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Overclockers Sale:

Running from the 29th until the 12th of August Overclockers has some great deals on hardware from various different manufacturers. Until the 2nd you can save on Medion laptops like the Erazer which comes with an RTX 2070 and 144Hz IPS display for now only £1499.99. Until the 4th there are awesome savings on WD storage such as the superfast 500GB SN750 for only £69.95. There’s also deals on MSI hardware and laptops, NZXT and Gunnar. You can read about even more deals by clicking on the thumbnail.

Hardware releases:


Phanteks Enthoo Pro 2 Case:

Phanteks have just added another case to the popular Enthoo line up and the Enthoo Pro 2 is more performance-focused than ever thanks to the innovative new front panel. The front mesh is made from Phanteks high-performance fabric which increases airflow while filtering dust, ensuring increased airflow and cooler components. The full tower size means it has excellent hardware support including dual systems, 480mm radiators, 15 fans, 11 x 2.5” SSDs and 4 x 3.5” HDDs and vertical graphics. The versatility and practicality of this case make it the perfect choice for any high-end system. You can choose between the understated closed window option for £115.99 or tempered glass RGB variant for £124.99. Click the thumbnail to check it out.


Halberd Gaming desks:

If you have built your dream gaming PC it deserves a high-quality desk to go alongside it, and Halberd gaming desks provide the perfect solution. Each desk in the line up has been specially designed with gamers in mind, and there are great features on offer for cable management and height adjustment. The Chimera strike starts at £581.99 and is available in three colour variants and two different sizes. The Chimera Stance has a similar selection but starts at £1165.99. With the push of a button, the height of the Stance changes to your preference, making it the perfect desk to use while sitting or standing. The desks are robust and long-lasting with a durable coating and maximum load of 75KG per leg. Click the thumbnail to check out the full range now available through Overclockers UK.


Lian Li Galahad AIO Cooler:

Lian Li is already known for creating some of the best PC cases available and they are now branching out into the cooler market with their first-ever AlO. A total of four models are being released, and we first saw this cooler at CES 2020. It’s now available to buy with a 240mm or 360mm radiator. Choose either black or white to pair with your choice of case. Each cooler has at least 35 ARGB LEDs which can be controlled by mainstream manufacturer motherboards making it easy to customise and synchronise the lighting effects. Heat dissipation is handled by the triple chamber pump, high destiny aluminium radiator and high static pressure fans with silent operation. For peace of mind, Lian Li offers the Gallahad with an excellent 5-year warranty. You can check out this cooler for yourself by clicking the thumbnail.


End Game gear announces new mousepads:

End Game Gear is the company that’s well known for producing the popular XM1 mouse, and now there is a range of mousemats to go alongside it. The MPC mousepads are constructed using Condura fabric with anti-fray stitching and an anti-slip rubber base. Condura fabric is an excellent material as not only is it hard-wearing and durable its also repellent to dust and water, which can ruin a traditional mousemat. There are three different mats to choose between, and each one has a smooth, comfortable surface made from dark blue Cordura fabric. The MPC450 is perfect a perfect size for a gaming mouse, and the MPC890 has space for both a mouse and keyboard. The enormous MPC 1200 is the largest Condura mousepad available, making it perfect for widescreen or dual-monitor setups. You can get yours now starting at £…. By clicking the thumbnail.

Industry news:


AMD Share price overtakes Intel:

Despite Intel announcing good profits during Q2 2020 earlier this week, the main focus was that the company is experiencing yet more delays to the 10nm desktop and 7nm processors. Intel let slip that they are 12 months behind schedule which is likely to push product launches back by around six months. All these delays have allowed AMD to edge even closer and its share price has soared with investors putting their faith in AMD as a big player in the CPU market. Intel’s share price has dropped to a low of $48.10 while AMD has hit a high of $77.11 at the time of writing. It seems Intel is no longer the undefeated king of the CPU market and AMD has made huge strides thanks to the success of it’s Zen 2 architecture. AMD is on target to release it’s Zen 3 CPU architecture and RDNA 2 GPUs later this year while Intel will likely ship 10nm desktop CPUs in the second half of 2021 and the first 7nm CPUs in 2022. Click the thumbnail to see what AMD’s Stock price is right now.

Gaming News:


Free Games:

Epic Games is once again giving away free games, and from July 30th until August 6th you can add three new games to your library. 20XX is a fun platformer that you can play with a friend. Try and save the human race by jumping and shooting your way through different levels. There’s plenty of different play modes and optional difficulty modifiers to keep things interesting. Barony is a first-person roguelike RPG that allows you to go on challenging dungeon runs with friends and try to defeat the forces of supernatural evil. Superbrothers: Sword & Sorcery is an Indie action Adventure game with a unique aesthetic and award-winning soundtrack created by Jim Guthrie. To get these Free games simply click on the thumbnail above.


Rockstar announces big game updates:

The player base for both GTA Online and Red dead redemption online is huge and dedicated, and Rockstar has announced big updates in the coming weeks. For Red dead online, there is the new Frontier Pursuit that will introduce players to the secrets of naturalism as part of an all-new Role. There’s also a new Outlaw Pass, tons of community-requested features and fixes, and more to discover in the months to come. GTA Online is getting a mix of diverse new content to keep players busy until the biggest ever update for GTA Online, featuring a new take on Heists in an entirely new location which is coming later this year. Rockstar also said they are cracking down on modders, cheaters, hackers which has always been a problem when joining online lobbies and must have put many gamers off playing the games over the years.


Microsoft showcases XBOX Gamepass:

Microsoft is keen to promote the awesome titles that are coming to the XBOX game pass as soon as they are released. For a monthly fee of $10, you can get unlimited access to a large game library which is set to include 17 big titles which will be playable on day one. Samuel Bateman tweeted out 17 big titles including Halo Infinite, Forza motorsport and Fable. The company has moved away from trying to sell consoles like the hugely anticipated and powerful Xbox Series X and is instead trying to be the biggest game subscription service going. The pass is available on PC, and it’s great to see Microsoft giving gamers access to all the latest titles no matter the platform.


Halo Infinite showcase:

On the 23rd of July Microsoft and 343 gave gamers a look at the official gameplay demo for Halo infinite. Overall opinions on the gameplay have been positive with many comparing it to the glory days of a more classic Halo we all know and love. Iconic weapons, vehicles and environments are mixed with new features such as a grappling hook, a drop shield and updated graphics. The Graphics were actually the main topic of discussion with many people calling them flat and current Gen thanks to the way dynamic lighting works in shadow. One solution to this problem is raytracing and it has been confirmed that Halo Infinite will receive a free update for ray tracing following the game's launch. The Xbox Series X, the console that Halo Infinite is being released alongside, can handle ray tracing. You’ll also be able to play on an RTX equipped PC. The developers have also stated that the game is still “very much in development” until it’s the release date of Holiday 2020.

There was a lot of stories to cover in this weeks news! There’s plenty of new hardware launches if you’re looking to upgrade your PC and it’s great to see how much competition there is in the CPU market. Epic continues to bolster our games library with free titles and it’s great to see Microsoft treating gamers equally no matter what they play on. Not forgetting there will be no more clowning around in Red dead redemption online as Rockstar has finally given players more content. Remember to check back next week for more stories and announcements!


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