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Custom PC UK January 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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Raspberry Pi
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3 min.
the router limits

It’s up there with getting my jeans’ belt holes stuck on door handles While it’s always tempting to upgrade to the very latest tech gear, I have a general policy on upgrades in an attempt to temper any irrational impulses that might leave my bank account barren. The policy is simple: upgrade when a product’s shortcomings start to really annoy me, not because I just want the latest stuff for the sake of it. It’s a policy that’s pushed me to prioritise faster and more capacious SSDs over new CPUs, for example. My quad-core Core i7’s shortcomings annoy me sometimes, but not nearly as much as running out of fast solid-state storage. At the top of my current annoyance list is my home network. Wherever I sit in my house, you can…

3 min.
the tim isn’t working

Overclockers and enthusiasts are calling Intel’s TIM ‘toothpaste’ and ‘pigeon poop’ When Intel first started adding heatspreaders to its processors with the Pentium 4, it sensibly soldered the aluminium plate to the CPU silicon underneath, which always provided an excellent bond and thermal transfer. However, when Ivy Bridge arrived five years ago, Intel did a low-key switch-out and decided to swap its solder for bog-standard thermal paste (TIM). It was irritating on its usual desktop processors, but at least the high-end desktop (HEDT) CPUs still used solder, until now. As you may have read, Intel’s latest premium Skylake-X CPUs on its X299 HEDT platform also now feature thermal paste rather than solder. It’s a decision that’s caused nothing but problems. Temperatures – especially when over-clocking – are going through the roof. The latest…

3 min.
gaming for science

It’s funded by Mars, because it’s costing the firm a fortune in lost peanuts Remember‘frankenfoods’? That weird period of time in the late 1990s when some people were trying to scaremonger everyone into avoiding genetically modified crops? The name never made sense to me, because as everyone on the Internet will leap to tell anyone who doesn’t know, Frankenstein is the name of the doctor. GMOs should have been called Frankenstein’s Monster Munch, or something. Anyway, the name was as ridiculous as the concept, which is that science shouldn’t use science to improve crops, despite people having tinkered with breeding out undesirable traits in food since forever. Fortunately,the public has broadly accepted that genetically modifying crops is good, and can improve yields, lower prices and even prevent entire nations from starving. Although there’s…

2 min.
incoming

First Ryzen APUs appear AMD has just unveiled its very first ‘Raven Ridge’ APUs to be based on its new Zen CPU architecture and Radeon RX Vega GPU tech. The Ryzen 7 2700U and Ryzen 5 2500U are quad-core CPUs, but they also support AMD’s Simultaneous Multithreading (SMT) tech, so they can execute eight threads simultaneously. The Ryzen 7 2700U has a 2.2GHz base clock (up to 3.8GHz turbo), and also has a 1300MHz GPU with ten compute units, equating to 640 stream processors. Meanwhile, the Ryzen 5 2500U has a 2GHz base clock (up to 3.6GHz turbo), and features an 1100MHz GPU with eight compute units. According to AMD, both chips have a nominal TDP of around 15W, and the integrated GPU has enough power to play games such as League of…

5 min.
letters

Missing RGB connection I was reading the article in Issue 161 about building your dream PC, as I’m about to take the plunge and water-cool my PC, using the same EKWB EK-FB Asus R5-E10 Monoblock RGB Edition waterblock. I noticed on the front page of the mag, showing the final build, that the RGB connector from the CPU Monoblock isn’t connected to the motherboard’s Aura connector. What did you connect it to? DAVID ORD Antony: Good spot, David! There’s actually a simple explanation. While I shot the PC for the front cover, I connected the waterblock cable to an external RGB controller. I did that so I could change the lighting colour without a screen, keyboard or mouse attached to the PC, and we went through several colours during the photo shoot before…

2 min.
twitter highlights

Lassar1982 Hurry up with the new issue already. I need to read about Coffee Lake. Ben: Turn to p19! PBallard1984 Do you have any plans to move some content online? Such as recording of custom builds and ‘how to’ videos? Ben: We don’t, no. These days, we only really have the resources to make a magazine, and that’s what we’re best at doing. QwertyDesignUK I wish subscribers received the standard mag cover. These specials are rubbish IMO. Ben: We’re open to change. We decided to do the special subs cover many years ago, to give our subscribers a special product that showed off the full photography without writing on it. If most of our subscribers would rather have the standard cover, though, then we’re happy to change it back. If you’re a subscriber, let us…