Enter here to win an XFX Pro Series 1000W PSU and AMD FX-8350 CPU

Thanks to our sponsors, we’ll be giving away a bunch of hardware over the next few weeks. Keep your eyes peeled. For this first round, XFX has supplied one of its Pro Series 1000W PSUs. The pot has also been sweetened with an AMD FX-8350 processor. One winner will get both components.

The Pro Series 1000W is a fully modular solution with 80 Plus Platinum certification. XFX says the thing can pump out up to 996W on the 12V line, giving the PSU plenty of power for overclocked processors and multiple graphics cards. The unit should be pretty quiet, too; its fan doesn’t even turn on until the load exceeds 20% or the internal temperature climbs above 25°C. Newegg charges $250 for the PSU right now.

Most of you are already familiar with the FX-8350, which is AMD’s fastest Socket AM3+ processor. The CPU’s Piledriver cores are clocked at 4.0GHz with a 4.2GHz Turbo peak, and the unlocked multiplier makes it easy to push beyond those speeds. At $200 online, the FX-8350 is actually cheaper than the XFX power supply.

To enter the giveaway:

  • Sign up using the form below.
  • Correctly answer one easy question: how much memory is on the XFX Radeon HD 7850 Black Edition? (The answer is embedded in our look at BioShock Infinite performance.)
  • You might also consider "liking" us on Facebook.
  • …or following Scott on Twitter.
  • …or checking out Cyril’s book.

But the last few parts are totally optional and only meant to enrich your life in small ways.

Because lawyers still roam the earth, doing as they will, we do have a few requirements for entry, which are spelled out below.

Rules and regulations

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

Only one entry 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 and June 2, 2013 at noon CDT. We’ll then choose our winner in a random drawing from among all eligible entries. The winner will be announced on the site on June 3 and will also be notified via e-mail. The winner must claim his prize within 72 hours, or he will forfeit his prize and we will draw a new winner.

You must include your full name, a valid email address, 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 nor AMD 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 repetitive strain injury, 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.

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    • deruberhanyok
    • 6 years ago

    wooooo contests!

    I want to say how much I appreciate that you guys still do contests that don’t require Facebook or Twitter. πŸ™‚

    • ET3D
    • 6 years ago

    Can I enter if I’m not a US resident but have a US address I can send stuff to?

    • Prion
    • 6 years ago

    I haven’t been keeping up with AMD’s desktop processors much these days, is this FX-8350 a Steamshovel or Piledozer or what kind of core?

      • tipoo
      • 6 years ago

      Piledriver, second gen of this line.

    • Peldor
    • 6 years ago

    If I win, I’ll donate the CPU to a needy QuΓ©bΓ©cois.

    • Jakubgt
    • 6 years ago

    Perfect timing for a sweet new PSU because I’ll be building a new Haswell machine sometime next month.

    • SoM
    • 6 years ago

    TY TR πŸ™‚

    good luck folks πŸ™‚

    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 6 years ago

    Why invest in dimmer switches in my house when all I’ll have to do is power this puppy on.

    • mnemonick
    • 6 years ago

    Thanks (again) to The Tech Report crew, and also to XFX for another sweet contest. πŸ˜€

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 6 years ago

    I won’t be playing this one but I may be looking to win (again) soon. πŸ˜‰

      • DancinJack
      • 6 years ago

      Good to see you back around here.

    • gmskking
    • 6 years ago

    I think it is great that you offer this for your viewing audience. Thanks, guys!

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 6 years ago

    … but how do I power the rest of my components? πŸ™‚

    Good luck, fellow gerbils!

    • Ryhadar
    • 6 years ago

    Good luck to everyone. I’m not going to enter myself as I have zero need for either but thanks for the chance TR!

    • flip-mode
    • 6 years ago

    I’d be quite thrilled to win that CPU.

    Oh, and preemptive congratulations to the winner!

      • derFunkenstein
      • 6 years ago

      While I’d have to get a new motherboard to use it, it really would be a nice step up from my Core i3 2100 for threaded loads. I’d be ecstatic.

        • flip-mode
        • 6 years ago

        I’d need a new mobo too, but I’ve already got 32 GB of RAM sitting on a shelf waiting for the day I manage to upgrade from my DDR 2 platform. I’d be willing to spend $80 on the mobo!

        • willmore
        • 6 years ago

        Or for AES if that matters for you.

    • dashbarron
    • 6 years ago

    Good luck everyone! I hope a regular wins.

