CES 2011 CoverageBosco - January 7, 2011
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The CA Technologies Race
Every year CA Technologies partners with Tigerdirect.com to put on a charity race to donate computers as well as money to be donated to the National Center for Missing & Exploited children in the winner's name. This year, there were a ton of companies that helped sponsor the race, such as D-Link, AMD, Microsoft, OCZ, Cooler Master, Gigabyte, XFX, Creative, and many more! Frank (ccokeman) was stationed at computer build station 28 and Chris (jlqrb), from our sister site Neoseeker, was stationed at number 22.
At each station, you are given screws and a toolkit that includes all necessary tools to install computer components, as well as all the components — an XFX HD5830, OCZ memory kit, Creative sound card, a Wireless NIC card, a hard drive (already mounted in the HDD cage), and an optical drive. The motherboard, PSU, CPU, CPU cooler and all required cables are installed and in place to speed up the actual time it takes to complete the build. There were a total of thirty builders all racing against the clock with identical setups to see who is the quickest to get all components installed, get booted into Windows, and logged into the network. Frank (left) and Chris (right) are shown in their building aprons ready to compete for the number one spot!
Frank and Chris went to their stations to check over and make sure everything was there and know exactly where each component was placed on the table. They then listened to the speakers talking about the race, one of which was actor Kevin Pollak with a little comedy act — you might remember him from Casino or The Usual Suspects.
Everyone walked across the stage as they were introduced by the station number where they were going to be building their computer — Chris from Neoseeker at station 22 and Frank from OverclockersClub at station 28. Once everyone was introduced, they went back to their station and, as they gave the count down to start building, everyone had to hold their hands up to ensure a fair race with no early starters.