AMD unleashed their 2nd Generation Threadripper processor at Computex 2018 this month. We don't know the full specs yet but we do know that there is a 32-core/64-thread and a 24-core/48-thread version, both with a base frequency of 3GHz and a turbo of 3.4GHz. The chips are due to ship in Q3 2018.


Intel also showed off their high-end desktop processor boasting 28-core/56-threads, again the full specs are not entirely clear. Intel says the new chip will come to market in Q4 of 2018, though it's unlikely that either chip will be aimed at the gaming market.



Intel celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of the first 16 bit processor, the Intel 8086 by announcing the new 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8086K processor. It features 6-cores/12-threads with a base frequency of 4GHz and capable of reaching 5GHz turbo clock frequency straight out of the box, it is also fully unlocked for overclocking. The chip is available to purchase right now, but only in limited quantities and for a limited time, so if you're interested in picking one up, you better be quick!




In another big move this month, Intel have announced that they will release their first discrete GPU in 2020. It's not clear how this will work out, but it could turn the GPU market into a three horse race with Intel challenging Nvidia and AMD. It was announced via a tweet with a link pointing to the earlier announcement and hiring of former AMD senior vice president and chief architect of the Radeon Technologies Group., Raja Koduri. There's very little information so far, but it's certainly interesting!



On 1st January 2019, Steam will no longer run on Windows XP and Windows Vista. If you're still using either of these Operating Systems be sure to upgrade to ensure you can still access your games! Additionally, support will be somewhat limited for the remainder of 2018, new features such as the new Steam Chat will not be available on Windows XP and Windows Vista. Read the announcement here.