Card preparation is KING.
With a restriction on the maximum CPU speed that can be utilised, the graphics card becomes the key component. This also opens the competition up to be more competitive.
Skills like card insulation, voltage manipulation and temperature management come into their own.
Below I've added some pictures of both my MSI 5870 and ASUS Rampage Extreme II being prepared, as well as a couple of pictures from other competitors.
MSI 5870 with the heatsink removed
All taped up and ready for spraying
Insulating with kneeded eraser
Mounting the GPU unit to the card
ASUS X58 Rampage II Extreme
All set up and ready to go
In this picture, Andre Yang shows off his four fully modded 5870's
Here we see the 5870 that belongs to Patch. Unfortunately it did not last the whole competition
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