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…
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.
What was the first flagship CPU I ever reviewed?
Answer is Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, codename Gallatin.
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!