HotHardware Holiday Sweepstakes!

It’s that time again folks!  Time for another giveaway here at HotHardware!  We’ve teamed up with our friends at AMD and will be giving away prizes--including a complete small form factor PC--to three lucky winners. Instead of a straightforward sweepstakes, however, we wanted to have a little fun and get all of your creative juices flowing this time around.

We’re going to keep this one fairly open ended.  We want you all to stretch your legs, be as creative as you can be, and design the AMD / ATI powered PC (or PC component) of the future!  If you want to draw up a mini-super computer with an over-the-top graphics configuration--go for it!  Maybe you’ve got an idea for an awesome looking GPU heatsink? Or a funky new graphics card design? That would be cool too! Our main goal here is for everyone to have FUN, so anything goes!  And don't think you need to be an expert in 3D modeling to win. Like we said, we want you all to have fun, so just do your best with Paint if you have to!

In the end, the most impressive and creative designs take the cake, or components in this case!


First Prize


 


Second Prize


Third Prize




First Prize:
  • 1 x Fully Configured Micro PC
  •  Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2
  • CPU: AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core 9350e, 2.0GHz
  • Graphics: PowerColor Radeon HD 4670
  • Chassis: Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS
  • Memory: Patriot Extreme Performance DDR2 PC2-6400 800MHz 4GB (2x2GB)
  • Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar (WD6400AAKS) 640GB SATAII 7200 RPM 16MB Buffer
  • CPU Cooler: Scythe SHURIKEN
  • PSU: Enermax ETK500AWT Tomahawk 500W
  • Optical Drive: LG GBC-H20L Blu-Ray / DVD
Second Prize

  • PowerColor Radeon HD 4830
Third Prize

  • PowerColor Radeon HD 4670

Please submit your entries to hh.contest@hothardware.com and they must be posted in this discussion thread as well, so the community can check them out. If you're new, you can register for HotHardware, right here.  The contest will run through the 2008 holiday season and we’ll announce the winners Wednesday December 31, 2008. 

We're accepting entries from anyone across the globe for this giveaway--this one is not limited to US residents only.  As always, participation in the various HotHardware forum and news community discussions will have the contest gods smiling upon you, so get in here and chat it up. 

Good luck everyone!  Have Fun!

Via:  HotHardware
Comments
ice_73 6 years ago

another great contest sweet!

i wish i had some intresting ideas... i cant wait to see what some members come up with... :-)


EDIT- YAY! NOT U.S. ONLY CONTEST!!!  

endersothergame 6 years ago

SWEEET! I can enter this one, ok I'm on it this time. I even have a cool idea I have been beating around for a while too.

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

This is great looks lie fun. I dont know that I have the ability and or software to perform this task but it sounds like a lot of fun!Thanks to HH and its sponsers as always.I,ll have to sit back and watch all of you geniouses here and see what you use in the form of software to perform this task.Even if I come up with an idea, Im not going to be as techniclly inclined as most of you but Im going to try anyways!

ice_73 6 years ago

@ ender.... cool idea.... beating around for a while? i hope you dont plan to make a penis case :p

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="ice_73"]

@ ender.... cool idea.... beating around for a while? i hope you dont plan to make a penis case :p

 

[/quote] 

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recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

Indifferent 

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="amdcrankitup"] (deleted by admin)[/quote] 

 

What I do wasnt that bad was it! sorry

Endersothergame 6 years ago

Did you post the penis case?

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="amdcrankitup"]

[quote user="amdcrankitup"] (deleted by admin)[/quote] 

 

What I do wasnt that bad was it! sorry

[/quote]

 

Nah, no big deal.  We just launched the contest thread and have a lot of folks checking it out, so just wanted to clean it up a bit.

Endersothergame 6 years ago

Are we allowed multiple entries?  I ask because my above entry although working together with each other could be considered two entries.  Whats more I have two other ideas I would like to submit.

Marco C 6 years ago

[quote user="Endersothergame"]

Are we allowed multiple entries?  I ask because my above entry although working together with each other could be considered two entries.  Whats more I have two other ideas I would like to submit.

[/quote]

Sure.  You're allowed multiple entries--just don't spam the thread.  If they're legit entries, go for it.

Dave_HH 6 years ago

And dudes and dudettes, USE THE NEW FORUM USER PICTURES area to post your pics!  Big Smile

recoveringknowitall 6 years ago

Dave/Marco, why haven't you responded to my thread asking about this new points thing... many of us are very curious.

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="recoveringknowitall"]

Dave/Marco, why haven't you responded to my thread asking about this new points thing... many of us are very curious.

[/quote]

 

Because there's not enough hours in the day?  Fish don't fly?  You shouldn't spit in the wind?  Insert your excuse ____ (here).  Cool

 

Sorry, responded.

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

[quote user="recoveringknowitall"]

Dave/Marco, why haven't you responded to my thread asking about this new points thing... many of us are very curious.

[/quote]

 

Because there's not enough hours in the day?  Fish don't fly?  You shouldn't spit in the wind?  Insert your excuse ____ (here).  Cool

 

Sorry, responded.

[/quote]

Oh wait, wait... the dog ate my homework.  Yeah that's the ticket!

Endersothergame 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

And dudes and dudettes, USE THE NEW FORUM USER PICTURES area to post your pics!  Big Smile

[/quote]

 

I would but for some reason I am not bright enough to figure out how to link the images to the replies.

 

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

just right click on the picture and copy link location.

Endersothergame 6 years ago

[quote user="bob_on_the_cob"]

just right click on the picture and copy link location.

[/quote]

Dunno why but 1st time through it didn't seem to want to work, using local links now, thank you for your help.

 

Der Meister 6 years ago

Endersothergame: I was thinking of somthing very simaler (but diffrent) to what you came up with... intresting

Endersothergame 6 years ago

[quote user="Der Meister"]

Endersothergame: I was thinking of somthing very simaler (but diffrent) to what you came up with... intresting

[/quote]

 

Interesting, just goes to show there is no such thing as a unique idea.  PM me with what you had in mind I am curious, or if its different enough submit it?

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

And dudes and dudettes, USE THE NEW FORUM USER PICTURES area to post your pics!  Big Smile

[/quote] 

 Where and how do I post in the new user picture forum?Confused

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="amdcrankitup"]

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

And dudes and dudettes, USE THE NEW FORUM USER PICTURES area to post your pics!  Big Smile

[/quote] 

 Where and how do I post in the new user picture forum?Confused

[/quote]

 

Go to your user profile page.  There's an upload button right there!

 

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]Go to your user profile page.  There's an upload button right there![/quote] 

Thanks Dave U DA Man!!

Endersothergame 6 years ago

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amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]Nah, no big deal.  We just launched the contest thread and have a lot of folks checking it out, so just wanted to clean it up a bit. [/quote] 

 

No problem Dave I,ll be more carefull while Im in public!  LOL ThanksGeeked

3vi1 6 years ago

lol guys... Yeah, this is a very cool HH sweepstakes. May the most creative win!

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

Hey Good luck to everyone. When I build my girlfriend's SFF PC I wanted to get her this case. It's very nice. Not quite as small as a Shuttle. She had her heart set on the qpack though.

 

Endersothergame 6 years ago

LOL, no not a penis case.... however...  I might be able to work that out, and plam it off as a second entry, just requires a few different strokes of the mighty ...  ahem ... pencil.(what did you think I was gonna type there)

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Endersothergame"]

LOL, no not a penis case.... however...  I might be able to work that out, and plam it off as a second entry, just requires a few different strokes of the mighty ...  ahem ... pencil.(what did you think I was gonna type there)

[/quote] 

 LOL it dont matter!! if you dont mind calling it a pencil we dont,  personally though Id keep that to myself  Confused LOL

Der Meister 6 years ago

Sweet!!!

squid267 6 years ago

Awesome contest, too bad I'm famished by school and too lazy to do make a drawing ha!

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 This should be interesting. hmm, I am sure I could come up with something orignal here. Are you guys just looking for a sketch of an idea or full blown blueprints with like dimensions and specs and all?

Dave_HH 6 years ago

Let's heat this thread up with good submission, folks!  And the other comment/threads too!   Big Smile

marco c 6 years ago

Whatever you're up for doing Nelson, is fine by us. The more details the better, but we're not expecting all of you to be Da Vinci's :)

Endersothergame 6 years ago

OK do you guys want it simply posted here, or sent somewhere...curse me if I missed it uptop.

 

***edit*** ok, nevermind I reread it.

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 man I think the hardest part of this is coming up with something original. A quick google search and so far someone has already done a similar version of what I had already brainstormedSad

ice_73 6 years ago

well, i dont know i think reflective glass for inside of case, with a mirror finish on the outside of the case too, with a big window... ? i know its probably not too original, but that is something i wish they had. 

also, perhaps project frostbite could count as a submission :p  

edit.... perhaps i missed this but what are points?!
ohh, and mines over 9000!  

tanka12345 6 years ago

Hi,

I was wondering what type of info we have to include in our entries, and what do I exactly do to enter (Where do I post/upload/send my entries). Could I make a model and take photos of it?

Thanks

Tanka12345

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="tanka12345"]

Hi,

I was wondering what type of info we have to include in our entries, and what do I exactly do to enter (Where do I post/upload/send my entries). Could I make a model and take photos of it?

Thanks

Tanka12345

[/quote]

Hi Tanka,

All of the details are in the original contest announcement post, that can be found here:  http://hothardware.com/News/HotHardware-Holiday-Sweepstakes/


And again, everyone, you can upload your images to your user image file space that can be located here on your own personal member page...

Again, everyone has 3MB of space on the forum for any other pics you'd like to add to your own pages as well! 

 

Also, don't forget to both email us at hh.contest@hothardware.com with your name, addy, phone number, and email addy -- along with your entry and post your entry in this thread as well.  This is all in the original news post too.

Thanks!

Team HH

tanka12345 6 years ago

Hi Dave!

Thanks for your reply, now I'll start getting my entry ready. Smile

Tanka12345

peti1212 6 years ago

Oooh, fun! I might enter this one after I am out for Winter Break. :) Till then I'll think of some great ideas!

Edit: Ok, I got a good idea. Hopefully I will be able to do it. It might take lot of hours though to make it, but it should be tons of fun. :) I will have winter break anyways so this should keep me busy. :)

Edit2: Started working on it, and so far it looks great. I will continue working on it and once it is finished, I'll post it here.

x.clay 6 years ago

I'm new to HotHardware but this contest caught my eye (chance to excersise some creativity and chance to win some outstanding prizes) so here is my first submission. 

My technical PC knowledge is growing but is still pretty limited so I decided to design an ATI CrossfireX configured gaming rig of the not too distant future. 

CFX PC

In the comming years computer components will continue to shrink allowing computers to become more sleak and slender.  The current 5.25" bays become a thing of the past and are replaced by 3.5" bays standard.  As computer components shink cooling becoming more of an issue than ever.  ATI and AMD team up to lead the way in bringing liquid cooling to the masses.  Once considered the "bleeding edge" and used only serious gamers, liquid cooling becomes the norm in most mid range and performance PCs.  The standardization of liquid cooling components brings the costs way down.  PC manufacturers also find ways to integrate liquid cooling into the overall aesthetics.  The featured case includes a doubled paned side window.  The liquid coolant is allowed to circulate between the windows creating a waterfall effect.  Interior case lighting accents the effect and gives at glimpse to beast contained within.  The rig also sports a removable touchscreen allowing the user to monitor the system temps, control pumps and fans, and make changes to BIOS without having to reboot the system.  

I'll probably take a stab at the insides (hardware and cooling) if I can come up with something creative.  Enjoy Cool

 

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 nice, I like the waterfall window idea. There is actually a guy who makes waterfall resevoirs that are freakin awesome.

x.clay 6 years ago

 [quote user="nelsoncp21"]

 nice, I like the waterfall window idea. There is actually a guy who makes waterfall resevoirs that are freakin awesome.

[/quote]

 I don't think I have seen that one.  I have seen the rig that is fully immersed in mineral oil and that's pretty wild. 

Here's a link if you haven't seen it: http://www.pugetsystems.com/submerged.php#update4

 

 

Endersothergame 6 years ago

The AMD Primary Processing Unit

 

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What this image shows is the PPU Sled with a CPU intensive user configuration. This one has three dual core CPU's and one GPU installed. The PPU sled can be configured by the user to suit his or her needs accordingly. For example; perhaps the system is to be used in a server or data rendering role in which case it would be laid out with four quad cores and no added GPU. Thus the motherboard would default to onboard graphics, such as a four or eight MB Radeon.

Or perhaps the user needs a more robust platform and would lay it out as two dual core CPU's and two GPU's in crossfire. The PPU Sled would be able to detect what is socketed in to any of the four sockets using the interpreter and show options in the BIOS for what is present, and remove options in the BIOS for what is not. Thus in the above layout the onboard graphics would be disabled by default.

The motherboard will have slots for system RAM and for video RAM that would also be user upgradeable. Thus if the user decides they want to have two gigabytes of texture memory and one gigabyte of system RAM that is their choice. Texture memory would be limited to GDDR5 for ease of use. System memory would be limited to DDR3 again for ease of use.

I have discussed that the CPU core configurations are varied as are GPU's however the rules are still the same for crossfire, the GPU's still have to match for best results. CPU core configurations would be available in single, dual, tri and quad configurations. GPU's would include the various product lines AMD offers from entry to extreme.

Any questions I will try and answer.

(Sorry my art skills aren't good,and I have no 3D skills)

*edit*  I fear I wasn't clear as to the use of the PPU Sled so I have created a basic layout of a motherboard it would be used with so as to help make it clear.

 

 

 If you have any questions I will be happy to try and answer them for you.  Clearly above is a basic image, there would be different revisions based on product levels.  But common elements would be dual Gb LAN, Integrated HD 7.1 Audio and Integrated VGA using its own discrete memory(not more then 64Mb), as well as standard video out options including D-Sub 15 Pin, DVI, HDMI, S-Video and Display port in various combinations as the manufacturer desires.  The inclusion of EIDE, and the PCIe 16 slot is optional.

Crisis Causer 6 years ago

Good luck to all entrants! That case looks pretty badass.

3vi1 6 years ago

[This space reserved for better idea]

:p


^Bad_Boy^ 6 years ago

Hahaha that's a great Contest Concept ;)..

Can't wait to see the Contestants :)

rubytom 6 years ago

I am interested in attempting to piggyback two motherboards in tandem ,possibly by shunting between IDE ports, this will probably take me quite awhile

tanka12345 6 years ago

Great Competition! I'll certainly be entering. Smile

Dave_HH 6 years ago

Hey, we need more entries on this thread! What's the deal!? :) Get creative people! :D

ice91785 6 years ago

I am just straight non-creative and non-engineerical...I will probably sit this one out

tanka12345 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

Hey, we need more entries on this thread! What's the deal!? :) Get creative people! :D

[/quote]

Don't worry Dave! I'll be entering for sure, but closer to the close date. Smile

Dave_HH 6 years ago

All,

We just received this from our friends at AMD that are sponsoring the contest...

" Just following up on our awesome contest – it seems like most people feel that the contest is asking for something like a beautiful tech drawing or blueprint of some sort, but that’s not the case! Users are free to draw whatever they’d like! Doesn’t even have to be practical! All they really have to do is use their imaginations and think about the PC of the future!

It could be like out of Star Trek (imagine a PSU powered by a matter/anti-matter reaction), or like something really unheard-of and whacky (I’ve always wondered how the “sea-shells” replaced toilet-paper in the 1993 movie Demolition Man w/ Sylvester Stallone…maybe you can use that same technology for cooling your CPU?). Right now most people are actually thinking it’s a serious thing. We gotta let them know that we’re looking for fun, creative and imaginative posts! "

So there you have it. It's about imaginative POSTS, not necessarily, exotic, sleek designs!

tanka12345 6 years ago

So Dave will a realistic, practical design (which AMD could actually implement in the near future) have an equal chance of winning compared to a imaginative, unpractical idea?

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="tanka12345"]

So Dave will a realistic, practical design (which AMD could actually implement in the near future) have an equal chance of winning compared to a imaginative, unpractical idea?

[/quote]

Tank, in short, I think everything is on the table here, yes.

