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Intel Modding Competition winners announced

Intel Modding Competition winners announced

Nick Falzone won the Intel Modding competition with the Yuugou mod, which also won our own mod of the year.

The Intel Modding Competition, held on YouTube, has finally drawn to a close and the winners have now been revealed. Over the last few months some of the best modders in the world have been going head to head in a competition sponsored by Intel, with some truly fantastic prizes on offer.

The submitted mods have been judged and looked over by an expert panel of judges, including Will Smith of MaximumPC and our very own Tim Smalley. The results are now in and, even better, two of the winners started their mods here on our forums and have been featured on the site!

So, third place goes to the silenSphere Case Mod created by DeathByQwerty, who scratch-built a spherical mod with the aim of making a low-noise, small form-factor system. DeathByQwerty claimed US$915 worth of various swag, including free games and free broadband.

Second place goes to the ever-popular Team Fortress 2 Sentry Gun Mod, which started right here on our very own forums. Scratch built by TiTon, the Sentry mod was a case with purely aesthetic aims and had judges practically bowled over with awesomeness.

However, in the end the Sentry mod was eclipsed by an even more gorgeous design - Nick Falzone's Yuugou case. With an oriental inspiration and classy, wooden finish, Yuugou is a mod without peer or equal and Nick has definitely earned his prize, which includes his choice of Intel motherboards and processors.

Yuugou was so impressive in fact, that it also scooped up first place in our own Mod of The Year competition which was based entirely on bit-tech reader's votes.

Want to pass on your congratulations, or are you going to scream 'hack'? Either way, head to the forums and sound off in there!

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Mankz 22nd January 2008, 15:33 Quote
Hehe. Wow, imagine how much free stuff NIcks got this year allready!
Blademrk 22nd January 2008, 15:33 Quote
Congratulations all ;)
slugbug 22nd January 2008, 16:08 Quote
Congrats on another win Nick.
oasked 22nd January 2008, 17:12 Quote
Wow, what could you do with all that loot?

Congratulations. :)
notatoad 22nd January 2008, 17:39 Quote
could they have picked a worse place to showcase these than youtube? nothing like grainy, poorly compressed video to make a good case look bad.
[USRF]Obiwan 22nd January 2008, 17:46 Quote
Whats wrong with this picture?
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have been judged and looked over by an expert panel of judges, including Will Smith of MaximumPC and our very own Tim Smalley.

And...
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The results are now in and, even better, two of the winners started their mods here on our forums and have been featured on the site!

I rest my case....

:D
Cheapskate 22nd January 2008, 18:13 Quote
Congratulations, Nick....again!
Stuey 22nd January 2008, 18:25 Quote
Nice! Congrats on well-earned prizes and recognition, guys!
notatoad 22nd January 2008, 18:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF]Obiwan
Whats wrong with this picture?

meh. intel knew he ran a modding site when they asked him to judge. it's their contest.
Tim S 22nd January 2008, 18:31 Quote
I was one of about six judges, so I couldn't have influenced the final tally in any way that would change the result significantly. Plus, I believe the votes were pretty much unanamous across the board. :)
HourBeforeDawn 22nd January 2008, 21:06 Quote
ya no surprise there once I saw that a he entered I pretty much new I was SOL, hes been in magazines, won a lot of contest and has plenty of exposure so Im sure that helped in the end :( but oh well, congratz all the same.
Brett89 22nd January 2008, 23:11 Quote
Congrats to Nick, and congrats to Bit, for fielding such outstanding case mods/creations.
antiHero 23rd January 2008, 06:53 Quote
Good job Nick!

