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Counter Strike 2 is now available on Steam for free!

After a huge period of beta testing, Counter Strike 2 has been officially released as a Free to Play on Steam by Valve on Windows and Linux PC systems.
Every PC gamer has a Steam account making it almost impossible to not know what Counter Strike is.

Replacing the former title Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), CS2 is a brand new, overhauled version of the beloved game that brings new features to the popular competitive Esports platform.
CS2 uses the Source 2 engine from valve that provides a host of quality of life improvements as well as features that will enhance tactical gameplay and overall gaming experience.

 

 

Smoke grenades are a huge factor in high level Counter Strike gameplay. Watching any Global Elite level play will showcase what knowledge of smoke grenade throws can do to turn the tide of a game.
In CS2, smoke is a dynamic, volumetric object that interacts with the environment. Throwing a smoke no longer involves hoping that the grenade lands in the perfect spot. The smoke will envelop bomb sites and choke points in the map to fill the space better. However, smokes also react to other environmental factors to give both teams advantages. Firing your weapon through a smoke will cut a small window through the smoke so you can ‘peek’ at the enemy position. Throwing a frag grenade towards a smoke blocked corridor will not only damage any players lurking in the smoke but clear the smoke from the area too.

 

Tick Rate improvements server side show a dedication to improving the player experience at high level play. Previously on CS:GO, many players used third party matchmaking services like FACEIT to access dedicated servers with high tick rates. The overall feeling of the game on a server with a good tick rate was a huge difference and provided an incredibly smooth experience. Now with CS2, Valve has implemented server side improvments that mitigate much of the issues that high level players reports. From the off, CS2 feels smooth and the gunplay is responsive out of the box.

With a host of upgrades on the horizon for CS2, your CSGO items will all carry over to the new platform.
Counter Strike is a rewarding and challenging title that encourages teamwork, tactical awareness and strategy. It’s a must play for any first person shooter fan.

Try it out today here on Steam 

CS2 is designed to be easy to run and will perform admirably on most modern PC Systems.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS – MINIMUM:
OS: Windows® 10
Processor: 4 hardware CPU threads – Intel® Core™ i5 750 or higher
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: Video card must be 1 GB or more and should be a DirectX 11-compatible with support for Shader Model 5.0
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 85 GB available space

Check out the Stormforce systems for Counter Strike 2 Here

 

 

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Stormforce Gaming – 2023 Gaming PC Performance & Buying Guide

Stormforce Gaming have compiled a list of the most popular PC games and carried out extensive testing to ensure we are suggesting the best price point and product for every gamer!

We regularly get asked for advice on what to buy, what to upgrade and what to expect from a new gaming system. To help gamers get an idea of what to expect from each price point, we have tested all of the most popular PC games to gather information on settings that are achievable on each of our systems.

The price point of every computer we sell will determine the performance of the hardware in that system. Obviously, the more expensive systems in our range are capable of higher performance figures and able to play more demanding games.

Simply select the price range you are looking to shop at and that column will give you an indication of the graphics settings you will be able to comfortably play each title at.

We have also provided some tips on what to look for when shopping for a new gaming PC below the table of suggestions.

Please remember, if you are unsure about anything or want some more personalised advice, you can get in touch with our team here

Call – 01925 287008
Emailsales@stormforcegaming.co.uk

Game Title

Onyx £400-£600 720p - 1080p

Onyx £600-£800

1080p

Onyx & Crystal £800-£1500

1080p-1440p

Crystal £1500-£2000

1440P Ultrawide

Prism £2000+

1440P Ultrawide 4K

Suggest DLSS?

Anthem

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Apex Legends

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Assassins Creed Odyssey

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Assetto Corsa Competizione

MIN SPEC NOT MET

LOW

MEDIUM-HIGH

HIGH-ULTRA

ULTRA

YES

Back 4 Blood

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Battlefield 2042

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Battlefield V

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Borderlands 3

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War - COD

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - COD

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Call of Duty: Vanguard - COD

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Call of Duty: Warzone - COD

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Company of Heroes 3

LOW

MEDIUM

MEDIUM-HIGH

HIGH-ULTRA

ULTRA

Control

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive [CSGO]

MEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Cyberpunk 2077

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGHHIGH-ULTRAYES

Deathloop

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Destiny 2

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Doom 2016

LOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Doom Eternal

LOWLOW-MEDIUMHIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

DOTA 2

MEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Dying Light 2

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Elden Ring

LOW-MEDIUMMEDIUMHIGH-ULTRAULTRAULTRA


Escape from Tarkov

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHHIGHULTRAYES

F1 22

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Fallout 76

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Farcry New Dawn

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Fortnite Battle Royale

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Forza Horizon 4

LOW-MEDIUMMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Forza Horizon 5

LOW-MEDIUMMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Gears of War 5

MIN SPEC NOT METMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


God of War

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Grand Theft Auto V - (GTA V)

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Guardians of the Galaxy

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Half Life: Alyx (needs VR)

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWMEDIUM-HIGHHIGHHIGH


Halo Infinite

MIN SPEC NOT MET

LOW

LOW-MEDIUM

HIGH

HIGH

Halo 5

LOWLOW-MEDIUMHIGHHIGHHIGH


Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary

MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAULTRA


Hogwarts Legacy

MIN SPEC NOT MET

HIGH

HIGH

HIGH

ULTRA

YES

iRacing

LOW

LOW-MEDIUM

MEDIUM-HIGH

HIGH

ULTRA

League of Legends

MEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Metro Exodus

MIN SPEC NOT METLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGHHIGH


Microsoft Flight Simulator

LOWLOWMEDIUMHIGHULTRA


Minecraft

LOWHIGHHIGHULTRAULTRAYES

Monster Hunter: World

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Overwatch

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds [PUBG]

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Rainbow Six Siege

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Red Dead Redemption 2

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAHIGH-ULTRAYES

Rocket League

MEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Shadow of the Tomb Raider

LOWMEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRAYES

Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAHIGH


Star Wars Jedi Survivor

MIN SPEC NOT MET

LOW-MEDIUM

MEDIUM-HIGH

HIGH-ULTRA

HIGH

The Outer Worlds

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Tiny Tinas Wonderlands

LOWLOW-MEDIUMMEDIUM-HIGHHIGH-ULTRAULTRA


Total War: Warhammer 3

MIN SPEC NOT METLOWMEDIUMMEDIUMHIGH


Choose your Resolution

Picking a monitor resolution is one of the biggest factors into what gaming system you will need. Trying to run a lower spec system on a 4k monitor or a 4k TV would result in very poor performance as the system would not be able to output enough frames per second to provide a smooth visual experience. Likewise it can be a waste to use a very powerful system on a smaller resolution. Whilst a powerful system would always be able to play on a low resolution monitor, that extra performance would be wasted.

It’s all about finding a good balance and picking your in game settings appropriately to get good framerates as well as nice visual quality.

The table below includes systems at different price ranges that Stormforce Gaming sell. We have suggested a monitor resolution that matches that price point too.

When buying a new PC, it is best to buy a computer that is a good match for the monitor you plan to play on. Most smaller monitors are 1080p resolution or HD. These monitors are generally quite easy for most gaming PCs to power games on.

For higher resolution monitors like 1440p, Ultrawide or 4K, a much more powerful system is usually required.

We have paired monitors with systems at different price points and suggested the best in game settings you can use to achieve a smooth, playable frame rate in that game. The more demanding games will of course require a much higher specification PC to run smoothly but each of these suggestions should provide 60+ frames per second or better.

Frames Per Second, Hertz, Refresh Rate, What’s the difference?

We hear this a lot and we agree, it can be confusing. There is a lot that goes into this topic but let’s keep things simple.

