TR's 12 days of giveaways, day 11: EVGA's GeForce GTX 980 FTW

It's Christmas Eve, and that means it's day 11 of TR's 12 days of giveaways. Before we announce the sweet prize we have today, we need to wrap up yesterday's unfinished business. Congratulations are in order for Nathanael Rebiger. He's the proud new owner of Gigabyte's GA-970-Gaming motherboard and AMD's FX-8370 CPU. Nathanael, look for a message soon from our business guy, Adam Eiberger, with instructions on how to claim your prize. Thanks again to Gigabyte and AMD for hooking us up with all that great gear.

For today's giveaway EVGA has generously provided us with one of its EVGA GeForce GTX 980 FTW Gaming ACX 2.0 graphics cards. The GeForce GTX 980 is a solid card on its own, but EVGA's FTW touches make this card into more than the average GTX 980.

For starters, EVGA's ACX 2.0 cooler uses two fans with swept blades to both run quieter and keep the card cooler than a reference heatsink. The EVGA GeForce GTX 980 FTW also delivers higher-than-reference 1279 MHz base and 1380 MHz boost speeds. To support those higher clocks, EVGA tweaks the power delivery system for the FTW card by swapping out one of the standard 6-pin PCIe power connectors for an 8-pin plug. The card also gets a 6+2 power phase configuration instead of the standard 4+1 design. It even has dual BIOS chips (just in case). Thanks to EVGA for making today's giveaway possible.

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.

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