TR’s 2017 Christmas giveaway: goodies from MSI, Antec, and OCZ

Season's greetings, my dear gerbils and gerbilettes. Snow is falling, presents are being acquired, and the holiday cheer is in full swing. Companies are getting in on the Christmas fun, too. We're sure that by now you've pictured where this is going. That's right, we have another world-famous TR giveaway!

The fine folks at MSI, Antec, and Toshiba have joined our festivities. All three companies are purveyors of high-quality hardware, and there are contributions from each and every one of them. Much like the Three Wise Men, each company has offered gifts to the gerbildom. Let's see what each of them brought for you.

From the lands of MSI, there are two circuit boards, each of a different type. The first is a Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC motherboard, a $200 value at Amazon or Newegg. This slab o' circuits is packed with goodies, including two M.2 slots, USB 3.1 Gen2 ports in Type-A and Type-C flavors, and Intel-powered Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. As if all that weren't enough, the main PCIe x16 slots and memory slots are reinforced with metal, and there's a Realtek ALC1220 codec handling audio output duties. We liked this motherboard's feature set and sensible PCIe lane allocation when we reviewed it, and it should prove a fine home for a Coffee Lake CPU. Oh, before we forget—of course there are onboard RGB LEDs.

MSI's second offering is the GeForce GTX 1060 Gaming X 6G graphics card, worth $305 at Newegg. This potent pixel-pusher is topped off with the company's Zero Frozr cooler and its two TorX 2.0 fans. The ensemble should offer near-silent cooling, and the card is a fine choice for any gaming system short of a 4K beast.

You'll need somewhere to put the fancy motherboard and graphics card, and that's where the Antec P110 Luce case comes in (a value of $93 at Amazon). This stylish ATX monolith has a tempered glass window and is loaded with air- and liquid-cooling spots. Up top, you can fit two 140-mm fans or a 280-mm radiator. The front panel can take in three 120-mm fans, two 140-mm spinners, or a heat exchanger up to 360 mm long. Another 120-mm radiator or fan can go in the back. There's enough room for CPU coolers as tall as 165 mm (6.5") and power supplies as long as 7.9" (200 mm). Blinkenlights fans will appreciate the built-in RGB LED lighting.

Antec has an offering that goes right into the case above: the HCP-1300 Platinum power supply unit. This hyper-powered beast can push 1300 W and comes with fully-modular cabling. There's a whopping 10 PCIe power connectors and an OC Link port for connecting two of these units in tandem. The 80 Plus Platinum rating ensures that the PSU's efficiency should remain above 94% across the board. If you're wondering what systems the HCP-1300 can power, it's safe to say the answer is "all of them."

Finally, Toshiba brought three items: a trio of the company's TR200 SSDs in 240 GB capacity, each worth $90 at Amazon or Newegg. These drives are capable of reading data at up to 555 MB/s and writing it at 540 MB/s. Those are healthy figures for a SATA drive, and the IOPS ratings are are nothing to sneeze at either: 79K for reads and 87K for writes. These SSDs are fine choices for any build, and three lucky gerbils will have a chance at one.

We'll give away the prizes in three lots. The grand-prize winner will receive the MSI mobo and graphics card, the Antec case and power supply, and one of Toshiba's TR200 SSDs. Two runner-ups will then get one TR200 SSD each.

By now you're wondering what you need to do to get your grubby little hands on the gear. The answer is simple: next to nothing. All you have to do is sign up and answer a quick question to weed out any bots. Just check out our review of the Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon and tell us which model of Wi-Fi radio the mobo comes with. We'll be collecting entries until 12:00 PM Central Time on December 21. The winners will be announced on December 22. We wish you the best of luck!

Rules and regulations

Our contests are only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (except Quebec).

Only one entry per person, household, or e-mail address will be considered. 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 entries between the time this post goes up and 12:00 CT on December 21, 2017. We'll then choose winners for the random draws among all eligible entries. The winners will be announced on the site on December 22, 2017. The winners will be notified via the e-mail they submitted with their entries and must claim their prizes within 72 hours, or they will forfeit them and we will select a new winner.

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. Any prizes will be shipped to the address provided in this form. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. TR also reserves the right to disqualify entries that appear to be attempts to game the system or circumvent the rules in any way, or for any other reason, without explanation.

The staff of The Tech Report and their immediate families may not enter the giveaway and are not eligible to win.

