Deals of the week: lots of motherboards and a cheap GTX 1080

Greeting, gerbil boys and gerbil girls! The large amount of news published yesterday probably tipped you off to the fact that Computex 2017 is about to start. We're making doomsday preparations around TR HQ, readying up for the inevitable deluge of announcements and press releases. So far we have three boxes of matches and five cans of baked beans. I think we're on the right track for surviving next week. Despite all the prep work underway, we still managed to scavenge some hardware deals for your perusal. Here you go.

  • Gigabyte offers about a bazillion different motherboards, but today we'd like to turn your attention towards two specific models. The Aorus GA-Z270X Gaming K5 is a pretty spiffy offering with USB 3.1 Type-C and Type-A ports, dual M.2 sockets, a Killer E2500 Ethernet controller, and an ALC1220 audio codec with TI op-amps. Oh, right, and RGB LED lighting. Newegg will sell you this board for only $159.99 after promo code EMCSRFCF6, and there's a $20 mail-in rebate to sweeten the pot.

     

  • If you're thinking of building an AMD rig instead, the Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370 Gaming K5 shares most of the above board's characteristics, except you get more USB ports, only one M.2 slot, and Ethernet connectivity uses an Intel chip instead. There's also an external clock generator for easy RAM overclocking. Grab this board from Newegg for $159.99. That $20 rebate card makes an appearance again here, too.

     

  • You may prefer Asus gear to Gigabyte. We're only happy to oblige. Take a look at this here Asus ROG Strix Z270F motherboard. It comes with a pretty black paintjob, USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports, an Intel I219-V Ethernet controller, metal-reinforced PCIe slots, and the requisite RGB LED lighting. The ALC S1220A codec should be music to your ears, too. This board is selling for $159.99 at Newegg.

     

  • If you want something a little more affordable but by no means "cheap", then look no further than the MSI Z270 Gaming Plus. This board has a metal-reinforced PCIe slot, an Intel I219-V Ethernet controller, and an M.2 socket. It can be yours for a mere $104.99 at Newegg, and there's a $10 rebate card on offer.

     

  • Everyone wants a high-end graphics card, but not everyone can afford one. Until today, that is. The Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 has a triple-fan cooler and a boost clock of at least 1771 MHz in OC mode. The card's best characteristic? Its price: only $459.99 at Newegg, an insane deal for a card that commanded over $600 not that long ago.

     

  • There couldn't be a deals post without a storage deal. The Crucial MX300 525GB SSD has been a mainstay of our System Guides thanks to its near-perfect combination of performance and price, and Newegg is running a deal on it today. You can buy one for $143.99, an enticing offer considering SSDs' recent price surge.

     

  • Finally, here's something for working on the go. The Asus Zenbook Flip UX360CA-UBM2T-GD ultra-thin convertible packs a Core m3-6Y30 CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD, and both Type-A and Type-C USB ports. This class of machine would usually set you back well north of $750, but not today. Newegg is selling the version with a light gold finish (quite pretty actually) for only $599.00. Get it while it's hot.

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    • willmore
    • 2 years ago

    Is there anything that anyone is looking forward to which is expected to release or be announced at Computex?

      • Demetri
      • 2 years ago

      It rhymes with “mega”.

        • willmore
        • 2 years ago

        Sega?

          • Wilko
          • 2 years ago

          Sega Dreamcast 2!

            • derFunkenstein
            • 2 years ago

            I will line up for one of those.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 2 years ago

    Is there really that much difference between the ALC 892, 1150, and 1220? That MSI board looks like a great deal for 95% of people. No SLI support but that wouldn’t bother me. The B350 Tomahawk had a switch in the BIOS to permanently turn off the red LEDs, so I’m guessing this one does too.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      besides SNR?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 2 years ago

        You can have all the SNR you want on paper. It’s a theoretical max that is dependent on the other hardware, as Bruno pointed out.

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      Between the ALC892 and the upper-range models, there’s definitely a difference to my ears. From that point on it starts getting into the difficult-to-tell range.

      Having said that, whatever capacitors and op-amps are in the signal path, plus its isolation, will make a far greater difference than the choice of any contemporary codec.

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    Hopefully these GTX 1080 price cuts will finally push the 1070s down. I see too many at Newegg that are >$390.

      • southrncomfortjm
      • 2 years ago

      That’s why I’m glad I’m still on a 1080p TV. Higher resolutions cost too much imo.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 2 years ago

      For sure. Last week’s deals post included a “deal” for Zotac GTX 1070 for $349 – the supposed MSRP of the 1070 these days. Ugh.

        • anotherengineer
        • 2 years ago

        Indeed. At least you’re not paying with cnd$

        Most of the gtx 1070 are in the $500-$600 range here not including the 13% sales tax and shipping.

        • shaq_mobile
        • 2 years ago

        You think it’s the lack of competition? Hopefully Vega will be competitive with at least the 1070

          • ImSpartacus
          • 2 years ago

          Vega 10 has almost twice as many cores and clocks almost 30% higher than Polaris 10.

          Even if Vega 10 offers no architectural improvements over Polaris, it’ll easily beat a 1080 (which is a much smaller chip).

          Throw in some architectural improvements and it’s not inconceivable that it’s competing with the 1080 Ti.

          If AMD can put a Vega 10 die in a graphics card that sells for $500-700, why would they waste time on the <$400 market?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 2 years ago

          Yeah, I can’t imagine that Nvidia is in a hurry to actually see card prices drop.

        • Kretschmer
        • 2 years ago

        I bought a GTX 1070 for $380 in January (custom cooler; great warranty). What happened?

          • ImSpartacus
          • 2 years ago

          It became clear that Vega isn’t going to pressure the 1070 market at all, so prices don’t need to budge (and they haven’t).

          Meanwhile, we just got the cheapest 1080 Ti price ever…

          [url<]https://slickdeals.net/f/10179968-msi-geforce-gtx-1080-ti-armor-11gb-oc-edition-graphics-card-newegg-ebay-store-639-99-w-free-shipping[/url<] AND the cheapest 1080 price ever... [url<]https://slickdeals.net/f/10176768-gigabyte-geforce-gtx-1080-g1-gaming-389-99[/url<] both within the past week. I think it's clear what part of the market is about to finally see some price pressure.

      • ImSpartacus
      • 2 years ago

      It’s scary when you notice that the 1080s have gotten down to $390 as of like a week ago.

      Best is only $430 at the moment.

      [url<]https://slickdeals.net/f/10188384-gigabyte-geforce-gtx-1080-429-99-free-shipping[/url<] It's pretty damn tempting for a factory overclocked 1080.

        • deniro444
        • 2 years ago

        Every time I think about it I diarrhea myself. THAT’S how scary it is!

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