Two weeks ago, we ran a competition to give away a Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti — a card that we noted for its “excellent performance while remaining whisper quiet”, while providing “solid value for money”. Needless to say, a lot of you were after the card, and sorting through over 300 excellent entries was one hell of a task. But only one could be the winner, and now it’s time to introduce them to the world…
The winner is: doublefrost
I boot up my computer and it groans with the ancient, earthy tones of a restful old man. I fire up a new game and my fans bellow out a deep, rich groan for all to hear. Summer is coming, and this old man is ill-prepared.
My ageing friend prods at the still-burning coals of half-remembered frame rates and past glories, half-heartedly trying to stir some life from the ashes.
I plead with him to spend some time with me. I beg and cajole him with flattery until I concede defeat, and leave flushed by the futility of arguing and sitting too close to the fire.
I remember the endless enthusiasm and freshness of young hardware: putting out air that is warm and smooth; frames that are buttery and rich; and sounds that are comforting and quiet.
Summer is coming, and this old man is ready to rest.
doublefrost’s lovely imagery and sad story of his grandfatherly computer means he’ll be going home with the Windforce 2X cooled Gigabyte GeForce GTX 660 Ti, with 2048MB of GDDR5 memory and 192-bit memory interface. Thanks again to Gigabyte for providing this excellent prize!
It was difficult to pick a winner out of all the fantastic entries, and thanks so much to everybody who stopped by to have a go. Here’s some of the runners-up!
Every day I invest hours into farming my workplace for those elusive iLvl63 rare items. I smash the keyboards, shake the monitors, shred the documents, and punch the co-workers, but all I get is some useless AUD for my time spent at work.
Three years ago I had a rare encounter with a visiting Manager from another company. I put on my best Magic Find Suit, co-op-ed with 3 other workmates and proceeded to beat him up. It was a tough fight but we emerged victorious and an iLvl58 GeForce GTX 560Ti dropped for me. I haven’t been able to get a decent item since.
That feeling when you finally get a green +100 to your 560Ti? I figured I’d have a better chance here than continually farming my life.
“Is that a jet?” a child asks its mother, “no dear. We better get inside, hurry now.” exclaims the woman. Humming so fierce, violent, depressing, children flee the gusty streets, cower home, and hide under the bed. Father battens the doors, for the storm is coming. I don’t recall the first storm, they say “it be four years this eve”. It seems every week father repairs and refortifies the front of the house.
No one dares step outside once the wind picks up, for the echoing harrow of the “beep” heeds the final warning, those left in the open, knocked to the ground from the deafening “beep” are whisked away into a vortex never to return. I fear this is the last storm as elder Bios reported in communion the impending end, critical temps, ancient artefacts which obstruct his display. Any moment blue fog will drown us…”
Windows has stopped responding…”
The case is grimy black. The front panel long gone, as is the side, torn off to accommodate a box fan when Fallout 3 turned the GPU to molten steel.
A thin layer of dust covers everything, kicked up by the fan and circulated. Numerous cables sprawl in all directions – as though this computer was grown, like a tangled and noxious weed.
The monitor side buttons have long since disappeared, an old teaspoon the only relic that can command the cranky BenQ monitor to begrudgingly adjust it’s settings. It’s HDMI port perished years ago in an unfortunate incident bitterly recalled as “stupid Wednesday”.
What horrible will could keep this undead black monolith going? A gamer, grizzled and filthy, tweaking .INI and driver to coax precious frames from the rumbling heap. Digital alchemist. Uber nerd. Mechanomancer.
He holds aloft the glowing blue Geforce GTX 660 Ti and whispers.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in graphical excellence.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the size of their graphics card but by how they use them.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be explored, every hill and mountain shall be flattened, the rough places will be made rougher, the radiance of the graphics shall be revealed, and all flesh shall be rendered in all its glory.
I have a dream today.
That this graphics card will carry me on to gaming splendor!
Thanks again to everybody who entered! We’ll be putting up more competitions very soon, so stay tuned.