Super Dave 6 years ago

Suggested AMD watercooling solution for competitor:

Piss On Intel

 

tanka12345 6 years ago

Thanks Dave. Now I can get on to my entry without second thoughts. Big Smile

Super Dave 6 years ago

You're very welcome!

amdcrankitup 6 years ago

[quote user="Super Dave"]

Suggested AMD watercooling solution for competitor:

Piss On Intel

 

[/quote] 

 Thats funny I dont care who you are thats funny!

Super Dave 5 years ago

[quote user="Super Dave"]

Suggested AMD watercooling solution for competitor:

Piss On Intel

 

 

[/quote]

Back on Nov. 27 I posted a tongue-in-cheek AMD watercooling solution, but now I am serious, guys! Laptops now outsell PC's and I am doing a lot more repairs on laptops these days. I would like AMD to take note of some serious suggestions that I have for them! With that in mind, I would like to offer:

 

THE AMD E-Z and BULLETPROOF PLATFORM GUARANTEE

  1) AMD AC power-plug-to-motherboard-connectors are the industry's toughest and will never fail.

  2) The memory modules on our laptops are easily accessible (behind a single outside cover).  

  3) The manufacturer of this E-Z and BULLETPROOF-GUARANTEED laptop will post, on their website, detailed instructions and illustrations of the complete disassembly of this laptop, right down to the bare motherboard and it's removal and replacement.

 

***If AMD follows these suggestions I believe they could establish a BULLETPROOF reputation with laptop purchasers and servicers! 1)Many laptops fail because of a faulty AC power connector and need a motherboard replacement. It would be nice to eliminate this problem. 2)My Compaq R4000 required me to remove the keyboard and a foil-cover to replace the second memory module. What the heck? The Sony VAIO PCG-K23 has both modules behind a single easily-accessible bottom cover (very nice!). 3)Have you ever tried to upgrade a laptop?Surprise It was easy to do that with my Compaq R4000 because the complete disassembly-instructions are available on the manufacturer's website! Every manufacturer of an E-Z and BULLETPROOF-GUARANTEED laptop will be required to do the same. And while Intel builds customer loyalty with advertising, AMD has a chance here to build loyalty with quality, convenience, and reliability! 

 

 

imAcpufan 6 years ago

Are we supposed to attach a picture of our entry when we submit it by email? And are there size limits on the picture? I finish school in 2 weeks so I'll be working on it then.

ice91785 6 years ago

This is my innovation -- i like the onboard, bootable SSD idea; perhaps instead of a direct link to the chipset....they could have a direct link to the CPU to reduce overhead also? What do you think of THAT!!Big Smile

 

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="ice91785"]

This is my innovation -- i like the onboard, bootable SSD idea; perhaps instead of a direct link to the chipset....they could have a direct link to the CPU to reduce overhead also? What do you think of THAT!!Big Smile

 [/quote]

That's pretty slick, Ice!  Keep em coming all! :)

ice91785 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]That's pretty slick, Ice!  Keep em coming all! :)[/quote]

BTW Dave, did you guys get the email I sent? Making sure all ground is covered....

 

Dave_HH 6 years ago

sure did ! :)

tanka12345 6 years ago

Don't worry Dave! Smile

I've got a few ideas, and I'm gonna enter soon (after Christmas).

I could really do with a new rig (mine's probably the worst PC on the whole of HH). Tongue Tied

peti1212 6 years ago

I will post my idea next week or so. I'll make sure to be in the posting time range though. I have a lot of busy things to do this week and for the next few weeks, so hopefully I will have some time to enter.

Dave_HH 6 years ago

tank, you're a new member here... Just so you know, we've had new guys come in and register for a contest and then go away after they've won... but you'd NEVER do that,  riiiiight?!?!?!   Big Smile

tanka12345 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

tank, you're a new member here... Just so you know, we've had new guys come in and register for a contest and then go away after they've won... but you'd NEVER do that,  riiiiight?!?!?!   Big Smile

[/quote]

Don't worry Dave. I won't leave if I don't win - it's really a great community here. Although it'd be useful to have a new rig, this ones adequate enough (sometimes). Smile

 

x.clay 6 years ago

 Here is my second entry to the HotHardware Holiday Sweepstakes.  I decided to take a less serious approach on this one and design the next generation of ATI video cards. 

ATI Announces X-Series

In a bold move ATI recently announced that their next generation of video cards, codename "Xenomorph or "X-series" would not be powered by your standard GPU, but would instead by equipped with a powerful and versatile GPE (graphical processing entity).  ATI did not comment on the origins of the new GPU but noted that the new biological processors have the benifits of running much cooler than a standard GPU and can also be used to boost artificial intellenge of gaming foes.  ATI did mention that these news cards will require more maintenance than previous generation cards as keeping the GPE happy, healthly, and well fed is important if you want to have a positive gaming experience.  Neglecting your GPE can cause various "instabilities(1)".  ATI assues potential users that the performance of these cards easily justifies any additional maintenance.

Note:
(1) System "Instabilities" may include, but is not limited to, the following: exponential increase in gaming oppenent AI and overall agression, endless spawn killing while trying to enter the game, unrealistic physics that give your oppenent a clear advantage, and forcing you to watch while your oppenents sing and dance on top of your lifeless corpse.  In some rare clinical trails certain participants expressed feelings that their GPE was invading their mind and was causing temporary bouts of insanity.  While there is no scientific evidence that a psycic connection was made between the player and the GPE, ATI cannot dismiss this as a rare but potentially serious side effect.  Consult the user manual before installation for a full list of maintenance and installation proceedures. 

      

Endersothergame 6 years ago

OK, now thats freakin kewl!

 

So mods for this would be lava lamp esq suspension fluid, to entertain your GPE?  I could see a whole product line opening up for this.

x.clay 6 years ago

 nice idea with the lava lamp mod Big Smile I hadn't thought things through that far.  I do see some potential challenges in trying to hook two of these up in crossfire.  I'm not sure they would play nice together.  It might take a little genetic tampering to iron out the details. 

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 lol where does the waste go?

Super Dave 6 years ago

[quote user="x.clay"] I do see some potential challenges in trying to hook two of these up in crossfire.  I'm not sure they would play nice together.  It might take a little genetic tampering to iron out the details. [/quote]

Are any PICS available of the gene-tampered surgically-enhanced Crossfire mate to your awesomely-illustrated proposal, x.clay?Stick out tongue

 

x.clay 6 years ago

 [quote user="Super Dave"]Are any PICS available of the gene-tampered surgically-enhanced Crossfire mate to your awesomely-illustrated proposal, x.clay?Stick out tongue[/quote]

currently no but I suppose I could try to come up with something.  I have a couple concepts I'm tossing around.  I'll try to sketch something up at lunch or tonight. 

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="x.clay"]

 [quote user="Super Dave"]Are any PICS available of the gene-tampered surgically-enhanced Crossfire mate to your awesomely-illustrated proposal, x.clay?Stick out tongue[/quote]

currently no but I suppose I could try to come up with something.  I have a couple concepts I'm tossing around.  I'll try to sketch something up at lunch or tonight. 

[/quote]

Gentlemen, NOW we are starting to percolate here!  Keep it going.  Well done!

x.clay 6 years ago

Quick sketch from lunch of a "X2" concept featuring dual GPE's.  ATI has concluded that two brains with one body will work better than trying to get two seperate GPE's to work together.  They say two heads are better than one Wink 

 

 

ATI still has a few kinks in the system they are trying to work out....

 

peti1212 6 years ago

Oh man, I don't even know if I want to enter anymore. I feel like my idea would be horrible.

Dave_HH 6 years ago

[quote user="peti1212"]

Oh man, I don't even know if I want to enter anymore. I feel like my idea would be horrible.

[/quote]

Come on Pete... you got some mad artistic skills there!

marco c 6 years ago

Hey All,

I just want to reiterate, that you don't have to be a photoshop master to enter here! Even if you've just got a fun idea, or cool feature you'd like your next computer to have, please send it in!

You gotta enter to win! So enter, no matter what! :)

nelsoncp21 6 years ago

 Alright here's my idea. A smart home server. Some of these features can be available on different products but not all of them and not the same product to my knowledge anyway. Not sure how I could draw this up for you but here's the idea anyway:

A server/pc that Connects all smart home devices locally or remotely via a ip on a secure personal site. For instance like with survelance camera's. Instead of having multiple devices this server would allow you to view your camera's on TV's/monitors in your house that were connected to the server. It would also record and store what is captured to be viewed on these TV's and also remotely from any computer as you connect to your server from any computer. Same goes for say intercoms. NO need for telephones anymore. What if you were sitting at your desk at work and could click a button on your computer and talk to your wife on the intercom at home. Even better yet, your door bell rings, activates the camera at the front door, you could see who it is on your computer and click the intercom button and talk to whoever is at your door while sitting in your office at work or even on some beach in the Bahamas. Of course the server would have to have ample ports to support many types of systems and intergrate them all. Your audio and video could also be stored on this same system. It would even be possible for friends and family to call you say on your intercom with say a guest account where you could video chat or leave a message all stored on your server. Of course this would require the software to support it as well that would have to be pretty user freindly. AMD definately has the hardware to support it. It would just be a matter of getting a user freindly application for the owners and guest accounts which of course have to be approved by the owners. Just a thought.

Dave_HH 6 years ago

I like it Nelson! Good stuff! There are a few "SmartHome" solutions out there but none that I'm aware of that do this.... at least "out of the box". Hmm... We need to get someone to listen to this. The tech exists to support it I'm sure!

tanka12345 6 years ago

Dave, when does this competition actually close? It says winners will be announced on the 31st of December, but it doesn't say when our entries have to be in by.

Thanks,

Tanka12345

Dave_HH 6 years ago

Folks, the cut-off date for entries is DECEMBER 31st! We'll annouce winners right after the New Year! :D

tanka12345 6 years ago

[quote user="Dave_HH"]

Folks, the cut-off date for entries is DECEMBER 31st! We'll annouce winners right after the New Year! :D

[/quote]

I'm confused! Tongue Tied Earlier you told me that the deadline for entries was 31 Dec, and winners will be announced after New Year.

 

Marco C 6 years ago

Hey All,

As we've mentioned a couple of times throughout this contest, we want this to be fun and easy for anyone to participate.  So, even if you don't have the best photoshop / paint skills, by all means, submit some text with a creative idea.

To maybe help get your juices flowing, the guys from AMD who are sponsoring this contest sent over this image of their wild "CrossFire Unlimited" config...

Pretty wild idea, huh? :)  Now it's time for you to top them! :)

Dave_HH 6 years ago

Dang, I want one of those for my rig! MUST HAVE!

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

 

Yeah that waterfall looks cool. I bet it looks even better in person.

peti1212 6 years ago

So I am wondering how many entries have been submitted so far?

tanka12345 6 years ago

I think around 5-10 entries have been entered so far.

 

Dave_HH 6 years ago

Yes, we need more entries, PETI... :)

Anyone else? I'm about to sketch out my idea on some lined notebook paper, scan it and post the image here. D00DS, this is NOT rocket science... err.. OK, OK, wait, if you're a Rocket Scientist - GO NUTS!

Seriously, you guys are surprising me with the conservatism here. Let your ideas flow and post it any way you can. GET ON IT! :)

Dave_HH 6 years ago

Umm... that's "let"... Let your ideas flow. Smile  OK - insert Nike ad... JUST DO IT

x.clay 6 years ago

 I have another idea sketched up for the contest.  I don't have access to a scanner at home so I will get it posted on Monday. 

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

 


I'm bowing out of this one since I was the lucky winner of a recent contest, but I wanted to add a idea just to say to everyone Don't worry about your drawing skills, if you have a great idea post it. What have you got to lose? So here is my idea for a stackable small form factor motherboard. Good luck to everyone

tanka12345 6 years ago

Good Idea Bob! Which contest did you win recently? I'm going to enter this soon ( I have a few ideas).

bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

[quote user="tanka12345"]

Good Idea Bob! Which contest did you win recently? I'm going to enter this soon ( I have a few ideas).

[/quote]

 

http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/p/39946/313970.aspx#313970

x.clay 6 years ago

 Nice win Bob.  That is a pretty nice system. 

Here are a couple more ideas for this thread:

1) "Meet Dave - the AMD computer of the future" (sorry about the image quality - scanner at work doesn't do well with pencil sketches)

*Photo reference used for the scene and bartender pose. 

2) Paying around with an idea for a heat sink/fan for an AMD processor.

Inspired by a hot rod engine.  Cooler Master already has the "V8" name taken so I was thinking maybe "Big Block" or some other engine reference for the name (I don't know too much about engines)

crysis9000 6 years ago

Hey all. Ever since this contest started, I've been trying to come up with a slick new futuristic way for computers can handle graphics. The idea that stuck in my head the most was an all-in-one graphics card that handled graphics, physics acceleration, high-definition sound, and game storage. So, basically I designed a five-core graphics card that includes a self-contained watercooling system, 1 kilowatt power supply on board, 20GB onboard memory, and a 10TB solid state drive built right on the graphics card.

After I drew the initial design for the card (see below), I started thinking that it didn't even need to reside in the computer at all. So, I sketched up an external solution that includes everything listed above as well as a 7" HD LCD that can play games or movies as well as handle all the overclocking, power, storage, and performance functions of the card.

So, to make a long story short, this five-core solution called the AMD ATI Pentagon is a self contained and powered graphics solution that wouldn't need to off load much of the work to the rest of the computer because it would have everything it needs to meet high performance gamers's needs of the future.

Here's a quick specs rundown on the Pentagon:

- 5 ATI cores to handle graphics, Physx, HD sound, game data storage, and overclocking

- Self contained and powered graphics solution that includes self maintained watercooling system and 1 Kilowatt power supply on board

- 10GB solid state drive to manage games and game data

- 20GB of GDDR50 RAM, 2,048-bit memory onboard

- 4 extra DIMMS included for additional memory

AMD ATI Pentagon

Pentagon external solutionPentagon external solution

scdano 6 years ago

 Winner

  • 1 x Fully Configured Micro PC
  •  Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2
  • CPU: AMD Phenom X4 Quad-Core 9350e, 2.0GHz
  • Graphics: PowerColor Radeon HD 4670
  • Chassis: Thermaltake LANBOX Lite VF6000BWS
  • Endersothergame 6 years ago

    Thats right, now was that a question?  or simply a restatment.

     

    Don't be holding out on us scdano, lets see your entry.

    crysis9000 6 years ago

    What's the last day for people to enter into the contest? I know when the winners are going to be announced, but not the entry deadline.

    Dave_HH 6 years ago

    Heya Crysis9K,

    "The contest will run through the 2008 holiday season and we’ll announce the winners Wednesday December 31, 2008."

    It's in the original contest post above here. :)

    crysis9000 6 years ago

    Okay Dave, but I still don't understand what "through the 2008 holiday season means". Does that mean Dec. 25?

    Dave_HH 6 years ago

    [quote user="crysis9000"]

    Okay Dave, but I still don't understand what "through the 2008 holiday season means". Does that mean Dec. 25?

    [/quote]

     

    Actually guys, it was I that got confused, sorry.  We'll be announcing winners after the new year and you can enter right through the end of the month, just to give you more time.

    Regardless, it's through the end of December that you can enter, ok? :)

    Dave_HH 6 years ago

    I updated this message to give everyone a little more leeway.  Sorry the system emailed out my first version of this update.

    bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

    lol Thanks for the update DavoBig Smile

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Thanks. Have a great Christmas everyone! Smile

    crysis9000 6 years ago

    Merry Christmas everyone! We need more contest entries though, so while you are enjoying egg nog and turkey, sketch some ideas on a napkin and send them into this contest!

    Dave_HH 6 years ago

    [quote user="crysis9000"]

    Merry Christmas everyone! We need more contest entries though, so while you are enjoying egg nog and turkey, sketch some ideas on a napkin and send them into this contest!

    [/quote]

     

    Yeah, what he said!  Cool

     

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Everyone!

    x.clay 6 years ago

     Merry Christmas everyone!

    peti1212 6 years ago

    I am working hard on my contest entry. I think I am doing too much work for just a little idea, that is not even the best from the list I already saw, but hey, I am having tons of fun with this and I have nothing else to do. Stay tuned, because something interesting will be here in the next few days. It will take probably a day or two to render my entry! :D


    Edit: I got quite a good idea, although it's so difficult to make and I want to be very creative. Hopefully I will be able to render it out. So far it takes about 2-3 minutes to render 1 frame, and I will render over 500 frames. If I won't have enough time to enter because of my computer taking too long to render, then good luck to all.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Hey, Dave have you received my entry by email? I'll post it here soon.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

     EDIT: To see the full size images, go to my Photobucket Album.

