Today we launched the AMD Center, a portal on AnandTech that aggregates all of our AMD content in one place. Thanks to AMD's sponsorship you'll get a cleaner interface on all AMD articles, as well as reduced advertising on those pages. The portal will also serve as a way for AMD to reach out to you all directly as we're pulling in AMD tweets and have a feed of AMD's own blogs on the right hand side. AMD also wants to hear from you, and we've got some opporuntities to help with that going forward. Finally, the AMD Center serves as a destination for a bunch of pretty awesome AMD giveaways we've got planned. With AMD's support we've got better prizes and more of them to give away. We're kicking off the giveaways with three ultra thin 11.6-inch notebooks: Acer's V5.

The V5 features a touch enabled 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 IPS display, 4GB of DDR3L memory (2GB on board, 2GB in a single SO-DIMM slot, expandable to 6GB total) and normally ships with a standard SATA hard drive. I asked AMD if they would be willing to swap out the hard drives for SSDs and they agreed - so if you win, your V5 will ship with a 128GB Samsung SSD 840 drive (you can thank me later ;)). 

The 2.65 pound Acer V5 features AMD's quad-core A6-1450 APU. That's four Jaguar cores running at 1GHz (1.4GHz max turbo) with a Radeon HD 8250 GPU. It's a nice little system with a very power efficient APU.

Here's the deal. To enter, simply post a comment below (US residents only, please only make a single post, contest requirements below) explaining your current PC setup and why you want, or need to win a V5. What I'm looking for here is an understanding of what you currently own in terms of computing devices (PCs, notebooks, tablets, etc...), how you use them and how winning a V5 would change/improve your current setup. Make your entries good as they may come in handy for some other stuff we've got planned in the future.

If you win, AMD wants your feedback on the machine after you get it. You'll be asked to provide a short review (a paragraph or two) talking about your experience with the system. Do a good job and your feedback may even be featured on AnandTech.

Good luck!

Entries will be accepted from 6:30 PM ET on 9/5/2013 through 6:30 PM ET on 9/9/2013. We will draw 3 winner(s) who will be selected by 9/10/2013.

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  • greenlepricon - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I could definitely use a new laptop. Mine is running on 6 years now with ubuntu on it, and it's definitely showing in age. Reply
  • benzosaurus - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    My main machine is a 2.8GHz Sandy Bridge Macbook Pro 13". The original 750GB hard drive has been moved into the optical bay with an OWC data doubler, and a 120GB Vertex 3 has been put in the hard drive bay. My problem with this setup is that running all those drives makes the battery life suck, which is kind of a problem biking around campus. Also, since I'm an EE major, I could use a tiny windows laptop to run around with and run all the annoying USB oscilloscope software that my mac doesn't play nicely with. Reply
  • etamin - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I own a desktop I built 4 years ago (lightly OCed Bloomfield 960) as my primary device, and a 6 year old C2D Asus 13" laptop (the U3S) I've been taking to my grad classes. While the laptop has been tweaked with a used SSD and Win7 installed over a year ago, the old thing is just not very mobile. It gets about 3 hrs battery life and weighs about 6-7 lbs. I don't need much in the way of computational power for classes, but a thin and light would be ideal. If the mechanical HDD proves too slow, I can always repurpose the old SSD. It's good to see AMD reaching out to a community that cares more about hardware than gadgets. Reply
  • wonderblue - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    >my current "computing" setup
    desktop with an i5/6950 for games/browsing/work/etc
    Nexus 7 (2013) everything related to portable media consumption, and a textbook viewer.

    >why I want it/why it would help me
    while "need" really isn't the word here, a notebook like this would be good to have for college.
  • SGTGimpy - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I been really interested in Temash or Kabini laptops but I have yet to see any in the real world to physically play with. I think they would make very interesting ultra-portable platform. I would also like to see some tablet manufactures bring out some flavors with Temash in them. Reply
  • SGTGimpy - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Crap hit post before I was finished. (Derp Moment)

    Why I would want this system is though I love my Surface and does everything I need for work and personal. I just have found sometimes for work having an actual laptop would have made remote management a lot easier. I have been looking for some time for a laptop sporting one of these new APU's but have yet to find one. The 5V looks close to what I would like and having the SSD is a place.

    Main Rig for work and gaming
    Intel i7 3770 (non-K)
    16GB 1866 DDR3
    2x AMD 7950
    1x Samsung 840 Pro 128 SSD
    1x Intel 520 240GB SSD
    2x WD 1TB Black Raid1

    AMD A10-5600 APU
    8GB 1866 DDR3
    1x OCZ 128GB SSD
    1x WD Blue 2.5 1TB Drive
    Ceton infiniTV4 PCI-E

    Microsoft Surface RT

    Nokia Lumia 920
  • SGTGimpy - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    Just throwing this out there but an EDIT button would awesome. Reply
  • DSperlak - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I'm currently running a nearly 7 year old desktop I built and have upgraded over time (went from a Nvidia card to a Radeon 5770, that has to count for something right? :P ). I also have an HP elitebook workstation that I was given by my employer, the thing is a beast of a machine but damn is it ever heavy. I've got an old Droid X2 that I'm constantly looking to get rid of but like the desktop, if it works why ditch it.

    I would really enjoy a much more portable device like this notebook. I haven't been sold on tablets yet, I'm too attached to a keyboard and I think the power is lacking. Realistically I'd use this thing around the house as a bit of a HTPC and a web browser so I wasn't tied down by the desktop, summer nights really are a shame to waste indoors tied to a stationary machine. Got a few road trips coming up that could really test the efficiency claim as well.

    On a side note after being forced to test Windows 8 before a possible implementation at work I'd actually like to see if Windows 8 would be any good on a touch screen, for work and play. It certainly isn't any good in a business environment with no touch enabled machines around.
  • aylak - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am using a Lenovo SFF ThinkCentre M92 desktop as my main computer. I have an aging Thinkpad T61. I would like a portable Windows laptop on the road. My Android phone is mostly fine but sometimes I need a real keyboard to type. Reply
  • allenpan - Thursday, September 05, 2013 - link

    I am still using Dell XPS M1530 core 2 duo laptop with vista, is time for me to take a ride on that V5 ride! ( get it? V6 engine reference) with such light weight and powerful laptop, i can finally demo any of my GPGPU application without lugging a desktop around! Reply

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