MSI X79 and GTX 580 giveaway: we have our winners

The next step in our MSI Thanksgiving giveaway has begun. We’ve just selected our three winners in a random draw from the pool of contestants who correctly answered our three qualifying questions. The winners are:

  • First place: Donovan Appunn
  • Second place: Ashish Banerjee
  • Third place: Ed Brzozowski

Winners, you should have an e-mail from Adam Eiberger, our business guy, at the address you entered in your submission. To claim your prize(s), simply shoot back a reply. Winners who don’t get back to us by noon CST on Tuesday, December 13 will forfeit their prizes; we’ll have to give their prizes to new winners picked from among the remaining participants.

As a reminder, we’re giving away two motherboards—MSI’s X79A-GD65 (8D) and Z68A-GD65—as well as two graphics cards—MSI’s GeForce GTX 580 Lightning and GeForce 560-Ti Twin Frozr II. Our first-place winner gets first dibs on the motherboard and graphics card of his choice. The second-place winner can choose one motherboard or one graphics card from the remaining loot, and the third-place winner gets the component that remains.

Once again, we’d like to thank MSI for making this giveaway possible. Thanks to all TR readers who participated, as well!

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    • Bensam123
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats guys.

    • Bomber
    • 8 years ago

    Grats to the winners!

    • Krogoth
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats to the winners.

    Hope that 580 GTX doesn’t end up being paired with an ancient CPU. 😀

    • Vivaldi
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations to the winners! I’m looking forward to future contests.

    Warning, rant below!

    Several weeks ago, I registered an account with TR to enter the Anomaly Warzone Earth giveaway, after truly being a consistent reader for years (even prior to the redesign). It took a really cool contest to get me to sit upright in my chair and create a login–of which I have no regrets! As a result, since that time, any news article I feel I can contribute something worthwhile, I will try and comment.

    The benefit of these contests is seemingly to draw out good people from hiding: to convert them from lurkers into contributors. Contributions from users, and the importance of meaningful discussion, far outweigh the cost of some cool hardware.

    The lack of TR “karma” comment below from Forge got me thinking about the method the staff uses to select winners–not that I believe it’s being done surreptitiously. I don’t. I was thinking perhaps some sort of selection heuristic could be developed for future giveaways, that ties in the age of the account, the number of “valuable” comments that were made under the account, and their score by the community.

    I completely understand that assessing what is “valuable” algorithmic-ally poses a unique set of challenges. For example, would comments with a score of -1, -5, or -50 etc. be determined to be “bad” and therefore negatively impact one’s score? Controversial posts, the “healthy” variety, are the life-force of good discussions: the unhealthy variety would of course be trolling. I know, i know… how could an algorithm tell the difference!? Along this same line of thought, is a comment no one has scored left out of the scoring computation? Furthermore, should the same group of users attempting to solidify the Krogoth meme wrack up points for repeated nonsensical comments that have little real value?

    The end result is aggregating all this wonderful data into some magic pool which would give the more “loyal” and “consistent” of TR contributors among us an ever-so-slight advantage. Don’t ask me to concretely define the magnitude of this advantage–this is just a rant after all… I am not imagining some absurd “weight” be given to our elders that this advantage becomes woefully unfair to newcomers. For a TR baby like myself, I might find myself excluded, and we couldn’t have that now could we. But if a consistent TR commenter of 5 years wins, I’m truly OK with that, knowing that under this system, my day may actually eventually come.

    I’m not saying it would be easy to come up with, or even possible, or heck… logical! But it’s a fun puzzle to wrack your brain on. Best.

      • Forge
      • 8 years ago

      This is to you, Glix, and ColeLT1, but I can only mark it as a reply to one post.

      I’m genuinely glad you’re here, and I’m also happy that contests or rants “provoked” you into registering and/or commenting. I honestly don’t mean any slight to folks who really do read without commenting, I do that myself for weeks or months at a stretch sometime. I just feel that the giveaways as they are now, unweighted, do weight the winners in favor of hit-n-run posters, just by dint of numbers.

      I’ve suggested weighting or requiring registration a week before a contest to be eligible and such in the past, and I have to conclude the silence on that front means my aims aren’t compatible with what the management and/or sponsors are looking for.