    Click on the desired image and magnify it. I'm not sure if everyone can read the text in my diagrams posted here. Big Smile

     

    First of all I want to thank AMD/ATI for giving HotHardware members and readers such a great opportunity. Before I post my first entry, I pray to the contest gods, and hope they are smiling upon me! This is my first concept and I may submit more, providing I can think of more ideas.


    ATI Radeon HD Portable Series PGU's (Portable Graphics Unit)


    Overview

     

    The ATI Radeon HD Portable Series are designed to give a boost to old, neglected or fragile desktop PC's. In the scenario where a user cannot upgrade their computer because they do not know how, have many PC's, where their warranty will be voided if upgraded, or their computer is too old to upgrade, an ATI Portable Graphics Unit (PGU) is a potential solution. Many computers can handle a variety of games and applications based on their CPU or RAM configuration. The main reason a game will not run fast enough (or not at all) is because of its Video memory or card lacking enough power to process demanding visuals. PC users who experience this problem (like me) could update their motherboard's BIOS, making it PGU compatible*, plug in the unit of their choice, and play their favourite games (or applications) instantly!

     

    The PGU is based on the ATI Radeon HD 4000 series of graphics cards, including the 4670,4830,4850,4870,4850X2 and 4870X2.Virtually any desktop user could use an ATI PGU and play their desired games anytime they want, without the hassle of an upgrade or new computer, saving them time and money, allowing them more time to enjoy their PC.

     

    Product Highlights


    • Based on the award winning ATI Radeon HD 4000 series architecture
    • Can be used on virtually any desktop**
    • Provides real levels of performance in games and applications
    • Includes Dual BIOS and BIOS Reset***
    • Preset, user customisable overclocking profiles ^
    • Instant overclock switch ^^
    • Onboard memory to store profiles #
    • Supports VGA,DVI,HDMI, Displayport and Dual Monitor Setups from GPU output connectors^^^
    • Input connects with USB, Firewire or e-SATA ##
    • Up to two fans depending on model
    • PGU can be upgraded for future-proofing
    • Can be used on multiple PC's
    • Powered by AC Adaptor
    • Eliminates the need for PSU upgrades

     

    * May require BIOS upgrade, most motherboards supported

    ** Dependant on motherboard and BIOS support

    ***/^/^^/^^^ /#/## Dependant on PGU model and/or graphics card

     

    Disclaimer: The PGU is not intended as a permanent GPU Replacement. Performance may not match and/or exceed conventional GPU solutions.


    My PGU concept design includes Arctic Cooling (AC) Brand 80mm fans, although it may be substituted with an equivalent. The PGU comes pre-installed with a Radeon HD 4000 series GPU, which is certified for PGU use. The preinstalled GPU is modified for maximum efficiency and performance in a PGU environment but can also be used as a conventional graphics card if the need arises, and is not disadvantaged from a standard Radeon HD GPU for normal, internal PC use.  All video cards shipped with a PGU come with a dual fan design for optimum heat dissipation (based on the Palit Sonic Dual Fan Edition Series). All PGU enclosures use 2mm Aluminium construction for durability, with strategically located heat vents for best heat extraction. A single PCI Express 2.0 X16 Slot and relevant power connectors are included in the enclosure as well as one preinstalled cooling fan. Enthusiast X2 models include two fans (though I have not included any pictures showing the second fan, I will if needed). The PGU external controllers include an on/off switch, fan control switch, and an Overclocking profile switch, with onboard memory for storing profiles. All models include internal BIOS profile/s, with Dual BIOS Backup and BIOS reset with selected models. Input connectors (on the PGU) include USB, Firewire, and e-SATA, and output connectors (from the graphics card) include DVI, HDMI, VGA, and Displayport (depending on model).The PGU is powered by a single AC adaptor eliminating the need for a PSU upgrade. Only ATI Radeon HD 4000 series GPUs are supported by the PGU, while future releases may support the PGU system. To tweak overclocking profiles or view a PGU/GPUs thermal properties, users may use ATI Catalyst Control Center, after applying a Catalyst PGU control patch. Motherboards compatible with PGU systems include, but are not limited to most AMD Chipset Based Motherboards, and ATI Crossfire Certified Motherboards. Motherboards may require a BIOS update which can be found at the manufacturer's website. PGU Enclosures can be purchased separately, and operated with standard ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics cards, although this is not recommended.

     

    Disclaimer: The PGU is not intended as a permanent GPU Replacement. Performance may not match and/or exceed conventional GPU solutions.

     

    The PGU works by receiving input data from the PC by USB, e-SATA or Firewire, through the ports on the enclosure. These ports are connected to the PCI Express Lane, which in turn transmits the data to the installed graphics card. The graphics card processes the data and outputs it to a display, such as a monitor, from its own output ports (not built into the enclosure). This design allows any compatible card to be installed into a PGU enclosure, with minimal effort, as input cables are pre-installed. The only steps required are to take the lid of the enclosure, plug in the GPU into the PCI express lane, attach any required PCI power connectors, and put the lid back on. To use the PGU, the user just needs to install the necessary BIOS update/s, PGU/GPU drivers, and the ATI Catalyst PGU patch on the PC, then attach the preferred input cable to the PGU, output cable to the display, and put the AC adapter in, to start using applications with the enhanced power of the ATI Radeon HD 4000 series GPUs.

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    ATI Radeon HD 4000 Portable Series  - Features Overview Table - PLEASE IGNORE THE RANDOM CODING TEXT ABOVE AND BELOW THE THIS TABLE

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    Features

    Mainstream

    Mainstream Enthusiast

    Enthusiast

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Model

    4670

    4830

    4850

    4870

    4850X2

    4870X2

    Input Ports

    AC, USB,

    e-SATA

    AC, USB,

    e-SATA

    AC, USB,

    e-SATA

    AC, USB,

    e-SATA

    AC, USB,

    e-SATA, Firewire800

    AC, USB,

    e-SATA, Firewire800

    Output Ports (From GPU)

    VGA, DVI, DSP

    VGA, DVI, DSP

    VGA, DVIx2, DSP

    VGA, DVIx2, DSP

    VGA, DVIx2, DSP, HDMI

    VGA, DVIx2, DSP, HDMI

    Design Features - Enclosure

    1x 80mm Fan, Heat vents

    1x 80mm Fan, Heat vents

    1x 80mm Fan, Heat vents, Window

    1x 80mm Fan, Heat vents, Window

    2x 80mm Fan, Heat vents, Window

    2x 80mm Fan, Heat vents, Window

    Design Features - Graphics Card

    Dual Fan Edition

    Dual Fan Edition

    Dual Fan Edition

    Dual Fan Edition

    Dual Fan Edition, Heat Pipes

    Dual Fan Edition, Heat Pipes

    Switches

    On/Off, Fan Speed 1/2/3

    On/Off, Fan Speed 1/2/3,

    OC Profile 1/2

    On/Off, Fan Speed 1/2/3, OC Profile 1/2

    On/Off, Fan Speed 1/2/3, OC Profile 1/2

    On/Off,

    Fan Speed 1/2/3,

    OC Profile 1/2/3

    On/Off,

    Fan Speed 1/2/3,

    OC Profile 1/2/3

    BIOS

    Internal, 2 OC Profiles

    Internal, 2 OC Profiles

    Internal, 2 OC Profiles, BIOS Reset

    Internal, 2 OC Profiles, BIOS Reset

    Internal, 3 OC Profiles, Dual BIOS Reset&Backup

    Internal, 3 OC Profiles, Dual BIOS Reset&Backup

    Package Contents

    Driver CD, AC Adapter, USB Cable

    Driver CD, AC Adapter, USB Cable

    Driver CD, AC Adapter, USB Cable

    Driver CD, AC Adapter, USB Cable

    Driver CD, AC Adapter, USB Cable

    Driver CD, AC Adapter, USB Cable

     

    DVI-HDMI Adapter

    DVI-HDMI Adapter

    DVI-HDMI Adapter

    DVI-HDMI Adapter

    DVI-HDMI Adapter, HDMI Cable

    DVI-HDMI Adapter, HDMI Cable

    Power Connectors

    One 2x3 pin and One 2x4 pin PCIe power connector

    One 2x3 pin and One 2x4 pin PCIe power connector

    One 2x3 pin and One 2x4 pin PCIe power connector

    One 2x3 pin and One 2x4 pin PCIe power connector

    One 2x3 pin and One 2x4 pin PCIe power connector

    One 2x3 pin and One 2x4 pin PCIe power connector

     

    One PCI Express 2.0 x16 Lane connector

    One PCI Express 2.0 x16 Lane connector

    One PCI Express 2.0 x16 Lane connector

    One PCI Express 2.0 x16 Lane connector

    One PCI Express 2.0 x16 Lane connector

    One PCI Express 2.0 x16 Lane connector

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    Features may differ if PGU Enclosure and Graphics card are purchased separately.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    _______________________________________________________________________________________

    Here is the link to my Photobucket Album where I have stored these images as they are too large to email:

    http://s457.photobucket.com/albums/qq294/tanka1234567/Hot%20Hardware%20Holiday%20Sweepstakes/

    Please click on each image and magnify them for best viewing results. Sorry I'm not uploading them through HotHardware as they are too large files.


    Picture Captions:

     

    How PGU Works - Self Explanatory

    PGU Concept Drawing 1 - Labelled, front view concept drawing of a PGU

    PGU Concept Drawing 2 - Labelled, Back view concept drawing of a PGU

    PGU Computer - Concept showing my PC running Crysis with the help of an ATI PGU


    Following Images made on Google Sketchup:

     

    PGU 1 - Front view of a PGU

    PGU 2 – Front Diagonal view of a PGU

    PGU 3 – Left side view of a PGU

    PGU 4 – Back Diagonal view of a PGU

    PGU 5 – Back view of a PGU

    PGU 6 – Back Diagonal view of a PGU

    PGU 7 – Right side view of a PGU

    PGU 8 – Front Diagonal view of a PGU

    PGU 9 – Top view of a PGU

    PGU 10 – Top view inside a PGU showing dual fan graphics card (with no lid)

    PGU 11 – Front Diagonal view inside a PGU showing dual fan graphics card

     ________________________________________________________________________________________________

    This design is purely a concept and I have done my best to make it realistic. I do not know how the internal electronics would work, or how bandwidth issues would be resolved. This was also my first time using Sketchup so I believe I have done quite well. There is also a potential for PGU Style Enclosures to include AMD CPUs (Central Processing Untis) and ATI PPUs (Physics Processing Units), enhancing their performance. I hope you like my design. There are likely to be errors, so if you find any, please notify me, and I'll do my best to resolve them. I'll also be happy to answer any questions or explain any ideas.

     

    Thanks and have a Happy Holiday, Big Smile

     

    Tanka12345

    peti1212 6 years ago

    Very nice, although there is one problem. USB ports are not that fast, so data transfer would suffer by a lot. You might have to think about using a faster and better connection for this. The idea is fantastic though. :)

    Just something to think about. USB2.0 ports go around 50mb/s average, and those are like one of the extremely fast flash drives or hard drives that you may use though USB2.0. USB3.0 is suppose to come out soon, I don't know when though, which is suppose to make it 10 times faster so 500mb/s, however videocard would need a much faster transfer speed than just that.

    Keep going with the idea, and it will be good! :)

    Dave_HH 6 years ago

    [quote user="peti1212"]

    Very nice, although there is one problem. USB ports are not that fast, so data transfer would suffer by a lot. You might have to think about using a faster and better connection for this. The idea is fantastic though. :)

    Just something to think about. USB2.0 ports go around 50mb/s average, and those are like one of the extremely fast flash drives or hard drives that you may use though USB2.0. USB3.0 is suppose to come out soon, I don't know when though, which is suppose to make it 10 times faster so 500mb/s, however videocard would need a much faster transfer speed than just that.

    Keep going with the idea, and it will be good! :)

    [/quote]


    That's easy actually.  Instead of USB, you could use an Inifiband connection which is a serial link just like HyperTransport or PCI Express, except I'm pretty sure Infiniband handles long reach applications, chassis to chassis, better.  PCIe 2.0 might still suffice though.  Regardless, there are plenty of long reach high speed serial links to choose from and notebook manufacturers like Asus have already looked at this actually as expansion for notebook graphics.

    Cool idea for the desktop!

    peti1212 6 years ago

    I am rendering out part of my video, because I am working in layers, and it is taking forever. I don't know how long it will take me to finish what I am trying to get done. I left the computer running all night long to render and I rendered out 443 frames out of 881 frames. Ahhhhh.... Can't we just all have super computers.... :)

    So far it has been rendering for 13:33 minutes. I have much more renderings to do, but if it comes to the point where I don't have time to render and edit everything I'll just post a few pictures.

    x.clay 6 years ago

     Nice idea Tanka.  I can see that being really useful for a gaming laptop setup. 

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Thanks Guys for the feedback! Smile

    I'm not really sure about the bandwith issues - Dave and/or AMD can work that out Big Smile

    Just wondering Dave, have you received my entry by email? And in my entry I forgot to send my contact details so can I send them in a seperate email? And is it possible to get the judges to come to the forum thread to look at this entry, as it's much easier than going all the way to photobucket and matching the captions with the pictures?

    I'll be likely to post more entries, but they won't be as detailed as this (this is my 'flagship' entry).

    Thanks,

    Tanka12345

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Another question: Are AMD or HotHardware judging the entries? Big Smile

    Dave_HH 6 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    Another question: Are AMD or HotHardware judging the entries? Big Smile

    [/quote]

     

    Technically we both are, Tank but it's safe to say Marco and I have the pull.  So be nice to us! LOL

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    [quote user="Dave_HH"]

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    Another question: Are AMD or HotHardware judging the entries? Big Smile

    [/quote]

     

    Technically we both are, Tank but it's safe to say Marco and I have the pull.  So be nice to us! LOL

    [/quote]

    I have been nice to you two (At least I think I have Big Smile)

    Have you received my email? Otherwise my entry won't be valid according to the rules. And I still need to send you my contact details. Smile

    bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

    [quote user="Dave_HH"]

     So be nice to us! LOL

    [/quote]

    Do we have toSad

     

    Super Dave 6 years ago

    Careful there, Bob. Remember how they made Kamrooz 'disappear'!

    peti1212 6 years ago

    [quote user="Super Dave"]

    Careful there, Bob. Remember how they made Kamrooz 'disappear'!

    [/quote]

    Lol, that's funny! :) I still miss that guy. It was fun when he was around. Too bad he just got what he wanted and left. :(

    Super Dave 6 years ago

    [quote user="peti1212"]Too bad he just got what he wanted and left. :([/quote] 

    That's what the chicks are afraid of!Surprise

     

    peti1212 6 years ago

    Yep that's also right! Lol, I don't know what to say... I will post my entry sometime today still or tomorrow if I don't finish the writeup.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Who's Kamrooz?

    peti1212 6 years ago

    Kamrooz was a guy who won I believe sometime over the summer or before a complete Skulltrail system with two Extreme Core 2 Quads and two 8800GTs. It was a killer PC, however after winning his prize, he left the forums and never came back. It's a shame. You can probably search for the thread.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Oh, that's sad. Tongue Tied I'd never do that. Big Smile That's who Dave was talking about earlier.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    A quick check on google reveals Kamrooz is active on the Xtreme CPU Forums. I don't know why he couldn't stay here, and ask the HH community for help instead. Sad

    Endersothergame 6 years ago

    It is general concensus that was never his intention.  He seems to have been in it for the prize and outbefore daylight (in keeping with comments above)

    peti1212 6 years ago

    Yeah, I don't know why he coudn't stay. It's a shame. At least somebody got the PC and is enjoying it. I seeing people happy because of something.

    Super Dave 6 years ago

    Kamrooz was a very intelligent guy and I thoroughly enjoyed his posts. And was he ever a posting madman! He won the prize and then returned to his original forum group, I suppose. Many here miss him, but what the hey! Someone here is going to win the Holiday Sweepstakes, and I hope they will stick around after they do! 

