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Intel’s best value graphics card, the Arc A750, is available for £250 plus shipping at Overclockers UK

Intel’s Arc graphics cards debuted to surprisingly warm reviews late last year, including over at Digital Foundry where I endorsed them as a “pleasant surprise” that were “already cards worth buying” thanks to better-than-expected performance in modern titles. Six months of patches and performance improvements later, and these GPUs look even better – especially as neither AMD or Nvidia has launched mainstream desktop graphics cards from their most recent generation. Today, the cheaper of the two cards, the Arc A750, is available for £250 plus shipping at Overclockers UK, a steep £80 reduction from their £330 launch price. Read more

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Grab the excellent Intel Core i5 12400F six-core CPU for £167

The Core i5 12400F is a surprisingly excellent gaming CPU, offering the power of Intel’s new Alder Lake architecture in a simple six-core twelve-thread configuration. The CPU supports PCIe 5.0 and DDR5, but it also works with cheaper DDR4- and PCIe 4.0-based hardware. It’s normally £200, but it’s down to £167 on AWD-IT which is a pretty decent deal if you want to build a powerful gaming PC on a budget. Read more

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The Entire Call Of Duty Community Just Got Punked

I am now convinced that “female Call of Duty streamer” is the hardest job in the world. Nadia Amine is one of the fastest growing Call of Duty: Warzone streamers on Twitch, and there’s been a ton of controversy on social media about her meteoric rise. If you search her name on YouTube or Tiktok, the videos are filled with cheating accusations against her. Seemingly joining in on the train, last week, Call of Duty professional Doug “Censor” Martin, who is the number one ranked Vanguard player in the world right now, tweeted that he was going to start unmasking…

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Intel announce 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs, confirm Arc A770 Limited Edition GPU release date

Seems it’s that time of year again: the annual Intel CPU refresh is upon us, with CEO Pat Gelsinger announcing the 13th Gen “Raptor Lake” processor family onstage at Intel Innovation 2022 last night. These chips will stick to the hybrid Performance core/Efficiency core design introduced by the 12th Gen Alder Lake range – probably wisely, given that includes some of the best gaming CPUs ever – but ups the E-core counts, L2 cache capacities and clock speeds. Raptor Lake will go on sale on October 20th, a few weeks after the just-launched AMD Ryzen 7000 series. The showcase also…

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The first Intel Arc graphics card has arrived… in China

Intel have finally launched the first of their Arc Alchemist graphics cards, the Arc A380, but only in China for now. VideoCardz spotted the press release for the small-scale launch, which confirms some of the A380 specs, its comfort zone of 1080p / 60fps on medium quality settings, and a recommended price: 1030 yuan. That’s about £127 / $153, not accounting for regional tax maths. Read more

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Intel’s Core i9 10850K flagship CPU is down to $290 at Newegg

The Intel Core i9 10850K is the defacto 10th-gen flagship CPU for Intel, and it’s going cheap at Newegg today. It’s been reduced to $290 when you use code 4FSBR2Z26 at the checkout, compared to a launch price of $450. Not bad for a CPU that launched less than two years ago – and a damn sight cheaper than upgrading to a 12th-gen system that requires a new CPU, motherboard and potentially expensive new DDR5 RAM as well. Read more

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Intel play down Alder Lake CPU bending, “strongly recommend against” socket mods

Some of Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake processors are among the best gaming CPUs you can buy, but certain owners have noticed a seemingly worrisome trend: their LGA 1700 motherboard socket puts so much pressure on the chip that its IHS (integrated heat spreader, the big grey bit on top) starts to bend. This isn’t so much a concern for the CPU’s structural integrity as it is a cooling issue, as a non-flat IHS will struggle to transfer heat to the CPU cooler plate as effectivity. In a statement to Tom’s Hardware, however, an Intel spokesperson has essentially said it’s…

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Almost 70% of UK parents believe esports can play a positive role in school, but only 32% are happy for their child to have a career in it, finds new education survey by Dell and Intel

Parents in the UK are warming to the benefits of esports in general, but aren’t yet convinced of the career possibilities for their children. That’s according to new research from OnePoll, commissioned by Dell Technologies and Intel, which surveyed 1,500 UK parents with children who play esports and 500 financial decision makers in education such as headteachers, CIOs and department heads.  The results show that over two-thirds (69%) of UK parents believe esports allows their children to develop skills that they might not get through traditional education methods. Continue reading Almost 70% of UK parents believe esports can play a…

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Intel Core i5-12400F review: Core i5-12600K performance for £100 less

There was cause for joy and concern alike when Intel revealed the Core i5-12400F, alongside loads of other new 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs. Here was a much more affordable, still gaming focused-alternative to the Core i5-12600K, yet it would lack the signature hybrid of fast Performance cores and flexible Efficiency cores that made that chip one of the best gaming CPUs ever made. Turns out, the concern was for naught: the Core i5-12400F is a cracking slice of silicon, both for the money and for games specifically. Although the sole reliance on Performance cores (or P-cores) puts it behind…

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CES 2022: More Intel 12th Gen CPUs revealed for gaming laptops and cheaper PCs

The vanguard of Intel’s 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs had some seriously good chips in it – including two of the best CPUs for gaming overall – though there weren’t many models for aspiring PC builders on tight budgets. Now, though, Intel has used CES 2022 to launch the rest of the 12th Gen desktop lineup, adding loads of more affordable Core i5 and Core i3 processors on top of new Core i7 and Core i9 options. Intel also unveiled its new H-series, 12th Gen gaming laptop chips, which use the same hybrid architecture (combining powerful P-cores with smaller, less…

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CPU and GPU stock still in trouble as Intel CEO warns of chip shortages until 2023

There’s no single, solitary reason why it’s been so hard to buy certain PC components over the past year and a bit – it’s more like a perfect storm of multiple circumstances, unfortunate coincidences and unforseen annoyances. That said, one of the biggest underlying causes of MIA CPU and graphics card stock has been a shortage of the chips needed to make them, and it’s a shortage that Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger has warned could likely continue into 2023. Read more

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NSE announces 20 students accepted into Intel FutureGen 2022 cohort: See the full list of students and judges here

UK university esports body NSE (National Student Esports) has today announced the 2022 cohort of the Intel FutureGen Programme, which aims to nurture high achieving student leaders and help develop their skills and enhance future careers.  There are 20 students who were selected over the course of a six-hour judging day with industry experts. The programme gives the UK university community the chance to connect with industry experts, gain knowledge and widen their network over the course of the spring term. Continue reading NSE announces 20 students accepted into Intel FutureGen 2022 cohort: See the full list of students and…

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Are Intel’s new Alder Lake 12th gen processors good for esports? UK PC seller share their views

Intel has finally lifted the lid on its new Alder Lake 12th generation processors, and the performance gains are looking good for gamers. The chips will be shipping to buyers from November 4th 2021 in new PCs and are also available as standalone items, though availability is limited. We asked the expert, technical consultant/guru Alex Theodossi from Alpha Beta PC, for the lowdown in our latest monthly video interview, which you can watch above. Continue reading Are Intel’s new Alder Lake 12th gen processors good for esports? UK PC seller share their views

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Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs announced: everything you need to know

After a months-long spin around the rumour mill, the first batch of Intel 12th Gen Alder Lake CPUs is official. Despite the 11th Gen Rocket Lake chips only launching earlier this year, Alder Lake represents the biggest generational jump for Intel in over half a decade, thanks to its completely redesigned “hybrid” architecture and DDR5 memory support. Read more