  • Frames Per Second or FPS is the output measurement for a Gaming PC. This refers to the amount of frames a PC can output every second. The higher the better.
  • Hertz refers to the refresh rate of your monitor or screen. Having a higher refresh rate generally allows your screen to display more frames per second and match your PC’s graphics output.
  • VRR and Sync Technologies like NVIDIA G-Sync or AMD FreeSync are features present on some monitors and TVs that allow the screen to adapt the refresh rate (Variable Refresh Rate) to match the graphics output resulting in a smoother visual experience.

PC Gamers aim for a minimum FPS of 60. This is widely regarded as the baseline for smooth gameplay. Any lower and you will notice a stuttering feeling when trying to play a game and it wont feel smooth. Some lower paced games like Flight Simulator feel ok if you play at a lower frame rate but for most games, more FPS is best. If you are struggling to hit 60FPS in a game, it is a good idea to lower your graphics settings slightly so you can find a good balance between visual quality and performance.

Generally it is good practice to get a screen with a refresh rate to match your graphics output. Even if you have a high refresh rate monitor with 120Hz or 144Hz (or even higher), you will still benefit from this high refresh rate even if you arent matching the Hertz with your FPS.

Remember – running at high FPS doesn’t matter if your monitor cant support it. If your Gaming PC is able to output 120FPS in most games, running that system on a 60Hz monitor will limit what you can see anyway or even cause something called screen tearing, this is something that happens when your monitor tries and fails to keep up with your graphics card.

If you press ‘Windows key’ + S to Open search and type ‘Advanced Display Settings’, you will get display information from your graphics and monitor. Be sure to set your refresh rate to the highest that you display will support.

Upscaling your Experience

In recent years, graphics card technology has put in place upscaling features that allow your system to play more demanding games.
Think of this as the graphics card taking each frame it outputs and upscaling the image to a higher resolution.

We have included a suggestion to use DLSS on the table below where it is available.

DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling, is NVIDIA’s award-winning AI rendering technology that increases graphics performance in over 280 games and apps using dedicated Tensor Core AI processors on GeForce RTX GPUs. Enabling DLSS in games that support it will drastically improve the performance of the game and allow you to enable many visual features whilst maintaining high frame rates in that game.

For the full list of DLSS supported games, please look HERE to check if your game is supported.

If your system has an AMD Radeon Graphics card, you can enable FidelityFX™ Super Resolution (or FSR), this cutting edge upscaling technology will help to boost framerates in selected titles and deliver high quality gaming experiences for gamers using AMD Radeon graphics.

For the full list of FidelityFX™ supported games, please look HERE to check if your game is supported.

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Benchmarking iRacing and Rennsport with Apex Racing

Stormforce Gaming proudly operate in partnership with Apex Racing who compete in the 2023 Porsche Tag Heuer eSports Super Cup series and the ESL R1 Rennsport Championship as well as a host of other high profile Sim Racing events across the globe.

Apex Racing Team are one of the UK’s most prolific professional Sim Racing teams featuring a roster of championship winning driving talent. At the start of March 2023, we travelled to Apex Racing HQ to undertake a full day of system testing in a variety of Racing Simulator scenarios. We wanted to put sample systems through their paces in Simulators that the team are competing on.

Apex Racing play a huge part in the UK Sim Racing community offering a bespoke facility in Corby UK that plays host to multiple professional level racing simulators, Esports competition simulators and full broadcast, media and race control facilities. Apex Racing also offer driver training, setup tuition, leagues and a host of other services that bring enormous value to the Sim Racing community through competitive experience.

As Sim Racing enthusiasts ourselves, a visit to Apex really showcases the level that professional Sim Racing has risen to and emphasises how exciting this collaboration is for the Stormforce Gaming range. Every simulator that Apex use includes state of the art VRS simulator components including Direct Drive wheel bases and pro level load cell pedals.

A key element of the partnership between Stormforce Gaming and Apex Racing is research and development. We plan to have every key system within the Apex Racing Simulation suite operating on high performance Stormforce Gaming systems. These systems will be available to buy via Apex Racing as part of a simulator package with built in computing hardware or from Stormforce Gaming as a standalone ‘simulator focussed’ performance system.

Apex are currently competing on a variety of hardware but their main competitive systems use NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB Graphics cards and i5 processors. Whilst these specifications are relatively modern, the demands from modern simulators are always changing. New simulators present new hardware demands and our objective as hardware suppliers for Apex Racing is to ensure that the team has access to the best fitting performance hardware from our key brand partners.

 

The opportunity to work with Apex Racing has given Stormforce Gaming access to valuable feedback from their team members. Having discussions with professional Esports Sim Racing drivers around what their performance targets are is eyeopening. Whenever we have tested simulators on our performance systems, there is always a preference to max out as many key visual settings as possible in a bid to try and maximise immersion.
Immersion is usually shunned for higher performance when it comes to competitive driving. Turning off mirrors, screen reflections, particle effects and other non critical settings can provide fairly substantial performance boosts in Simulations.

 

iRacing is one of the most popular simulators on the market currently and due to the long standing tenure of the Sim as a cornerstone of competitive Esports and competition driving, there is a LOT of information available to us when testing performance. The Apex Racing team all have a huge amount of experience in the Sim and before testing even began we had a raft of valuable information available to us. The team provided guidance on what methods they use to optimise performance in iRacing and our testing was carried out on a single 1080p monitor and triple 1080p monitor configurations. The reasoning behind the single and triple monitor comparison was to check what level of performance drop we would experience when using three screens.
All tests were carried out using a full grid of the same 911 GT3 car on the same track for each test.

Rennsport is an unreleased Simulator still in development. Running on the Unreal Engine 5, the Sim has a huge level of detail already and is gearing up to be one of the top sim titles available when it releases. Apex Racing compete in the ESL R1, a competitive Esports platform that runs on Rennsport where each team offer integral feedback to the Sim developers to assist with realism, balance and overall performance. As Rennsport is not available to the public, the Apex Racing team were able to give us a good level of insight from their competitive driving in the Sim. As Apex will be using Stormforce systems to compete in Rennsport in the future, it was of paramount importance to ensure our system specs would power the sim properly. We were limited to testing on a single 3440 x 1440 monitor for our testing as Rennsport does not currently support triple screens at the time of writing.
Please keep in mind that our testing within Rennsport is carried out alongside Apex Racing for product development purposes only. All testing is carried out on the latest build but performance information is likely to change as development on this simulator progresses closer to launch and official graphics driver support assists in performance optimisation.

Performance Testing Methodology

For both Sims tested:

  • All FPS numbers were generated from the built in FPS counter for both simulators.
  • The low and high FPS numbers were generated on the first lap where traffic on screen was at its highest

For iRacing testing:

  • iRacing ‘Optimised settings’ were a pro driver display configuration used by the Apex Racing team to represent their typical competitive settings.
  • Max Settings was
  • The average FPS was established over a formation lap then 2 more laps to ensure that more realistic load scenarios could be checked.

For Rennsport testing:

  • The average FPS was established over an out lap plus 2 more laps to ensure that FPS counts and performance behaviour was repeatable.
  • We sadly ran out of time to test Rennsport on the 3070 system at any other setting other than what the team were using for competition.
  • No DLSS upscaling technology was enabled for any of our testing within Rennnsport. DLSS options are available within the sim.
  • Rennsport testing was carried out on a practice lap scenario as no AI was available in the early build we were using.

