Thursday deals: a Ryzen 7 2700X for $295 and more

Howdy, gerbils. The TR labs are humming with activity behind the scenes, but that's not all that's happening. Black Friday is coming up fast, and deals at every e-tailer are heating up. Right now it's a mild boil, but as always, we picked out the best pieces for you. It's a long one today, so get a cup of tea and your credit card.

  • Heads up, deals are Ryzen. The mighty AMD Ryzen 7 2700X is a processor fit for most machines meant for work and play alike. Underneath its soldered heat spreader, there are eight Zen cores and sixteen threads ticking away at up to 4.3 GHz. AMD helpfully includes a fine Wraith Prism cooler in the box, and Newegg will sell it to you for just $294.99—over $30 off its list price.

  • The next deal in line also has a chip from the red team in it. The PowerColor Red Devil Radeon RX 580 8 GB looks cheesy enough, but you can hardly poke holes in its performance, thanks to its 1380 MHz boost clock. The included heatsink is appropriately massive, and there's a power delivery section with DrMOS components. Take this graphics card home for $229.99 from Newegg and get a $30 gift card that you can apply to further purchases. An end-game amount of $200 for an RX 580 8 GB is an awesome deal in the TR book.

  • Me and more than a few gerbils have computing usage patterns that consider 16 GB of RAM to be little more than a trifle. For those with similarly large RAM needs, there's the G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32-GB dual-channel kit of 3000 MT/s DIMMs. The company's Trident Z RAM requires little introduction. It's fast and stylish, and the included RGB LEDs should add some pizzazz to your build. Take this kit home for $229.99 from Newegg.

  • Big honkin' hard drives have more or less vanished from our deals posts, but they're making a slight return. Today, we have the Western Digital EasyStore 10-TB hard drive. This USB 3.0 spinner comes with included backup software and should prove a safe haven for your data. Western Digital bundles up one of its 32-GB EasyStore USB sticks with the drive. That's pretty handy, amirite? You can grab both items from Best Buy for the amount of $179.99. That works out to $18 per terabyte if you count the hard drive alone.

  • Now, a pair of items that I have very personal experience with. The first one is the keyboard I'm typing these letters on, the Aukey KM-G9 with Outemu Blue clicky switches (compatible with Cherry stems) and a tenkeyless form factor. I bought one of these a while back (with a proper Return key, I might add), and I added a custom keycap set with O-rings and a wrist rest to it. It's wonderful, and the absurdly low price that I got it for still makes me feel like I cheated. You can take it home for an insane $20.78 from Amazon if you click the on-page coupon and add the 4HGUUDRB checkout code. Should that keyboard above not have quite enough keys or lights, you can check out the Aukey KM-G6 full-sized variant with RGB LED lighting. With the on-page coupon and the GO47KU82 checkout code, you can have it for just $31.99.

  • The near-final item today is something off left field, but handy in any abode nonetheless. The Lenovo 8" Smart Display with Google Assistant does exactly what it says on the tin. It's a stylish smart display with a suitably large speaker and a sturdy base. It's got great reviews pretty much everywhere, and the 1280×800 resolution at its size is actually pretty high. I can already imagine uses for this in the kitchen or a living room. At a price of just $99.99 at Best Buy, it's almost an impulse purchase.

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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    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    Didn’t AMD drop the 2700X’s MSRP to $295 a while back? And now that it’s being sold for less than $310 it’s a sale. The market can be funny.

    • Pancake
    • 1 year ago

    Can’t you guys find deals on Intel CPUs? Pretty please, with a cherry on the top. It always seems to be Ryzen parts on special.

      • Jeff Kampman
      • 1 year ago

      Intel can sell every chip it makes right now for higher-than-suggested prices. Don’t hold your breath!

      • Krogoth
      • 1 year ago

      Kaby Lake and older chips are the only places where you’ll find sales on the Intel side of the aisle. Skylake-X and Coffee Lake SKUs are going to be in tight supply for the foreseeable future.

    • sweatshopking
    • 1 year ago

    My fastest pc has 8gb of ddr3. I haven’t upgraded it because I don’t want to take the custom cooler off and it covers the ram.

