STAGE 1: POWER

The challenge kicked off with chassis assembly and placement of the power supply and motherboard—featuring the ASUS ROG Strix* X299-XE Gaming motherboard with Intel® X299 chipset.

STAGE 2: CORE

The action continued as each team installed the system processor and cooling system—featuring the Intel® Core™ i9-7980XE Extreme Edition processor.

STAGE 3: GEAR

In the third and final stage, the teams added RAM, peripherals, and drives—including the Intel® Optane™ SSD
900P Series
—and make any last adjustments before running a benchmark test.

Awards Live Stream – June 19th

We streamed the awards ceremony live at twitch.tv/linustech, where viewers were able to see which systems got a trophy for Best Performance, Best Engineering, Most Creative, and finally, People’s Choice—based on audience votes throughout the competition. Plus, we raffled off select builds to lucky voters at the end of the show.

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INTEL “2018 Extreme Rig Challenge” SWEEPSTAKES OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OF ANY KIND DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

DATES OF PROMOTION: The Intel “2018 Extreme Rig Challenge” Sweepstakes (the “Promotion”) will start at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time (“PT”) on March 15, 2018 and will end at 11:59 p.m. PT on June 8, 2018 (the “Promotion Period”). Promotion is subject to the entry periods and drawing dates outlined in the “ENTRY PERIODS” Section below. For purposes of these Official Rules, all times are given in Pacific Time.

ELIGIBILITY: The Promotion is open to (a) legal residents of one of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia who are at least the age of majority in their state of residence (which is nineteen (19) in Alabama, Nebraska, twenty-one (21) in Mississippi, and eighteen (18) in all other states); OR (b) legal residents of Canada (excluding residents of the province of Quebec) who are at least the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at the time of entry (collectively referred to herein as “Entrant(s)”). Employees and their immediate family members (parents, children, siblings or spouse, regardless of where they live, or persons living in same household, whether related or not) of Intel Corporation (the “Sponsor”), Quango and each of their respective parent companies, divisions, affiliates, subsidiaries, distributors, advertising and promotion agencies, and any others engaged in the development, production, execution or distribution of this Promotion, including but not limited to National Sweepstakes Company, LLC (the “Independent Administrator”) and the entities supplying the prizes herein (collectively the “Promotion Entities”), are not eligible to participate. Promotion is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations and in the case of Canadian Entrants shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the applicable laws of Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), without regard to conflict of law provisions. Promotion is void in Puerto Rico, Quebec, US territories and possessions located outside of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia or Canada, and wherever else restricted or prohibited by law. By entering this Promotion, Entrant indicates his/her full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, these Official Rules and the decision of the Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

ENTRY PERIODS: There will be five (5) entry periods (each, an “Entry Period”) held during the Promotion Period. For each Entry Period, two (2) first prize winners (each, a “First Prize Winner”) will be selected at random from among all eligible entries received during the respective Entry Period. Each First Prize Winner will win a first prize (each, a “First Prize”). At the end of the Promotion Period (June 8, 2018), five (5) grand prize winners (each, a “Grand Prize Winner”) will be selected at random from among all eligible entries received during the entire Promotion Period. Each Grand Prize Winner selected will win a grand prize (the “Grand Prize”).

Each Entry Period will run from 12:00 a.m. PT on the start date to 11:59 p.m. PT on the end date outlined below. The five (5) Entry Periods are:

                       Entry Period                                   Drawing Date
First               3/15/18 through 3/28/18           4/2/18
Second         3/29/18 through 4/11/18           4/16/18
Third             4/12/18 through 4/25/18           4/30/18
Fourth           4/26/18 through 5/9/18             5/14/18
Fifth               5/10/18 through 5/23/18          5/28/18
                 Entry                                              Drawing
                 Period                                            Date
First         3/15/18 through 3/28/18         4/2/18
Second   3/29/18 through 4/11/18         4/16/18
Third       4/12/18 through 4/25/18         4/30/18
Fourth     4/26/18 through 5/9/18            5/14/18
Fifth         5/10/18 through 5/23/18         5/28/18

There is a limit of one (1) entry per person per calendar day for each Entry Period. Non-winning eligible entries from previous Entry Periods will not carry over to the next Entry Period. Entrants must enter each Entry Period separately in order to be eligible for each Entry Period drawing.

