Bargain basement: a Ryzen 5 2400G with a Gigabyte mobo for $210 and more

Howdy, enthusiasts everywhere. Around here (Portugal, for those unaware), it's that time of the year again. Samba rhythms occasionally echo through the air from rehearsal warehouses. Orders of plumes from faraway places make their way over here for the construction of ever-elaborate costumes. It's Carnaval season, and soon enough the town will fill up with silliness, dancing ladies, and drumming men. Before the festivities start, I've collected juicy PC hardware deals for you. 

  • The leading deal today is a tasty combo meal. The Ryzen 5 2400G is probably our favorite budget CPU of the moment thanks to its four Zen+ cores and eight threads ticking away at up to 3.9 GHz. The chip's Vega RX 11 integrated graphics are more than competent enough for some light gaming, too. The processor will slot nicely into the Gigabyte B450M DS3H motherboard. Modest it may be, this circuit slab still offers a PCIe M.2 slot, USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, hybrid fan headers, and support for RGB LED strips. Newegg will hand you both items in exchange for just $209.98. That's $25 off the regular combined total, and there's a $10 rebate card on tap to further sweeten the pot.

  • Next up are some killer RAM and SSD deals. First up is the Sandisk SSD Plus 480-GB drive. This bit bucket can push sequential data at up to 535 MB/s when reading and 445 MB/s when writing. Sandisk offers a three-year warranty, and Newegg will sell you the drive for just $49.99 with the promo code EMCXTVVU3. If you need a bigger SATA drive, the familiar Adata SU650 960-GB SSD says hi. This drive's speed ratings are similar to the previous unit, and its asking price is just $84.99 at Rakuten with checkout code AD15. That works out to under 8.9 cents per gigabyte, folks.

  • SATA drives are fine for modest usage or mass storage, but chances are you want to kick things up a notch with an NVMe unit. The HP EX920 512 GB is well-known around these parts, and it can push 3200 MB/s in sequential reads and 1800 MB/s when writing. As befits a nice NVMe drive, random I/O clocks in at 350K read IOPS and 250K write IOPS. You can have one of these from Newegg for $74.99 with cart code AFM2SSD22. Should you require more of that speedy storage, consider the Adata XPG SX8200 960 GB. This drive is roughly as fast as the HP, and it's going for just $144.49 at Rakuten with checkout code AD25.

  • These days, cost isn't really an excuse to run a computer with a low amount of RAM. To prove that point, we present the Adata XPG Gammix D10 16-GB kit of 3000 MT/s DIMMs. They're fast, stylish, and will run you just $80.74 at Rakuten with the checkout code AD14. Those with a preference for capacity over speed might elect to go with the G.Skill Aegis 32-GB kit of 2400 MT/s sticks. That's going for just $149.99 at Newegg. Dang.

  • The last entry today is chock full of goodies. The Dell G7 gaming laptop (I7588-7385BLK-PU) is one of the finer specimens of the breed, and the version we have here comes with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor (six cores, 12 threads!), 8 GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB Max-Q graphics card. All you need to take home this beastie from Best Buy is $899.99.

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    • bill94el
    • 5 months ago

    fyi

    The qksrv.net links are blocked for my vpn (PIA). The direct-to-store links still work fine except for Best Buy. Best Buy has never worked for me with a vpn though.

    • hiki
    • 5 months ago

    No way the Ryzen 5 2400G is a bargain. Both parts can be bought separated at the same price, and only for $30 more you can get an Ryzen 5 2600, and the same mother at the same price

    [url<]https://i.imgur.com/aFGrWqh.png[/url<] If $30 is too much, a Ryzen 5 1600 only costs $15 more. The Ryzen 5 2600 is the new budget CPU. The budget CPU Ryzen 5 2400G doesn't have a reason to exist.

      • Wirko
      • 5 months ago

      What promo code do I need to buy a decent iGPU for my 2ยข?

        • fomamok
        • 5 months ago

        If you want integrated graphics, an i3-8100 has faster graphics than the Ryzen 5 2400G, and is cheaper.

        [url<]https://i.imgur.com/WlPvVrh.png[/url<] i3-8100 is $119 in Amazon Gigabyte - H310M A Motherboard is $56 in Amazon Total: $175 you save $25 compared to the "bargain" Ryzen 2400G + Gigabyte B450M DS3H

          • Goty
          • 5 months ago

          I’m sorry, but in no way does the i3-8100 have better iGPU performance than the 2400G. It’s not even close and it takes very little effort to show that this is the case.

          Also, this looks an awful lot like the same person posting under two different accounts.

            • Waco
            • 5 months ago

            Yeah, that was my impression as well. The 2400G is a great APU.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 5 months ago

            Don’t be sorry for being correct.

          • Chrispy_
          • 5 months ago

          3DMark Firestrike shows that the 2400G has up to 3x the gaming/graphics performance at 1080p of the UHD 630 graphics on the i3-8100 when both CPUs are using the same RAM speeds.

          Firestrike may not be the best benchmark, but it’s one for which there is a lot of data and it is more than accurate enough for such wide performance differences as the gap between the 2400G and i3-8100.

