TR's 12 days of giveaways: Gigabyte's great gear, with Arctic bonus


— 5:04 PM on December 27, 2016

Hello and good afternoon, dear gerbils. We're most pleased to see you all in good health. You all seem a little plumper—we wonder if that's the effect of the cameras or all the Christmas food you gorged on. We're waiting on TR Santa, watching the afternoon sky for any sign of his reindeer-powered sled. Ah, we finally see it. But it appears to be flying much lower and slower than usual, and swerving around a little. It seems to be particularly loaded, and now it's landed. Uh, is that Santa? He's a bulky enough man, but apparently the steady diet of milk and cookies seems to have taken its toll. We think his sweater is bursting at the seams. He's kindly asked us to go pick up the bag as he's unable to walk (or roll?) the distance.

Ah, there we are. Let's see what's in today's bag... Oh. My. Goodness. What a sweet combination. This is a bag of Gigabyte and Arctic gear, and it contains a GA-Z170X-UD5 TH mobo, a GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 3GB graphics card, and an Arctic P533 Racing headset. Let's take a closer look at the items, shall we?

In today's prize pack, we have an extra-spiffy motherboard. The Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 TH (going for $240, imported) is a badass mobo with everything an enthusiast could ask for, plus a couple bathroom sinks. Let's start ticking off items: an honest-to-goodness Intel Thunderbolt 3 controller, a high-end Realtek ALC1150 audio codec and enhanced audio circuitry, an Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller, and two USB 3.1 Type-C ports. Then there's not one but two PCIe M.2 connectors, a total of three SATA Express ports, reinforced PCIe x16 slots, and both SLI and CrossFire support. Enough hardware for you?

Next up, there's this neat Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1060 G1 Gaming 3GB graphics card (worth $220). Not all GTX 1060s are the same, and this particular variant offers a GPU with a whopping 1847 MHz boost clock when using the card's OC Mode. If you feel like playing it safe, you can stil leave it in Gaming mode and get an 1809 MHz boost clock rate. Gigabyte's tried-and-true dual-fan setup nicely complements the card.

Today's gift triptych is complete with something out of left field. The retro-styled Arctic Cooling P533 Racing headset (a $78 value) places 40-mm neodynium drivers inside over-ear, closed-back enclosures with a hefty amount of padding. The integrated boom mic is articulated in two spots for extra comfort, too. There's no volume control in the headset's cable—instead, there's an actual volume knob on one of the cans, as a homage to vintage headphones.

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for. Today's prize haul definitely steps up the gifting game, and we bet that you're all dying to know if you're going to get all this hardware as a belated Chrismas gift. But first, our usual countdown: we must start from the number of eggnog shots downed during the past week. That ought to keep you busy for a while. All done? Great! Our winner today is (drumroll)... David Sipes. Congratulations, for this bag of gifts is yours. Our biz handler will be in touch with you soon. Meanwhile, Krogoth couldn't attend, as he's apparently still recovering from eggnog overdose. Word is he found the drink impressive enough, if you can believe that.

Let's have a round of applause for Gigabyte. The company's been a great partner for a long time, and kicked in what's a huge haul of hardware for our giveaway. Spoiler alert: there's even more Gigabyte stuff to give away. If you'd be so kind, please follow the company's Twitter feed and hit Like on its Facebook profile.

Don't forget about Arctic, though. Arctic is a long-running name in the cooling and accessory market, and jumped in this giveaway at the last minute. The more the merrier, we say. Go ahead and hit Follow on the company's Twitter account and the Like button on its Facebook page.

Don't forget to sign up for the remaining random draws in TR's 12 days of giveaways. TR Santa still has goodies to deliver over the next few days, and you still have good chances. We'll have another giveaway tomorrow, but in the meantime, you can take a sneak peek at an item that may or may not be up for grabs:

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