We have more goodies to give away. This time, MSI has supplied us with 18 licenses for the PC version of Metro 2033, which our resident graphics expert thinks is one of the best-looking games on the market right now. In addition to boasting DirectX 11 tessellation and depth-of-field eye candy, Metro 2033 offers PhysX-accelerated physics effects for folks with recent GeForce graphics cards. And we have one of those to hand out, too: MSI's GTX460 Cyclone 1GB OC. The Cyclone kicks Nvidia's latest GeForce GTX 460 up a notch, raising the GPU's core frequency by 50MHz and its shader speed by 100MHz above stock values.
This is good stuff, so we're going to make you work for it. Anyone who's familiar with TR knows that we have a penchant for quality photography. PC components don't always offer much in the way of visual flair, but with a little creativity, good lighting, and careful cropping, we can usually come up with at least one shot that has some sort of artistic merit. The question is, can you?
For the next week, we'll be accepting submissions for an impromptu PC photography contest. TR editors will judge the submissions on creativity and overall picture quality, so the hardware in focus need not be anything particularly impressive or even recent. Photos can be posted in this thread in the forums (register here if you don't already have an account), and you can submit as many as you'd like. Only one prize per person, though. We'll be checking IP addresses to make sure folks don't game the system with multiple accounts. Those who try risk being banned from the forums and front-page comments.
In the interest of sanity, we're going to cap the size of submissions at 1600 pixels wide. Naturally, any photo submitted should be your own original work. And, please, keep it clean.
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|4. YetAnotherGeek2 - $200||5. End User - $150||6. Captain Ned - $100|
|7. Anonymous Gerbil - $100||8. Bill Door - $100||9. ericfulmer - $100|
|10. dkanter - $100|
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