No purchase is necessary. This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. TR and the giveaway sponsors 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 the comments thread on this article. Happy hunting!

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    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 2 years ago

    *shakes fist at Quebec*

    • willmore
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]The answer is simple: next to nothing.[/quote<] I thought that was a very clever way to hide the answer, but it wasn't. Maybe next year. 🙂

      • doc_salvage
      • 2 years ago

      I thought the answer was “all of them” and that’s what I submitted. lol you’re not the only one! very sad when I figured out my mistake.

    • schubert1996
    • 2 years ago

    Oh come on!!! Why not make the giveaways interbational?? So not fair

    • paulWTAMU
    • 2 years ago

    The next raffle/giveaway I win will be the first (not just here, anywhere) so fingers crossed!

    • Waco
    • 2 years ago

    Merry Christmas TR!

    • bthylafh
    • 2 years ago

    Ha, and I’ve just upgraded my classic Sandy Bridge machine to Coffee Lake, so I’ll sit this one out. Good luck to the rest of you.

      • SoM
      • 2 years ago

      enter it and give it to a TR member who’d miss is it. like if you’d won and i didn’t… see where are i’m with this :p

    • chuckula
    • 2 years ago

    Thanks to all the vendors who donated prizes!

    • SoM
    • 2 years ago

    well here goes nothing..

    goodluck y’all

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    TR and the TR200, a match made in heaven.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    I had no idea that Radio Shack made 802.11ac Wi-Fi chips, but here we are…

      • juzz86
      • 2 years ago

      So the answer wasn’t Bitchin’Fast?

      Damn.

    • euricog
    • 2 years ago

    As an international reader, here’s my yearly why-only-Americans-get-thanks rant:

    Argh, rahhhh, roar, yada yada, trump, etc….

      • Sargent Duck
      • 2 years ago

      A lot comes down to shipping and all the legal paperwork. I know being in Canada, I often see “except Quebec” for contests. Quebec has some pretty weird and inane laws concerning promotions/give-aways such that’s it’s not worth a companies time/hassle to run a contest there. I imagine International would be the same, the legal issues for TR would be much too difficult.

      Although if you (and non-North American users) were to donate enough for TR to hire a lawyer to navigate these restrictions, I’m sure they’d be more than happy to oblige…

        • kruky
        • 2 years ago

        I fight it with my ublock on.

          • DancinJack
          • 2 years ago

          Weak, kruky. Real weak.

            • kruky
            • 2 years ago

            1/4th of techreport readers comes from Europe. The fact that they don’t even want to do anything about it just makes me sad and angry.

            • chuckula
            • 2 years ago

            There’s a world of difference between “don’t even want to do anything” and the reality that Europe has laws and regulations out the wazoo that make actually doing what you want practically impossible.

            Stop trying to blame TR for Europe’s governmental structure.

            • DancinJack
            • 2 years ago

            Mind if I ask how you know a fourth of the TR audience comes from Europe?

            • kruky
            • 2 years ago

            website traffic estimates. if it’s wrong i’ll gladly know the real numbers.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            Adam has said so multiple times on this very website that the sponsors’ marketing budget is (generally) split up by region. Money spent from the NA budget needs to go towards prizes for the NA region, and so on. So don’t be an idiot and punish TR for their sponsors’ decisions. We’ll all just be better off if you don’t come to the site at all.

            • kruky
            • 2 years ago

            in 9 years that i’m here not even once was there anything for Europe. (well – if I missed anything prove me wrong)

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            Did you read what I posted? Of course not. It’s a US-based website. You want European giveaways, visit a European website. I don’t go to those websites and bitch about American exclusions, though.

            • kruky
            • 2 years ago

            I don’t bitch about it. When did I? I just said I don’t turn off ublock. And at least 19 ppl so far is bitching about that.

            • euricog
            • 2 years ago

            [quote<]We'll all just be better off if you don't come to the site at all.[/quote<] That's a horrible thing to write just because there's a difference of opinion.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            It’s not a subjective thing. It’s about coming to the site with ad blocker. He’s using TR’s bandwidth without any ad revenue to pay for it. The site will be better off financially if he doesn’t come here.

            If I wanted to be subjective, I’d say coming to a site you’re actively angry with—while using an ad blocker—just to consume bandwidth feels spiteful.

            • euricog
            • 2 years ago

            Dude, any guy that actively visits and participates in the site is also actively promoting it.

