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Custom PC UK June 2018

Custom PC is the UK’s best-selling magazine for PC hardware, overclocking, gaming and modding. Every month, Custom PC is packed with in-depth hardware reviews, step-by-step photo guides and informative features, all with a focus on tinkering with your computer’s insides. Along the way, you’ll also find hard-hitting tech opinion, game reviews and all manner of computer hobbyism goodness, from small Pi projects to extreme PC mods.

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3 min.
welcome to the oasis

It’s written for 40-something, white weirdy beardies who still argue about Rush There’s been a bit of a backlash against Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One recently. People say it’s a load of badly written wish-fulfilment tosh, filled with gratuitous and unnecessary pop culture references. That it’s a book that only serves to make people who grew up with 1980s games and films feel as if their knowledge somehow makes them important. To which I say ‘Yeah, good isn’t it?’ But then I’m that book’s target audience – it’s written for 40-something, white weirdy beardies who still get into arguments about whether Rush are any good or not. I can understand why other people don’t get on with it. Whatever you think of Ready Player One’s sometimes dodgy characterisation and over-reliance on retro…

3 min.
ai on the pc

It could learn your daily routine, pre-loading content and pre-starting apps For Windows users, Microsoft has already tried to bring some artificial intelligence and machine features to PC users courtesy of its Photo app, Office 365 and Cortana.Has anyone really used these features to any meaningful extent? I know I haven’t. Recently, however, the company has opened the scope of its AI features wider to developers, with support for the industry standard ONNX format, as well as Visual Studio for UWP and standard Win32 apps. Most people’s obvious interaction with AI so far has come via voice assistants on phones or dedicated shout-boxes at home, such as Amazon Echo, Google Home or Apple’s smart speaker. These products are already very popular, with 65 million smart home devices sold in 2017. While future…

3 min.
alt-right gaming

When the claim is philosophical or political, it’s harder to prove if it’s nonsense It’s really hard to debunk a statement that doesn’t make a testable claim. If someone declares they’ve invented a perpetual motion device, it’s pretty straightforward to expose them. One simply has to examine the device and have a good laugh before going home satisfied the laws of physics are still safe. But when the claim is political or philosophical, it’s much harder to prove if it’s nonsense. That’s the case with a recent viral piece in The Guardian, which has been popular on social media not because it’s good, but because it’s ridiculous, and dangerous. The piece, headlined ‘How video games are fuelling the rise of the far right’, is written by a chap called Alfie Bown. He…

4 min.
incoming

NZXT launches new liquid coolers NZXT has just expanded its award-winning line-up of Kraken all-in-one liquid coolers with two new models. The new Kraken X72 (pictured) is the company’s first liquid cooler to feature a 360mm radiator, taking on the might of Corsair’s recently released H150i Pro. The cooler is fully equipped with three 120mm NZXT Aer P fans, as well as full RGB lighting, which can be controlled via NZXT’s CAM software, along with the cooling system itself. Meanwhile, the new NZXT Kraken M22 sits at the more affordable end of the scale, offering a single 120mm fan, but also featuring RGB lighting that can again be controlled through NZXT’s CAM software, and the ability to synchronise with NZXT’s HUE components. The other cost-saving element is that the M22 doesn’t feature…

6 min.
letters

Dream PCs? Whatever happened to the Dream machines? ROB FORSDYKE Ben: We’re planning to revisit the Dream PC labs later this year, probably in the summer. This test takes a lot of planning – more than any other Labs test we run. The manufacturers need several months’ notice so they can start planning any custom modding, as well as the internal build. It ends up being a lot of work, both for us and the manufacturers, which is why we don’t do it every year, but we’re looking forward to seeing some new dream PCs – it’s about time! Where are the workstations? Firstly, I just wanted to say I really enjoy the magazine. I’ve been a subscriber since shortly after picking up my first copy of your excellent publication. There’s always an array of…

1 min.
twitter highlights

Markdiss Great review of the ifixit toolkit in Issue 175. I bought one for the office a few months ago and it’s superb. One thing you didn’t mention is that it comes with a lifetime warranty. When I accidently broke the nylon tweezers, replacement ends were dispatched free of charge. Ben: That’s excellent service – thanks for the info, Mark. richardnpaul It’s cleaner, I’ve flashed the Vega AIO firmware and it’s now much more maintainable. But it’s never going to be pretty (Twin Xeon E5-2690s and a Vega hooked up to two Radiators, 280 and 360) – only took a few weeks. Ben: Water cooling definitely gets messy when you have to deal with multiple CPU waterblocks. Those quick-release fittings are going to make it much easier to maintain, though, as you say.…