HOW TO ENTER:

Twitter®: Entrant must be a registered Twitter® user and have his/her profile settings set to “public”. To become a registered user of Twitter®, visit www.twitter.com to register. Entrant must include the hashtag #IntelRigChallenge in a Tweet and vote for his/her favorite PC builder and then click “Tweet” to receive one (1) entry into the Promotion. Entrant must include the hashtag and vote and his/her Twitter® account must be set to “public” in order to receive one (1) entry into the Promotion. Entries are limited to one (1) per calendar day per Twitter account for the duration of the Promotion Period. If the Entrant’s account is not set to “public”, the Entrant will not be eligible to win. Entrant may not use multiple Twitter® accounts to enter.

This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Twitter®. Entrant understands that he/she is supplying their information to the Sponsor and not to Twitter®.

Any attempt by an Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of entries by using multiple/different identities and/or any other methods will void that Entrant’s entries and that Entrant may be disqualified from the Promotion. In the event of a dispute regarding the identity of the person submitting an entry, the entry will be disqualified.

The Promotion Entities are not responsible for any entry that is lost, late, misdirected or undeliverable, whether due to system errors, omissions, interruptions, deletions, defects, delays in operation or transmissions or any other reason, theft or destruction or failures, faulty transmissions or other telecommunication malfunctions, entries not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system errors and failures, technical malfunctions, or otherwise. No mechanically or programmatically reproduced entries are permitted. Late entries or entries sent via any other method will not be accepted. All entries become the sole property of the Sponsor, and the Sponsor has no obligation to acknowledge receipt of or to return any entry received.

WINNING/ODDS:

Entry Period Drawings: In accordance with the dates outlined in the “ENTRY PERIODS” section above, there will be five (5) random drawings held on or about April 2, 2018 (for Entry Period 1), April 16, 2018 (for Entry Period 2), April 30, 2018 (for Entry Period 3), May 14, 2018 (for Entry Period 4), and May 28, 2018 (for Entry Period 5). For each drawing, two (2) First Prize Winners will be selected from among all eligible entries received during the respective Entry Period. Odds of winning a First Prize will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received during the respective Entry Period.

Grand Prize Drawing: There will be one (1) Grand Prize drawing held on or about June 11, 2018. For this Grand Prize drawing, five (5) Grand Prize Winners will be selected from among all eligible entries received during the entire Promotion Period. Odds of winning a Grand Prize will depend upon the total number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period.

The awarding of all prizes is subject to verification by the Sponsor and Independent Administrator whose decisions are based upon their sole discretion and interpretation of these Official Rules and are final and binding in all respects. A POTENTIAL PRIZE WINNER IS NOT A WINNER OF ANY PRIZE, EVEN IF THE PROMOTION SHOULD SO INDICATE, UNLESS AND UNTIL THEIR ELIGIBILITY AND THE POTENTIAL WINNING ENTRY HAVE BEEN VERIFIED BY THE SPONSOR.

PRIZES:

First Prizes: Each First Prize Winner will receive an Oculus Rift VR headset. Each First Prize has an approximate retail value (“ARV”) of $399USD/$516CDN. A total of ten (10) First Prizes will be awarded for the entire Promotion.  Total ARV of all First Prizes is $3,990USD/$5,160CDN.

Grand Prizes: Each Grand Prize Winner will receive a Grand Prize of a Custom Gaming Rig. Each Grand Prize has a maximum ARV of $10,000USD/$12,922CDN.

The total ARV of all prizes to be awarded in this Promotion is $53,990USD/$69,770CDN.

