Enter to win a limited-edition Asus GeForce GTX 980

Last month, Asus introduced a limited-edition GeForce GTX 980 to celebrate 20 years of making graphics cards. This “Gold Edition” has the highest GPU clocks we’ve seen from the GTX 980 to date: 1317MHz base and 1431MHz boost, up substantially from the 1126/1216MHz defaults. It also has a steep $749.99 price tag, but you could get one completely free of charge. We’re giving away a GTX 980 Gold Edition to one lucky TR reader.

I’ll let that sink in while you behold the blinged-out beast.

Source: Asus

I dig the dual-slot cooler’s angular lines and blacked-out pipes. The fans spin down completely under lighter loads, and there’s a nifty defroster feature designed specifically for LN2 overclocking. If an OC attempt goes awry, pressing a button on the card resets the clocks and voltages to their default values. Pretty slick.

To enter the giveaway, complete the following steps:

That’s it! For info on future Asus giveaways and such, youΒ might also consider subscribing to Asus’ PC DIY mailing list (see the left column on the main site).​

Rules and regulations

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

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 May 15, 2015 at 8:00 PM CDT. We’ll then choose our winners in a random drawing from among all eligible entries. The winner will be announced on the site on May 18 and will also be notified via e-mail. The winner must claim their prizes within 72 hours, or they will forfeit it, 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 their 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. No purchase is necessary. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. TR and Asus are not 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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    • maxxcool
    • 4 years ago

    gpu Processor model number? or core name ? or the previous model name before the new name ?

    • LoneWolf15
    • 4 years ago

    To the TR team,

    Thanks for the opportunity to win cool stuff.

    • Geonerd
    • 4 years ago

    Pick me, Monty! πŸ™‚

    • Farting Bob
    • 4 years ago

    “damn you wonderful people of TR for your giveaways that are only open to US and Canada”. – Me every time i see a contest or giveaway here.

      • Deanjo
      • 4 years ago

      Your fault for not moving.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 4 years ago

      You don’t have the NSA at least. That’s something.

        • Melvar
        • 4 years ago

        Everybody has the NSA.

          • jessterman21
          • 4 years ago

          [url<]http://blogs-images.forbes.com/erikkain/files/2014/06/octopus.jpg[/url<]

        • Ifalna
        • 4 years ago

        NSA is cool. Free cloud backup of data you didn’t even know you had. πŸ˜€

    • NeronetFi
    • 4 years ago

    This would be a great upgrade from my MSI GTX560-Ti thats has failing fans. πŸ™‚ Hope I win and good luck to everyone else that entered

      • culotso
      • 4 years ago

      I wonder how big of a difference this would offer compared to my 4870? πŸ™‚

      • llisandro
      • 4 years ago

      I have a MSI GTX560-Ti Twin Frozr II with a dead board. Pretty sure the fans are still okay. You can have it if you want it!

    • vargis14
    • 4 years ago

    I know it does not matter, But I want this like no other thing on the market right now. With its 14 phase power design and great cooler this card has a ton of potential and for free it is a steal:)

    I would much rather have a EVGA 980 Classified with its 14 phase VRM design ,but asus also knows what it is doing.

    I would have a blast using his as a main GPU with one of my 770’s as a physics processor and I would be doing benchmarks like crazy, along with some overclocking.

    EDIT: I too am looking for a real 390x review and really looking forward to reading it with its super fast ram. I am truly surprised AMD did not make a lower end GPU with the same memory configuration. Just a shrinky dinked 390x with half the SP’s but I imagine it would hammer their rebrands

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]We will accept entries only from residents of the United States and Canada. [/quote<] Oh yes. Of course.

    • DrDominodog51
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]what graphics processor[/quote<] The chip or the model name?

      • ImSpartacus
      • 4 years ago

      I imagine they will be flexible.

      • Dissonance
      • 4 years ago

      Model name is better but we’ll accept either.

        • JDZZL
        • 4 years ago

        That’s why you guys are the best!!

