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Custom PC UK June 2019

To provide the ultimate magazine for PC enthusiasts with a passion for performance hardware and customisation, delivered with wit, style and authority.

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radeon rays

Crytek has recently thrown a very shiny, reflective spanner into the works, by showing off a CryEngine 5.5 ray-tracing demo. A video of the Neon Noir demo shows us a futuristic cityscape, full of reflective glass and a very shiny flying craft. Then, after the demo has finished dazzling you, it gives you the twist – it was all done on an AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 GPU. Crytek goes on to claim that the ray-tracing feature in its engine is ‘agnostic’ towards GPUs and APIs, and that it can run on most mainstream graphics cards. As you’d expect, the fanboy conspiracy theorists have been out in force in the comments sections, claiming that Nvidia has been scamming us, and you don’t need GeForce RTX hardware for ray tracing at all.…

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usb 3.what?

USB-IF, the organisation behind the universal serial bus standard, has recently acted true to the last part of its name, because nothing happened for ages and then three announcements arrived at once. The first is a bump in the maximum speed, from the current 10Gbps to a new 20Gbps standard, which was immediately followed by a new naming scheme. Remember when it tried to rename all the USB 3 devices to USB 3.1 Gen 1 and Gen 2? Well it’s at it again. Are you paying attention? Good. USB 3, which became USB 3.1 Gen 1, is now known as USB 3.2 Gen 1: SuperSpeed USB. Meanwhile, the original USB 3.1, which became USB 3.1 Gen 2, is now known as USB 3.2 Gen 2: SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps. Then there’s the…

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rape day dilemma

There’s always a gaming controversy of some sort, but quite often it’s trivial, or at least doesn’t have major real-world consequences for gamers or wider society. And then there are the controversies that are very serious, but really difficult to talk about. This month’s column concerns one of them. It’s not easy to write, but we have to discuss it because it’s one of those controversies where politicians have waded in, and that can escalate into changes in the law. I’m talking about Rape Day, the interactive narrative fiction game recently pulled by Steam after several petitions and considerable media and political backlash. The game, which hasn’t yet been published, was created by a chap called Desk Plant, who is now saying he’ll seek an alternative publisher. Valve is in no way…

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incoming

Google announces cloud gaming plan Undeterred by the failure of OnLive to capitalise on the idea of cloud gaming, Google has announced a new cloud gaming system called Stadia. According to Google, the system can handle 60fps gaming at 4K with HDR and surround sound, as long as you have the bandwidth for it. ‘The future of gaming is not a box,’ says the company, claiming that users will be able to go from watching a YouTube video to playing a game in seconds, without having to wait for updates or downloads. There’s little detail on the system yet, but Google has revealed the spec of the gaming system you’ll get on the server side. The CPU is described as a 2.7GHz ‘hyperthreaded’ chip with ‘AVX2 SIMD’, while the GPU is described…

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letters

Don’t try to cut tempered glass I note at the end of Antony’s ‘Customised PC’ article on p103, he states,‘…which is to cut vents into the tempered glass …,’ followed later by,‘I’ll look at ways to modify acrylic and tempered glass size panels.’ I’m sure he realises that you can’t drill or cut tempered glass without it exploding into small glass fragments, but some of his readers may not. It should have a warning saying, ‘Don’t try this at home unless you have a spare panel.’ JON WILLIAMS Antony: You are indeed right that tempered glass will likely shatter if cut or drilled, and I should have been clearer that people shouldn’t try this at all, and also that I wouldn’t actually be drilling or cutting glass that has already been tempered. There’s a couple of…

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twitter highlights

QwertyDesignUK Why does the Asus ROG Strix mini-ITX mobo, issue 185 p51, get on the Elite list above the ASRock, when the ASRock is cheaper and scored 2% more – 92% vs 90%? Ben: The ASRock is also on the Elite list as well. It’s above the Asus, although the category was wrong – that’s fixed now. We thought they both deserved to be recommended for people with different priorities. random_dave Hi, did you stop putting issues onto Google newsstand, or has something gone wrong here? Ben: Yes, there’s a plan to get Custom PC relisted on Google Newsstand. We’re working on it at the moment – apologies in the meantime! J_Anderson0303 I have to say one of my favourite sections is Tracy king’s sceptical analysis as they are really interesting reads Tracy: Thank you!…

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