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Custom PC UK February 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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País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Raspberry Pi
Periodicidad:
Monthly
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12 Números

en este número

3 min.
working together

In the 1980s, Intel and AMD collaborated on several products at the request of IBM A new exciting line-up of mobile CPUs with integrated AMD Radeon graphics has just been announced (see p14), but they’re not Ryzen APUs. In fact, the CPUs are made by Intel. Yep, Intel. In a move that’s taken the tech business by surprise, Intel and AMD have decided to put aside their differences and work on a product together. The result is a very interesting package that has the potential to really change mobile PC gaming. AMD’s original APUs had the potential to being proper gaming graphics to thin and light laptops, but the company’s CPU architecture at the time was so inefficient, in terms of heat, power consumption and performance, that the end results weren’t particularly…

3 min.
can an intel gaming gpu succeed?

Its driver program is still a continual butt of jokes The recent news about Intel and AMD collaborating on a product has been a shocking shakeup to the PC industry. Not only will this new product feature an Intel CPU and AMD GPU in a single chip, but Intel has also just hired ex-AMD (and ex-Apple) graphics guru Raja Koduri and it’s making its own graphics cards! I’m going to start by setting the Intel and AMD collaboration aside for a moment, and focus on Intel getting (back into) the graphics card business. Intel has tried making its own graphics tech before and failed miserably. Long-term enthusiasts may remember Intel’s i740 AGP graphics card in 1998, which had lacklustre performance compared with the competition from ATI and 3dfx at the time, and…

3 min.
brain science

Gamers aren’t the only people who enjoy fun. Everyone enjoys fun. That’s the point of fun When you work with scientists, you soon learn that science isn’t an exact science. That’s not a contradiction; science – and by extension, technology – is a bunch of people basically trying to disprove or improve on the theories, methods and results of the last bunch of people. It’s weird if you stop to think about it. If science was always right then it would just stop, job done. Science is often wrong, and proving it so is how you get more science. That’s partly why you get third-party debunkers such as myself – non-scientists who look at claims that affect our hobbies or interests, and say, ‘Hang on, you said “violent video game” but didn’t…

2 min.
incoming

ADATA unveils RGB M.2 cooler Heatsinks for M.2 SSDs are now becoming regular parts of motherboard accessory bundles, but ADATA has pulled out all the stops with its latest XPG Storm RGB heatsink, which promises to drop the temperature of your SSD by up to 25 per cent, thanks a large aluminium heatsink and even a small fan. The Storm can be powered either by a Molex connector or fan header, and its RGB features can be controlled by several lighting systems via motherboard RGB headers, including Asus Aura, MSI Mystic and Gigabyte RGB Fusion. Intel integrates AMD GPUs into mobile CPUs In one of two shocking graphics announcements from Intel this month, the company has announced a range of mobile CPUs featuring custom AMD Radeon GPUs. Unlike AMD’s APUs, which feature an AMD…

1 min.
subs vs newsstand covers

We asked if subscribers would rather have the subs cover with the full photography, or the newsstand cover with the text on the front. Currently the former is winning, but send us your own thoughts at letters@custompcmag.org.uk – we’re open to change. We’ll also be conducting a reader survey soon, so we can get a wide range of feedback about the mag’s current structure. Keep the subscribers cover – it’s fab. PETER SARFAS I disagree with QwertyDesignUK’s tweet and support Ben’s response. I’d rather see the full photography without writing on it. ALISTAIR GILLIES As a subscriber, I’d prefer the standard magazine cover with all the text, please. I know you requested feedback. Thank you. STEPHEN PARRY Personally, I love the subscribers issue front covers! Even if I did nearly buy a double when my first sub…

5 min.
letters

32-bit Windows on Ryzen Hi, I’m looking to upgrade my five-year-old computer with a younger model. Having studied your reviews of the Ryzen CPUs and X370 chipset, I’ve decided this is the way to go. On closer inspection, though, these chipsets all quote support for Windows 10 64-bit, with no mention of 32-bit support. I have several programs that refuse to work on Windows 64-bit, so I presently dual-boot between 32-bit and 64-bit processes. Is 32-bit support taken as a given, or have CPUs and chipsets dropped the support for this legacy architecture? COLIN SKITT Ben: That’s an interesting question, and not one that’s necessarily clear-cut. In theory, the x86-64 instruction set on which AMD’s Ryzen CPUs are based will indeed run 32-bit (or 16-bit) software, just like the AMD64 processors back in…