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Custom PC UK September 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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United Kingdom
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3 min.
where are all the gpus?

Retailers talk about AMD GPUs massively outselling Nvidia GPUs recently If you’ve tried to follow our recommendation, and buy a Radeon RX 580 card, you’ve probably found yourself up against buttons saying a variation of ‘pre-order’, ‘notify me’ or pretty much anything that isn’t a simple ‘Buy’ button. The RX 580 wasn’t a paper launch – there was plenty of stock when we first reviewed the card. But all of that stock has now been sold in a frenzied whirlwind of buying activity, and it has nothing to do with games. In a world where exchange rates are uncertain, people are looking for currencies that will make them money, and there’s been a sudden boom in the popularity of cryptocurrency. The biggest name, of course, is Bitcoin, but there are plenty of…

3 min.
great expectations

Every X399 board will be able to use every slot, unlike X299 The respective announcements of Intel’s X299/Core i9 platform and AMD’s X399 / Threadripper platform at Computex couldn’t have been more different. Intel’s Core i9 announcement dropped a surprise, with the promise of Skylake-X CPUs with up to 18 cores and 36 threads. There was no information about the 12, 14, 16 or 18-core processors’ clock speeds, TDP, cache structure or PCI-E lanes, though, adding to the confusion about an already complicated platform. With X299 handling all Skylake-X CPUs with various core counts, between 16 and 44 PCI-E lanes and both dual and quad-channel memory, Intel seems to simply be throwing spaghetti at a wall and seeing what sticks. AMD’s 6-core and 8-core Ryzen CPUs met market demands perfectly, bringing an…

3 min.
gaming bullies

The same charity has linked online bullying to self-harm or suicide Whatever gamers might think about the concept of ‘safe spaces’, gaming often represents a space that’s, well, safe – not the game’s content, but the act of absorbing yourself in a virtual space. It’s an escape from garbage in the real world, or a place to express yourself in a way that’s not possible elsewhere. I play for fun and escapism. Being bullied is anathema to escapism, particularly if you’re young and bullied at school, but that sort of bullying is the result of forced proximity. Online, you should be able to escape a bully quickly. But equally, one abusive commenter can just merge into the next one until online anonymous bullies are a single blobby entity with a dozen arms.…

2 min.
incoming

Gigabyte announces mini-ITX Ryzen board Gigabyte has just announced a new mini-ITX board that uses AMD’s new AM4 socket, introducing AMD’s Ryzen chips to the world of mini PCs. The AB350N-Gaming WIFI is based on AMD’s overclocking-friendly B350 chipset and features a steel-reinforced 16x PCI-E 3 slot, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, an M.2 SSD slot and Fusion RGB lighting on the edge, which will be controllable via Gigabyte’s software. The company also says that the board can accommodate AMD’s top-down Wraith cooler without limiting the height of memory modules you can install. Asus releases all-AMD laptops Asus has just announced its very first gaming laptop to feature an AMD CPU. The top-end ROG Strix GL702ZC uses a full-fat 8-core Ryzen 7 1700 chip, which the company says is based on the same silicon as the…

6 min.
letters

Why are some CPU ranges cooler than others? Here’s a question for Antony. How does the same cooler perform differently depending on the CPU or system on which it’s installed? If I simplify it to ‘heat source > metal block > heat transfer material > radiator’, only the heat source is changing. Does an AMD AM4 CPU heat differently to an Intel LGA115x CPU, and differently again to an LGA2011 CPU? Why would an all-in-one cooler handle one better than the others? Could it be that some coolers’ fitting mechanisms have better designs than others? Could we see an all-in-one liquid cooler designed with single socket compatibility, which would be able to get every CPU over 10°C cooler than other multi-socket compatible coolers? JON LANG Antony: It’s a combination of all those factors,…

1 min.
twitter highlights

Duncan_Lloyd Can’t seem to find an RX 580 for sale anywhere, is there a supply shortage? #soldout Ben: There most certainly is a supply shortage, as I address in my column on p8 this month. The whole world’s stock seems to be have been bought up by cryptocurrency miners. wellrandom Just got the new @CustomPCMag & it looks like I’ll seriously have to reconsider my next CPU upgrade. I was looking at a Kaby Lake Core i7 but I’d be interested to know if readers pay any attention to the pre-built desktop ‘systems.’ Surely they build their own? Just me? Ben: It depends on the person, really. I didn’t build my very first PCs in the old days; I had pre-built ones, and then learned the ropes by upgrading them and then finally…