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Win a Core i5-2500K, DZ68DB, and SSD 311

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Intel recently sent over four Core i5-2500Ks, four DZ68DB motherboards, and four SSD 311 solid-state drives for us to give away. To that we're adding 40 cases of Talking Rain SPARKLING Ice. You don't have to do a thing; just fill in our contest form.

When friends and family come to us for system building recommendations, we hit them hard and fast with enough information to make their heads pop. One of our most ardent suggestions is to mix solid-state and magnetic storage, installing performance-critical apps on the SSD (we’re fond of the 120 GB capacity point) and using the hard drive for everything else. Truly, that's the right way to balance performance and storage space at the best possible price.

SSDs are still expensive, though. And for many folks, the prospect of a big solid-state drive and an additional 1 or 2 TB disk is just too pricey.

Back in May, we reviewed Intel’s Z68 Express chipset, which included a feature called Smart Response Technology that employed a small SLC-based SSD as a transparent caching device. Algorithms in Intel's driver track data usage and cache the most frequently-read information on the 20 GB drive. The next time it's requested, the system pulls it from the SSD, rather than disk. Consequently, read operations have the potential to speed up quite a bit.

Because data has to stay synchronized between the hard drive and SSD, writes don’t enjoy nearly as much benefit. So, we maintain that independent solid-state and magnetic drives are still the way to get the most predictable from your storage subsystem.

If an 80 GB or larger SSD is out of your budget range, though (remember you still need an additional hard drive to go with it), or if you simply don't want to manually manage where data lives on your system, caching through Smart Response Technology is a perfectly viable way to improve performance beyond what you'd see from a hard drive on its own.

We've had plenty of time to play with the technology since our original review in May (and before that, our preview back in March). Now we have a quartet of Z68-based platforms to give away to lucky Tom's Hardware readers, compliments of Intel.

If you've been planning a Sandy Bridge-based build, this could be your lucky day. 

We have:

4 x Intel Core i5-2500K processors (the -2500K won our coveted Recommended Buy award back in January when Sandy Bridge first launched).
4 x Intel DZ68DB Z68 Express-based motherboards
4 x Intel 20 GB SSD 311 drives, based on SLC NAND flash

Four randomly-picked winners will get one CPU, one motherboard, and one SSD of their own. Twenty additional runners-up will receive two cases of Talking Rain SPARKLING Ice water to last you until the weather cools down a bit.

Here's what you need to do:

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  2. Fill out our SurveyGizmo entry form
  3. Wait for us to announce the winners
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    Riv4L , 27 September 2011 14:51
    >Eligibility: US resident (excluding Rhode IslandI)

    I'm from England so it sucks about not being able to enter but what is wrong with Rhode Island? I thought Me, Myself and Irene was pretty funny...
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    Godiwa , 27 September 2011 15:36
    UK site with a US only contest PFT screw you Tom's

    lets get some EU contests already !!!
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    JakeSanchard , 27 September 2011 15:44
    I feel left out :'( 
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    leo246246 , 27 September 2011 15:47
    Useless post! Why post this on Toms UK, if it is only relevant to US audience?! But that is typical for Toms!

    Come on Toms UK, get us in UK/EU give-aways as well!
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    Anonymous , 27 September 2011 16:11
    I was under the impression that Toms Hardware UK was getting some proper editorial support to filter out the US specific content such as US only competitions. To makes matters worse this article is highlighted and emboldened just to rub our UK noses in it.

    I'm seriously disappointed with the editorial content of the TH UK site. I've been visiting less and less recently and will probably give up all together now, and stick to sites that are either UK based or at least acknowlege their readership outside the US.
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    ps3hacker12 , 27 September 2011 17:55
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    fjiekie , 27 September 2011 19:55
    thumbs up for everyone from me, because you're all correct!
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    Anonymous , 27 September 2011 20:16
    Can't even be bothered to leave a comment! - oooh I just did :) 

    Wasted some of my time on this (only a tiny bit though). Why bother putting this content on the UK site. Come on Tom's time to dig into your pockets or old review kit an offer an EMEA only comp. Only seems fair! Oh, and post the message on the USA site as well with the rules EMEA only ;) 
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    illusio12 , 27 September 2011 21:16
    Jesus, reset password and everthing just to say FUCK OFF with THE USA comps only on UK site. Not hard to understand is it guys n girls??????
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    Anonymous , 27 September 2011 23:23
    There is a world beyond the shores of the USA. It is, in fact, a great big world. Seriously.

    So stop being so narrow about your competitions and get with reality. Readers should only be ineligible if they are employees of Tom's or the survey company. End.
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    billybobser , 27 September 2011 23:30
    I'm guessing this comp was meant to increase readership of Tom's, and judging by the comments, it is not having the desired effect outside the US.
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    Anonymous , 27 September 2011 23:40
    Come on Tom, UK based site, lets have UK content as you did promise this
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    das_stig , 28 September 2011 06:14
    TH don't have UK editorial staff, just a bunch of U.S ass kissing monkeys.
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    damian86 , 28 September 2011 08:51
    Cmon, start working on the UK site and stop using it as a mirror.