RPS Xmas Compo: Custom-Cooled Sapphire Radeon 290

What do points mean?

Becoming blasé about big money graphics boards is something of an occupational hazard for a tech hack. Actually, all-too-easy access to that kind of kit can make one complacent in all kinds of unpredictable ways. For instance, why, oh why, didn’t I mine bitcoins with all those high-end GPU samples when I had the chance? But I digress. The point I’m trying to make is that pulling the trigger on the latest and greatest graphics is hardly a given for most of us. But one of you won’t have to worry about that, because we’re giving away what could well prove to be the best all-round pixel pumper on the market. An AMD Radeon R9 290 with Sapphire’s custom Tri-X cooling.

Last time around, a few of you felt a little put out by the sudden arrival of the gaming rig give away. No such excuses this year. Tune your browsers to RPS exactly one week today and you’ll have your chance to win the Sapphire 290 and make 2014 a damn fine year for gaming. This time I’m giving you plenty of heads up.

Just like last year, it’ll be fingers on buzzers. The first correct answer to my Yuletide riddle takes the booty. So don’t forget to spool up RPS on the 27th 26th and hammer that F5 button with grim determination!

In the meantime, I shall spend the holidays sobbing into a pile of obsolete GPUs dreaming of cryptocurrency riches that might have been.

Apologies – I meant the 26th. Carry on!


  1. Shieldmaiden says:

    One week today would be the 26th.

    • FurryLippedSquid says:

      He’s got you there, Laird.

    • melnificent says:

      Shhh, or they’ll turn up on the right day

    • SuicideKing says:

      Depends on your time zone, i guess. It’s 27th for me :P

      (today isn’t 27th, a week from now for me is 27th)

    • TechnicalBen says:

      Was that the riddle? Did you win already?

    • The Random One says:

      Jeremy now turns up crying “uh… Yes! You defeated my daring riddle! Have a graphics card, you big meanie!”

    • RosaJHunter says:

      my roomate’s half-sister makes $86 every hour on the laptop. She has been laid off for five months but last month her income was $16579 just working on the laptop for a few hours. straight from the source… link to cpl.pw

  2. Lev Astov says:

    Any word about non-UK people getting in on this? Do want!

    • SuicideKing says:

      Yup i was wondering about this too, shall i bother staring at the screen all day that day or go out and meet friends?

    • SominiTheCommenter says:


      • TWChristine says:

        I read that like the History channel aliens guy. Not sure if right…

        • SominiTheCommenter says:

          I meant with a scorn that couldn’t be contained on the entire Empire.

          • TWChristine says:

            So I’m in Canada…does that still count as part of the Empire and therefore include me in these luscious winnings?

    • DigitalSignalX says:

      If memory serves, most of the previous contests have excluded the colonies from participation, obviously due to the long sailing voyage across vast oceans and the inevitable obsolesce the hardware will have by the time it reaches the shores of the new world.

  3. BTAxis says:

    Judging by last year’s riddles I don’t know nearly enough about video cards to have a shot at this. I’ll just have to hope my ol’ GTX480 will handle whatever I throw at it for a while longer. Love the initiative though!

  4. Paul says:

    Yeah this is a card I am thinking of buying – getting it from RPS would be vastly preferable!
    Alas, I live in Czechland…so…possible?

  5. tasteful says:

    im gonna win hahahahahah

  6. Kubrick Stare Nun says:

    Maybe whoever gets it will be able to play Witcher 3 on ultra or play MGR Revengeance, at all.

    • SuicideKing says:

      Well, MGR isn’t available in my region (India).


  7. Barberetti says:

    Anyone know how noisy those fans are?

    • ancienttyrael says:

      Lot less than current stock fan, big question for me is how about where the hell can i buy one of those?

  8. melnificent says:

    Can we get these 503 errors fixed before then?

    It’s not even the really great Horace one, just a generic message :(

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      phuzz says:

      Have you noticed that the site down error also includes a text adventure?

  9. Fenix says:

    I’m in Japan. Can I participate?

  10. Gap Gen says:

    It’ll be fingering buzzards?

  11. MajorMichael01 says:

    What time zone 4 the riddle

  12. kirkkh1 says:

    Where my riddle? :(