 

For this test we were setting baseline performance figures on both simulators. The system we tested on was similar to the specification that Apex Racing compete on so the numbers we were trying to generate were as close to what the team sees as possible. After much review, we got feedback that the performance on offer was almost in line with their current systems. We observed higher FPS jumps on the single screen iRacing tests with the grouping of FPS results being much tighter when the burden of triple screens were activated.

Rennsport provided us a good baseline of reference in this test. We noticed here that there was a significant FPS drop around the Nürburgring T7 hairpin but this was consistent across all of our testing on each system. This accounts for the FPS low in each of the tests we performed.

 

The 4070Ti testing was what we considered may be the sweet spot for Apex Racing’s performance needs going into the test. iRacing showcased that triple screen performance on the Apex Racing optimised graphics settings was likely more bound to CPU performance. The quantity of cars on the track in our ‘maximum load’ scenario was probably accounting for a lot of CPU resource but also the jump in performance we were expecting between the RTX 3070 and RTX 4070Ti wasn’t quite as stark as we anticipated.

For Rennsport, the 4070Ti provided excellent performance figures. The early build of the Sim showcased itself well across all 4 of the graphics presets with very playable performance figures being present even at Epic settings.

 

The RTX 4080 system we had on hand was always going to provide the best performance but it was critical for us to understand if the extra power that the 4080 offered was really needed. The max FPS on offer in iRacing from the 4080 system wasnt that much higher than the 3070 system we tested, however a key point to note from all of our testing is that the average FPS presented by the 4080 was always the most consistent in iRacing tests. This contributes significantly to the smoothness of visual presentation for the simulator.

On Rennsport the uplift in performance on the RTX 4080 showed a performance bump which was respectable over the 4070Ti but wasn’t as large of a delta as we were expecting. We attributed this to the build for the sim being an early build that perhaps doesnt take advantage of the card as well as it could but also that the screen resolution of 3440X1440 would be playing a big factor in performance scaling. Once Rennsport is capable of running on triple screens, the extra headroom that an RTX 4080 provides will be far more noticeable as the card will be able to take advantage of its higher VRAM capacity on a larger resolution.

 

Conclusions and Further Testing

The testing we carried out has set a clear baseline of performance expectations from the team as well as providing us with valuable metrics for performance that each of the Apex Racing drivers looks for. Whilst their personal graphics settings varied, there was much commonality between the drivers with preferences like mirror quality and other cosmetic settings being disabled in preference of higher framerate output.

Each of the systems we tested gave us valuable data on what Apex Racing need to compete in events as well as how we can develop system specs that will meet their needs. With Apex actively competing in competitions right now, we will continue requesting performance data from them on existing equipment as well as providing evaluation units with different CPU, RAM and Storage configurations to properly evaluate all of the available hardware brands that Stormforce Gaming partners with.

Following on from our day of on site testing, our hardware specialists are now conducting extensive in house testing on a wider variety of hardware configurations to fine tune the hardware setups that Apex Racing will be using in future.

Stormforce Gaming would like to extend our enormous gratitude to Apex Racing for the hospitality shown to us as well as the valuable time dedicated to us by their team, especially Jon Robertson and Alex Simpson who dedicated their day to driving and feedback for us.

 

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Stormforce Gaming – Amazon Exclusive NVIDIA GeForce RTX Gaming Systems

Stormforce Gaming are proud to announce the launch of four exclusive gaming systems based on NVIDIA GeForce RTX Technology available only at amazon.co.uk.

Each system in our Amazon Exclusive range showcases a plethora of high performance gaming hardware from ASUS, Corsair, Cooler Master, Western Digital and MSI.

Every Stormforce Gaming system is assembled to the highest quality standards with exceptional cable management and attention to detail no matter the price point. Each system features components that have undergone strict testing procedures to ensure maximum compatibility, reliability and performance.

Each system in the Amazon Exclusive range is designed to take advantage of the full host of NVIDIA GeForce RTX features. Each System features RTX Ray Tracing, DLSS AI enhanced graphics and GeForce Experience allowing you to optimise game performance and record and stream live gameplay in one easy to use application.

This range of systems will be available exclusively from amazon.co.uk from today.

 

Stormforce Onyx Gaming PC – NVIDIA RTX 3060 8GB, AMD Ryzen 5600, 500GB, 16GB, WiFi, Windows 11 (Amazon Exclusive)
MSRP – £939.00

Elevate Your Gaming: This Stormforce PC is equipped with the AMD Ryzen™ 5600 processor, NVIDIA RTX 3060 8GB GPU and 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory, delivering the smooth and lag free gameplay that PC gamers crave.

Graphical Excellence: Armed with the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3060 8GB graphics card, play the latest PC Games at 1080p resolution with ease.

Warranty & Software: Windows 11 Home Plus. 3 Years Comprehensive Collect, Repair & Return Warranty. 1 month trial of Xbox Game Pass included. 30 Days of Norton Antivirus.

 

Stormforce Onyx Gaming PC – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB, AMD Ryzen 5600, 500GB, 16GB, WiFi, Windows 11 (Amazon Exclusive)
MSRP – £969.00

Elevate Your Gaming: This Stormforce PC is equipped with the AMD Ryzen™ 5600 processor, NVIDIA RTX 3060 12GB GPU and 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory, giving you the power needed to take your gaming to the next level.

Graphical Excellence: Armed with the MSI VENTUS GeForce RTX 3060 12GB graphics card, this system is ideal for competitive gaming.

Warranty & Software: Windows 11 Home Plus. 3 Years Comprehensive Collect, Repair & Return Warranty. 1 month trial of Xbox Game Pass included. 30 Days of Norton Antivirus.

 


Stormforce Crystal Gaming PC – NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB, i5-12400F, 16GB, 1TB, WiFi, Windows 11 (Amazon Exclusive)

MSRP – £1,299.00

Elevate Your Gaming:  Powered by the Intel® Core™ i5-12400F processor, combined with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB GPU, and 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory, this PC gives you the power needed to take your gaming to the next level.

Graphical Excellence: Armed with the ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3070 8GB graphics card, play AAA titles at 1440p and 4K with high frame rates.

Warranty & Software: Windows 11 Home Plus. 3 Years Comprehensive Collect, Repair & Return Warranty. 1 month trial of Xbox Game Pass included. 30 Days of Norton Antivirus.

 

 

Stormforce Crystal Gaming PC– NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB, i7-12700F, 1TB, 16GB, WiFi, Windows 11 (Amazon Exclusive)
MSRP – £1,999.00

Elevate Your Gaming: This gaming PC is powered by the Intel® Core™ i7-12700F processor, combined with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070Ti 12GB GPU, and 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR4 memory, giving you the power needed to play, stream and create without limits.

Graphical Excellence: Armed with the ASUS TUF GeForce RTX 4070Ti 12GB graphics card, play AAA games at 1440p with high frame rates.

Warranty & Software: Windows 11 Home Plus. 3 Years Comprehensive Collect, Repair & Return Warranty. 1 month trial of Xbox Game Pass included. 30 Days of Norton Antivirus.

 

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How to get the most from your Corsair iCUE Software Suite

Corsair iCUE is a comprehensive PC monitoring and control software. From system temperature control to advance lighting profiles, iCUE can be configured to take care of most performance PC requirements.

When Corsair first launched iCUE back in 2018, the PC gaming market was awash with a clutter of RGB lighting control formats. Many companies are still subjecting gamers to an incoherent mess of software and cabling standards which tend to confuse newcomers and gamers who don’t build their own systems.

When every hardware manufacturer decided that every gaming PC component and peripheral needed fancy lighting covering every crevice of their products, there was a period of time where many gamers had to seek guidance on what products cooperated with each other. Even today, many gamers will need a plethora of applications to unify the lighting on their gaming setup. This can be extremely frustrating as most of the time, the last thing you want to spend time on with any gaming PC is how your system lighting looks.

