We seem to get (more, bigger, better) every year, so let’s try to keep that trend up.
This year’s Expo Icrontic is sponsored by:
SAPPHIRE has provided three Radeon HD 6870 “flex edition” GPUs for us to give away. Read our review here. They’re also providing awesome blue lanyards for our badges as well as some other cool promo swag (everybody’s getting an AMD SAPPHIRE blue light-up yo-yo!)
Futuremark has always been a friend to Icrontic, as purveyors of not only some of the best benchmarking software out there, but also a kick-ass competitive 3D FPS called Shattered Horizon. This year they’re providing 20 copies of 3DMark 11 Advanced as well as an EVGA Geforce GTS 450 superclocked edition GPU for one lucky winner.
TekNmotion is a progressive PC gaming peripheral company that we got to meet at CES in 2010. They’re providing us with a their new PulseWave 2 7.1 surround headset as well as two Yapster gaming headsets.
The Yelp swag bags were a big hit last year, as they were both roomy and functional. The Yelp swag (especially the Yelpsticks!) was appreciated as well. The good news is: They’re doing it again. Yelp will provide the swag bags for Expo Icrontic 2011! Check out their newsletter if you want to keep up with the latest reviews of restaurants and other businesses in your city.
EA Games has been a long time supporter of Expo Icrontic, and always sends us a few awesome EA games to give away. Over the years we’ve given away games like Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age, Battlefield 2, NHL 2K10, Tiger Woods, Boom Blox, and more. This year’s giveaways from EA outreach will be announced next month.
OCZ Technology has been awesome to Icrontic, year after year. They know that our community treats them right; their SSDs are some of the fastest out there, and we proudly stand behind OCZ products as some of the finest out there. Even more than the quality of their hardware is the fact that we know, first hand, that their tech support is some of the best in the industry. This year, OCZ is letting us give away a 60gb Vertex 2 SSD as well as the usual complement of mousepads, shirts, and other swag.
Icrontic’s relationship with AMD is… well, if this was Facebook, it would be complicated. It’s no secret that we tend a little towards the red when it comes to GPU stuff here at Icrontic, but that’s only because they’ve proven over the years to generally be the better bang for the buck. What can we say? We know a good thing when we see it. For Expo Icrontic this year, AMD is kindly sending us three Radeon HD 6950 GPUs to give away. They’re so nice, in fact, that they’re sending an official AMD Product Marketing Manager along to hand-deliver them from the frosty north. What a great bunch!
In our storied tradition of having individuals sponsor Expo Icrontic with prizes, this year we have our resident Norwegian Coast Guardsman providing a Royal Norwegian Coast Guard (Kystvakten) shield and a white training shirt that says “Norwegian Navy” as prize giveaways. This is a chance to win a rare T-shirt (at least, rare in the US!)
Shuttle, long known as purveyors of some of the coolest small formfactor and barebones PCs out there, came through with some awesome prize packs last year and they’re doing it again for 2011. We’ll have three Shuttle prize packs to give away, with PC games and other goodies inside.
NZXT are old friends of Icrontic, and have always been there for us to enthusiastically give away awesome prizes to our community members. This year is no different: They’re providing all kinds of swag like award-winning PC cases and other exciting peripherals.
ECS is another longtime supporter of our community. They’ll be providing a bunch of awesome gear for prizes: A P67H2-A Socket 1155 motherboard, a H67H2-I Socket 1155 motherboard, and an ECS NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 GPU. Get some!
Ryan Meray’s C! Techs Inc has again provided loaner equipment for attendees who are traveling—a huge convenience and peace-of-mind thing for those who don’t want to or can’t bring their monster huge equipment on a plane or in a car.
I’ll keep updating this post as we add more exciting sponsors!