Thursday deals: an Xbox One X with three games for $499 and more

Howdy, folks! Valentine's Day is over, and we hope that all of you enjoyed either the company of your significant others, or at least spent the night playing games. For our part, we love deals, and there's a varied selection today. Let's take a gander, shall we?

  • Today, we're starting the party with the Ryzen 5 1500X CPU. This is one of the best mid-range processors around with its four Zen cores and eight threads. The clock speed can hit a healthy 3.7 GHz, and there's a rather nice AMD Wraith Spire cooler included in the box. Get this processor for only $159.99 from either Newegg or Amazon's store today.

  • G-Sync monitors tend to be rather pricey affairs, but we're always keeping an eye out for deals on that front. Check out the Dell S2716DGR, then. This 27" display has a resolution of 2560×1440 and support for G-Sync adaptive-refresh-rate tech. The contrast ratio is 1000:1, maximum brightness can hit 350 cd/m², and the response time is 1 ms. Although some of you may sneer at the very sight of "TN," the monitor gurus over at TFT Central rather liked it and showed that it has pretty good color reproduction, an excellent black level, and among the lowest input lag on record. Take this monitor home today for only $399.99 from Best Buy.

  •  The Xbox One X is a mighty console indeed, but its price may turn some people away. However, the best way to attract gamers is, well, games. You can get a bundle containing the console, Destiny 2, Star Wars Battlefront II, and GTA V for the extremely-reasonable sum of only $499. Each game alone is easily a $60 affair. Grab this pack o' goodies from Walmart right away.

  •  If you positively hate being tied to a specific desk while gaming, you needn't look further than the Alienware 17 gaming laptop with a G-Sync display. The version we have on hand (codenamed DKCWKBLG0733PMP) packs a Core i7-7700HQ, 16 GB of system RAM, and a mighty GeForce GTX 1070 graphics chip. The storage compartments carry a 256 GB NVMe SSD and a 1-TB spinning drive. The beautiful display under the top lid has a resolution of 2560×1440, maximum brightness of 400 cd/m², and support for G-Sync adaptive-refresh-rate tech. But wait, there's more! This machine also has Tobii's eye-tracking tech built in. You'd think we'd be talking a $2500-and-up machine, but you can get this baby for only $1899.99 from Newegg.

 

  • We also have some music (or explosions) for your ears. We're big fans of a good HTPC receiver, and the Onkyo TX-NR676 fits that bill down to a T. It's got support for streaming 4K in both HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats, as well as HDCP 2.2. The rear panel has a total of six HDMI inputs and more analog connections and speaker outputs than you can shake a stick at. There's support for 7.2 output, and there are also two amplified Zone 2 outputs. Additionally, the receiver has built-in Wi-Fi and support for a plethora of streaming services. Take this receiver home for only $399.99 from Newegg along with a $70 Newegg gift card. If that's not a deal, we don't know what is.

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 Das Keyboard's shop.

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    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    These start to look pretty appealing with Miner GPUgate happening, not counting NAND and DRAM issues and/or price fixing.

    If altcoin mining could run on these, game over for everyone lol

      • LostCat
      • 2 years ago

      Since you can’t add a second/third/fourth/thirtyseventh GPU to em that seems unlikely.

        • tipoo
        • 2 years ago

        It’s already self contained though, at 6 TFLOPS, 326GB/s, and very power efficient for what it is, I’m sure some among the mining community would buy them if that was opened up.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 2 years ago

    I have the s2716dg from Best Buy and it’s amazing. If any of you dorks have a decent, modern Nvidia GPU, you have no reason to not get one. Srsly, feed the cats, set out the bowl of milk, and take your weekly trip out of the house to Best Buy. You will be happy that I suggested the monitor.

    • albundy
    • 2 years ago

    curious…how does it support dtsx and dolby atmos with only a 7.2 speaker setup when both need an 11.2 setup?

      • jdevers
      • 2 years ago

      Neither Atmos of DTS:X are a specific speaker configuration, instead they are an attempt at modeling the sound to best represent the original matrix using your actual speaker configuration instead of a predetermined layout like previous formats.

      DTS.com:
      “We make sound move, so your speakers don’t have to. Because DTS:X doesn’t require any specific speaker layout, you can arrange your home theater system however you want.“

      Atmos is similar. They DO sound better with more speakers of course, but they don’t require a specif
      ic configuration and support well over the 11.2 setup you listed. Atmos supports up to a 24.1.10 speaker configuration.

      • LostCat
      • 2 years ago

      I’ve got Atmos with 5.1.2. I don’t think you’re talking about Atmos for home theater.

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      Unlike previous standards that had one track per speaker specifically, the DTS:X and Atmos just have 3D coordinates for placing sounds. From that point on, it’s up to your receiver to map the output onto whatever speakers you have available.

