TR’s 12 days of giveaways, day 10: an AMD mobo and CPU combo

TR's 12 days of giveaways has reached double digits. To kick off day 10, we're happy to announce that Jason Kwong​ is the winner of yesterday's Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI motherboard. Congratulations, Jason. Look for a message soon from our business guy, Adam Eiberger, with instructions on how to claim your prize. A big thanks to Gigabyte for making yesterday's giveaway possible.

For today's giveaway, Gigabyte wrapped up one of its GA-970-Gaming motherboards for us. To make this prize package even sweeter, AMD sent us one of its FX-8370 CPUs to go with the board.

The GA-970-Gaming is about as tricked out as AMD motherboards get. It supports USB 3.1 transfer speeds, and a USB Type-C port will let our winner put that speed to good use. It also has a PCIe Gen2 x2 M.2 slot for transfer speeds up to 10Gb/s with NVMe and SATA PCIe SSDs. An upgradable op-amp complements the board's premium Realtek ALC1150 audio codec. Gigabyte's DualBIOS, a Killer E2200 NIC, and two-way CrossFire support round out the feature list.

Our winner will also get an 8-core AMD FX-8370 CPU to put in the GA-970-Gaming's CPU socket. The FX-8370 is the fastest 125W AMD chip around with its 4GHz base and 4.3GHz turbo clocks.

If you've already entered our contest and haven't won anything yet, you're already eligible to win this bundle. If you haven't entered or need to catch up on what's happening, check out the rules and details in our introductory post, and enter using the form on that page. Good luck.

Colton Westrate

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    • Walkintarget
    • 4 years ago

    Recently picked up an MSI 970 Gaming board (similar to this one with RT1150 audio and Killer E2200) and paired it up with an FX 6300, and I really like it for a budget build. Under $100 for the board and chip, and for what I use it for (workbench rig – encoding, transcoding, surfing), it’s a very capable performer.
    I hope it goes to someone who appreciates it for what it is, not some Intel fanboi who says even free would be too much.

      • anotherengineer
      • 4 years ago

      I would use it and appreciate it!!

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    Don’t you just love SATA ports that face outward, not sideways? This board proves that you can have dual CF/SLI while also having SATA ports that face outward. My board has SATA ports that mostly face sideways and the ports closer to the PCB just can’t accept any cables because of my enclosure’s design which blocks cables from being inserted properly. It sucks.

      • LostCat
      • 4 years ago

      I’ve had outward ports rip off when I tried removing the SATA cable, at least. I still prefer them, but that was freaky.

    • vargis14
    • 4 years ago

    Would not mind to have it to play with and see how much my 2600k rips it to shreds especially when i put both my gtx770 4gb cards in it in SLI… forget that it only supports crossfire:(
    well at least i could see the difference with one gtx770. what a pity.

    It is a good CPU for Excel but besides that intel bells intel bells intel bells all the way ohh what not fun it is to run a 125 watt CPU at stock speeds.A 200+ watts OC will keep santa from coming down the chimney. and probably fry the VRMs that that board does not have many to start with.

    • ronch
    • 4 years ago

    This is AMD reminding you guys to not forgot them in your Winter system buyer’s guide.

    I think this is definitely the sweetest giveaway so far, even if you already own a faster Intel rig.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 4 years ago

    It’s like the ultimate AM3+ config. That is one heck of a combo.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]To make this prize package even sweeter, AMD sent us one of its FX-8370 CPUs to go with the board.[/quote<] OK, I know you are trying to be professional and all, but let's be real here: [b<]LORD DAMAGE[/b<] sent you one of AMD's FX-8370 CPUs to go with the board. 😛

      • ronch
      • 4 years ago

      Winner:

      [quote<]Dear AMD, I would just like to ask about the usual AMD FX case sticker. I was looking for the AMD FX sticker and can't find it. Instead, I find this sticker with a picture of a man wearing glasses with whitish, thinning hair. Why is this? Is this supposed to be here? Should I stick it on my case? Thanks! [/quote<]

      • Auril4
      • 4 years ago

      Tech Report is not considered a professional website.

    • ImSpartacus
    • 4 years ago

    And then you can watch it get destroyed by an overclocked i3 if you try to game with it:

    [url<]http://www.techspot.com/review/1108-intel-locked-skylake-cpu-bclk-overclocking/page4.html[/url<] Yeah, I'm super fun at parties...

      • Skid
      • 4 years ago

      hehehe

      …and second prize is TWO AMD mobos and CPUs…

      • baobrain
      • 4 years ago

      Except on far cry and such…

      • deruberhanyok
      • 4 years ago

      I recall seeing significant performance improvement on AMD CPUs in the initial wave of Direct3D 12 benchmarks.

      [url<]http://www.anandtech.com/show/8968/star-swarm-directx-12-amd-apu-performance[/url<] (those are some of AMD's APUs, I don't recall seeing tests with any of the FX processors, but with 8 proper cores I'd be curious to see how it compares). Unfortunately since then it seems everyone is just doing the testing on Intel processors now. That's too bad, because there are a lot of people out there with AMD processors and I bet they'd like to see how much of a difference the newer API makes in terms of making the processors competitive vs. Intel's similarly-priced offerings. Granted, it doesn't help with existing games, but if I was sitting on one of these processors it'd be nice to know if there's significantly more performance to be wrung out of it yet.

      • MLSCrow
      • 4 years ago

      •First of all, it doesn’t get “destroyed”, it’s a matter of a couple fps.

      •Second of all, the 8370 isn’t even in the benchmark you linked.

      •Third, the AMD chip in that Benchmark is an 8320 “E” version, meaning that it’s a lower power version compared to the FX8370.

      •Fourth, the i3 is also overclocked to 4.7GHz and using high speed 3048MHz DDR4 RAM vs the low power AMD chip using the slowest DDR3 out of everything in the list.

      • Fifth, the benchmark uses a game that only seems to utilize 2-4 cores, which is why it beats even the i5’s it’s benched against, so it doesn’t even utilize the 8 cores that the AMD chip offers.

      In the end, this combination of Motherboard and CPU that is being offered for FREE as a giveaway, is an awesome setup for someone that doesn’t have a gaming system yet. Don’t be discouraged, if you win it, by some ass hat like the guy above who tries to do everything he can to piss on things that aren’t the best. It’s still an awesome setup. With Windows 10 and a DX12 game, it will blow the pants off just about any i3, i5, and perhaps i7 CPU out there as DX12 will utilize all 8 cores, which Intel doesn’t even have in any of their consumer CPU’s (at least not under $1000, and not until this most recent generation), so feel happy to win it.

      And anything that this guy says in response, will preemptively reveal the retardation of his mental capacity.

      • Geonerd
      • 4 years ago

      Piss off…

    • LostCat
    • 4 years ago

    Oooo, spiffy.

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