Custom PC

Custom PC — Issue 208

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In Issue #208 we get our mitts on AMD’s new Zen 3 CPUs, which promise to massively boost gaming performance over previous Ryzen chips. Is it all over for Intel on the desktop now? We find out by putting two of the new CPUs through their paces in a number of benchmarks, from heavily multi-threaded software that stresses multiple cores, to single-threaded software and games.

Not only that, but we also find out what memory works best with the new CPUs, as well as showing you how to overclock them. Plus, as if all that isn’t enough, there’s also a large deep dive into the new Zen 3 microarchitecture, where we explore what makes the new CPUs tick.

Also in this issue:

  • Retro tech: Intel’s 286 under the microscope
  • Integer scaling explained
  • How to apply liquid metal paste
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
  • Wireless mechanical keyboards group test
  • PCI-E 4 SSDs group test