    • Mad_Dane
    • 6 years ago

    Blah you should really make this international, I understand its expensive but atleast let ppl opt in if they are willing to pay shipping and toll fee’s from their own pocket.

    • tbone8ty
    • 6 years ago

    What no question fot the FX-8350???

    Poor cpu :/

    • Star Brood
    • 6 years ago

    It’ll still use less power and generate less heat than my 2 Xeon 5160’s!

    Speaking of heat, what would you guys recommend for the best bang-for-the-buck CPU cooler? The Hyper Evo?

      • derFunkenstein
      • 6 years ago

      I have the Hyper 212+ and if the Evo is just an extension of that design then I say yes. The 212+ is great, so the Evo is what I’d get if I was buying today.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 6 years ago

    Good luck, nobody. I’ll be hanging onto this.

      • willmore
      • 6 years ago

      Same here, but I know I’m going to win because I’m the only one who got the memory amount right!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 6 years ago

        No way. Everyone knows that it comes with 3.14159GB of memory on board.

          • Inkling
          • 6 years ago

          Mmmmmm…. pie pie pie pie pie pie pie!

    • chuckula
    • 6 years ago

    Cool giveaway guys!

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      Well, since I’m technically ineligible to enter this giveaway, I feel like I live in Mordor.

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 6 years ago

    FFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUU Quebec its contest-ruining laws

      • Ditiris
      • 6 years ago

      Took me a moment to read that fast enough – it’s still early.

    • Medallish
    • 6 years ago

    Why randomly can’t people from Quebec enter? Just seemed odd, I’m from Norway so I have no chance at all, I’m just curious.

      • Krogoth
      • 6 years ago

      Quebec has some strange Provencal laws regarding raffles, giveaways, prizes etc.

        • tipoo
        • 6 years ago

        Quebec is weird would sum it up. As a Canadian, we don’t like to talk about that one πŸ˜›

      • Ditiris
      • 6 years ago

      That’s what happens when you make French your official language.

        • dpaus
        • 6 years ago

        There’s nothing wrong with having French as your ‘official’ language, the problem is demanding that the rest of the 7 billion people on Earth modify all their products to cater to your 10 million citizens. It leaves you excluded and isolated. Of course, that plays directly into the hands of the pequistes, who demand that Quebec separate from Canada – probably [i<]the[/i<] most accommodating country on Earth - because they feel excluded and isolated.

          • Krogoth
          • 6 years ago

          I think it is just cultural and legal butthurt from French colonists who lost the Seven Years War (Known to the USA as French and Indian War).

            • havanu
            • 6 years ago

            If they wouldn’t have those laws French would no longer be the official language there. I live in a country where both French, Dutch and German are the official languages (Belgium) and where English is being used on a daily basis in most larger businesses, and these sort of rules are necessary to ensure the minorities can understand and participate in every activity that is being organised. If that means they can’t participate in this contest, so be it. It’s the price you pay for cultural protectionism.

            • cynan
            • 6 years ago

            I don’t have anything against a bit of cultural protectionism (though in my opinion it tends to work better when backed by private movements, rather than mandated by the state). When you get government overly involved, you have to deal with all the political posturing, propaganda and downright BS and that goes along with it. Then there is the sort of lack of reciprocity for English Canadians. But I guess this is considered just and fair because they are the majority.

            Quebec probably gets the most concessions of any Canadian province. Many of them arguably impinge on the rights of anglophones (of which there at least used to be quite a few – half a century ago, for example, much of downtown Montreal and to the immediate west of it was probably more english than french – but many anglophones have since left and english street names changed to french ones…). Whether it is being allowed to dictate what is written on privately owned signage or telling people which schools they are permitted to send their children to or mandating that professional accreditations include bilingualism (ie, a certified general accountant, family physician, etc, must speak french – or at least pass a french exam – in order to hold their accreditation in Quebec – but the same doesn’t go for english). They are permitted to hold referendums any time they want to vote for separation and when these get voted down, there are no consequences other than a waste of public time and money. They also get the most equalization transfer payments of any province. This is supposed to be for health care, but there is no stipulation on how these funds must be spent…

            In contrast to this, other non-french speaking areas of Canada are forced to spend extra resources making themselves at least somewhat bilingual when there are no french people to speak of in the area. however, Quebec does not have to make the same concessions for anglophones.

            And this is getting way to R&P. But most people here probably don’t care about Quebec so…

            • Disco
            • 6 years ago

            I live in BC and I care… and agree with most of your comments. Nice summary. Just so no one thinks I am against French/Quebec culture, we send both our kids to a French immersion school.