Am I the only one who thinks the silenSpere pc is based on a 50€ IKEA BBQ grill? I could swear its the same one like a I have at home
zachjowi 23rd January 2008, 21:43 Quote
I wanted to upload my video back when there were no other vids uploaded and dumb youtube wouldn't work on two different connections I tried. basically I just wanted the free intel t shirt.
markkleb 1st February 2008, 21:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
I was one of about six judges, so I couldn't have influenced the final tally in any way that would change the result significantly. Plus, I believe the votes were pretty much unanamous across the board. :)

I am a little curious what was the criteria you used to pick the 3?
The_Beast 1st February 2008, 22:52 Quote
Congrats to Nick
HourBeforeDawn 2nd February 2008, 03:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by markkleb
I am a little curious what was the criteria you used to pick the 3?

ya that would be interesting to know, I know it mentioned a few of them in the rules but what was discussed or what did it boil down to?
Tim S 2nd February 2008, 06:04 Quote
Sure, here's the brief I was given:
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Tim,

Thanks for agreeing to help select the Top 3 finalists in the Intel YouTube Modding Competition!

Based on the rules of the competition and latest stats on the site, we have used the star system (as well as number of comments and views) to determine the Top 10 Finalists in the competition.

What you have to do is use the below judging criteria to select the Top 3 winners from the Top 10 Finalists listed below and send me that list (ranked in order…1 is top prize, 2nd is second place, etc.).

If you could send me your Top 3 winners by Thursday, the 17th that would be great. We are going to compile the votes from all judges and pick the winners from there. If there is a tie or a lot of disagreement, we may ask everyone to join a conference call to hash out the winners live on Friday. We will notify you Friday morning if this should happen.

All of the videos can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/groups_videos?name=intelmodder

Let me know if you have any questions and thanks again!

JUDGING CRITERIA:
The 10 with the most votes will be judged by a panel based on the following criteria:

50% Style & Design

25% Functionality

25% Performance

Style and design is obvious

Functionality - I judged this based on whether the computer was usable like a normal computer. Could I upgrade easily, was there a DVD drive so I could play games/movies from the disc, etc.

Performance - That came down to the specs and overclocking. There were several higher-specced machines than the ones that won, but they fell down in other categories. The Sphere for example, was one of the lowest-specced machines in the competition and it was running at stock speed IIRC.
HourBeforeDawn 2nd February 2008, 06:13 Quote
ya they are going to need to come up with a better way of judging next time, to many potential issues with selecting the top 10, kinda reminds me of how american idols are picked and the issue with auto dialers lol, not to mention how youtube doesnt always record the star votes that people place.
markkleb 2nd February 2008, 06:19 Quote
better judging would be a +. At least judges with modding skills.
Tim S 2nd February 2008, 07:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by markkleb
better judging would be a +. At least judges with modding skills.
Why is that so?

If you go through the list of mods in that channel, it's pretty clear which ones were in with a chance of winning and which weren't.

As for what appears to be a bit of a dig at me (I'm sorry if I've taken it the wrong way), the only reason I don't mod these days is because of a lack of time, not for a lack of want or interest. I was modding in 2001-2003 when it was still a cult.
Tim S 2nd February 2008, 07:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by HourBeforeDawn
ya they are going to need to come up with a better way of judging next time, to many potential issues with selecting the top 10, kinda reminds me of how american idols are picked and the issue with auto dialers lol, not to mention how youtube doesnt always record the star votes that people place.

I don't think YouTube is the best place to host a competition... the video aspect is cool, as it has the potential to show off some things one might not see in stills. I still think the way we're doing our own modding competitions is the way forwards (there are some minor tweaks to prevent spam, but we're getting there).
markkleb 2nd February 2008, 07:24 Quote
LOL, its not a dig only at you but all the judges. It only hurts modding when poor judging choices are made.

Be honest, someone takes a BBQ throws a fan on the outside and a mATX mobo inside and VOILA! a winner?

I would like to see some of your work (or the other judges for that matter), have any picts?
Tim S 2nd February 2008, 07:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by markkleb
LOL, its not a dig only at you but all the judges. It only hurts modding when poor judging choices are made.