Even more frustrating is that having a lot of applications controlling different brands of hardware can mean you get some components which will run on default ‘demo mode’ lighting settings until Windows loads to desktop and your lighting profiles take over. In summary, it can be a messy affair and it just isn’t a good experience.

PC Gamers are still awaiting a unified ‘industry standard’ to RGB lighting and whilst the hardware connections seem to have become standard for the most part, a lot of vendors still have their own proprietary software for system lighting control.

Corsair are the premium hardware partner for Stormforce Gaming. We work with Corsair hardware as it allows us to create systems with a unified approach to system aesthetic, customer usability and overall performance. We use a combination of different iCUE hardware and each system is appropriately kitted out with the correct controllers as well as being wired in a way that will maximise the efficiency of system control.
On our more advanced systems, we use the powerful Corsair iCUE Commander controller module which brings a huge level of customisation but is only really needed on extreme configurations.

Each Corsair iCUE certified Stormforce Gaming system meets the criteria needed to ensure that every component included in the system can be controlled easily using minimal software. We use ASUS motherboards and graphics cards exclusively in our range to ensure maximum compatibility.

Each Stormforce PC that features RGB lighting is designed to be easy to configure but our iCUE certified range is a premium option that is assembled in a way to provide gamers with ultimate levels of control, customisation and configurability for their hardware.

Read more about iCUE benefits, features and capabilities on the Corsair iCUE site.

 

Essential iCUE Download Links

A new Stormforce Gaming system will ship with everything ready to run in default mode. 

Our systems ship with a Windows image that has minimal bloatware on the system, allowing you to choose what you want installed. Every iCUE system will run at default settings in a demonstration mode which shows off a rainbow of RGB lighting.

In order to get up and running with your system as quickly as possible, you will want to grab the latest software from Corsair and ASUS to make sure you have the most feature rich and capable software to help you control your system lighting and cooling.

Download the latest version of CORSAIR iCUE Here

Download the latest version of ASUS Armoury Crate Here

 

Corsair iCUE Video Tutorials

Corsair have a fantastic series of videos on how to get the most out of iCUE on YouTube. The video playlist for iCUE contains how to get started with the basics of using the software as well as more advanced setup instructions and advice on how to integrate more niche compatible hardware devices into the software to be controlled alongside the system. If you are new to using iCUE or just want to get the most out of your system, we highly recommend checking this playlist out.

Corsair iCUE Tutorial Video Playlist

 

Using iCUE to control your ASUS Motherboard and Video Card

How To Control ASUS Motherboard Lighting – Corsair Official Video Guide

How To Control ASUS Graphics Card Lighting – Corsair Official Video Guide

iCUE is compatible with Asus AuraSync which allows all ASUS electronics to be controlled from within iCUE software easily. This integration is easier to set up and configure than running a mix of hardware from various vendors.

To set up ASUS Motherboard integration in iCUE, make sure that you have both iCUE and ASUS Armoury Crate installed from the links above.

You only need ASUS Armoury Crate installed to set up integration with Corsair iCUE. Once installed, everything should be controlled via iCUE and you should avoid running both programs simultaneously.

Once you install ASUS Armoury Crate, you will need to enable in-game lighting effects to make it communicate with iCUE.

  1. Open Armoury Crate.
  2. Select the AURA Sync tab on the menu at the left side of the app.
  3. Click on the AURA effects tab
  4. enable In-game lighting effects on the bottom left corner of the app.

Once you have done this, you can close the program and open iCUE to control the ASUS AuraSync compatible products in your system. Select ASUS Motherboard in the devices section of iCUE to control the lighting effects of the product.

 

Setting your fan speeds and noise levels with iCUE

How to Set Up CORSAIR Liquid CPU Coolers – Corsair Official Video Guide

iCUE will give you the freedom to set up your fans and cooler to sync lighting and fan speeds. Start by selecting your cooler and fans on the home page of iCUE. On the left side of the screen there is a a section that will let you select the speed of your fans and pump speed for your water cooler.

This section will allow you to select pre-configured presets for your cooling hardware also if you want to go with settings that Corsair recommend.

You can also click on the Dashboard tab at the top of the iCUE application to find the System Info section. This will allow you to select the components you want to monitor.

Setting up RGB RAM with iCUE

How To Set Up CORSAIR RGB RAM – Corsair Official Video Guide

Corsair iCUE compatible RAM is some of the most visually impressive RGB memory modules available on the market today. Pairing ultra reliable hardware with stunning lighting technology, there is something really eyecatching about a waterfall of colour in the centre of any PC setup.

Your main Home screen will show your memory modules if you have RGB compatible memory. This page allows you to monitor the performance of all of your hardware sensors and implement lighting. Select your memory to get started by clicking on the DIMM Setup.

The DIMM Setup page will show you the slots that your RAM is sat in. and allow you to start experimenting with lighting profiles in the software.

Clicking on Lighting Effects will allow you to pick predefined settings that give you a great starting point. This area of the software allows you to pick presets that can be applied to different zones of the hardware you are using. The same principle applies to other iCUE compatible components in your system too so once you have your RAM set up like this you can get creative with lighting effects on other components too!

Selecting Hardware Lighting will allow you to go into much more depth and tinker with different lighting layers and types that give you much more granular control over the appearance of your lighting. Adding layers will allow you to have multiple options running and create some unique lighting effects too.

 

Creating Custom Profiles on iCUE

How To Set Up and Manage Profiles – Corsair Official Video Guide

Profiles in iCUE allow you to pick and choose the way your system looks or operates in different circumstances. You may want all your lighting off and fans turned down whilst you are concentrating on work or having everything lit up to the max when you sit down to play games. Either option is possible.

On the iCUE home page, you will see a Profile section on the far left hand side. Press the plus icon and a new profile should be created that you can rename to your liking. You will then be presented with a list of compatible devices that you can modify actions, lighting effects and performance.

When you have experimented with the profile settings and perfected your profiles, you can use the import/export button to back up configurations.

With more and more third party lighting products like Nanoleaf being added to the iCUE umbrella, the scope for unified lighting control around your whole system setup is growing.

Other useful iCUE Links

Corsair iCUE help and support pages

Corsair Help articles for specific hardware integration in iCUE

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Stormforce Gaming – 2022 Wrapped

2022 has been a rollercoaster in the world of PC Gaming. From incredible game launches to ground breaking hardware releases and frustrating delays, this year has had it all.

After the past few years of hardware shortages, it has become a lot easier to get your hands on a reasonably priced system to game on. The Stormforce range has continued to grow and provide huge improvements to the performance on offer from our Gaming and Professional systems. We have a wider range of case and component options and a new Watercooled system range too.

In addition to this we have continued improving our strict component testing to make sure every component in a Stormforce Gaming system is reliable and wont let you down!

2022 has seen the performance bar raised in many ways. We have brand new CPU offerings from AMD and Intel which bring new chipsets and system capabilities as well as a host of new video card releases towards the end of the year.

All of this cutting edge new technology would be wasted without a raft of new and exciting PC games to play, we have narrowed a list down of our highlights from this year to include our favourite gaming and hardware launches. If you missed any of the launches or titles listed below, go and check them out as you might find your next favourite game or hardware upgrade here!

January 2022

NVIDIA launched the RTX 3050 & RTX 3090Ti, the last launches of the RTX 30 series bring new models to the flagship and entry level categories.

Loads of games got official RTX ray tracing support

Rainbow Six Extraction surpasses 3 million players in one week making the tactical shooter one of the most played titles in the series since Siege released.

