TR’s 12 days of giveaways: EVGA and MSI’s prize is off the charts

Evening, gerbils. We're eager for our New Year's parties, but first we should look through the next bag of prizes. TR Santa was here and gone before we arrived, and he left a shocking pink bag with a glittery ribbon tied on. Its shine nearly blinded us when it caught the midday sun. Santa left a hand-written note telling us to "give this to someone special." That sounds like a command, and we wouldn't dare disobey someone with that much power.

Okay, let's see what's in this oddly colorful bag. Great Scott, it's full of stars… oh wait, that's just glitter. Goodness, I think we're in shock, folks. You won't believe what this contains: an MSI Z170A Gaming M5 motherboard, an EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW graphics card, and an EVGA SuperNova 650 G3 power supply. Be still my beating heart.

We've teased this motherboard here before, and here it is in its full glory. The MSI Z170A Gaming M5 (which goes for $180) is a feature-packed ATX motherboard with three PCIe x16 slots and support for both SLI and CrossFire. There are not one but two M.2 slots to plug PCIe SSDs into. Gigabit Ethernet connectivity is provided by a Killer E2400 adapter. The spec list is far from over, though. The audio section is enhanced with a Realtek ALC1150 codec, isolated circuitry, and dual headphone outputs. Finally, there are two USB 3.1 ports: one Type-A and one Type-C. In a nod to tweakers like our winner, MSI added a handy LED POST code display.

The mobo above is a great prize on its own, but we're upping the ante. The prize bag contains an EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW graphics card (worth $460, and I tried to steal it for myself but was caught green-handed). Let's see how many ways we can say this card is awesome. It's got EVGA's super-quiet ACX 3.0 cooling setup. The GPU's clocks are boosted to a very healthy 1797 MHz. If those megahertz aren't enough for you, a 10+2 power phase setup and dual 8-pin connectors should let you overclock the card like crazy. Finally, there's RGB LED ligthing on tap for that all-important color coordination. EVGA also covers the card with a 3-year warranty, and its Step-Up program gives the buyer 90 days to trade in their purchase for a more powerful model.

And now for the final prize that nicely complements the set above: an EVGA SuperNova 650 G3 power supply (a $110 prize). There's not much we can say about this compact PSU that can't be boiled down to "it's perfect." The power supply experts at JonnyGuru rated this unit with a perfect 10/10 score, and the unit's been getting rave reviews across all the corners of the internet thanks to its quiet profile and super-stable power delivery. EVGA is so confident about the quality of these units that it covers them with a seven-year warranty. Like any quality PSU in this day and age, the SuperNova 650 G3 has modular cabling and 80 Plus Gold certification.

There will be no countdown today, because today's TR community prize is a particularly special one. It's going to the person with the most forum posts, who also happens to be a man who's forgotten more about hardware and computing in general than all of us combined will ever know. He's extremely affable, and despite his vast knowledge and the fact that he can land a job anywhere, he'll always find time to help out. He could hang out with any crew, but for some reason he's around us all the time (go figure). Last but not least, he offers craft beer to people at the TR BBQs.

We're talking, of course, about none other than just brew it! Congratulations, this is not only a "total forum posts" award, but also coincidentally a "TR lifetime achievement" of sorts. Enjoy this pack of hardware, for you certainly earned it by helping gerbils over the years. Meanwhile, Krogoth was seen downloading scripts to artificially inflate his forum post count.

If you've been doing the math, you'll know that this prize haul is worth $750. EVGA and MSI's generosity to TR is immense, and both companies deserves a truly heartfelt thanks. Please go ahead and follow EVGA's Twitter feed and hit Like on its Facebook profile. Then if you'll be so kind, please do the same on MSI's Twitter and Facebook feed.

There's only one giveaway left, and it's a random draw, so you have a chance to score the mother of all prize bags. We're still taking entries for the random draw until midnight CET today, so if you haven't signed up already, go for it. In the meantime, you can take a sneak peek at tomorrow's prizes:

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    • Jigar
    • 3 years ago

    Congrats JBI 🙂

    • BIF
    • 3 years ago

    JBI, welcome back to folding, man! (hint, hint)

    But seriously, congratulations!

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    I haven’t been keeping up with these threads since I’m not eligible but [i<]dayum[/i<], these prizes are pretty sweet.

    • HERETIC
    • 3 years ago

    Well deserved-thro a little ironic forcing Intel and NV on him…………..

    • hasseb64
    • 3 years ago

    were is my prices?

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    Congrats, JBI! As someone who wants to stick with AMD I think being given an Intel motherboard may be bittersweet. Nonetheless, that’s a kind of bittersweet-ness anyone can live with! CONGRATS!! Your 2016 is really ending with a BANG!!!

    Oh and as for Krogoth: REALLY!!!

      • Krogoth
      • 3 years ago

      I have been caught red-handed with my 1337 hax0r. 😀

    • ludi
    • 3 years ago

    Congrats jbi!

