Thursday deals: an RX 580 8 GB with three games for $220 and more

Hi there, folks. We're fairly quiet around here at the TR HQ, as Jeff is frantically testing AMD's Ryzen Threadripper 2 to his heart's content, while I'm trying to make his job easier by improving our Mechanical TuRk (aka Benchy McBenchFace). In the meantime, you totally should check out our collection of deals. We had to sift through a lot of good ones today. Here are the best.

  • We're starting the proceedings today with the ASRock Radeon RX 580 8 GB Phantom Gaming X. This graphics card might win an award for the longest name around, but we're more interested in its numbers. The GPU clock should go as high as 1435 MHz in its OC Mode. You also get an AMD game pack with the card, comprising Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Strange Brigade, and Star Control: Origins. The price for the whole shebang is only $239.99 at Newegg, plus there's a $20 rebate card available.

  • You're going to need a motherboard to plug that graphics card into, and weirdly enough, we have one from the same company. The ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming-ITX/ac has compact dimensions and a full set of features. You get eight-phase power delivery, a high-end Realtek ALC1220 audio chip, USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C ports, and Intel-powered Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. There's also an M.2 socket for good measure. All the hardware in this itty-bitty mobo comes in at just $89.99, and there's a $10 rebate card available on top of that.

  • How about some real fast RAM with blinkenlights? The G.Skill Trident Z RGB 16-GB kit we have on hand is clocked at a mighty 3600 MT/s. The sticks have dashing looks and have no need for an extra cable for the lighting, unlike some other sets. Newegg will hand you this pair of sticks for just $184.99.

  • Next up, a sweet monitor, perhaps to pair with the Radeon above. The MSI MPG27CQ is a high-end curved gaming display with a VA panel capable of hitting a 144-Hz refresh rate. The maximum brightness is a higher-than-usual 400 cd/m², and the display's color gamut covers 115% of the sRGB space. The MPG27CQ has a 1-ms-reponse-time mode, FreeSync support, a USB hub, and a height-adjustable stand, to boot. You can take this monitor home for $399.99 from Newegg with the promo code EMCPXPY42, and you also get a $20 rebate card.

  • Y'all need some more power in your lives, perhaps in the form of the EVGA Supernova 850 G3 PSU. This unit has fully modular cabling, semi-passive cooling, and enough PCIe connectors for a datacenter. You can grab it for just $110 from Newegg, and can get another $20 back by way of a rebate card. By the way, if you register the unit with EVGA, you get a warranty bump to 12 years.

  • What about a sweet, affordable laptop loaded with nice specs? The Asus VivoBook S (S510UN-MS52) has a Core i5-8250U processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256-GB SATA SSD for storage. As an additional bonus, you get a Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card with 2 GB of its own RAM. The 15.6″ display has a resolution of 1920×1080, and there's also a fingerprint sensor. This aluminum-covered laptop can be yours for just $629 from Newegg.

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    • Blink
    • 1 year ago

    Friday deal: Amazon – Gigabyte Geforce GTX 1050 2GB (Boost Clock 1518 Mhz) for $129.99, lowest it’s been for quite a bit. Still not MSRP though.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 1 year ago

      We’re most of the way through 2018. If you’re buying a graphics card for gaming, get one with at least 3 GiB of memory.

        • Blink
        • 1 year ago

        Right. Personally, my daughter’s hand-me-down 8800GTS 512 ate it recently. I purchased a GTX 960 and handed her down my 750ti. For $80 I consider it a worthwhile investment. I don’t play new games. Due to fatherhood and other priorities I’m always a few years behind.

    • Voldenuit
    • 1 year ago

    Star Control Origins? Really? Bundling a game from a bunch of #$%#$s who tried to sue Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III over IP that they (Stardock) never legally owned?

    No #$%#$ing thanks.