            • cynan
            • 6 years ago

            I didn’t mean for the post to come off as angst filled. I’m probably just a bit bitter/biased because I was born in Montreal, spent over a decade growing up there, and though I came close, was never able to become completely proficient in French despite the Province’s best efforts to the contrary (and now can hardly talk my way out of a paper bag in french).

            There are many aspects of French Canadian culture that I love (and I think Montreal is probably the coolest city in Canada largely due to aspects of this culture and its history). Its just that the whole French as an official language thing often ends up leaving a sour taste (largely limited to the above mentioned reasons).

      • willyolio
      • 6 years ago

      quebec likes to pretend it’s its own separate country sometimes, and you have to deal with an extra mound of paperwork to hold contests there.

      • moose17145
      • 6 years ago

      EVERY time there is a give away on TR someone always asks this very same question…

      Basically Quebec has screwed up laws about give away’s that makes it a total PITA for the person / organization doing the give away to the point that its not even worth the hassle and just easier to exclude Quebec from it all together.

    • ronch
    • 6 years ago

    [quote<]Sorry, but this contest is open to residents of....[/quote<] Um, yeah, I was already expecting that the moment I saw the article.

      • Farting Bob
      • 6 years ago

      It would be really cool to just have one competition that has in huge bold letters at the top “THIS COMPETITION IS WORLDWIDE!”.

        • Krogoth
        • 6 years ago

        Unfortunately, red-tape, tariffs and customs related stuff puts a damper on that. πŸ™

    • sschaem
    • 6 years ago

    On that note, when I win the fx-8350, what is the Fx-8350 sweet spot in term of voltage/clock peak power efficiency?

    I see that people run the chip at default clock -.15v (for a 40w power saving)
    But what if instead of running it at 4.2ghz, it was 3.8ghz? can the voltage be dropped even lower?

    Any cinebench task energy graph that show where down volting/clocking stop being beneficial ?

      • Meadows
      • 6 years ago

      This is actually useful. TR should include undervolting in future CPU articles.

        • nanoflower
        • 6 years ago

        That would be useful but time consuming. So I can see why they wouldn’t do it.

        Though I think the only way I would run this chip is if I undervolted it. More likely if I won I would sell it and use the money to get a Haswell I5. Better performance and lower power usage. (Yes, that’s a thing that I think about due to paying for power for the CPU and the air conditioning that’s a necessity here.)

          • derFunkenstein
          • 6 years ago

          Not to mention every CPU is different, much like overclocking, so the results are not necessarily going to translate from system to system. Interesting experiment, but people that are serious about low power draw aren’t buying AMD’s CPUs in the first place.

            • willmore
            • 6 years ago

            derFunkenstein hit it right on the head. Every chip is different. Even if someone went through the trouble to source a few dozen chips through different channels–so that they were from different production runs–and spent hours testing each one to see how low it can be run at various clock speeds, it wouldn’t tell you how *your* chip will perform.

            To be clear, I am not against undervolting nor reporting about it. It’s just that reporting on it doesn’t provide much meaningful information.

            • Ditiris
            • 6 years ago

            The same can be said of overclocking and yet every tech site harps on those numbers as well. I think most people understand that it’s specific to the individual chip. However, if nothing else it gives you a methodology and a starting point.

            • Bensam123
            • 6 years ago

            Yeah, a general idea is better then no idea. Just the same as subjective impressions are good too.

            You could take aforementioned ideology even further and say benchmarks here are TR are worthless because they don’t test a specific scenario you may have (or a specific game)… and to an extent they are. You can extrapolate general performance results say from things like Crysis or Metro, but it’s not going to tell you exactly how well it will perform in say League of Legends. The same can be said about overclocking and undervolting.

            Just testing it would be a decent place to start, it really doesn’t need to go much further then that. If enough websites all have positive results then you start to see the formation of a trend and that’s more meaningful.

            • DPete27
            • 6 years ago

            [quote<]You can extrapolate general performance results say from things like Crysis or Metro, but it's not going to tell you exactly how well it will perform in say League of Legends.[/quote<] Then find [url=http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/league-of-legends-performance-benchmark,3484.html<]a LoL benchmark[/url<]

            • Meadows
            • 6 years ago

            Yet they do overclocking tests regardless.

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      With my MSI 990FXA-GD65 I can only drop the voltage from 1.4v to something like 1.32v. Anything lower than that and I’m gonna be staring at blue screens when I fully load all coars.