PUBG went Free to Play the favourite battle royale title goes F2P giving everybody a chance to get eliminated 30 seconds after landing!

 

February 2022

Dying Light 2 launches and gains over 200k concurrent players on Steam. The zombie RPG remains one of the most tense first person gaming experiences.

SIFU a beat ’em up with a difference comes to PC. Showcasing cool martial arts combat paired with a brilliant storyline and engaging environments.

Total War: Warhammer III releases on all PC platforms including Game Pass, going on to be one of the best strategy games of the year.

Valve release the Steam DeckGabeN hand delivers the first units to the public.

Elden Ring launches breaking Steam user records and becoming one of the most popular games of the year overnight.

March 2022

Tunic is released, an action adventure RPG with a surprising level of depth and unique aesthetic – Play now on Game Pass for PC

Fortnite Battle Royale introduces no-build mode. Originally a temporary change that removes one of the games core mechanics, but it stuck around…

Microsoft Flight Simulator receives a major update that add extreme detail to European points of interest. The update shows the Simulator continuing to grow in content and visual fidelity 

Ghostwire: Tokyo comes to Playstation 5 and PC offering a unique single player experience. Initially not a sales success but reviews show this game is really worth checking out.

April 2022

Corsair released a host of new Hydro X custom cooling products and development started on the new range of Custom Watercooling system at Stormforce Gaming 

Insomnia 68 took place marking the return of the UK’s largest LAN party after the pandemic put a stop to large gaming events taking place.

Overwatch 2 gets a beta launch and sets new twitch records going on to be one of the most successful Free to Play game launches of the year.

 

May 2022

Western Digital release the WD_BLACK SN850X SSD. A cutting edge PCIe 4 NVMe SSD, offering speeds of up to 7300 MB/s. Stormforce Gaming offer this new drive in our configurator range. 

Bethesda delayed their upcoming major releaseStarfield until 2023 due to concerns about the quality of the finished product. Every PC Gamer became very sad about the news.

Computex 2022 takes place with a raft of new hardware announcements from AMD, Corsair and ASUS

 

June 2022

Fall Guys becomes free to play – cross platform mayhem ensues. Give Fall guys a try if you haven’t already. This game is a riot with friends together on a Discord server.

SQUAD gets its 3.0 update adding water based assault scenarios to the already deep tactical FPS title. Squad remains one of the best military simulators on PC today.

Neon White is easily one of the most unique games on the list this year. A single player speed running FPS title that has the addictive ‘just one more try’ feeling that many modern games lack.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge launches on all major platforms selling 1m copies in its first month of arcade beat ’em up action.

July 2022

Microsoft Flight Simulator gets FSR and DLSS support allowing the demanding simulation to access AI upscaling technology and improve performance and visual presentation on all hardware.

Multiversus launches in open beta with gamers flocking to the Smash Bros style fighting game making it one of the most played games on Steam in July.

Stray releases to critical acclaim with outstanding review scores. Turns out that everyone likes being a cat!

Stormforce Gaming release a new range of systems in Cougar Gaming cases. These new cases offer sleek aesthetics as well as fantastic cooling performance in an affordable package.

 

August 2022

Rollerdrome releases on PC, mixing arcade shooting and skating in a weird mashup that proves to be one of the most addictive game releases of the year.

Two Point Campus hits PC – a cool sequel to the brilliant Two Point Hospital. Management & strategy sim fans will be right at home here.

September 2022

Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered comes to PC with next gen graphics support running extremely well on a wide variety of hardware configurations.

Metal: Hellsinger hits Game Pass for PC. One of the most innovative takes on FPS shooters recently. Metal:Hellsinger gets you to sync your shooting and destruction with the soundtrack to boost your score and your abilities. Not only that but the game looks superb on PC!

Cyberpunk :2077 Edgerunners update goes live adding a huge amount of extra content to the game. CD Project RED give you a massive list of reasons to revisit Night City that coincides with a brilliant Netflix animated series based on the game. The refresh to the game sees it back on top of the charts.

BONELAB the new VR playground from the excellent development studio ‘Stress Level Zero’ puts VR users into an exciting sandbox to mess around in. Following on from their excellent 2019 release: Boneworks. This is one to try if you have a VR headset

AMD Ryzen 7000 Series & X670 Motherboards are released to critical acclaim. Featuring the first new socket from AMD in many years, the Ryzen 7000 series CPUs offer efficiency, huge thread counts and high instruction per clock performance that is hard to match for power users, professionals and multi tasking gamers. Content creators will love the power that this new AMD platform can bring to them.

Session: Skate Sim brings the realism of skateboarding to PC as it leaves early access. Developed by a small team of passionate skateboarders, this title is sure to be as rewarding as it is frustrating. Unique controls and a constant stream of updates keep this smaller title interesting and worth watching.

October 2022

Stormforce Gaming officially partner with Corsair as an iCUE Certified System Builder. After years of successfully delivering systems featuring the excellent products from Corsair, the new premium system range from Stormforce focusses on the excellent Corsair iCUE lighting and system control technology.

EA finally killed Origin. The game launcher has now been replaced with ‘EA app’, but you can buy EA games on other game launchers now.

Overwatch 2 officially launches coming out of beta and replacing Overwatch 1 completely.

DDR5 Memory drops in price allowing DDR5 based platforms to become much more affordable. The price performance sweet spot of DDR5 memory increases to 5200MHz as the cost to produce the new DIMMs reduces.

Intel 13th Gen & Z790 Motherboards are released to the public. Intel jump ahead with a feature rich flagship CPU and chipset architecture. With massive bandwidth on offer for power users and huge frequency per core available for gamers, Intel 13th generation processors are the refinement that everyone was hoping for.

NVIDIA release the GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card. Their new flagship card featuring Ada Lovelace architecture. The 4090 brings with it a huge boost to performance that remains peerless in the market at the end of 2022. RTX 4090 gamers can leverage the power of this flagship card which offers staggering performance uplift compared to last generation ampere technology.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 releases officially on Battle.net and Steam. following on from the success of MW2019, this year’s Call of Duty game is another thrill ride of single player and multiplayer mayhem. Developed by Infinity Ward, these games always deliver amazing experiences.

November 2022

Warzone 2 was released showcasing the biggest change to the Call of Duty battle royale formula in a long time. The new format is a hit with players who have been crying out for a weapon reset since ‘Cold War’ integration disrupted the meta of Warzone 1.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 comes to market bringing another potent video card release from NVIDIA. With many of the higher end 30 series cards becoming unavailable, the launch of the RTX 4080 fills a high end niche for gamers who want 4k gaming performance and support for the latest features.

Warhammer 40,000 Darktide finally releases on PC after months of delays. Bringing players the classic brand of co-op action that developer Fatshark is known for, Darktide is a showcase of incredible graphics showcasing a variety of environments in the 40k universe as well as a host of frightening enemy hordes to wade through. Darktide has quickly become one of the best gaming experiences of the year and is a joy to play with friends. Check it out on Steam and Game Pass for PC now.

Stormforce partners with Newpay to offer flexible credit on gaming systems in the run up to Christmas 2022. Newpay will be the approved credit provider for Stormforce Gaming moving into the new year!

Hot on the heels of Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered – Spider-Man Miles Morales comes to PC bringing with it support for DLSS, ultrawide support and all the other goodness that the PC platform can offer.

December 2022

Portal is one of the greatest PC games of all time. Considered by many as a masterpiece on our platform. Portal RTX is a modern version of the original with up to date graphical enhancements that really showcase how far PC visuals have come. Portal RTX is free for owners of the original game and the original is frequently included in the Steam holiday sales if you don’t already own it.

