Subject: General Tech | December 23, 2012 - 09:53 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: overclocking, motherboard, gigabyte, contest
Gigabyte and Cooler Master have teamed up to host the Winter OC Whiteout overclocking competition. Enthusiasts are encouraged to push their systems as far as possible to achieve the highest 3D benchmark scores. Cooling methods like LN2 and liquid helium are encouraged to break existing records and grab the top spots, with certian hardware restrictions put in place over three classes to reportedly level the playing field.
The overclocking stages are as follows:
- Stage One: 3DMark11 DX11 “No X79” single GPU only
- Stage Two: 3DMark Vantange Dual Core, single GPU only
- Stage Three: Heaven DX11 “Full Out” Any CPU, single GPU only
The stages are fairly self-explanatory. For stage one, users are not allowed to use any Intel X79 hardware (motherboards or processors). In stage two, the limits are that users can only use single or dual core processors. Stage three opens up the system such that you can use any processor and graphics card combination. Further, all three stages are limited to a single graphics card per system.
The contest is being run by HWBot, and overclock submissions need to follow the site’s validation rules. You will need to use a specific HWBot desktop background and submit screenshots of the overclock that include the benchmark score as well as screenshots of CPU-Z’s CPU, Memory, and Mainboard tabs. Also, you will need to include a photo of your computer hardware.
The photos of your computer hardware will also be used for a bonus contest where Gigabyte and Cooler Master will pick ten of the most festive submission photos on January 10th. Those ten photos will be placed on the Gigabyte Tech Column facebook page. The photo from that page receives the most Facebook likes by January 20th will win a bonus prize.
The prizes for the three main overclocking stages include a Gigabyte Z77X-UD4H motherboard and a Cooler Master Seidon 120mm CPU cooler. On the other hand, the bonus prize is a Gigabyte Z77-UD4 motherboard and a Cooler Master Sirus S-5.1 gaming headset.
The contest will run from December 21st to January 20th, 2013. You can find more information over at the HWBot contest page.
Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | December 19, 2012 - 06:56 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: video, sweepstakes, sapphire, never settle, giveaway, contest, amd
Remember those really cool game streams we hosted with AMD on Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman: Absolution and Far Cry 3? Well can you believe that one of the winners from our Far Cry 3 event hasn't replied to our request for a shipping address which means only one thing:
We have an extra Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition FleX graphics card to hand out!
Lucky you! Since it is the holiday season, we wanted to make this EASY for you. Here is how you enter:
- First entry: Leave a comment in this very news post!
- Second entry: Subscribe to our YouTube channel (http://youtube.com/pcper) and leave a comment on this video on YouTube!
- Wait patiently.
We'll randomly pick a winner from anywhere in the world to get this kick ass prize on December 26th, so you'll have something to look forward to on the day after Christmas.
Good luck to all of you and our most heartfelt thanks to AMD, Sapphire and of course the fans of PC Perspective for a great 2012!!
Subject: General Tech | December 14, 2012 - 01:58 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: contest, overclocking, prizes, facebook, gigabyte, G.Skill, Kingpin
Running from December 13th to 27th 2012, the ‘Ultimate OverClockers Dream Xmas Giveaway’ is a prize draw open to all Facebook users. Participation couldn’t be easier; simply ‘Like’ the GIGABYTE, KINGPIN and G.SKILL Facebook fanpages, share the event with your friends, and you could win a range of prizes including a GIGABYTE Z77X-UD4H motherboard.
The Ultimate Overclockers Dream Giveaway - Prizes:
- Intel® Core™ i7 3770K Processor
- GIGABYTE Z77X-UD4H Motherboard
- G.SKILL Trident 2600MHz Cl10 8GB Memory Kit
- KINGPIN Memory Cooler
- GIGABYTE Key Chain and G.SKILL Lanyards
- GIGABYTE Z77-HD4 Motherboard
- G.SKILL RipjawsX 2133MHz CL9 8GB Memory Kit
- KINGPIN Memory Cooler
- GIGABYTE Key Chain and G.SKILL Lanyards
3rd, 4th and 5th Places
- KINGPIN Memory Cooler
- GIGABYTE Key Chain and G.SKILL Lanyards
How to Enter
To take part in the ‘Ultimate OverClockers Dream Xmas Giveaway’ follow these two simple steps:
1. Show that You ‘Like’ Us
Make sure that you ‘Like’ the GIGABYTE Motherboard, KINGPIN Cooling and G.SKILL Facebook fanpages. See the links below.
2. Invite your friends.
There are three simple ways to invite your friends to take part. Simply select invite, publish on your Facebook wall or send a recommendation message.
For more details, and full Terms and Conditions, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/kingpincooling?v=app_154581087931912
Z77X_UD4HGIGABYTE Z77X-UD4H Motherboard – World Class Memory Performance
The new Z77X-UD4H motherboard features a broad range of exclusive GIGABYTE features including GIGABYTE All Digital Power Engine, GIGABYTE 3D BIOS, UEFI DualBIOS™ and Ultra Durable™4 technology, which includes a range of exclusive technologies that guarantee DIY PC builders the absolute best protection for their PC.
