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Custom PC UK November 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.

United Kingdom
Raspberry Pi
R 66,33
R 580,86
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
from the editor load the shrink ray

In our last issue, we had great fun knocking together a retro gaming PC using 1990s hardware. Our archaic yellow ATX motherboard sported a stack of seven PCI and ISA expansion slots, and back then you really needed them. Once you’d added a sound card, graphics card, 3D accelerator, modem and network card, there wouldn’t be much room to swing a ribbon cable in your cramped beige case’s dusty innards. Compare that with today, when all the basics are already integrated onto your motherboard. I have one PCI-E card in my ATX PC – my graphics card, and I know I’m not alone. I could easily downsize the whole caboodle into a tiny box, and I wouldn’t lose features or performance. I could have a 16-core CPU, super-fast PCI-E 4 storage,…

1 min
custom pc

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

3 min
intel goes big on little

Inside Intel’s latest Linux patch notes is a specific line that says ‘Hybrid Core/Atom Processors’. It looks as though next year’s Alder Lake (12th-gen) CPUs are set to introduce the first heterogeneous x86 CPU design, a combination of ‘big’ Golden Cove (Core) and ‘little’ Gracemont (Atom) cores. I expect Alder Lake to adopt a chiplet design, where its Atom cores are put on a 10nm die ARM introduced heterogeneous CPUs to the consumer market with its own ‘big.LITTLE’ design in 2012, mixing two types of its Cortex-A cores together in a single chip – high-performance ‘big’ cores and power efficiency-focused ‘little’ cores. The design switched between either cluster of four cores depending on performance demands. This original ‘clustered switching’ wasn’t that elegant and has evolved to become much more fine-grained, where any core…

3 min
epic battles

Fight! Specifically, a battle royale between the giant armies of tech and gaming. It’s Epic, maker of Fortnite, vs Apple. However, it’s also Epic vs Google, Epic vs Valve and, if you believe the rhetoric, in some ways Epic vs the entire concept of monopolies and profit. It’s tempting to pick a side, and many gamers jumped on board the #FreeFortnite hashtag on social media, referring to a Fortnite tournament where you could win prizes that mock Apple. Epic has access to lawyers just as expensive and effective as those of Apple and Google If you don’t already know, Apple removed Fortnite from the iOS app store, because Epic was selling add-ons directly to players, thereby depriving Apple of its 30 per cent cut. Google did the same with the Google Play…

5 min

HYPERX LAUNCHES LIGHTWEIGHT WIRELESS HEADSET HyperX has expanded its line-up of Cloud headsets with a lightweight wireless model for PC and PS4 owners. The Cloud Stinger Core weighs 275g and has 40mm drivers. HyperX says its 2.4GHz wireless connection has a range of 12m, and claims it has a 17-hour battery life. Hyper X also claims that its soft, breathable earcup cushions will remain comfortable during long gaming sessions. Other features include volume controls on the earcup, and a swivel-to-mute noise-cancelling microphone. The Cloud Stinger Core Wireless is available in an all-white design from argos.co.uk for £75 inc VAT. NEW NVIDIA GPUS INCOMING By the time you read this magazine, Nvidia will have officially announced some details of its forthcoming Ampere-based GeForce GPUs, presumably with RTX 3000-series model numbers. However, in a very irritating twist…

3 min

Rate my rig After over a decade since my last build, I’ve caught the bug again thanks to reconnecting with your magazine. I even subscribed again! My first (recent) attempt is based on the entry-level RTX gaming system on your Elite list, with a few modifications. I replaced the Antec Neptune 240 with a Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4, and I used a Corsair RM650x PSU and a be quiet! Pure Base 500DX case. I welcome your thoughts. MAURICE HAYEK Ben: Thanks for your subscription, Maurice, and I’m glad to hear you’re back into PC building after all this time – your new build must be a significant upgrade on your old machine! That’s an excellent choice of case for the entry-level RTX gaming system on our Elite list. The Pure Base 500DX came out…