Be honest, someone takes a BBQ throws a fan on the outside and a mATX mobo inside and VOILA! a winner?
What deserved to win third prize instead then? To be honest, there were two clear winners that were very close (I marked them just one point apart) and then the third was quite a way behind (15-20 points, IIRC). There was one or two more that could have won third prize, but the build quality on those didn't look to be as high as one would have expected. At least with the Sphere, the build quality wasn't bad (from what you can make out in a video), but it wasn't outstanding like the Turret and Yuugou. I think there was more to it than just 'throwing a fan on the outside', but each to their own.
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I would like to see some of your work (or the other judges for that matter), have any picts?
I'll try and find pictures of one of my cases.
markkleb 2nd February 2008, 07:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
I think there was more to it than just 'throwing a fan on the outside'

actually no there wasent.

Also was the second place comp even a functioning computer?

I am not posting to pick on the 3 comps that were picked, but at the incompetence of the judging.
Tim S 2nd February 2008, 07:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by markkleb
actually no there wasent.
I think you're not seeing what we saw... so we're going to have to agree to disagree.
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Also was the second place comp even a functioning computer?
Yes.
markkleb 2nd February 2008, 08:42 Quote
how do you know the second place comp was a functioning comp? I am curious..

what I will agree to disagree with you on is the judging.
Tim S 2nd February 2008, 08:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by markkleb
how do you know the second place comp was a functioning comp? I am curious..
the worklog was/is on our forums, then he stopped logging in order to finish in time for the contest
completemadness 2nd February 2008, 13:08 Quote
I think those criteria are a bit lame tbh

25% for performance? So basically someone with a bigger budget is more likely to win (better parts, water cooling or phase)
I think the ability to be a performance Machine is important, but judging it on that is very unfair to people who don't have stupid budgets
markkleb 2nd February 2008, 19:40 Quote
I want to apologize to Tim for getting so worked up in this thread. My original point wasent to attack him but rather to highlight how poorly modding contests (in general) are run/judged.

It makes me sad to see modding ruined a little more each time. We as modders have the ability to improve on basic computer design (something that has remained stationary almost since its beginning).

Modding shouldn't be guided by sponsors or popularity but original ideas that elevate it.
Tim S 3rd February 2008, 08:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by markkleb
I want to apologize to Tim for getting so worked up in this thread. My original point wasent to attack him but rather to highlight how poorly modding contests (in general) are run/judged.

It makes me sad to see modding ruined a little more each time. We as modders have the ability to improve on basic computer design (something that has remained stationary almost since its beginning).

Modding shouldn't be guided by sponsors or popularity but original ideas that elevate it.

Hey dude, don't worry - I understand where you're coming from. T'internet has given me a thick skin, so there's no hard feelings. I was involved in this particular competition almost right at the end - I wasn't on the panel of judges originally and therefore had no say in how the competition was run or judged (as in the criteria) for that matter.

This is open to everyone: we're running our own modding competitions and I want to make sure they are the best. In that respect, I want people to look back at this year's Mod of the Year and think of ways in which we can improve it further. The same can be said for Mod of the Month as well, but that's obviously on a much lower scale.

There are some things we need to do before this year's contest, so I just want to say that--as is always the case--we're more than happy to listen to suggestions from the community. After all, without the awesome community we have here, modding wouldn't be where it is today! We' re just here to recognise innovation and reward the hard work that goes into the projects.

One thing I've always said... and I'll reiterate it here again - I don't want it to ever seem like the bit-tech staff are sitting at the top looking down on the community as inferior. All of the staff on the full-time team were members of the community (or regular readers of the site in Joe's case). Recruitment has, and always will, happen on the site/in the community and when we come to recruit new additions to the full-time team in the future, we'll be looking in the same place.

Once upon a time, I was a guy that had no posts after having just joined this awesome community. Today I sit as Editor of bit-tech, but that doesn't make anyone else's opinion any less valid than mine. ;)
HourBeforeDawn 27th February 2008, 23:30 Quote
Well I got the T-Shirt in today and umm ya its an intel T-shirt and on the back lol the intel tshirt says, "I spent hours creating a sweet mod .......and all I got was this t-shirt"
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