Callisto Protocol comes to PC bringing the ‘Dead Space’ vibes back to PC in this gripping sci-fi survival horror game. The game has launched to mixed reviews but the story is solid, the graphics are immersive and the tension remains high throughout. Well worth a play through if you are a fan of the genre.

AMD Radeon 7900XT & 7900XTX release bringing AMD RDNA3 architecture to the public. Using the advanced chiplet technology to efficiently deliver incredible 4k performance, the new Radeon 7000 series GPUs from AMD run every game we have tested really well and present superb value for money on a high end card. We have been using the ASUS TUF cards in house and they are one of the most impressive Radeon card releases we have evaluated in a long time. Cool operation, silent fans and a rugged aesthetic make them the perfect combo for your system.

Stormforce Gaming officially release Hydro X Watercooled systems as part of our system range. Taking years of product expertise and working closely with our partners Corsair our latest range addition showcases the best of the best in Gaming PC cooling and performance. Contact us directly for a custom quote or use our configurator to include a watercooling system as your cooling option.

High on Life headlines the December update for PC Game Pass. This quirky comedy shooter from the minds of the creator of Rick and Morty has solid game mechanics and interesting visuals. Perhaps one of the most unique looking game releases of the year, this single player adventure is a refreshing departure from the usually super serious shooter games you see on PC.

 

 

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Black Friday Deals 2022 – Stormforce Gaming PCs Starting from £399.99

Are you looking for a new gaming PC this Black Friday? We’ve made some of our biggest ever discounts to select Stormforce Gaming PCs with our Black Friday Sale. We’re offering some epic Black Friday Deals on our most popular gaming PCs and gaming bundles, with prices starting as low as £399.99. Plus, get a FREE ASUS ROG Sheath Gaming Mouse Mat when you order any system from our Black Friday Sale.

Entry Level Gaming PCs - Starting At £399.99

We’ve made some of our biggest ever discounts to our entry level gaming PC range this Black Friday. With gaming PCs starting from £399.99, this selection of PCs is perfect for any gamers who are looking for an entry level or budget gaming PC that can offer a more affordable way to play. The Stormforce Onyx range is designed to offer a variety of entry-level and budget gaming PCs that are perfect for any first time PC gamers or for those who love to play less demanding eSports titles. Despite this ranges lower prices, each build is designed to optimise your systems hardware and maximise performance.  

NVIDIA RTX 30 Gaming PCs - Starting At £799.99

Looking for a gaming PC that can do it all this Black Friday? Save up to £700 on our most popular and powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 gaming PCs. Experience immersive graphics with a PC that can run the most demanding games. NVIDIA’s 30 Series graphics cards can deliver immersive gaming graphics and can optimise this years biggest games to their full potential. Play The Callisto Protocol with ray tracing enabled as you creep around your spaceship and be ready to play the biggest releases of 2023 with a brand new Stormforce Gaming PC.. 

Gaming PC Bundles - Starting At £759.99

Get everything you need to create your own gaming PC setup at an amazing price with our Black Friday Sale. Experience amazing graphics and super fast gameplay with one of our Gaming PC Bundles. Find the perfect full gaming setup with options including a desktop PC, Gaming Monitor, Keyboards/Mice & Headsets all powered by ASUS.


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Why Order a Gaming PC from Stormforce?

Stormforce Gaming PCs are designed to maximise performance and deliver outstanding value with every build, no matter your budget. With over 10 years of experience in building high quality custom & prebuilt gaming systems, we have built thousands of PCs over the years as we aim to power the passion of our fellow PC gamers. 

Hand Built in the UK

Here at Stormforce Gaming, we build every system in-house at our UK based manufacturing facility. Every system is built by our professional and highly experienced building team to ensure excellent build quality, across the entire range. We pay close attention to the details of every system that we build, from cable management to airflow, to ensure that your system’s performance is maximised. Built and cable managed by our passionate and highly experienced PC builders, your Stormforce Gaming PC will be a long-lasting gaming companion for many years to come.   

Finance Options Available

We have partnered with Newpay to offer flexible financing options at the checkout with 0% interest. Get your dream gaming PC at a price you can afford, with a payment plan that works for you. 

3 Years Comprehensive Warranty

All Stormforce Gaming PCs include 3 years warranty cover on system repairs and the replacement of parts. This warranty includes full coverage of collection, repair and return of your performance gaming system for 3 years for all UK customers. Labour costs are included, this warranty excludes EIRE, NI and the Channel Island.

 

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Ryzen 7000 Desktop PRocessors

AMD Ryzen 7000 ‘Zen 4’ Desktop Processors

AMD Ryzen 7000 is here, bringing with it a new generation of performance hardware. Ryzen sets the bar in bleeding edge CPU speed and DDR5 memory bandwidth…

In 2020, we introduced you to the incredible AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs, which at the time provided staggering instructions per clock performance at all price points. These phenomenal processors proved to be our best selling range of AMD CPUs of all time here at Stormforce Gaming!

As we approach the end of the DDR4 memory generation, the always popular Ryzen 5000 processors continue to be one of our most in demand products. Gamers, content creators and professional power users still lean towards AMD Ryzen solutions to power their computing needs.

Ryzen 5000 will continue to live on, in the last two years not much has changed. The rapid Ryzen 5000 CPUs are still really fast and the Stormforce Gaming Ryzen range will continue to feature these truly fantastic products.

The new Ryzen 7000 series raises the bar with a truly next generation technology leap that showcases innovative CPU design by AMD where efficiency and performance converge to present one of the most compelling CPU architectures in the last decade.

AMD are doing things differently once again and changing the face of performance CPUs and supporting hardware in a way we have never seen before.

Desktop Performance – Redefined

AMD have been ate the forefront of enthusiast’s minds since the launch of Ryzen. The ethos of multiple, powerful CPU cores has been a surefire winning formula amongst gamers, power users and content creators alike. With ever improving efficiencies baked into each Ryzen generation each new Ryzen platform has showcased a compelling reason to upgrade, no matter what hardware was in your current system.

AMD bring Zen4 to the table now with a huge overhaul of the entire platform. One of the reasons that Ryzen was so popular is that the longstanding AM4 platform for AMD provided a wealth of chipset variations and features that catered for entry level users all the way up to the most demanding creators. Unfortunately though, despite AM4 being a mature and feature rich platform, new features and advancements would always eventually need a refreshed platform too.

Ryzen 7000 Series processors are high frequency CPUs with 5nm processor cores, large amounts of cache, high thread counts and DDR5 memory support. This raft of new features means that AMD needed to move away from the older AM4 platform and bring these new CPUs to market with a powerful new platform designed to integrate future technologies and harness the capabilities of these high performance desktop processors.

AM5 motherboards using the X670 and X670E chipsets for Zen4 AMD 5nm CPUs are the very latest in motherboard technology. Fusing together support for Dual Channel DDR5 and AMD EXPO™ memory profiles for easy DDR5 overclocking, motherboards with X670 and X670E chipsets offer unparalleled memory bandwidth for high speed application performance.

With X670E and X670 chipsets offering PCIe 5.0 support for Graphics Cards and NVME SSD storage, the latest AMD platforms allow you to consider your next system purchase with a view to futureproof your setup for the next generation of Graphics Cards and Solid State storage.

What The New Changes Bring for You

Zen4 architecture provides a huge clock speed improvement with a further focus on Instruction Per Clock performance enhancement over Ryzen 3000 (Zen3). In real world terms, this presents a significant improvement in most computing scenarios. Single threaded performance sees 20-30% performance enhancements over previous generation products which is huge for most day to day tasks.

