Deals of the day: Ryzen and Threadripper CPUs on the cheap and more

Howdy, gerbils. Black Friday is approaching, and many e-tailers are getting a head start on deals in preparation for the big day. We're breaking our usual deals schedule to bring you some tasty stuff we spotted while doing some virtual window-shopping. Shall we have a look?

  • The big-ticket item today is a big sale on AMD's Ryzen processors over at both Amazon and Newegg. Pretty much every model is discounted, but we have a few highlights. The six-core Ryzen 5 1600 ($189.99 at Amazon or Newegg) and the eight-core Ryzen 7 1700 ($269.99 at Amazon or Newegg) both come with quite-competent Wraith Spire coolers that should suffice for basic overclocking efforts. If you prefer better stock-clocked performance, we'd like to direct your attention to the Ryzen 7 1700X instead at $279.99 (Amazon or Newegg).

  • If you're thinking of doing a workstation-grade build, we have something particularly sweet. The Threadripper 1950X and its 16 cores and 32 threads is going for only $799 at Amazon and Newegg—an insane drop from the $1000 that it commanded not that long ago. Roughly speaking, this CPU should offer a performance level close to that of the Core i9-7900X that goes for almost a grand.

  • The HP store is also running quite a few Black Friday deals. The big ticket item from the two-letter company is the Omen X 35" gaming display. This curved, ultra-wide VA monitor has a resolution of 3440×1440 and a maximum refresh rate of a healthy 100 Hz with G-Sync support on tap. The contrast ratio is a whopping 2500:1 and the response time is listed as 4ms. We reckon the Omen X 35 ticks all the right boxes, and you can grab one for $899.99 today. Not bad for a display that initially sold for around $1300, eh?

  • Finally, the out-of-left-field deal: the Envy x360 15z convertible laptop. This machine has a 1920×1080 IPS touch-enabled display and a newflanged, fresh-from-the-oven Ryzen 5 2500U APU with four cores, eight threads, and maximum Turbo speed of 3.6 GHz. The meaty APU with Vega graphics is coupled with 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB HDD on the stock configuration that goes for $574.99. That's not bad, but if you're like us, you're probably eyeing the optional 256 GB NVMe SSD upgrade that brings the price to a still-impressive $700.

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    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    The Omen X display is questionable for gaming given the VA ghosting. You’re better off waiting for deal on an X34 of PG348Q.

    • freebird
    • 2 years ago

    Wow, AMD must be dumping inventory to free up room for all the 12nm parts that will hit the market in early 2018.

      • Pancake
      • 2 years ago

      Their APUs are coming. No, Ryzen and Threadripper are not selling. In the case of TR it’s the only reason for such a crazy discount on a nearly brand new CPU. Intel would never behave like this. You could say AMD’s fortunes aren’t Ryzen. People are nope-ing outta here and buying the new Intel hotness.

      This is very worrying as consumers need a viable competitor to Intel. I’m in the market for a new 11-13″ laptop. I can wait to see how the new APUs fare. Battery life is everything. Also, I’m not after some cheap low-rent thing. Can AMD move upmarket and deliver? Or will they go back to the slime pool of nasty 15″ 1366×768 plastic junk with slow hard disks and poor battery life?

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 2 years ago

        I have a hard time seeing Ryzen as not selling. In my particular home market, several of Dell’s moderate-high performance models are Ryzen, without a similar Intel replacement. If they aren’t selling, its because that price class and size class of hardware isn’t selling.

        AMD needs APUs, they need mobile sales.

          • Pancake
          • 2 years ago

          Developing world? That seems to be very price-conscious market where most AMD product is sold.

          Those APUs sure better be good! We’ll see in reviews soon enough.

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 2 years ago

            I’m sitting in a comfortable corner of Europe. Fewer options here than the US site I think, but they have chosen to use Ryzen in some prominent spots which are not bottom-feeder material. My favorite is the 27″ AIO, but its expensive. Too much money into one integrated item, at least for my budget.

            • Pancake
            • 2 years ago

            Europe is quite diverse. Where specifically? I travelled from Spain to Slovakia last year. French and Italian women just incredibly stunning. Slovakia. Wow. Just wow. Spanish food 10/10. I have a German/Irish girlfriend. I digress… The world is a diverse place. Beauty if you see it everywhere.

            In my corner of the world – Australia – AMD is confined to Dell Inspiron range. Not the best. XPS + all the business grade stuff is Intel.

        • freebird
        • 2 years ago

        Pancake, go flip yourself… your comments seem “half-baked”.

