Tuesday deals: cheap SSDs, motherboards, and a sweet laptop

Howdy, gerbils! Around here everyone's reeling from the CES rush. Despite the holiday yesterday, we're still mostly bleary-eyed, jet-lagged (in the case of Adam and Jeff who were in situ), and generally hoping to take it easy this week. Nevertheless, the computing world doesn't stop, nor do online hardware deals. Here's what we found for you today.

  • Despite the climbing prices of RAM and graphics cards, it's not too bad a time to buy a solid-state drive. We have two offerings from Adata today. The first is the speedy Adata XPG SX8000 512 GB drive. This M.2 NVMe drive should post sequential read speeds up to 2500 MB/s and writes up to 1100 MB/s, and can be yours for only $164.99 from Newegg if you use the promo code EMCSPEEV4.

  • If you need an affordable drive for simpler needs or just to upgrade an old system, look no further than the Adata SU650 240 GB SSD. This cheap-but-competent SATA offering posts speeds of up to 520 MB/s on reads and 450 MB/s when writing. You can get this drive from Newegg for only $64.50 if you use the promo code EMCXPEEV2. Note that you'll need a Newegg account to make use of this promo code.

  • Feeling the need for some Coffee Lake? We have just the board for your eighth-gen Intel Core CPU. The Z370 Aorus Ultra Gaming has two M.2 sockets, Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, multiple RGB LED zones, and a Realtek ALC1220 audio codec. You can get one of these for only $139.99 from Newegg, and you can get another $20 back by way of a rebate card.

  • If your needs aren't so fancy and you're sticking with Kaby Lake CPUs for now, there's the MSI B250M Gaming Pro motherboard. Despite its lower price tag compared to the offering above, this mATX mobo still has an M.2 socket, a metal-reinforced PCIe x16 slot, and Intel-powered Gigabit Ethernet. You can get this mobo for only $69.99 from Newegg. As if that price wasn't low enough, there's a $15 rebate card available.

  • The newer Dell XPS 15s are sexy beasts, but that doesn't mean that the previous-generation models suddenly turned into pumpkins. Currently you can get a sleek Dell XPS 15 with a 4K touchscreen, a Core i7-7700HQ processor, 16 GB of RAM, 512 GB of storage, and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 for $1,499 from the Microsoft Store. The machine also has a Thunderbolt 3 port for good measure. That's one heck of a good deal right there.

That's all for today, folks! There's a chance you're looking for something we haven't covered. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg and Amazon, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at the Microsoft Store and Das Keyboard's shop.

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    • Glock24
    • 2 years ago

    A sweet laptop…. Somehow I was expecting a laptop made out of chocolate XD

    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    It’s a shame that the linked XPS 15 has a 4K screen. A 1080P option is much more palatable, for battery life and legacy app scaling reasons.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 2 years ago

      Not to mention you’d practically need an electron microscope to read 4K at that size….

        • just brew it!
        • 2 years ago

        It’s probably about the same pixel pitch as a smartphone.

      • Airmantharp
      • 2 years ago

      I skipped Dell this time, literally because of this quibble- though I was going for an ultrabook class laptop, Dell still insists that if you want 16GB of RAM and a 512GB+ SSD, you get the high-res screen.

      Which is painful because scaling still isn’t perfect, and it still affects battery life, as noted.

        • Airmantharp
        • 2 years ago

        To note, I went with a Zenbook, and the upgrade was due to wanting a faster CPU (7500U -> 8550U) and wanting a 2-in-1, both of which I got, without the silly high-res screen.

        I can run the 13.3″ laptop at 1080p without issue, given how small it is and how close I can hold it.

      • UberGerbil
      • 2 years ago

      There’s a reason this is the model being cleared out.

    • just brew it!
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]Over at the Ryzen camp, there's the MSI B250M Gaming Pro motherboard[/quote<] The link goes to a listing for an LGA 1151 Intel board.

      • enixenigma
      • 2 years ago

      Someone got confuzzled between B250 and B350.

      • Shobai
      • 2 years ago

      That’ll explain the Intel retention mechanism, then

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      Derp, fixed, thanks. In our defense, who at AMD/Intel thought that naming their chipsets almost the same was a good idea?

        • Welch
        • 2 years ago

        I think the onus is on AMD for this one… since you know, they were after.

          • MOSFET
          • 2 years ago

          Can’t wait for the incoming Intel B360 (?)

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