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Custom PC UK July 2018

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.

United Kingdom
Raspberry Pi
12 Issues

in this issue

3 min
more than a die shrink

We haven’t spent several nights, tearing our hair out, trying to get RAM kits to work Only a few things in life excite me. Knowing that I’m going to see Iron Maiden later this year is one of them. My forthcoming honeymoon, and my first proper holiday in several years, is another one. In all my time on this planet, I don’t think I’ve ever been sincerely excited about a die shrink, but that’s all changed this month. Honestly, hear me out. On the face of it, not much has changed with AMD’s 2nd Gen Ryzen CPUs (see p21). They have the same underlying architecture as the original Ryzen CPUs from last year, with the same number of cores and the same amount of cache. It’s really just an optical die shrink…

3 min
we want hdr gaming

It will still be years before many of us gamers can experience this tech for ourselves If you were a first-generation CPC reader, and were into PC gaming around 2004-2005, let me reach in and pull a few memory strings. Do you remember the release of Far Cry 1.3 and Half-Life 2 Lost Coast? Six months after Far Cry launched, and with Nvidia’s help, Crytek dropped the 1.3 patch in late 2004, which introduced DirectX 9c support, complete with Shader Model 3 and gorgeously bright HDR lighting. Meanwhile Valve, which was continuing to co-work with ATI since the launch of Half-life 2, introduced the Lost Coast demo, with an alternative effect that approximated HDR using Shader Model 2b. Later, in 2005, Valve updated the Source engine with full support for DirectX 9c…

3 min
farewell, loot crates

The Dutch gaming authority has decided that loot crates are gambling Say a fond farewell to loot crates, they’re on their way out. Although the British government hasn’t yet declared loot boxes to be gambling, I’ve long been predicting they will (sadly without putting any money on it), and the latest news from The Netherlands is the biggest sign yet that Brits will soon have some types of micro transactions regulated by the government. The Dutch gaming authority has decided that loot crates are gambling, and given publishers and developers until June to comply with the Betting and Gaming Act. That’s a big deal, because it means that loot crates are officially games of chance rather than skill, and that they have a value outside of the game itself, also known as…

6 min

Corsair unveils ‘Contrast’ memory Corsair has unleashed a brand-new special-edition range of its Dominator Platinum memory, called Contrast. Finished in what Corsair calls ‘an elegant high-contrast design of pearlescent white and high-gloss black’, the memory certainly looks good and it has a white LED bar at the top, although there’s no RGB lighting. The Platinum Special Edition Contrast will come in 32GB dual-channel and quad-channel kits, based on Samsung modules, and will be rated to run at 3466MHz. The dual-channel kit is currently available to buy from www.corsair.com/uk for £380 inc VAT, while the quad-channel kit costs £415 inc VAT. Nvidia halts 32-bit Windows and Fermi support GPU maker Nvidia has officially confirmed that it will no longer update its 32-bit GPU drivers for performance improvements or bug fixes in 32-bit versions of Windows,…

7 min

Wot, no DVD drive? I jumped at the chance to try to build my own PC, as suggested by the cover of Issue 176, but I was disappointed by the price difference on the Scan website to that which you gave. I’ve gone ahead anyhow, but I’d like to draw your attention to the absence of a DVD drive, which would be imperative if I wanted to load games. The prices on Ebuyer were better, and I await delivery of the parts I ordered from there to mix with parts I also bought from Aria PCs, and my own power supply. I’m excited to see the result and look forward to future articles in your excellent magazine. ALEXANDER O’ REILLY Ben: Thanks, Alexander. In terms of pricing, we can only go with what’s…

3 min
amd ryzen – the next generation

When AMD launched its first Ryzen CPUs a little over a year ago, the company was quite clear about the product it was launching in terms of expectations and its future development. AMD basically said that the first iteration of the Zen core and its implementation in Ryzen was a worst-case scenario, given that the company was dealing with an entirely new architecture and feature set in its SenseMI technologies. It was also true that Ryzen presented some challenges in the early days, with poor memory support above frequencies of 2666MHz, as well as a plethora of other issues. AMD has aimed to resolve all these issues with 2nd Gen Ryzen. Indeed, even some X370 motherboards with the latest BIOS updates will now enable you to hit memory speeds over 3400MHz…