SA Gaming News Wrap

Hey South Africa this is the news wrap for you. Well, if gaming – and specifically gaming in South Africa – is of interest to you that is.

Remember that this Friday is Black Friday, so expect many of the local retailers to have some exclusive specials. If last year is anything to go by, I’m willing to bet that Raru will be the online retailer to watch for some really tasty deals. But don’t just look there, keep your eye on Takealot, Loot and others too, as well as the brick-and-mortar stores.


kosta-games_02Upcoming Events

So Gauteng is the place to be this weekend with a fair amount of action happening. But Cape Town is not out in the cold at all with a LAN to keep your weekend hot.

  • GAC LAN are hosting their final LAN of 2016 at Theo Marais Park. Seats are from R200 per person and the event starts at 5pm on Friday. You can enjoy the LAN until it shuts at 8am on Sunday morning. Additional details can be found on the event page.
  • Gamers Corner is hosting a LAN from Friday 25 November at 6pm until 9am on Sunday. Seats cost R150 each and the venue offers a “Super fast 100MBPS Fibre Optic Internet Connection” and some great opportunities to socialise with like-minded souls. More information can be found here.
  • Kosta Games will be hosting their final FIFA 17 tournament of the year at Epic Lounge in Ormonde. Entry is R180 pre-booked and R200 at the door. Up for grabs is R3,000 in cash prizes. The tournament kicks off at 12pm and additional details can be found here.

Remember to keep these days open for some upcoming action a little further in the future:


Competitions & Giveaways


kwese-sport_ace_02Kwesé ACE FIFA Finals

This coming weekend, the top four players from Cape Town and the top four players from Gauteng will face off in the grand final of the Kwesé ACE FIFA 17 finals. Up for grabs is a R50,000 cash prize pool split across the top four placings.

The action takes place on Saturday (26 November) from 1pm and will be live streamed on Facebook with the final expected to be played at 2pm.

As part of the event, attendees and media will also be able to compete in a R5,000 winner-takes-all mini tournament with the winner also standing in line to secure a second R5,000 for beating the newly crowned ACE champion.

The action takes place at the Microsoft offices in Bryanston.

You can find out more about the event here.


asus_gx800_01ASUS GX800 Heading to SA in 2017

If you’re looking for the ultimate option for your 4K UHD gaming pleasure (while staying mobile and liquid cooled), then the ASUS GX800 is the laptop for you.

This beast is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in February 2017, so don’t go and buy a placeholder option for now.

Just be sure to have around R130,000 available on your credit card…

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Powerful gaming laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics and advanced liquid-cooling system for real 4K UHD gaming. 

KEY POINTS

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics for incredibly-detailed gaming visuals and upgraded ROG Hydro Overclocking System for extreme overclocking
  • World’s first gaming laptop designed for real 4K UHD gaming; features NVIDIA G-SYNC technology for super-smooth and stutter-free visuals
  • MechTAG keyboard with mechanical switches and ROG Aura RGB LED effects for individual keys

Johannesburg, South Africa — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced GX800, a gaming laptop with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 SLI graphics and an advanced version of the Hydro Overclocking System liquid-cooling module. The 18-inch GX800 is the first gaming laptop designed to deliver real 4K UHD gameplay. It features NVIDIA G-SYNC™ technology and supports leading virtual-reality (VR) headsets for super-smooth and stutter-free VR gaming. In addition, GX800 features the Mechanical Tactile Advanced Gaming (MechTAG) keyboard with programmable ROG Aura RGB LED effects for individual keys.

NVIDIA SLI graphics and Hydro Overclocking System

ROG GX800’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI graphics provides super-fast, silky-smooth gameplay and detailed gaming environments.

GX800 is paired with an advanced version of its predecessor’s Hydro Overclocking System to give it the cooling performance required for extreme overclocking of the processor and graphics cards. The Hydro Overclocking System helps boost GX800 clock frequencies from 3.2GHz to 4.2GHz. When overclocked, GX800 achieves a 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra score of 10395.

A ROG-proprietary connection between the Hydro Overclocking System and GX800 ensures coolant flows smoothly between the two without leaking. The coolant is pumped and circulated around the processor and graphics card, before it returns to the cooling module where two radiators help to dissipate heat. To cope with these demands, GX800 has two 330W power adapters.

Designed for real 4K UHD gaming visuals

The 18-inch ROG GX800 is the world’s first gaming laptop to provide real 4K UHD gameplay for realistic, highly-detailed gaming worlds with faster and smoother frame rates. GX800 can run games at ‘Ultra’ graphics settings at frame rates averaging over 60fps.

In addition, the combination of NVIDIA SLI graphics and the Hydro Overclocking System ensures GX800 has the performance to deliver the very best VR gaming experiences. GX800 provides super-smooth, stutter-free VR visuals with frame rates exceeding 90fps. Featuring plug-and-play compatibility with leading VR headsets, GX800 is designed for immersive VR gaming.

Accurate and responsive keystrokes

The MechTAG keyboard has mechanical switches for positive clicks and 2.5mm of key travel for accurate, tactile keystrokes. It incorporates 100 percent anti-ghosting with 30-key rollover to ensure that multi-keystroke commands are correctly logged — even when 30 keys are pressed simultaneously. In addition, ROG Aura RGB LED effects can be customized for each key, allowing gamers to configure different effects and colours for individual keys.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG GX800 will be available from February 2017 in South Africa Online from Evetech and DionWired (Note that it will be order on request) with a SRP of R129 999.00. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.


You can find out about even more events happening in South Africa in our events calendar. If you want all the news about goings on in South Africa, simply click on the SA flag to be whisked to the most comprehensive coverage of South African gaming that you will find on the internet. You may just be surprised by how much is happening around the country.

Know of anything gaming related happening or happened in South Africa? Drop us an email at info@zombiegamer.co.za and we will do our best to cover it.

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