FINISHED The Awesome RPS Gaming Rig Give Away

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!


  1. golem09 says:

    UK only?
    Not even fellow europeans? My bad for getting up late :(

  2. julius 85 says:

    1: memory timings
    2: Intel Core 2 Extreme Edition X6800
    Tie breaker: World in Conflict, 1920×1080, no AA

  3. Sohum says:

    Q2: The Core 2 Extreme Edition X6800?
    Tiebreaker: let’s copy other people! Far Cry 3 on 1920×1080 with 16x FXAA

    UK player.

  4. MYstIC G says:

    This is a total guess but:

    Q2: Intel® Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600

    Congratulations to whoever won on Q1

  5. Jschnitz says:

    2 Intel Core 2 Extreme Edition X6800

    Edit: Well, no point to post this now.

    Congrats to the winners though!

  6. gingerpembers says:

    Answer to Question 2:

    Was it Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650?

    Please be right, I’m getting married this year and have no monies for gamage :(

    (Dont let the wife see that sad face!)

    From UK

  7. Pengun says:

    Well, with your time at PC Format I’m guessing it is either a Coppermine or Tualatin P III. For a guess I’m going to go with a PIII 1266S.

    Oh Darn, I want to change my guess – it’s a Pentium 4 2.00GHz. Can I change my guess? Can I, please? Unless the other one is right – in which case I don’t want to.

    Personally, you can’t beat ARMA II for testing horsepower. Running at 1280X1024 and FXAA x2, FSAA x1 That’s my guess.
    And I live in good ‘ol Blighty

  8. gingerpembers says:

    For the tie breaker, Im saying:

    Planetside 2, at 1920×1080, x16 AA

    From UK, and penniless.


  9. Llewyn says:

    As a UK bod, I’m going to go for Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965840.

  10. Ridnarhtim says:

    Is there a limit to how many guesses we can send in?

  11. Deathmaster says:

    So uhm, no point in entering as an overseas RPSer now?

  12. arcadesdude says:

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

    Configuration settings for ATI R530 16-1-1-1 and R580 16-1-3-1

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

    Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 although you mention cpu reviews related to AMD Dual Core 2.4ghz in your Oblivion reviews from 2006.

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

    Skyrim @ 1,280 x 720, 0x AA, high detail and also @ 1,366 x 768, 4x AA, ultra detail

  13. arcadesdude says:

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

    AMD 64 X-2 2.4Ghz (4600+ or 4800+)

  14. GeoGecko says:

    Question 2:
    AMD Athlon 64 FX-60

    Far Cry 3,1920×1080, 8x FXAA

    From the UK

  15. RealWeaponX says:

    Total guess for q2: AMD Athlon 64 FX-51

  16. arcadesdude says:

    I’m in the US.

  17. gnodab says:


    that is all.

  18. Sohum says:

    Yea, I’m going to guess it has to do with PC Format, and I don’t see any viable way to scan its back issues right now :P Good luck, and congrats to whoever wins!

  19. Donkeyfumbler says:

    I reckon the CPU was the AMD Athlon XP (the 3200+ if I have to be specific)

    I also reckon I’m wrong (and from the UK)

  20. ThinkAndGrowWitcher says:

    Q2 Guess: Original Athlon 64 (2003) – not that I think you look that old, Jeremy. ;)


  21. gingerpembers says:

    How about, (Question 2) AMD’s FX-8120

    I had one of those and they were awesome.

    From UK.

  22. Jamie White says:

    Phew, it’s tough.

    Q2 – Intel Pentium 4 Willamette


  23. Christian says:

    So the prize is already gone and no deadline, just the first answer wins?
    So for the next give-away, I’ll have to stalk RPS 24/7 to even have a chance of winning? What about the tried method of “answer until sundown today and our trusted friend will choose a winner”?


    Anyway, congrats to the supposedly never-sleeping winner :)

    • SanguineAngel says:

      I guess the time pressure causes people to take a stab super quick rather than taking their time to research it on the internet and provide many identical answers.

    • El_Emmental says:

      There’s just two upgrade kit, and a little bit more than 2 millions unique visitors per month (see the ABC certificate from March), no need to make this more sentimental than it needs.

      I understand everyone would like such things, and spare money is expensive, but there’s still plenty of excellent games not requiring a juggernaut rig – my rigs usually last 4-5 years, I’ve never played a game (released in the last 3 months) at maximum settings and I’m doing just fine.

      And with the christmas sales on Steam (and other digital platforms), you should have enough (less demanding) games to play for the next 6 months.

