Deal of the day: a Radeon RX 580 8 GB for $250

Update 2: Best Buy has this card back in stock as of 4:55 PM CT on April 30. Go get 'em.

After months and months of sad glances at graphics-card prices at retail and e-tail, we may be receiving a brief reprieve. While many graphics cards are creeping back toward their suggested prices right now, Best Buy is taking a leap toward that mark by offering MSI's Armor MK2 Radeon RX 580 8 GB card for $249.99. That's just $20 over the RX 580's suggested price.

The Armor MK2 justifies its $20 premium with a nice-looking dual-fan cooler, a slight 40-MHz boost-range bump to the RX 580's stock 1340-MHz ticker, and a sturdy-looking full-coverage backplate. Given the dearth of affordable midrange graphics cards of late, we'd be head over heels with this card even if it had a reference cooler. We wouldn't sit long on this price if you need a capable graphics card today. Thanks to TR reader auxy for the tip.

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    • wingless
    • 1 year ago

    LOL by the time I see these headlines, they’re sold out… Faaaaaaack. What has the world become?! We’re sitting here scrambling for a mere RX 580 now. I feel like a peasant…

    • DarkMikaru
    • 1 year ago

    Guys, have any of you used this card with the HTC Vive VR Setup? As my belowed yet finally long in the tooth R7 370 2GB MSI card fails Steams VR test out right! lol

    Ryzen 1700 Check
    16GB of Ram Check
    6TB / 400GB SSD / 250GB NVMe SSD – storage Check
    Video Card…whomp whomp lol

    Thanks for the help guys.

      • Goty
      • 1 year ago

      HardOCP has done quite a bit of VR testing, and the AMD cards don’t show particularly well in their rankings.

        • DarkMikaru
        • 1 year ago

        I’ve heard as much. I was thinking of an RX480 / 580 but couldn’t find any solid numbers / reviews on how they’d perform. Experiencing VR on my brothers 1070Ti was intriguing. Thank you for the help… guess I’ll stick with saving for a 1070 or higher.

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    Ironic how what used to be the original MSRP of the RX 480 is now a ‘deal’ with what is essentially ac rebrand of the RX 480.

    • Import2race
    • 1 year ago

    Thank you tech report, I order one.

      • Import2race
      • 1 year ago

      I should get mine on Tuesday

    • anotherengineer
    • 1 year ago

    Chuck did you pre-order your discrete Intel GPU yet??

    [url<]https://www.techpowerup.com/243755/intel-scores-another-top-amd-exec-chris-hook-confirmed-to-join-company[/url<] πŸ˜‰

    • Kretschmer
    • 1 year ago

    Daily Deal: Buy a $230 2017 part (itself a reheat of a 2016 $240 part) for $250.

    Or just buy a 1060 for $250 and get better performance at a vastly lower TDP.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 1 year ago

      Please show me to these $250 GTX 1060 6 GBs so I can write another deals post

        • Kretschmer
        • 1 year ago

        Nevermind. I don’t Newegg well, apparently (searching for “1060 6GB” inexplicably includes 3 3GB SKUs). My frustration with the GPU industry still stands, as it stands pat.

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 1 year ago

          Newegg is still gouging pretty heavily on graphics card [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%204814%20601201888%20601203793%20601204369%20601206485%20601296377%20601296379%20601301599%20600007787%20600358543%20600494828%20600499109%20600528612%20601110192%20601294831%208000&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=36<]prices[/url<].

          • DPete27
          • 1 year ago

          I was suspicious of [the GTX1060 3GB] when you were talking about this last time. I remember thinking “where is he seeing these prices?”

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 1 year ago

            The cheapest GeForce GTX1060 6GiB is $335 at Newegg

          • kvndoom
          • 1 year ago

          No worries… same thing happened to me over the weekend, half my search results were 3GB cards. Newegg should know better but they’re not the same company they used to be.

            • Spunjji
            • 1 year ago

            Nvidia should know better too, but they’ve always been that company πŸ˜€

            • DPete27
            • 1 year ago

            If you only search “GTX1060” that doesn’t exclude the 3GB versions from your search. You have to select 6GB VRAM on the left panel. Searching “GTX1060 6GB” will put the 6GB cards at the top of the list since they’re most relevant, but the 3GB cards will still be there because they share part of the search term [GTX1060]

            Don’t expect a website to read your mind.

