Earlier this morning, Nvidia officially announced its GeForce RTX 4060 family of desktop GPUs, which consists of the RTX 4060 and the RTX 4060 Ti. The two new entries bring affordability to the GeForce RTX 40 Series, starting at $299 and $399, respectively.
To celebrate the arrival of these new GPUs, Nvidia is giving enthusiasts a chance to score one for free. In what Nvidia calls the “biggest GeForce summer event—ever,” it will give away $150,000 worth of prizes via the Summer of RTX 2023 Sweepstakes and the Summer of RTX 2023 Contest.
Sweepstakes participants will vie for one of 160 RTX 4060 and RTX 4060 Ti graphics cards to be given away as prizes. In addition, two lucky winners will receive an RTX 4090 Founders Edition, while two additional winners could secure an RTX 4080 Founders Edition. If wasn’t isn’t enough, Nvidia will give away a custom PC gaming rig with an RTX 4090 ($7,500 MSRP), two 360 Hz Asus G-Sync monitors, and RTX On keycaps (among other goodies). You can see the complete list of sweepstakes prizes here.
Nvidia is also reaching out to the gaming community with the Summer of RTX 2023 Contest to nominate 100 "creators" to be on the receiving end of an RTX 4060 Ti. Those same creators will also receive two RTX 4060 cards to gift to their audience members.
To partake, you must follow Nvidia’s social channels (i.e., Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) to keep abreast of special sweepstakes/contest opportunities. You’ll also need to like and share Nvidia posts using the #RTXOn hashtag across the various social media platforms. Some of the upcoming events for the sweepstakes will be during the Xbox and Bethesda Games Showcase (June 11) and Ubisoft Forward (June 12).
The RTX 4060 uses the ADA107 GPU and is only available in an 8GB VRAM configuration, priced from $299. The cards will go on sale starting in July. The RTX 4060 Ti uses the ADA106 GPU and is available in 8GB ($399) and 16GB ($499) VRAM configurations. RTX 4060 Ti 8GB cards will go on sale starting May 24, while the 16GB cards will arrive in July.
My shop has been all RED and BLUE this cycle and we plan to stay that way.
The big GREEN monster needs to learn their lesson.
And for crying out loud, who on earth is on antisocial media these days anyway?
This is influencer marketing, not a real sweepstakes. I don't think normal people are allowed to enter. I think they're just buying adspace by giving cards to big-budget social media brands (who probably already get free cards, so who cares).
The entry instructions don't actually tell you how to enter the sweepstakes:
Entering is easy:1 Follow our social channels for key prompts and instructions
2 Like/comment/tag/share posts across social
3 Use #RTXOn (or any hashtag that is prompted) across any post throughout summer
4 Be on the lookout for your favorite streamers to join in on the celebration
First we have a September 2022 stale article (sightly refreshed, mind you) called:
Nvidia Ada Lovelace and GeForce RTX 40-Series: Everything We KnowAnd barely a 1/4 inch below that stale article ....we have this lame giveaway, from, you guessed it, the same company!
Thanks TH for keeping the Nvidia PR machine well oiled and up to date, just in case we might remember their anti-consumer, price-gouging shenanigans.
The rules mention entry by mail, but gives no info on how to do that or if it's really an option (a lot of places require this to be an option for the sweepstakes to be legal).
I think there are a bunch of places where Nvidia wouldn't be legally allowed to call this promotion a sweepstakes.
2. The prize of this promotion consists of the following: Up to 175 (one hundred seventy five) winners; Each entrant will be allowed one (1) direct entry. The winner of each prize may not substitute the prize for its cash equivalent. NVIDIA reserves the right to substitute any of the prizes with any article or service of similar or greater value at its sole discretion for any reason. Prize(s) may not be assigned or transferred.
Prizes are listed below:
Core Prize Pool
(x2) GeForce RTX 4090 Founders Edition ($1599 MSRP)
(x2) GeForce RTX 4080 Founders Edition ($1199 MSRP)
(x1) GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Founders Edition ($399 MSRP)
(x164) GeForce RTX 4060 (Manufacturer varies) ($299 MSRP)
(x3) Custom GPU Backplate (Style Varies) with a RTX 4090 Founders Edition GPU ($1,789 MSRP)
(x2) G-SYNC Displays (ASUS 1440p 360 Hz G-SYNC with Reflex displays) ($1,049 MSRP)
(x1) GeForce RTX Garage 4090 Build ($7,500 MSRP)Note: Selected units of items listed above may have been removed from packaging for the purposes of promotional photography to support the promotion. Items then repackaged.
3. To enter this promotion, you must:
Follow our social channels on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/TikTok/Twitch/Reddit/Discord and other social media platforms based in China for key prompts and instructions
Like/comment/tag/share posts across social depending on prompts
More prizes may be added as the promotion continues.All entries, whether online or by mail, must be received no later than between 6:00 AM on May 18th, 2023, Pacific Daylight Time and 5:00 PM on September 20th, 2023, Pacific Daylight Time.
Hilariously not valid in NY or FL.
Sweepstakes are defined and usually pretty tightly regulated on the state level, in part because they can quickly become gambling. That's why there always a "NO PURCHASE NECESSSARY" and usually the option to mail-in for an entry. Companies don't get to redefine what a sweepstakes is.
It's surprising they would risk the "make it up the rules as we go along" approach, because the main point of the official rules is to keep things legal. One of those legal requirements is usually to disclose how the winners are chosen.
I'm no lawyer, but I would think you could argue that if they don't disclose how to enter, then they haven't disclosed how to win. You could also argue that if the winners are "nominated" or otherwise selected by social media influence then the winners are not random. This would not be a legal sweepstakes in a lot more states than NY or FL (VA for example).
The official rules say the winners will be random, that there are only 175 prizes, and that exactly one of those prizes will be an RTX 4060 Ti (just under $70k total value). But they do say they might add more prizes later.
I'm scratching my head about what exactly they are trying to say with contradictory claims like:
"This year, we’re taking things to an absurd new level with the biggest prize pool GeForce has ever seen: a whopping $150,000 worth of prizes. Prizes include 460 (four-hundred and sixty) GeForce RTX 4060 Ti and 4060 graphics cards, plus G-SYNC displays, a one-of-a-kind PC rig, custom backplates, RTX On keycaps, and more! " (keycaps not mentioned in official prizes) and then
"To celebrate our launch, we’re asking our community to nominate 100 creators for a GeForce RTX 4060 Ti upgrade, plus two GeForce RTX 4060 cards to give away to their community! "
To me it that last line sounds like social media is going to somehow pick their top 100 mega influencers (presumably from the pool of Nvidia marketing affiliates) who will each receive 3 cards. That's not a sweepstakes.
This is a mess. I just emailed their generic customer service system to see if there is any official way for us non-influencer pleebs to enter.
Nice click bait to get traffic to their site.
plus two GeForce RTX 4060 cards to give away to their community! So 2 lucky normal people will get a card LOL:homer:
Or be 200 cards according on how you read it. 2 cards total or 2 cards for each creator to give away.