Don’t forget to enter our MSI giveaway

While some of you were plotting an early escape for the Thanksgiving holiday last week, we put together a rather enticing giveaway with a little help from the folks at MSI. In addition to giving away a couple of motherboards, we also have a pair of graphics cards to give to a few lucky readers. Interested? I thought so.

First, some additional details on the hardware. The motherboards include MSI’s X79A-GD65 (8D), which we covered in our X79 motherboard round-up. We also have a Z68A-GD65 whose PCI Express x16 slots are primed for the gen-three PCIe connectivity coming in Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs. The X79 board costs $300 online, and the Z68 model is worth nearly $200.

On the graphics front, our prizes include the GeForce GTX 580 Lightning, a $525 card. Also in the mix is a GeForce GTX 560 Ti Twin Frozr II with juiced up clock speeds and a $245 street price. Both cards feature custom dual-fan coolers and should work well with MSI’s Afterburner tuning software.

To enter the contest, follow the directions in the original post. There are three skill-testing questions involved, but the answers are available in our X79 round-up if your skills are a little rusty. We’ll be accepting entries until noon CST on December 7, one week from today. Our grand-prize winner will have his choice of one graphics card and one motherboard. Second place gets to pick one of the remaining components, with the other going to our third-place winner. Thanks to MSI for making this giveaway possible, and good luck to all who enter.

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    • LiquidSpace
    • 8 years ago

    I’m too lazy to enter.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 8 years ago

    I didn’t forget!

    However, I don’t need any of that. I’m quite happy with my current mobo and graphics card. I’m constitutionally incapable of turning down free computer hardware, though.

    • sweatshopking
    • 8 years ago

    I’m not going to enter, but it’s not because of any politics, or outrage. it’s because of 2 things:
    A. I won a prize already. i doubt they’d pick me again, people would call foul
    B. i’m too lazy to look up the answer to the second question, but i’m pretty sure it’s 6.

      • tone21705
      • 8 years ago

      What did you win?

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 8 years ago

      Fail. Do you even read the articles? Personally, I am a news fiend who likes to keep up to date even on things I’ll never purchase for myself. What is your contribution? Do you not care enough to help others with their build?

    • PenGun
    • 8 years ago

    OK on the second posting of this I will comment. I will not use MSI products because of problems I have had.

    I use all EVGA now because of their returns policy. They appear to have the quickest turn around and after being stuck behind both the vendor and MSI for a part replacement, I do not like being treated like a criminal, I went looking for the best by cruising the forums of the various manufactures and reading the comments associated with RMA issues. EVGA users appear to be the happiest in this regard so that’s what I use.

      • ludi
      • 8 years ago

      You won’t use MSI stuff even if it’s free winnings?

      Every computer hardware manufacturer goes through a round of issues where their products and/or support quality gutters out for one or two product generations, then things get fixed and life goes on. There’s not point in simply blacklisting a vendor outright for causing you problems, because within six years or so you wouldn’t have anyone left to buy from.

      Best thing is usually to do your homework before each and every purchase. Sometimes a vendor has a good product with minimal issues at the right price for this product generation, and sometimes they don’t.

    • thill9
    • 8 years ago

    You weren’t supposed to bring this up again. Keep the odds in my favor!

      • khands
      • 8 years ago

      Yeah, I always feel the same way, but so long as the page views help keep this wonderful site up and running I can’t complain 😉

    • rhysl
    • 8 years ago

    No giveway outside USA , so pointless for me ..

    Why cant you do International giveaways , this is the Internet you know and its viewable all round the world ! even space!

    Why the problem ?

    From New Zealand

      • moriz
      • 8 years ago

      legal issues.

        • indeego
        • 8 years ago

        [url=http://massluminosity.com/amd/<]I found a contest he could have entered a month or so ago.[/url<] [url=http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/08/25/giant-giveaway-6-supercharged-edition-win-a-free-samsung-galaxy-tab-10-1-with-a-tegra-zone-power-pack-for-doing-close-to-nothing/#how-to-win<]Another.[/url<] So looks like other companies/sites can do it... But yeah, it would be a legal hassle/time drain and most important $$$ drain.

        • ew
        • 8 years ago

        What legal issue? Are the New Zealand police going to come arrest TR for shipping a graphics card to their country? IANAL but that seems extremely unlikely. Maybe legal uncertainty would be more accurate.

          • moriz
          • 8 years ago

          i’m using “legal issues” as a catch-all for possible fees and restrictions. and yes, legal uncertainty fits as well, since they pretty much mean the same thing.

            • rechicero
            • 8 years ago

            The fees are for the winner to pay. Where is the problem?

        • rhysl
        • 8 years ago

        Legal issues ?.. What a load of crock , Its more like ‘Cant be arsed’ or too hard basket..

        Of course you can ship goods around the world , it happens every second of the day ..

          • moriz
          • 8 years ago

          of course you can ship goods around the world. whether they’ll make it to you without customs issues is another matter.

          i’m not familiar with the legalities of shipping prizes internationally, but i do know it is a lot more complicated than just packing them into a box and dropping it off at UPS.

            • rechicero
            • 8 years ago

            As you do know it, could you tell me what more there is in it? In fact, that’s all TR staff would need to do: packing in a box a dropping it at US Mail (you don’t need to go to UPS). If there are custom fees or taxes, that’s not their problem, it’s the winner problem.

          • Palek
          • 8 years ago

          Allow me to repost my comment from the original article:

          The biggest hurdle to shipping hardware internationally is export control. You simply cannot ship computer hardware to whichever country you choose. Should the product end up in the wrong hands (Iran, North Korea etc), you could be held liable for equipping bad guys with high-tech weapons technology. Serious jail time and humongous fines, my friends.

