Now that all the systems have been assembled without any hitches, the contestants would go through the longest and most testing phase. This challenge required them to install the operating system provided, Microsoft's Windows Vista and all the necessary drivers and utilities.
1 hour and 30 minutes were given for all contestants to try to tweak and overclock their systems to the best of their abilities. While doing so, they had to keep in mind that stability was as important as performance and power efficiency could suffer from extreme overclocking. Additionally, contestants were also ranked according to the time taken for this section, so time was of the essence. In short, this was the most crucial part of the Iron Tech challenge for the contestants.
While all the contestants were concentrating on their rigs, there were also other happenings at the competition venue. For those interested in the hardware used for Iron Tech, all they had to do was drop by the MSI booth besides the stage and they could check that out in detail. There were also MSI motherboards and graphic cards sold at a discount at certain periods of the day, known as 'Golden Hours'.
If you were not shopping for any PC components, there was still the MSI giveaways up for grabs. Any member of the audience could participate by answering a simple question from the emcee. They could also attempt to guess the winner for Iron Tech 2008 and stand a chance to win a MSI motherboard.
Meanwhile, the contestants were using all the available time to tweak and optimize their systems. Even as we passed the 1 hour mark, no contestants had declared themselves satisfied with their system tweaks and it was not till another 9 - 10 minutes later before the Thai duo, Rangsee Triwongyoi and Thirdsak Phokha finished their tweaks and officially handed their systems over to the marshals. Most contestants took almost the full 1 hour 30 minutes to complete.
Like the rigging segment, contestants were awarded points depending on how fast they finished this section, ranging from 10 to 100. Rekky and Gil Navarro however encountered some issues during setup and were unable to finish the system setup and tweaking within the time allocated. Although they were given extra time to finish, they received no points from this segment. Do note that similar to the rigging phase, the system setup and tweaking section will account for 10% of the final score. Hence, at this moment, the contestants had just finished 20% of the competition.
|Contestant||Setup Time||Points Awarded|
|Rangsee Traiwongyoi||1 hr 9 mins||100|
|Thirdsak Phokha||1 hr 10 mins||90|
|Chen Tianyi||1 hr 21 mins||80|
|Alva Jonathan||1 hr 22 mins||70|
|Jeremiah Ong||1 hr 24 mins||60|
|Alex Tan||1 hr 29 mins 0 secs||50|
|Ng Teng Liang||1 hr 29 mins 23 secs||40|
|Ronaldo Bejarin||1 hr 30 mins||30|
|Rekky||Did not complete in time||0|
|Gil Navarro||Did not complete in time||0|