Introduction, Prizes, Case Mod Finalists, NVIDIA Presentation
Extended Coverage of the workshop from our very own Steve Grever!!


Watch the entire hardware workshop on UStream!

 

Introduction and Prizes

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The 2nd Annual PC Perspective Hardware Workshop at this year’s Quakecon was a huge success as we gave out more than $30,000 in hardware. Our friends at ASUS hooked attendees up an indepth look at overclocking with ASUS’s high-end Rampage and Maximus series of motherboards. NVIDIA also gave a short PhysX presentation and handed out hundreds of t-shirts and “snuggies” to the crowd.

 

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The two-hour event was a huge success and we’d like to thank all our sponsors including EVGA, ASUS, NVIDIA, CoolerMaster, OCZ, Corsair, Western Digital, Galaxy, Thermaltake, AMD, ECS, Antec, MSI, NZXT, Patriot Memory, Sapphire, Seasonic, XFX, and Zalman. We’d also like to give special recognition to ASUS and Puget Systems for providing us with high-end gaming systems that went to two lucky attendees!

 

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We also worked with Case Appeals to build this custom AV8 show case that features an ASUS Maximus III Gene and Intel i7-860 processor. The red and black color scheme is really set off by all the colored acrylic below the motherboard tray too.

 

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To ensure everyone had an opportunity to win something, we handed out these raffle tickets to all attendees. This really helped even out the competition for our prizes and everyone seemed to appreciate knowing they all had a chance to win prizes regardless of their seat at the event.

 

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Ryan also took a few hardware questions from the crowd ranging from the benefits of using solid state drives and the state of the video card industry. This was a great way to get feedback from the audience on their take for current industry trends and also for the PC Perspective editor-in-chief to give his expert insights into today’s latest hardware.

 

Case Mod Finalists

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We received more than 30 entries for this year’s case mod competition, but these mods above stood out from the rest with their unique themes, custom watercooling, and other innovative features they added to their rigs. The two cases on the left are the finalists for the pre-fab category while the mini bike is one of the finalists for the custom built category.

 

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This beast is also a finalist in the custom built category. It includes two full computer systems with backup power supplies, nine hard drives, and room for a mini fridge, laptop, optical drives, and other equipment he needs on the go.

 

NVIDIA Presentation

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NVIDIA handed out tons of swag during this portion of the workshop, but they also had this neat PhysX presentation that poked a few jabs at our boss Ryan. They put a nice pic of Ryan on two walls and smashed the walls to show how PhysX technology works and adds more realism to modern games today.

 

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We had to show Ryan’s face getting smashed by a dummy. The wood splintering off looked awesome as well as pieces of concrete flying all over the place.

 

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One of the biggest hits of the workshop, and some would say the entire Quakecon event, was NVIDIA’s “snuggies”, which are basically blankets you can wear. People couldn’t get enough of them, and we started bundling them with prizes toward the end of the event.


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