          Export control legislation is extremely complicated. Any company dealing with products that are the subject of export control legislation (such as CPUs, GPUs, high precision analog circuits, sensors etc) MUST strictly adhere to the rules, which usually means having full-time legal staff dealing with nothing but export control issues.

          My guess is that giveaways like this are excepted from the torture of export control procedures, under strict conditions that products will not be shipped overseas.

          Added for this round:
          I have seen some giveaways in the past that were worldwide, but in those cases the manufacturer/distributor was directly involved. Manufacturers/disties are already familiar with the relevant export control procedures so for them international shipping is not an issue. Additionally, they would be shipping from China/Taiwan/Hong Kong and I bet the rules there are much more relaxed.

            • rhysl
            • 8 years ago

            Honestly , its a simple Ship to this address , regardless if its a competition or not ..

            ITS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE and SHIPPING TO INTERNATIONAL happens every day .

            Its simply TechReport easy way out of “CANT BE ARSED TO SO THE HARD WORK”

            • rhysl
            • 8 years ago

            This site is Internationally viewed and commented on from all around the world ,

            There needs to be a better statement when giving out these prizes from the PROVIDER ie ASUS , EVGA whoever , as I have not seen one yet !

            I will be perfectly happy if TechReport , said something along these lines.

            ” We have been given these items to give away as prizes , but the vendor has specifcally said to only give away to USA/Mexico only residents ” <<– But TechReport dont state this exactly

            • bthylafh
            • 8 years ago

            FOAD. Those are the rules, and it’s for free stuff anyway.

            Take your whining elsewhere.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            Nevermind, I don’t want to get in this.

            • rhysl
            • 8 years ago

            Excuse me , but YES you can , I order parts from SideWinderComputers.com and they ship 5-6 items very easily to myself in NZ in a matter of days

            So dont give me that rubbish line

            • moriz
            • 8 years ago

            apples and oranges. as Palek has already said, shipping electronics internationally, especially as prizes, is a very time consuming and expensive task for a site that normally doesn’t sell/distribute said electronics. if done improperly, it can result in extremely large fines and possible jailtime.

            sidewindercomputers sounds like an etailer of some sort. techreport is not an etailer. one has dedicated staff to handle such shipping requirements. one doesn’t. invalid example is invalid.

            • rhysl
            • 8 years ago

            As stated above , I have order goods from USA perfectly fine , regardless if they are won/ purchased it makes no difference

            • Palek
            • 8 years ago

            You must be really upset to reply to me three times. And each time you missed what I was trying to say.

            I didn’t say shipping hardware internationally was impossible. I said that there were very strict, complicated rules in place for [u<]how[/u<] it must be done. TR is a hardware review/news website. Selling hardware is not part of their business. They do not have the personnel and the know-how to properly handle international shipping of computer hardware. Some on-line retailers obviously do ship overseas. Since that's part of their business obviously they have staff with experience in handling export control issues. Coincidentally, Amazon, the biggest e-tailer in the world, does not ship hardware overseas. Probably in part due to warranty issues, but I'm also sure they like not having to mess with export control. So, basically you are whining because you cannot get something for free. Your idea is that TR staff should immerse themselves in the hell of export control legislation, taking precious time away from their real jobs, just so you get a one in a million chance to score free hardware. I'm sure all TR readers wholeheartedly support you.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 8 years ago

            There is also the issue of questionable legality of give away contests as well. Quebec is excluded because giveaways are required to pay some kind of tax (I forget exactly why, but it was something). If they open the contest up they would have to learn the specific laws of any country where someone wins.

            • rechicero
            • 8 years ago

            Unless a Kindle ereader is software, you’re clearly mistaken.

            • Palek
            • 8 years ago

            So you think that because there is a single exception – one made by Amazon (well, their Taiwanese supplier) – you now disproved my point? Try to order a computer part or a DVD player or any other hardware from Amazon US and ask them to ship it overseas. They won’t even ship game software outside the US. Books, music, DVDs/BDs are okay, anything else pretty much out of the question.

            • rechicero
            • 8 years ago

            More bullshit to the rumour mill!

            TR staff could be liable for sending a GPU to a NATO allied country where you can buy that same GPU. Yeah, right. Fast, go to tell the police about those nasty crooks that sell things at eBay!!!

            Seriously…

            • Palek
            • 8 years ago

            [quote<]More **** to the rumour mill![/quote<] Nice. Clearly I am spreading rumours. Right. Or maybe you have no idea what you're talking about and you're throwing a hissy-fit like a two-year-old because Mum told you could not have that piece of candy. [quote<]TR staff could be liable for sending a GPU to a NATO allied country where you can buy that same GPU. Yeah, right. Fast, go to tell the police about those nasty crooks that sell things at eBay!!![/quote<] Export control is as much about WHAT you are exporting as WHERE you are exporting it. You have to go through proper procedures even if you are shipping to a NATO ally. But, you know, there are other countries in the world, too. Or are you suggesting a NATO-only giveaway? Clearly you have no idea how complicated it is for a [u<]business[/u<] to ship high-tech products internationally. Just because private individuals can send "gifts" and not be bothered by the authorities does not mean that businesses can also ignore the rules and expect to get away with it. Totally different liabilities. [EDIT]If you think I'm making this stuff up have a read: [url<]http://www.bis.doc.gov/policiesandregulations/index.htm[/url<] [/EDIT]

        • rechicero
        • 8 years ago

        What legal issues? That’s simply not true for most countries I know of. Of course, there would be legal issues for sending hardware to Iran…

      • tone21705
      • 8 years ago

      How can you complain? It is free. Be happy that this site even exists.

        • rhysl
        • 8 years ago

        Muppet@@!!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      waaaah i can’t get free stuff

      edit: actually, I can. /rimshot

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