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    I'd certainly stay here if I won (or even if I don't) Smile

    peti1212 6 years ago

    A true forum member stays even when there are no contests. I came by every now and then even though there were no contests. The community is very nice and especially I love reading the reviews and looking at the videos that are posted at HotHardware.com

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Just wondering Dave, have you received both of my entries. (My contact details are in the second entry, I forgot to include them in the first). I figured it's better to be safe than sorry! Smile

    Thanks,

    Tank (as you call me)

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Nice work Peti! Your 3D design and video skills make me look pathetic. Sad

    Looks like you have quite a good mobo there. What model is it?

    peti1212 6 years ago

    Thanks, I am still trying to fix a bug that I am getting with my post, but once that is fixed, it's going to look nice. And hey, it's does not matter on how nice it looks, remember Dave? He said that you do not need to have 3D skills to win the contest.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    What mobo do you have? It looks quite nice.

    Do you mean the coding text which appears? Just leave it, that's what I did.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

     

     Here is my second entry. Yes I believe it is a great concept of the (possibly near) future.

     

    *Quickly prays to the contest gods Angel*

     

    Note: Sorry I used Photobucket again to upload my pictures. It’s easier, although I’ll upload as many pics as I can through HH if needed. Smile And note I have only provided captions for my pics here at HH, NOT at Photobucket.

     

    EDIT: If you can't read the text in my diagrams please view them in full size at my Photobucket Album here:

     

    http://s457.photobucket.com/albums/qq294/tanka1234567/Hot%20Hardware%20Holiday%20Sweepstakes%202/

     

    Here it is:

     

     

    AMD announces DIY technology kits

     

    Overview:

     

    AMD/ATI have changed the game, forever, with their revolutionary new innovation – DIY CPU and GPU kits. Just as man has built his own house, or modded his own PC, AMD gives everybody the freedom to build, and customize their own components. Just select a kit, and you’re ready to go – everything you need to do it youself is provided. What happens next is only limited by your imagination!

     

    AMD/ATI DIY kits only contain genuine, certified, factory components. And all the tools are included, allowing you to build your own Central Processing Units, and your own video cards. DIY kits provide an economic way to purchase the latest technology, because the labour is done by you. Components included in a DIY kit can also be reused limiting “e-waste” which is produced, continuing to help keep the planet clean. One kit can potentially produce CPUs and GPUs for many!*

     

    After you’ve made your own CPU or Video Card, why not customise it? The AMD Mad Mod Kit includes a variety of artistic tools, which are safe to use on your newly created component. Do you want to write your name on your CPU, or do you want your whole clan to have Clan-themed video cards? With the AMD Mad Mod kit, the visual possibilities are endless! So what will it be? You decide.

     

    The fusion of technology and art by AMD. The future is fusion.

     

    Product Higlights

     

    • Based AMD and ATI’s award winning, industry leading technology
    • All parts included**
    • Economic, value for money hardware solution***
    • Contains genuine, AMD certified factory parts
    • Parts can be reused, saving money and reducing e-waste^
    • Components made with AMD DIY kits are upgradable for efficient future proofing^^
    • Consumers can create parts which exactly meet their needs
    • 24/7 support available on AMD’s DIY support forums #
    • 2 year warranty on components made from DIY kits +

     

     

    */*** Number of CPU’s and GPU’s made from a kit depend on user configuration

    ** Kits exclude AMD DIY SafeTest electronic CPU and GPU testers and MAD Mod Kits

    ^ /^^ Reusability and Upgradability depend on user configuration

    # Forum support available to registered DIY customers for a small monthly fee of $5US a month. First month included free after registration of DIY kit.

    + Warranty only applicable to products which have been certified by an AMD certified technician or an AMD DIY SafeTest electronic tester.

     

     

    Disclaimer: AMD DIY Kits are intended as a technology solution for experienced technology consumers. If you are not comfortable with creating your own components, please consider AMD’s pre-built CPU’s and GPU’s instead. DIY kits have risks,and benefits if used properly. AMD hold no responsibility for DIY components which are not certified by an AMD technician or an AMD DIY SafeTest electronic CPU and GPU tester. AMD DIY kits cannot be returned once opened, unless there is a workmanship defect which is covered under standard warranty.

     

    AMD DIY CPU Kit

     

    Contents:

     

    • x1 5x5cm 32nm**, 45nm, or 65nm silicon wafer
    • x2 Appropriate socket adapter (depending on wafer)*
    • x2 AMD SimpleSolder tubes
    • x1 AMD SmartCut Scissors
    • x1 AMD Antistatic rubber mat (10x10cm)
    • x1 AMD Electronic solder gun
    • x2 AMD Antistatic rubber gloves
    • x1 Stock fan
    • x1 Stock Heatsink
    • x1 CPU Cover
    • x1 Thermal paste
    • x1 Quickstart Guide
    • x1 Warranty Certificate

     

    *Socket adapter can be AM2, AM3 or AM4** depending on wafer.

    **To be released Mid-2009

     

     AMD DIY CPU Kit Contents

     

     

    AMD DIY GPU Kit

     

     

    Contents:

     

    • x1 ATI R670, R770 or R870* GPU
    • x4 64MB, 128MB, 256MB or 512MB, GDDR3,GDDR4 or GDDR5 memory chips
    • x1 Blank graphics card wafer with One 2x3 pin,One 2x4 pin PCIe power connector, One PCI Express 2.0 x16 Lane connector, and customisable I/O bracket
    • x1 Stock fan/plastic cover
    • x2 DVI, VGA, Displayport and HDMI port
    • x2 AMD Antistatic gloves
    • x1 AMD Antistatic rubber mat (10x10cm)
    • x1 AMD Electronic solder gun
    • x2 AMD SimpleSolder tubes
    • x1 Quickstart Guide
    • x1 Warranty Certificate

     

    *To be released Mid-2009

     

    Please Note: Custom kits can be ordered through AMD

     

    ATI DIY GPU Kit Contents

     

     

    AMD Mod Kit

     

    Contents:

     

    • x10 High conductivity paint pens
    • x10 High conductivity pencils
    • x10 High conductivity felt tips (markers)
    • x2 Blank GPU and CPU certified stickers
    • x1 General Sticker
    • x1 Quick Start Guide

     

    AMD SafeTest Kit

     

    Contents

     

    • x1 AMD SafeTest CPU and GPU Electronic tester
    • x1 Quick Start Guide
    • AC Adapter
    • Warranty Certificate

     

    AMD MAD Mod Kit and SafeTest Kit Contents

     

     

     

    Quick Start Instructions

     

    How to make an AMD DIY CPU

     

    1. Wash hands and put on antistatic gloves.
    2. Prepare a workstation on a flat, wood surface.
    3. Place down the rubbermat on the surface.
    4. Place the Socket adapter on the mat, pin side down.
    5. Cut a piece of wafer, which matches the size of the adapter.
    6. Put one tube with the cap off inside the solder gun.
    7. Solder the wafer to the socket adapter.
    8. Cut more pieces of wafer which are equal in size, and do not exceed the size of the socket adapter. These are the different ‘cores’.
    9. Solder the cores to the wafer you have just placed.
    10. Solder lines between the cores (if you have one core, skip this step).
    11. Solder the CPU cover onto to cores.
    12. Test your CPU with an AMD SafeTest Electronic CPU & GPU Tester, or get it certified by an AMD technician. (PLEASE NOTE: You may skip this step, although it it highly recommended. Non-certified CPU’s are not covered with a warranty, and AMD holds no liability for any damage which may arise from the installation from the installation of a non-certified DIY CPU.)
    13. Install the CPU into your AM2, AM3, or AM4 compatible motherboard.
    14. Install the heatsink and fan using the supplied thermal paste.
    15. To decorate your CPU, please purchase an AMD Mad Mod Kit.
    16. Support is available at diycpu.support.amd.com, and costs $5US a month. One month of free support is included with this kit.

     

    How to make an ATI DIY GPU

     

    1. Wash hands and put on antistatic gloves.
    2. Prepare a workstation on a flat, wood surface.
    3. Place down the rubbermat on the surface.
    4. Place the blank graphics card on the mat, GPU socket facing up.
    5. Place the GPU into the GPU socket.
    6. Solder the memory chips into the memory area. DO NOT mix memory sizes and/or memory type.
    7. Solder channels in between the memory chips, and the GPU .
    8. Attatch the plastic cover/fan onto the blank graphics card.
    9. Attatch your preferred connectors by slowly pushing them into the slots on the I/O shield.
    10. Test your Graphics card by using the AMD SafeTest CPU and GPU tester. . (PLEASE NOTE: You may skip this step, although it it highly recommended. Non-certified GPU’s are not covered with a warranty, and AMD  and ATI hold no liability for any damage which may arise from the installation of a non-certified DIY GPU.)
    11. Connect your GPU to your motherboards PCIE 2.0 X16 lane, and the appropriate PCI power connectors.
    12. To decorate your Graphics Card, purchase an AMD Mad Mod Kit.
    13. Support is available at diygpu.support.ati.amd.com, and costs $5US a month. One month of free support is included with this kit.

     

    AMD Safetest CPU and GPU Tester Quick Start Guide

     

    1. Wash Hands and put on AMD antistatic gloves.
    2. Place AMD SafeTest on a flat, non conductive surface, such as wood.
    3. Connect the AC adapter, and turn the wall power on.
    4. Place the CPU or GPU in the appropriate slot. In the case of CPU’s make sure you are using the right bracket.
    5. Press the ON button.
    6. If your component is OK the message: OK - - - will appear on the LCD screen. Press OK to recieve your warranty code. Please register your warranty code at warranty.amd.com , to receive your 2 year warranty cover. Codes must be used within 14 days, or warranty will not be supplied.
    7. If your component is not OK the message ERROR, followed by a 4 digit error code will appear on the LCD screen. Please go to diy.support.amd.com for support. (PLEASE NOTE: It is not recommended to use a component which has not been certified by the machine, although this is possible. Unregistered products have no warranty, and AMD/ATI hold no liability for any damage which may arise from the installation of non-certified products.)
    8. Install your component accordingly.
    9. To decorate your component, please purchase an AMD Mad Mod Kit.
    10. Support is available at diy.support.amd.com, and costs $5US a month. One month of free support is provided upon registration.

     

     

     

    MAD Mod Kit Quick Start Guide

     

    1. Wash hands and put on antistatic gloves.

    2. Prepare a workstation on a flat, wood surface.

    3. Place down the rubbermat on the surface.

    4. Place the CPU, or GPU as follows: CPU with CPU Cover facing up. GPU with plastic fan and heatsink facing up.

    5. Using the included Paintpens, Pencils and Felt Tips (Markers), draw on your design. For the CPU only draw on the CPU cover. For the GPU only draw on the Plastic Heatsink/ Fan cover.

    6. Take care to ensure all fluids are dry before using component in a PC.

    7. Alternatively you may create your design on the pre-supplied stickers and attach them to your component.

    8. DO NOT create a design anywhere else other than stated above, as your warranty will be void.

    9. AMD has no liability for any irresponsible and/or illegal designs created by the implements included in the MAD Mod Kit. If you are not sure, DON’T do it.

    10. Support is available at mod.support.amd.com, and costs $5US a month. One month of free support is included with this kit.

     

     

    NOTE: The $5US Monthly Fee includes support for all kits as listed above.

     

    Concept custom designed 4870, made with the AMD MAD Mod Kit.

     

    Maybe HH could make their own 4870's and hand them out in a publicity campaign! Big Smile

     

     

    Concept custom designed Phenom processor, made with the AMD MAD Mod Kit

     

    This concept design could possibly be created by Dave for Marco's New Year gift with the AMD MAD Mod Kit ,of course! Big Smile

     

     

    I think this concept is a great idea. I can’t think of anything else more exciting than being able to build and customize your own CPUs and GPUs. Note, DIY Kits would also be fully customizeable from the AMD online shop for bulk orders etc. Again, I have tried to make this as realistic as possible, but I do not know if the combination of the methods I have mentioned, and the parts, would result in a fully functional CPU or GPU. I have used my imagination when thinking of the parts which would be used to make them (I do not actually know how CPUs or GPUs are made). Maybe AMD could help me Smile . There are likely to be errors, so please point them out to me of you find any. I am also happy to answer any questions or explain any ideas.

     

    Thanks, and have a Happy New Year!

     

    Tanka12345

     

    peti1212 6 years ago

    Hi Tank, I have the ASUS P5Q P45 board. I currently do not use it since I use a X38 board for my main system but I have it ready in case one of the boards in my house fails.

    Yes, I meant the codes. So I guess it will dissapear after a while?

    Edit: Holy, that's a long post, and quite funny! :)

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Nice, you should build a second rig. Big Smile

    To get rid of the codes just copy all the text in your post, and paste it in a new post. I think that should work, it did for me. Smile

    Edit: The random jibberish will still stay in the original post if you follow what I have said. But will not be in the new post.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    You have a great rig! I can only dream.....Angel

    CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz @ 3.21Ghz
    MB: Asus P5E3 WS Professional
    DDR: Crucial Ballistix DDR3 4x1GB 1600Mhz
    GFX:XFX Geforce 8800 GTS 512MB DDR3
    HDD: 2x 500GB Maxtor Hard Drives in RAID0
    DVDRW: Sony CD/DVD-RW Dual-Layer
    PSU: Ultra X3 1000Watt Power Supply
    CASE: Cooler Master Stacker 830 SE
    COOLING: Corsair Nautilus 500 Water Cooling Kit, Coolink GFXChilla, 7x Noctua NF-P12 Fans, Cool-It Memory fan
    MONITOR: Gateway 22" Widescreen HD 4ms.

    You should post some pics of it here at HH. I'm sure everyone will appreciate them. If it took a few days to render on that system, it must take years on mine. [:'(]

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    [quote user="peti1212"]

    Hi Tank, I have the ASUS P5Q P45 board. I currently do not use it since I use a X38 board for my main system but I have it ready in case one of the boards in my house fails.

    Yes, I meant the codes. So I guess it will dissapear after a while?

    Edit: Holy, that's a long post, and quite funny! :)

    [/quote]

     

    Pete, AMAZING post there bud!  Love the video too!!  Big Smile

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    Just so you guys know, we've gotten a bunch of entries thus far via email but keep posting here!   x.clay, pete, tank, ice, you're all in there, as well as others too!  Yes

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Hi Dave,

    I am still finishing up some things. For some reason I cannot stop, all I am doing is just making 3D stuff all day long. lol :)

    Once I finish everything I have, I'll send you another email, but that will be the official one.

    Pete

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Do we have to post our entries here and email them to you for them to be valid? (Just wondering).

    And Pete, what program do you use to make your 3D models? I used Sketch Up (because it's free)

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    Do we have to post our entries here and email them to you for them to be valid? (Just wondering).

    And Pete, what program do you use to make your 3D models? I used Sketch Up (because it's free)

    [/quote]

     

    Yes, Tank.  That's what the rules and regs say.  Post here and then email us the post again with images and your full contact info.

     

    Thanks!

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I forgot to include my details in my first entry, can I resend my first entry to you with the details?

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    I forgot to include my details in my first entry, can I resend my first entry to you with the details?

    [/quote]

     

    Sure, of course.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Here's my third entry. *Quickly prays to the contest gods* Angel

     

    This entry took a short amount of time in comparison to the others, but I think it's still a great idea.

     

    I think it's a pretty cool concept but I don't know if it would actually work, or how it would be manufactured.

     

    AMD unleashes SOLAR processing technology to power our future

     

    AMD have changed the way we work, live and play, once again with the new AMD SOLAR (Speed Of Light Advanced Relay) proposed line of microprocessors. The AMD SOLAR series is still in the early stages of development but has the potential to power the computers used by the mainstream and enthusiasts alike. Unlike conventional processors which use transistors under different voltages to complete complex calculations, the SOLAR series utilizes the speed of light to enhance processing power. AMD solar processors replace traditional transistors with (currently) thousands of microscopic, moving, light-reactive mirrors, and hundreds of strategically located, multi-directional micro-lasers. Using this patented technology, AMD has the potential to revolutionize the way we live. AMD has not yet released any information on how this has been achieved.

