Deals of the week: mobos, a cheap Fury X, and more

Howdy, gerbils! We're a little over a week away from Christmas, and you know what that means. Shopping rushes, the smell of eggnog all around, and more blinkenlights than you can shake an RGB LED keyboard at. Of course, being a member of the techie commitee, you'd never stoop so low as to actually go out and shop, right? Staying at home, clicking a few buttons, and seeing the goodies pop up at your doorstep a couple days later is much more fun. Let's see what's available with just a few clicks, shall we?

  • Today, we kick things off with motherboards. The Gigabyte GA-Z170XP-SLI is a fine-looking piece of hardware with three PCIe x16 slots and (you guessed it) SLI and Crossfire support. There's a PCIe x4 M.2 connector and a USB Type-C port on tap, and the on-board Ethernet Gigabit controller is an Intel model, too. Newegg is selling this board for $109.99, which is a fine price on its own, and there's also a $20 rebate card on offer.

     

  • Keep with the motherboards theme, we have the Asus ROG Maximus VIII Ranger. I don't know if there were any Roman rangers named Maximus VIII, but I know that this motherboard packs SLI and Crossfire support, an Intel LAN controller, an audio section with an ESS DAC, and both Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 ports. All these goodies would normally go for close to $200, but Newegg is selling the board for $169.99. There's an additional $15 discount in the form of a rebate card, too.

     

  • We have the mobo, now it's time for a Fury-ous graphics card. All the current talk may be about Pascal and Polaris, but people seem to have forgotten that the Fury X is still a pretty badass card. The XFX R9 Fury X is a fine specimen, and Newegg is selling it for only $319.99. Even better, there's a $20 rebate card available that can bring the price down further. In the words of our overlord Jeff Kampman, "$299.99 for a Fury X is nuts."

     

  • We'll keep it short: RAM prices are rising, buy now, buy plenty. Newegg is running a sale on the G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB 2400 MT/s two-DIMM set, and is selling the kit for $74.99. Seeing as 16GB kits are easily going for $90 or more, we think you should grab one of these right away.

     

  • There's another G.Skill item on sale today. The Ripjaws KM780 RGB keyboard with Cherry MX switches has received praise from press and users alike, and it's on sale at Newegg for only $99.99. Keyboards with RGB LED lighting nowadays tend to command prices above $150, so you'll be happy to know that the KM780 is selling for only $99.99 at Newegg.

     

  • When we build our System Guides, one point that we stress is that you shouldn't ever skimp on the power supply. We also recommend getting a unit with an 80 Plus Gold rating to help with your power bill, too. Today, we have a fine pick that fills our requisites: the Seasonic SSR-650RM power supply. This 650W 80 Plus Gold unit offers semi-modular cabling and a 120-mm fan. Newegg is selling it for only $64.99 if you use promo code EMCFGFJ22, and there's a $15 rebate card on offer. Grab yours now.

     

  • Are you building a home NAS? You'll probably want some chunky hard drives, and we have one of the largest specimens here. The Seagate 8TB NAS HDD, as its name implies, has a server-optimized firmware and a capacity of a whole 8TB. Should be enough for cat videos, we wager. This HDD is selling for only $249.99 at Newegg if you use promo code ESCFGFK84, which is a pretty insane deal.

     

  • Finally, we're going to sound off on the Sennheiser PC350 headset. This set of cans-and-microphone is foldable, and should offer many a comfortable gaming session with good sound quality. Grab it at Newegg for $79.99.

That's all for today, folks. If we missed any deals, be sure to post them in the comments section below.

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    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    That Fury X looks interesting with recent driver updates. 5/6ths of a 1070 for 3/4ths the price and a jillion more watts?

    • krazyredboy
    • 3 years ago

    I have a deal that wasn’t listed!

    Ubisoft is giving away all seven of the games they had given away throughout the year, right now. Granted… it means having to install the Uplay app, but the games are FREE!

    Prince of Persia: the sands of time
    Splinter Cell
    Rayman Origins
    The Crew
    Beyond Good and Evil
    Farcry Blood Dragon
    And Assassin’s Creed 3

    Hey… they’re free… so it’s hard to beat that deal, even for a couple of those titles.

      • AnotherReader
      • 3 years ago

      Thanks! I picked those up on the weekend.

    • Bensam123
    • 3 years ago

    Newegg had a Fury selling for $220(!) last week… A lot of people don’t check on these cards as they are a understated part of AMDs lineup.

    It’s $240 now as it’s not on sale. [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202186[/url<]

    • CuttinHobo
    • 3 years ago

    If a mere 8TB hard drive is enough for your personal cat video collection, you don’t have enough cat videos.

    If two of these drives are enough, it’s time to step up to 4K.

    If three drives are enough, it’s 4K VR video time.

