Tuesday, April 5, 2011

MSI Giveaway: GT680R Sandy Bridge Notebook


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:
MSI GT680R
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
Network 10/100/1000 Ethernet
802.11b/g/n
Supplemental Drive 7-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/XD/MSPRO/MS/MM)
Webcam 720p HD
I/O Ports 2 x USB 2.0, 3 x USB 3.0, ESATA, VGA, HDMI, Mic in, Headphone Out
Battery 9 cell
Dimensions 14.97" x 10.24" x 1.77"
Weight 7.7 lbs
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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