     

    Processors use a transistor under voltage to equal the number one, while a transistor which is not under voltage is equal to zero. AMD SOLAR microprocessors follow the same concept, but use light reactive mirrors to substitute transistors. When a light reactive mirror is hit by light, the mirror is equal to one, and when a mirror is not being hit it is equal to zero. When SOLAR technology is fully developed, it will exceed the performance of any retail processor ever released. This concept is demonstrated in the diagram below:

     

    SOLAR Diagram

     

    NOTE: IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE READING THE DIAGRAM, PLEASE GO TO MY PHOTOBUCKET ALBUM HERE, AND MAGNIFY IT:

    http://s457.photobucket.com/albums/qq294/tanka1234567/Hot%20Hardware%20Holiday%20Sweepstakes%203/

     

    AMD SOLAR technology uses light from a laser beam to create the on/off voltage. The mirrors move to reflect light according to the calculations which need to be solved via the on/off system. Hundreds of micro-lasers are placed throughout the surface area to further increase the speed of at which this task is done, as only the nearest laser to the target mirror will be required to shine. Currently this technology is not very energy efficient in its early stages, and is very expensive, but AMD justifies that any power usage or cost is easily outweighed by the potential processing power available.

     

    AMD SOLAR microprocessors can theoretically calculate at the speed of light. Their only limitation is the reaction time of the inbuilt mirrors and micro-lasers. AMD engineers are currently working to increase the number of mirrors and micro-lasers into the millions, and to reduce their respective sizes, while also making them more energy efficient and cost-effective. AMD has said that there will be limited demonstrations of AMD SOLAR at CES 2009. AMD expects that fully developed SOLAR processors will be released in late 2010, providing their engineers complete their assigned deadlines relating to SOLAR technology.

     

    The fusion of the speed of light and microprocessors by AMD. The future is fusion.

     

    Again I've tried to make this as realistic as possible, but I don't actually know if this sort of technology would work. If it does, I hope AMD use it and beat Intel Big Smile

    There are likely to be errors so please point them out to me, and I'll do my best to resolve them. I'm also happy to answer any questions or to explain any ideas.

     

    Thanks and have a happy New Year! Smile

     

    Tanka12345

     

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Opps, double post, sorry, please delete this post.

    peti1212 5 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

     

    And Pete, what program do you use to make your 3D models? I used Sketch Up (because it's free)

    [/quote]

    Hi Tank,

    I have a good friend of mine that works at BMW, and he is a designer. He has connections to people that sell 3D applications and other programs, and he got me Cinema 4D since I was evaluating it about 4 years ago.

    Just a quick overview on how this all was done. I used boujou 4 for the animation part where the camera movement was calculated from the filmed footage. Then used Cinema 4D to make all the models, texture them and render them out. Then when it was rendered, I took everything into Adobe After Effects CS4, and did rotoscoping or masking to cut out where I don't want the 3d objects to overlap. Then I color corrected everything. For some of the still images, I used Photoshop CS4 to further add more detail to the images, especially the CPU images.

    Hope this clears up some things.

    BTW, my entry is updated once again. Will update some more later on.

    I like your third entry. It's quite creative and interesting.

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Thanks,

    That sounds too complicated and technical for me, all I know is that the end result of your entry looks awesome. It was well worth the wait! Big Smile You're really talented at graphic designing.

    Endersothergame 5 years ago

    I was just playing with that sketch up program you were discussing Tank; very cool peice of software that.

    Maybe next time instead of hand drawing and scanning I will use this.

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Hey Tank,

    My friend uses Sketch Up, and he is really good at it. I have been working with 3D for 4 years now and thoughout those 4 years I took 1 film making class and one photoshop class at my high school. Right now I am taking another film making class and an After Effects class at my high school. Most of the things that I've learned were not tought to me. I learned them by myself, but it is a very long process. I still feel like I am not so good at 3D, but I am getting better at it every time I do something. I started with a basic free program too called Animoids when I was 13 years old, and now I am 17 and I am working with some of the best programs avilable. I only know probably around 20% of those programs though, so I have a lot more learning to do.

    Pete

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    You've got some good experience with some great programs there Pete. I hope I can eventually try all of them out. Big Smile

    peti1212 5 years ago

    I don't know how old you are, but when you are still young, you should try out as many things as possible. You might come across a lot of hardships but over time you develop skills that allow you to get over those problems. I added another picture of the Oracle X CPU.  For some reason I really like the Logos I created. I think they look awsome.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I think I'm still quite young. Smile What programs do you recommend I start of with? Your logos are quite nice!

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Depends, if you are really into 3D, the go ahead and start evaluating Cinema 4D. A great way of learning it is by joining www.c4dcafe.com and looking at their tutorials. They help a lot. If you are more into design, learn Photoshop. Now obviously you don't want to learn anything lower than those because it would be a waste of you time since they are totally different. I don't want to got off topic here, so if you want to find out more, create a new thread somewhere in the forums.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Thanks, I'll check it out. Great Oracle pic by the way!

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    *Quickly worships the contest gods shrine* Angel

    Heres my fourth entry:


    AMD unveils next-generation Vital CPU Technology

     

    AMD has released details on it its new Vital CPU technology, which will be implemented on all AM3 compatible motherboards from mid 2009. Vital CPU (VCPU) utilises a smaller, secondary CPU, pre-installed on the motherboard to help run the 'vitals' of a PC, such as virus scans, malware detection and temperature monitoring. This new innovation will greatly enhance consumers computing experience, as essential tasks (such as virus scans), will be offloaded from the main CPU, to the VCPU, allowing demanding applications to be run at the same time, with no traditional 'jittery' or 'laggy' performance. AMD's VCPU is based on the new generation Phenom II architecture, featuring a 'true' quad core design, 1GHz clock speed, 2MB L2 cache, 4MB L3 cache, and a low power consumption of 80W. This will allow for a fast computing experience, no matter what the main CPU is doing. AMD have also announced that major antivirus companies, such as McAfee and Symantec are already creating patches for their programs, to optimise performance for VCPU's.

     

    AMD are currently developing their new Intelliwatch software, which will be bundled with AM3 motherboards and PCs. Intelliwatch integrates many essential programs to run on the VCPU, and features AMD's advanced AI technology. For example a VCPU with Intelliwatch software can monitor CPU and GPU temperatures and change fan speeds accordingly, download and install critical updates, shut down the PC and its peripherals when not in use, and even save all programs before sleep or hibernation. These are among some of the examples AMD have released about what the VCPU and Intelliwatch can do, and have said there are many more. The VCPU can also assist the primary CPU perform demanding tasks, such as rendering a video, when it has free processing power available, speeding up tasks. Intelliwatch and VCPU are going to be showcased at CES 2009, and AMD believe that the VCPU concept is the way of the future for more efficient and safe computing.

     

    The fusion of the chipset and CPU for faster, safer computing: by AMD.

     

    The future is fusion.

     

    Product Highlights

     

    • Based on the revolutionary Phenom II architecture
    • 'True' quad core design
    • 1GHz clock speed, 2MB L2 and 4MB L3 cache for fast execution of essential tasks.
    • Offloads tasks from the main CPU such as ** virus scanning, temperature monitoring and downloading/installing updates for a faster computing experience*
    • Intelligently monitors a PC and acts when needed*
    • Maintains 'vital' computer tasks effectively and efficiently*
    • Built into the motherboard, so no user action is required^
    • Assists the primary CPU perform tasks #
    • Integrates seamlessly with VCPU certified programs such as Norton360, McAfee Security Suite, Spybot and AdAware*
    • Eliminates 'jittery' or 'laggy' performance

     

    * With AMD Intelliwatch software.

    ** Tasks include these but are not limited to them. More details to be released at CES 2009.

    ^ To be implemented on all AM3 socket motherboards from mid 2009.

    # When free processing power is available.

     

     AMD VCPU Concept Design

    Please view my concept design of a VCPU here if you cannot read the writing (magnify it):

    http://s457.photobucket.com/albums/qq294/tanka1234567/Hot%20Hardware%20Holiday%20Sweepstakes%204/

    I think that this idea is a great concept, and could actually be implemented in real life (I'm not sure what AMD think, hopefully they think the same way I do). I'm happy to answer any questions or explain ideas. If there are any errors, please point them out.

    Thanks, and have a Happy New Year!

    Tanka12345

    Endersothergame 5 years ago

    Here is my second submission:  The AMD Smart Kitchen

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    Here we have the AMD modular Kitchen. I have included examples of the AMD fridge with central controlling unit. The AMD smart Microwave and the AMD Smart cook top professional. I will explain each piece and why AMD feels you need one in your kitchen.

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    AMD Fridge with central Controlling Unit.

     

    This unit has the optional keyboard with trackball for those who don't want to be restricted to the touch and tap screen. The fridge being the center of nearly all modern kitchens hasn't changed in design for some time. AMD felt that was simply not acceptable so this is what they have come up with. The central controller unit keeps track of inventory, whats showing on various monitors in the kitchen, food done-ness and when to call other family members to the dinning room based on overall meal completeness. Various sensors throughout the kitchen and devices therein tell the fCPU details of how dinner is coming along, taking the guesswork out of it for beginners and offering more advanced chef's new ideas. (For example: The chef might be prompted that there is garlic in the pantry beneath the microwave and that would be a good addition to the stew.) As You can see in this example there is a monitor attached to the Range unit

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    the fCPU can display various information on it or its own screen depending on the needs of the chef in the kitchen at the time. Also the fCPU is a learning unit, capable of detecting whom is cooking in the kitchen and what they might be interested in ect. Also it can detect the cooking skill, thus prompting with relevant information based on those criteria(for example it isn't going to give basic chilli instructions to the lead chef of the house, on the same token it will not give filet mignon instructions to the six year old daughter).

     

    The AMD Smart cooktop professional Range is the premier range as offered by AMD. This range has nearly 3000 sensors contained, to measure nearly everything the chef could need to know. Included components of this range is the main eight element range top, as well as a professional sized oven, and a grill with range hood(not shown). With this in your kitchen you can cook nearly the entire meal at one station. In conjunction with the AMD Smart Microwave there is nothing that the chef cannot prepare in this kitchen.

     

     

    If there are any questions I can answer, ask away and I will.

     

    ~Ender

     

    --Sorry for the graphics I am still learning with sketchup, and I haven't mastered texturing yet.

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Unique concept, I don't think I would have thought of that. Big Smile

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    HAHA!!! You guys are ROCKIN' the ideas here now!  Great work!  Everyone was sitting on the sidelines waiting until the last minute to get their entries in so they didn't get trumped.  I love the strategy!  AMD is going to love all of the energy here.  Cool stuff folks!  VERY cool!  Yes

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Very cool idea, although isn't it kind of like my Oracle X CPU that offloads applications for smoother workflow? And where did the south bridge go? lol I know it's just a representation but it's still funny, no south bridge?

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I actually thought of the idea quite a while ago as my computer is basically unusable when Mcafee does scans or windows dowloads and installs its updates. [:'(] It is quite like your Oracle X CPU but it is integrated into the motherboard with AMD Intelliwatch Software included. It is intelligent and can monitor a PC and act when needed. Smile

    As for the Southbridge, I just placed the VCPU anyplace I could see which had space. I've probably covered the Southbridge but AMD can work out proper spacing of it as it is an 'AMD powered PC or PC component of the future' Big Smile

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    This post may be deleted (I used it to get rid of the random coding text). Smile

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Here’s my 5th entry:

     

    *Quickly prays to the contest gods* Angel

     

    AMD reveals partnership with LHC to produce AMD Vortex

     

    AMD has finally revealed a partnership with the engineers and scientists at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider). AMD and LHC have been working together in secret for approximately 1 year developing space-age concepts and technological advances.

     

    Their first innovation, the AMD Vortex Cooling System will revolutionize the PC cooling industry forever. The AMD vortex was produced through intensive research and collaboration between AMD and the LHC engineers, and although it is still undergoing testing, it has the absolute power to change the way PCs operate for eternity.

     

    AMD’s patented Vortex technology literally creates a Vortex to draw in heat produced from a CPU or GPU by utilizing a ‘micro’ black hole. The black hole vacuums all heat produced by a component keeping it at a 100% stable 0°C (32°F), with the possibility to go to even lower temperatures. AMD and LHC have produced a prototype to be showcased at CES 2009, which manipulates a mini particle collider to create a small black hole designed to take in heat only. This system creates the ultimate overclocking zone. AMD have revealed that they have achieved extreme overclock speeds with the AMD Vortex prototype CPU and GPU coolers. A non-stop, 3 month, stable overclock of an AMD Phenom II CPU of 50Ghz at 0°C has stunned AMD’s main competitor, while an ATI 4870X2 has achieved a reported 10GHz core clock and 25GHz memory clock speeds for 3 months, too at 0°C, shocking ATI’s main rival.

     

    Product Highlights

     

    • Based on revolutionary, ground-breaking technology by AMD and LHC
    • The ultimate overclocking solution
    • Provides an 100% stable 0°C environment, perfect for overclocking #
    • Cools CPU’s and GPU’s like never before*
    • Can be controlled with the bundled VortexWatch software
    • AMD/ATI CPU and GPU compatibility**

     

    # 100% stable overclock is only guaranteed at 0°C with an AMD Vortex certified product. Stablility issues may arise at temperatures above or below 0°C, and will not be covered with warranty.

    *Vortex Cooler operating temperatures range from -50°C to 10°C. Lower temperatures may be offered with new releases.

    **Vortex Cooler is shipped in two versions. One for AMD CPUs, and the other for ATI GPUs. Please purchase the correct version/s for your specific needs and CPU/GPU model.

     

     AMD Vortex Concept Diagram:

     

     

    ATI 4870X2 Video Card Using AMD Vortex Heatsink which is turned off:

     


    ATI 4870X2 Video Card Using AMD Vortex Heatsink which in turned on:

     

     

     

     

     An Abit AMD Motherboard with an AMD Vortex Cooler over CPU Socket:

     

     

    How an AMD Vortex Cooler Works

     

    When the vortex is first activated via a physical switch on the heatsink, the particles which are being accelerated race around the circular circuit, creating a black hole of a small scale. This black hole is especially manipulated by AMD/LHC engineers to only suck in heat particles. This makes it extremely weak compared to a conventional black hole. The temperature of the vacuum can be increased or decreased, as the more or less particles are added to the accelerator (more particles, mean a bigger vortex, which sucks more heat equalling lower temperatures, and less particles, mean a smaller vortex, which sucks less heat, equalling higher temperatures). The Vortex heatsink is only lethal when used irresponsibly. The Vortex may be turned off and on via AMD VortexWatch software at will. AMD VortexWatch software may also be used to program CPU/GPU temperature*, the Vortex to turn on or off with the PC, and control many other properties relating to the vortex.

     

    * The vortex default temperature is always 0°C, and this is 100% stable with Vortex ready products. Stability issues may occur while going above or below 0°C. The emergency cut off is set at 10°C and -50°C. Later models may support lower temperatures.

     

    Disclaimer: The AMD Vortex has certain risks and benefits when used. Due to the nature of the heatsink, it has an expected lifetime of 1 year, comes with a 6 month warranty, and with free technical support upon registration. AMD advises that you dispose of the heatsink according to waste.support.amd.com and purchase a new heatsink if you require a replacement. Vortex Cooler is shipped in two versions. One for AMD CPUs, and the other for ATI GPUs. Please purchase the correct version/s for your specific needs, and CPU/GPU model.

     

     

     

    AMD Vortex is expected to be available for retail purchase by late 2011 due to the nature of this complex technology. AMD’s competitors are eagerly awaiting CES 2009 to view this revolution. AMD are currently developing a new version of the Vortex which is able to go below -100°C, and trialling Vortex technology in other cooling applications.

     

    AMD feel that the Vortex Cooling System is the way of the future, and are already investing a great amount of time and available resources into it. AMD are also optimizing future product releases to be Vortex compatible, such as the Phenom II range of CPU’s and the upcoming ATI Radeon HD 5000 series GPU’s.

     

    The fusion of scientific knowledge with enthusiast computing: by AMD.

     

    The future is fusion.

     

    I think that this is a creative, innovative idea. I’m happy to answer any questions or explain ideas. If you spot an error, please notify me and I’ll correct it.

     

    Thanks, and Have a Happy New Year!  Big Smile

     

    Tanka12345

     

    ice_73 5 years ago

    ive got a few ideas comming up, wait untill tommorow for my post... (hopefully not too late) would of posted sooner but some hard drive problems kept me from using my computer fully. (now running windows on my 2nd hard drive). ohh, and i hope you guys dont mind that my entries have no pics... im sure tanka will win, and im sure ill loose but i thought id try to enter just for fun. perhaps a cool hh case badge :p for runners up? 

    Endersothergame 5 years ago

    I keep holding out hope, that AMD will see that Tank is such an idea factory they need to hire him for their think tank, thus invalidating his entries and restoring my chance to actually place:)  Only time will tell tho.

