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Custom PC UK

Custom PC UK

September 2020

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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in this issue

2 min.
all about amd

AMD has now seemingly formed its various parts into a massive armoured battlewagon, and it’s currently gunning down almost everything its path, while bulldozing the remains out of its way with a scoop made from the heatspreaders of its hapless victims. It’s probably manned by Orks from the Warhammer 40,000 universe and called Threadripper. It’s brought us to an extraordinary situation this month, where our £699 gaming build features AMD silicon throughout (see p74). While AMD’s APUs with integrated graphics have been fine for ultra-cheap PCs, entry-level gaming rigs have generally continued to be the domain of Intel and Nvidia, until now. That’s because AMD’s 1st-gen Ryzen 3 CPUs couldn’t really compete with Intel on the gaming front, and its Graphics Core Next GPUs were also hot and power-hungry. That’s now all changed.…

3 min.
custom laptops

AMD’s Ryzen 4000-series laptop CPUs clearly have the potential to power amazing mobile gaming machines, with the performance and power efficiency of the Ryzen 9 4900HS in the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (see Issue 202, p28) recently blowing us away. Despite this CPU power, though, that laptop only comes with a GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q GPU. In fact, you’d be hard-pushed to find any AMD Ryzen 4000-series laptop with a GPU more powerful than the RTX 2060. Meanwhile, the Dell G5 15 SE is the only laptop available with AMD SmartShift this year, and AMD-based laptops frequently have lower-spec features than their Intel counterparts. Despite the better availability of AMD-based laptops this year, the choices are still pretty uninspiring. An open laptop platform would give PC component makers new opportunities based on…

3 min.
gaming therapy

Imagine going to the doctor and leaving with a prescription for a video game. It sounds like the setup to a joke or a weird marketing campaign for Surgeon Simulator, but it’s actually a real thing. In the USA, the FDA has just approved the prescription-only video game EndeavourRx for children aged 8-12 with certain types of ADHD. The game has also been awarded the CE mark that allows it to be marketed in Europe. It’s the first video game that’s been approved for prescription, it so could be a big deal. ADHD diagnosis and treatment (meds, therapy and lifestyle changes) are constantly changing as more is learned and understood about it. Society is slowly learning to accept that the ADHD brain isn’t wrong or abnormal, it’s just different, but there is…

5 min.
incoming

EK GOING INTO AIR COOLING Water-cooling specialist EK has decided to turn its hand to air cooling. The company revealed its plans in its recent EK Cooling Expo 2020 (custompc.co.uk/EKExpo), where it showed off a tower heatsink design. EK says that its new EK-AIR products are ‘for people who are interested in aftermarket cooling but are not yet ready to make the leap into liquid cooling’. There will be options with both one and two fans, and the coolers will also feature DRGB lighting. The company also promises ‘premium build quality, modern aesthetics and great cooling’. There’s no word on pricing or availability yet. CORSAIR ONE GETS RYZEN UPDATE Corsair has released a new version of its acclaimed mini-ITX One PC that supports 3000-series Ryzen CPUs. The Corsair One A100 can accommodate a 12-core…

6 min.
letters

To baldly go I’ve enjoyed video games for years, as well as reading your fabulous reviews on the latest hardware. However, I fear my hairline is suffering the consequences! My wife is convinced that gaming headsets contribute to hair loss due to their position when worn, and create bald patches; grudgingly, I’m starting to consider could be true! Is there any chance you could review some alternative setups (mic + headphones) to save my ‘receding’ catastrophe and help the fight against ‘gaming hair loss’? BEN MARCK Edward: Unless you’re in the habit of rubbing your gaming headset back and forth on your head, it probably isn’t the cause of any head hair loss, I’m sorry to say. As for alternative setups, you could use the earphone headsets you get with mobile phones or…

5 min.
antec neptune 240 / £80 inc vat

SUPPLIER scan.co.uk Antec is hoping to make a splash in the burgeoning all-in-one (AIO) liquid cooler market with its new Neptune range of liquid coolers. At £80, this 240mm model is more affordable than many models we’ve seen recently, costing only £5 more than our current budget-focused favourite, the ARCTIC Freezer II 240. While the ARCTIC lacks lighting, though, Antec has managed to include digital RGB lighting and a five-port PWM and lighting hub. At first, we thought the latter was just a cheap proprietary fan controller, but as it turns out, all five fan headers are standard 4-pin connectors, and you can hook up the hub to your motherboard to control all five fans at the same time. The same goes for the lighting, where five 3-pin digital addressable RGB ports allow…