      • jessterman21
      • 3 years ago

      I haven’t even used half of my 3TB of storage in my main rig – though most of my media collection is 720p videos.

    • Mr Bill
    • 3 years ago

    6 months ago I might have jumped on that Fury-X for $319 but now I think the XFX RX 480 GTR is the better deal. [url<]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01J8CCUL2/[/url<]

      • CScottG
      • 3 years ago

      It isn’t, not even close. The Fury X (before recent driver upgrades) was about 8-10% below that of a 1070, and with the new drivers should be much closer to the 1070 (..and in fact that would make for a good article).

      The 480 by contrast is comparable with a 1060 6 GB with the new drivers (where it wasn’t several months ago).

      (..and of course with a few games like the latest Hitman and DeusEx – AMD is considerably better than Nvidia.)

      ..on the other hand the Fury X sucks a whole lot more power from the PSU.

        • Mr Bill
        • 3 years ago

        Thank you for pointing that out. I went back and reread the Pascal 1060 review and you are totally right.

          • CScottG
          • 3 years ago

          No prob.s – it’s a good card and an excellent deal (..for now that is, Vega is actually on the horizon).

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Bear in mind the seagate 8 TB drives only have 4 mounting holes on the sides, and not the usual 6.

    I had to return a seagate 8 this year because the drive sleds in my case assumed there would be mounting holes in the middle, which weren’t on the seagate.

    On the bright side, I recently snared a seagate 8 TB USB3 external for $169, so win.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve been getting good deals on jet.com lately. Here are some of my finds:

    [url=https://jet.com/product/MSI-Radeon-RX-470-DirectX-12-Radeon-RX-470-ARMOR-4G-OC-4GB-256-Bit-GDDR5-PCI-Exp/0d695e3b5590440dae32ed19effbf3ac<]MSI RX 470 Armor OC 4GB[/url<] for $171.12 - $25 off (and free shipping) with Promo Code (for first time Jet-users): 15NOW - $20 MIR via MSI-17069 rebate = $125.45. [url=https://jet.com/product/MSI-Radeon-RX-480-DirectX-12-RX-480-GAMING-X-8G-8GB-256-Bit-GDDR5-PCI-Express-30/29a13d91a50a49039f7a54e74d72861e<]MSI RX 480 Gaming X 8GB[/url<] for $205 after same promo code and MIR.

      • CScottG
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah, that 470 is only about 5-6% slower than a reference 480 with 8 GB (excepting game segments & settings with really high memory use).

      Provided the game is well-designed for crossfire, two of those 470’s would crush the dollar/FPS value ratio at a total price of about $250 w/ various discounts. (..it’s to bad that quality crossfire is “hit-and-miss”.)

        • DPete27
        • 3 years ago

        [url=https://techreport.com/review/30473/amd-radeon-rx-470-graphics-card-reviewed/13<]TR had 15% difference between the RX470 4GB and RX480 8GB[/url<] IMO, for 1080p gaming, the 65% price premium isn't worth it. At higher resolutions though, the 8GB VRAM is a bit more justifiable, but it definitely requires some careful consideration.

          • CScottG
          • 3 years ago

          I think the smaller differences I’ve seen are due to higher boost clock 470’s (vs reference 480’s) and in-game settings that don’t make much use of the extra memory.

          [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNNRGH3gMvg[/url<] [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVCKIvVGc54[/url<] -of course the newer drivers may have also favored the 480's added processors (..but I tend to doubt that across a range of games, at least in the 1080P to 1440P range). BUT I'm also wrong about the particular MSI card here - its boost clock isn't as high as a reference 480 which is supposed to be 1266 vs. the 1230 of this card. My bad. (..slinks off and enjoys the rest of the weekend. lol.) -regardless, still a fantastic deal.

    • Thresher
    • 3 years ago

    Seems HD drives prices are beginning to fall. I picked up a couple of 6TB Toshiba Black drives for $200 each. $249 for an 8TB RAID drive is insane.

      • nanoflower
      • 3 years ago

      Toshiba X300 6TB $159.99 @ Wal-Mart

    • RickyTick
    • 3 years ago

    Hard to believe a “Deals of the Week” post with zero SSD’s.

    Is now the time to buy before prices go any higher??

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      Although we’re investigating a little deeper, our best guess is that they’re going to climb. (Emphasis on guess).

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      I’m planning on grabbing a 500GB-class drive very shortly, because I think they’re going to jump soon. MX300 M.2 merhaps. AHCI, sure, but for my use it’ll be plenty fast.

        • AnotherReader
        • 3 years ago

        I have been eyeing the 525 GB MX300 too.

          • juzz86
          • 3 years ago

          Good drives. Rolled four of them in the past month or so. They’re my new go-to.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            I said “YOLO” and ordered a 525GB MX300.

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