Multi core performance is where AMD usually offer a compelling reason to consider their products over the competition and Ryzen 7000 is no exception with the Ryzen 9 products from the 7000 series showcasing between 30-48% increases in creator focused workloads.

AMD have also focused on efficiency too. It is no secret that the cost of having a high power computer on is skyrocketing this year and whilst a top of the range, cutting edge system will never be the most power efficient appliance in your house, there is good reason to ensure that it is using that power efficiently. There are significant power consumption improvements in this generation of Ryzen against older products and competitive products on the market.

All of these improvements have crucially come from another major overhaul in processor design architecture. Each Ryzen revision so far has shown  balanced changes that optimise the core performance of the platform. Zen4 is no different, with a huge rework of core architecture, AMD have enhanced the L2 cache in each of the Ryzen 7000 CPUs that deliver more performance where it matters. The latest boosting technology from AMD intelligently enhances core frequency according to load and allows your system to enhance core performance in all applications that benefit from high frequency core performance.

 

The New AMD Ryzen 7000 Series Processors

The new CPU models available from AMD will operate on AMD X670 and X670E motherboards on launch.
X670 is a high performance platform with high end features and generous connectivity.
X670E is an extreme performance variant of the same chipset with maximum connectivity for cutting edge PCIe Gen5 storage and video cards.

All of the new CPUs have 28 PCIe lanes, support DDR5 5200 memory speeds and are packaged for the AM5 CPU Socket.

Stormforce Gaming are proud ASUS partners and use ASUS AMD AM5 motherboards exclusively in our systems.

When pairing Ryzen 7000 CPUs with an X670E motherboard, users can benefit from full PCI Express Gen5 speeds on storage and graphics lanes.
When pairing Ryzen 7000 CPUs with an X670 motherboard, users can benefit from full PCI Express Gen5 speeds on storage lanes.
Should you choose a more affordable upcoming B650E or B650 chipset motherboard models there will be less cutting edge connectivity but still enough modern connections to extract performance from the new AM5 Ryzen 7000 CPUs.

All AM5 motherboards will take advantage of AMD EXPO memory. EXPO (extended profiles for overclocking) is a new feature that works to allow simple configuration of applying the advertised speeds of memory modules in your BIOS. This simple one touch configuration will allow you to optimise your system performance to get the rated speeds of your

Ryzen 5 7600X – 6 Cores, 12 Threads – 105W TDP – 38mb Cache – 5.3GHz Boost Clock
This CPU is being pitched as the best value processor for gamers. 7600X is a great value processor for gamers who want to multitask without breaking the bank. The high core frequencies of this CPU allow gamers to access top level performance.

Ryzen 7 7700X – 8 Cores, 16 Threads – 105W TDP – 40mb Cache – 5.4GHz Boost Clock
The octa-core Zen 3 is the best Zen4 processor for gaming. With a generous core count and fast boost frequencies, this CPU provides the optimal platform for gamers looking to take advantage of cutting edge CPU technology in their games.

Ryzen 9 7900X – 12 Cores, 24 Threads – 170W TDP – 76mb Cache – 5.6GHz Boost Clock
12 Core CPUs are suited to gamers who do a lot more with their system than just running titles at 1080p. This CPU is ideal for streamers and content creators who want to do multiple activities with their system simultaneously. Ryzen 9 7900X is priced very aggressively giving extremely high performance for the cost.

Ryzen 9 7950X – 16 Cores, 32 Threads – 170W TDP – 80mb Cache – 5.7GHz Boost Clock
The flagship 16 core powerhouse CPU from AMD. This Ryzen 9 will provide astonishing performance in core intensive workloads and provide one of the fastest multi core experiences available on a mainstream computing platform.
You can expect ultimate performance in games, editing 4k video files with smooth playback, super fast render times and class leading single core performance.

In House Testing Results

Stormforce Gaming are an AMD Elite System Builder and we have been testing these products in house. All of our systems include fully qualified products as part of a stringent quality control timeline. This ensures that every system developed by Stormforce Gaming provides exceptional compatibility, build quality, balanced specifications and reliability.

For our testing we have used the Crosshair Hero X670E motherboard from ASUS to qualify our full range of Ryzen 7000 CPU models. Using our extensive testing results we have ensured that all AMD Ryzen 7000 products shipped by Stormforce Gaming and Stormforce Pro are able to provide maximised, long term performance and reliability.

Our main system range will use a variety of ASUS X670 performance Motherboards with our main focus being on the ASUS Prime X670-P WiFi that provides excellent connectivity and reliable performance with a wealth of balanced, high end features.

Stormforce Gaming Ryzen 7000 Test Platform
ASUS ROG Crosshair X670E HERO Motherboard
Corsair Vengeance 32GB DDR5-4800

Cinebench R23 Single Core testing – higher is better. Single Core performance is important because it makes everything on your system feel fast.

Cinebench R23 Multi Core – higher is better. Multi core performance is important for both content creation and gaming

 

View our full AMD Ryzen 7000 series range HERE

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Top 3 Gaming PCs – Powered by Intel 12th Gen

Top 3 Gaming PCs – Powered by Intel

Intel® Core™ processors have been a staple of the Stormforce range for many years due to their incredible performance and constant innovation. Intel’s new line of 12th generation processors are on average 11% faster than Intel’s previous 11th Gen CPUs and have introduced a new and improved hybrid processor architecture. Stormforce Gaming PCs that are powered by an Intel Core 12th Gen processor can deliver incredible performance for gamers, streamers and content creators alike.

Onyx GTX 1660Ti (Intel Core i5-12400F)

The Stormforce Onyx GTX 1660Ti (Intel Core i5-12400F) delivers the ultimate entry level gaming PC for any first time PC gamers. Intel® Core™ i5 processors now offer 16 threads that are paired with 6 Performance-cores and 4 Efficient-cores that can boost up to 4.90GHz. Armed with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti, this system can deliver an immersive 1080p gaming experience on games like Fortnite, Warzone and more.

Crystal iCue RTX 3060 (Intel Core i5-12400F)

The Stormforce Crystal iCue RTX 3060 (Intel Core i5-12400F) can deliver the next gen performance that gamers crave. Sleek, stylish and powerful, this gaming PC can offer high performance on all of this years latest games. Equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU, you will be ready to play games at 1440p lag-free with ray tracing enabled.

Prism RTX 3080Ti (Intel Core i9-12900K)

Game, stream and create with the Stormforce Prism RTX 3080Ti (Intel Core i9-12900K) gaming PC. Designed for power users, this powerful system can do much more than game at ultra-high settings. Intel 12th Generation i9 processors are designed for ‘power users’ with this line boasting a massive 24 threads, with 8 Performance-cores and 8 Efficient-cores that are vital for tackling more intensive workloads like editing, streaming and video rendering.    

Monster Hunter Rise Promo

Get a FREE copy of Monster Hunter Rise when you purchase a Stormforce Gaming PC featuring a qualifying Intel Core 12th Gen processor.

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Design A Custom Gaming PC – Powered By Intel 11th Gen

Designed To Game

Intel® Core™ 11th Generation processor technology is designed to offer ‘elite’ performance for gamers, streamers, and content creators. The Intel platform is a staple of the Stormforce range for its consistent focus on reliability and increased performance throughout the evolution of each processor generation. With an improved processor architecture, the 11th generation of Intel Core processors can deliver enhanced gaming performance from every angle with faster clock speeds, more cores, higher frame rates, and lower system latency. Intel Core 11th generation processors are built to cater to the needs of modern PC gamers through delivering rich immersive gameplay and high performance on the most demanding games.

Build a custom gaming PC that features an Intel Core 11th generation processor with the Stormforce Configurator and equip it with the very best hardware from our premium partners like NVIDIA, Seagate, and many other tier 1 brands.

