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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163 Comments »

  1. uh20 says:

    GIVE ME BACK MY COMPUTER!!!!!!!!
    those are all the parts I used, exactly.

  2. Duke Nukem says:

    I can’t believe that I won. Thanks RPS!

  3. zat0ichi says:

    that looked fun.

  4. Jeremy Laird says:

    Now updated with answers.

    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.

    Well done to our winners!

    • Persus-9 says:

      Lost it thanks to somebody else seven year old typo. Bloody hell. Oh well, if I’d known the answer I would have won but I didn’t so I made a mistake. That is fair, but bloody hell. *sob* Congratulations to those who did win.

      • Jeremy Laird says:

        You were close. First on the list of slightly wrong answers!

        • Persus-9 says:

          Proves it was a good contest. A good contest of this sort should involve some people failing because they were slightly too careless and others failing because they were slightly too slow and one person getting the balance perfectly right and winning the stuff.

    • AbyssUK says:

      Wow I was close at 12:28 eh :)

      • Jeremy Laird says:

        You were indeed very close.

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          Llewyn says:

          Yeah, I had to go back and double-check the time on my comment when I saw Abyss’ guess. I think there was another one a couple of minutes later as well, looks like we were all coming to the same conclusion at the same time (and Abyss had exhausted pretty much every other CPU ever made!)

          Thanks for running this contest, Jeremy. I’m one very happy chap indeed right now.

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            bglamb says:

            Goodness Gracious Me! Did you really hijack the win on mere specificity?

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            Llewyn says:

            No. I “hijacked” it by having the good fortune of guessing the right answer five minutes earlier than the next person to guess it (AbyssUK).

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    Scandalon says:

    So what’s the answer to the tiebreaker?

  6. kibble-n-bullets says:

    It seems like that was a mighty short window of time to participate. Maybe stretch it out a bit next time?

    Edit: It’s still nice that you had the giveaway

    • aoanla says:

      I kinda agree with kibbles-n-bits: the first time I checked RPS after this post went up, it was already finished for more than an hour. Did the RPS hive-mind expect people to take longer to answer the questions than they did, or was the intent to have a really rapid-fire quiz that heavily depended on luck at being around when the quiz started?

      Again, I’m glad RPS had a quiz giveaway, and I don’t really mind that much that I didn’t have a chance to enter, more of a surprise that it all happened so fast…

  7. F3ck says:

    Oh, I think I get it now (just got in from the job); you are coming back and editing the original post as you receive correct answers/potential winners…yeah?

    Makes for one convo-fucking-luted read, my dearies.