FINISHED The Awesome RPS Gaming Rig Give Away

By Jeremy Laird on January 4th, 2013 at 11:03 am.

Come on down for some actually pretty good prizes

Update: OK, we’ve now had correct answers to both questions, so please cease your frenzied entries now. Thanks for getting involved, all. Now updated with answers. Well done to our two winners! And for the avoidance of doubt, our two winners know who they are!

This is it, folks. Your chance to live the dream and kick off 2013 in style. I’ve scratched backs, pulled strings and fiddled with knobs. The result is that we’re giving away a pair of gaming rig kits composed of RPS’s favourite clobber. So, that’s an Intel Core i5-3570K processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 graphics and some Z77 motherboard action. And it can all be yours. All you have to do is riddle me these questions three. Well, two and a tie breaker…

Question 1.
What are (or were) 16-1-1-1 and 16-1-3-1?

Answer is ATI R520 and R580 GPUs respectively (not R530 as some answered), aka ATI Radeon X1800 and X1900 with everything switched on. The numbers indicate pipelines – textures per pipe – shader ALUs per pipe – Z samples per pipe.

Question 2.
What was the first flagship CPU I ever reviewed?

Answer is Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, codename Gallatin.

Tie breaker:
What PC game do I currently use for testing CPU performance, at what resolution setting and what anti-aliasing setting?

With the ever present threat of Google spoiling things, especially ref the first question, there will be no clues other than the context is gaming-relevant PC hardware. Well, no clues unless it transpires you really need them!

We’ve got two kits, one for the UK and one for those beyond our sodden shores. Please indicate if you’re UK or overseas in your answers. You can answer one or both of the questions. The first RPSer to get either correct takes half of the booty.

This could get a bit messy, but I will do my best to arrive at one prize for the UK and one for overseas. The tie breaker will come into play if needed. You can give your answers below or in an email (you can mail me by clicking on my name at the top of this post). Note that I will not comment on any answers until the final prize giving. But obviously there’s not a lot of point in repeating any answers someone has already given.

Judges’ decisions are final. No cash alternatives. The value of your investment can go down as well as up. Do not pass go. Etc.

What you’ll win:
To be absolutely clear, what you’ll win is a CPU, motherboard and graphics card. No case. No power supply. No memory. No operating system. Just the core hardware elements for making a fantastic gaming rig. If you’re not comfortable with a bit of self-build, this probably isn’t the compo for you.

With that I wish you good luck and God speed!

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  1. CMaster says:

    Errr, and how do we enter?

    • mr.ioes says:

      Guess that’s part of the riddle: find out where to send your answers to. We probably can rule out the comment section. edit – or not …

    • Alec Meer says:

      If you can’t/won’t read the post, your odds of winning are pretty low anyway, I’d say.

      • SanguineAngel says:

        Well in fairness, Alec, it doesn’t explicitly say whether entries need to be by email or simply posted in the comments section. I think people have just assumed comments though

        • Alec Meer says:

          Yes it does

          • lordcooper says:

            You can tell because of the words.

          • SanguineAngel says:

            “You can give your answers below or in an email (you can mail me by clicking on my name at the top of this post).”

            So it does. I read that post 5 times before I saw it. Doh!

            Apologies for being a dolt

          • Zanchito says:

            It’s amazing! I don’t know why, but that didn’t register in my mind AT ALL either. It’s like that video with the basketball players and the gorilla.

          • Berzee says:

            Someone sat me down to watch that video and while I was looking for the gorilla they stole my socks and shoes.

      • CMaster says:

        I did read the post over three times before posting that comment.

        So I don’t know if I read straight over it, or if there was an edit, because I do see it now. Most probably the former.
        So um, sorry about that.

        Ah well, chance gone anyway (did know the answer to Q 1)

  2. horicul says:

    Q1: 16-1-1-1 and 16-1-3-1 look like memory timings
    Q2: hopefully Core i7 3960X
    Tie: I will answer in a minute (still hoping to be the first)

    P.S. I am overseeas

  3. FurryLippedSquid says:

    Q1: Dunno
    Q2: Intel P90!