  24. lim_ak says:

    UK guesser

    2. I’m going to guess a Northwood P4, SL66S. Not at all a complete stab in the dark.

  25. gingerpembers says:

    Hmm, surely Question 2 is the AMD Athlon 1800, I had one of them and they were delicious!


  26. bglamb says:

    Q2: Was it the Pentium 4?

    • Llewyn says:

      I’ll hijack this and go more specific: Pentium 4 Extreme Edition (Gallatin, apparently. Which sounds like it should be poisonous)

      UK, still.

    • bglamb says:

      Oh, I’m UK btw.

  27. AbyssUK says:

    Q2. Core 2 Extreme QX6700

  28. ecat says:

    The codes to the two safes in which you keep your backups

    The CPU on the HMS Nottingham. Fun fact, during testing a power glitch caused a crash… a crash into Australia.

    Scrabble. The very best way to stress a GPU is to show it that it is not the only fruit.

  29. cocanut says:

    Q2. Athlon 64 FX-51
    T/B: Metro 2033 1920×1080 High
    From UK.

  30. AbyssUK says:

    Q2 Athlon 64 FX FX-60 ? my god man i am running out of flagship CPU’s

  31. Ninja Foodstuff says:

    Celeron M. And what a great review it was.

  32. zachforrest says:

    No idea what CPU means. A typo maybe?

    so i would guess – HMS Victory

  33. MYstIC G says:

    Since there doesn’t seem to be a winner I’ll have another guess then:

    Q2: Core 2 Duo E6600

  34. mickygor says:

    Q2: Pentium 4 Prescott 2M
    UK based

  35. Bennyjh says:

    Q2: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600?

    as for the tie breaker, is it The Witcher 2 at 1080p with 4xAA?

    im in the UK :)

  36. titreano says:

    Q2: Athlon 64 FX-55

    UK based ofc

  37. AbyssUK says:

    Right your blurb on techradar says you’ve been doing this for roughly a decade.. so final answer from me
    the 2004 release of the Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition 3.4GHz…

  38. cokomonkey says:

    Q2: Athlon 64 X2


  39. Alec Meer says:

    OK, we appear to have both winners, so cease your guessing now, please. We’ll reopen in the event either can’t be contacted, but it’s most likely a done deal. Thanks for getting involved, all.

    And, er, if you signed up for RPS commenting with an email address you never check, check it now just in case.

    • AbyssUK says:

      Thank Horrace!
      I can go back to work now!
      Fun Quiz RPS, Well done lucky winners!

    • MYstIC G says:

      Good luck everyone guessing and nice one RPS!

    • Torn says:

      What were the answers, out of interest?

    • Persus-9 says:

      *checks e-mail fifty times in half an hour* Darn! I thought I was in with a shot there. Thanks for the competition and congratulations to the winners. You were either quicker or more accurate folk than me it seems.

  40. tigerfort says:

    First CPU? Intel P2 Xeon 450MHz

    CPU-testing wise, I’ll try MS Flight sim X, on 2560×1440.

    UK user

  41. VelvetFistIronGlove says:

    Q2: Intel 486DX-33.

  42. The Random One says:

    Q1: My girlfriend’s- why I never! *slaps Mr Laird*
    Q2: Lord Babbage’s Amazinge Machyne v 1.1
    Bonus: Crysis 8000 x 6800 for anything else is to show weakness

  43. peanut says:

    I’m going to take a wild guess at the AMD Athlon XP2000+.

    (from the uk)

  44. Ryan Huggins says:

    I hope they give a terrible graphics card. Like a GTX 620. Just to be those guys.

    • Ridnarhtim says:

      “So, that’s an Intel Core i5-3570K processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 graphics and some Z77 motherboard action”

    • MYstIC G says:

      I hope they don’t, that’s what I’m stuck with at the moment! *cries*

  45. IdleRover says:

    Wild guess:

    Q2: Intel Pentium 4 EE

    In the UK

    Edit: Congrats to the winners!

  46. bglamb says:

    How about the Pentium 3 then? Was that a thing? Still UK.

  47. tigershuffle says:

    Q2…….PhenomII 955 Black Edition …… cos its my favourite :)

    tie breaker… Minecraft 800×600 …everything off ….oh and its on a netbook whilst u hiding in the loo

    im from the land of tea drinking and fisticuffs

  48. Champy says:

    Who knows what the correct answer to Q2 was?

  49. Braderz says:

    Q2: AMD Athlon 64 X2

    Tie Breaker: Crysis 2 full/max settings

  50. MeestaNob says:

    Is the answer Batman? Both questions.