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Custom PC UK October 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.
ryzen fear

The Core i3-7350K was clearly ridiculously overpriced at £180 inc VAT when it came out If Ryzen has taught us anything over the past few months, it’s that we desperately need competition in the industry to avoid stagnation and overinflated prices. The latest chip to break all the rules that Intel has been setting for the past few years is AMD’s Ryzen 3 1200 (see p20), which is now available from www.scan.co.uk for the magic £99 inc VAT figure. That’s a quad-core CPU for under £100, and it’s even overclockable. Intel is acting quick to counter Ryzen’s impact, with the price of the Core i3-7350K dropping to £99 at the same retailer just as we went to press, and the 10-core Core i9-7900X dropping in price to £860 inc VAT from www.overclockers.co.uk.…

3 min.
let’s talk about core counts

We’ll have more cores than most of us know how to use Over the past decade, the uptick of CPU core counts has progressed slowly. Ten years ago, Intel launched the world’s first quad-core PC processor, the Core 2 Quad QX6700, and since that launch, Intel’s mainstream CPUs have still been stuck with four cores, and we’ve only had incremental updates on the Intel high-end desktop (HEDT) side until the Core i7-6950X launched last year. AMD made its own progress, pipping Intel to the post with a solid 6-core processor (the AMD Phenom II X6), followed by some less great ‘8-core’ (if you count the clustered multi-processing system in AMD’s Bulldozer architecture) CPUs before Ryzen arrived this year. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, AMD demonstrated Threadripper, throwing the cat among the…

3 min.
moderate threat

He once had to ban another moderator for abusing their power Last month I looked at in-game bullying and whether players are entitled to an environment they consider safe. I demonstrated that online bullying is real and sometimes has consequences for the bullied, but now I’d like to examine the consequences for the bully, and how people running an online service – games or social media – deal with them. Yep, I’m going to talk about moderators. It’s an ugly word that conjures up images of authoritarians mad with power, passing down judgement on the little people at the whim of mood or too heavily interpreted rules. This stereotype exists because it can be true – I’ll never forget a particularly heavy-handed mod suspending anyone who used the word ‘nimrod’ as an…

2 min.
incoming

AMD unveils first Threadripper CPUs Not satisfied with beating Intel’s mainstream desktop CPUs into a silicon pulp, AMD is now setting its sights on the high-end desktop market, unveiling its latest many-core Threadripper CPUs. The Ryzen Threadripper 1950X has 16 cores, with the ability to handle 32 threads with AMD’s simultaneous multi-threading (SMT) tech. It will be clocked at 3.4GHz at stock speed, with a turbo speed of 4GHz. The CPU is also physically massive, as it effectively combines two 8-core Ryzen dies in a single package, which will have interesting implications for cooling. Several people online have also cracked the heatspreader off early samples and apparently confirmed that AMD uses solder between the die and heatspreader, unlike Intel’s Skylake-X chips, which use thermal paste between these components. There’s no UK pricing yet,…

5 min.
letters

Raise the roof I’ve noticed a lot of comments about fitting twin-fan all-in-one liquid coolers into the top of various cases. For me, though, the problem is always interference with memory and other motherboard components. I recently built a new PC in a Cooler Master N300 case, as I wanted the external drive slots and a smaller case than my old one. Trial fitting before installing the memory was fine, but once the memory was installed, the cooler fouled the memory heatsinks (not particularly tall ones). The radiator and fans needed to move away by around 20mm. To solve the issue, I made up two brackets from strip aluminium, drilled mounting holes for the original radiator screws, and drilled and tapped holes to take 3mm screws for the holes in the case.…

1 min.
twitter highlights

AndyTWoods Bang for buck, are water-cooled PCs worth it? Are they really that more silent? Getting a new @chillblast but, no H20 there. Ben: Bang for buck, no, at least not in terms of raw results. Bear in mind that water-cooled PCs do also need fans, and there’s pump noise too, but if they’re set up right, they can be significantly quieter than PCs with all-in-one liquid coolers or standard air coolers. Not everyone wants water cooling for noise either – some people want it to gain extra overclocking headroom. Don’t get me wrong, custom water-cooling gear can make for both a quieter and faster PC than conventional cooling, but you do end up paying a lot more money for it. It’s a cost I’m happy to pay, because low noise is a…