We have a winner and a back-up (incidentally, the only two correct answers), both of whom have been informed by email. If you don't have an email, I'm afraid you're out of luck.
The answer is Intel's aborted Larrabee graphics project. It was based on ancient Pentium MMX cores, the first ASIC was cancelled as a graphics chip and reappeared as a co-processor branded Xeon Phi under the codename Knight's Corner. Would sir care for a vertex - geddit? Sigh.
Thanks to everyone who mailed in.
Right, then. This is your chance to win that slick, trick Sapphire Radeon R9 290 Tri-X. It's been winning hearts and minds across the review community in recent days and the early numbers look like it delivers a gaming experience to match anything. And I mean anything. I doubt you'll be able to feel the difference between Sapphire's custom-cooled 290 and even Nvidia's silly-money GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Fingers on buzzers, then.
So here's the question. Like last year, we're talking PC graphics.
What was based on something old when it was new, ended up DoA and was reborn in another guise? Hint: Would sir care for a vertex?
Answers to me via email - click my name at the top of this post for my email address. First correct answer according to my email inbox / the time stamp on the email wins.
Note, unlike last year, only email entries will be accepted.
As ever, judges’ decisions are final. No cash alternatives. The value of your investment can go down as well as up. Do not pass go. Etc.
We'll ship the card out to the winner in the new year. Good luck, everybody!