HardwareZone Iron Tech 2008: Thailand Semi-Finals

The Rigging Challenge

The Rigging Challenge

The initial selection phase saw the participants whetted down to a final six, based on their general ability to tweak and optimize their own PCs. The chosen six all had some background in IT, ranging from IT support to a programmer. In this first phase, they all had a standard set of PC components and they had to assemble and get it to start up (power-on self test) in the shortest possible time.

The fastest contestant would be rewarded with 3 bonus points, while the first runner-up would receive 2 points and the second runner-up with 1 point. The rest will receive no extra points. The list of components given to all the contestants are listed below:-

  • MSI P45 Platinum Motherboard
  • MSI N9800GT-T2D512 Graphics Card
  • Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 (2.5GHz, 6MB L2 cache)
  • Kingston HyperX DDR2 memory
  • Seagate Barracuda 160GB 7200RPM Hard Disk Drive
  • Enermax 620W PSU
  • Socos 19-inch LCD monitor
  • Microsoft Keyboard and Mouse

 The contestants will each have a 'workstation' to assemble and troubleshoot their systems. They will first draw lots to decide their stations.

 A display of the essential components that each contestant will be receiving to assemble their systems.

 A healthy crowd milling around the competition venue to catch the Iron Tech action.

 HWZ Editor Vijay Anand looks on as a contestant starts up his DIY rig.

IT support Thirdsak Phokha took the top spot for this phase by finishing his rig in 10 minutes flat. Following closely behind was Mather Pamatyothee, which was 11 seconds slower while a further 12 seconds behind was Monsek Kunwong. They were all awarded with bonus points for their efforts. Overall, most of the contestants managed to get their systems up and running in less than 11 minutes, which showed that it was a tight, competitive affair where every second counts.


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