Thursday deals: a 500-GB Crucial MX500 for $55 and more

G'afternoon folks. I hope you're feeling fine today, and devoid of any sniffing, puffy eyes, or a sore throat. I've been flu-stricken for a couple days now, and it's no fun at all. I keep oscillating between feeling energized and ready for the world, and thinking "I just want to sit or lie down and watch shows and play games." On the bright side, this is as good an excuse as any for partaking in those activities. There's no stopping the PC hardware deals train, though. Here's today's cargo.

  • The Ryzen 5 2600 is one of the finest mid-range processors you can get your hands on, thanks to its six Zen+ cores, twelve threads, and 3.9 GHz boost speed. This chip should go in a nice home, like the ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac motherboard, a circuit slab that's chock full of goodies like two M.2 sockets, Type-C USB ports, Intel-powered gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and metal jackets around the main PCIe slots. Newegg will sell you both bits of kit for $254.98, or $45 off the regular combined price. That's not all, though: you also get a $25 mail-in rebate.

  • If that ASRock board isn't quite your thing, maybe you'll want to check out the Asus ROG Strix B350-F Gaming, instead. This Ryzen-ready mobo has metal-reinforced main PCIe slots, an Intel Gigabit Ethernet controller, a fancy-pants Realtek S1220A audio codec, and onboard RGB LED lighting. Get it for $79.99 from Newegg with cart code EMCTUVY23.

  • A couple days ago, we had a deal on an iPad Pro, and today there's another. The iPad Pro (2017) with 256 GB of storage and Wi-Fi connectivity is one of the finest, fanciest tablets you can get. Its wide-gamut display has a 120-Hz refresh rate, making for colorful and extra-smooth visuals. Inside, you'll find Apple's A10X Fusion SoC and 4 GB of RAM. Grab yours today for $549.99 from Best Buy.

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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    • BillyBuerger
    • 9 months ago

    I just order a new Thinkpad for one of our people at work yesterday. Lenovo apparently didn’t get the memo about SSD pricing as they wanted $435 to upgrade from the 128G to the 512G SSD. I went with the base 128 and ordered one of the MX500s instead. Sure their 512G is NVMe. But I don’t think our sales people are going to need the extra IOPS. Unfortunately I didn’t get the discount code and had to pay the full $58 for it. 🙂

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 9 months ago

    Edit: MX500 is back at 79.99 at Amazon Canada!

    For Canadians, the MX500 500gb [s<]was 79.99 CAD yesterday but is now up to 85.60[/s<]. Mind you, 84.99 was the black friday price so this is really not bad at all. I got one @ 79.99 for my wife's laptop whose sshd has become abysmally slow. [url<]https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0784SLQM6/ref=ox_sc_mini_detail?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB[/url<]

    • enixenigma
    • 9 months ago

    Tuesday? Did I oversleep AGAIN??

      • davidbowser
      • 9 months ago

      I had Monday off, so I have not known what day it was all week. I guess Bruno is in the same boat.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 months ago

      This week has been long enough as it is without a redundant Tuesday.

      • morphine
      • 9 months ago

      This time around I have a fantastic excuse: I blame the flu -_-

        • davidbowser
        • 9 months ago

        Feel better brother! Soup and tea

        • superjawes
        • 9 months ago

        And here I thought you were playing around with your new flux capacitor. Guess that will have to wait until you feel better. Get well soon.

          • morphine
          • 9 months ago

          Right now I can’t even do 8.8 MPH, much less 88.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 9 months ago

          if he was don’t you think he’d go back to the point in time where he started playing with it so he could resume a regular schedule?

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 9 months ago

    I find it ironic that that AMD board has an Intel NIC on it.

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 9 months ago

      I think all the high end ones use intel nics

      • K-L-Waster
      • 9 months ago

      What else would you use? Realtek or Killer?

      (Correct answer is, “on second thought, the Intel chip can stay…”)

        • Usacomp2k3
        • 9 months ago

        I love Intel NIC’s and appreciate that they didn’t go with an anyone-but-Intel approach.

        • just brew it!
        • 9 months ago

        Realtek is “good enough” for 99% of consumers. These days their chips and drivers are decently stable, and a few extra CPU cycles here and there is “lost in the noise” now that quad core (and higher) CPUs are common.