          In a best-case scenario where you used the money saved in buying an i3 over a 2400G to put faster RAM in the i3, the 2400G would [b<]still[/b<] be almost twice as fast, despite the disadantage of an unfair test.

            • Goty
            • 5 months ago

            They could also have just clicked the link to TR’s 2400G revisit in the article above, which shows the 2400G with a 99th percentile framerate of 32.2 FPS in TR’s suite of games vs a whopping 12.7 FPS for the i3-8100. Hell, even the 2200G is over twice as fast as the i3 in that metric, achieving 27.0 FPS.

          • K-L-Waster
          • 5 months ago

          A) the picture you linked shows CPU performance, not IGP performance.

          B) even so, it also shows the 2400G outperforming the 8100

          Not seeing what point you think you’re making here….

            • sleeprae
            • 5 months ago

            A – thank you, was about to make the same point.
            B – The size of the bubble is gaming performance. The chart shows that the i3-8100, provided sufficient discrete graphics, is faster in gaming than the 2400G. It is not faster in application performance, which is represented on the x axis.

    • ronch
    • 5 months ago

    I was actually watching videos about the 2400G today and was thinking to myself what a nice, modest chip it is. Vega also seems to be at its best at low CU implementations; it’s when you pile on the CUs that things start to spark and sizzle. Even without discounts, for $160 you’re practically getting an i7 (before Ryzen came out) and a capable GPU at 65w. It could well be used to build a nice, very capable game console.

    Good grief the USA gets all the great deals. In many other countries people pay 10-20% more, sometimes more than that, compared to the ‘official’ prices.

    • Waco
    • 5 months ago

    That’s a screaming deal on that Adata SSD. My friends PC just killed itself (1400 mile away troubleshooting revealed dead CPU or mobo) so he’s going to get an early birthday present in the form of sweet sweet SSD speed along with a case/mobo/cpu/ram/psu on the way.

    8.9 cents per GB is just so freakin’ cheap.

      • morphine
      • 5 months ago

      Hope you ordered from our link!

        • Waco
        • 5 months ago

        Always do!

        • jihadjoe
        • 5 months ago

        Is there a URL segment we can append when browsing Newegg items to add TR’s affiliate code? I’ve sometimes ordered stuff based on recommendations here or on the forums, but there hasn’t always been a qksrv link.

          • morphine
          • 5 months ago

          Unfortunately, it’s a little trickier than that, and it’s subject to change. [i<]Right now[/i<] (emphasis mine), the format for Newegg links is as follows: //www.qksrv.net/links/1800524/type/am/ORIGINAL_URL Example: //www.qksrv.net/links/1800524/type/am/https://www.newegg.com/ If you're wondering, yes, that's actually a technically correct link.

    • Sputnik7
    • 5 months ago

    NO NO NO. Friends don’t let friends buy MaxQ designs.

    The compromises in GPU clock-speed for thermal managment vs. the non max-q version makes these a non-starter.

    I would rather deal with a slightly heavier laptop that has a non-maxQ design and a proper mobile GPU for those FPS on the go

      • morphine
      • 5 months ago

      Meanwhile I *do* advise Max-Q laptops because that way you’re way more likely to get a machine that doesn’t overheat vOv.

        • Sputnik7
        • 5 months ago

        I suppose, as long as you’re willing to pay 1060 prices for a 1050ti/1050

          • EricBorn
          • 5 months ago

          Here’s some [url=https://techreport.com/review/33401/gigabyte-aero-15xv8-gaming-notebook-reviewed/11<]testing[/url<] we did on a laptop with 1070 Max-Q. Whatever you want to say about it, the 1070 Max-Q outperformed the mobile 1060 6GB we compared it to, and the thermal performance of the notebook was above reproach. To be fair, I can't contend that the Max-Q designs offer the exact same performance of their non-Q counterparts. I'm just more than willing to sacrifice a couple FPS in order to get better thermal performance and battery life.

          • derFunkenstein
          • 5 months ago

          Dude that’s just not true. Even at the lower clock, the 1060 will run circles around a 1050Ti

          • Spunjji
          • 5 months ago

          The 1060 Max Q reliably performs within 10% of the standard version. You must be thinking of the difference between the 1080 and its Max Q counterpart.

      • ronch
      • 5 months ago

      It’s ok, we’re not friends. Go ahead and buy this, dude.

      • Voldenuit
      • 5 months ago

      The 1050Ti Max-Q in the Thinkpad X1 Extreme has been benched faster than regular 1050 Ti laptops in games.

      The 1080 Max-Q in my own Asus laptop boosts higher than some 1080 laptops I’ve seen, such that I’ve taken to downclocking and downvolting it even further in Afterburner because it’s already hitting 120 fps (the limit of my laptop screen) in the games I play on it.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 5 months ago

    $280 for CPU+Mobo+RAM isn’t a bad deal. Hmm.

      • DPete27
      • 5 months ago

      The 2400G is $150 at Amazon and the GIGABYTE B450M DS3H is $65 after MIR at newegg.
      [b<]Total = $215[/b<] when purchased separately, so it's more like $15 off on the combo.

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