      • Spunjji
      • 1 year ago

      If you don’t use it for much besides gaming and “standard” PC tasks (e.g. not editing massive photos, running VMs or testing databases) then there’s basically no point anyway.

    • phileasfogg
    • 1 year ago

    The NVIDIA ShieldTV with remote ( sans gaming controller) is on sale at many retailers and at Amazon for $140. Lowest price ever.

    If you are a CA resident, you can purchase it from B&H Photo Video to avoid paying CA sales tax.
    (this may apply to other states outside NY/NJ also).

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      That applies to Illinois for sure, I’ve been doing that on bigger purchases for a long time.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 1 year ago

    I posted a link to faster memory without annoying RGBLED bling for $4 more in Tuesday’s deal comments.
    [url<]https://techreport.com/news/34241/tuesday-deals-a-ryzen-5-1500x-for-140-and-more#metal[/url<]

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      That’s definitely a feature worth a premium to me. 😀

      • rnalsation
      • 1 year ago

      I’m not sure digital camo is an upgrade to RGB to me, Especially if you can turn the lights off, it probably goes with someones build and aesthetic though.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 1 year ago

        Following Morphine’s link for memory on sale at Newegg, I found this:
        [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820232399<]$255[/url<] (after code) 2x16 GiB PC4-26600 G.Skill Trident Z FR-3333C16D-32GTZB (DDR4-3333, 16-18-18-38, 1.35V)

    • chuckula
    • 1 year ago

    An 8 core processor that includes integrated memory controllers and PCIe would be an evil obsolete piece of crap if it was a 9900K from Intel and only had a die size of 175mm**2.

    But since AMD bravely and innovatively made these chips FULLY COMPATIBLE with their revolutionary non-integrated graphics with a 215mm**2 die size, I’ll still say that even RyZen 1 is a miracle that has destroyed Ice Lake so bad that Techreport should throw any illegal monopoly review samples from Intel into the trash without ever reviewing the chip.

      • Goty
      • 1 year ago

      I’d say the biggest dig against the 9900K is that right now it’s going to cost you almost three times as much as a 2700X, if you can find one for sale at all. If only Intel could find a way to alleviate all of that pressure on their wafer supply…

        • jihadjoe
        • 1 year ago

        So why didn’t anyone hate on the 1800X for being $500?

          • ptsant
          • 1 year ago

          Because that was what people were willing to pay AT THAT TIME.

            • jihadjoe
            • 1 year ago

            Sure but every single excuse people give the 2700X vs the 9900k now applied equally to the 1700X vs 1800X back then.

            Gaming at 1440P/4k there’s not much of a difference
            x% more performance for nx% more price! zomg!

            I bet if AMD had a 2800X that did 4.5GHz for $500 people would be loving it.

            • Goty
            • 1 year ago

            I’m not hating on the 9900K for being $500, mostly because I’m not hating on anything but also because you can’t buy one for that price. When you can find them in stock from even semi-reputable retailers, they’re going for $800+ in most cases.

            As for the 1800X vs 1700X argument, you may have to go back and see for yourself, but it was actually the [b<]1700(non-X)[/b<] that was recommended most often because it offered most of the performance of the two higher SKUs for much less money.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 1 year ago

            Core i9-9900K is $950 at Newegg today. 🙁

            • Krogoth
            • 1 year ago

            That’s from a third-party store. 9900K is likely going to be nearly unobtainum until Jan 2019.

            • blastdoor
            • 1 year ago

            So it’s really competing with threadripper 2950X then

            • Chrispy_
            • 1 year ago

            For those prices you can pick up a 2700X

            and some exceptionally nice DDR4 (3400 @ CL11 or something)
            and a top of the range cooler
            and throw in a motherboard too, just because there’s still money left over….

            • Spunjji
            • 1 year ago

            “applied equally”

            Yes, sure. $100-200 price difference is equal to a theoretical $200 price difference that works out as $400-500 in practice. 😐

            • psuedonymous
            • 1 year ago

            And the 9900k is selling for what people are willing to pay too. That’s how supply & demand works, and at the moment demand for the 9900k is far, FAR outstripping supply.
            It doesn’t matter to retailers if reducing the price would increase demand, because they already have too much demand. Intel may want lower prices for better optics, but they don’t get to set the retail price and the tray price remains static regardless of markup. Even if Intel dropped the tray price in half today, retail prices would remain as they are because that’s what people are willing to pay for the limited supply.

