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Custom PC UK November 2017

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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3 min.
threadripper!

It’s like gutripper or skullsmasher. It’s not just a higher number in front of the Ryzen brand Threadripper! It’s like the name of a weapon from a Fighting Fantasy book, or a highly destructive needlework tool, depending on your perspective. I prefer the former, though, and not just because we interviewed Games Workshop founders and Fighting Fantasy authors Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone this month (see p86). Threadripper. It’s like gutripper or skullsmasher. It’s not just a higher number in front of the Ryzen or Core brand. It’s a power tool that gives you huge multi-threaded computing power,ripping through threads like an SDS drill through Play-Doh. Like a dual-GPU card, it’s essentially two Ryzen dies in a single package, linked by AMD’s Infinity Fabric, and it instantly solves the problem of trying to…

3 min.
don’t expect nvidia volta this year

GDDR6 increases the bandwidth per pin from 12Gb/sec to 16Gb/sec If you’re not buying one of AMD’s new Vega GPUs (see p30), you may be better off saving your pennies for 2018, rather than buying a new GPU now, because Nvidia is very unlikely to launch its next-generation ‘Volta’ consumer GPUs this year. That’s despite the fact that Nvidia is already shipping a Volta-based product, the Tesla V100, for GPU compute work. ‘We shipped a lot of Voltas, and Volta is fully ramped,’ Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said during a recent conference call discussing his company’s financial results. However, the Tesla V100 is a highly specialist component that’s exclusively aimed at servers and artificial intelligence applications. In fact, every generation of Tesla card has brought fewer graphics capabilities and more specific features…

3 min.
gender bias

You remember Clippy, that bastard paperclip who was supposed to personify help It’s been an interesting month to be a woman in tech. An anti-diversity memo penned by a Google employee has loomed large over the heads of women who have battled workplace discrimination, casual sexism, online abuse, or just the general headache that comes with being female in male-dominated spaces. The memo itself and the bad science therein has been debunked thoroughly already. However, the general thrust – that women are, naturally, simply less good than men at certain tasks, which just happen to be the tasks at which the author is good – is so pervasive in tech and science industries that it’s going to take a lot of work to undo the additional damage the memo caused. A popular statistic…

3 min.
incoming

Corsair updates One Pro Corsair has made some updates to the spec options of its One Pro machine, which scooped a Premium Grade award when we reviewed it in Issue 167, thanks to a fantastic, original design and superb build quality. At the time, it was held back in 4K games by its GTX 1080 graphics card. However, Corsair is now offering a GTX 1080 Ti card as a spec option, as well as the option for an NVMe SSD and 32GB of Corsair’s Vengeance LPX RAM. See www.corsair.com/one for more information. Gigabyte Kaby Lake cashback offer Gigabyte has teamed up with Intel to offer a cashback promotion on Z270 boards, where you can claim back up to £75 if you buy a Z270 Gigabyte motherboard and a K-series Kaby Lake CPU. To…

6 min.
letters

Creeping obsolescence PC components are continually evolving in order to keep up with all the latest games, such as Battlefield 1 and so on. Not so long ago, I was reading about how great the GeForce GTX 680 was, and now I find myself wishing I could afford a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti card. Anyway, here’s my question: My current setup has an Intel Core i7-4790K running at stock speed (I’m not a seasoned overclocker) with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and 16GB of DDR3 RAM. Are these components now completely obsolete, or can I still look forward to the upcoming Call of Duty WW2 game, for example? ANNECK CRANKE Ben: I wouldn’t say those components are completely obsolete, at least not if you mainly use your PC for gaming. In fact,…

1 min.
twitter highlights

EckhardMahne Building a pure mini gaming PC, need advice. Is i7 really worth the extra cash over i5? M.2 drive worth it over SATA SSD? Ben: The Core i7-7700K will be quicker than the Core i5-7600K in games, but not by much, and the difference narrows further if you overclock it. The main advantage of the Core i7 is a much higher stock clock speed and Hyper-Threading to give you four virtual cores, although most games don’t use more than four cores anyway. Likewise, an NVMe M.2 SSD will be much quicker than a SATA SSD in straight read and write tests, but it doesn’t make much difference to real-world game load times. If you’re really just using your system for games, a Core i5 and SATA SSD will be fine. CMDRSheets 2017 Summer…