Deal of the week: Cheap Radeons, a $500 ultraportable, and a budget CPU


— 3:55 PM on June 12, 2009

We have a trio of deals for you this week: a graphics card that's just gotten a whole lot cheaper, $50 off an ultraportable laptop, and one of AMD's freshly introduced budget processors.

In case you missed the news yesterday, AMD has made some serious cuts to Radeon HD prices. That has brought XFX's Radeon HD 4870 1GB down to just $149.99 with free shipping at Newegg—a bargain considering this is one of the top performers among single-GPU graphics cards. XFX also offers double-lifetime warranty coverage, so for once, you don't have to compromise to get the lowest price.

Next up: Samsung's NC20. This little Via Nano-powered laptop got its very own deal post when it still cost $550, so it's even more worthy of a mention now at $499.99 with free shipping. Don't forget to check out our review if you're thinking of grabbing one.

Finally, we really have to throw in a recommendation for AMD's Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition. This dual-core processor lies between Intel's Pentiums and Core 2 Duos in terms of stock performance, but with an unlocked multiplier, it can go higher quite easily. Also, some motherboards may let you unlock the two missing cores to turn this chip into a full-fledged Phenom II X4. Not bad for $102 shipped.

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