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Custom PC UK

October 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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super zen

There’s been a veritable avalanche of new silicon plummeting into the PC valley at high speed over the last few weeks, and this issue of Custom PC is largely dedicated to making sense of it, and showing what you can do with it. For starters, there’s our main build feature on p76, which shows that you don’t need to spend a ridiculous amount of money on building a new PC with all the latest tech. It’s not a budget rig, but it does get you all the exciting new gear, including an AMD Zen 2 CPU, a 1TB PCI-E 4 SSD, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super GPU and an X570 motherboard for under £1,500 inc VAT. In addition, we’ve also reviewed Nvidia’s new RTX 2060 and 2070 Super GPUs, and…

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EDITORIAL EDITOR Ben Hardwidge ben.hardwidge@raspberrypi.org FEATURES EDITOR Edward Chester edward.chester@raspberrypi.org MODDING EDITOR Antony Leather GAMES EDITOR Rick Lane CONTRIBUTORS Gareth Halfacree, James Gorbold, Mike Jennings, Phil Hartup, Richard Swinburne, Rys Sommefeldt, Tracy King PRODUCTION EDITOR Julie Birrell PHOTOGRAPHY Antony Leather, Brian O’Halloran, Fiacre Muller, Gareth Halfacree PUBLISHING PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Russell Barnes russell@raspberrypi.org DESIGN criticalmedia.co.uk HEAD OF DESIGN Lee Allen DESIGNERS Ty Logan, Harriet Knight COMMERCIAL & ADVERTISING ADVERTISING Charlotte Milligan charlotte.milligan@raspberrypi.org +44 (0)7725 368887…

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roadmaps and dead ends

I will preface this column by reminding readers that leaked road maps aren’t officially confirmed by Intel. This column is based on a number of leaks of Intel’s plans for 2020, which have been published separately in various places online. Intel has already publicly announced that its Core i9-9900KS will be arriving later this year. It’s the same 8-core CPU as the i9-9900K/KF, but with a 5GHz all-core clock that should bring some performance advantages. Ultimately, though, AMD’s 16-core behemoth – the 3950X – is going to add far more advantages when it launches around the same time. The scheduling of the i9-9900KS tells us that Intel’s 300-series platforms (Z390 and so on) will remain with us until at least the end of the year. That’s unusual not only because it…

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do games have to be fun?

I was recently asked to chair a panel at Manchester International Festival discussing gaming as a force for good. My panellists were Paloma Dawkins, a game designer in the USA; Hardeep Pandhar, an artist who had created an extraordinary installation exploring gamergate; and Dan Hett, a games writer and developer. Dan’s brother Martyn died in the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Losing someone in a terrorist attack is an unimaginable pain, but Dan has tried to create at least a small bit of good in response. He channels his grief into making games. As I played Dan’s interactive fiction game ‘C ya laterrr’ – named after the final text his brother sent – in preparation for the panel, I experienced his loss, and the panic of that final evening, along…

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PREVIEW NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080SUPER/ £669 inc VAT SUPPLIER nvidia.com The summer hardware flurry isn’t over yet – Nvidia has launched another GPU in its Super series, and we managed to get our mitts on our sample just before this issue went to the printers. The GeForce RTX 2080 Super finally enables all the parts on Nvidia’s TU104 GPU, giving you 48 streaming multiprocessors (SMs). That gives you 3,072 stream processors, 48 RT cores and 384 Tensor cores. It’s a bit of a miniscule boost compared with the other two Super GPUs. The RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super (see p16) each get 256 more stream processors than their predecessors, but the RTX 2080 Super only has 128 more stream processors and two more RTX cores than the original 2080. Clock speeds have also been…

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What’s that? Our pals at be quiet! are offering a Dark Base Pro 900 Rev. 2 Silver case to one Custom PC reader. The image below is a distorted close-up of a piece of hardware in this issue. If you identify it, email the name and page number of the product to competition@custompcmag.org.uk, with ‘What’s that? 193’ in the Subject field. Last month we mistakenly reprinted the same ‘What’s that?’ image as the month before, so we’re going to run that competition for another month. If you can spot the image below anywhere in Issue 192, email the product’s name and page number to competition@custompcmag. org.uk, with ‘What’s that? 192’ in the Subject field. Issue 191 winner The winner from our Issue 191 competition was Stephen Rolph, who correctly identified the MSI Radeon…