The GIGABYTE Z77X-UD4H is a world class performer when it comes to high speed memory, with a record submission pushing past the 4GHz barrier using a G.SKILL TridentX CL11 8GB kit.
Subject: Memory | November 15, 2012 - 01:27 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: sweepstakes, giveaway, G.Skill, contest
UPDATE: Thanks to all who participated! Our winners have been selected and emails have gone out for shipping information!! Thanks again to our friends at G.Skill for the prizes!!
To thank the readers of PC Perspective we have teamed up with friends at G.Skill to open up another incredibly easy to win contest / sweepstakes for some great prizes! We have a pair of 8GB DDR3 memory kits up for grabs this time around.
First up is a 2 x 4GB kit of G.Skill Sniper memory running at 1866 MHz.
Also on the giveaway block is a 2 x 4GB kit of G.Skill Trident X memory capable of 2400 MHz DDR3 speeds!
What do you have to do to win? Here's the secret - not much!
- Visit your favorite PC Perspective pages like our YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitter account. You should subscribe, like and follow us, you know...if you want to. We'd appreciate it!
- Also, stop by the G.Skill Facebook page and see what they have to offer there as well. They frequently run their own contests so you might want to like their page just in case.
- Leave a comment here on this post!
That's it - we love our fans so we want to make sure EVERYONE gets a chance to win some free stuff!
We will close the contest on Monday the 19th at 1pm EST or so - so get your entries in! Thanks again for being a fan of PC Perspective, thanks to G.Skill for the great prizes and stay tuned for MORE contests and giveaways in the coming days!
Subject: Editorial, General Tech | October 18, 2012 - 08:09 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: contest, video, giveaway, amd, llano, APU
In a self-serving attempt to increase awareness about the PC Perspective YouTube channel, we are running another contest where you can win one of four AMD Llano A8-3870K APUs simply by leaving a comment and being a subscriber.
That's right, there are two steps:
We'll pick our winners on October 24th! Good luck!
Subject: General Tech | October 16, 2012 - 04:49 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: memory, giveaway, dominator, corsair, contest
UPDATE: We have selected a winner using Random.org and that is.... Sandy Bruce!! Congrats to the winner and keep checking back on pcper.com as we will have more contests for your shortly!!!
Looking for a killer upgrade to your PC? How does 16GB of DDR3 memory running at 2133 MHz sound? What if it were FREE? Corsair and PC Perspective and teamed up to give away a 16GB kit (4 x 4GB) of Dominator Platinum memory!!
These are the latest modules from Corsair that include a completely cooler design as well as user swappable LED strip! Check out the video below!
These modules are pretty sexy in the dark...
What do you have to do to win this gorgeous memory? It's quite simple:
- Head over to Corsair's Facebook page and give them a 'like'.
- If you are feeling generous (and want to learn about future giveaways) like the PC Perspective Facebook page as well.
- Leave a comment below telling us how you plan on using the Corsair Dominator Platinum memory if you win it!
Pretty simple, right? We'll run the sweepstakes from now until October the 10th, so jump in and get in your shot to walk away from 16GB of memory from PC Perspective and our friends at Corsair!!
Subject: Editorial, Graphics Cards | September 17, 2012 - 02:23 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: pcper, nvidia, live, giveaway, contest, borderlands 2
I hope your day is going to be free tomorrow - we have some big stuff planned! In cooperation with NVIDIA, Gearbox and PC Perspective, we'll be hosting a multi-hour live streaming launch party for Borderlands 2! We'll be going over some of the unique PC-exclusive features, showing off gameplay in the crazy co-op mode and we'll have some giveaways for viewers as well including a pair of Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards!
Tomorrow, Sept 18th, from 4pm ET until at least 8pm ET, staff from PC Perspective and NVIDIA will be using our PC Perspective Live! channel to discuss and show off the new "shoot and loot" title from Gearbox.
Come join us to see Borderlands 2 in action, hang out with PC Perspective and NVIDIA reps and enter for a chance to win one of two Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Ti cards!
Be sure to set your calendars and join us for the Borderlands 2 launch live streaming celebration!!
- PC Perspective Live! channel - pcper.com/live
- Start time: 4pm ET / 1pm PT
Subject: General Tech | September 14, 2012 - 06:48 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Z77, Sabertooth, hardware, contest, asus, 660ti
Today ASUS kicked off a new PC building contest where they are offering up hardware and gift cards to winners. Called the ASUS Skills Challenge, the hardware company is challenging enthusiasts to time themselves building a computer, and the three fastest times will get Newegg cards and hardware grab bags. In addition, the PC builder that puts their computer together faster than JJ from ASUS will win a grand prize.
Prizes for the Skill Challenge include:
- The enthusiast that builds their PC faster than JJ wins a grand prize that includes all of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes as well as a "top of the line" ASUS grab bag.
The fastest build time of all entrants, 1st place prize:
- ASUS Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard, ASUS GTX 660Ti, and a $500 Newegg gift card.
