Maximum PC May 2019
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Published 30th April
Dream Machine 2019 is here, and what a machine we have for you this year. Boasting not one, but two systems, both water-cooled, and fitted out with the latest and greatest hardware, it has drawn gasps even before the overall component price is revealed. And at $19,500 it’s not a budget machine by any stretch. Still the Dream Machine is not reasonable, it’s excessive.
This year, the Dream Machine hasn’t been without its issues, and while you could say that pretty much every year, sorting out two systems comes with its own special level of stress, and not just from trying to balance power between two very different form factors. Throw in a healthy amount of water cooling, the added fun of two separate power supplies, and trying to manage airflow, and you’ve got plenty to juggle way before you reach the joys of getting a blank screen on your first boot.
Still, once we’d sorted this out, stared in disbelief at the ridiculous pile of component boxes we’d amassed, and calmed ourselves over the potential of leaks in the loop, we could start to enjoy the performance. When you’ve got a total of 40 cores and 80 threads to play with, a pair of GeForce RTX 2080 TIs in SLI and a Titan RTX for good measure, power is not something that can be found lacking here.
The Dream Machine is not the only big hit this issue. We take a long hard look at the current state of gaming motherboards, and investigate what the extra premium nets you. We also ask a question that most of us have wondered about for a long time: Do you actually need a soundcard? We show you how to get Windows 10 running on the Raspberry Pi, take a look at Nvidia’s latest Turing-powered graphics card, and check out one of the most powerful laptops we’ve ever had in the lab.