Thursday deals: a Ryzen 7 2700 for $245, and much more

Howdy, folks. I've been keeping an eye on the news about the hellish climate in a good portion of the U.S., and I have only one thing to say: "brrrrrr." Besides the interweb reports, Colton has  been posting pictures of the post-apocalyptic scenario in Michigan. To me, sitting here warm, across the ocean, it all just looks like a movie, or how I would picture Siberia. I'm not whining about the my mild cold and rain for a good long while, that's for sure. We all need to warm our hearts, and for that endeavor, there's nothing better than hot PC hardware deals. Here they are.

  • It's been a good season for AMD's desktop CPUs, and the deals on the company's chips continue. The Ryzen 7 2700 packs a total of eight cores and 16 threads, and the boost clock is a healthy 4.1 GHz. This CPU is a fine choice for an upper-midrange machine, and it'll set you back only $244.99 at Newegg with cart code EMCTUWU27. If your budget can't quite stretch that far, Newegg will sell you a Ryzen 5 2600X (six cores, 12 threads) for just $199.99.

  • If you're looking for what's probably the best gaming CPU of the moment, then take a look at this combo here. The Intel Core i7-9700K is the chip that'll get you the lowest frame times bar none, thanks to its eight super-clocked Coffee Lake cores ticking away at 4.9 GHz. The CPU will go nicely in the Asus Prime Z390-A motherboard, a solid offering with USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C and Type-A ports, two M.2 slots, a Realtek S1220A audio codec, and an Intel Ethernet controller. The final piece of the puzzle is a Corsair Vengeance LPX 16-GB kit with 3000 MT/s DIMMs. Newegg will ship you this set of boxes for a grand total of $659.99, or $54.98 off the regular total.

  • Do you like big, colorful, fast displays? Silly question, I know. The Principle Matter PM12C-320AB display is an unknown face around these parts (it hails from MassDrop), but it's a good-looking one. It's got a 32" curved VA panel with a resolution of 2560×1440 and a whopping 165-Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support. You can force-enable G-Sync compatibility, too. The included stand is height-adjustable, the bezels are thin on three sides, and the price is just $359 at Newegg Flash while stocks last.

  • Do you like inexpensive but attractive-looking mechanical keyboards? Silly question, I know. The Azio MK-HUE-RD is, per the name, a mechanical keyboard in a red hue. It uses Outemu Brown switches (tactile), and the aluminum top plate and raised keys make for easy cleaning. You can get your hands on this keyboard for just $39.91 at Walmart.

  • The final items today are for mobile people. The first item is meant for gamers, and it's the MSI GL63 8RE-629 laptop. This beefy 15.6" portable has a 1920×1080 IPS display and is powered by a Core i7-8750H processor sitting next to 16 GB of RAM and dancing along with a GeForce GTX 1060 6-GB graphics card. For storage, you get a combo setup with a 128-GB SSD and a 1-TB hard drive. The price tag on this machine reads $969 with cart code EMCTUWU34 at Newegg, and there's a big $120 rebate card available, potentially bringing the price down to $849 all told. What's not to like?

  • Your preference for laptops may lean towards the more conservative side, and that's fine too. Check out the Lenovo IdeaPad 530S (81EV000KUS). This is also a 15.6" machine with a 1920×1080 IPS monitor, but it employs a power-sipping Core i7-8550U processor, 16 GB of RAM, and 512-GB NVMe solid-state drive. Those are darn nice specs already, but there's also a modest-but-serviceable GeForce MX150 graphics card that should be good for light gaming. The price is just $669.99 at Rakuten with the checkout code LEN123.

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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    • TheMonkeyKing
    • 7 months ago

    Amazon lowered their R5 2600X down to $183.99. That’s $14 up from their lowest price.

    • Sahrin
    • 7 months ago

    If you’ve got one nearby, MicroCenter has the 2700 for $230 with a $30 discount on your mobo.

    • JustAnEngineer
    • 7 months ago

    If I were not determined to hold on to my current obsolete ultrabook until Ice Lake arrives, I would be tempted by this week’s deal on the Asus [url=https://www.asus.com/us/Laptops/ROG-ZEPHYRUS-GX501/<]RoG Zephyrus GX501[/url<]. Newegg partner [i<]Refurb4less[/i<] has it (new) for [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAHJM8N55013<]$1900+tax[/url<] through 2/9. This model checks all of the boxes that I'm looking for in a new gaming laptop: 15.6" (≈400mm) diagonal 1920x1080 IPS display 120+ Hz maximum refresh with variable refresh rate GeForce GTX1070 or better GPU Six-core or better CPU Minimum amount of garish "gamer" bling Less than six pounds (<2.7 kg)

    • wingless
    • 7 months ago

    I’m running an old Core i7-2600K@4.7Ghz/Z77 system. I want to wait for Zen2 but I’ll gladly take a Ryzen 7 2700 to tide me over for ~6 months. I already bought 16GB of DDR4-3600.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 months ago

      I have 16 GB 2700k@4.5/z68 and some games crash did to memory limitations. Turning VMs off helps but RAM is cheap and apparently you are too. Get 32GB; this isn’t 2012 anymore.