    • superjawes
    • 2 years ago

    Getting games with your console is nice, but that bundle goes 3 for 3 on PC accessibility (and all of them benefit from mouse controls).

      • DancinJack
      • 2 years ago

      Still not a bad deal for someone who likes playing games on consoles. Or for people that don’t have a video card that can handle those games. But hey, you can get a single GTX 1060 for 500 if you want, the rest of the PC is pointless!

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      And don’t forget Des2ny is capped at 30 fps on consoles, even the BoneX and PS4Pro. Ew.

        • sweatshopking
        • 2 years ago

        How much would it cost to build a pc capable of running it at 4k at 60fps, pretending you can actually buy a GPU for it?

          • Voldenuit
          • 2 years ago

          A prebuilt Ryzen 2200G or 2400G system would probably go for around ~$400-500, and could run Destiny 2 at 1080p 30 fps, which is what the $499 XboneX would run it at anyway.

          And when GPU prices drop, a midrange GPU upgrade would upgrade that experience to 60 fps (or more), which is unattainable on any of the consoles due to self-imposed restrictions from the developers.

          EDIT: Corrected some typos. Also worth mentioning that my base system (sans GPU) was ~$390 when I built it 4 years ago, and I was lucky enough to get a 1080Ti for $635 last year, so I’m currently playing Des2ny at 120 fps on a 3440×1440 120 Hz monitor, not that I’m especially recommending that particular game to anyone (I still happen to like it, but my clan is practically inactive these days).

            • LostCat
            • 2 years ago

            Actually, the X1X does 4K 30. And it’s only locked at 30 to keep multiplayer the same across the ecosystem, which somewhat makes sense given their networking but it’s kinda lame.

            • Voldenuit
            • 2 years ago

            Des2ny on PC is also P2P, but can accommodate users with wildly varying hardware and framerate. Overwatch uses centralized servers that are locked to 60 fps, but allows the graphics engine client-side to run at any framerate.

            It’s not technical hurdles that stand in the way of better performance, but policy. I agree that this is lame.

            • LostCat
            • 2 years ago

            Watching Fortnite improve their X1X support has been neat. It’s really solid now. Destiny 2 could just be coding it up in the background, but given D1 was never updated for newer systems I’m not expecting anything.

          • Chrispy_
          • 2 years ago

          Destiny2 4K60 is outside the realm of even the 1080Ti and most certainly the 1X.

          1080p60 or 4K30 are possible with a 1070 or Vega (or better) but that is at full graphical settings.

          If you want to experience Destiny2 the way the 1X does at ‘4K’, you’ll need to run the medium preset, then turn down both SSAO and DoF, then set the resolution scaling to 70 for an upscaled 1600p experience. A 1060 or 580 should be able to do this comfortably.

            • RAGEPRO
            • 2 years ago

            ?
            I have no problems running Destiny 2 at ~60 FPS in 3840×2160 on my 1080 Ti. I DON’T, because I don’t play it, but I gave it a shot in the beta and around the time that it came out. Notably, it ran at over 75 FPS in the beta, but ran significantly worse after the final release.
            [quote<]Destiny2 4K60 is outside the realm of even the 1080Ti[/quote<]

            • Chrispy_
            • 2 years ago

            Current release at max settings? My 1070 Ti can’t even provide a constant 60fps at 1440p.

            Average may be 70fps but I’m definitely seeing 40-something FPS when things get busy.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Also, it’s really hard to ignore the deals on the old XBOne vanilla. Aside from a few minor improvements, there really aren’t any games that showcase the X’s extra hardware yet.

      Given that the One S runs games at 1080p better than the One X runs games at 4K, you can practically ignore the One X and pick up one of the other consoles from around $180, or $230 with 2-3 bundled games.

      4K gaming is the next overhyped thing from the push to 4K televisions. Even Horizon Zero Dawn is only 2K on the PS4 pro :\

        • superjawes
        • 2 years ago

        Indeed. There are plenty of games that are “good enough” for couch gaming below 4k, and the S is a really nice package. It’s small, comes in bundles, and has a lower price.

        • LostCat
        • 2 years ago

        There are a ton of games that showcase the X’s extra hardware now. -> [url<]https://www.xbox.com/en-us/games/xbox-one/xbox-one-x-enhanced-list[/url<] And many more coming this year. And, since the 4K assets are downsampled to 1080p screens, it literally runs them the same either way perf wise and stomps all over the One or One S on enhanced titles. (See DigitalFoundry comparisons.) And Horizon Zero Dawn is such because the PS4 Pro is kind of a joke. It's great as a better PS4...not so great as an upgrade.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      Have fun building a gaming PC these days with GPU prices.

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