      Vivaldi – Perhaps the weighting system would weight based on number of mods to a post total, instead of just up-votes. That would swing spammers and trolls up high, but would ensure that unpopular opinions count too.

        • Vivaldi
        • 8 years ago

        Thanks for your warm welcome and your reply. I am happy to be here.

        I like your two suggestions about requiring registration a week before a contest and a total number of “toggles” (read: modifications) to a comment as an indicator of a controversial but popular comment.

        w4rrior does raise a good point: Would such a system exclude our loyal lurkers whom most of the time say nothing? Although I did not explicitly address that case in my various example scenarios, the point is valid. One such solution does come to mind: a scoring algorithm could pool his registration date and unique visits from the web server based on IP address.

        Yes, this presents an additional layer of complexity and a brand new set of challenges. What if our users are travelers, using a wide-array of access points all across the country? What if they are fond of Tor? etc.

        Perhaps in our TR profiles, we could define a set of DNS/IP masks for ourselves so that the aggregator recognizes our unique web visits and scores us appropriately. (Yes, this means TR has to have a visitor IP log and users would need to register.) Would a contest be confined to activity for a certain window? Last few months prior to a contest? Since TR’s inception? I think you see where I’m going with this.

        No system is going to be a silver bullet, but my point is, I want our TR loyalists to *have* the upper-hand in these contests. A user who’s been with us for several years, is an avid commenter, who offers valuable insights, and takes his/her time to contribute, in my opinion deserves the advantage, hands-down. The reliable lurkers who visit, but say nothing, in my opinion, deserve an advantage too, just less of one. Fair is fair.

        This discussion may be better served in the forum. I will consider opening a thread. I do agree that such a system may be costly in development and not be compatible with The Management. Best.

    • dashbarron
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats guys, happy holidays!

    • Fighthouse
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats to the winners!

    Keep the contests coming, I’m bound to win one of these years.

    • ModernPrimitive
    • 8 years ago

    Sweet ! Congrats to the winners !

    • MadManOriginal
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats!

    My guesws on what will go first – the GTX 580, simply because even if someone wanted the lesser graphics card they could easily sell the GTX 580 and buy a lesser card – that might be what I’d do. As for motherboard that’s a slightly harder guess since X79 means buying in to an expensive platform, if it included a CPU it would be an obvious choice though.

    (Kind of sad TR Karma didn’t come back to me for declining the Anamoly Warzone Earth game prize but oh well :))

      • Forge
      • 8 years ago

      There is no TR karma, only Reddit/etc blitzkrieg. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that all three winners showed up to enter, never came again, MAY show up once to talk about how they are secretly long time readers who always lurk, then not visit again till the next contest.

      But maybe I’m just being bitter.

        • Glix
        • 8 years ago

        Nah you are definitely being bitter, I rarely post, but have been reading techreport for years.

          • ColeLT1
          • 8 years ago

          Same here, I have maybe 10 post, but have been reading techreport daily since 2005.

            • w4rrior
            • 8 years ago

            As have I. Congrats to the winners btw.

    • Spotpuff
    • 8 years ago

    I think you guys spelled my name wrong… 😛

    • Forge
    • 8 years ago

    Any of these lucky guys TR regulars?

      • w4rrior
      • 8 years ago

      The issue is that likely many people such as myself simply don’t write a lot of posts (anywhere) so how can you accurately measure that?

        • Forge
        • 8 years ago

        This is less my intention than what Vivaldi was suggesting.

        I just dislike that a lot of winners seem to have “registration date = contest date”.

    • Skullzer
    • 8 years ago

    Congrats! Anyone else curious which prize will get first pick?

    • blitzy
    • 8 years ago

    frag a few noobs for me

    • FuturePastNow
    • 8 years ago

    Woot!

    (I didn’t win, but I don’t need a reason to woot)

    • StuG
    • 8 years ago

    Gratz!

    • credible
    • 8 years ago

    Congratulations folks:)

    • The Dark One
    • 8 years ago

    Merry Happy!

    • pedro
    • 8 years ago

    Merry Xmas!

      • vargis14
      • 8 years ago

      Enjoy!

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