Bargain basement: $180 for 32 GB of super-fast RAM, a $680 Threadripper 2950X, and more

Greetings, folks. Colton's published a big piece yesterday, and you should totally go check it out if you have any sort of interest in solar power or renewable energy. He's placed what look like a couple square miles' worth of panels atop his abode, and the rig's taking in kWs like they're going out of style. In the meantime, here's what you came here for: sweet, juicy PC hardware deals.

  • We've run what felt like hundreds of RAM deals in the past few months. Prices have stabilized in the meantime, and cheap's the new normal. It takes an outstanding discount to make the cut these days, but that's exactly what we have here with the G.Skill Ripjaws 32 GB kit of 3600 MT/s DIMMs. They're capacious, speedy, and ring in at a belief-begging $179.99 at Newegg.

  • Builders with a penchant for many-cored machines are probably eyeing the AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X processor. Underneath its massive heatspreader sit 16 cores and a total of 32 threads accompanied by 40 MB of cache. Each individual core can hit a 4.4 GHz boost frequency, and there are a total of 64 PCIe lanes on tap, all ready to hook up to high-speed devices. The pretty box containing this CPU can be yours for $679 from Amazon. This deal ends today, so hit it ASAP.

This portable SSD is definitely not to scale. Spot the USB-C port.

  • A while back, we took a long, hard look at SanDisk's Extreme Portable SSD, and we gave it an Editor's Choice award for its massive speed and build quality. If you fancied something like that but felt it was a little dear, you're in luck. The SanDisk Extreme Portable 2 TB SSD is rugged, solidly built, and can push data into its host device at up to 550 MB via a USB Type-C port. Until the end of today, you can pick up this drive for $279.99 from Amazon.

  • Since we're discussing storage, how about a tiny card instead? The SanDisk Ultra 400 GB microSDSX UHS-I card is one of the best offerings out there, and it's capable of 100 MB/s read speeds and has an A1 app performance rating. Amazon's selling these for just $64.17 at the moment—we figure they won't last long.

  • Over at the Aisle of Portability, you'll find the Dell XPS 15 9570 (fncwxb1652h). The specific model at hand has a 1920×1080 display with 400 cd{m2} maximum brightness, a four-core, eight-thread Intel Core i5-8300H CPU coupled with 8 GB of RAM, and a 256 GB NVMe SSD. This quality portable has top-notch build quality, trackpad, and keyboard, and a price tag of just $899.99 at Newegg Flash while stocks last.

  • The next portable in line is the Razer Blade Stealth (RZ09-02393E32-R3U1). This stylish 13.3" laptop has a drool-provoking  high-res 3200×1800 IGZO display. Inside the aluminum chassis sits a Core i7-8550U chip next to 16 GB of RAM and a capacious 512 GB NVMe SSD. The machine weighs only 3 lb (1.36 kg) and is just 0.5" (12.7 mm) thick. The port selection includes Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for good measure. Best Buy will happily hand you this machine for just $1189.99.

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    • blastdoor
    • 9 months ago


    Learn from my mistake! It is far better to go with two 2950x (or 1950x) systems than with a single 2990wx system!

    Unless you have just the right workload, the oddities of the 2990wx NUMA will drive you nuts.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 9 months ago

      Note that 2950x is still NUMA x 2. Its just that the 2990wx is NUMA x4, so its even “more NUMA” than the 2950x.

        • willmore
        • 9 months ago

        It’s more that two of the four dies in the 2990wx don’t attach to any memory, so those two ‘nodes’ have no local memory and that kills performance on them. In NUMA, it’s normal to have ‘near’ and ‘far’ memory pools, but to have no ‘near’ pool at all breaks a lot of assumptions that OSs and programs make about how memory works–and that’s for programs that *are* NUMA aware. For the rest it’s even a bigger mess.

        So, yeah, if you can, go with the dual 2950x system.

        I’m still happy with my dual Xeon X5660 that I just got. šŸ™‚ It was a lot cheaper, though. šŸ™‚

      • deruberhanyok
      • 9 months ago

      I don’t normally condone this sort of thing, but as someone who has decided to take the dive into the HEDT space it’s particularly relevant. NUMA will drive you nuts, and you will be up all night trying to figure it out and get it out of your head. This is sound advice.

      I’ve been reading more about it and found this helpful.


    • demani
    • 9 months ago

    That Razer is what the MacBook Pro should be. Right port loadout and everything. The only thing Iā€™d like is an SD slot (preferably a microSD slot to add in another 400GB of media).

    • ChicagoDave
    • 9 months ago

    Amazon has 10tb Western Digital Elements External drives for $159.

    I stumbled across it while scanning for some shucking opportunities. It’s kind of hidden from view – you have to open the product page which shows $209.99. Directly below the price it says

    “Note: Available at a lower price from other sellers that may not offer free Prime shipping. ” and there’s an embedded link in the ‘other sellers’ text that brings you to the correct page. I think this will get you there


    • Sahrin
    • 9 months ago

    $679 for the 2950X is insane.

      • chuckula
      • 9 months ago

      A discounted price that’s $130 more than a not-on-sale 1950X is still not a huge bargain.


      • Welch
      • 9 months ago

      Dang, I bought one 2 months ago for $950. $679 is a saweeet deal.

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