    • synthtel2
    • 1 year ago

    That’s my motherboard, and were I buying it again, I’d be more inclined to spring for one of the Gigabyte or MSI mITX options at $110-120. The array of audio problems I’ve had (probably the mobo’s fault) is pretty impressive, but the real trouble is that at one point I did go to get it replaced under warranty for those audio problems, and ASRock’s process for that was a mess. The board still being usable and the downtime for a replacement being a problem anyway, I gave up trying to get it replaced after two attempts (one using their usual form and one by phone) went nowhere.

    In its favor, this board is cheap, good at RAM OCing, purportedly good at CPU OCing with one caveat (I haven’t tried that one), has a nice layout and pretty good hardware featureset for mITX, and the firmware interface is solid and extensive (though sometimes descriptions are lacking). The CPU OC caveat is that you can’t spec a fixed Vcore or VSOC – it all has to go through either VID or offsets, and VSOC is offset-only. Fan control can only operate via an under-socket temperature sensor, not on-die (but AFAIK that’s a problem with most AMD boards).

    I considered the Gigabyte GA-AB350N-Gaming WIFI back when I bought the ASRock, and disliked the Gigabyte’s odd layout, lack of USB-C, and greater number of reports of reliability problems. The last of those is by far the biggest issue, and I’ve now got a theory about it: nobody’s thorough enough about AM4 CMOS clears. A couple of times when OCing RAM on the ASRock, I got it into a situation where it would run at JEDEC 2133 but nothing higher after an OC fail + CMOS clear, despite just having been running at 3200C16 or the like. After running a while at JEDEC 2133, it would seem to get something figured out and everything would go back to normal. This looks like the CMOS clear isn’t hitting everything it ought to, and recently I’ve seen others saying that they’ve needed to add a “disconnect wall power -> push the power button a few times -> wait a while” sequence to CMOS clears to fix things like that. If Gigabyte’s firmware can’t find its way back to a stable JEDEC 2133 config after that kind of failure, that would explain a lot of the reports of trouble with it, and armed with that knowledge I’d be more comfortable buying one of those than the ASRock.

    Edit: While its VRMs are probably better than the Gigabyte’s, 8-phase probably isn’t a useful descriptor. 😉

      • DoomGuy64
      • 1 year ago

      In terms of software, Asus isn’t any better. Don’t install any of their driver packages unless you want to screw up the OS. Not only is most of the software unstable and broken, but the uninstallers don’t work either, so the only recourse is a rollback or OS reinstall.

      These issues really irritate me, especially when reading “professional” reviews that don’t review the full package, and only review the basic hardware. This means users don’t know about the problems until personally experiencing them, or if they’re lucky they’ve read about them in forums, which doesn’t happen with new products.

      Seems like the only “solution” is to never install custom driver packages, or use advanced motherboard features that weren’t reviewed, because more than likely they don’t work.

        • synthtel2
        • 1 year ago

        I never install that kind of software and don’t see any reason for that to change, regardless of the motherboard vendor (which is why I didn’t comment on it). Given how rarely those kinds of settings need to be accessed, having to reboot to access them isn’t that onerous a requirement.

        The audio issues are not subtle and can’t be widespread, but I do wish reviews had noted the offset-only nature of VSOC and the fan control’s slow response. AMD’s own support had no idea what I was talking about w.r.t. VSOC; they kept asking me to set it to 1.1V to see if it fixed the compile / idle crash bugs and couldn’t seem to comprehend that I had neither a fixed way to set VSOC nor any tools that could tell me what I was offsetting it from.

        The CMOS clear stuff probably applies to most or all AM4 boards. It’d be very nice to have known, but isn’t the sort of thing I’d expect to hear from a mobo reviewer.

    • LoneWolf15
    • 1 year ago

    Amazon has Crucial’s MX 500 1TB drive for $173.90 with free shipping.

    [url<]https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX500-NAND-SATA-Internal/dp/B077SF8KMG[/url<] I had a $100 gift card from one of my partner vendors at work, so I got it for a beautiful $84 after tax for my laptop for one of the faster 2.5" drives on the market.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 1 year ago

    Super Mario Odyssey > Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and it’s not even close. Doesn’t matter that the AC game isn’t out yet, Mario is just that good.