    • mrcapncaveman
    • 3 years ago

    Congrats!

    • Krogoth
    • 3 years ago

    Congrats to all who were involved in these giveaways! 😀

    [Still nothing on that sack of coal here ;)]

    • just brew it!
    • 3 years ago

    This should also satisfy my urge to tinker with systems for the near term. It was not my plan to be an “early adopter” of Zen, so this ought to tide me over. 😉

    • just brew it!
    • 3 years ago

    Holy crap! I have to say… I’m completely floored. That’s some nice gear. Thank you very much.

    And yes, not counting laptops and work-related builds, it has been a while — a VERY long while — since I’ve owned or put together an Intel-based system. My personal desktop builds have been AMD since the K6 days.

    Time to do a little research to pick out a suitable CPU and some RAM to round this build out.

    I think the only spare full ATX case I’ve got on hand right now is an old Chieftec Matrix full tower… in metallic purple, no less! So maybe I’ll take a look at cases too. LOL.

      • bhtooefr
      • 3 years ago

      Congrats!

      Do the build in the ~15 year old purple case, you know you want to. 😉

        • just brew it!
        • 3 years ago

        Yes, I have to admit I’m tempted. But the lack of exhaust ports larger than 80mm is a pretty big deterrent. The old Chieftecs tend to be relegated to server duty these days (so they can be put somewhere I can’t hear the fans), and/or low-end systems with modest cooling needs (allowing the use of low RPM exhaust fans).

        Lack of built-in front USB 3.0 connections is a minor issue as well, but with all the front drive bays that’s easily solvable with an I/O panel insert.

        I still love the build quality of those things though. They are literally strong enough to support the weight of an adult sitting on them. How many modern PC cases would survive that?

          • Waco
          • 3 years ago

          My Cosmos II will easily do that. 😛

          Congrats on the win, you certainly earned it!

          • bhtooefr
          • 3 years ago

          I think it’d be possible, with good enough fans, and a cool enough CPU, to make it work, and still not be obnoxiously loud.

          Not exactly comparable, as it’s SFF (in a case with different airflow paths) and I have a blower GPU (meaning the GPU isn’t dumping heat in the case), but I’ve got a stock-clocked i5-6600K (yes, that makes sense for Skylake) in a system that has a single 120 mm intake fan (a Scythe GlideStream 120 PWM 1300 RPM) blowing onto a top-down cooler, and it has no exhaust fan. I don’t think I’ve ever noticed the CPU fan making noise in actual operation. (The GPU’s fan, OTOH…)

          It does help that the highest power consumption I’ve seen from my i5-6600K is 67 watts, and that was with four threads of Prime95 configured for maximum heat.

          If I were building in that case, I’d probably go for either i5-6600K or i7-6700 (not i7-6700K), get a nice tower cooler, and use, oh, a couple of these for exhaust: [url<]http://noctua.at/en/products/fan/nf-a8-pwm/specification[/url<] At 17.7 dBa, you could probably even run them flat out all the time and not notice them, but might as well run them off of PWM and tie them to motherboard temperature or something.

            • just brew it!
            • 3 years ago

            At least the Chieftec has a side exhaust, which would help get rid of the heat from the GPU. I imagine the PSU will still be sucking a lot of hot exhaust from the GPU though, since it’s a top PSU mount design.

            It’s also a little narrower than most modern towers, which could be limiting as far as larger, quieter CPU coolers go. I know it’ll fit something like a Hyper TX3 (and I already have a spare one of those on hand), which are pretty quiet provided you don’t push the RPMs beyond 1800 or so; but at full speed they get a little loud. Something with at least a 120mm fan would be preferable.

            Will definitely take a look at case options. If I can find a basic mid-tower with modern features at a reasonble price I may toss that into the cart as well. I figure NZXT and Fractal are probably reasonable places to start.

            • morphine
            • 3 years ago

            Fractal Define C if you want something compact. I rebuilt my main box (i7-6700K) it not even a week ago and can tell you all about it. If you want something a little bigger, go with the R5 instead.

            As for cooling, don’t skimp on it. Modern HSFs can give you literally a silent PC. I’ve invested in a Noctua NH-D15S for this box and I’m not regretting it even one bit. Overclocked 6700K that just makes some whoosh under a Prime95 load? Yes please.

            • just brew it!
            • 3 years ago

            The Define C looks nice (and the price is reasonable), but the motherboard is full ATX so I do need something bigger. The R5 may be an option.

            • morphine
            • 3 years ago

            The Define C [i<]is[/i<] ATX 🙂 My board is an Asus Z170-Pro.

            • just brew it!
            • 3 years ago

            Ahh, my bad. I was looking at the product page for the Define C Mini!

            • morphine
            • 3 years ago

            Fair warning though: these modern cases mostly feel very flimsy compared to the old-school Chieftec and Antecs, and I was very suspicious when I started rebuilding my PC. I ended up realizing that’s no matter if it all fits nicely together and is soundproofed (it does, and it is).

