, Nicole Chen.
Top 3 Features for a gamer:
The name of the function is definitive to how easy it is to use. I can open up to four windows concurrently on the same screen which makes multi-tasking a breeze. Now, I can watch game streams, chat with friends on skype and look at my facebook newsfeed in one screen.
Windows Hello: Biometric Scan (Facial Recognition login)
Over the years, I’ve accumulated many valuable in game items, and keeping them secure is important to me. I’ve also had my Facebook status hijacked by cheeky colleagues and friends, which has even led to my account being banned! So I was greatly impressed by the facial recognition login matrix as there is nothing more secure than having my face as the login process.
(picture provided by Microsoft)
The new browser by Microsoft comes with the upgrade to Windows 10. Proclaimed to be the fastest browser out there, it has also cool functions that enables one to write and draw on web pages and share the content with ease.
One for the future:
You know how your mom always wants to watch her Taiwanese drama when you want to play your favourite console title and you have no choice but to give way?
Those days will be over soon, as you will be able to stream Xbox Live titles onto any device using Windows 10. This really got me really excited!
Here I am streaming Forza Motorsport onto my Microsoft Surface.
And this is a picture showing the Microsoft Surface mirroring what’s on the TV! The TV can be switched to another input and you can still play your game on the Surface.
Overall, Windows 10 is an awesome upgrade with too many cool features to list and as Guenter Weimer said “The best Windows ever is also the most familiar”, it has a nostalgic feel enhanced with the best from Windows 7 and 8 with the return of the start menu and the integration of the Live Tiles. Most notably, Windows 10 is now delivered as a service meaning it will always have free updates to enhance the already impressive features. Coral and I peeking at the live tiles on the Windows 10 Start Menu
Don’t you think it’s time to #UpgradeYourWorld with Windows 10 now? microsoft.com/windows10