Thursday, September 1st 2011

PowerColor and TechPowerup Present Pimp My Rig Contest

It's that time again, when bagging some rad graphics hardware is as easy as showing off your PC tuning skills and filling up a form in GPU-Z 0.5.5. PowerColor is back on board with us, and this time what we're giving away will come with the bragging rights of being perhaps the only people in the world to have it! Presenting, PowerColor and TechPowerUp Pimp my Rig Contest 2011!

You stand to win a rare, one of its kind PowerColor dual Radeon HD 6970 X2 prototype, which is designed by its makers to be one of the fastest, most tweakable graphics cards. There's just one prototype on the planet that's fully finished for the consumer, and you stand to win it! All you have to do is get the lowest possible 3DMark 03 score in default settings (of 3DMark), submit the validation link of your feat along with other details in the "PowerColor Giveaway" tab of GPU-Z 0.5.5. That's right, you don't need the fastest hardware to win this contest, just your skills.

That's not all! You can still leave things to Lady Luck. From the pool of valid entries, we will randomly pick one person, who will bag an awesome new PowerColor Radeon HD 6870 X2 dual-GPU graphics card! So there's simply no reason not to try!

For more information, download GPU-Z 0.5.5, and click on the "PowerColor Giveaway" tab. Good luck!
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191 Comments on PowerColor and TechPowerup Present Pimp My Rig Contest

#1
KieranD
Damn i dont have any old hardware, if someone has a pentium III celeron i bet that would do the trick.
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#2
HossHuge
by: HossHuge
Can I not run 3dmark03 and try and win the HD6870x2? Hmm...Doesn't look like it....:shadedshu
by: theJesus
Some people just can't read :shadedshu

Any valid entry is eligible to receive the 6870x2 (totally random). The 6970x2 is awarded to the lowest score.
What I said was that I want to try and win the 6870x2 and not HAVE TO run 3Dmark03 because I don't have old shitty parts lying around. I have no chance of winning the 6970x2.

You are right some people can't read.
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#3
Delta6326
downloading now I got a pretty old computer but
I don't know if its good enough to run 3dmark 03;)

Here is a link to the proper place for discussion



Minimum System Recommendations

x86 compatible processor, 1000MHz
256MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
1.0GB of free hard disk space
Windows® 98/SE/ME/2000/XP
DirectX®9.0c or later
DirectX®9.0 compatible graphics adapter that has 32MB of memory and is fully DirectX®7.0 compliant
Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6
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#4
erocker
Strange.. I find myself being dissapointed with how good the performance is on my 9800se / s754 rig.
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#5
theJesus
by: HossHuge
What I said was that I want to try and win the 6870x2 and not HAVE TO run 3Dmark03 because I don't have old shitty parts lying around. I have no chance of winning the 6970x2.

You are right some people can't read.
I love how you left out the other part of your quote, which is what I was mainly referring to. The part that said, "So if you don't have shitty old hardware you can't win."
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#6
Derek12
by: zezinhocrack
Ahhhh only cards that support DX9, then I use this one with IGP route Gigabyte GA-8VM800PMC, via the site says it has support for DX9:

http://www.via.com.tw/en/products/chipsets/p4-series/p4m800_pro/

*Full Software support including Microsoft DirectX 7.0, 8.0, 9.0 and Open GL support
Correct, with that you should be supported :)



I don't think anyone is excluded anyone who have a desktop can participate, even you can do underclock, I though at first that was forbidden :)
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#7
BrooksyX
bummer you cant use a netbook. my girlfriends netbook would get a truely awful score lol. especially if i ran like prime95 and some graphic benchmarker in the background lol

oh well ill run it on my current pc to at least have a shot at the 6870x2. I don't have any older hardware ATM.
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#8
microtrash
Just run 3Dmark on a PIII with only 64MB of ram and OCCT running in background. You'll have a abysmal score. !!!
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#9
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
Maybe I'll ruin it for all of those folks with old hardware, but why not put your rig to one core (bios disabled)? That just starts the fun. Underclock it. Underclock your GPU. Simultaniously run multiple benchmarks. Why need an old PC when you can cripple your own? :toast:

No need to thank me. I honestly just can't run 3Dmark on my phone so... well I can't enter the contest right now.
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#10
imitation
I've got a Geforce 2 GTS! Too old though (DX7).

Plus, GPU-Z won't start on my AMD E-350 laptop (Lenovo S205 + W7U64). I get the splash screen just fine, but it stays there and keeps eating CPU time.
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#11
PopcornMachine
by: theJesus
Some people just can't read :shadedshu

Any valid entry is eligible to receive the 6870x2 (totally random). The 6970x2 is awarded to the lowest score.

One question I have though is whether or not down-clocking is permitted?
I can read. The bolded sections in the op say 6870 and 6970. Each one is different.
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#12
theJesus
by: PopcornMachine
I can read. The bolded sections in the op say 6870 and 6970. Each one is different.
There are two prizes. One is 6870x2 (winner chosen randomly from all valid entries). One is 6970x2 (given to lowest score).
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#13
W1zzard
by: theJesus
So if you don't have shitty old hardware you can't win."
not true, just a question of tweaking skill :)
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#14
joseaugusto1
the lowest i got is 1134 ... how bad is that?
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#15
theJesus
by: W1zzard
not true, just a question of tweaking skill :)
So under-clocking and such are allowed?
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#16
W1zzard
by: theJesus
So under-clocking and such are allowed?
yes
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#18
Breathless
Sorry if this has been stated somewhere, but when is the contest over?
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#19
erocker
by: Breathless
Sorry if this has been stated somewhere, but when is the contest over?
September 31st
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#20
cheesy999
i can confirm that the system specification are wrong, the program will actually run down much lower, (think 2 or 3 hundred mhz), however the CPU will not affect the score, the CPU's score is not included in the 3d mark score, but as a separate score you can only see in the additional details tab

as such, don't bother reducing the processors clockspeed unless your really sure it could affect the measured speed of the graphics card your using (EG:Act as a bottleneck), but from my experience, even a 10% reduction in graphics card clockspeed will have a bigger affect then a 50% CPU reduction

The benchmark will also take a very long time to load when you lower the CPU

overall, lowering your CPU to values of less then 1ghz is a thing i would only reccomend if you have a very long time to do the benchmark or want to leave the PC on overnight
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#21
PopcornMachine
by: theJesus
There are two prizes. One is 6870x2 (winner chosen randomly from all valid entries). One is 6970x2 (given to lowest score).
Oh. Well that's different then. :ohwell:

Nevermind. :laugh:

PS. you were right...I can't read...
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#22
_JP_
Brb, digging up my x1650PRO+AXP rig, downcloking to 100MHz. :D
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#23
Delta6326
anyone want to post their scores yet :p
I have a felling that 6k is to high.
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#24
scope54
Does it matter about driver settings, for example does it matter if we force AA and AF through control panels?

also for those just looking through from TPU the rules and regs site is here:
http://www.techpowerup.com/gpuz/contest5.php

no netbooks or notebooks :(
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