There is a limit of one (1) First Prize and one (1) Grand Prize per person/household. A First Prize Winner is eligible to win a Grand Prize. Prize winners agree that all prizes are being provided “as is”, and the Released Parties (as defined in the “NO LIABILITY” section below) make no warranty, representation, or guarantee regarding any prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. Prize winners must look solely to the manufacturer of prizes for any such warranties or guarantees, if any. No transfer, substitution or cash redemption of prizes is permitted, except at Sponsor’s sole discretion or as otherwise provided herein. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if prize becomes unavailable due to reasons beyond the control of the Sponsor. Prize winners are solely responsible for any applicable federal, state, and local taxes if applicable. No more than the number of prizes set forth in these Official Rules will be awarded. All prizes will be awarded.

NOTIFICATION:

Twitter: Each prize winner will be contacted via @reply on his/her Tweet (the “Notification”). Prize winner must visit www.twitter.com/quangoinc (the “Website”) and follow @quangoinc within two (2) days of the @reply date in order to allow Quango to send prize winner a direct message. Prize winner must respond to the direct message within two (2) days of the message date by replying to the direct message with specific personal information to include his/her first name, last name, physical address, city, state, zip, email and date of birth. It is highly recommended that prize winner confirms that his/her Twitter notification settings are set to public.

In the event the Sponsor cannot reach a prize winner via the applicable Notification method listed above, a prize winner does not respond by the date indicated within such Notification, or it is determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, that a prize winner is not eligible in accordance with these Official Rules, such prize winner will be disqualified (without compensation of any kind). An alternate prize winner will be selected at random from among all remaining non-winning eligible entries received per the applicable drawing. Grand Prize Winners will be required to complete a Release/Declaration and IRS Form W-9/W-8BEN as defined in the “PRIZE CLAIMS” section below. In addition, any prize winner residing in Canada (excluding Quebec) will be required to correctly answer a mathematical skill-testing question (unaided by electronic or mechanical device or otherwise) in order to receive his/her prize.

PRIZE CLAIMS:

Grand Prize:  Except where prohibited, in addition to supplying the information as outlined in the “NOTIFICATION” section above, Grand Prize Winners must sign and return to the Independent Administrator, within seven (7) days of receipt, an affidavit/declaration of eligibility/release of liability/publicity release (the “Release”) and either an IRS Form W-9 (US Residents only) or IRS Form W-8BEN (Canada Residents only) in order to claim his/her Grand Prize. The Release and either IRS Form W-9 (US Residents only) or IRS Form W-8BEN (Canada Residents only) will be sent to the Grand Prize Winner via the email address provided to the Notification. If the Grand Prize Winner fails to sign and return the Release and IRS Form W-9 (US Residents only) or IRS Form W-8BEN (Canada Residents only) within the required time period, such Grand Prize Winner forfeits his/her right to the Grand Prize and an alternate Grand Prize Winner will be selected at random from among all remaining non-winning eligible entries received. The value of the Grand Prize may be taxable as income and Grand Prize Winner is solely responsible for any taxes on the Grand Prize, including but not limited to all applicable federal, state, and local taxes that become due with respect to the value of the Grand Prize. Grand Prize Winners must report income to the IRS. In the event it is deemed during the verification process that the Grand Prize Winner does not have a unique, personal and valid social security number for Sponsor to report the tax liability associated with acceptance of the Grand Prize, such Grand Prize Winner will be disqualified and another Grand Prize Winner selected as outlined above. Valid social security numbers will be determined by IRS requirements. The Sponsor (or a party acting on its behalf) must report the value of the Grand Prize to the IRS in the year the Grand Prize is received by the Grand Prize Winner and will be reported to the Grand Prize Winner and the IRS in the form of a Form 1099 (US Residents) or a Form 1042-S (Canada Residents). All applicable taxes on the prize are the sole responsibility of the Grand Prize Winner.

First Prize:  First Prize Winner will be automatically shipped his/her First Prize upon receipt and verification of the personal information and if Canadian Resident, mathematical skill testing question. In the event the First Prize Winner’s First Prize is returned for any reason, Independent Administrator will make a reasonable attempt to contact the First Prize Winner to obtain the correct mailing address.  In the event a correct address is unable to be provided, the First Prize Winner will forfeit the right to his/her First Prize and an alternate First Prize Winner will be selected at random from among all remaining non-winning eligible entries received during the respective Entry Period.