      • mcarson09
      • 2 years ago

      If only they could make enough to consider what they do dumping….

    • Pancake
    • 2 years ago

    Wow. That’s some crazy discounting on Ryzen and ThreadRipper. Sales must be stagnant to have such large price cuts!

      • eofpi
      • 2 years ago

      Those are pretty much Micro Center’s regular in-store prices on those chips, so I think it’s Amazon and Newegg doing early Black Friday deals, not a sign of something bigger.

    • cynan
    • 2 years ago

    For any north of the border interested in a juicy discount on these HP products and are thinking of heading over the the Canadian site’s pre-BF sale, I’ll save you the trouble:

    The 35″ Omen monitor is $1700 and there’s not a single Ryzen-featuring product in sight.

    It’s like some of these companies think Canada is a 3rd world country or something.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    I’m itching for a new build on the older of my two machines and an R7 1700X really fits my VMware/sofa gaming requirements nicely.

    The problem I have is that the 3770K is, despite its age, actually still kicking ass and taking names. For all the praise we are heaping on Ryzen and Coffee Lake, looking at what I’d actually gain for $900 is pretty depressing.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<] The problem I have is that the 3770K is, despite its age, actually still kicking ass and taking names. For all the praise we are heaping on Ryzen and Coffee Lake, looking at what I'd actually gain for $900 is pretty depressing.[/quote<] [url=https://i2.wp.com/apusilicon.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/cinebenchr15udated.png<]Did you see the benchmarks associated with the 15W Ryzen 5 laptop chip[/url<]? The Ryzen 5 is basically on-par with the 3770K (within single-digits of performance), despite being a 15W Laptop part. Desktop performance numbers may be meh, but a lot of the research these past years have gone into the Laptop form factor instead. The Ryzen 7 Laptop chips aren't out yet unfortunately. I'd be curious if the Ryzen 7 laptop chip is faster than the ol' Ivy Bridge. The i7-8xxxU series is a bit faster than the Ryzen5 / Ryzen7 Laptop chips too. And both the Ryzen 5 2500U / i5-8250U are 4core / 8thread machines, even at 15W. Modern "ultrathin" laptops look like they're finally reaching a good speed (although thermal limitations make me wary about actually relying on those benchmark numbers) ----------- The main benefit in the Desktop space is: 1. GPUs -- Large improvements these past few years obviously 2. Core counts -- Ryzen 7 is 8-cores / 16 threads, ThreadRipper gets you [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113447<]16c/32t in just $800 today[/url<]. 3. Better thermal management -- All of those 15W laptops can only sustain those desktop-like speeds for a few minutes. Desktops with full sized fans and blowers can stay in turbo indefinitely.

        • D@ Br@b($)!
        • 2 years ago

        The blessing I have is that the 3770K is, despite its age, actually still kicking ass and taking names.

        The main benefit since then in real world usage come from:
        1. Swapping the HDD for an SSD
        2. Improvements from GPU’s

        5. IPC improvements , but mainly for mobile devices so they can function within a mobile power window.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        Yeah, that would be great if all I did was run Cinebench’s multi-threaded benchmark all day.

        My workload is still IPC and clockspeed dependent. I think Ivy has about 90% the IPC of Ryzen and for the bulk of what I’m doing IPC is more important than core count. As awesome as the 15W laptop parts are, they’re not interesting for me

        It’s just annoying that sometimes (rarely, but it’s so horrendously slow at this point) I actually run out of threads and it’d be nice to have 16 threads instead of 8.

          • dragontamer5788
          • 2 years ago

          I actually linked you a [b<]single-threaded[/b<] benchmark btw. IPC has actually improved significantly since Ivy Bridge. Modern 15W Laptops running 2.0GHz (3.6 GHz turbo) keep up with Ivy Bridge 3770k at 3.4 GHz (3.9GHz turbo). In single-threaded benchmarks. Clock the same cores at 4GHz or 4.5GHz (as the Turbos on these 8th gen i7s can go), and you'll be way stronger than an Ivy Bridge in Desktop vs Desktop comparisons.

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            Yeah, that 2500U is running at 3.6GHz in a single-threaded test like that, compared to the 3770 which is running at 3.9GHz in the same test. I’d actually not clicked your link because I’ve seen the results many times before and just assumed you were showing the strengths of Ryzen rather than it’s weaknesses.

            That actually puts Ryzen on a par with only Ivy, instead of Haswell – and I suspect that is because the 15W processor can’t maintain that boost clock for the duration of the test with such a low power envelope. At least with a desktop chip I’d be expecting a 1700X to be running at 3.8GHz most, if not all of the time.

