We’re giving away an XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition

Yep, we’re kicking off another contest here at The Tech Report. This time, we can thank XFX for providing our prize: one of its Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition graphics cards, the XFX HD-687A-ZDBC.

This card sells for $249.99 before a $30 mail-in rebate at Newegg. It’s equipped with a custom, dual-fan cooler and features above-average clock speeds of 940MHz for the GPU and 1150MHz for the memory (resulting in a transfer rate of 4.6 GT/s). When we pitted it against Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 560 Ti in January, the XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black Edition not only achieved higher overall performance—it also drew less power and produced less noise than the stock GTX 560 Ti.

Entering our contest for a chance to win is easy. Peruse the rules and regulations below carefully, answer two easy questions about the product, and fill in your contact details. (Don’t worry; we won’t share them with third parties.)

Rules and regulations

Sorry, but this contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (except Quebec) only.

To enter, fill out the form below, correctly answering two easy questions. The answers are revealed clearly in Scott’s review of the Radeon HD 6850 and 6870.

Only one entry is allowed per person, household, or e-mail address. Multiple entries per person, household or address are not permitted. Please don’t try to game the system by entering your girlfriend, wife, kids or pets. We’ll probably disqualify you if you do.

We will be accepting giveaway entries between the time this post goes up (March 9) and March 15 at noon CST. We’ll then choose our winner in a random drawing from among all eligible entries. The winner will be announced on the site and will also be notified via e-mail on March 17. The winner must claim his prize by the end of the day on Monday, March 21, or he will forfeit his prize and we will draw a new winner.

You must include your full name and a physical shipping address with your entry. Only the winner’s name will be announced on the site. We will not share the address or other personal information with our sponsors or anyone else. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. TR reserves the right to disqualify entries that appear to be attempts to game the system or circumvent the rules in any way.

The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.

We will accept entries only from residents of the United States and Canada (Quebec excepted). No purchase is necessary. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. Neither TR nor XFX is responsible for any taxes on the prize, damage in shipping, damage caused by using the prize with other products, or health issues such as RSI, eye strain, or chemical addictions that may result from prolonged use of the prize. We may answer questions and offer clarifications of the rules in this comments thread.

The questions

Here are the two questions:

  • Question 1: What is the code name of the GPU inside the Radeon HD 6870?
  • Question 2: Which new antialiasing mode did AMD introduce with the Radeon HD 6800 series?

Update: We are no longer accepting entries for this contest. Thanks to all who participated.

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    • NeronetFi
    • 12 years ago

    You guys really know how to build the suspense around here 🙂 Of course I image if I had won I would have received an email by now.

    • NeronetFi
    • 12 years ago

    I agree that it would be nice to have this card to pair up with Bulldozer, which I am anxiously awaiting its release. I saw the June 11th release from bi-tech, and started calculating how much I need to save each pay check between now and then. 🙂

    • Welch
    • 12 years ago

    Good luck everyone! This would be one heck of a card to start a build with the upcoming Bulldozer platform. Can’t wait to sink my teeth into a new system build, its been far to long since I’ve built a new system that wasn’t for a customer or friend and not myself. That Toshiba laptop of mine with a TL-64 and Radeon 2600 mobility is getting more than long in the tooth.

    • amdcrankitup
    • 12 years ago

    This is an amazing card and you dont get many oppurtunitys of winning something like this! For me Im on disability so buying something this fast is very hard to do but it doesnt stop me from wanting such an amazing gift so Im hoping for some good luck this would be incrediable! Good luck to everyone here no matter who wins its a great prize and wish you all luck! Thanks for the chance! Tech Report!

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 years ago

    Yes sir!

    • MrBojangles
    • 12 years ago

    Ahhh ha that’s were i know you,i always thought the nickname sweatshopking sounded familiar.Your that dude on the roller skates with the pink shorts.

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 years ago

    why the F can’t your 5850 play FC2? i have a 4890, and max @ 1080 is no problem. what did you do to it?

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 years ago

    yes. I sell “favors” in the bathroom of the local tacos tacos tacos. don’t usually make any money though…

    • amdcrankitup
    • 12 years ago

    Thanks to you guys at Tech Report for a great oppurtunity to have a chance to win this XFX Radeon HD 6870 Black card! I currently trying to build a new Rig and so far got the motherboard Gigabyte 890GPA-UD3H but that about it! Im on disability so money is hard to come by so it takes me a while to get a build done! So any oppurtunity like this is a blessing! Good luck to everyone here on winning this great card!

    • OB/GYN KENOBI
    • 12 years ago

    I bought a XFX Radeon HD 6870 a couple weeks after it was released when my Sapphire Radeon HD 3870×2 decided to die. I can say that I have never been more pleased with a video card. I wanted to buy a second one but my budget simply can’t handle it right now, although they are fairly priced. I’m just poor 🙁
    Hopefully I can win this one! Thanks for your contest!

    • cygnus1
    • 12 years ago

    TR, you’re giveaways are awesome. I will refrain from entering this one though, just like the screenshot contest, as I’m headin to Afghanistan for a year next month. Wouldn’t want that card to sit on a shelf till I got back, that’d be crazy waste.