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The Stormforce Configurator

Each custom built gaming PC from Stormforce Gaming is built and rigorously tested in-house by our passionate and highly experienced system builders. Our base configurations use only the most reliable components and configurations from our extensive testing to ensure reliability and maximum compatibility. Each selection offers you a choice from the best hardware components on the market.

How it Works

It’s simple, we have 5 foundational system options for you to pick from based on the processor that is best for your gaming needs and the case aesthetics that you are looking for. Then all you need to do is select which components you would like to customise your gaming PC with. Design your dream PC today!

Selected & Tested By Experts

The foundational components of our custom built systems have been carefully selected and qualified by our inhouse experts to ensure outstanding value, high performance and compatibility across all possible configurations. Built and cable managed by our passionate and highly experienced PC builders, your custom built Stormforce Gaming PC will be a long-lasting gaming companion for many years to come.   

Custom Onyx Gaming PC (i5)

This Stormforce Onyx build is designed to offer an entry-level gaming PC that is perfect for any first time PC gamers or any gamers on a budget.

Design a custom gaming PC with the full capabilities of an Intel Core i5-11400F processor. This processor delivers 6 cores and 12 threads, that can boost up to an impressive 4.4GHz for increased performance. Pair this Stormforce Onyx PC with a powerful NVIDIA GTX or RTX graphics card to experience high frame rates on your favourite games. 

Custom Crystal Gaming PC (i5)

This Stormforce Crystal PC is tailored towards PC gaming enthusiasts who want a system with industry leading components that can deliver high performance on the games that they love to play. 

This custom Crystal Gaming PC build is equipped with an Intel Core i5-11600K processor. This powerful 11th Gen processor can offer outstanding performance across all possible configurations. Delivering a lag free gaming experience, this processor can handle intensive multitasking as you jump between gaming, streaming your gameplay, listening to music and more.

Custom Prism Gaming PC (i9)

Looking for the best of the best? This powerful Stormforce Prism build is designed for players looking for the very best high end gaming pc, that can take their gaming to the extreme.

With an Intel Core i9-11900K processor at the heart of this gaming PC, any custom Prism builds can deliver extreme gaming performance and offers limitless options for gamers, streamers, content creators and power users alike. Designed with creativity in mind, this Intel Core i9 11th generation processors can handle intensive workloads like creating rich media, editing videos or gameplay clips, and any other day to day productivity tasks you may need to complete.

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EA Play on XBOX Game Pass

EA Play & Bethesda comes to XBOX Game Pass for PC

EA Play has been added to the XBOX Game Pass for PC app…

Last week EA Play has finally arrived and joined the wealth of top tier games available for Game Pass subscribers. EA Play is included in the monthly cost of Game Pass and brings popular franchises from the EA Games catalogue to the Game Pass service. Need for Speed, Battlefield, Star Wars, EA Sports and more are now available to download and play on Game Pass with no additional subscriptions required.

With the addition of EA Play, older ‘must play’ franchises like Dead Space, Mass Effect and Mirror’s Edge are all on offer and it is a great time to try out these titles if you missed them the first time around.

EA Play access via XBOX Game Pass for PC also provides a discount on purchases of EA digital content and trial access to full versions of selected new game releases.

Check out the full EA Play line up HERE. With new games being added all the time, it has never been a better time to take advantage of the instant game library and superb value that XBOX Game Pass for PC offers to gamers.

 

Getting Started with EA Play

The process for installing a game from the EA Play catalogue is slightly different. You will need an EA account to link to your existing XBOX account to be able to take advantage of the extra titles on the service.

You will need to download the EA Desktop App which will allow you to download and install games from the EA Play catalogue. This is presented as an automatic download if you attempt to install an EA Play game from the XBOX app. It is worth keeping in mind that if you use the EA Origin app to launch your EA games already then you will need to close this down in order to run the EA Desktop App. The good news is that any EA games you have installed on Origin will be automatically detected and work with the EA Desktop App and Game Pass.

This guide posted on the XBOX YouTube channel talks you through the process of linking your EA and XBOX accounts to access all of the new content available

 

Bethesda Games

XBOX Game Pass has been expanding over the past month with the addition of a huge range of titles from Bethesda adding huge titles to the lineup for subscribers to the service. DOOM, Dishonored, Skyrim, Fallout and more are all now available to play on Game Pass for PC and current subscribers can access these titles within the Game Pass app.

If you are a Stormforce Gaming customer with an XBOX Game Pass trial on your system, now is a great time to activate the free 1 month trial to take advantage of the extra games on offer. Read more HERE on how to get started with your trial for XBOX Game Pass for PC.

If you are considering a new gaming system from Stormforce Gaming, our range of systems that ship with a free one month trial of XBOX Game Pass for PC is the perfect way to get started with a huge library of games for your new gaming system.

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Content Creator Focus – VR Flight Sim Guy

Stormforce Gaming systems power content creation and demanding VR simulations…

Creating rich and involving content is no easy task, especially when the simulation software you focus on in your content is extremely demanding. Running any demanding game or simulation can be really taxing on your computer and usually requires extremely high performance hardware to achieve smooth frame rates whilst capturing and encoding gameplay footage.

We covered the spectacular Microsoft Flight Simulator in a previous article HERE and in the meantime, World Updates have been added to the title which enhance the fidelity and immersion of landmarks and locations by adding even more detail to environments with airports and points of interest being expertly modelled with stunning levels of accuracy.

At the end of December 2020, Asobo Studio added the highly anticipated Virtual Reality update to Flight Simulator providing the ultimate experience for sim enthusiasts who wanted to experience next level immersion and the feeling of being there.

This Virtual Reality update has allowed members of the Flight Simulator community to produce incredible content showcasing the feeling of real flight without compromise.

Stormforce Gaming recently received a Trustpilot review for one of our flagship systems from a customer who needed a system to power demanding titles on his HP Reverb G2 and Oculus Virtual Reality Headsets and 4K monitor. After checking out his Youtube channel, we just had to share some of this amazing content with the Stormforce Community!

The VR Flight Sim Guy Youtube channel provides a deep dive into the performance aspects in a variety of Virtual Reality flight simulations as well as interesting explorations, reviews and live streams. For Sim enthusiasts, the channel offers a raft of content on making the most out of your simulator experience and tuning your settings for smooth framerates.

Check out the latest videos from VR Flight Sim Guy on Youtube HERE and consider subscribing to his channel

 

We spoke to VR Flight Sim Guy to find out more about his passion and what made him choose Stormforce Gaming to power his VR experience and content creation workloads.

“I’ve always had a passion for VR as it gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in an environment that would otherwise be inaccessible in real life. This combined with my interest in flying (both in the real world and using flight simulators), has completely transformed the experience into something tangible and authentic.

The only issue has been finding the right hardware to power such dreams and since owning my previous PC (an i5 8600k, 1080ti), I needed something to power me into the future.

Using high fidelity flight simulators combined with the highest resolution VR headsets can be extremely demanding, but thankfully I found the right PC up to the task.

I can now run all my sims and games on ultra and experience the immersion I’ve always wanted. It’s absolutely amazing.”

It is incredible to see what the Stormforce Gaming community use their systems for and we love hearing from content creators about how our systems help them to improve their work.

A huge thank you to VR Flight Sim Guy for giving us permission to share his awesome content and for choosing Stormforce Gaming for his simulator requirements!

If you are a content creator with a Stormforce Gaming system, please get in touch! We love hearing from our community members on how you use your system and you could be in an upcoming feature too!

To view our range of Stormforce Gaming Flight Simulator Ready Systems – Click HERE