      • LostCat
      • 1 year ago

      AC:Origins>AC:Odyssey :p

      Though I’ll pass on anything and everything Mario, which is why I still don’t have a Switch.

    • MOSFET
    • 1 year ago

    I’m not buying any hardware today, but this deals post is actually pretty intriguing, with it’s (relatively) decent GPU and DDR4 prices, fast shiny curved VA, plus a tiny B350 (now go make mATX damnit).

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      Decent B350 mATX boards abound. Gigabyte’s AB350M Gaming 3 is the best of the bunch, based on my experience over the last 18 months with both a Ryzen 7 1700 and a Ryzen 5 2400G. And it’s already cheaper than this mITX one. No Wi-Fi though.

        • MOSFET
        • 1 year ago

        How about some Xx70 boards in mATX?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          The only difference (that I can tell) between the two chipsets is the ability to split the main x16 slot into an 8+8 configuration for SLI and Crossfire. Since that never interested me, I never bothered looking into it. The premium isn’t worth anything to me.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 1 year ago

        B450 versions are coming out now to replace ’em.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 1 year ago

          Oh, sure, but I don’t have any experience with any of them. Based on my prior experience I’d probably go with a [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813145081<]B450 AORUS M[/url<]. I can't really call that a recommendation without experience, just a guesstimate as to what I'd buy.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 1 year ago

            B450 hasn’t been out long enough for the selection of micro-ATX motherboards to be very extensive yet. I would also choose the B450 Aorus M because it has a better PCIe slot layout than most of the other boards available at [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007625%20601292786%20600009017%20600456442%204814%208000%20601292784%20601318817&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=36<]Newegg[/url<].

      • Kretschmer
      • 1 year ago

      Curved 27″ displays are just weird, man.

        • Demetri
        • 1 year ago

        I would get the Nixeus EDG27 instead, even with the non-adjustable stand:

        [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA0ZW7NX3345[/url<]

          • MOSFET
          • 1 year ago

          Heh, I have two Nixei, adjustable

      • morphine
      • 1 year ago

      ALL our deals posts are intriguing!

      Hrmph.

    • Mr Bill
    • 1 year ago

    Is there a story for the name ‘Mechanical TuRk’? The ‘T’ and ‘R’ are obvious, but turk? Is it an abbreviation for Turn Key?

      • MathMan
      • 1 year ago

      It’s an 18th century fake chess playing machine.

        • Shobai
        • 1 year ago

        Hey, that’s a bit harsh – the chess was real!

    • dragontamer5788
    • 1 year ago

    Ethereum drops below $375 recently.

    Ethereum was the cryptocurrency that most GPU-miners used. Bitcoin is too difficult for GPUs, so Ethereum was the new one. So its the one most correlated to GPU prices.

    It really does seem like the Cryptomarket has dropped severely… mostly on a delay to the ETF that was about to be launched. Antminer is now shipping an Ethereum ASIC, so GPUs are basically obsolete for Ethereum now.

    GPUs might still be used for Monero, or other less popular coins, but those coins have far lower usage. As such, GPU-mining is less and less profitable. Especially once you factor in the price of electricity. It seems like GPU mining might still be worth it on an underclocked Rx 580 (which is one of the best GPU mining cards). But fewer and fewer people are willing to take the risk.

      • DPete27
      • 1 year ago

      At this point the ROI on ETH (or any crypto) mining is so long that I doubt there are any new players entering the mining arena.

        • moose17145
        • 1 year ago

        I am still holding onto several LiteCoins.

        I mined them back when they were worth only 3 bucks or less and when I was not paying for my own electricity. I also was not going out and buying 20 videocards though… It was more, I happened to have an AMD Videocard that happened to be really good at mining, and figured “what the hell, not like I got anything to lose, may as well have it do it’s thing while I am at class or sleeping”.

        I checked up on the value of the coins recently and was very tempted to sell them… but figured I would hold onto them for a while longer and see what happens.

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