    • BonG
    • 12 years ago

    Thanks for this giveaway.

    • khands
    • 12 years ago

    [sub<]You're not really gaining that much from a 5850[/sub<] Edit: Jeez it's been a long time since I used BBCode

    • Waco
    • 12 years ago

    I’m running a Virge S3 Trio in my router/compiling box (the PCI 32 bit version IIRC).

    • lonleyppl
    • 12 years ago

    This could make a nice upgrade for my system. Or allow me to cost-effectively upgrade my system…
    Either way if I win I should be able to actually game on my computer. The Intel integrated graphics aren’t really cutting it and I don’t think my (hopefully soon to be working) GeForce 7500LE will do much better.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 12 years ago

    No but it does have to be registered with their gaming board, and #8 seems to imply that there’s a fee for registering since they have no presence in Quebec. And #15 says they have to give the name and address of any winner of $100 or more, which this qualifies. That seems to be true whether the winner lives in Quebec or not.

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    His wife hit him. That’s how he came to have the empty socket to put this GPU in.

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    Whippersnapper! I still have an 8514/A Wonder card. ISA, like God intended.

    • Meadows
    • 12 years ago

    Are you familiar with the concept of the word “sell”?

    • Meadows
    • 12 years ago

    As soon as they receive a few windfalls and more lawyers.

    • spiritwalker2222
    • 12 years ago

    Quebec is a country within a country… 🙂

    • LovermanOwens
    • 12 years ago

    I have a Mach 64 from WAYYYYYY back when that I have somewhere. I’ll need to dig it out.

    • LovermanOwens
    • 12 years ago

    No kidding. The cheapest thing we have are the toasting flutes and the JotP. She is charging ~ $250 to speak for about 15-20 minutes. Maybe I should re-think my career choice.

    • LovermanOwens
    • 12 years ago

    I lol’ed at work when I read this response. Well done.

    • khands
    • 12 years ago

    I would hate cutting it in 1/2.

    • khands
    • 12 years ago

    I’ve got a GeForce Ti-4200 still running in my wife’s machine, all she does is watch youtube videos/facebook on it and we’ll probably be ditching it soon and she’ll just be on the laptop more often.

    • Nutmeg
    • 12 years ago

    Hey, when are you going to open up one of these contests to us people outside north america?

    • JMTR
    • 12 years ago

    Another fantastic giveaway. The 6870 is a very nice card.

    • CampinCarl
    • 12 years ago

    Loving all the giveaways. Since this isn’t an MSI one giving away copies of Mafia 2/JC 2, I think I’ll enter it on the off-chance I’ll win. I enjoyed the hell out of Mafia 2. JC2 is fun but I find the controls kind of clunky. Still appreciate the fact that I won them, though 😀

    • Captain Ned
    • 12 years ago

    It, it was soap poisoning.

    • Zoomer
    • 12 years ago

    I’ve found that running games at less than their native res usually works decent. That usually messes up the text, but for 2560 x 1600 you can probably try 1280 x 800. Turn on AA.

    • Zoomer
    • 12 years ago

    Someone can probably dig up a tnt2 64 from one of the gazillion oem machines it was built into.

    Sadly, my spectra 2500 died one day long ago.

    • swampfox
    • 12 years ago

    Yeah, ok, you win. I wonder what gamer on TR has the oldest GPU…

    • swampfox
    • 12 years ago

    I love my 4850, but regret that it hasn’t suddenly morphed into a 6850 or anything higher. This would be even nicer. 🙂

    • sweatshopking
    • 12 years ago

    for free?

  1. This would be a sweet replacement for my ATI Radeon 7500.

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 12 years ago

    I lol’d.

    • Kamisaki
    • 12 years ago

    Man, you guys must be doing something right to be getting all this love from the graphics card manufacturers! 3 giveaways in the past month? Tech Report is awesome!

    • no51
    • 12 years ago

    TR is just respecting Quebec’s wishes of being an independent entity from Canada.

    • willyolio
    • 12 years ago

    nobody likes quebec. that’s just a fact of the universe.

    • burntham77
    • 12 years ago

    This would be a sweet replacement for me Radeon 4870, despite the 4870 still doing justice to any game I throw at it.

    • bdwilcox
    • 12 years ago

    Over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap. My personal preference was for Lux, but I found Palmolive had a nice, piquant after-dinner flavor – heady, but with just a touch of mellow smoothness. Life Buoy, on the other hand…

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    Better watch it, Ralphie, you’re going to get your mouth washed out with soap!

    • bdwilcox
    • 12 years ago

    Ovaltine? A crummy commercial? Son of b*%$#

    • anotherengineer
    • 12 years ago

    Wanna sell your 6850?

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    His wife said no?

    • cynan
    • 12 years ago

    Give-aways. Me likey.

