MSI Giveaway: GT680R Sandy Bridge Notebookby Anand Lal Shimpi on March 8, 2011 12:00 AM EST
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I've been working with MSI for nearly as long as AnandTech has been around. So when MSI came to us with a giveaway opportunity we jumped on it. The grand prize? A Sandy Bridge equipped MSI GT680R Notebook. The notebook is powered by a quad-core Core i7-2630QM which runs at 2.0GHz by default but can turbo up to 2.9GHz with only a single core active.
The GT680R includes three USB 3.0 ports and a pair of 500GB 7200RPM drives in RAID-0. The system will ship with 8GB of DDR3 memory making it a pretty beefy desktop alternative. The integrated GeForce GTX 460M is paired with 1.5GB of GDDR5 memory and it drives a high resolution 1920 x 1080 15.6-inch panel.
The full specs are below:
|CPU||Intel Core i7-2630QM @ 2.0GHz|
|OS||Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit|
|Display||15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 Glossy Display|
|GPU||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M 1.5GB GDDR5|
|RAM||8GB (2GB x 4) DDR3|
|HDD||1TB (500GB x 2) 7200RPM SATA|
|Optical Drive||DVD Super Multidrive|
|Supplemental Drive||7-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/XD/MSPRO/MS/MM)|
|I/O Ports||2 x USB 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, ESATA, VGA, HDMI, Mic in, Headphone Out|
|Dimensions||14.97" x 10.24" x 1.77"|
|Warranty||2 year limited warranty (includes 1 year global warranty)|
To enter the contest simply respond to this post with a comment explaining what you would use the system for if you won the GT680R (please only respond once). Good luck!
Now the rules. This contest is unfortunately only available to US residents in one of the 50 states. I realize that AnandTech is an international site and I do highly value all of our readers, unfortunately extending the contest rules outside of the US is a bit more than we're able to reliably handle today. That's not to say that we won't at some point in the future, we just have little experience doing such things and don't want to get burned early on.
Secondly, you are only allowed to enter once.
Third, MSI has 25 free game coupons for Mafia 2. The first 25 people to comment will receive a coupon redeemable for a full copy of the game. Winning this does not exclude you from winning the grand prize. The same rules from below apply for the Mafia 2 coupons and you have to claim your prize within a week of being selected.
Entries will be accepted from 12:01 AM EST on March 8, 2011 through 12:01 AM EST on April 12, 2011. Winner will be selected by April 15, 2011.
Good luck everyone :)
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hop-head - Thursday, March 10, 2011 - linkI would use it as a brew controller.
beegie1 - Thursday, March 10, 2011 - linkI'd be using it to play Duke Nukem Forever!!
Fayd - Monday, March 28, 2011 - linkdefinitely duke nukem forever, maybe some dragon age origins.
Gordan - Thursday, March 10, 2011 - linkI would use to test the next version of windows.
sitmonkey - Friday, March 11, 2011 - linkhahaha, that's a good reason to use is. I'd do that too but I don't have a kid. Sooo... I'd win against my friends
themossie - Friday, March 11, 2011 - linkVisiting Anandtech. Also, Crysis.
Maybe running a few VMs, some web dev, L4D2...
basically everything :-)
shinryusen - Thursday, March 31, 2011 - linkI'd use it to blast music while farming in WoW, type papers/projects, watch videos, websurf, represent MSi and its affiliates. Pretty much a multi-media center in my lap. No need for a dvd player, premium speaker system, etc. anymore if I had this baby with me everywhere I go.
magicwonder - Saturday, March 12, 2011 - linkI'm in
jamesmech1 - Sunday, March 13, 2011 - linkI'd find some whirled peas.
shinymetal - Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - linkI'd use it to youtube and facebook.