The second fastest build time, 2nd place prize:
- ASUS grab bag and a $250 Newegg gift card.
The third fastest build time, 3rd place prize:
- ASUS grab bag and a $100 Newegg gift card.
Alternatively, ASUS is offering up a random prize draw as well for those that want a chance to win without entering the speed building contest. In the random prize draw, one entrant will be chosen, and ASUS will award the winner with a $100 Newegg gift card and an ASUS grab bag.
The contest begins today and will end on October 14th, 2012 at 5:00 PM PDT. To enter, you will need to "Like" this ASUS Skills Challenge contest page, and then provide the company with your name, birthday, and email. If you are doing the building challenge, you will further need to provide an unedited video of yourself assembling a PC with a timer of some sort in the foreground.
Basic contest rules are that you be at least 18 years old, and live within the United States or Canada. If you do not use Facebook, you can also enter the contest on this webpage. The winner list will be posted on the app on (or before) October 19, 2012.
You can find the official rules on the contest page. Best of luck in winning some ASUS hardware!
Subject: General Tech | July 7, 2012 - 05:32 AM | Tim Verry
Tagged: motherboard, hidden gems, hardware, gigabyte, contest
Motherboard manufacturer Gigabyte is currently running its Hidden Gems contest asking for users to submit photos of their old and trusty Gigabyte-based computers. On August 10th, they will pick three winners who will receive brand new Gigabyte motherboards. The contest ends July 31st, 2012 and winners will be chosen on August 10th. For those curious it does involve “liking” Gigabyte on Facebook, and you must be at least 17 years old. It is unclear but does indeed seem to be open to those outside the United States.
According to Gigabyte, it is running the contest to celebrate “our illustrious history as the leading motherboard manufacturer.” The company wants its users and fans to dig up old photos or videos of their old Gigabyte motherboards and computers. Those photos will then be shared with other contest entrants where they can be talked about and voted on.
After liking the Gigabyte Motherboard Tech Column Facebook page, you can navigate to its website and upload a photo or video of your Gigabyte PC. The Grand Prize will be awarded to the submission that gets the most votes while the “Team Gigabyte” prize will be given to the users chosen by the Gigabyte team. Finally, the “Most Deserving of an Upgrade” prize will be awarded to the entry that shows off the oldest motherboard.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a G1.Sniper M3 motherboard – which we recently reviewed. It is a micro ATX socket 1155 motherboard that features Intel’s Z77 Express chipset and support for its Ivy Bridge processors. It has four DDR3 DIMM slots, one PCI-E x1 and three PCI-E x16 slots. Rear IO includes four USB 2.0, two USB 3.0, a PS/2 port, and VGA, DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort video outputs. The G1.Sniper M3 also features eSATA, Gigabit Ethernet, optical audio output, and 5 channel analog audio output.
For the Team Gigabyte prize, the winner will receive the Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H motherboard which is an Ivy Bridge compatible board that supports up to 32GB (4x8GB) of DDR3 memory, two PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots, Gigabit Ethernet, 7.1 channel analog audio output, 8 USB 3.0 ports, and six USB 2.0 ports. This board is regular ATX sized which accounts for the increased expandability.
Last but not least is the “Most Deserving of an Upgrade” prize. The winner will be given a Gigabyte B75M-D3H motherboard. This motherboard is powered by the B75 chipset and features an LGA 1155 socket, four DDR3 DIMM slots, two PCI-E x16 slots, two PCI slots, one SATA 6Gbps port, and five SATA 3Gbps ports. Rear IO includes a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, VGA port, HDMI port, Gigabit Ethernet, and three analog audio jacks.
If you aren’t against using Facebook and have some Gigabyte motherboards around, it might be worth checking out. Just remember to get your entries in before July 31, 2012 if you do want a chance to win. More information can be found on the Hidden Gems contest page at event.gigabyte.com/hidden_gems/.
Subject: General Tech | May 29, 2012 - 06:53 PM | Ryan Shrout
Tagged: survey, ocz, giveaway, corsair, contest
Every once in a while take an opportunity to learn about YOU, our faithful fans of PC Perspective. Today is one of those days as we have setup a small survey to help point us in the right direction for the future of the website. We can learn a lot from your help with this:
- We learn about you.
- We learn what you want to read on PC Perspective.
- We learn what you don't want to read on PC Perspective.
- We learn what you want to see as the future of PC Perspective.
As you can see, YOU have a lot of power over what is going to happen here, so wield it wisely. If you write in the comments section that we should fire Josh then we'll
probably do it probably not do it.
Other than the obviously great feelings you'll receive from helping out your friends at PC Perspective, we decided that to entice you to spend the 5 minutes on the survey that it will require we are going to offer up a handful of prizes as well!
All you have to do to win one of these great prizes is:
- Fill out our survey.
- Wait for us to pick you as a winner.
Man, we pride ourselves on making our contests and sweepstakes easy, but this is ridiculous! The competition is open to ALL people around the world though you can ONLY enter one time! The survey will run through the 8th of June, so get your entries in!
Good luck and thank you so much for being a part of PC Perspective!