        • LoneWolf15
        • 7 months ago

        You are such a lovely, polite person. Thank you.

    • Bensam123
    • 7 months ago

    Nope, 16c Zen2 for $450 is where my next processor upgrade is going to be. Although that’s an extremely good deal.

      • jts888
      • 7 months ago

      If you mean 16c TR3, <$500 is pretty optimistic. If you meant Ryzen, you should hope that the AM4 platform gets recertified for >105W TDP.

      Lisa Su was being overtly coy about (not yet) committing to a full 16c on the 2-die Ryzen part, the viability of which depends IMO on being allowed to run up to 125-135W at stock, while a 12c part would probably have no issue running at nearly full rates in 105W.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 7 months ago

      That would be a good deal. *If* it happens…

      • chuckula
      • 7 months ago

      Well if it’s order-what-you-want I’ll take 24 Cores for $300.

      FTW!

        • K-L-Waster
        • 7 months ago

        Can I get 128 cores for a buck fifty?

          • chuckula
          • 7 months ago

          No, that’s about tree-fitty.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 7 months ago

        Might be about to find some es xeon e5v3 for that price on eBay.

      • ronch
      • 7 months ago

      Personally I’d rather have fewer cores and higher clocks. Maybe 8 cores at 4.5GHz with near-Intel IPC.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 7 months ago

        I thought this game was “I’ll take 256 cores at 12 GHz for $25, Pat”.

    • shaq_mobile
    • 7 months ago

    Apparently that monitor went on an even better sale a few weeks ago.

    [url<]https://www.dealsofamerica.com/PRINCIPLE-MATTER-PM12C-320AB-32-inch-165HZ-Gaming-Monitor/450757.htm[/url<] Still, it looks like a pretty good price, though there is a similar Pixio for cheaper. May be good to hold off for a better sale?

    • DrCR
    • 7 months ago

    That panel isn’t 32″?

      • morphine
      • 7 months ago

      Derp! Fixed.

      This is what I get for borrowing Jensen’s chainsaw.

      • ronch
      • 7 months ago

      Now I want a laptop with a 32″ display. Acer? Asus? Anyone?

    • ronch
    • 7 months ago

    Good grief that Lenovo is a steal!! I paid $770 for my Acer Nitro 5 with a Ryzen 2500U with a discrete Radeon 560X (which I’m having trouble making games actually use instead of the IGP), a measly 4GB of DDR2-2666 (which runs at DDR4-2400 CL17 anyway), a 1TB HDD, no SSD. Still lovin’ it though.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 months ago

      [quote<]DDR2-2666[/quote<] Memories of future-past

    • not@home
    • 7 months ago

    I would like to see these pics Colton has been posting. It has been very cold here in Central Wi. It was -31 F this morning w/o wind chill. That is -35 C for all you metric nerds. I live on a steep hill and the city usually salts the snot out of the street because there is a stop sign at the bottom where it intersects with the main drag through town. Its way too cold for salt to work and it snowed a few days ago. The street is killer ice right now.

      • kuraegomon
      • 7 months ago

      Yikes – I guess your town/area has never had enough consistent cold to know to fallback to sanding streets below a certain temperature 🙁

        • not@home
        • 7 months ago

        Yeah, no doubt. I grew up up north where they never used salt, just sand. Sand is good if you do not have Anti-Lock Brakes or it gets too cold for salt. Salt is better for ABS, as ABS does not let the tires push the sand in front of it like a plow to make sand paper tires, basically. Here they only use salt, even though we usually get about a week of -20F every year. Its been a while since we have had -30F. and about 30 years since we have had -40F. Salt really rusts out cars fast though. Its hard to keep your car rust free for more than 2 – 5 years here.

          • Shobai
          • 7 months ago

          No snow over here but lots of dirt roads, and ABS (and not driving to the conditions) kills a lot of people.

          • moose17145
          • 7 months ago

          Minnesota here. They tend to throw down both salt and sand here. Same issue with cars rusting out in no time. One of the reasons I was actually excited when ford started making their truck bodies out of aluminum. It won’t rust away like steel.