        I’d still recommend against using one in a mission-critical system though.

        • LostCat
        • 9 months ago

        Most Intel NICs aren’t that much better. I like the chip on the Strix mobos though.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 9 months ago

      Explain…

        • BobbinThreadbare
        • 9 months ago

        well you see they’re direct competitors so you wouldn’t expect 1 to use the other’s products and thus give them revenue

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 9 months ago

          Intel uses AMD GPU tech and they cross license patents. Car manufacturing also codevelop competing products.

          AMD also doesn’t make it’s own NICs.

          Don’t @ me if you can’t make an argument.

          Still waiting for your point.

          • willmore
          • 9 months ago

          AMD makes NICs? That’s new to me.

            • Sahrin
            • 9 months ago

            No, there’s no need to because Intel already does. Which is kind of the point.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 9 months ago

      It’s not like AMD made the motherboard, though. Nor does AMD have its own network controllers. If AMD was in the networking game, this board would be pretty wild.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 9 months ago

        Who let these people make accounts??

        #buildthefirewall

          • Sargent Duck
          • 9 months ago

          While we’re at it, can we lock someone up?

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 9 months ago

            I don’t think bobbin deserves that. He made a stupid post but I don’t think he should be locked up.

            • BobbinThreadbare
            • 9 months ago

            No, it’s the only way I’ll learn

          • Ummagumma
          • 9 months ago

          You can delete your account anytime, but you can never leave !

        • rnalsation
        • 9 months ago

        What do you mean AMD doesn’t have it’s own network controllers?!?
        [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_Lance_Am7990[/url<]

          • Ummagumma
          • 9 months ago

          You mean HAD their own networking chip.

          That Wiki page suggests technology that is better off seen in a museum or recycle bin than on a modern motherboard.

            • rnalsation
            • 9 months ago

            That’s the joke.

            • Ninjitsu
            • 9 months ago

            whooosh

        • chuckula
        • 9 months ago

        AMD?

        Networking?

        There’s an [s<]app[/s<] [u<]CHIPLET[/u<] for that!

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 9 months ago

          Needs strike though on “an” also and needs “a” added. This isn’t your best work. AMD/Intel got you on furlough?

          • Krogoth
          • 9 months ago

          AMD calls it GLUENET!

        • Goty
        • 9 months ago

        AMD does actually make their own network controllers. In fact, there are two 10Gb ethernet controllers on every Zen die, though I think they are only exposed in the Ryzen V-series embedded parts.

          • stdRaichu
          • 9 months ago

          Not sure why the downvotes – AMD do have their own network chip inside the SoC. In Linux it’s known as the AMD xgbe:
          [url<]https://lwn.net/Articles/601785/[/url<] [url<]https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/torvalds/linux.git/tree/drivers/net/ethernet/amd/xgbe[/url<] Granted, it's not widely used or widely known (and is lacking features found in some other NICs like SR-IOV) but it does exist. It's possible AM4 doesn't have enough pins to implement it without disabling something else. As Goty points out, they only really make a thing of it for the V1000 chips currently: [url<]http://www.amd.com/Documents/V1000-Family-Product-Brief.pdf[/url<]

            • chuckula
            • 9 months ago

            He was downthumbed for being blatantly wrong.

            By no means whatsoever “are two 10Gb ethernet controllers on every Zen die”. That’s flat out incorrect.

            The segmented APU parts that are used in embedded have a couple of 10-Gbit ethernet controllers slapped in (it’s nothing special, I could get an Atom from last year with twice as many integrated in the die), but the standard Zen dies that 99% of people around here care about do not have any integrated ethernet and his statement was flat out wrong.

            • Goty
            • 9 months ago

            Oh, you sure got me there, Chucky! I can only confirm that the V1000 parts and the Raven Ridge die used in the Ryzen APUs use exactly the same die. Too bad that doesn’t invalidate the actual point I was making. Whatever makes you feel better, though!

            • Goty
            • 9 months ago

            I got downvoted by the full fury of chuckula because he can’t handle in a mature manner the fact that people might disagree with him from time to time.

      • ronch
      • 9 months ago

      My previous laptop had an Intel CPU and an AMD GPU. They totally hated each other’s guts, which resulted in long shutdowns.

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