    Tie: Metro 2033 1920×1080

  4. MYstIC G says:

    Q1: PCIe Configurations

  5. SMorris says:

    Q1: 16-1-1-1 and 16-1-3-1 were PCI Express line patterns

    Location: The lovely UK

  6. Deathmaster says:

    Blazing fast Googlesearch gives me a:

    Q1: PCI configs
    Q2: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
    Tie: Far Cry 3 on 1920×1080 with 16x FXAA

    I’m from ze Netherlands

  7. Kobest says:

    Q2: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

    Tie Breaker: World in Conflict, 1920×1080, 4x-8x :)

    Overseas guesser.

  8. gktscrk says:

    Q2: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

  9. Richie Shoemaker says:

    Is #1 Stoke’s default tactical formation in FM2013?

  10. sinister agent says:

    Question 1.
    What are (or were) 16-1-1-1 and 16-1-3-1?

    Sven-Göran Eriksson’s first choice of formations before the coach had a quiet word. And after.

    Question 2.
    What was the first flagship CPU I ever reviewed?

    Er… the Bertram Quibblywoo 4500.b, #.0e3

    Tie breaker:
    What PC game do I currently use for testing CPU performance, at what resolution setting and what anti-aliasing setting?

    Game: Mount and Blade.
    Resolution: 400,000³
    Anti-aliasing: Yes.

  11. Chairs says:

    Q1 – PCIe patterns
    Q2 – Intel QX9650
    Tie – Far Cry 3 1920 x 1080 16x FXAA

    and UK based

  12. lordcooper says:

    Question 2: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

    I’m in the UK.

    E: *Shakes a bony fist at Chairs*

  13. Persus-9 says:

    Overseas and I dare say too late but: –

    16-1-1-1 and 16-1-3-1 were configurations for R530 and R580 ATI GPUs respectively. The numbers indicate the number of pipelines, the number of texture units per pipeline, parallel shader ALUs per pipeline and the number of Z samples per pipeline.

    • Persus-9 says:

      By way of the tie breaker I’m guessing: –

      World of Conflict, 800×600, 0 AA

    • Persus-9 says:

      Oh bloody hell. I have a sneaking suspicion I lost this because of a typo in the source of my information. It was the R520 wasn’t it?

      I’ve got a half-broken motherboard as well. *sob*

  14. Ricc says:

    Q1 – PCIe Configurations
    Q2 – Intel QX9650
    Tie – Metro 2033 2560×1600, 16x FXAA

    based in Austria

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    Gemberkoekje says:

    Question 1.
    What are (or were) 16-1-1-1 and 16-1-3-1?
    Undoubtably Bible references, Exodus 16-1-1-1 till 16-1-3-1

    Question 2.
    What was the first flagship CPU I ever reviewed?
    Trick question: Flagships are sailing ships, and therefor have no CPU’s. You therefor cannot have reviewed any.

    Tie breaker:
    What PC game do I currently use for testing CPU performance, at what resolution setting and what anti-aliasing setting?
    Pac-Man, 320×240, no anti aliasing. Anti aliasing doesn’t work on Pacman.

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      Gemberkoekje says:

      I am overseas by the way. Not by much, the Netherlands.

    • Dowr says:

      All three questions are related to PC-hardware, so the first question is diffidently not a biblical inquiry.

      • arccos says:

        Unless God is a sweet desktop.

        And behold, I spoke unto Him and He said “Take with you seven pairs of all clean gamers, if you can find them and they somehow have mates. Flood the rest with IGN quotes.”

    • gmillar says:

      Also, it’s been a long time since flagships were sailing ships, and all modern ships have a lot of computer hardware on them these days.

  16. Champy says:

    Q2: Intel Core 2 Extreme Edition X6800 (31/08/2006)

    • Champy says:

      Really thought I had this one down. So I guess we need to go further back in time!

  17. Dowson says:

    I think people aren’t reading far enough
    “You can give your answers below or in an email (you can mail me by clicking on my name at the top of this post).”

