Deals of the week: an RX 460 4GB for $100 and more

Greetings, gerbilmen and gerbiladies. The dust is starting to settle at Computex 2017, which means we have a decent opportunity to do our weekly duty and hunt down the best hardware deals on the internet for you. Take a look at what we've found.

  • We're leading this post with what we think is one of the nicest deals around. If you're looking for an inexpensive graphics card that still packs a decent punch for 1080p gaming, you could do a lot worse than the Gigabyte Radeon RX 460 4GB. This card has a dual-fan cooler and a boost clock of 1212 MHz. It best characteristic, at least today, is the price. Newegg will sell you one for a Benjamin, rounded up: only $99.99. Get'em while they last.

     

  • While we're on the topic of particularly-good deals, here's the Acer K272HUL display. This 27" IPS monitor has a 2560×1440 resolution and despite not being a gaming display, it still has a pretty-decent 4-ms response time. The included stand offers tilt adjustment, and there's a VESA mount available. "What's so special about this?", you might ask. The number on the price tag, of course: only $249.99 at Newegg with the code EMCRGRB35.

     

  • How about another monitor? Dell is probably my favorite monitor manufacturer. There's a deal today on the Dell S2417DG display. This 24" monitor has a resolution of 2560×1440 (thus, it should be pretty sharp), a whopping 165 Hz refresh rate, and G-Sync VRR tech on tap. Although the S2417DG uses a TN panel, keep in mind that it's a Dell, and reviews everywhere praise its color reproduction. Additional niceties include thin bezels and a fully-adjustable stand. Grab one of these for $399.99 at Newegg. There's a $30 rebate card available, too.

     

  • What's that, 256GB and 512GB SSDs? Bah, leave that piddly stuff for the ultrabook crowd. What you really want is a terabyte SSD, like the Adata Ultimate SU800. This SATA drive offers sequential read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and writes up to 520 MB/s. Drives with 1 TB capacity tend to hew closer to the $300 mark than we'd like, but not this one: only $245.99 at Newegg if you use promo code EMCSRGRB5.

     

  • The foundation of any system is not the case or motherboard, as one might immediately think. What you want to start with is a nice, stable power supply. Few can claim those characteristics like the Corsair RM750x. This unit offers 750W of power, fully modular cabling, a big, quiet fan that doesn't even bother  to spin up most of the time, and an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating. It's an awesome PSU, and you can be sure of that because it's me-approved—I have one in this machine I'm typing on. Grab one of these for only $99.99 from Newegg.

     

  • Small-form-factor PCs are all the rage, and despite the fact that it's pretty easy to pick components for them these days, motherboards still require some careful consideration. With that in mind, we'd like to direct your attention to the ASRock Z270M-ITX/ac. This Mini-ITX offering packs two Intel-powered Ethernet ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and six SATA ports instead of the usual two. There's even an M.2 slot crammed in there. All this gear usually runs you up a pretty penny, but not in this case: a mere $109.00 at Newegg. If you were on the fence about building a mean little machine, then get crackin'.

     

  • A good number of our gerbils have praised the build quality of Phanteks' enclosures. That recommendation is as good as any in our book, and we have a deal that's quite apropos. The Phanteks Enthoo Pro M case is a sleek, subtle enclosure has an enormous acrylic side panel and can take in motherboards up to E-ATX size. The case has room for 360-mm radiators at the front and top, and another 120-mm unit at the rear. Graphics cards as long as 16.5" (42 cm) and CPU coolers as tall as 7.6" (19.4 cm) will easily fit in, too. Newegg is selling this case for only $84.99 if you use promo code EMCRGRB23, and there's a $15 rebate card available on top of that.

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    • setbit
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Greetings, gerbilmen and gerbiladies.[/quote<] What about readers who identify as gerbil nonconforming?

    • UberGerbil
    • 3 years ago

    That Acer screen seems like a nice combination of size/resolution and price, for a non-gamer. Anyone actually seen / used one in the flesh?

      • blazer_123
      • 3 years ago

      It has the same specs (and probably the same panel) as the korean monitors that flooded the market years back.

      I’m running a Microboard with the same specs (resolution, IPS, refresh, etc). It’s great. It’s a little cheaper than the Acer but the Acer is a little slimmer, has more features, and you can probably trust the warranty more.

      The newegg reviews are pretty accurate. You will probably need to calibrate it if you want Ultrasharp-like quality.

    • CScottG
    • 3 years ago

    Speaking of MiniITX motherboards.. as long as you don’t need “K” processor overclocking, this one with rebate is a pretty good deal at about $80 (plus tax):

    [url<]https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU80D9G/?tag=pcpapi-20[/url<]

    • demani
    • 3 years ago

    What’s getting me is Microcenters Ryzen bundles:
    [url<]http://www.microcenter.com/site/products/amd_bundles.aspx[/url<] You can get a CPU [u<]and[/u<] motherboard (ASUS PRIME B350M-A/CSM MATX) for LESS than the cost of the CPU alone. They'll make it up in volume I guess.