      • ermo
      • 2 years ago

      I’m in the same boat — my i7 3770K is running delidded@4.5 GHz w/DDR3-2400 RAM (!) and a nice RX Vega 64 driving a weird-ish 1280×1024\1920×1080/1280×1024 monitor setup for Project CARS 2 — the spatial awareness and sense of speed is better with monitors on the side.

      The single-threaded IPC is about on par with a 4GHz Ryzen part, which is what matters for (most) games.

      With RAM prices being what they are, I simply can’t justify a RyZen purchase and I’ve decided that Coffee Lake (while nice!) simply isn’t for me given intel’s annoying product segmentation strategy (which is basically about protecting their Xeon margins at all costs).

      If AMD puts out a nice Zen+ upgrade this spring with a frequency + IPC bump and better AVX2 units, I *might* spring for an upgrade.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 2 years ago

        It was impressive enough to get Zen out the door and have it land on its feet. Asking for a silicon refresh after just a single year, thats [i<]really[/i<] stretching it.

          • ermo
          • 2 years ago

          [url=https://www.digitimes.com/news/a20170927PD212.html<]Digitimes says:[/url<] "AMD has informed its partners that it plans to launch in February 2018 an upgrade version of its Ryzen series processors built using a 12nm low-power (12LP) process at Globalfoundries, according to sources at motherboard makers."

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            That smells of improved Raven Ridge and Laptop parts. I don’t think it will include the desktop Ryzen line, although I’d like to be wrong!

            • Anonymous Coward
            • 2 years ago

            They might be able to swap to a new process on an existing design, but even with that modest goal, I’d be impressed if they could show any meaningful performance improvement right from the start. (If they can, wow.)

    • DragonDaddyBear
    • 2 years ago

    LG OLED65B7A is only $2,300 right now. That’s a killer price for one of, if not the, best TV on the market right now.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      I like how you used the word “only” and “$2,300” in the same sentence.
      I also like how OLED TV buyers still have to worry about burn-in.

      Burn in is less of a problem than it used to be, simply because OLED TV’s burn-in management is vastly improved over earlier models. However – just like garbage-collection on an SSD – it cannot fight physics; If you use the TV with a console or as a PC monitor with static areas like a HUD or taskbar, you are going to get burn-in even after just 45 minutes. The good news is that problem mostly goes away again if you turn the TV off and come back to it later. We have a 2014 OLED and a 2016 OLED at work, both have minor burn-in damage that is unacceptable at those prices, but not actually any worse than plasma-screen or CRT burn-in used to be….

      • mcarson09
      • 2 years ago

      It’s not even 108 inches booo!!!

    • NTMBK
    • 2 years ago

    Any chance we’ll get a review of one of these APU laptops? Seems like a nice cheap game-capable option, without breaking the bank.

      • Anonymous Coward
      • 2 years ago

      Review!

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 2 years ago

      Working on it.

        • NTMBK
        • 2 years ago

        Thanks Jeff!

      • cynan
      • 2 years ago

      With products like the Acer Swift 3 coming in at about the same price with an i5-8xxx and mx150, there may be more competition for these Raven Ridge laptops than one might have expected..

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        That’s what I’ll be looking for the over under on.

        • Anonymous Coward
        • 2 years ago

        Something like that also needs a review with standard in-depth TR methods. I want to read about frame times and thermal throttling in the same article.

    • Demetri
    • 2 years ago

    Ryzen 1700X for $230 at Microcenter. In store only, but Staples will price match it.

    [url<]http://www.microcenter.com/product/485473/Ryzen_7_1700X_34_GHz_8_Core_AM4_Boxed_Processor[/url<]

    • BobbinThreadbare
    • 2 years ago

    I saw on Reddit Fry’s has a Ryzen 1600 + motherboard combo for $189 [url<]https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/comments/7e97zh/cpu_ryzen_5_1600_msi_b350m_motherboard_189_15_mir/[/url<]

    • Kurotetsu
    • 2 years ago

    You can grab an [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113430&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=IGNEFL111917&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-KB%20Networks,%20Inc.-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10440897&PID=3891137&SID=rewrite<]R7 1800X[/url<] at Newegg for $299 using promo code EMCBBBK24 Forewarning, that promo code might be expired. It worked for me yesterday though.

