Our Christmas giveaway has a winner!

— 12:43 PM on January 1, 2009

Late last night just before the new year dawned, we pulled a name out of a hat to determine the winner of our Christmas Giveway 2008. Amazingly, the first entry we selected came with correct answers to all three of our qualifying trivia questions, and we had a winner: Matthew Reingold.

Congrats, Matthew! You should have an email message in your inbox from us. Please reply ASAP to claim your prize.

Matthew will be receiving the parts to build an astonishingly fast new PC, including an Intel Core i7-920 processor, an Asus P6T Deluxe motherboard, 6GB of Corsair 1600MHz DDR3 memory, a pair of Asus Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards, a VelociRaptor, and a 1TB WD Caviar Green. Not to mention a Cooler Master Cosmos enclosure, a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750W power supply, a Thermaltake V1 AX CPU cooler, an Enermax keyboard, Windows Vista Home Premium, and a $150 gift certificate from NCIX. The retail value adds up to over $2,200.

For the record, the correct answers to our qualifying questions were:

  • The proper "uncore" clock (memory controller and L3 cache) for the Core i7-940 is 2.13GHz (or 2.133GHz, whatever).

  • The Radeon HD 4870 has 800 stream processors as AMD defines them. We were also willing to accept 160 as the answer, since that's perhaps a more accurate measure than a simple ALU count.

  • The name of the most expensive system config in our most recent system guide is the Double-Stuff Workstation.

That last question seemed to trip up the most people, oddly enough. Fortunately, that didn't really come into play since our first entry chosen had all three answers correct.

Thanks again to Intel, Asus, Corsair, WD, Thermaltake, Cooler Master, OCZ/PC Power & Cooling, Enermax, and NCIX for making all of this possible. And if you didn't win, well, better luck next year—if not sooner. I'm sure we'll have another one of these before too long.

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