        • willmore
        • 6 years ago

        More ‘coars’!!!!

      • Bensam123
      • 6 years ago

      Yes. My original seal was cracked on my 8350 when I got it and didn’t think anything of it at the time till I tried OCing it. It turns out it doesn’t and it was probably sent back by another OCer. However, it’s really easy to drop the voltage on the thing even at stock clocks. I went from 1.42v under full load down to 1.26v (turbo boost was disabled, so it was maxing out at 4ghz). I’m sure it’d go even lower dropping another 200mhz off of it.

      BTW if you ever get a cracked seal, send it back. It’s not a mistake from the factory and don’t think it’s hunky dory. I did and I got a dog of a performer because of it.

      • Mat3
      • 6 years ago

      “…when I win the fx-8350…”

      Hmmm, so you’re like one of those people that will start seriously thinking of ways you’d spend and give the millions of dollars from the lottery ticket you’ve just purchased. πŸ˜›

        • moose17145
        • 6 years ago

        I already know what I would do with a winning lotto ticket.

        1st – pay off my student loans.
        2nd – get a new truck that doesn’t have >200k miles on it and actually has a working muffler and a bed that isn’t rusted out…
        3rd – Go grocery shopping so I can actually have food in my fridge
        4th – the most important one… get a new pair of tennis shoes that aren’t falling apart. Heck I might even REALLY spoil myself and get a new pack of socks! Because nothing beats that fresh “never been worn before” sock feeling

        Ah yes… that would be the dream… Would be living the spoiled life if that ever happened.

    • The Dark One
    • 6 years ago

    Nice of you guys to not make this question too difficult.

      • tipoo
      • 6 years ago

      The answer is 1GHz right?

        • [+Duracell-]
        • 6 years ago

        I thought it was 56kbps.

          • tipoo
          • 6 years ago

          Did you factor in dual channel floppy drives?

    • James296
    • 6 years ago

    good luck to everyone

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      You mean, good luck to those who live in the US and Canada (except Quebec)…

        • James296
        • 6 years ago

        hey, if you want to be politically correct..go ahead. I was just trying to be nice to everyone

          • ronch
          • 6 years ago

          I was just trying to be grumpy and sarcastic about it..

    • Dizzytaz00
    • 6 years ago

    Well good luck to all!

    • Krogoth
    • 6 years ago

    Thanks TR and XFX for offering this contest.

    Hopefully, the prize ends up with somebody who actually *needs* it. πŸ˜‰

      • dpaus
      • 6 years ago

      Did XFX donate the 8350 too, or do you just figure an 8350 isn’t worth saying thanks for? (personally, I’m hoping to win the 8350!~)

        • MustangSally
        • 6 years ago

        “Is that an AMD 8350 in your pocket, or are you just not at all happy to see me?”

        • Inkling
        • 6 years ago

        XFX procured the FX-8350 for this giveaway. I don’t know the precise details of whether or how they compensated AMD for it, but without the involvement of XFX we wouldn’t have the processor for this promotion.

          • dpaus
          • 6 years ago

          Thanks for the clarification! OK, everybody, Krogoth was right all along, so, start with the upvotes or he will not be, you know, impressed.

          The question of how he was privy to such inside information on a lottery is a question best left for another time.

      • Krogoth
      • 6 years ago

      I guess haters are going to hate…..

        • dpaus
        • 6 years ago

        You were at zero when I made my comment, which was more a sly poke at AMD than anything else, but since then, everyone’s down-voting you for being nice enough to say ‘Thank You’ at all.

        Weird.

          • tipoo
          • 6 years ago

          A common effect on the interweb. Like how a comment saying “why is everyone downvoting this? it makes sense!” on reddit can turn things around completely.

      • ronch
      • 6 years ago

      [quote<]Hopefully, the prize ends up with somebody who actually *needs* it. ;)[/quote<] Of course it will. EVERYONE needs MORE COARS!!!

      • flip-mode
      • 6 years ago

      Hopefully people are not getting what they *need* from a lottery.

      • confusedpenguin
      • 6 years ago

      I would enter if it were all the parts needed for a complete system. I’ve been borrowing an HP pavilion for 3 years now. Still running a Core 2 Duo E4400 that doesn’t quite have the horsepower I need. Turn up the sample rate on the sound card to 192,000 Hz, and it starts skipping. πŸ™

    • willyolio
    • 6 years ago

    oooh, fancy prizes…

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