Monday, October 3rd 2011

PowerColor and TechPowerUp Pimp My Rig Contest Winners

Announcing the winners of PowerColor and TechPowerUp Pimp My Rig Contest. Over September, we ran an interesting contest open to GPU-Z users, in which the one with the lowest valid 3DMark 03 score gets to win an exotic new PowerColor HD 6970 X2 dual-GPU graphics card, and one lucky participant with any valid score, is given a PowerColor HD 6870 X2 graphics card.

And the winners are:
  • Sheng from South Africa, wins the PowerColor HD 6970 X2 for the lowest valid score
  • Max from Brazil, wins the PowerColor HD 6870 X2, for getting lucky big time
TechPowerUp and pals will return with more awesome contests.
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51 Comments on PowerColor and TechPowerUp Pimp My Rig Contest Winners

#1
Staraway
RejZoR said:
There was a contest? I could run the GPU-Z inside virtual machine that i run using emulator on Commodore II. I bet i'd win with that score... :D
this is real score :rockout:
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#2
Arctucas
Maban said:
Orb was changed to show <1FPS like September ~18-19. Submissions after that date showed values.

Grats to the winners. My lowest was a valid 5 with my current rig minus one 470.
Yes, it was unfortunate for me, as I spent so much time trying for 129, and then suddenly zero became the goal.

I was so close, I had the first three tests down to giving zeros, were it that I had all month, rather than two weeks, I am sure I would have achieved a valid zero.

Oh well, that is life I suppose.
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#3
erocker
Senior Moderator
Congratulations to the winners! :toast:
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#4
Arctucas
And the winner is not even a TPU member?

Shameless!

EDIT:

Maybe he/she is, I looked for Sheng, but it appears it is vavyn.
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#5
vavyn
Arctucas said:
And the winner is not even a TPU member?

Shameless!

EDIT:

Maybe he/she is, I looked for Sheng, but it appears it is vavyn.
Yes it is. I posted a couple of times during the contest. Maybe I should hide my score from now on.

@Arctucas
what was your lowest score?
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#6
Arctucas
vavyn said:
Yes it is. I posted a couple of times during the contest. Maybe I should hide my score from now on.

@Arctucas
what was your lowest score?
Three, because I kept getting .1 on GT4, all the others were low enough to give me zero.

Enjoy your card.
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#7
stinger608
Dedicated TPU Cruncher & Folder
A big congrats to the winners!!!!!
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#8
Surfin
Arctucas said:
Yes, it was unfortunate for me, as I spent so much time trying for 129, and then suddenly zero became the goal.
Oh well, that is life I suppose.
Me too, it took me 2 weeks and a half setting up an old Athlon Classic, with Windows7 and a Radeon 3450agp, then downclocking it.

Well... that is life I suppose[2]
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#9
kohan69
Arctucas said:
Yes, it was unfortunate for me, as I spent so much time trying for 129, and then suddenly zero became the goal.

I was so close, I had the first three tests down to giving zeros, were it that I had all month, rather than two weeks, I am sure I would have achieved a valid zero.

Oh well, that is life I suppose.
I got a valid 126...
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#11
disturbed117
Figures :rolleyes:, anyways congratz to the c... eh Winner of the 6990 :laugh: back to overclock.net for me.
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#12
Helltech
I don't see how it is cheating when W1zzard said day one we could do what ever it takes to bog down the machine.
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#13
catnipkiller
Yeah i find this to be a shitty contest. What it should of been is unmoded cpu and gpu clock and the lowest score on unmoded pc. The two winners have better pcs then most of the people on the fourms.
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#14
Jack Doph
The winner played by the rules.
Build a bridge and get over it.

Congrats mate. Hope you have fun with your new 'toy' :toast:
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#15
jewie27
:(

There were a lot of us that actually used old computers such as Pentium 4's or older that ran the benchmark legitamately with AGP 4x cards without any background programs running. The winner most likely bogged down their system with Furmark and other high resource intensive programs while running 3dmark. unfair contest if you ask me... The rules were not specific enough and did not outline exactly what could and could not be used. If I had known it was allowed to run all these background programs while the benchmark was running, I would have had a better chance since my computer actually is 12 years old and runs on IDE hard drives.

There is no way a Phenom II X6 system can legitimately be slower than a Pentium 4 system.
Just my 2 cents. Thanks for running the contest but next time please improve the guidelines other than just saying "no laptops".
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#16
jewie27
Staraway said:
fake score lol :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

just poor people and not honesty :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

a Ati radeon HD 5770 is more powerfull than a Ati Radeon HD 5450.
POWER UP! admin should see the score better and delete the fakes

angry about it :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:

NO CONGRATS TO POOR AND NOT HONESTY PEOPLE

:mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
I agree it was poorly constructed and very irritating for someone with a newer system (hexacore for that matter) to win this contest. I used a Pentium 4 system with a AGP 4x Geforce 6200 gpu. If people had run the benchmarks as intended, I guarantee they would not have a lower score than those of us with 10 year+ old systems.
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#17
numaru7
if you guys would have read the rules you would have known EXACTLY what is and what is not allowed.
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#18
Arctucas
numaru7 said:
if you guys would have read the rules you would have known EXACTLY what is and what is not allowed.
No, not really.

The official rules page was missing several addenda and clarifications.
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#19
Completely Bonkers
What's that expression again? "Lessons will be learned" LOL ;)

Let's hope the next competition is either "random" or "simple rules stated up front and gives a chance to people with older rigs in need of an upgrade to win".

I find these competitions don't do the due PR value when Mr Deep Pockets with the latest gadgets wins.

Like I said before, no knocking THIS winner, let's not go back on his legitimate claim. But let's set it up right next time round. Let'shave a nice healthy spirited competition where we are all happy to cheer the winner :toast:
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#20
Helltech
This isn't the first set of these contests, there was another before this, won in a similar fashion.
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#21
doveman
Congrats to the winner and please stop the whining. He won fair and square (i.e., within the rules of the contest). He deserves some credit for having the skillz needed to get such a low score (I wasted too much time trying, before realising I didn't know what I was doing and wasn't going to get anywhere, so I just submitted my score for the second prize).

You could never ensure the prize went to someone with a crappy system, as anyone could have just dug out/bought/borrowed an old PC to use for the contest, whilst their super computer sat next to it :rolleyes:
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#22
EpidemicOfHate
jewie27 said:
.............There is no way a Phenom II X6 system can legitimately be slower than a Pentium 4 system.
Just my 2 cents. Thanks for running the contest but next time please improve the guidelines other than just saying "no laptops".
Actually the CPU doesn't matter in this benchmark, the final result is calculated like this:
3DMark score = (GT1fps * 7.3) + (GT2fps * 37) + (GT3fps * 47.1) + (GT4fps * 38.7)

:)
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#23
Arctucas
EpidemicOfHate said:
Actually the CPU doesn't matter in this benchmark, the final result is calculated like this:
3DMark score = (GT1fps * 7.3) + (GT2fps * 37) + (GT3fps * 47.1) + (GT4fps * 38.7)

:)
Actually, loading the CPU does bottleneck the GPU.
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#25
EpidemicOfHate
Arctucas said:
Actually, loading the CPU does bottleneck the GPU.
Yes, i know but, did you really think that the Phenom IIx6 at ~800Mhz didn't bottlenecks HD5770?
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