Hot on the heels of Intel's Haswell launch, Gigabyte was kind enough to share two of its flagship 8-series motherboards to give away to a couple lucky AnandTech readers. Today's giveaway includes one Gigabyte G1.Sniper 5 and one Z87X-OC. The specs are listed below:

G1. Sniper 5

Intel® Z87 Chipset | •Supports 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
•GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus Technology
•All IR digital power design
•GIGABYTE AMP-UP Audio technology
•Exclusive Upgradable OP-AMP
•Onboard Creative Sound Core3D™ quad-core audio processor
•Built-in Front Audio Headphone Amplifier
•Audio Noise Guard with LED path lighting
•15µ gold plated CPU socket
•4-way Graphics Support
•Durable black solid capacitors
•GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ 2 for USB devices
•Dual LAN with high ESD Protection
•Extreme Heatsink design with 9 system fan connectors
•GIGABYTE Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi Card


Intel® Z87 Chipset •Supports 4th Generation Intel® Core™ processors
•GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ 5 Plus Technology
•All IR Digital Power design
•Exclusive GIGABYTE OC Features
•GIGABYTE Memory safe/Setting Lock/Direct to BIOS
•Unique OC Ignition Feature
•Unique OC Brace Feature
•Gold plated DDR/PCIe Slots and power connectors
•Premium 4-way CrossFire™ support
•Durable black solid capacitors
•GIGABYTE On/Off Charge™ 2 for USB devices
•Intel® LAN with high ESD Protection
•New Heatsink design with 8 onboard fan connectors
•10 USB 3.0 ports

Now the basic rules. The contest is only available to US residents and you're only allowed to enter once - for full details read below. To enter simply respond to this post with a comment (please enter only a single comment!). We will draw two winners and send an email to confirm eligibility (whitelist email addresses!). Each winner will receive a single motherboard (either the G1.Sniper 5 or Z87X-OC).

Entries will be accepted from 10:45 AM ET on July 2, 2013 through 10:45 AM ET on July 4, 2013. We will draw two winners who will be selected by July 6, 2013.

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  • rontamir60 - Saturday, July 13, 2013 - link

    Me too! Reply
  • AFQ - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - link

    Oh I want this!!! Reply
  • shinymetal - Monday, July 08, 2013 - link

    This is so good Reply
  • ericgl21 - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - link

    Contests still only for US residents.
    How big of a problem is it to send a motherboard to a European country?
  • arthur449 - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - link

    No problem at all, except contest winners would likely have to pay a hefty amount in duties in order to accept the item. I had this issue shipping some $65 headphones to a friend in Canada. They had to pay something like $50 to get the item from the post office. Reply
  • IanCutress - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - link

    The rules and regulations for that country then apply, which causes legal issues and headaches. Each state/area/country has its own rules and regs, and thus if the rules and regs of the state of the winner (as well as the origin of the contest) apply. Some contests ignore this of course, but take Rhode Island for example:

    "In the United States, every state establishes their own set of rules for contests. Most states have the same basic rules, so most national contests are valid. Rhode Island is unique because the state law actually requires the company to file a legal statement before it can run a contest in that state. The statute, Section 11-50-1 of Rhode Island General Laws, reads:

    "Any person, firm, or corporation proposing to engage in any game, contest, or other promotion or advertising scheme or plan in which a retail establishment offers the opportunity to receive gifts, prizes, or gratuities, as determined by chance, in order to promote its retail business, where the total announced value of the prizes offered to the general public is in excess of five hundred dollars ($500), must file a statement with the secretary of state."

    The statute then details exactly what information must be included in the filed statement. In addition, the law requires the company pay a $150 filing fee. If a company runs a contest in Rhode Island, and fails to file a statement correctly, the company is actually guilty of a criminal misdemeanor!

    For companies that want to run national contests, the filing fee alone means it's not really worthwhile to run the contest in Rhode Island, which has a fairly small population. When you add to that the hassle of researching Rhode Island law in order to file the statement correctly, very few national companies are going to bother. The term "retail establishment" is fairly vague, so it's not really clear if the law would apply to a non-retail Web site. It probably does, however, and for most sites, it's not worth the time to try to contact the state of Rhode Island secretary of state to find out."

    That's one state in the US. Now hire a lawyer to find out whether similar situations exist in each one of the countries in the world, then break it down further to different areas which are under different jurisdictions. If certain contests were not area limited, then there'd be no contests at all.

    This also means that phrases like "Subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations." are quite important.

    --> These are personal comments btw. I'm based in the UK, so I also can't enter a lot of FB contests for example.
  • Alkapwn - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - link

    Pick me! Pick me! Reply
  • meshugge - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - link

    Nice timing for a give-away - just started planning my next build. Reply
  • b34rhunt3r - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - link

    I lEIK COMPUTERZ!!!!!11 Reply
  • AndyPJ - Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - link

    Nice! Reply

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