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Event Coverage: Knight 4 Gamers

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A huge thanks goes out to our sponsors for this event without which the excitement, give a ways, and several of our demonstration machines would not exist.

As we mentioned earlier everyone that signed up and played in a match against either Dan Shannon or Michael Lynch had the chance to win and be entered into the drawing for one of the AMD processors. Additionally we gave out and shot a boatload of shirts in an eager crowd. Those of the female persuasion were able to ahem “obtain” shirts easier.

Demonstration Machines:

Specially built for this event were two PC’s crated in the budget category. Let’s face it most people want performance computing, but they want it at a sub $500 price. Can it be done? YES ! and we did it.  Here’s how:

AMD
Motherboard: Asus M4A785TD-M EVO  $94
Processor(s): AMD Athlon II X4 620  $99
Graphics: Integrated ATI 4200
Memory: 4GB  DDR3-1333  $99
Hard Drive: Seagate 320GB 7200rpm  $40
Power Supply: Thermaltake 430W
Case: Thermaltake Wing RS100 $99 (Case + PSU)

TOTAL Cost: $ 431

Intel
Motherboard: Intel DG41TY  $85
Processor(s): Intel Q8200  $150
Graphics: Intel GMA4500
Memory: 4GB DDR2-1066  $85
Hard Drive: Seagate 320GB 7200rpm $40
Power Supply: Thermaltake 430W
Case: Thermaltake Wing RS100 $99 (Case + PSU)

TOTAL Cost: $459

As you can see each of these systems is sub $500 for all the hardware you need to create the entire system minus the software and operating system. Again a big thanks to Thermaltake for providing the chassis and PSU for both of these systems. Several of the attendees  participated in a system comparison where we had them compare both systems based on a simple graphics based benchmark and asked them which they would choose. The winner was obvious:

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Other demonstration machines included Dan Shannon’s Thermaltake Armor water cooled rig which BTW looked awesome. Give us a shout here for those that saw this rig.

I brought my two rigs down as well. Both machines are based around AMD chips and include my Lian Li and a Thermaltake Xpressar refrigeration based cpu cooling unit. Most of the attendees had never actually seen a phase change unit so small nor one integrated into a computer.

Thermaltake Xpressar refrigeration Unit

Thermaltake Xpressar refrigeration Unit

Gaming with Style:

Now of course you are a gamer right, and when you game you like to really get into a groove. I mean sure who doesn’t, but at TechwareLabs we like to game in style. Here’s what I’m talking about:

Panoramic fragging, three glorious monitors acting as one while you spew out leaden death in your favorite first person shooter, racing game, or any of the titles that supports such functionality. This is courtesy of our super cooled demo machine sporting a Matrox TripleHead2Go Digital Edition. SIX hours of constant gaming and this AMD 965 Overclocked Quad Core machine never reached a temperature higher than 60 degrees F. At that temp all of the heat bugs are gone and you can be assured that your not only gaming in style but you can truthfully tell people you are a cold blooded killer.

Now for the video:

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  1. Woohoo, I won, awesome. Where do I go to redeem my prize?

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