Bargain basement: an Intel Core i9-9900K for $490 and much more

Howdy, folks. Home improvement is a fine endeavor, but it just takes up so much time. Even after you've picked out the stuff that you want installed, there's still bits of logistics to take care of, doors to open, questions to answer, and by the time you're done, some simple cabinets took the better part of an entire day to get right. At least the results are worth it. Among other things, I now have the best-lit pantry in town thanks to 4' LED tubes under each shelf. Next person walking in there saying "oh I can't find it" gets bonked. Anyway, here's today's selection of deals.

  • It's a pretty safe bet that most gerbils would love an Intel Core i9-9900K. After all, it's simply one of the best-performing chips in recent memory, thanks to its consistently high performance with barely any weak spots. Its eight Coffee Lake cores and sixteen threads tick away at up to a whopping 5 GHz (you read that right), making for a chip that's ideal for gaming and working both. It's usually pretty expensive, too, but right now you can pick one up for $489.99 from Amazon or from the folks at Walmart for that same amount.

  • You didn't think there would be a deals posts without RAM and SSDs, right? On the memory front, we have the Team T-Force Vulcan 16 GB kit of 3000 MT/s DIMMs. The sticks have unobtrusive red-and-black heatsinks, and the timings are 16-18-18-38. The price currently sits at a silly $74.99 with the cart code EMCTYTD26 at Newegg.

  • That e-tailer has had a hot streak of solid-state drive deals lately, as evidenced by the HP EX900 500 GB drive. This gumstick can push up to 2100 MB/s when reading and 1500 MB/s on writes, and its random I/O figures ring in at 120K random read IOPS and 108K write IOPS. For only $64.99, you can take one home from Newegg.

  • If you a need bigger bucket o' NAND, then the Intel 660p 1 TB SSD should fit the bill nicely. It can do 1800 MB/s in sequential operations in either direction, 150K random read IOPS, and 180K random write IOPS. It's currently going for just $102.99 at Newegg with the cart code EMCTYTE43. If that's still not big enough for you, then the Intel 660p 2 TB version is sitting at $199.99 with the cart code NEFPBK55, while stocks last.

  • Over at the monitor aisle, we have a big one. The MSI Optix MAG341CQ is a 34" ultra-wide behemoth, with a 3440×1440 VA panel with a 3000:1 contrast ratio. Its refresh rate can hit 100 Hz, and there's FreeSync support on hand for good measure. You'd think that dollar tags are largely proportional to monitor inches, but this model's priced at just $399.99 with the cart code EMCTYTE64 at Newegg. There's an additional $20 rebate card on top of that, too.

  • Moving on to portables, check out the MSI GV62 8RE-015 15.6" laptop. Ignore the weird model name and focus on the hardware inside: an Intel Core i7-8750H processor accompanied by 16 GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB graphics card. There's a combo setup with a 128 GB NVMe solid-state drive and a 1 TB hard drive for storage, and the display has a resolution of 1920×1080. Newegg will hand you one of these for $1019 with the cart code EMCTYTE49. That's not bad already, but the gigantic $150 rebate card can turn this into a $879 purchase.

  • The final item today is another laptop, the Acer Swift 3 (NX.GQJAA.003). It's a sleek, thin affair clad in a gorgeous blue finish. Inside, there's an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 256-GB solid-state drive. Acer says the battery should be good for 10 hours, and there's a fingerprint reader on hand. The price? Just $529.99 at the good ol' Newegg.

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    • ronch
    • 4 months ago

    That’s a good deal on the 9900X. However, if you’d like something from the alternative supplier of fine x86 processors, you can instead get the Ryzen 2700X at Newegg for a much more palatable $299.99.

      • jihadjoe
      • 4 months ago

      I don’t think anyone is cross-shopping the 9900K and 2700X though. For a high-end gaming build Intel is the only choice, and even Jim of AdoredTV, arguably the biggest AMD fanboy there is on Youtube, [url=https://youtu.be/8DMa4qpOW5s<]acknowledges that Ryzen is a compromise[/url<] for this purpose. First world problems, being out of touch, checking my privilege and all that, but the price difference is less than one good dinner. Surely for something that you're going to use every day for 3-5 years it's worth skipping the chef's menu and going for the salon for one dinner date.