            • just brew it!
            • 3 years ago

            Yeah, I’m well aware. My current desktop is in an NZXT mid-tower. The sheet metal feels a little flimsy, but once the side panels are on and the screws tightened down it feels rigid enough. It seems that the design of newer cases is more akin to a modern unibody automobile, as opposed to having a stiff, heavy frame that everything else attaches to like the old Chieftecs (and similar) did.

            I really don’t feel like disassembling my daily driver to pursue this build; otherwise I’d just re-use the NZXT.

            • Glorious
            • 3 years ago

            This is getting uncomfortably uncanny. I have the same thing. It’s like our computing hardware sensibilities are on some sort of bizarre convergence.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      [quote=”just brew it!”<] Time to do a little research to pick out a suitable CPU and some RAM to round this build out. [/quote<] [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232091<]$170[/url<] 2x16 GiB [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/products/memory/#s=403000,403200,403300,403333,403400,403466,403600,403666,403733,403866,404000,404133,404200,404266&Z=16384001,32768001,32768002,65536002&V=1200,1350&L=0,160&sort=a7&page=1<]PC4-25600[/url<]] [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007671%204814%20600565702%20600005728%20600005730%20600005731%20600158477%20600298519%20600079699%208000&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=96<]$350[/url<] Core i7-6700K or $240 Core i5-6600K or $121 Core i3-6100

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      Yay JBI!

      • blitzy
      • 3 years ago

      well deserved! enjoy

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      Update:
      [url<]https://techreport.com/review/31179/intel-core-i7-7700k-kaby-lake-cpu-reviewed[/url<] [url<]https://techreport.com/news/31190/intel-unveils-its-full-range-of-desktop-and-laptop-kaby-lake-cpus[/url<]

      • Mr Bill
      • 3 years ago

      Well deserved, congrats! May your new case have plenty of plenums to purge the puissant power of your prodigious prize.

    • MaxTheLimit
    • 3 years ago

    JBI seems to be a good Gerbil. No one more deserving. Enjoy the gear!

    • Kougar
    • 3 years ago

    Damn JBI, I’ll confess I’m slightly envious! You better do some folding or crunching on that GPU! 😉 Congrats on the win!!

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      That GPU should be good for more than half a million folding points per day.
      [url<]http://www.overclock.net/t/475163/gpu-projects-ppd-database[/url<]

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        Should put his AMD FX8350 to shame. Better see that baby churning for TR Frankenbot next year.

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 3 years ago

          It’s also possible that he might put it to use [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=118928&p=1332138#p1332138<]gaming[/url<].

            • just brew it!
            • 3 years ago

            Well… that thread was actually about a new GPU for my son (FWIW I went with an RX 470).

            But!

            I do still miss gaming sometimes, and I feel like I’ve been out of the loop on the Windows side of things for a little too long. So the tentative plan is a Windows 10 / Linux dual-boot system, and to dip my toe back into FPS gaming (possibly starting with the DOOM reboot). The original DOOM was the first game that had me pulling all-nighters to game, so it seems appropriate.

            • Pitabred
            • 3 years ago

            The new Doom has the same addictive qualities, while being updated to modern tech 😉 I highly recommend it.

            • DPete27
            • 3 years ago

            Such a huge install size though!

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 years ago

            [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/products/internal-hard-drive/#t=0&S=480000,10000000&sort=a7&page=1<]$245[/url<] for a 1.1 TB Crucial MX300 (2.5" or M.2-2280) fixes that problem. Serve up another easy one.

    • Duct Tape Dude
    • 3 years ago

    Congrats, JBI! That’s quite the haul!

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 3 years ago

    That’s a haul that even Krogoth could be impressed by (but won’t).

    Congrats JBI!

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    But Krogoth post are filled with such emotion they count as 50 post each. Clearly he deserves at least a small satchel of coal, no?

    Congrats brew master.

    • EzioAs
    • 3 years ago

    Can’t fool me Bruno, I know there should be more RGB prizes if it weren’t for your mischievous green-tinted hands. 😛

    Congrats, JBI.

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      I’ll only speak in the presence of an attorney.

        • Forge
        • 3 years ago

        As Bruno’s attorney, I’m advising him to make no comment. Also, you really got to hire a real attorney, I’m going to get arrested for this.

        Congrats JBI!

    • drfish
    • 3 years ago

    Congrats buddy, no one deserves it more!

    • CuttinHobo
    • 3 years ago

    Well deserved!! Congrats, jbi!

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    Congrats JBI, if that is your real name >.>

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    Holy crap. Congrats, jbi! Looks like you’re going to have to build an Intel system. 😆

    He’s probably celebrating with an [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=1269678#p1269775<]RGB party[/url<].

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Of course…since everyone knows that RGB REALLY stands for “Really Good Beer”. Congrats JBI!

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        and it’s almost new year’s, so definitely a good time for it.

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