    • willyolio
    • 4 years ago

    to be honest, i’m more of an AMD guy, and i’m waiting on the 390/390X reviews…

    but free is free!

      • Meadows
      • 4 years ago

      Here you go, the [url=https://techreport.com/review/22573/amd-radeon-hd-7870-ghz-edition<]R9 390 review[/url<].

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 years ago

        You linked the R9 370 review by mistake.

          • Meadows
          • 4 years ago

          Honest mistake.

            • anotherengineer
            • 4 years ago

            No, that was trying to hard/fail πŸ˜‰

    • pyromaniac2749
    • 4 years ago

    Anyone else think this will be a slight upgrade over my iGPU?

      • vargis14
      • 4 years ago

      nahh your IGP is faster so not enter the contest:)

    • Deanjo
    • 4 years ago

    I’LL SAVE YOU PEOPLE ENTERING THE CONTEST LOOKING UP THE CORRECT ANSWER IS THE [b<]R300![/b<] HONESTLY!

      • LoneWolf15
      • 4 years ago

      0.5 points for the SSK impression.

        • Deanjo
        • 4 years ago

        It’s pretty simple to do. Just use the [ssk] [/ssk] tags.

          • Generic
          • 4 years ago

          Pro tip:
          There’s a keyboard toggle that accomplishes [i<]nearly[/i<] the same thing.

    • jessterman21
    • 4 years ago

    Do they need your SSN as well if you win? I rejected a BF4 giveaway because of that…

      • chuckula
      • 4 years ago

      Smart man.

        • Captain Ned
        • 4 years ago

        Since the value exceeds $600, you will have to give your SSN so that you’ll get your IRS 1099 form telling you you need to claim that as income.

        If the card’s value was below $600, no 1099 would be required.

          • Generic
          • 4 years ago

          Do Canadian’s suffer the same indignity? (apart from being Canadian that is)

            • Captain Ned
            • 4 years ago

            Hmm, not sure on that one. If you happen to win the corporate side of TR must issue a 1099 to you but I haven’t a clue as to whether they send the gov’t copy to the IRS or Revenue Canada.

            • K-L-Waster
            • 4 years ago

            AFAIK contest winnings are not taxable in Canada. (They get us on everything else tho….)

        • VincentHanna
        • 4 years ago

        Indeed. Everyone should boycott the giveaway because of this.

        Cuz i wants it. My precious.

      • cygnus1
      • 4 years ago

      What were they giving away that was BF4 related and over $500 in value?

        • Captain Ned
        • 4 years ago

        Many companies just issue 1099s for anything of value (the canonical one is the toaster you got for opening that bank account) just to stay square with the IRS. I’d elucidate but that road leads to R&P.

    • Techgoudy
    • 4 years ago

    I just want to say thanks for giving us opportunities like these. It’s always nice to come to your favorite site and see them handing out goodies!

      • NovusBogus
      • 4 years ago

      Agreed–it’s especially nice that unlike most giveaways I see lately it doesn’t require prostration before Lord Zuckerberg’s data throne.

        • VincentHanna
        • 4 years ago

        zuckerberg is so 2011… now they are all on instagram

          • MadManOriginal
          • 4 years ago

          You might want to check who owns instagram.

    • DPete27
    • 4 years ago

    #LoveTRGiveaways

      • Terra_Nocuus
      • 4 years ago

      I read that as #LOTRgiveaways for some reason

    • dodozoid
    • 4 years ago

    what if I misuse name and address of my friend’s mother who happens to be a U.S. resident? Will I, errr, will she qualify?

      • Meadows
      • 4 years ago

      Do you often ask questions you already know the answers to?

        • Captain Ned
        • 4 years ago

        Stop dangling your prepositions!!

        Do you often ask questions to which you already know the answers?

          • Meadows
          • 4 years ago

          I was expecting a response like this, however I’m afraid I’ll dangle whatever I like.

            • cygnus1
            • 4 years ago

            Dangle away

        • Captain Ned
        • 4 years ago

        In my line of work it tends to be the vast majority of the questions I ask. It’s my single best investigative tool.

