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Custom PC UK April 2019

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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raspberry ripple

You might have noticed something a little bit different about this issue of Custom PC. It feels satisfyingly hefty when you pick it up, and the pages have a quality, premium feel as you flick through them. The more eagle-eyed readers among you might also have spotted a tiny Raspberry logo on p3, or next to the barcode on the newsstand edition. In case you haven’t seen the official announcement online, we’ve been bought by Raspberry Pi. Hold on, you might think. Isn’t that the lot who makes the tiny computers in Hobby tech? What does Raspberry Pi want to do with Custom PC? The answer, I’m very excited to say, is a whole lot of good stuff. The core focus of Custom PC will remain on PCs, modding, overclocking and gaming Raspberry…

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g-sync for (almost) everyone

In a highly unexpected turn of events, Nvidia has allowed its graphics cards to synchronise their frame rates with the refresh rates of adaptive sync monitors. Adaptive sync is integrated into the DisplayPort standard 1.2a by the VESA standards body; it’s the same technology that’s branded as FreeSync by AMD. It’s better to aim for quality over a free-for-all Nvidia has already tested a number of adaptive sync displays to check if they are as good as its G-Sync-only monitors, and the ones that make the grade have been given ‘G-Sync Certified’ stamps of approval. Currently, only 12 of 400 (3 per cent) of adaptive sync-enabled displays have yet made the Nvidia-approving grade, although this number may grow in due course. The low figure is at least partly because Nvidia’s standards are…

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fake identity

Not everyone online is who they say they are. Back in the early days of the Internet, when social media was IRC chat rooms, there was a common joke that every young woman online was actually a middle-aged man in disguise. There was a sliver of truth to it, and when someone did pretend to be someone else, motives were often extremely nefarious (grooming, catfishing or financial scams). A few years ago, a friend lost tens of thousands of pounds to a Nigerian scammer posing as a romantic interest. It happens. But, due to awareness campaigns and press coverage (plus learning from other people’s mistakes), it’s increasingly difficult to successfully pose as someone else. Garry Kasparov claimed that women weren’t ever going to be chess contenders And, like the early days of the…

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ces 2019

AMD 3rd-gen Ryzen and Radeon VII This year will be a big one for Intel and AMD, but surprisingly little was revealed by both companies as far as desktop processors go, with the biggest news coming from AMD. The company benchmarked an 8-core, 16-thread 3rd-generation Ryzen CPU against Intel’s equivalent – the Core i9-9900K. The AMD CPU came off better in Cinebench and with significantly lower power consumption too. AMD also announced that its 7nm Radeon VII GPUs will be coming this year, equipped with 3,840 stream processors and 16GB of HBM2 memory. Intel Optane combo SSD Intel has combined its super-speedy Optane memory – traditionally used on a separate low-capacity SSD for caching purposes to boost the speed of slower storage such as hard disks – with 3D NAND memory on an…

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letters

Which year are we in? I’m sat here on the throne reading the March 2019 edition of Custom PC. Today is 7 January, 2019. The last paragraph of the Hitman 2 review on p72 reads, ‘Mechanically, Hitman 2 is one of the best games released this year.’ Oh really? No kidding! JULIAN VICARI Ben: Heh, Rick means last year, obviously – the games reviews usually come in at the beginning of the schedule, so he’d have written that review in early December. You’re right that we should have spotted it though! Where’s Wendel? I’ve been a subscriber for several years, but it now feels as though everything that attracted me to CPC in the first place is gradually being dropped from the magazine. First you ditched the ‘Where’s Wendel’ game (we still affectionately call it ‘the…

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logitech g pro wireless / £130 inc vat

SUPPLIER Logitech.com The G Pro Wireless is the best all-round gaming mouse you can buy right now. For starters, it has one of the most universally comfortable and practical designs we’ve ever used. Its ambidextrous shape is hardly a new concept, but here Logitech has made the design so much better by making the side buttons modular. You can swap out the back and forward buttons that would otherwise sit under your little and ring fingers, reducing the chance of them being knocked accidentally. The buttons and the blanks with which you can replace them – via magnets – are reassuringly solid too, with no wobble or extra give. Despite being a wireless model with a battery, it weighs just 80g Elsewhere, you get a subtle but perfectly judged overall shape, and a…

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