      • jdevers
      • 3 years ago

      Microcenter makes it up with the OTHER pets required to build a system and the software people tend to purchase with new PCs. It is a well established marketing tactic used by many retail stores in every segment of the market. When a grocery store sells ribeye steaks for $5/lb they are losing money on every one sold, but the loss leader gets people into the store that week who typically buy their other groceries there. They MIGHT even get new repeat customers, which is the ultimate goal. There are deals to be had by people willing to do the leg work though.

        • demani
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah well, see how that’s working for retail in the US, or Buy.com or many of the others that aren’t around. Don’t get me wrong,-I love Microcenter. But I have access to enough stuff that I can do this kind of thing, but Microcenter matches internet prices which squeezes margins even more. I do worry about their long term viability trying to have it every way. “Proven” has been worth much in the storefront retail industry recently.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    For Nvidia gamers looking for a monitor, Dell’s 27″ GSync TN is currently being sold for $470 on Best Buy. It’s usually $600.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    Newegg’s ebay store has a Gigabyte GTX 1080 Ti (non-Aorus) for $635

    [url<]http://www.ebay.com/itm/292077280960?afsrc=1&rmvSB=true[/url<] EDIT: Aaaand... they're gone. Congrats to anyone who got one while there was still stock; beastly GPU.

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 3 years ago

    I’m currently running the ASRock H270M-ITX/ac. It’s a great board, and that’s a steal for the Z270 version.

    • Demetri
    • 3 years ago

    I went with this RX 460 2GB for $70 AR to replace the RX 470 I dumped on Ebay last night. I think at the settings the 460 is comfortable at, the extra 2GB won’t be useful. I saw a test where it made zero difference in Witcher 3, but that’s only one game.

    [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202269&ignorebbr=1[/url<] Also worth noting that both these 460s lack the extra 6-pin power connector. The ones that don't will throttle pretty hard, so it's a good idea to undervolt them. Also, I don't know how much more power a dual fan cooler will draw vs a single, but you need to cut as much as you can with these cards with no aux connector. Single fan might be a better way to go.

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]I went with this RX 460 2GB for $70 AR to replace the RX 470 I dumped on Ebay last night[/quote<] Out of curiosity - why did you do that? The 460 only has 14 CUs vs 32 in the 470, so it's a significant downgrade. The 470 is a solid 1080p60 card, but the 460 is more likely to post frames in the 30s than 60...

        • Demetri
        • 3 years ago

        Because 470s are going for a lot of money right now due to the cryptomining craze. I sold it for $350 within 12 hours of listing it.

        I went with the 460 even though it’s a downgrade because I prefer to roll with AMD (Freesync monitor), and the most intensive game I’m planning on playing this summer is Overwatch, and possibly the Destiny 2 beta. We’ll see how things shake out after Vega launches.

          • Voldenuit
          • 3 years ago

          [quote<]Because 470s are going for a lot of money right now due to the cryptomining craze. I sold it for $350 within 12 hours of listing it.[/quote<] Ouch. I mean, good for you, but another cryptomining craze is probably bad news for AMD, which would not see any increased profits from reseller markups, and would then have to compete with used cards being dumped on the market in 6-12 months competing with their new lineup.

            • willmore
            • 3 years ago

            Cool, looks like I’ll be getting my ‘new’ 480 or 470 this fall. Thanks for the heads up!

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Raising texture quality doesn’t require more compute. It does require more RAM, though.

        • blazer_123
        • 3 years ago

        It does require more compute in order to use the VRAM. You can put as much textures as you want on the card but if the card isn’t fast enough to use it then it’s pointless. You’re spending money on a feature that you can’t use.

        It’s a better idea to get a faster card (say, the Geforce 1050) rather than get more VRAM on a slower Radeon 460. At this price point you could also shift the saved money to a better CPU and see some significant benefits.

          • RAGEPRO
          • 3 years ago

          It does not require more compute to use larger textures. There is no such thing as “not fast enough to use the extra VRAM”. This is a pernicious meme that needs to stop.

            • blazer_123
            • 3 years ago

            [url<]https://youtu.be/mz5qH2vuOqs?t=8m39s[/url<] This review benchmarks a large number of games between the 2gb and 4gb version. In essentially every game, there was no statistically significant difference (sometimes the margin of error favored the 2gb version over the 4gb version). The sole outlier in these benchmarks was Doom (2016). The same pattern has been seen in every budget graphics card for the past 10 years. Vendors throw on extra VRAM to cards that simply can't use it at acceptable framerates. It's a marketing gimmick. Do you have any benchmarks disproving this?

            • RAGEPRO
            • 3 years ago

            That doesn’t have anything to do with my point.

            The point is that a card with greater local memory can use higher-quality assets (mainly textures) without having to swap to main memory, which can kill performance.

            Obviously, testing with the same settings on the same game on the same processor with the same memory bandwidth (adding more memory is usually achieved by doubling density of the packages, not by adding more packages, which would require a wider bus) is not going to show a performance difference.