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    [quote user="Endersothergame"]

    I keep holding out hope, that AMD will see that Tank is such an idea factory they need to hire him for their think tank, thus invalidating his entries and restoring my chance to actually place:)  Only time will tell tho.

    [/quote]

     

    HA!  You guys are too much.  We're really enjoying the competition and banter that goes with it. Wink

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Ahhhhhh, noooooooooo......... I let my computer render out a few things over night relizing right now that I just overwrote my previous 3D files and lost all the video..... noooo.... I think I am going to cry. [:'(] Now I have to make sure the lighting, shadows, and textures are like before or else it won't look good. Why does something always have to happen when it is going really well? Hopefully I can rerender thigns quickly.

    x.clay 5 years ago

    This thread is finally heating up.  About time considering the great prizes for the winners Big Smile

    Peti - That stinks.  I hope you get everything sorted about before the deadline.  The pervious renders and video look fantastic. 

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Pete -  Thats sad. Sad I hope you can render them by the time the contest ends, as I really want to see what your concepts look like. Big Smile What you've done so far is very good!

    Enders - I am a 'Think Tank'. Because I'm practically working on these all day every day (It's the holidays here and I can't stop - it's so fun, and exciting.) I have another idea coming soon in around 12 hours or less. (Yes, I even have deadlines for my ideas!) Big Smile

    Ice -  I'm sure you'll come up with a good idea soon. Although I'm sure Dave and Marco can arrange a runners up prize of HH case badges, custom HH 4870s and custom Phenoms for all! Wink

    peti1212 5 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    Pete -  Thats sad. Sad I hope you can render them by the time the contest ends, as I really want to see what your concepts look like. Big Smile What you've done so far is very good!

     

    Ice -  I'm sure you'll come up with a good idea soon. Although I'm sure Dave and Marco can arrange a runners up prize of HH case badges, custom HH 4870s and custom Phenoms for all! Wink

    [/quote]

    I got it sorted out. It's all good now. Took some time to get everything back to where it was. Rendering out the last few objects in my video. Then I will have to render out the whole video in After Effects. I can't wait to post it. It's great in my opinion.

    As for the second thing you said, that made me laugh. :)

     

     

    Endersothergame 5 years ago

    The vortex idea is cool, but what does it do with the heat after it has collected it?  I mean its great that you can have a controlled singularity in your system but the extremely compressed heated air has to go somewhere..?

     

    peti1212 5 years ago

    [quote user="Endersothergame"]

    The vortex idea is cool, but what does it do with the heat after it has collected it?  I mean its great that you can have a controlled singularity in your system but the extremely compressed heated air has to go somewhere..?

    [/quote]

    And another thing, even micro black holes are dangerous for our world. But great idea.

    x.clay 5 years ago

     [quote user="peti1212"]

    [quote user="Endersothergame"]

    The vortex idea is cool, but what does it do with the heat after it has collected it?  I mean its great that you can have a controlled singularity in your system but the extremely compressed heated air has to go somewhere..?

    [/quote]

    And another thing, even micro black holes are dangerous for our world. But great idea.

    [/quote]

     Where is your sense of adventure.....

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I don't actually know. It goes where ever the stuff black holes vacuum up go...Smile On second thought, it could go to another black hole in space, kinda like a portal.

    And even if micro black holes are dangerous, with 50GHz overclocks, I reckon it's worth it! Stick out tongue

    x.clay 5 years ago

    how about channeling the energy stream to PSU?   

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Nice entries guys. Keep em comming... :) And good luck to everyone that entered the contest. I sure had a lot of fun creating my entry. :)

    Endersothergame 5 years ago

    It would seem that today is in fact 'the crunch', all last minute entries and whatever.

     

    I too had an excellent time putting together the Primary Processing Unit(PPU), and the AMD Kitchen.  It was my greater honour to be counted among the ranks of such creativity as was witnessed here.

     

    Good luck and may the winner(s) enjoy the spoils of contest.

    bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

    Yep Good luck you everyone! Get those entrys in before the party.

    ice_73 5 years ago

     

    Entry number 1 for me :-) 


    AMD is proud to announce its first Micro Device (AMD stands for Advanced Micro Devices btw!). AMD has developed new technology allowing for the production of micro (micro means one millionth) computer chips. these chips are one micron (one millionth of a meter) in diameter. this new technology allows AMD to live up to its name! with the smaller size of the cpu, huge gains in computing are achieved. having a smaller die means lower costs, and less heat! using only 0.05 watts of power and producing nearly no hear means that now AMD's micron chips can be featured in everything! universal remotes that can connect to the Internet to check for programs, or predict service interruptions! how about coffee makers that can brew special coffee depending on ambient temperature, or weather? yes with AMD's new micron processors there are no limits to what can be achieved! how about toilets that can automatically detect what you had for breakfast and make dietary suggestions for keeping healthy! 

    the gains for computers are vast too! now you can have a whole computer in your palm (monitor not included)! or if your a desktop gamer you can connect a series of up to one million AMD micron cpu's to get ultimate multitasking and fps. each AMD micron is equipped with 512kb l1 cache, 2mb l2 cache, and 10mb l3 cache allowing for extreme performance. due to the small size of the cpu however, only a dual core model is currently available. check back in q4 2032 for the quad core model. current prices for the 4ghz, 6ghz, 8ghz, and 12ghz models are $2,$3,$4,$7 respectively. 

    this huge gain in computing was started on in late 06 with the acquisition of ATI, research began on making smaller chips and putting more of them together (allowing scaling for more demanding applications). the first widely used and well known implementation of that technology was in the Radeon 4870x2 which at the time trounced the competition by providing more power in the form of using two chips on one PCB. now with all the advancements made since then AMD's dream finally comes true! cheap and fast micro devices for all! 

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Nice entry! It would be awesome if you could add some pics. Smile $2-$7 for a processor would be awesome value.

    X.Clay - I think that could be possible, but the idea I'm working on right now is also related to energy...

    ice_73 5 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    Nice entry! It would be awesome if you could add some pics. Smile $2-$7 for a processor would be awesome value.

    X.Clay - I think that could be possible, but the idea I'm working on right now is also related to energy...

    [/quote]

    i wish i could, my computer tanked and ive only recently finished installing needed programs.... i guess i could use ms paint to draw some pictures.... but it would be worse than caveman drawings. ill see what i can do...... 

    ice_73 5 years ago

    entry 2

    AMD is proud to announce its new future proof processors and video cards. with the demise of the human race in 9068 scientists have sent the latest computer technology back in time in the hopes of using such technology to avoid humanities doom. AMD is committed to the human race (along with others in the future) to solve humanities future problems! we will continue to enhance the technology and begin work on a super computer that will be able to keep humanity going! 

     

    AMD is proud to announce that we will not keep such future products secret and will sell these to high end computer enthusiasts as true future proof products. with no revisions expected until 2030 these new processors are able to handle all current and future games with ease. providing unparalleled performance in all areas that give over a billion fps in crysis even on ultra! relax and play games while AMD works with top scientists to avert disaster! 

     

    this new technology is based on direct z 94, but we have made it backwards compatible with dx 9 and 10! along with future compatibility up to direct z (true 3d Emerson). such performance does not come cheap however, with top graphics costing 10,000 and top cpu's costing 30,000. but that is the price for true high end gamers and future proofing enterprises.  

    peti1212 5 years ago

    [quote user="x.clay"]

     [quote user="peti1212"]

    [quote user="Endersothergame"]

    The vortex idea is cool, but what does it do with the heat after it has collected it?  I mean its great that you can have a controlled singularity in your system but the extremely compressed heated air has to go somewhere..?

    [/quote]

    And another thing, even micro black holes are dangerous for our world. But great idea.

    [/quote]

     Where is your sense of adventure.....

    [/quote]

    I am not saying that it is not cool. It is totally cool, I am just trying to be a bit scientific. Oooh, just imagine how far we could go if we could brake some of the current rules in science (any science).

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I thought you were a 3D designer not a scientist! Stick out tongue JK, I know that you know that it's cool. Imagine if it was true, a 50GHz overclock would be amazing...(and make Intel faint).

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Haha, only if it would be possible, I would faint myself.

    The list is updated on Page 8 with an updated video as well. :)

    I could go on forever with these ideas, but my mind is getting a bit tired...

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    [quote user="peti1212"]

    Haha, only if it would be possible, I would faint myself.

    The list is updated on Page 8 with an updated video as well. :)

    I could go on forever with these ideas, but my mind is getting a bit tired...

     

    [/quote]

    I still have a few ideas.  Big Smile Great video by the way! Yes

     

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Here’s my 6th entry:

     

    *Quickly worships a shrine dedicated to Dave, Marco and AMD* Angel

     

    ATI pioneers system to save users power and money

     

    ATI, a world leader in graphics solutions has unleashed the Atomer line of Radeon HD 4000 series graphics cards. ATI Atomer encompasses a miniature nuclear reactor on the graphics card, which provides power for the video card when in use. ATI Atomer cards are self-sufficient and do not require any power what so ever. This feature saves electricity, requiring no PCIe power connectors to a graphics card from the PSU. This eventually saves the end user money from the potential electricity costs. ATI Atomer also allows a new, powerful card such as the 4870X2 to be added to a system without an adequate PSU, eliminating the cost and hassle of a new PSU. ATI Atomer cards are at the forefront of energy efficient technology solutions, especially for multi-card setups or enterprise use. Excess energy may even be used to power other components on the motherboard* saving the end user on energy bills, and the potential to even power the whole PC, without the need for a PSU upgrade. Atomer may be controlled via the Catalyst Control Centre, with the installation of the Atomer V1.0 patch. ATI are working closely with leading Nuclear power firms to fine tune this system for maximum performance. ATI hope to display a prototype at CES 2009, while stable Atomer Video Cards are expected to be released by the end of 2009. Atomer will also be available separately as a video card add-on. ATI and AMD are also researching potential uses of the patented Atomer technology within other components, such as PSUs or CPUs.

     

    The fusion of atomic power and the GPU for, the ultimate self-sufficient GPU solution: by AMD.

     

    The future is fusion.

     

    Product Highlights

     

    • Based on the award winning ATI Radeon HD 4000 series graphics cards
    • Atomer series cards require no power as they power themselves**
    • Excess power may be used by other components*
    • Can be controlled using ATI Catalyst Control Centre***
    • Unrivalled energy efficiency ^
    • Completely safe to use ^^

     

    * An Atomer compatible motherboard is required to activate power sharing feature.

    ** Via a mini nuclear reactor. Atomer has a maximum power output of 300W, and has a MTBF of 744 hours (31 days).

    *** After the installation of the Atomer V1.0 patch.

    ^ Best in class efficiency, as Atomer cards require no electricity input.

    ^^ Atomer is completely safe to use if used and disposed of properly. Atomer is fully self contained, and is made out of 0.7mm thick steel which encloses all the radioactivity contained within. Atomer does not emit any radioactivity.

     

    Disclaimer: The Atomer series of self-powered video cards are not intended as a complete replacement of a conventional PSU. If you feel unsure about purchasing, and using an Atomer, AMD/ATI recommend you purchase a standard ATI graphics card and use it with a conventional PSU. Atomer performance may not match or exceed traditional PSU solutions. Due to the nature of this product, Atomer has a recommended lifespan of 31 days, and must be replaced every month, and comes with a 31 day warranty. Atomer has a maximum output of 300W, and has a MTBF of 744 hours (31 days). Please dispose of the Atomer unit according to waste.atomer.support.amd.com .

     

     Concept 4870 with the Atomer unit installed

     

     

    Atomer Concept Diagram

     

     

    How the Atomer Works

     

    The Atomer utilizes a miniature nuclear reactor to produce energy for itself. This reactor is 100% safe is not tampered with in any way. The power output of the Atomer is through a PCIE power connector/s which will vary depending on how many are included with your model. To attach the Atomer onto your video card, please use the two mounting brackets to do so. You may turn the Atomer on through ATI Catalyst Control Center. The Atomer stores its own waste, and due to this feature, will have to be disposed off when full. You may purchase a replacement Atomer Pack once your current one has reached maximum capacity. The Atomer has a recommended lifespan of 31 days, and includes a 31 day warranty. The Atomer Pack may last for less or more than 31 days, but this depends on the use of the product and your PC configuration. The Atomer may also share excess power with other PC components via an Atomer Ready motherboard, which are expected to release one month after Atomer is released. The power sharing feature may potentially power a whole PC system eliminating the need for a PSU, but this depends on your system configuration and power usage.

     

    I think this a creative and innovative concept, which could potentially power PC components or PCs if developed well. This concept could also apply to PSUs, but I have not developed this idea as AMD/ATI do not currently make PSU products. Again, I am happy to answer any questions or explain any ideas. If you spot an error please tell me and I’ll do my best to correct it.

     

    Thanks, and have a Happy New Year! Smile

     

    Tanka12345

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Just wondering Dave, what time do the sweepstakes exactly end? Is it 12:01am or 11:59pm on the 31st of December, and according to which timezone? I just wanted to know so I know how long I have to submit an entry or entries. Big Smile

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    Just wondering Dave, what time do the sweepstakes exactly end? Is it 12:01am or 11:59pm on the 31st of December, and according to which timezone? I just wanted to know so I know how long I have to submit an entry or entries. Big Smile

    [/quote]

     

    Dang... you are pretty precise there, Tank.  Smile 

    Deadline for entries is:  11:59PM EST 12/31/08

    Cool?

    Cool.

    Cool

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Yeah, it's cool Dave. Cool Now I just need to keep on working on ideas and worshipping the contest gods. Wink

    x.clay 5 years ago

     I have a couple more ideas for this comp but I am running on out time.  Someone needs to talk to my boss about giving more vacation days.  Good luck to everyone Big Smile

    peti1212 6 years ago

    Introducing the new 8-Core 32nm AMD Prophecy X CPU, the AMD Oracle X Add-on CPU Card and CPU, the PETI AirFreezer Pro CPU Cooling System, new ATI DDR4 Memory Modules, the new 32nm ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series Video Cards (not shown in the video), and much more.



    Video Preview Available on 5 out of 8 items: Here (Make sure to watch in HD, or else it won't look good)

    AMD Prophecy X



    So what is all this, and why is it so significant?

    The new AMD Prophecy X CPU series are built on 32nm architecture with less silicon than ever before. Silicon used to be the main substance used in microprocessors, however with AMD's new technological breakthrough with their new AMDium element, which is now 111th on the Periodic Table, microprocessors can reach speeds like never before. With the new AMDium substance that is mixed with silicon through a special process called "bonding", AMD came out with a solution that gives us less power loss and heat generation, while maintaining a powerful processor that the world has never seen before. The new AMD Prophecy X processors use a much higher clock speeds which allows to utilized full potential use of the DDR4 memory modules. We'll take a look at more on the ATI's DDR4 modules in a bit. The AMD Prophecy X CPUs range from 2.0Ghz to 3.5Ghz in clock speed depending on the model.


    AMD Oracle X CPU and Add-On Card

    The new AMD Oracle X CPU's are 32nm architecture Dual-Core processors based on the same principals as the AMD Prophecy X CPU series ranging from 1.6Ghz to 2.8Ghz. The Oracle X CPU Add-On Card can be used on AMDs latest motherboards in the PCI-Quantum (64x) slot. The Oracle X CPU is designed and stabilized specifically for the Add-On card, allowing the users to load all background system and user applications onto the Oracle X Dual-Core CPU while using the full potential Prophecy X for the designated application you picked. This makes sure that the application that you are trying to run the smoothest is not slowed down by background applications.

    However, the AMD Oracle X CPUs can also be used on the Add-On card as extra cores to help out with applications with multiprocessor support. The Prophecy X processor is combined with the performance of the Oracle X creating a 10-core processor or add another Oracle X processor to make a 12-core system. 

    How is it possible that the Oracle X does not need good cooling to work properly?

    Like said before, the new X series processors like the Prophecy X use a new 32nm architecture and AMDium is combined with silicon to lower heat generation. Since the Prophecy X processors are octa-core processors, they are designed in a way to work with the standard stock cooling included with AMD processors. Now let's take out 6-cores from the Prophecy X and we get the AMD Oracle X processor. Look at it in a way that you are taking out 3/4ths of the heat by lowering the cores to 2, therefore powerful cooling is not necessary at all.

    AMD/ATI Goes Green!