GENERAL RULES OF PARTICIPATION: By participating in this Promotion, Entrants and prize winners release each and all of the Promotion Entities from any and all liability, damages or causes of action (however named or described) with respect to or arising out of participation in the Promotion, and/or the receipt or use/misuse of the prizes awarded, including, without limitation, liability for personal injury, death or property damage. By participating in this Promotion, Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor/Independent Administrator, which are final in all respects and not subject to appeal. Sponsor reserves the right permanently to disqualify from this Promotion any Entrant it believes has violated these Official Rules. Winning a prize constitutes permission for Sponsor and its agencies to use prize winners’ names, addresses (city & state/province/territory), voices and/or likenesses for purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity, for this Promotion only, without further compensation, unless prohibited by law. Sponsor and/or Promotion Entities are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, undeliverable or incomplete entries, whether due to system errors or failures, faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions, entries not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system errors and failures, faulty transmissions, technical malfunctions, or otherwise. Sponsor may prohibit an Entrant from participating in the Promotion or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said Entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Promotion by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other Entrants, Sponsor, or Promotion Entities. If for any reason this Promotion is not able to be conducted as planned, including, but not limited to, by reason of infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or any other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the Promotion, then Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Promotion and randomly draw from those entries received up to the cancellation/suspension date. This Promotion is governed by the laws of the United States and for Canadian Entrants, shall be construed in accordance of the applicable laws of Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), without regard to conflict law provisions or principles. By participating, Canadian Entrants consent to the jurisdiction of the courts of Toronto, Ontario, as well as legal proceedings in those courts. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A PERSON TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE PROMOTION MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK REMEDIES AND DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEY’S FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW, INCLUDING CRIMINAL PROSECUTION. SPONSOR’S FAILURE TO ENFORCE ANY TERM OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES SHALL NOT CONSTITUTE A WAIVER OF THESE PROVISIONS.

NO LIABILITY: By participating, Entrants agree to release, discharge, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and Promotion Entities and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, representatives and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claims made by prize winners, Entrants, or any other third parties, related in any way to the operation of this Promotion as well as any other claims, damages or liability due to any injuries, damages or losses to any person (including death) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of any prize or participation in any Promotion-related activity or participation in this Promotion.

WINNER’S LIST/RULES REQUEST: For the name of the prize winners or a copy of these Official Rules, please submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope to be received by July 11, 2018 to Intel “2018 Extreme Rig Challenge” Sweepstakes (please specify “Winner’s List” or “Rules Request”), Quango; 4380 SW Macadam Ave., Ste. 380; Portland, OR 97239. A copy of these Official Rules may also be obtained at https://rigchallenge.intel.com.

INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATOR: National Sweepstakes Company, LLC, 80 Rockwood Place, Ste. 104 Rochester, NY 14610.

SPONSOR: Intel Corporation, 2200 Mission College Blvd, CA 95054.

This Promotion shall not be published without the written permission of the Sponsor.

#IntelRigChallenge

Performance tests: Iometer* test and system configurations: Intel® Core™ i7-6950X @ 3.00GHz, ASUS ROG Strix* Gaming motherboard, NVIDIA GeForce* GTX1080, Chipset: Intel® INF 10.0.20.0, Memory: 64GB (4x16GB) DDR4-2400, Microsoft Windows* 10 Enterprise 64-bit, using Intel® SSD NVMe* Windows driver for Intel® Optane™ SSD 900P Series, v. 2.0.0.1024.

Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel® microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark* and MobileMark*, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause the results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including the performance of that product when combined with other products. For more complete information visit intel.com/benchmarks. Benchmark results were obtained prior to implementation of recent software patches and firmware updates intended to address exploits referred to as “Spectre” and “Meltdown”. Implementation of these updates may make these results inapplicable to your device or system.

  1. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends June 8, 2018, subject to Entry Periods outlined in the full Official Rules available at rigchallenge.intel.com. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States, DC, or Canada (excluding Quebec) who are the age of majority in their state or province of residence. Void in Quebec; outside of the 50 United States, DC, and Canada; and wherever else prohibited by law. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to Intel Corporation and not to Twitter.