Thursday deals: a Dell G3 laptop with a GTX 1060 6 GB for $720 and more

Howdy folks! So, how are we today, after all the Christmas festivities and subsequent gorging of food? Can you still fit through the door? Yeah, didn't think so. Looks like you'll have to be stuck playing games at your desk, and perhaps shop some sweet PC hardware. E-tailers are running some nice discounts after the rush to Christmas, and we'll gladly take them. Here are today's picks.

  • We usually kick off deals posts with system components, but today there's a fantastic deal on a Dell G3 laptop. The variant on hand today is a doozy. You get a potent concoction of a Core i7-8750H processor, 8 GB of RAM (in a dual-channel setup, a rarity in laptops), and a bona fide GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB graphics card. For storage purposes, there's a combo setup with a 128-GB SSD and a 1-TB hard drive, and the display is an IPS unit with a resolution of 1920×1080. The price is (drumroll) a stupid-low $719.99 at Rakuten with the checkout code SAVE20.

  • And now, back to our regular scheduled programming. The Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming is a dang fine home for a Ryzen 5 or Ryzen 7 CPU. It's got metal-reinforced PCIE slots, generously sized heatsinks, two M.2 slots, and USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C and Type-A ports. Additionally, there's Intel-powered gigabit Ethernet and a Realtek ALC1220-VB audio codec. The asking price for this mobo is $119.99 at Newegg.

  • Next up is the XFX Radeon RX 580 8 GB GTS Black Edition. This card has a long name and a dual-fan cooler, as well as a 1405-MHz boost clock in its OC+ mode. It's priced at only $189.99 at Newegg with the cart code EMCERRV34, and you get an AMD voucher for two games. You'll have to decide which is your least favorite game between The Division 2, Resident Evil 2, and Devil May Cry 5.

  • If your usage pattern is in any way similar to mine, you can probably make use of the massive I/O throughput of a nice NVMe drive like the Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB. This super-speedy SSD has few equals in the consumer space, thanks to its 3500 MB/s sequential read and 2300 MB/s write speeds. Random I/O is a doubletake-inducing 500 K read IOPS and 300 K write IOPS, too. Grab the 512-GB 970 Pro for $151.96 from Rakuten, and be sure to input the checkout code SAVE20.

  • The Dell laptop we posted above is fine and dandy, but you may be looking for a machine with a fast display, a little more oomph, and a massive battery. Enter the Gigabyte Aero 15W (v8-BK4). The star of the show is the 1920×1080 display with a 144-Hz refresh rate powered by a GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB card. The brains of the operation is the Core i7-8750H processor helped by 16 GB of RAM and a 512-GB SSD. The keyboard has RGB LED backlighting, and there's a Thunderbolt 3 connector on hand. The 94-Wh battery should be good for 10 hours of usage, and the price is currently set at $1549 at Newegg with the cart code EMCERRW28.

  • The final item today is a simple one: a latest-gen Apple iPad with Wi-Fi connectivity and 32 GB of storage. The color is space gray, and the price is just $234.80 at Rakuten, once again with the checkout code SAVE20. That's one heck of a deal.

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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    • LocalCitizen
    • 8 months ago

    SOMA is free on gog.com
    that’s a great fun / price ratio

    • ozzuneoj
    • 8 months ago

    Wow, $800 difference between the Dell and the Gigabyte gets you what? A bigger SSD (500GB SSDs are $70 maybe), another 8GB RAM and a high refresh rate display? Same GPU and CPU? Unless the Dell’s display and build quality is truly awful, the price difference doesn’t seem warranted.

      • Spunjji
      • 8 months ago

      The build quality and display on the Gigabyte device really are substantially better. In terms of the display, that Dell unit has something like 600-to-1 contrast ratio and 60% RGB coverage, vs. around 1200-to-1 and 97% for the Gigabyte. That can make the difference between the device being useful for stuff like Photoshop work and not being useful at all.

      I’m pretty sure the Dell uses a Max-Q GPU, too, and all indications are that it’s a bit hot and loud even with just a 1050 in it. I’d wager performance consistency is not all that great and the build quality is famously dire.

      You’re right though – for pure performance value-for-money, if you just want to play games the Dell is a bit of a steal.

        • Chrispy_
        • 8 months ago

        The Dell is indeed an all-plastic turd.

        The IPS screen has a 58% RGB coverage, 600:1 contrast ratio, and only 200nit brightness.
        The plastic chassis is cheap, I saw a video that showed more flex in the keyboard than actual key travel 🙁
        Cooling is very noisy (47 dBA!!) but it is at least adequate to prevent thermal throttling.

        However, if you just want a GTX 1060 laptop for the lowest possible cost, and to hell with the compromised screen/keyboard/ battery/port selection/build quality/your pride – Dude, you’re getting a Dell!

        Still, as impressive as the $719 price may be, I’d be avoiding Dell altogether at this point. Their old Inspiron Gaming 7567 was a fantastic affordable gaming laptop with a proper magnesium frame and no major downsides. The incarnations since then have all been 100% plastic junk with creaky/flexy build feel and the cheapest parts possible. As always, if you spend just a fraction more you can get a vastly better option than what’s at the bottom of the barrel.

    • Voldenuit
    • 8 months ago

    I’ve gotta say that a m.2 heatsink is not a bad idea, so I appreciate that the gigi X470 above has one.

    My Aorus Gaming 3 Z370 didn’t come with one, so I installed an aftermarket heatsink on my samsung 970 Evo 1 TB. Load temps on my SSD went from 62C after 10 GB of sustained writes (2xcrystalmark bench runs) to 41C with the heatsink installed. (I hear that the samsungs start to throttle at 70C, so I still had a bit of headroom, but was getting close.)

    I will say that I’m not a fan of the m.2 placement under the GPU slot on that X470, though. Also, is that a 22110-sized heatsink? Does that mean a 2280 card would just be hanging under it unsupported? Who even uses 22110 anyway?

    • enixenigma
    • 8 months ago

    I don’t think that AMD is giving out copies of Resident Evil 5 in 2018…

    Looking at the Newegg page, it looks like the game bundle includes any two of The Division 2, Resident Evil 2 (remake), and Devil May Cry 5.

      • morphine
      • 8 months ago

      This is [i<]not[/i<] my day. Fixed, thanks for the heads-up.

    • Vigil80
    • 8 months ago

    Is that mobo basically the same as their Gaming 5 without WiFi?

    • Shobai
    • 8 months ago

    FWIW that pic is of the 960 Pro while the text is for the 970 Pro.

      • morphine
      • 8 months ago

      Derp derp! It’s fixed now, thanks for the heads-up.

      I’m going to blame this one on …. [i<](checks 8-ball)[/i<]... too much Christmas food. Yeah, I'm rolling with that one.

        • Shobai
        • 8 months ago

        Tis the season!

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