      • VincentHanna
      • 4 years ago

      Obviously, she will qualify, but she would need to claim the prize, and you’d need to work out the taxes and international shipping costs between the two of you…

      Is that the answer you wanted to hear?

    • Bubster
    • 4 years ago

    I’m very happy to see that these giveaways are open to Canadians. Tired of seeing US only.

      • Meadows
      • 4 years ago

      I recall they were all open to Canadians. …Except Quebec, of course.

        • Bubster
        • 4 years ago

        That’s why I love TR.
        I was talking about other websites which are always US only.

      • vargis14
      • 4 years ago

      It should say all of north america except, Mexico, quebec and central america πŸ™‚

    • Neutronbeam
    • 4 years ago

    “Do you expect me to enter, Goldblinger?”

    “Yes, Mr. Gerbil, and I expect you to die if you win, roughly at a size of 398 mm/squared, ’cause that’s my die size, so yeah, that’s what you would be gaming with. There’s nothing you would enter in the form that I don’t already know!”

    • derFunkenstein
    • 4 years ago

    I’m here to make a bold prediction: I won’t win.

    And that’s OK. Props to ASUS/TR for making this happen. πŸ˜€

    • Walkintarget
    • 4 years ago

    Sweet ! I can pair this up with the two I already have for some tri-SLI goodness on my 20″ TN panel !

    Oh, and the gold will look nice with my gold plated Apple watch too …. *evil laugh*

    • Tumbleweed
    • 4 years ago

    Papa needs a new graphics card. I’m stil running on a 5770.

    • NTMBK
    • 4 years ago

    *looks at black and gold overclocked hotness*

    [quote<]Sorry, but this contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only (except Quebec).[/quote<] *single tear*

      • allreadydead
      • 4 years ago

      damned international laws and lawyers that practice them…

      What’s the point of those international laws anyway. We’ve all been spied on by NSA by the right granted by American laws. For them, all humans are equally U.S. citizen. IMHO, that’s good enough citizenship.

      Can I fill the form now ?

        • UberGerbil
        • 4 years ago

        The funny thing is, it’s not dependent on citizenship but on residency. A US citizen living in Europe or Quebec couldn’t enter, and a non-US-citizen living in the US or Canada could (and if they won, it would be up to them to sort out the tax implications when they returned home or filled out their US taxes).

        You could always just visit North America for the duration of the contest. It’s mostly nice this time of year.

          • allreadydead
          • 4 years ago

          So, is it all about TAX ?
          Does my strict policy of NO TAX in my every game of civilization counts ?

          I’d like to visit and I already have valid visa ’till 2019 or something. A small problem, the plane tickets are more expensive than the card πŸ™‚

            • UberGerbil
            • 4 years ago

            Yeah, in most cases it’s about the tax (and the sometimes-onerous obligations it imposes — in the form of finding and filling out obscure forms, if nothing else — on the people doing the give-away). But not always: the Quebec restriction actually has to do with gambling, which in Quebec is anything involving a “free” prize chosen randomly: some lotteries and give-aways in Canada add the proviso that anyone chosen from Quebec has to answer a “skill-testing” question to win (which makes it a game of skill rather than a game of chance; the “skill-testing” question is typically a simple bit of “What’s 4 + 6?” sort of math)

      • puppetworx
      • 4 years ago

      Looks like it’s time for me to go vote UKIP so we can finally become the 51st state.

    • homerdog
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]The answer can be found on Asus' PC DIY site.[/quote<] You really don't even have to look that far..

    • JDZZL
    • 4 years ago

    I think part of the prize collection requirements should be attendance at the GR barbecue where the winner must defend their loot against at least 2 challengers in an American Gladiator style pugil match.

      • Flying Fox
      • 4 years ago

      What, where, and when is this [b<]GR[/b<] barbecue?

        • JDZZL
        • 4 years ago

        I think this year’s has not been scheduled yet but there are postings about it a couple of months ahead of time. I’ve not been able to attend due to various lame reasons but they look awesome and I will attend someday!!