        • Krogoth
        • 4 months ago

        If you need to go Intel for a pure gaming build then 8600K/9600K are the best deals. The next step up would be 8700K/9700K. The 9900K is a poor choice for its price point in a pure gaming build.

    • Vaughn
    • 4 months ago

    That link takes me to Core i7-8700K not the 9900K on amazon.

    This is the correct link.

    [url<]https://www.amazon.com/Intel-i9-9900K-Desktop-Processor-Unlocked/dp/B005404P9I/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=i7+9900k&qid=1554854201&s=gateway&sr=8-2[/url<]

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 months ago

      weird. link works for me

        • Vaughn
        • 4 months ago

        When first clicked on it since i’m in canada it took me to the amazon.ca which still shows that.

        tried a different browser than firefox and it seems to point to the correct link maybe be browser cache issue on FF.

          • sweatshopking
          • 4 months ago

          i’m in canada too, but running the canary build of Edgium.

            • Redocbew
            • 4 months ago

            +1 for “Edgium”

    • The Egg
    • 4 months ago

    If you live near a Microcenter, they’re currently selling the [url=https://www.microcenter.com/product/602028/core-i5-9400f-desktop-processor-6-core-up-to-41ghz-without-processor-graphics-lga1151-(intel-300-series-chipset)<]i5 9400F[/url<] (which is 6/6 @ 2.9/4.1) for only $149. That's a dynamite chip for a gaming PC (where the lack of onboard graphics won't matter). With their combo discount, you could potentially also get a motherboard around $200 for the pair.

      • Wonders
      • 4 months ago

      The Egg redirecting us to Microcenter? You can’t make this stuff up!

        • The Egg
        • 4 months ago

        I was Egg long before either Newegg or Microcenter came into being. #Oldegg

          • CScottG
          • 4 months ago

          #Oldegg.. 100 year old egg?

            • freebird
            • 4 months ago

            Dino-Egg power!!!
            [url<]https://i.pinimg.com/736x/3e/a2/6b/3ea26b13ffcd47cb1b7e184d0398e344--dino-eggs-dinosaur-eggs.jpg[/url<]

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 months ago

            can’t smell very good, right?

            • CScottG
            • 4 months ago

            -certainly not something to be savored.

            • Voldenuit
            • 4 months ago

            Century egg is my favorite topping in rice congee.

            • CScottG
            • 4 months ago

            yuck: double up-chuckula..

          • Redocbew
          • 4 months ago

          I’d be worried someone would toss me into a fire expecting me to hatch a dragon.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 4 months ago

        WILL WONDERS NEVER CEASE???

    • Krogoth
    • 4 months ago

    9900K is still a hard sell even at that price point. It is marginally faster than the 8700K and 9700K in most workloads. The HT only matters in code that craves as threads you can throw at it. You need very good cooling if you intend on using 9900K and 9700K at or near-maximum load while avoiding thermal throttling. It is kinda hard to justify the premium over the 8700K and 9700K.

      • morphine
      • 4 months ago

      “Marginally?” Sure: [url<]https://techreport.com/review/34192/intel-core-i9-9900k-cpu-reviewed[/url<]

        • Krogoth
        • 4 months ago

        Outside of content that takes advantage as many threads as you can throw it. The 9900K isn’t really that much faster than its lesser Coffee Lake siblings. It is certainly not worth the premium if you aren’t frequently number-crunching or encoding stuff.

          • Voldenuit
          • 4 months ago

          Right. And if you need lots of threads, you’re still better off with Threadripper.

          But if you don’t, then the 9700K performs about the same as last year’s 8700K.

          Coffee Lake Refresh was poorly named on 2 out of 3 counts.

            • Kretschmer
            • 4 months ago

            Some people want both strong single-threaded and multi-threaded performance. A Threadripper only delivers on half of that.

            • Voldenuit
            • 4 months ago

            But you’d be better off with a gaem box and an encode box*.

            Otherwise you can’t game when you encode, and vice versa.

            * Since that is probably the most common scenario where you’d want both.

            • Kretschmer
            • 4 months ago

            Nah, that’d be price prohibitive and unwieldy.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 4 months ago

            Just 1 count. Coffee and Lake seem fine.