    With the development of AMDium, power loss has been lowered by up to 65% from previous generation of CPUs and GPUs. The new Prophecy X CPUs us a maximum of 40 Watts while under load and it can go as low as 3 Watts while in idle mode. The Oracle X CPUs use a maximum of 25 Watts while maintaining a low 1.8 Watt power consumption when idle. This is a major breakthrough for AMD/ATI, and it significantly brings attention to competing manufacturers like Intel, Via, Creative Labs, and Texas Instruments.

    Today's computers use tons of electricity, producing much higher CO2 emissions than acceptable. With the new AMD/ATI CPUs and GPUs, CO2 emission is reduced significantly making a much cleaner and enjoyable world for everybody. The results do not only show in our environment but also on our electricity bills.

    PETI AirFreezer Pro CPU Cooling System

    PETI's AirFreezer Pro CPU Cooling System is the top-notch air cooling solution that outperforms the most powerful water cooling system available at the moment.



    How does it work?

    The AirFreezer Pro condenses air molecules and quickly expands it when released into the tubes creating a bellow freezing point air temperature to effectively cool down the Central Processing Unit. With Double tubing, the AirFreezer can blow through double amounts of air, which further cools down the CPU than other cooling systems that only use single tubing. However if you wish, you may reroute the other tubing to the Video cards, Memory or North Bridge water cooling blocks. The Fan on the back of the AirFreezer blows in the necessary air that needs to be condensed while the back heatsink makes sure that the hot air is cooled and then blown out by the fan in the back.



    The PETI AirFreezer Pro cooling system has two rows of 10 LED's located on the top of the cooler. The one further away shows the air temperature circulating though the system (1st LED measuring at -30C whereas the 10th LED measuring at 40C), while the LED's closer to you shows the speed of the cooler (Description comes from the video). The Speed for the air circulation through the AirFreezer Pro is determined by BIOS settings, or manual software settings. The air speed will be automatically altered unless specified in the BIOS settings.


    Doesn't low air temperatures like that create condensation?

    Yes, however the AirFreezer Pro comes with double layer construction, where a small layer of clear space is present. The space has all air and other substances sucked out which prevents the cooler to create any condensation on the outside.



    PETI's AirFreezer Pro supports AMD and INTEL processors ranging from the AMD's Prophecy X CPU, to Intel's Core i7 Extreme processors and lower.

    PETI's AirFreezer Pro CPU cooling System is designed for Pro-Overclockers that want to get close to Liquid Nitrogen temperatures.

    AMD/ATI DDR4 Memory Modules



    AMD/ATI DDR4 Memory modules are a new line-up of products never available before. AMD/ATI is the first manufacturer to make DDR4 Memory modules ranging from 2000Mhz to 3000Mhz. The DDR4 modules work perfectly with the AMD Prophecy X processors as it was designed specifically for high bandwidth transfers speeds. These memory modules have such high speeds that overclocking the Central Processing Unit won't suffer from it. More info available later on in 2009.



    ATI HD 5000 Series Video Cards (No Pictures Available)

    ATI's HD 5000 Series Video Cards are built on the same architecture as the Prophecy X CPUs. With the 32nm and AMDium based GPUs, heat generation and power consumption has never been lower before. The ATI HD 5000 Series Video Cards come with full support for DX11 and OpenGL 3.0. The Video Cards come with 2GB GDDR4 and GDDR5 memories depending on the model, and with a memory speed of up to 4Ghz. The Core clock on the cards range from the low end 550Mhz to the high end 900Mhz speeds. And finally the HD 5000 series Video Cards come with 1200 stream processing units. The new HD 5870 X2 however comes with 2400 stream processing units seeing that it has to 32nm GPUs.


    ATI Add-On Video Memory Kit

    ATI went ahead of the competition and developed a new add on card that connects to a PCI-Express 2.0 slot, allowing the user to upgrade their current video memory. The Video Card gets connected with the Add-On card, allowing the original video card to use the extra memory for games requiring more memory. (Great example is GTA4).

    The extra memory can be enabled through ATI's drivers settings. (It's more like the SLI type of deal, with a click of a butten the extra memory is enabled).

    Internal/External DDR4 System Memory Slots

    ATI's new External DDR4 System Memory is a useful device. Looks just like the onboard memory slots, however you can connect the new add-on memory slots anywere Inside or outside your case. It comes with a high speed cable that gets connected at the back of the computer or inside on the motherboard. (Think of it as the SATA and eSATA, but it does not really use the SATA connector)

    Also available in Card Form:

    The Inside case cable form DDR4 Add-On comes with a strong tape back so you could paste it anywhere in the case, or you can additionally get a 5.25" or 3.5" bracket that gets installed in the front drive bays.

     

    AMD 64GB Solid State Disk for PCI-Quantum

    Have you ever got mad over games lagging even when you bought the top notch high-end gaming PC? Games, and applications access large amounts of data from the hard drives slowing down the actuall speed or potential of your computer system. With AMD's new PCI-Quantum Solid State Drives, you don't have to worry about any lags anymore.

    How does it work, is it just an ordinary SSD?

    No, the AMD Solid State Drive is a system memory like the ordinary system memories, however it is a bit slower but still faster than regular Hard Drives. With a 1000MB/s transfer speed, it does not compare to any RAID0 setup.

    The AMD Solid State Drives work by loading game data into the drive as a storage for fast access.

    Isn't that what the System Memory does in my computer?

    Yes, however not all data is loaded into the memory that is being used by games. There is still partial data that stays on the Hard Drives that may slow down your system during gaming.

    With the AMD Solid State Drives, all game data is transfered that are currently being used and stored on the SSD for fast access. The AMD SSD does not only work well with games, but also works with other applications that require fast hardrive transfer speeds.


    Conclusion

    With the power of the new AMD Prophecy X CPU, Oracle X, the Add-On Card, AMD/ATI DDR4 Memory Modules, the ATI HD 5000 series video cards and PETI AirFreezer Pro CPU Cooling System, the performance of your system will exceed any other system on the world.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    Yay it worked! Big Smile

    peti1212 6 years ago

    Yep, thanks Tank! :) It took me about a full year to put all the parts together since I didn't get everything at the same time.

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    [quote user="peti1212"]

    Yep, thanks Tank! :)

    [/quote]

    Now all we have to do is wait until the year 2009 for the winners to be announced. :D

    peti1212 6 years ago

    I know, it's so tempting! Aghh...

    bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

    Love the videoBig Smile

    tanka12345 6 years ago

    What do you think of my DIY Kit Idea? Have you seen the pics of the customized 4870 and Phenom processor? Big Smile

    bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    What do you think of my DIY Kit Idea? Have you seen the pics of the customized 4870 and Phenom processor? Big Smile

    [/quote]

    Me likes. Though I have no sayStick out tongue

    x.clay 6 years ago

     Wow. This thread has been busy since I went to bed Smile

    Tanka -  I like the idea of a barebone DIY ATI card kit.  We can put together our motherboard with the RAM, processor, and heatsinks we want so why not do the same for a graphics card.

    Peti - That cooler is a beast! The renders look great.  Very nice entry. 

    bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    I'd certainly stay here if I won (or even if I don't) Smile

    [/quote]

    I will say that you have just as good a chance as anyone. I have been here for over 5 years. When I came I was not even sure how to upgrade my ram. I have learned all I know and won 2 contests here and I consider myself one of the luckiest people ever, but if you stick around Dave and Marco are very generous and you will win sooner or later. Not to mention the forums are some of the best I have ever seen. No flaming and I love the small nit group. You really get to know people and develop personal relationships. Something hard to find online. We have some of the smartest and nicest people around.

    bob_on_the_cob 6 years ago

    [quote user="Super Dave"]

    [quote user="peti1212"]Too bad he just got what he wanted and left. :([/quote] 

    That's what the chicks are afraid of!Surprise

     

    [/quote]

     

    LOL That made me and Jen roll.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    [quote user="Dave_HH"]

    Technically we both are, Tank but it's safe to say Marco and I have the pull.  So be nice to us! LOL

    [/quote]

     

    LOL, you'd better be nice like Dave said. Stick out tongue

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Yep, I know, they are nice though. I don't think they will take it as an isult or anything. (now I get a reply that they are really pissed, lol).

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I wonder if the winners will be announced today. I'm still hopefully hoping they will, otherwise it'll be another day of unbearable suspense. Looking at some of the other sweepstakes, the winners were announced around 3PM NZ time, which is in around 3 hours. Also strangely Dave and Marco have visited the forums today, but havent posted. Huh?

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Maybe they are checking on everybody (whoever wins) to see how nice they are and if they truly do deserve the prizes. :)

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    We all know I'm nice to everyone (especially Dave and Marco Smile), and we all know you are too, so whats to check? Wink

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Well you need to be equaly nice to everyone, not just to Dave and Marco... :) Before we can receive any pricez they have to check our health insurance, car insurance, DNA, get all the information about our life, and as well as our credit card numbers. Once all that is checked, they can hand out the prizes. :D lol.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Lol, I am equally nice to everyone. Angel I wonder what the 'final qualification process' consists of.

    x.clay 5 years ago

     I am guessing they have to get their sonsors blessing of the winners before they can be announced. 

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Theres another site I know, called DriverHeaven. Strangely they had the same competition as HotHardware, with nearly the same prizes (Although you had to enter in a different way). It also ended on the 31st. They've announced their winners already, 11 hours after the Admin said that the AMD staff were on holiday. So I wonder if the same staff are judging our competition. If they are, then I wonder what they're doing currently. They probably do have to get the blessing or approval of AMD. Hopefully they'll announce the winners soon, or give us an update to keep our minds at peace. I'm not sure if I'll be able to sleep tonight. Tongue Tied

     

     

    x.clay 5 years ago

    I liked this sweepstakes a lot better than the DH one.  I really don't like trying to come up with a whitty phrase that will will stand out among 800 or so other entries.  I liked that this site encouraged a little creativity and made you work for it.  As a result we got a lot of quality entries, not just pages and pages of spam entries.  It seems to do better getting people involved in the site and I am sure AMD would prefer to judge the HotHardware sweepstakes over the one over at DH.  I pitty the guy that had to dig through all those entries and pick the best three. 

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    [quote user="x.clay"]

    I liked this sweepstakes a lot better than the DH one.  I really don't like trying to come up with a whitty phrase that will will stand out among 800 or so other entries.  I liked that this site encouraged a little creativity and made you work for it.  As a result we got a lot of quality entries, not just pages and pages of spam entries.  It seems to do better getting people involved in the site and I am sure AMD would prefer to judge the HotHardware sweepstakes over the one over at DH.  I pitty the guy that had to dig through all those entries and pick the best three. 

    [/quote]

    Me too. HotHardware is alot better than DH. Smile

     

    peti1212 5 years ago

    I never liked the DH contests. Just like you said, it's full of spam and nonsense. Plus in my opinion the winners are not chosen by their quality but more through connections. Last time there was a contest where you had to come up with a phrase or something a completely weird phrase won the contest that in my opinion sucked, not by just me but by other people as well. Let's just keep our heads up and wait anciously to see who will win this contest. I wish everyone good luck.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I like HH more than DH. You get to know the small, but knowledgeable community alot better than all the spammers and 1 posters in DH. In my time here so far, I've gotten to know the names of nearly all the regulars, which is great. In a big site like DH, that would be nearly impossible.

    Good Luck to everyone, and hopefully the winners, or an update will be posted soon. Smile

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I guess the winners aren't going to be announced today. Sad

    Wheres Dave and Marco? Its not like them not to post. Huh?

    peti1212 5 years ago

    I don't know if here in America they have this saying, but in Hungarian if you translate "Turelem, rozsat teremt!" it means "Patience will make roses bloom". It's suppose to mean that if you are patient something nice will happen. :) I know you are very anxious to find out who won, and if you do win than you will be very happy, but try to be a bit patient. I am anxious myself, but we just have to wait maybe a bit longer. Dave did say that the winners will be announced soon, so I don't think that will be that long then.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Hopefully they'll be announced tommorow. Smile I am patient, but it'd be alot better if Dave or Marco gave us an update on the situation.

    bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    Hopefully they'll be announced tommorow. Smile I am patient, but it'd be alot better if Dave or Marco gave us an update on the situation.

    [/quote]

    he he he. It will only get worse for the winner waiting to get there hands on the new rig. Took a week or so to ship mine. Marco builds a good rig though.Big Smile

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Does Marco build them? Although AMD might, as they're sponsoring. A week isn't that long, although you're in the US, where as if I won I'm in NZ and shipping will take alot longer, depending what service they use.

    bob_on_the_cob 5 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    Does Marco build them? Although AMD might, as they're sponsoring. A week isn't that long, although you're in the US, where as if I won I'm in NZ and shipping will take alot longer, depending what service they use.

    [/quote]

    Marco build mine and Super Daves. I assume he will be building it.

    crysis9000 6 years ago

    Wow, I love all the new entries guys. This is definitely going to be a difficult one for HH and AMD to choose the winner.

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    [quote user="crysis9000"]

    Wow, I love all the new entries guys. This is definitely going to be a difficult one for HH and AMD to choose the winner.

    [/quote]

    Agreed, great stuff!  Keep em coming guys, we're in the home stretch! Cool

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Dave, do you like my custom HH 4870 and Phenom CPU?

    peti1212 5 years ago

    I added a few more things to my entry. I'll send you another email, once I got all my ideas down.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Nice pic of the Prophecy X Smile

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    Dave, do you like my custom HH 4870 and Phenom CPU?

    [/quote]

     

    Tank, Your attention to detail is impeccable and your stylings I might add are IMPRESSIVE! LOL  You guys are too much.  This is ALL great stuff.  Big Smile

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I thought I might as well ask, have you received both my emails for my entries? (and is it Ok that I only included my details in one?)

    You should purchase an AMD Mad Mod Kit and give a custom Phenom CPU to Marco too, by the way! Wink

    Lev_Astov 5 years ago

    Cloud Computing is the way of the Future!

    Forward:
    First of all, thank you very much for running this contest!  I really love drawing, and this is the perfect thing to spark my creativity with a pen!  Forgive me for not coloring this image, as was my plan, but I was lazy.

    I see that the uploaded image has been sized down considerably.  I will upload a zoomed shot of the laptop internals when I am not so tired. Do note, that this was all drawn freehand on a single sheet of 8.5"x11".


    User Details:
    Username: Lev_Astov

    Details:

    New for Christmas 2028, is the Toshiba GC-250, the latest in cloud computing for enthusiast users.  Utilizing the newest technology from Geary Industries Inc., the resonance based subspace transceiver, the GC-250 connects to AMD's new central quantum processor, the Haderach Z2.  The Haderach Z2 is a 128-qubit processor cabable of 143.251 YottaFLOP.  This processor handles all calculations, from CPU, to GPU and beyond.  It also provides an uplink to the internet guaranteed at 56 Tbps.  Users share processor time, but due to the nature of the quantum computer, at least 10,000,000 users can be connected simultaneously and not experience reduced speed.

     

    The Haderach processor series is the first commercial application of a quantum computer, thanks to AMD.  With their powerful central Haderach processor, and transceiver equipped computers becoming redily available, AMD has opened the door for everyone to experience the sheer power of quantum computing!

     

    The subspace transceiver itself is a marvel of modern technology.  Billed as being a century ahead of its time, it allows for nearly uninhibited data transfer via fluctuations in space-time.  This effect allows for faster-than-light communications and is currently in use by all NASA and GSDI spacecraft.  It has even been confirmed by NASA probes to have no less than a 2ms latency anywhere within our solar system!

     

    Power is provided by either one GH-750 power receiver, drawing up to 750 Watts wirelessly from The Grid, or via the fuel cell backup supply.  The GH-750 has the smallest size/power ratio of any wireless energy receiver to date, and is what allows us to power the subspace transceiver in such a small package.  As with all wireless energy systems running on The Grid, it will only work within the regions supported, which are currently all of North America, and Europe.  Other continents will vary by proximity to Grid satellites.  For all other regions, power can be supplied via the easily refillable ethanol based fuel cell generator.  Remember, always choose clean sources of ethanol!

     

    User interface is acheived using OCZ's new NID-500 series neural interface device.  The one-size-fits-all headset comfortably rests atop the bridge of your nose, not impeding normal vision, while wirelessly, non-invasively intercepting signals from three parts of the brain: the optic nerve, for video interface, the temporal lobe, for audio interface, and the prefrontal cortex, for user input.  The great thing about connecting to the optic nerve is that video can either replace the user's sight, or augment it, adding a HUD to your vision or projecting private monitors in front of the user.

