Tuesday deals: a Radeon RX 570 8 GB for $150 and much more

Hello, fine gerbils. It's with great pleasure that about three years on, I can finally enable FreeSync on my Acer XF270HU. Back when I bought this display, I kind of bet that Nvidia would support the technology, because, hey, why not? Alas, that didn't pan out, and I was left fuming for a good long while. A couple weeks ago, I was literally thinking of selling this monitor to a friend and grabbing a G-Sync monitor instead. Lo and behold, Nvidia announces the "G-Sync compatible" mode, and I'm now a happy camper. Today's deals are a little late because I, uh, had some testing to do. Here they are.

  • We're leading today with a pixel pusher: the Asrock RX 570 Phantom Gaming X 8 GB. This unit packs a beefy heatsink sitting underneath a two-fan cooler. The whole contraption is about as long as the card's name, and the Radeon chip onboard should be able to hit 1331 MHz in OC mode, while the memory ought to go up to 7280 MT/s. There's no onboard RGB lighting or other frivolities, but we figure that's fine since the price tag is just $149.99 at Newegg Flash. Get one while stock lasts.

  • You're doing yourself a disservice if you're still typing on an awful $10 membrane keyboard. Take a look at the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire keyboard instead. Although the retailer page says this clacker uses Cherry's MX Speed switches, our resident keyboard nerd Seth Colaner points out they're actually MX Low Profile Speed switches exclusive to Corsair, and that they have a high actuation point and short travel. The keyboard makes great use of per-key RGB LED lighting. There are dedicated media control keys and a volume roller, along with a USB pass-through port. You can read our full review hereBest Buy will hand you one of these for just $89.99.

  • While we're on the topic of "things you shouldn't skimp on," let's turn our attention to power supplies. Remove your no-name unit that'll cause you grief, and instead put in something like the EVGA Supernova 650 G1+ PSU. This pack o' juice has fully modular cabling, semi-passive cooling with a 135-mm fan, and an 80 Plus Gold efficiency rating. Inside, you'll find Japanese capacitors, while outside there's a 10-year warranty. You can have this unit for a mere $64.99 from Newegg if you input the cart code EMCTUUA33.

  • Gonna build up a Ryzen system? You'll want to take a look at the Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming motherboard. This circuit slab has metal-clad main PCIe slots, two M.2 sockets, a Realtek ALC1220-VB audio codec, and Intel-powered Ethernet connectivity. It's as fine a home as any for contemporary Ryzen CPUs, and at $119.99 at Newegg, it's definitely worth a look.

  • We have a lot of components in this deals post, and it's time for RAM. The G.Skill Aegis 16-GB dual-channel kit with 3000 MT/s DIMMs is compact, speedy, and will run you only $92.99 at Newegg. 'Nuff said.

  • The final piece today is a mighty one. If you're bored with underpowered laptops that will cough, hack, and sputter the moment they need to run anything heavier than Minesweeper, then check out the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501. For starters, this 15.6" machine uses a 1920×1080 AHVA display with a whopping 144-Hz refresh rate and G-Sync support. That's only the start, though. Inside, there's an Intel Core i7-8750H processor fed by 16 GB of RAM and dancing along with a GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q graphics card. Dang, son. A roomy 512-GB PCIe SSD rounds out the main specs. Additional niceties include a keyboard with RGB LED lighting, as well as 2×2 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi. All you'll need to take this machine home from Newegg is $1899.99, and you get a code for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for your trouble.

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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    • Voldenuit
    • 7 months ago

    I have the original GX501 w core i7 7700, 120 Hz IPS GSync and 1080Max-Q, and it’s a legit piece of kit.

      • adampk17
      • 7 months ago

      Any complaints?

        • Voldenuit
        • 7 months ago

        Battery life is poor, some of the Zephyrus models have Optimus as well as GSync, but mine doesn’t. I knew that going in, and only use it for gaming plugged in, so it wasn’t a concern. The keyboard RGB is not per-key, and there is some light bleeding, again doesn’t bother me.

        Disassembly is complicated but not too difficult. I repasted mine with liquid metal, and it runs ridiculously cool and quiet (~60C CPU, 65-70C GPU).

        I like the front-mounted keyboard and right-sided trackpad, but it’s not for everyone. Key travel is a little shallow, and there is a bit of flex in the middle of the keyboard, but the inputs are very responsive. Need a USB dongle (provided) for Ethernet, and a Thunderbolt adapter (not provided) for DP-out. Unlike the similar GM501, the GX501 doesn’t have a 2.5IN HDD bay, but I made sure to get the 512 GB NVMe option, so I’m not short on space.

        I think that’s most of the quibbles. As for gaming, it’s nigh indistinguishable from my desktop w 8700K and 1080Ti, at least in the games that I play, and that’s definitely what I got it for.

          • adampk17
          • 7 months ago

          Thanks for all that info.

          I understand that the built in display is GSYNC but what about hooking up external GSYNC displays? Does GSYNC work with displays connected via a thunderbolt adapter?

            • Voldenuit
            • 7 months ago

            |Does GSYNC work with displays connected via a thunderbolt adapter?

            Yes, as long as the display signal is not being routed via intel IGP. Any laptop uising Optimus routes its display through the IGP.

            Since the GX501 uses GSync instead of Optimus, it should *in theory* work with an external GSync monitor even through a thunderbolt adapter, but as I don’t have a TB adapter, I have not been able to test this myself on my GX501.

            • adampk17
            • 7 months ago

            One last question. 🙂

            Does the audio out headphone jack double as a optical digital out?

            • Voldenuit
            • 7 months ago

            Not afaik.

    • ET3D
    • 7 months ago

    That RX 570 8GB has a $20 rebate and comes with 2 games.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 7 months ago

    This whole pseudo supporting adaptive sync thing has got me bummed. My freesync monitor worked when I had AMD. Now with this latest update I’m exactly where I was yesterday but now I can turn on G-Sync and make the display lock in at 30Hz, oh boy!

      • Krogoth
      • 7 months ago

      It might be a driver or OS bug. You can loading a third-party monitor profile for your monitor instead of using default “Generic PnP VGA monitor” profile to see if that helps.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 7 months ago

    A Radeon RX 570 8GB for less than a GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB? That’s a good deal.

      • Leader952
      • 7 months ago

      ASUS GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB PHOENIX Fan Edition DVI-D HDMI DP 1.4 Gaming Graphics Card (PH-GTX1050Ti-4G) is also on sale for $154.99 with free shipping from NewEgg:

      [url<]https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814126170[/url<]

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 7 months ago

        That’s still $5 more for a GeForce 1050Ti card that is much slower and has half as much memory as the Radeon RX 570 in the deal that Bruno linked above.

        There was a recent comparison with the 4GB version of the Radeon RX 570 in the shortbread just the other day.
        [url<]https://www.techspot.com/review/1777-geforce-1050ti-vs-radeon-570/[/url<]

          • Spunjji
          • 7 months ago

          Wow, that’s a way larger arse-kicking than I would have anticipated. Nice!

          • anotherengineer
          • 7 months ago

          also interesting

          [url<]https://www.techspot.com/review/1780-geforce-1060-vs-radeon-580-vs-radeon-570/[/url<]

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 months ago

        Congrats on proving his point.

      • willmore
      • 7 months ago

      Over the holidays I picked up an RX 470 8GB for $110. Only limitation was it only had one DVI-D output. It was probably designed for mining or something and when that fell through….

    • moose17145
    • 7 months ago

    At $90 I am suddenly WAY more interested in that keyboard than I was at launch.

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