            • srg86
            • 4 months ago

            I use lots of threads, and want the integrated graphics. Plus I’ve had better experiences with Intel products.

            For me if I was in the market, it would be a no brainer (except maybe for cost).

          • Waco
          • 4 months ago

          Isn’t that obvious? High(er) core count CPUs have never been especially good deals for lightly treaded stuff…

        • NovusBogus
        • 4 months ago

        Of the thread limited tasks (games) tested, only Crysis 3 gave any meaningful advantage to the 9900k and the 9700k took the top spot in several others. Yup, seems pretty marginal to me.

        Which isn’t surprising given that the two chips have the same base clock rate and 9900k’s turbo is only 100MHz faster. At least it wasn’t a decrease…I’ve got a 6900K and while eight cores of glory is certainly good times losing several hundred MHz over the then-current Skylake quads was a bitter pill.

        • abiprithtr
        • 4 months ago

        I stopped what I was doing, and took a quick look at he 9900K’s performance in the TR review you linked.

        Here is my observation from that review:
        The 9900K stood first in just 13 tests out of the 55 (or 56) with graphs.
        It was, on average, ranked 2.78 (out of the 9 CPUs compared in that review)

        Gained ground in: Games and DAW.
        Lost ground in: Power consumption/energy, Memory Tests

        Hence, may be the bargain basement is needed.

      • jihadjoe
      • 4 months ago

      As a 9900k owner I actually agree with this.

      9700k is just as fast when gaming, and the multi-threaded stuff is better served by something like Threadripper.

      Horses for courses, as they say. But if you want one rig that’s good at doing both, it’s pretty hard to beat the 9900k.

      • Chrispy_
      • 4 months ago

      At this point you need to be completely desperate to buy anything Intel with AMD’s Zen2 due out in a few months.

      Yes, a lot of it is unconfirmed, but:

      [list<][*<]a lot of evidence is suggesting that AMD have closed the IPC gap[/*<][*<]AMD have demonstrated massively better power efficiency than Intel with their Zen2 demos[/*<][*<]7nm is a working and viable fab process, unlike anything sub-10nm from Intel[/*<][*<]16C/32T 5.1GHz boost/4.3GHz base Ryzen 9 is rumoured at around $560[/*<][*<]TDP is much less than Threadripper at 135W max - and even TR is air-coolable without throttling[/*<][*<]Existing, mature socket/chipset support[/*<][/list<] So, rumour or not, I would be waiting. Zen was the biggest disruption to the CPU market in over a decade, and Zen2 is a massive step up from Zen in many ways, all whilst Intel have been stalling out with re-branding of Skylake over and over again whilst their 10nm fab continues to fail, delay, and disappoint.

        • K-L-Waster
        • 4 months ago

        Not to mention the downward pressure on pricing for other chips — even if you don’t get Zen2, other chips will likely get cheaper around the time of it’s release.

    • Voldenuit
    • 4 months ago

    Caveat emptor: several reviews and comments, as well as the newegg reviews, report popping and crackling noises from the MSI 34″ monitor.
    Hopefully it’s just QC from early batches and the later production units have been fixed.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 4 months ago

      It seems to be an MSI-branded version of my Viotek–same specs and body and stand. The body does make these creaking noises but performance is good.

      • tay
      • 4 months ago

      Same with a few microcenter reviews. Good warning

      • chuckula
      • 4 months ago

      What did they do with snap?!?!

        • Voldenuit
        • 4 months ago

        He’s in custody for monitoring.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 4 months ago

      I *hope* you’re talking about out of the monitor *speakers*… not the *monitor* itself..?

    • freebird
    • 4 months ago

    Some basements are more of a “bargain” than others… Mine is littered with GTX 1060s, 1070s, RX580s and some older cards. Then there are the old AMD quad-cores, one Phenom II 1090x & FX-8320. Doubtful I’d consider ~$500 for a CPU a bargain these days, unless it had 20+ cores…

    I’ll “tape” or “glue” a couple I have (GPUs or CPUs) together if someone wants to pay me $500 for them! 😀

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 months ago

      what the heck are you doing “littering” those around your basement? they’re worth quite a bit of money

        • freebird
        • 4 months ago

        I’m planning on running G-Stadia out of business with my Bargain Basement Internet Cafe…BBIC!!!

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