    • dragontamer5788
    • 2 years ago

    The Ryzen 5 HP Envy x360 is a laptop I’ve been researching for the past week, and this new sale has made me pull the trigger. Unfortunately, it seems like the laptop won’t ship until mid-December (it must be quite popular).

    1. There’s a noticeable delay when switching between the Stylus and the Touchscreen. I’d estimate it to be somewhere close to 1-second to 2-seconds. I tested this on a Best Buy model with the Wacom Bamboo Ink (Universal Pen). I decided that I could live with it, but it should be noted that the Surface Pro doesn’t have this problem. ([url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laLYqBeHqDs<]This demo video[/url<] shows the problem on the x360 Spectre, but a similar problem is on the x360 Envy). I've confirmed the delay with a Best Buy Intel x360 unit (they didn't have the Ryzen model in stock yet when I was testing). 2. Reddit reports that the laptop's internals are accessible, so you can add in RAM, SATA, and a M.2 card after-the-fact. [url=https://imgur.com/gallery/5MAHk<]Image proof[/url<]. This doesn't seem to be a "design" by HP however, you need special screwdrivers and need to pop off a few rubber thingies to get into there. 3. HP Keyboards have a horrible design for arrow keys. With that said, this is one of the few 15-inch laptops today with a full numpad. Full sized keyboard + Numpad at 15-inches is one of the reasons why I bought this laptop actually. 4. Aside from the capacitive touch / stylus delay issue, the writing experience of the Wacom Bamboo Ink + this tablet was pretty good. It wasn't like slower or cheaper laptops which "miss" strokes and whatnot. Its not an artist pen however: its missing tilt and directionality. But for the uses of OneNote and simple note taking and quick doodles, I think its good enough. My rating scale is roughly as follows: [url=http://www.wacom.com/en-us/products/pen-displays/cintiq-13-hd<]True Wacom Cintiq[/url<] == 10/10, Surface Pro == 9/10, HP Envy x360 == 8/10. So the stylus is pretty good... or even excellent. Its only one step worse than the Surface line due to the noticeable touch / stylus delay. 5. The keyboard lockout is a bit slow when you go into 360 / tablet mode. Its not as quick as the Surface Pro's lockout, so you might hit the "enter" button or whatever on the flip if you're not careful. Not a big deal IMO. 6. 5lbs makes this a hefty size for a tablet. Its more like a laptop than a tablet... but you can use it like a tablet due to the Active Digitizer support (and with "Universal Stylus" being standardized this year... thanks Wacom + Microsoft!! You can buy 3rd party pens that work with multiple different Windows Tablet models) 7. Benchmarks are in-line with the i5-8xxxU series from a CPU perspective. For those unfamiliar: both this Ryzen 5 and the i5-8xxxU laptop chips are 4c/8t at ~15W. So there's quite a bit of beef in there, even if they're downclocked to ~2GHz or so. The GPU seems workable if your expectations are 720p / 30fps. Some simpler games (CS:GO) can reach 720p / 60+ fps benchmarks. [url<]http://apusilicon.com/hp-envy-x360-w-ryzen-first-impressions/[/url<]

      • Alexko
      • 2 years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to share your research.

      • tipoo
      • 2 years ago

      Darn special screwdrivers – stop copying the worst parts of Apple!

      But the laptop is still intriguing. The CPU is up in the 10K GB4 range iirc. Is the GPU over or under the MX150? Anyways, swapping out the HDD model for a SSD would make this pretty tempting.

      What was that I heard about mobile ryzen being limited to 8GB though? Even if this is slotted? Can this use more?

        • NTMBK
        • 2 years ago

        I’d presume it’s under the MX150, just because it’s sharing DDR4-2400 with the CPU.

        • dragontamer5788
        • 2 years ago

        I mean, I clicked the 16gb of RAM button from HP and M.2 PCIe SSD button. HP’s site just allows you to pick SSD / 16gb.

        After-market, I’m buying a 1tb MX300 that I plan to add to the laptop. So my final config is 16gb RAM + 256gb M.2 SSD + 1tb TLC SATA SSD. Hopefully, if all goes well.

        I presume its “under” the MX150, because dedicated memory is very important in most gaming tasks. Sharing DDR4 with CPU is pretty slow.

          • tipoo
          • 2 years ago

          Hm, I think it was AT getting concerned that most launch laptops were 8GB and were wondering if that was a Ryzen mobile limit (a la 16GB LPDDR Intel limit) – if that’s not true that’s great. Wonder how high this can handle then.

            • Phartindust
            • 2 years ago

            Hp Is selling versions with M.2 drives and up to 16GB of ram too.

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