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Custom PC UK July 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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12 Números

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2 min.
sweet dreams

Just look at that cover. In fact, don’t just look at it, run your fingers over it and feel it. Isn’t that spot gloss exquisite? More to the point, isn’t Antony Leather’s dream PC build a beauty? If you fancy having a go at building your own dream PC, then turn to p76 to find out what’s involved, from inspiration and planning through to cutting and painting. Other highlights in this issue include a dive into the technology that makes LCD monitors tick (see p88), as well as a full exploration of the £200-£300 graphics card market (see p42), comparing old and new GPUs to find the sweet spots. This issue also sees us introducing a few changes to Custom PC. Firstly, you’ll no doubt have noticed that, in addition to the…

3 min.
what google stadia got wrong

What started out as Project Stream became Google Stadia at GDC 2019. This game streaming service is a bit like Netflix for games, meaning you only need an app and a controller to play, and the game itself is rendered and streamed from a Cloud server. Rather than launching the service, the big reveal actually turned out to be a teaser ahead of the real launch later this year. While regular readers of my column will know I expect to see several game streaming services arriving over time, Google Stadia probably won’t last the course. At the launch, Google compared Stadia to the PS4 Pro and Xbox One, claiming a performance leadership with ‘10.7 TFLOPs of GPU performance’, while also ignoring PC gamers in the process. The problem began here: Google…

3 min.
dubious authority

Authority is strange. There’s a common perception that one sort of authority equals another (for example, a doctor might be considered an authority in their field of medicine, and also a moral authority because they’ve dedicated their lives to helping people). It can hold true – although there are plenty of exceptions – but what happens when someone has authority that they didn’t get by being an expert on anything? In this case, I’m talking specifically about Prince Harry. Harry used to be the rebellious royal, dressing as a Nazi for one private party, playing strip billiards at another. He was a kind of fond tabloid joke, but then he grew up and beardy, and became a serious royal who spends his days advocating for various charities and good causes. He’s…

4 min.

New budget Nvidia GPU Nvidia has unveiled the GTX 1650, a new budget option for both its desktop and laptop GPU ranges, with prices for desktop cards starting from £138 inc VAT at scan.co.uk It’s based on Nvidia’s new TU117 GPU, and includes 14 Turing streaming multiprocessors, giving it a total of 896 stream processors. Memory support tops out at 4GB of GDDR5, connected to a 128-bit bus, resulting in total memory bandwidth of 128GB/sec. Meanwhile, the stock GPU base clock sits at 1485MHz, with a 1665MHz boost clock. In comparison, Nvidia’s GTX 1050 includes 640 stream processors, and has a 1354MHz base clock and 1455MHz boost frequency, along with the same 128-bit memory interface. Meanwhile, the laptop GTX 1650 actually includes more stream processors (1,024) and texture units (64) than…

1 min.
what’s that?

Our pals at be quiet! are offering a Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 Silver case to one Custom PC reader. The image below is a distorted close-up of a piece of hardware in this issue. If you identify it, email the name and page number of the product to competition@custompcmag.org.uk, with ‘What’s that? 190’ in the Subject field. Terms & conditions Competition closes on Friday 14 June. Prize is offered to participants worldwide aged 13 or over, except employees of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the prize supplier, their families or friends. Winners will be notified by email no more than 30 days after the competition closes. By entering the competition, the winner consents to any publicity generated from the competition, in print and online. Participants agree to receive occasional newsletters from…

1 min.
nvidia enables ray tracing on gtx gpus

Nvidia has released a new driver that enables some GTX-branded GPUs to run real-time ray tracing. The list of supported GPUs includes the Turing-based GeForce GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti, as well as older Pascal-based GPUs, from the GTX 1060 6GB to the GTX 1080 Ti. However, these GPUs don’t have the dedicated RT cores found in Nvidia’s RTX GPUs. We tried it out in Battlefield V on a GeForce GTX 1070 and it does indeed work. However, there’s a severe performance hit from not having the RT hardware. Even at 1080p, the GTX 1070 dropped down to 27fps with High DXR, compared to 41fps on the RTX 2060. Likewise, with Low DXR enabled the RTX 2060 never dropped below 60fps, while the GTX 1070 lagged behind with a minimum of…