    You might need to edit the post and place this right at the top, in bold, and size 30 font.

  18. Advanced Assault Hippo says:

    Q1: Random numbers that mean nothing.
    Q2: Intel 4004
    Tie: Leisure Suit Larry.

  19. xcopy says:

    I don´t want to enter the competition, I just want to share my joy and excitement that exactly these parts (and some more) will arrive tomorrow at my doorstep! Happy Happy Joy Joy!

    Crucial m4 SSD 256GB, 2.5″, SATA 6Gb/s (CT256M4SSD2)
    Intel Core i5-3570K, 4x 3.40GHz, boxed (BX80637I53570K)
    Corsair Vengeance Low Profile schwarz DIMM Kit 8GB PC3-12800U CL9-9-9-24 (DDR3-1600) (CML8GX3M2A1600C9)
    Gigabyte GeForce GTX 670 OC, 2GB GDDR5, 2x DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort (GV-N670OC-2GD)
    Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H, Z77 (dual PC3-12800U DDR3)
    BenQ XL2420T, 24″ (9H.L7PLB.QBE)
    Noiseblocker NB-eLoop S-Series B12-PS
    Thermalright HR-02 Macho Rev. A (BW)
    anidées AI6BS Black Silent, schallgedämmt (AI-06BS)
    TP-Link TL-WDN4800, 450Mbps (MIMO) Dual Band, PCIe x1
    Sea Sonic G-Series G-650 650W ATX 2.3 (SSR-650RM) (semi-passiv)

  20. boxjar says:

    No idea, but I am based in the UK, I’ll tell you that much.

  21. FurryLippedSquid says:

    Tie: Fighter.

    • The white guar says:

      come to think of it, win-fighters would have been far better ships for the empire fleet

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        DeVadder says:

        Now everyone looks wierd at me because i burst into laughing while the prof explained Erlangs approximation for the throughput of nXn switches.
        I mean, that IS kinda funny because it gets used all the time while having no proper mathematical or physical foundation, but still…

  22. Stephen Roberts says:

    This post is full of reasons why I love RPS.
    – Bob Barker
    – Genuinely tricky questions
    – No sympathy for those that can’t build a PC
    Cmere RPS, let me hug you

    • Hoaxfish says:

      No sympathy for those that can’t build a PC

      That makes me feel better about not knowing any of the answers. While I can build a PC, my current case etc is one of those non-standard abominations, so I’d have to buy all that new to get any use out of the prize.

  23. The white guar says:

    why, clearly 16-1-1-1 is 13 and 16-1-3-1 is, hum, 11

  24. Dowr says:

    I would enter this competition, but I know these prizes will end up on eBay if I were to win; wouldn’t be fair on the rest of you people.

  25. Demigod says:

    1. configurations for ati R530 = 16-1-1-1 and R580 = 16-1-3-1 for from back in 2006 iirc?

    2. Intel QX9650

    3. Farcry 2 1920 x 1080 16x FXAA

  26. MD says:

    Question 1.
    What are (or were) 16-1-1-1 and 16-1-3-1?

    video card specs — respectively: pipelines, texture units per pipeline, parallel shader ALUs per pipeline, and Z samples per pipeline

  27. LJFHutch says:

    1 – No idea
    2 – No idea
    3 – No idea

  28. Dana says:

    I don’t know. I stay away from hardware reviews to not upset my wallet.

  29. Dr. Tran says:

    Q. 1: is the NVIDIA nForce 500 Configuration (http://www.nvidia.com/page/nforce5_specs_amd.html)

    Q. 2: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

    Q 3: errrm Psychonauts?

    Wild guesses probably wrong.

    Shrewsbury, UK and proud.

  30. smileyz says:

    1. ATI R520 and R580 configurations. pipelines, texture units, shaders, Z
    2. Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650

    TB: World in Conflict, 1,366 x 768, 4x AA and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim @ 1,366 x 768, 4x AA

  31. takosmegas says:

    Q1 – PCIe patterns
    Q2 – Intel QX9650
    Tie – Far Cry 3 1920 x 1080 16x FXAA

    I live in Greece therefore Overseas
    p.s: it Rhymes!!

