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Custom PC UK September 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
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Raspberry Pi
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Monthly
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3 min.
where are the new gpus?

With no compelling competition, Nvidia thinks it can have a break from GeForce As you may have guessed from the fiery Ethereum coin emblazoned on the front cover, this issue of Custom PC is all about currency mining. It’s a subject that’s given the world of PC enthusiasm a proper wobble, with a few hobbyists suddenly becoming super-rich and the price of gaming graphics cards rocketing over the last few months. Thankfully,supplies have now been replenished,and graphics card prices are approaching normality again. However, there are rumours online that Nvidia has overestimated the demand for these GPUs, with reports of OEMs returning large amounts of stock. As always,you need to take any stories from the online rumour mill with a healthy fist of salt, but Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang stated that new…

9 min.
computex 2018

Asus launches everything except the kitchen sink As usual, Computex saw a load of announcements from Asus this year. In addition to the new Ryujin and Ryuo ROG AIO CPU coolers, with OLED displays on the waterblock/pump units, it also showed off the ROG Delta USB-C headset and Thor 1,200W, 80 Plus Platinum PSU. The ‘Asus TUF Gaming Alliance’ showed off a lot of collaborating partners with TUF-branded kit, including PSUs, cases and memory. This means, like ‘ROG Certified’, you can now build a fully TUF-styled rig (if that’s your thing). Asus ROG also launched its new Strix Scar II and Hero II laptops, sporting ultra-slim bezels and 144Hz 1080p displays with 3ms response times. Like the Zephyrus last year, they’re focused on providing slim bodies and low noise, opting for Nvidia…

3 min.
fly by fortnite

Before Fortnite, it was Pokémon Go and the risk of kids walking into traffic You know when you get that feeling that the entire world has gone silly and only you can see the truth? The whole of last month has been like that for me. If I could shout one thing from a helicopter, it would be ‘calm the hell down about Fortnite’, because what on earth has got into everyone? I don’t mean the game itself. Fortnite is fun. Battle royale is fun, although every developer suddenly shoehorning a battle royale mode into their game as a cash grab never ends well. Heck, I’m even finding children fun, and that never happens. Just last week I had a conversation with my next-door neighbour’s kids about Fortnite, and how they think…

5 min.
incoming

Intel releases new ‘8086’ CPU Celebrating the 40th birthday of its original 8086 CPU, Intel has released a top-end Core i7 chip with the 8086 moniker at the end of the name. The new limited-edition 6-core CPU has a turbo frequency of 5GHz, with a base clock speed of 4GHz, compared with 4.7GHz and 3.7GHz respectively for the Core i7-8700K. The new CPU is currently available for £380 inc VAT from www.scan.co.uk, but Intel gave away limited quantities of the chip in an online sweepstake when the chip first launched. Never missing an opportunity to piggyback on an Intel announcement, AMD also announced that it would offer the first 40 winners of the Intel CPU to swap their win for a Threadripper chip instead. Intel returned fire on Twitter in good humour,…

7 min.
letters

Get on the case Hi Custom PC, I loved this month’s issue of the mag as usual. While browsing through the Elite list, it struck me that many of the cases haven’t changed for a while. Is it perhaps time for another Labs test of the latest and greatest cases, or have we now come to a hiatus in new case design and improvement? I’m thinking of a new gaming build, so it would be great to see your thoughts on the best cases out there for cooling, looks and features. RICHARD MCKIRGAN Ben: I wholeheartedly agree, and we’re going to be doing a few case Labs tests over the next few months, starting with the micro-ATX test on p42 in this issue. A lot of the changes we’ve seen in recent cases…

3 min.
oculus go / £199 inc vat (32gb); £249 inc vat (64gb)

République VR both looks gorgeous and feels slick to play SUPPLIER www.oculus.com One argument why VR hasn’t hit the big leagues is hassle: people don’t want the faff of setting up cables and trackers, while using smartphone add-ons can be awkward. Oculus Go solves these problems by bundling the whole caboodle into one device. Gone is the Oculus Rift’s fabric-wrapped shell, with an understated matt plastic casing in its place. The Go also trades the Rift’s built-in headphones and hard, baseball cap-style headband for a soft-strapped design more akin to ski goggles, with audio integrated into the headset itself. A power button and volume rocker sit on the top of the headset, with a headphone jack and micro-USB charging slot on the left side. It’s all been designed to feel sleek and integrated. The…