    The laptop comes with two sets of NID-500s for two users to enjoy at once, as well as two sets of legacy input for playing all the classic games that defined today's generation.

    Specs:
    CPU, Video, & Audio: Central AMD Haderach Z2 128-qubit Quantum Processor @ 143.251 YFLOP
    Central Processor Connection: GDIx10 Resonance-Based Subspace Transceiver, 768 PBps up/down transfer
    Network: 56 Tbps internet connection via subspace transceiver, VPN optional
    Output: 2x OCZ NID-500, neural interface device connected wirelessly to optic nerve, temporal lobe
    Input: 2x OCZ NID-500, neural interface device connected wirelessly to prefrontal cortex
              2x Logitech Fleximouse(TM) 7-button mouse with fold-flat feature
              2x Removable SED keyboard surface, user customizeable
    Power: GH-750 wireless energy receiver, 750W, compatible with "The Grid(TM)"
                Ethanol fuel cell w/ 250ml storage, for 5 hours of auxiliary power during travel

    crysis9000 5 years ago

    Wow Lev, that's pretty sweet. Definitely futuristic and love the work you put into the design. Great job!

    acarzt 5 years ago

     

    This is my concept/idea for an AMD/ATI motherboard. If you refer to the board view, the first thing you will most likely notice is all of the light blue rectangles covering the board, and that there are 2 batteries. The light blue rectangle represent LEDs. The second battery is used to power the LEDs in case of loss of power. The purpose of these lights are not purely for looks, they were positioned to allow for lighting when working inside the case. The battery used to power them would be rechargeable and will charge while the system is plugged into the wall. Users will have the option to change setting for the lights from either the BIOS or from within the OS. Options will include but are not limited to; Color, Brightness, On and Off. There will also be effect (similar to x-mas lights). An other option for the lights would be a “System Health” mode in which if the system is functioning properly, all light would be Green. As temperatures rise the LEDs would change to yellow, and then RED. At the same time, brightness would be dependent upon sound. For example… if the system is running at high temps and the fans are spinning at ridiculous speeds, creating a lot of noise, the RED lights would be more intense. At the Same time however, the temperatures could be within the set threshold and all light would remain green, but while gaming the Video card fans could be creating quite a bit of noise during game play which would also increase the intensity of the light. If the system were to be turned off the lights would return to whatever ever they have preset in the BIOS (i.e. off, on, dim, bright, color). When the system is unplugged from the wall the system will turn all lights on to a bright white (not too bright, don’t want to blind anyone or cause headaches) to make it easier to see while working on the system. There will be a jumper to turn these “emergency lights” on and off. There isn’t much point in turning them off because they will only turn on when the system isn’t getting any power… but people like options, so it’s an option.

     

    Enough on the lights though. A more subtle feature of the board is the layout of the connectors. I’ve built a few computers in my days, and I’ve come across many pains between expansion cards and connecting cables to the board. This setup allows all 3 PCI Express x16 slots to be filled and still have access to all of the USB and IEEE1394 headers. AND, you would still have access to your PCI Express x4 slot even when using graphics cards that use 2 slots. PCI slots were intentionally moved higher up the board because this is a high end board and it’s assumed someone using this board would have all new hardware that is no longer on the PCI standard. They are still included however in-case someone out there still has PCI devices, in which case it is unlikely they are running Crossfire or SLI, so slots being covered would be less likely.

     

    Power connecters for the MB were made centric to accommodate top or bottom mounted PSUs. SATA Connectors will face the rear for easy connection when using longer graphics cards.  Power and Reset buttons were placed at the bottom next to the Power, Reset, HDD LED, etc. connectors. The reasons it’s down there is because, I personally never use them once the front panel buttons are connected. Once those are connected it will make it harder to get at them anyway, which was done on purpose because it is assumed the front panel buttons would not be plugged in if ever these are need. That is the only purpose I ever see for these bottons. The clear CMOS button was placed in the center of the board. The reason for this was because if it was at the bottom, it would be hard to get at, due to cabling and if you have a bottom mounted PSU it could be difficult to get at. I also considered putting it at the top, but I didn’t want anyone bloodying up their knuckles on their case of top mounted PSU. In the very center it is out of the way of all cables and expansion cards. Cooling for the North and South bridges can be routed around this button CPU coolers could turn out to be troublesome but it this button should be out of the way enough to clear them.

     

    Now for the most exciting feature of this board… The flexible, unbreakable display from HP and the FDC. More here. You most likely have noticed the odd piece on the back of the board with the handle. Pull the handle out and it reveals the displays. It has a locking feature similar to the way a manual projector screen is opened and closed. It can display various different types of useful information, including making changes to the BIOS without the need a monitor or graphics card being installed. The GUI for the BIOS/Utility system will be stored on nand flash on the board. From the user interface you will be able to run diagnostics on all of your components including, RAM, HDD, Graphics Cards, CPU, and the motherboard itself. Graphics card diagnostics will require a monitor to be hooked up if you want to be able to see more than just a progress bar and the results. All the action will not be able to be routed back through the MB to the on board screen. The screen itself will have 6 buttons for simple and easy navigation of the GUI. There will be Up, Down, Left, Right, Go and Back buttons. The initial screen you will see will include 4 options; BIOS, Status, Diagnostics and Settings. The BIOS option is pretty self explanatory. It will have all the options over-clockers dreams of. Status will display fan speeds, Voltages, Temperatures, and Wattage usage in Real-time, Peak, Minimum, and Average. The system will store data logs for 1 week in the on board nand flash. You can also specify a folder on an installed hard drive for log storage(this option configured on the settings page) The diagnostic page is also pretty straight forward. This is where you would run hardware diagnostics on the System. In the settings page you will have the option to configure the LED lighting system settings. You will also be able to change the look of the GUI, such as the background(wallpaper), font, and themes(there will also be downloadable content made available on-line) In this section  you will also be able to direct the system to a folder or partition on an installed hard drive to store larger log files and gain access to additional content.

     

                The uses of this interface are endless. One of the greatest uses for this interface is the ability to allow over-clockers to make changes and immediately run stress tests on specific components without the need to boot all the way into windows.

     

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Here is my 7th and final entry: (7 is a lucky number…I hope)

     

    *Quickly worships shrine dedicated to Dave, Marco and AMD, who are the "contest Gods"Angel*

     

    Just before I start, I encountered a few problems with this entry. I was at a friends house when typing the original document, but for some reason (his old Toshiba Satellite 2180CDT has never done this before) asked for a password which he does not know as he received the laptop for free from another friend who's school did not need it anymore. We couldn't figure out the password or attempt to boot from a CD installing Password finding software such as OphCrack, so I had to retype this whole idea from memory when I got home. This idea is as not as  developed as the document I typed on that laptop, but I have done my best to complete it in the 2 or so hours I have had. I would have loved to have more time to produce a higher quality entry, but I have unfortunately had no time due to the circumstances mentioned.Sad

     

    AMD teams up with leading Game Studios to produce AMD LifePack

     

    AMD, a world leader in computing solutions has announced that it will be teaming up with leading game developers including EA, Ubisoft and Crytek (with many more to be finalized), to release AMD's revolutionary LifePack GPU Gaming cartridge add-on cards. AMD LifePack cartridges are the final product, pioneered through years of research and development, from AMD's leading Biotechnology division, allowing gaming environments to showcase real-time, extreme physics processing, and beyond HD resolutions*, while retaining high frame rates for the ultimate experience. AMD Lifepacks are scale virtual worlds created through biotechnology, and nano science, to replicate every exact event in the game/s of your choice. To capture these scenes, AMD employs its patented FreeCams, which are based on nano robotic technology, which follow the action wherever it goes, and transmit this data to your GPU. The images shot by the thousands of FreeCams, are then broadcasted to your monitor. FreeCams fly around the environment and capture beyond HD* video footage, allowing you to immerse yourself in a world of high resolution, gaming glory. Each LifePack is tailored to a single game, and includes a fully developed micro-environment. This environment matches your game, whether it is the expansive, African territories of Far Cry 2, or the holy, medieval cities of Assassins Creed? The decision is up to you. Just plug in your LifePack chip into the PCIe 2.0 adaptor and plug it into the PCIe slot. It's as simple as that! AMD expect to release LifePacks for a limited number of titles following the CES 2009 demonstration, while gradually adding more titles to the LifePack series. AMD LifePack – It looks real, because it is real!

     

    The fusion of biotechnology, and nano science, for a realistic and immersive gaming experience like never before: by AMD.

     

    The future is fusion.

     

    Product Highlights

     

    • Based on ATI Radeon HD 4000 Series Architecture***
    • LifePacks allow beyond HD resolutions* and extreme physics performance
    • Built based in AMD Biotechnology and Nanotechnology backed by AMDs Industry leading engineers
    • LifePacks support many popular titles**/****
    • Just plug into your PCIE Express 2.0 Connector, install your preferred game, and you're ready to
    • Utilizes AMD's Patented FreeCam technology
    • Can be controlled via ATI Catalyst Control Centre

     

    *Beyond HD resolutions depend on GPU, Monitor, and output cable

    **Please install LifePack installation chips which are tailored to the game/s you want. These are purchased seperately.

    *** LifeOacks support only ATI Radeon HD 4000 series GPUs and possibly future releases

    ****Currently limited titles are available with others to be finalized

     

    How the LifePack Add-On Card and Installation Chips work:

     

    The LifePack cards work, by having especially engineered micro-environments complete with life and characters. These are programmed by events, codes, triggers and AI, as a normal game, and would act in the same way as the game would. These events are played by actual 'living' characters and NPCs, which are then filmed by the FreeCams around the environment. FreeCams switch into different positions based on user movement and other factors such as cutscenes. They can also move into different perspectives such as 1st, 2nd and 3rd person. This 'creates' the game graphics, and as they are real, and filmed in real time, they are much better than normal GPU's alone. LifePacks are pushed into the LifePack Chip slots on the PCIe add on adaptor. The adaptor requires no additional power and can store 8 different LifePacks. The GPU is still used to render the video transmission, and enhance images, with effects such as HUDs (Heads up Displays) and game setting menus.

     

    Disclaimer: LifePacks are not intended as a permanent, stand alone graphics solution. They are intended as an add-on card in addition to an exisiting card to further enhance graphics. LifePacks come with an 18 month warranty, and have a recommended life of 2 years.

     

     AMD Lifepack Nano-Bio World PCIE Express Add-on Card Concept Drawing

    AMD Lifepack Add-on Card Concept Design


     

    NOTE: I have not had time to include pictures or drawings of the Installation Chips which include each Bio-Nano Game World. I believe I do not have enough time before the contest deadline closes, but I will if allowed and/or needed.

    I think this is a great concept, but has not been presented very well on my part (due to the previously mentioned events). If I do get the chance to recover the document I'll post it on the HotHardware Forums. It's been a mad rush to complete this entry, but I believe I have done well. Again, I am happy to answer any questions or explain any ideas. There are likely to be errors so please tell me if you spot one and I'll do my best to fix it.


    Thanks, and Have a Happy New Year!

     And good luck to all who entered!Big Smile

    Tanka12345

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I have now posted my last entry (around 7 mins before the competition close according to :http://www.time.gov/timezone.cgi?Eastern/d/-5/java Big Smile

    But I am wondering if we are permitted to edit our entry or entries after the competition close? Because I don't want to be accidentally disqualified for editing my post/s after the deadline has passed. Smile

    Thanks,

    Tank

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Just wondering, when can we all expect the winners to be announced? Smile

    Good Luck to everyone! Yes

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    UPDATE - UPDATE! :)

    Hi Folks,

    We have three winners selected but are going through the final qualification process here. Stay tuned! Details and announcements soon!

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I can't wait! Try not to give anyone a heart attack by making us wait longer than you have to. Stick out tongue

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Thanks for the update Dave. Looking forward to see the 3 lucky winners. :)

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    I can't wait! Try not to give anyone a heart attack by making us wait longer than you have to. Stick out tongue

    [/quote]

    I know some mean forum administrators on other forums that make you wait on purpose to build up the tentsion. They are evil and they make us have lower life expectency because of it. lol.

     

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    [quote user="peti1212"]

     

     

    [quote user="tanka12345"]

    I can't wait! Try not to give anyone a heart attack by making us wait longer than you have to. Stick out tongue

    [/quote]

    I know some mean forum administrators on other forums that make you wait on purpose to build up the tentsion. They are evil and they make us have lower life expectency because of it. lol.

     

    [/quote]

     

    I hope Dave and Marco aren't evil. (I'm sure they aren't because they've been so nice to me and other forum members in my time so far at HH) Yes

    x.clay 5 years ago

     I am impressed that they are close to announcing the winners.  They had some really good entries to sort through. 

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    [quote user="x.clay"]

     I am impressed that they are close to announcing the winners.  They had some really good entries to sort through. 

    [/quote]

     

    Me too. I thought all of us HHers would have to wait for days, or even weeks to find out the winners because of the New Year/Christmas/Holiday close-down.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    My heart is pounding......at the suspense.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    [quote user="Dave_HH"]

    UPDATE - UPDATE! :)

    Hi Folks,

    We have three winners selected but are going through the final qualification process here. Stay tuned! Details and announcements soon!

    [/quote]

    Thanks Tom, and welcome to HotHardware! Smile I hope you'll stay here and be active in the community.

    Have the winners went through the final qualification process yet? Wink

     

    x.clay 5 years ago

     

     

    You just thought they weren't going to let the suspense build a little before announcing the winners Wink

    x.clay 5 years ago

     A little something to help Tanka with the stress

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Haha x.clay. Excellent post. :)

    Endersothergame 5 years ago

    I have given that as a great stress aid in the past.  Always have to monitor the recipiant tho, as they may use to excess.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    I can't follow that, because I can't risk breaking my monitor. Great post!

    Maybe Dave and Marco are too stressed out at the moment to announce the winners. Smile (Either that, or they're watching us suffer! Stick out tongue)

    peti1212 5 years ago

    I told you they might be evil. Haha. :D I've known them for years. Yep, I see them from above. :) Alright, I am just kidding. I'll be nice. :)

    TomLeggett 5 years ago

    same here, =D

    I did not enter, simply because i did not have the time.

    But you can see all the heart and efford put into these entries, in my own opinion i beleive tanka12345 could win the grand prize as i really like his/hers first entry. I wish everybody good luck, who ever wins this killer rig would surely be happy!!

    Good Luck Everybody!

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    All,

    We'll be announcing winners on Monday.  STAY TUNED!

    And no, we weren't trying to generate all this build up either. Wink

    x.clay 5 years ago

     Thanks for the update Dave Smile

    ice_73 5 years ago

    no offense, i found it a little whinny with all the complaints about announcing winners. marco just announced he is going to have a baby, and im sure dave has other stuff to do on new years too. i know waiting is hard, but dave and marco have never let us down! please be patient, im sure we will all be happier with the results if they can clear everything out before hand. 

    acarzt 5 years ago

    Mine wasn't as visually appealling as some of these entries, I made mine entirely in MS Paint. But I did put a lot of thought into. I'm keeping a shred of hope that my entry might win something :-P Waiting til monday is gonna be difficult lol

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Thanks Dave! Smile

    peti1212 5 years ago

    Perhaps they have to check with ATI first before they can announce the winners? There might be another reason behind all this but I don't mind the wait. It is very tempting though.

    tanka12345 5 years ago

    Maybe they're getting the prizes ready to be shipped (as we had to provide our details in the email beforehand). Or they could be organising the extra custom HH 4870s, Phenoms and case stickers for the runner ups. Wink

    crysis9000 5 years ago

    Wow, I can't wait until Monday! Good luck everyone.

    acarzt 5 years ago

    Today is the day!! I'm excited!

    Lev_Astov 5 years ago

    Oh, wow. I am very thankful for this new paged view of comments! This one thread was taking forever to load. Great addition!

    crysis9000 5 years ago

    Yes, this new paged view is definitely working better for me too. =)

    Dave_HH 5 years ago

    [quote user="crysis9000"]

    Yes, this new paged view is definitely working better for me too. =)

    [/quote]\

    Great to hear it guys!

    crysis9000 5 years ago

    Sooo..... Who are the winners??? =)

    marco c 5 years ago

    The winners have been announced!

    http://hothardware.com/News/HotHardware-Holiday-Sweepstakes-Winners/

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