        • Captain Ned
        • 4 years ago

        TR BBQ is in Holland, MI, which is not far from Grand Rapids, MI hence (I think) the GR name.

        If I can drive 900 miles each way you can shag your sorry butt there.

        I keed, I keed.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    Well if it’s limited then why would I want to win it??

    [Edit: True story. When I was 6 or so my Mom got a Buick Century “limited edition” that said “limited” next the Buick mark. I always thought that meant that it must be defective or something because it was limited.]

      • Concupiscence
      • 4 years ago

      It’s been done for graphics cards before. Who remembers the Radeon 9600SE, where “SE” meant it ran on a 64-bit memory bus that strangled an otherwise capable GPU? Not that Nvidia did any better by using “XT” as a way of denoting the lowest end member of a lineup, the opposite of ATi’s use of the moniker.

      No, I’m not bitter.

      • cobalt
      • 4 years ago

      Remember all the video cards with an “LE” suffix? I always thought of those as “Limited Editions” in exactly that same sense of “limited”.

      (Example: GeForce FX 5700 LE had like half the clock rate of the full FX 5700. There are a lot of examples from around that time….)

        • Concupiscence
        • 4 years ago

        I bought one of those 5700s. It was a decent enough upgrade from the Kyro II(!) I’d been using before, but when I realized the memory was hobbled I saved up for a few months and spent the money on a 5900XT… which I didn’t regret, actually. That stuck around in a Linux box until I finally sold it around 2009. OpenGL and pre-DirectX 9 titles spun like a top, and the high quality anisotropic filtering quality was gorgeous if you could stomach the performance hit.

        Now if you wanna talk about turds that fit in an AGP slot, let’s get into a nice discussion about the 5200SEs, which were no faster than a Geforce2 MX on a clock for clock basis…

        • RickyTick
        • 4 years ago

        I always thought it meant “Lame Edition”. πŸ™‚

        • The Dark One
        • 4 years ago

        I was so excited when my first digital camera’s packaging announced that it came with Photoshop 5.0 LE.

      • UberGerbil
      • 4 years ago

      You weren’t wrong, but the word that was supposed to tell you it was defective was “Buick”

      As someone who grew up with crap GM products in the 70s and 80s, I still find it hilarious that they killed Pontiac but kept Buick… because somehow it’s a prestige brand in China.

        • Concupiscence
        • 4 years ago

        As it turns out, “prestige” sounds aesthetically superior to “ponderous and bricklike.”

          • nexxcat
          • 4 years ago

          NVH isolation matters more than performance when you’re stuck in traffic and it’s your chauffeur driving anyway.

        • tipoo
        • 4 years ago

        Maybe they figure if you can afford so many car repairs, you must be rich.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 4 years ago

      Well, it was a Buick Century, so your kid intuition was right.

    • Anovoca
    • 4 years ago

    I don’t see anything mentioned in the rules about bribes.

      • Philldoe
      • 4 years ago

      Too late, I’m already running a fiber line into Damages house so he can hook into the google’s before the others on his street.

    • Sencapri
    • 4 years ago

    You guys should put secrets in your podcasts and have us find them for the prizes!!! just a thought πŸ™ don’t hate me!

    • Deanjo
    • 4 years ago

    Too late guys, I already entered. No sense for you guys to enter as well.

      • superjawes
      • 4 years ago

      Pretty sure I beat you with the entry, so you should forfeit the card to me in the (unlikely) event that you do win πŸ˜›

        • Deanjo
        • 4 years ago

        A detected DVORAK keyboard layout triggered the foreign entry filter on the form and thus your entry was discarded.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 4 years ago

          The music of AntonΓ­n DvoΕ™Γ‘k was detected coming from your computer and thus YOUR entry was discarded.

            • Neutronbeam
            • 4 years ago

            The guy who invented the alternative typing keyboard layout was also a MUSICIAN?! . . . *MIND BLOWN!*

          • MadManOriginal
          • 4 years ago

          The fact that you can buy Titan cards because you want to means your entry was discarded.

            • Deanjo
            • 4 years ago

            I need a physx card…..

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