      • MOSFET
      • 1 year ago

      Did that almost two full years ago! (“…Or just buy a 1060 for $250”)

    • derFunkenstein
    • 1 year ago

    Read a thing…somewhere…Ars maybe? Saying that Ethereum is moving away from proof of work, which is likely going to take some pressure off of graphics card demand. If that’s the case then no reason to jump right now unless it’s dire.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 1 year ago

      There’s always another coin.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        Yeah I suppose. Thanks for being a beacon of optimism. πŸ˜†

        • dragontamer5788
        • 1 year ago

        Monero has 1/3rd the market cap of Ethereum, and Ethereum itself has 1/4th the cap of Bitcoin.

        Basically, the BTC -> Ethereum switch reduced profits by 75%. Moving to Monero will reduce the profits by 66% on top of that.

        There’s always another coin: but coins are exponentially less used the further and further you go down the list. The next major coin IIRC that people use GPUs for (NVidia ones anyway) is ZCash, down another 1/4th the size of Monero.

        A lot of the other coins are either ASIC already (ie: Litecoin), or are not really cryptocoins at all, without mining equipment (ie: Ripple. Which is more of a bank-to-bank… thingy…). While others are obviously scams (ie: Tethercoin).

          • ColeLT1
          • 1 year ago

          “Basically, the BTC -> Ethereum switch reduced profits by 75%. Moving to Monero will reduce the profits by 66% on top of that.”

          This is misleading, market cap is only part of the picture. Yes X coin may be worth half of Y coin, but if you get paid 100x and only 20y, you have more profit when you convert to USD or BTC. Difficulty is the great equalizer, moving from mining ETH to Monero more than doubled my profits.

      • Blytz
      • 1 year ago

      Yeah, there’s already at least one other I know of that’s being mined and isn’t moving to proof of stake.

      However looking at the network hash rates, if ethereum stops being mineable it’ll drop a LOT of cards out.

      The hash rates I’ve seen suggested the equivalent of 8-10 million cards are mining it right now, so that’ll help lower demand, plus flush out all the mining card into the market

    • Jeff Kampman
    • 1 year ago

    Best Buy has this card back in stock as of 4:55 PM CT on April 30. Go get ’em.

      • albundy
      • 1 year ago

      i’ll probably wait another month. i’m hoping nvidia will release their next 11 series gpu by then. wasnt it supposed to come out this month?

        • DPete27
        • 1 year ago

        July

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      Come on Kampman! We all know you ordered two before you posted.

    • willmore
    • 1 year ago

    Oww, looks like I lucked out last September when they were last (very temporarily) at this price.

    How’s crossfire work these days? πŸ™‚ Like I run any games that need it on my 2560×1080 monitor.

      • Aranarth
      • 1 year ago

      I managed to snag one for Thanksgiving as well…

    • UberGerbil
    • 1 year ago

    Because of the way the title wrapped in the “News” column on the front page, I saw “GB for $250” (the second line) and immediately thought this was a great deal on a ~900GB SSD.

    • bitcat70
    • 1 year ago

    These should be called “Deal of the Hour”! lol

      • Wilko
      • 1 year ago

      “Deal of the- Sold out”

    • cygnus1
    • 1 year ago

    Can’t add to cart:

    “This item is currently unavailable for online purchase. The item was not added to your cart.”

      • Aranarth
      • 1 year ago

      Miner strike?!

        • cygnus1
        • 1 year ago

        It could’ve been, but I think BB usually limits quantity on things like that.

    • techguy
    • 1 year ago

    Wake me up when I can get a 1080 Ti for $700 (you know, MSRP) – then we’ll talk.

      • cygnus1
      • 1 year ago

      didn’t mean to reply here

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 1 year ago

      You don’t want the 1080Tis that are $700.

        • techguy
        • 1 year ago

        Yes I do, I watercool. Waterblocks don’t exist for every custom board design out there.

        • Voldenuit
        • 1 year ago

        I got my Gigabyte Windforce 1080ti for $639 last year, and this baby runs 1911 MHz at 65C (albeit I cheated a bit by repasting with Coollaboratory Liquid Ultra).

      • albundy
      • 1 year ago

      thats too steep of a price for a card that’s soon to be replaced with an 11 series.

        • cynan
        • 1 year ago

        What, you mean with an 1180? Which will probably be a $700 card with near identical performance given the leaked specs?

          • Spunjji
          • 1 year ago

          This is true, but you’d have thought there’s got to be some sort of extra secret source they’ll be throwing in with the 11 series… but then I’m still part of that demographic that thinks $700 is too much to pay for /any/ graphics card.

      • techguy
      • 1 year ago

      Also, I’m being serious. You still can’t find 1080 Ti for less than $920 new, and the vast majority of them are still $1000+.

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