    About 10 months ago I shortsightedly spent all of my PC upgrade budget on a 30″ Dell monitor, choosing to naively think that just because dual HD 4850s would serve for 1920×1080, they would be fine for 2550×1600. With many newer games, this just isn’t the case. However, a significant upgrade in performance would require spending somewhere around $500 (ie, 2 HD 6870s or 6950s – one of these cards just doesn’t seem to cut it at 4 megapixels). As I only spent $300 for both the HD 4850s at launch, this is a sizable chunk of change, something that has convinced me to see what performance increase the Southern Islands chips might bring (as well as future single card Nvidia offerings)

    Winning this card will allow me to buy a second one for crossfire, and have decent 4 megapixel performance for not too much out of pocket.

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 12 years ago

    How about saying the hell with it and go 3-way?

    • TheBowerbird
    • 12 years ago

    Sounds like a delicious, delicious, way to replace my 5850 and finally make Far Cry 2 playable 😛 These contests are fantastic!

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 12 years ago

    You bring all the cold into the US?

    • SomeOtherGeek
    • 12 years ago

    Gonna have to sale more than that, but congrats anyway!

    • kpo6969
    • 12 years ago

    Thank you for the contest. I love my 6850 but have regretted not going for a 6870. This would be nice.

    • Captain Ned
    • 12 years ago

    Be sure to drink your Ovaltine.

    • flip-mode
    • 12 years ago

    When you’ve won as many contests as I have (zero) you back away from the edge.

    • GTVic
    • 12 years ago

    Unlike Anandtech who has some lame excuse, at least Tech Report supports most of Canada, C’est la vie…

    • anotherengineer
    • 12 years ago

    Sweeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!

    • bdwilcox
    • 12 years ago

    I will eagerly await my winning notification in the mail along with my Little Orphan Annie Secret Decoder Pin.

    • bdwilcox
    • 12 years ago

    Married? After a couple years you’ll have to change your screen name to LovermanOwnself.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 12 years ago

    I like life on the edge.

    • slugbug
    • 12 years ago

    Here are the laws regarding Quebec contests: [url<]http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?type=2&file=//L_6/L6R6_A.htm[/url<] Please note articles 1, 5, and 6. Nowhere does it say that rules must be posted in French. As long as the total prize value is less than $2000 it shouldn't be too difficult to accommodate Quebecers like myself. Our damn government really is a pain in the ass though.

    • Cyril
    • 12 years ago

    [quote<]Entering our contest for a chance to win is easy. Peruse the rules and regulations below carefully, answer two easy questions about the product, [b<]and fill in your contact details. (Don't worry; we won't share them with third parties.)[/b<][/quote<] 😉

    • khands
    • 12 years ago

    You’d basically be cutting your performance by like 80% though

    • dpaus
    • 12 years ago

    …and it all has to be in French, and the product can’t say “Canada” on it anywhere, and….

    • LovermanOwens
    • 12 years ago

    Noisy. Plus i could sell the 5970 and get more coin for it then the 6870. That coin would be used for the impending wedding that is hitting me this June.

    • Spotpuff
    • 12 years ago

    TR FTW! Loving all the contests.

    Oh yeah the articles are good too.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 12 years ago

    Same here.

    • superneat
    • 12 years ago

    Would love it if european entrents were accepted, would be willing to pay shipping/customs costs (“,)

    • tone21705
    • 12 years ago

    You say our email will not be shared, but what about everything else we provide? =|

    • bcronce
    • 12 years ago

    Exactly. I went to the Techreport review and searched for the words that I thought they were, just in case.

    • Obsidian
    • 12 years ago

    Gotta love graphics card giveaways. I almost wish they would make the questions harder so I had a better chance of getting a shiny new card though.

    • Plazmodeus
    • 12 years ago

    The only problem with this wikkid contest is that I was going to buy another 6870 on friday and Xfire it with my current one. Now that this contest is on I’ll have to wait another week to see if I’ve won.

    • indeego
    • 12 years ago

    Hope question one accepts plural, because the singular and plural appear to be correct.

    • khands
    • 12 years ago

    Why would you do that?

    • LovermanOwens
    • 12 years ago

    Thanks for the good contest guys. Hopefully I’ll take it home and consider retiring my 5970.

    • khands
    • 12 years ago

    Something I’ve been thinking of with all these contests lately, I’d really appreciate it if you made the pages these forms are on https with the private data flying back and forth between them.

    • khands
    • 12 years ago

    I always do anyways out of paranoia.

    • bdwilcox
    • 12 years ago

    Possum

    • crazybus
    • 12 years ago

    Quebec makes you fill out a bunch of forms and pay them a fee to legally hold a contest in their province. [url<]http://www.racj.gouv.qc.ca/index.php?id=117&L=1[/url<]

    • rechicero
    • 12 years ago

    Quebec… and the rest of the World. With so many giveaways this is almost like waterboarding for european people :-(.

    • garadius
    • 12 years ago

    Loving all the recent contests!

    Good luck to all!

    • flip-mode
    • 12 years ago

    Ausum.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 12 years ago

    Woot! I didn’t even have to look up the answers.

    • bdwilcox
    • 12 years ago

    So what did Quebec do to piss off TR so bad?

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