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Custom PC UK January 2019

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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País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Raspberry Pi
Periodicidad:
Monthly
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12 Números

en este número

3 min.
outlay in the uk

Back in the early days of Custom PC, when the Athlon 64 was cutting-edge, people still used IDE cables and my appearance wasn’t regularly being compared with the Wampa from The Empire Strikes Back, I ran a feature called ‘rip off Britain’ in Issue 17. The idea was to compare the prices of equivalent components in the UK and the USA, and find out why there was such a discrepancy. There were all sorts of reasons, from the higher cost of warehousing and business rates in the UK, to staffing costs and fluctuating exchange rates. The marketing director of Dabs claimed that many manufacturers saw the UK as ‘treasure island’ However, there was also a greed factor.The marketing director of Dabs.com (now www.shop.bt.com) at the time, Jonathan Wall, claimed that many hardware manufacturers…

3 min.
core? what is it good for?

If there was ever a perfect case study in the need for competition, AMD’s recent resurgence is it. After 11 years of quad-core products (Kentsfield 2006 to Kaby Lake 2017), Intel has suddenly pushed its desktop platform from four to eight cores within 18 months. It’s not all good though. Competition from AMD may have spurred Intel to improve its products, but it hasn’t prevented the company from charging a silly price for its top-end Core i9-9900K . If you’re considering upgrading to an 8-core CPU, your key decision will be down to being pragmatic about what you do with your PC. Do you do regular thread-heavy work such as rendering, encoding or simulations, or is it a mix of office, gaming and web work that benefits from single-threaded performance? Or…

3 min.
are video games art?

I’m finally going to do it. I’m going to be the person who answers the controversial and fight-inducing question,‘Are video games art?’ But first, let’s see how we even got to the place where it’s debatable in the first place. The Victoria and Albert museum has launched a video games exhibition called Design/Play/Disrupt, to ‘provide a unique insight into the design process behind a selection of groundbreaking contemporary videogames. Design work, including concept art and prototypes, feature alongside large-scale immersive installations and interactives’. It’s on for six months and tickets cost an eye-watering £18 each.The Guardian called the exhibition ‘superb’, while Londonist trashed it, describing it as being ‘as messy as a Mortal Kombat fatality’. I haven’t been, because I can get much the same effect from wandering around my house…

3 min.
incoming

Ray tracing comes to Vulkan Nvidia has announced an extension that will enable its RTX real-time ray tracing technology in the close-to-metal API Vulkan. The company’s real-time ray-tracing technology, featured in its new Turing GPUs, currently supports Microsoft’s DirectX 12 API, pending a future Windows update, although there are currently no games that support it. Unlike DirectX, Vulkan is supported by the Khronos Group, and is an open standard that can be supported by other operating systems, such as Linux. The new VK_NVX_raytracing extension for Vulkan is currently only available as a preview for developers. On an Nvidia blog, graphics devtech engineer Nuno Subtil said the extension ‘targets developers who want to familiarise themselves with API concepts’, adding that the ‘API is not yet final and could undergo some minor changes before…

4 min.
letters

Plastic not fantastic As we hurtle towards Armageddon in my son’s lifetime, can you stop shrink-wrapping magazines in single-use plastic. Okay, I know it’s not that simple, but I’m seriously trying to cut down use of single-use plastic and just about everything uses it. It’s impossible! And I love Custom PC, so if I’m still around in 30 years I’ll be clutching my shrink-wrapped Custom PC as we choke in plastic and frazzle in runaway blistering heat. Always good to have something to look forward to! DAVID COLE Ben: I hate the fact that our subs copies are all wrapped in single-use plastic too, but it’s sadly not an issue on which the editorial team has a say. I’ve brought it up with the appropriate folks at Dennis, and been told that they’re…

3 min.
benq ex3203r / £450 inc vat

SUPPLIER www.overclockers.co.uk It’s hard to argue with a 32in monitor that costs just £450 inc VAT, particularly when it comes with HDR support, a 144Hz refresh rate, support for active sync in games and even an 1800R curve to wrap its image around your peripheral vision. There are a couple of caveats. You don’t get integrated speakers, just a 3.5mm headphone jack, and owners of Nvidia graphics cards should look away now – it supports AMD FreeSync 2, so you’ll need to live with the overhead of vsync or suffer the occasional tearing in games. If you have an AMD GPU, though, you’ll love the richness of HDR gaming. It supports VESA DisplayHDR 400, which is the first level of HDR specification We put the EX3203R to the test with Forza Motorsport…