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Custom PC UK August 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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United Kingdom
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3 min.
the end of overclocking?

It’s a bit of an anticlimax for the CPU to be clever enough to do that job itself I’ve just committed a cardinal journalism sin by putting a question mark at the end of this column’s title. As Betteridge’s law states, any headline with a question mark at the end can be answered with a ‘no’. Incidentally, Ian Betteridge, who coined this law, has regularly written for Custom PC, so I’m hoping he doesn’t see this one while flicking through the mag in WH Smith. Anyway, let’s get that obvious answer out of the way – no, technically there’s still a point to overclocking your CPU for some tasks. For most people, though, I think we’ve now reached the end of that road. I’m going to upgrade my water-cooled X370 rig to a…

3 min.
hitting the wall

Leaks suggest Intel is preparing an 8-core chip to replace the Core i7-8700K Way back in Issue 145 (mid-2015), I discussed how Intel’s ‘tick-tock’ strategy had become ‘tick-flop’, as the company moved away from ten years of its ‘process then architecture’ CPU upgrade cycle, onto a new ‘process, architecture then improvement’ cycle. At the time, Intel was having trouble with its 14nm process, and it needed an extra year to get 14nm manufacturing back on track before 10nm transistors arrived. Unfortunately, 10nm has become an even more troublesome child, with Intel now claiming that big volume production has been pushed back to ‘2019’. Given that we’re already halfway through 2018, Intel’s ambiguity over the date is leading some analysts to read that as ‘not the early part of 2019,’ because we’re still…

3 min.
child safety

The report is clear from the beginning that the Internet is, in fact, either good or neutral here In last month’s column I talked about government regulation of in-game purchases such as loot crates, which falls under the general umbrella of‘protecting vulnerable people’. Gambling addiction can ruin adult lives, and kids are particularly ill-equipped when it comes to recognising the risks and repercussions of behaviour. Regulating these transactions would bring loot crates in line with existing regulation – simply a case of deciding whether they’re gambling or not – rather than introducing new laws. Whether the British government decides to regulate microtransactions remains to be seen, but in the meantime, a different and more troubling spectre looms over the online and gaming population. Various politicians (and therefore various newspapers) have decided that screen…

6 min.
incoming

Nvidia GPU prices approach normality After a few months of ludicrous graphics card prices, it looks as though the demand for GPUs for cryptocurrency mining is starting to abate, and supplies are starting to fill the shelves again. We’re not quite at pre-boom prices yet, and AMD GPUs are still demanding a hefty premium, but the prices of Nvidia GPUs are now approaching sensible levels again. GeForce GTX 1060 3GB cards have dropped from a minimum of £290 inc VAT in January to £195 inc VAT on www.scan.co.uk, while 6GB GTX 1069 cards have dropped from £360 to £245 inc VAT over the same period at the same retailer. Even the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is starting to look reasonably priced again, with Zotac Mini’s version (pictured) now going for £720…

4 min.
letters

Yes to massive monitors I was amazed at the response from Ben this month. Is it really true that Ben can’t imagine a home user would want a big screen? Has he ever used one?! I’ve got two 37in screens on my twin-SLI GTX1080 rig. Why would I not? Surely your readership is made up of exactly the kind of people who love tech. What would be the point in having all that graphics power if I didn’t use it to run some screens?! I hope you’re learning that we’re interested, and I hope to see a ‘massive screens’ megatest in the near future. There must be a lot to consider, because some of the truly massive screens actually have very low resolutions. Other slightly smaller screens have a very high resolution. I…

3 min.
amd ryzen 5 2600 / £161 inc vat

Again, AMD’s cheapest 6-core CPU is a bargain SUPPLIER www.overclockers.co.uk ot on the heels of the X-series Ryzen chips we saw last month, the new Ryzen 5 2600 looks like a veritable bargain. While the Ryzen 7 2700 only shaves 12 per cent off the price of the Ryzen 7 2700X (see Issue 178, p22), the Ryzen 5 2600 costs a more substantial 22 per cent less than the Ryzen 5 2600X (see Issue 178, p23). While this difference only equates to a £30-40 saving in both cases, it’s a much bigger deal at this end of the budget spectrum, and amazingly, it retails for £40 less than its predecessor’s launch price too. That’s particularly exciting, as the Ryzen 5 1600 was our favourite CPU in AMD’s previous line-up. It was a…