  32. spy says:

    q1:

    pci slots, and their patterns on the mobo

    q2

    gonna say the i5

    for the tie, gonna say 3dMark and test it throughly on all possible settings

    and location is finland

  33. Zhou says:

    1. PCI express lane configurations
    2. Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800
    Tie: World in Conflict, 1280×720, 0xAA and 1366×768 4xAA. Also Skyrim 1280×720 0xAA and 1366×768 4xAA

    Edit: UK here.

  34. theditor says:

    PCIe configs
    Intel qx9650
    Far cry 2 1920 x 1080 and16x fxaa

    Oh and I’m one of those overseas types.

  35. Doom321 says:

    Question 1: Bible references!
    Question 2: You didnt, because flagships are ships and not computers.
    Tie Breaker: Far Cry 3 1920 x 1080 16x FXAA

    Offshores In Australia! (auzzies ftw)

  36. mfcrocker says:

    Screw it, don’t try don’t get.

    1) PCIe lane configurations
    2) QX9650
    Tie) Far Cry 3 1920×1080 16x FXAA

    I’m a UK bod.

  37. Alec Meer says:

    Update above in case you didnae see it:

    Question 2 is still live @ 11:41 UK time, but Question 1 was won by an overseas RPSer, so Q2 is now only open to UK readers!

  38. MD says:

    Q2: AMD Phenom X4 9850 Black Edition

    (non-uk)

  39. Jamie White says:

    Q1 – graphics card architecture configurations (for R520 and R580, in that order)
    Q2 – Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
    Tie – Metro 2033 at 1,280 x 800 with no anti-aliasing

    I’m in the UK btw.

  40. AbyssUK says:

    I emailed but anayway…
    1) R520 and R580 roadmaps as people have said its also the PCIe lane config [oops RPS]
    2) QX950

    3) Am guessing lost planet or quake 4 at 640×480 [testing the CPU people not the GPU]

  41. Sussid says:

    Question 1) PCI-Express lane configs for ATI cards
    Question 2) Intel’s QX9650
    Tie ) Tie – Far Cry 3 1920 x 1080 16x FXAA

    I’m in Finland.(dragging my computer to and from a New Year’s LAN party did not do the motherboard any favors in this weather of Ice and Sludge).

  42. Fireprufe15 says:

    South Africa

    Q1: 16-1-1-1 and 16-1-3-1 are vid card specs, I think. MAy be too late haha.
    Q2: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
    Tie Breaker: No idea, so im copying someone Farcry 2 1920 x 1080 16x FXAA

  43. Createx says:

    Q1: K/D in shootymanshooter of choice. Number three indicates number of opponents teabagged and #4 is number of profane insults yelled (those add to the K/D nowadays!)
    Q2: Zilog Z80
    Tie: Pong

  44. AbyssUK says:

    ME again…
    question 2
    AMD Phenom 9700

  45. Flukie says:

    I’m happy you are giving away my PC configuration, its good stuff.

    • Shadowcat says:

      It’s actually your PC. If you’re out at the moment, I expect the prize is on its way; otherwise you can probably delay things for a bit (at least until you run out of milk, and need to nip out to the shop).

  46. Ridnarhtim says:

    I’m not even sure how you define something as a “flagship” CPU.

  47. Jeremy Laird says:

    Looks like you’re going to need some help with Question 2.

    If you’ve haven’t seen the update in the story:

    HINT: It’s a bit older than most people are guessing (ie pre 2007) and you won’t find the review online.

    • AbyssUK says:

      Q2 Intel Pentium II 400 [was my first CPU what i bought myself!]

  48. Turin Turambar says:

    Damnit who was the overseas winner? Was it me?

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    RealWeaponX says:

    2. Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 2.5GHz?

    Edit: ah, pre 2007 you say…

  50. kael13 says:

    Q2: Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650
    And the Tie: Far Cry 3 on 1920×1080 with 16x FXAA

    I’m from the UK!