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September 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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new hardware overload

AMD has mounted an all-out assault this month. Not only has it unleashed a new wave of Ryzen CPUs based on its Zen 2 architecture, but it’s also sent out a force of new GPUs for backup. Meanwhile, there’s also support from the new X570 chipset, bringing the first PCI-E 4 devices, including super-fast NVMe SSDs, with it. That’s new CPUs, motherboards, graphics cards and SSDs all in one hit. This month’s issue is dedicated to this onslaught. I don’t think we’ve ever tested so much new hardware in such a short space of time before. There’s been so much new hardware to cover that we’ve had to sacrifice a few pages here and there to make room for it, which is why there’s no Letters page this month. I suggest starting…

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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, PJ Evans, Richard Swinburne, Tracy King PRODUCTION EDITOR Julie Birrell PHOTOGRAPHY Antony Leather, Brian O’Halloran, Fiacre Muller, Gareth Halfacree, Mike Jennings PUBLISHING PUBLISHING DIRECTOR Russell Barnes russell@raspberrypi.org DESIGN criticalmedia.co.uk HEAD OF DESIGN Lee Allen DESIGNERS Sam Ribbits, Ty Logan, Richard Grace COMMERCIAL & ADVERTISING ADVERTISING Charlotte Milligan charlotte.milligan@raspberrypi.org +44 (0)7725 368887…

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dimm sum

This time last year, memory prices were stratospheric and the companies that make DRAM chips, such as Samsung, Micron and SK Hynix, were reaping record profits as a result. Thankfully, during the last few months of 2018, the tide started to turn, and prices began to dip. The receding waters have continued through 2019, and I’ve talked to industry insiders who expect prices to continue dropping to the end of the year. Around 18 months ago (see Issue 176), I predicted that we’d hit maximum memory affordability now, but it looks as though prices are going to drop even lower. However, let me stress that no one knows for sure. There are many factors pulling the price of memory in all directions, because memory chips are used in every part of…

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researching gaming disorder

A quick recap – Gaming Disorder was recently added to the World Health Organisation’s diagnostic manual ICD-11, despite protests from professionals that it’s not really a thing. But now it’s officially a thing; a whole industry has sprung up around it. The first ad I was served in a Google search for ‘gaming disorder’ was titled ‘Internet Gaming Disorder | Young Men Can Get Help Now’, promoting expensive therapy in Thailand. This is very worrying,not least because that particular business’ interventions don’t seem to be based on scientific evidence. While these quack treatments are worrying, they’re not surprising, given that Gaming Disorder itself isn’t particularly based on evidence. The general idea is that extreme cases of uncontrolled gaming behaviour and excessive game playing should have a diagnosis, and specific interventions by trained…

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Nvidia releases Super RTX GPUs Nvidia introduced three new RTX GPUs using the ‘Super’ brand. Let’s start with the RTX 2060 Super, which uses the same TU106 Turing core found in the original RTX 2060 and 2070. However, it has four more streaming multiprocessors (SMs) enabled than the original RTX 2060, giving it 256 more stream processors, as well as more RT and Tensor cores. It also ups the memory from 6GB to 8GB, and it’s now attached to a 256-bit memory interface. Meanwhile, the RTX 2070 Super now uses the TU104 Turing core first used in the RTX 2080, marking a step up from the original 2070. It only has 40 SMs enabled, compared to 46 on the 2080, but that still gives it 256 more stream processors than its predecessor,…

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A be quiet! DARK BASE PRO 900 CASE! 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 above is a distorted close-up of a piece of hardware in this issue. If you can identify it, email the name and page number of the product to competition@custompcmag.org.uk, with ‘What’s that? 192’ in the Subject field. Last month’s winner Last month’s winner was John Lawrence Mills. Congratulations John! We’ll be in touch to sort out getting your prize sent to you. Terms & conditions Competition closes on Friday, 9 August. Prize is offered to participants worldwide aged 13 or over, except employees of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the prize supplier, their families or friends. Winners will be notified by email no more than…