          • jts888
          • 1 year ago

          Some people did, and a fair number of them got a Ryzen 1700/1700X for $300/$400, which were just lower clocking bins of the same fully enabled 8c parts.

          The bigger context though is that the 8c i7-6900K was still selling for nearly $1000, and even the 6c i7-6850K was $600, until they were forced into price drops themselves.

          I would say people if anything might have been complaining more about lack of integrated graphics, though people who pay $300+ for a CPU generally already have discrete graphics anyway.

        • chuckula
        • 1 year ago

        So the 9900K is $900??

        Because that’s 3x this sales price on the 27900X.

        Been exaggerating just a little much lately??

          • Goty
          • 1 year ago

          [quote<]So the 9900K is $900??[/quote<] [quote<]I'd say the biggest dig against the 9900K is that right now it's going to cost you almost three times as much as a 2700X, if you can find one for sale at all.[/quote<] Sorry, I just had to quote it so maybe you could see that little word before "three," but also yes? I was actually being a bit generous in some cases. [url<]https://i.imgur.com/48zCrkf.png[/url<] [url<]https://i.imgur.com/9vN2GDP.png[/url<] [quote<]Been exaggerating just a little much lately??[/quote<] Not really, I guess?

            • chuckula
            • 1 year ago

            When did Intel start charging $900 exactly? Because they didn’t.

            Back in January when Vega 64 was running $1500 literally nobody pinned any blame on AMD

            The interesting point here is that 1. These chips aren’t being bought en masse by miners. 2. Since they are clearly inferior to the RyZen miracle then why oh why isn’t AMD experiencing supply shortages and price spikes for their superior product?

            • Goty
            • 1 year ago

            [quote<]When did Intel start charging $900 exactly? Because they didn't.[/quote<] I never said they did, I just said that's what you have to pay to get one. [quote<]Back in January when Vega 64 was running $1500 literally nobody pinned any blame on AMD[/quote<] Ok? And? [quote<]The interesting point here is that 1. These chips aren't being bought en masse by miners. 2. Since they are clearly inferior to the RyZen miracle then why oh why isn't AMD experiencing supply shortages and price spikes for their superior product?[/quote<] Because AMD's foundry partners aren't 2+ years behind schedule on process tech and can produce enough CPUs to satisfy demand. Seems pretty simple to me.

            • Spunjji
            • 1 year ago

            It’s funny how all it takes is a skew in perspective to turn “they can’t make enough to satisfy any level of demand” into “DEMAND MASSIVELY OUTSTRIPS SUPPLY ZOMG”.

            Same statement, barmy intent.

            • Spunjji
            • 1 year ago

            I recall a lot of people complaining that AMD weren’t able to keep up with supply, although blame for that obviously landed on the shoulders of the miners for being prepared to pay such absurd prices even after they ate up all the supply.

            As you’ve kindly pointed out, in this case the obscene reseller pricing isn’t driven by a surge in demand relative to a fairly limited supply, so much as a collapse in supply relative to a fairly steady demand. Kind of easy to see where the blame lies there.

      • Voldenuit
      • 1 year ago

      Godd***it chuckula, this Andy Kaufman routine is getting old, unless your next step is to challenge Ronda Rousey to a live wrestling match.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        Don’t hate him for being beautiful.

      • Acidicheartburn
      • 1 year ago

      Dude, what is your deal?

        • tay
        • 1 year ago

        It used to be funny, now makes me want to (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

        • jarder
        • 1 year ago

        I dunno, but he sure is obsessed with the size of the other guys “die”

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 1 year ago

          Wtf bro. This is 2018. Knock off your homophobic bs. Take that speech back to your hate group.

            • torquer
            • 1 year ago

            Wtf bro. Try not being offended by every damn thing. It was a joke and a funny one at that. Accusing someone of ‘obias or ‘isms in ignorance, however, is not funny. Maybe take that “hate group” crap back to reddit.

            • Spunjji
            • 1 year ago

            Penis-size jokes don’t need to have any implication of homosexuality – dick-measuring is a time-honoured heterosexual pastime.

            But please, clutch those pearls some more.

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