            However, take Doom (or many other games) and set it to “Ultra” textures and see how the 2GB card stumbles while the 4GB card is fine. (Note that “Ultra” is not the highest setting; “Nightmare”, the highest setting, requires 5GB or more of video memory.)

            You can’t test something (a game at specific settings), draw a conclusion (it runs the same on the 2GB and 4GB cards) and then generalize your conclusion based on additional tests of the same thing.

            • blazer_123
            • 3 years ago

            No benchmarks? Cool.

            • RAGEPRO
            • 3 years ago

            Disappointing. I’d hoped we could have a teachable moment.

            • Voldenuit
            • 3 years ago

            [url<]http://www.techspot.com/review/1114-vram-comparison-test/[/url<] Assassin's Creed Syndicate 1080p Ultra 380 4 GB vs 2 GB - 27 fps vs 23 (+17%) 960 4GB vs 2 GB - 27 fps vs 21 (+29%) Assassin's Creed Syndicate 1080p High 380 4 GB vs 2 GB - 60 fps vs 52 (+15%) 960 4GB vs 2 GB - 56 fps vs 56 (+0%) GTA V 1080p Ultra FXAA, 4xMSAA 380 4 GB vs 2 GB - 31 fps vs 22 (+40%) 960 4GB vs 2 GB - 30 fps vs 29 (+3%) Just Cause 3 1080p High 380 4 GB vs 2 GB - 60 fps vs 45 (+11%) 960 4GB vs 2 GB - 49 fps vs 46 (+6.5%) Just a sampling of the many tests they ran, deltas ranged from zero to massive (+40% in GTA V, ouch). Definitely not a consistently significant improvement, but also definitely very far from no difference in "essentially every game". Historically, nvidia cards have benefited from extra VRAM less than AMD cards, despite generally having less memory bandwidth (you'd expect the opposite, all things being equal). I attribute this to better driver optimization, memory management, and developer attention (since nvidia cards make up 75-80% of the gaming market). You have a point that OEMs like to add VRAM onto low end cards to differentiate their product, often with questionable benefit to the consumer (how much less terrible is 27 fps vs 23? Not very). But that doesn't mean there is no benefit.

            • blazer_123
            • 3 years ago

            I am specifically talking about the 460. There is no added benefit (just look at the numerous benchmarks I’ve provided for the 460). The same thing can be seen repeatedly in the low-end market (sub $100).

            I agree with the results of the Techspot article but that’s concerned with mid-range cards. Cards that have the ability to utilize the added VRAM. I don’t see how that address what we are talking about.

            The Techspot article’s conclusions are useful for perspective though: 1) the benefits in midrange cards from 2gb to 4gbs is academic (23 vs. 27 are both unplayable); and, 2) going from 4gb to 8gb yield no difference whatsoever. The cards are just not fast enough to use the extra VRAM.

            Techspot said it best:

            “Akin to the megapixel and megahertz race in cameras and processors, the amount of memory used on graphics cards that are not fast enough to utilize it is simply used as a marketing gimmick.”

      • blazer_123
      • 3 years ago

      I’ve looked at some benchmarks too. There is almost no difference between the 2gb and the 4gb version. It’s about 0-5% depending on the game. Just about every week the 460 2gb version is on sale (after rebate) for about $70. Without rebates, you can snag one for about $85.

      At this price point, it just doesn’t seem to make much sense to get the 4gb version unless the are essentially the same price.

      I did a new build for a friend with an Athlon 860k + 460 2gb. It’s a great little gaming machine at 1080p60hz. Medium to high settings for SC2, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and most other games.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 3 years ago

    “A good number of our gerbils have praised the build quality of Phanteks’ enclosures.” Yes, and they’re known as the Enthoosiasts.

    I shall see myself out…

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Nicely done.

      I’m a Phanteks case fan. Even the budget-priced Enthoo Pro M is really solid and well laid-out.

        • UberGerbil
        • 3 years ago

        You’re a case fan? Are you Pulse Width Modulated? (I hadn’t realized AI had reached this point, but I guess I should have considering all the CPU fans littering the comment sections for the Ryzen announcements)

          • derFunkenstein
          • 3 years ago

          Thank you for [url=https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/e4/fd/43/e4fd434f9233539c1766eb87b83167fb.jpg<]getting my joke[/url<].

      • southrncomfortjm
      • 3 years ago

      Admitting you have a problem is the first step.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 3 years ago

        I NEED HELP!

          • southrncomfortjm
          • 3 years ago

          I don’t know what the second step is.

            • Voldenuit
            • 3 years ago

            1. Admitting you have a problem.
            2. ???
            3. PROFIT!!!!

            • southrncomfortjm
            • 3 years ago

            Brilliant!

            I’m always confused, so I must be past step 2. Where’s my profit?

            • Shobai
            • 3 years ago

            No, I’m pretty sure the ‘???’ of step 2 denotes the constant state of confusion, so you’re probably still stuck in 2. Who knows how you get to 3, though – if you find out, make sure to write the book (I think that’s where ‘profit!!’ comes in).

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