      • drfish
      • 7 months ago

      Start with [url=https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=55308&start=1410#p1399589<]this[/url<] "chilling" photo and work your way down.

    • Rectal Prolapse
    • 7 months ago

    Shouldn’t it be called the Intel Core i7-9700K? I noticed the typo in some of the previous articles too, but was hoping it was just a one-time thing. 🙂

      • morphine
      • 7 months ago

      Yep! I blame Intel.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 7 months ago

      Officially, it may be [b<][i<]Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-9700K CPU @ 3.60GHz[/i<][/b<] Say that three times, fast. :-S

    • Shouefref
    • 7 months ago

    Why is the Zen 2 2700X so often preferred over the Zen 2 2700? Or is that only an impression because AMD sends more review copies of the first one around?

      • Krogoth
      • 7 months ago

      2700X has higher base and boost speeds with full XFR2 support.

        • maxxcool
        • 7 months ago

        People often buy them for he ‘choice’ of overclocking even if they never do, or to tweak things like bring up the bus, ram speeds but keep the cores at stock speeds.

          • ronch
          • 7 months ago

          But if you OC Ryzen, will it not suddenly things like SenseMI? Will the chip still downclock at idle?

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 months ago

      Are you afraid to use Google to look things up or just lazy?

      Quick search and you’ll find what krogoth said.

      Teach a man to fish and he’ll cut his arms off so you keep feeding him.

        • freebird
        • 7 months ago

        Just curious… how did he cut the 2nd arm off??? Did a friend help? ;D

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 months ago

          They make these special arm-focused guillotines now. They’re built right into fashionable vests. Just put it on and *thud*

            • chuckula
            • 7 months ago

            THANKS ARM!

            • Redocbew
            • 7 months ago

            [quote<]THANKS [s<]ARM[/s<] STUMP![/quote<] Fixed.

            • K-L-Waster
            • 7 months ago

            And now for something completely different, a man with no legs… oh, he’s run off.

        • flip-mode
        • 7 months ago

        It seemed like the perfect question to ask the readers of TR.

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 7 months ago

          He asked someone because he was too lazy to do it himself.

            • LoneWolf15
            • 7 months ago

            and you were rude b/c “Helping people on the Internet is bad”.

            I remember the 90s, when bandwidth sucked, and people online were a lot friendlier.

      • ronch
      • 7 months ago

      Well, the 2700 isn’t bad, but when they put an X on the name alone the product suddenly had a burst of energy and ran at higher clock speeds and XFR was created.

      True story, brother.

      • HERETIC
      • 7 months ago

      When you look at the big 4, 2600, 2600X, 2700, 2700X, the 2700 is the lemon of the bunch.
      Clock speed drops like a brick after four threads-
      [url<]https://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/AMD/Ryzen_5_2600/16.html[/url<] Definitely the one to avoid, but no fear, there's three absolute gems left to choose from.....

        • ronch
        • 7 months ago

        I think it’s because of the 2700’s 65w TDP cap. With 8 cores, the chip will quickly exceed the preprogrammed power budget and drop clocks. With the 2600 two less cores means more headroom to keep the pedal to the metal.

          • Shouefref
          • 7 months ago

          Yes, that must be the reason.
          The question is, is it worthwhile to buy the Ryzen 2 2700X instead of the vanilla version, considering the potential extra juice used, in comparison with the speed gain? Especially if it is not for gaming or heavy video editing. Do you actually experience that speed gain?
          Also: how often does one has 4 threads or more?
          The problem is that the current programs tend to activate more threads, it seems. To give an example: whereas the old MS Address Book put all records in 1 big file, the current version has 1 file for each entry. Moreover: if you copy an entry, it tends to create an extra entry, instead of overwriting the existing one, as Address Book did. Which means an explosion of entries (which doesn’t really help much, btw).

            • HERETIC
            • 7 months ago

            What you do with your computer really decides what CPU you need.
            What you can afford decides what CPU you can get.
            We all want to get best value for our hard earned cash. The 2600 is the
            real winner there-performance per $ it’s right up there.
            Do you need more than 12 threads?

            I don’t really consider OC any more, as both AMD and Intel have picked
            the sweet-spot on the bath tub curve for their stock clocks. Actually I think
            Intel in their desperation, have passed it a few times……………………….

    • enixenigma
    • 7 months ago

    Sorry, but you’re (probably) not going to get me to bite on Zen+ with Zen 2 coming out in ~6 months.

    The monitor is interesting, and *almost* what I am looking for. FreeSync 2 and non-curved would’ve made be bite.

    • Neutronbeam
    • 7 months ago

    The new stuff coming in is dropping prices, and that MSI really is a good price. I’ve had a couple of their machines and like them a lot.

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