Giveaway: OCZ RD400 & VX500 SSDsby Ryan Smith on April 19, 2017 3:00 PM EST
In the mood for some free hardware? Well then you're in luck: our awesome community team in conjuction with OCZ is holding a giveaway for a trio of SSDs. The prizes include the 512GB and 256GB PCIe (M.2 w/adapter) versions of OCZ's top-tier M.2 SSD, the M.2-based RD400, along with the 512GB version of their VX500 SATA SSD.
|Toshiba OCZ Giveaway Prize Specifications|
|Controller||Toshiba TC58NCP070GSB||Toshiba TC358790|
|NAND||Toshiba 15nm MLC|
|Sequential Read||2600 MB/s||2600 MB/s||550 MB/s|
|Sequential Write||1150 MB/s||1600 MB/s||515 MB/s|
|Random Read IOPS||210k||190k||92k|
|Random Write IOPS||140k||120k||64k|
|Form Factor||M.2 2280 single-sided||2.5" SATA|
|Protocol||NVMe 1.1b over PCIe 3.1 x4||AHCI|
|Write Endurance||148 TB||296 TB||296 TB|
The giveaway is running through April 24th. You can find the full details for entering the giveaway over on the storage section of our forums.
Source: AnandTech Forums
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StevoLincolnite - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - linkJust so no one wastes their time to look at the rules. - It excludes the entire planet except for the USA.
You are welcome.
notjamie - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - linkThanks
vladx - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - linkJust the usual with all AnandTech contests/giveaways.
AndrewJacksonZA - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - linkWhich is *sigh* normal and already explained before. :-(
C'mon Purch! If other companies can have global giveaways and sort out all the legal stuff, get your backsides in gear and do it!!!!!
DanNeely - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - linkSo do you want them to double the number of ads per page and/or try to make the site unloadable with adblock running in order to be able to hire a global team of lawyers to do it legally (which much bigger companies can afford to do), or to run illegal contests and hope no one decides they're worth the effort of busting (fine for your personal blog but not for a multi-million dollar business).
I'm not sure why no-one's ever tried to offer a global giveaways as a service platform; but would guess that even reduced to a cookie cutter platform that the per event cost is prohibitively high.
Rand - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - linkThis would make more sense if far smaller sites then AnandTech didn't manage to do so, and I'm dubious they have huge teams of lawyers and certainly don't have unusably ad laden UI's.
(Hexus, PCPer, TechReport, etc if we narrow the list exclusively to sites catering to the same niche AnandTech does)
I'm sympathetic to the argument that it's simply not worth the time for an American site to spend sorting out legalities elsewhere with the uncertain benefit of viewer engagement. This is a perfectly reasonable justification. But the idea that it's impossible without a huge financial outlay and an entire team of lawyers dedicated to it is absurd.
Reflex - Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - linkHe already addressed why some smaller sites do it anyway: They are NOT doing it legally. Read the terms, if they even have them, for their contests and you will note that they rarely if ever have terms for the nations they permit entries from. They are relying on authorities in those nations not noticing the contest, or some idea that they are unreachable legally by the authorities of other countries.
You are getting angry with Anandtech for complying with international law. That is not a reasonable position.
HollyDOL - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - linkOn a side note, Tom's Hardware, Purch site, occasionaly has some giveaways that are all around the globe. Not all by any means, but some do.
Those who want, look for ways, those who don't, look for reasons.
ddriver - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - linkNope, they look for excuses :) A reason is very different from an excuse.
Reflex - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - linkHollyDOL: Tom's was always an international site, started in Germany and the UK. A lot of their reader base is there. It's also possible that some promos are being run by the manufacturer and fronted by the site, if the manufacturer has international rules then the site would likely be covered.