            Search engines rank pages by speed, quality and user engagement. Higher user engagement brings higher rankings and therefore more visitors and ad revenue.

            If some users choose to block ads they should be in their own right to do so as ads are often a very damaging experience to the user and never should be a “contractual” requirement to access the site’s content.

            If you want to show your appreciation you can whitelist your adblocker, you can donate or even better, you can participate often and promote it with your own community.

            What certainly does not help it is having hate and division in the site’s community. A healthy community will promote (and therefore contribute to) the site much better.

            If international users express their disappointment for being “left out”, they are just doing that, expressing their disappointment, not showing hate or threatening to stop visiting TR.
            I, for one, although I do not pay money to TR, have been an active user for a long time and always promote TR has my favorite tech source. From TR I don’t require anything more than keep doing what they do and I’m sure I’ll be with TR for a long long time.

            But what do you guys do? You downvote aggressively and then shove international users away.

            I’m pretty sure that TR would only benefit from having a wider userbase and if you want to help out TR, it would be in your interest to welcome everyone regardless of where they come from or how much they can pay.

        • euricog
        • 2 years ago

        Hey,

        I do understand that the US has their own regulations that prevent TR from sending/donating hardware worldwide.

        Nevertheless, is there any will to do something about it?

        I mean, has TR ever tried to ask the sponsors something like:
        “Hey, thanks for the promo stuff, TR and our readers really appreciate it.
        However, we were wondering, as we also have readership outside of the US/Canada and there are restrictive laws which prevent us from gifting them, is there anything that [INSERT PROMO BRAND HERE] can do to help us show our appreciation to our international readers? Thank you so much.”

        Remember that these brands are not xmas angels, they provide the freebies as investment to promote the brand, so you’re not asking them for anything that they are not willing to do.

        Those brands have offices outside of US and provide lots of free hardware for international giveways, such as: [url<]http://www.hexus.net/epicgiveaway/[/url<] Doesn't Bruno work from Portugal? If so and if he wouldn't mind to give a helping hand to the community, he could receive some hardware sent from the European headquarters of promoting brands and ship to international winners. I'm sure winners would not mind paying for any customs fees, if applicable in their countries. Also, let Bruno keep an item of his choice to thank for his effort (or two if the giveaway does not include at least a $500+ GeForce or similar). As Americans say: "When there's a will, there's a way". Even if nothing can be done, in behalf of international readers, thank you for your at least trying and thank you for your effort in creating high-quality content for our enjoyment! Merry Christmas everyone!

        • allreadydead
        • 2 years ago

        I do not believe it’s completely TR’s fault; global companies has regional Sales Promotion budgets. when a company makes a promotion, generally it’s made using that regions money. So, they want to use that limited amount for promotions that would affect their sales in their region even their company is a global one.
        TR could contact Global HQ about the giveaway but as the branch over TR’s location knows better, HQ would just forward the request to the branch in that region or just decline it.
        On the other side, I’m pretty sure digital good can be delivered globally. TR can make giveaways of the softwares, games and other digital stuff
        OR, they can use sites like amazon or newegg to create global giveaways. At least, giveaway would have more coverage (FYI, both are sending to my country :P)

        • obsidian76
        • 2 years ago

        Funny that European sites like Guru3d, Kitguru etc have no such issues with worldwide entry, yet US sites including Anandtech, pcperpective, this site cannot figure a solution out. hmm!!!!

          • obsidian76
          • 2 years ago

          oh looky a giveaway not restricted by geography [url<]https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/guru3d-2017-december-13-contest-win-a-nvidia-star-wars-titan-xp-collector-edition.html[/url<]

            • allreadydead
            • 2 years ago

            do you have any idea which of the reviews has that image ? I think I red mobo and ryzen ones already. I re-read them all but couldnt find it.. I never have the need ask such things as I do not have any blocker on for trusted sites but I couldn’t spot the image :\

            nvm.. Nothing was wrong but me. It was just I couldn’t see what’s in front of me :\

      • juzz86
      • 2 years ago

      I feel sorry for Quebec, every year they’re explicitly told ‘no’!

      🙂

        • MOSFET
        • 2 years ago

        and usually in English too!

          • juzz86
          • 2 years ago

          Talk about kicking them when they’re down! Zut!

    • Concupiscence
    • 2 years ago

    Alright, just entered. Hope springs eternal that I’ll get lucky enough to win something one day, and thanks to TR and the sponsors for making several people very happy this holiday season.

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