Bargain basement: a Ryzen 7 1800X for $178, a Ryzen 5 2600 for $150, and more

Greetings, gerbils. It's a fair day today, and when I'm done with work, I'll be going into my power armor in Fallout 4. I'm a sucker for open-world RPGs, and lately I've been spending my time revisiting both that title and the magnum opus The Witcher 3. For both games, I've installed unobtrusive enhancement mods that improve the experience without really altering it, as it should be. Alas, sweet gaming goodness will only come later today—right now it's time for PC hardware deals.

  • AMD's desktop chips are often discounted, and today we have not one, but two deals on Ryzen chips. The first one is the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X processor. This model might not be the latest-and-greatest on paper, but it's still the company's previous-generation top dog. Underneath its heatspreader sit a total of eight Zen cores and 16 threads, each ticking away at up to 4 GHz. Rakuten's currently asking for only $178.40 for this processor if you input the checkout code SAVE15.

  • The second CPU offering today is the AMD Ryzen 5 2600. This meaty chip comes fitted with six Zen+ cores and twelve threads. The maximum clock speed for each of those is 3.9 GHz, and there are 16 MB of L3 cache on tap. The box includes a Wraith Stealth cooler that's just fine for the job and then some. AMD will hand you keys for The Division 2 Gold Edition and World War Z with your purchase. The price is just $149.99 at Newegg with the promo code EMCTYWT23.

  • RAM deals come as a pair today, too. We'll start with the fanciest, the G.Skill Trident Z RGB 32 GB kit with 3000 MT/s sticks. As we're sure you can tell, these DIMMs are rather spiffy-looking thanks to their integrated diffuser, and they forgo any extra cabling to get their lighting on. The timings are 16-18-18-38, and the price is a silly low $174.99 at Newegg with the cart code EMCTYWT23.

  • There are few things in the world worse than a computer with a bad PSU. That's why you'll want to check out the EVGA 850 GQ power supply. This modular unit comes fitted with Japan-made capacitors and generously sized 135 mm fan. There's enough outputs for an entire house and its kitchen sink, and EVGA offers five-year warranty coverage. The price is just $89.99 at Newegg (a low amount for a PSU this big) and there's a $20 rebate card on hand.

  • The final item today is actually a triptych of Wi-Fi signal goodness. The Netgear Orbi AC2200 Wi-Fi mesh system comes with a total of three speedy, unobtrusive units that all together should be enough to cover your gerbil mansion in wireless signal goodness. The Orbis (as they're known to friends) use a tri-band comms system and come pre-paired for easy installation and setup. The maximum aggregate speed is 2.2 Gbps, and each node has two Ethernet ports for connecting devices like desktop PCs,  set-top boxes, or smart TVs. The whole shebang will set you back only $209.99 at Amazon if you click the in-page coupon.

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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    • ronch
    • 4 months ago

    One way to look at the 1800X here is… Core i3 or 1800X. Suddenly it looks good.

    • gerryg
    • 4 months ago

    For the lazy amongst us, which deal is better, Ryzen 5 2600 or Ryzen 7 1800X? Is the latter enough faster to justify the extra 28 bucks if you’re building a more budget-oriented system?

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 4 months ago

      Does the 2600 get the same Precision Boost 2 “uplift” as the 2700X?
      [url<]https://techreport.com/review/33531/amd-ryzen-7-2700x-and-ryzen-5-2600x-cpus-reviewed[/url<] In this review, the 1800X was ahead in every test at stock speed: [url<]https://www.techspot.com/review/1614-ryzen-2600/[/url<]

        • K-L-Waster
        • 4 months ago

        [quote<]Does the 2600 get the same Precision Boost 2 "uplift" as the 2700X?[/quote<] Don't believe so. The 2600X might, but the 2600 doesn't have the full XFR range so probably not.

          • BobbinThreadbare
          • 4 months ago

          According to Wikipedia all Zen+ chips have PB2 at a minimum in the sense than XFR and PB are one system instead of separate.

      • Sahrin
      • 4 months ago

      The 1800X is faster in all situations. The highest boost frequency for the 1800X is 4.1GHz (v. 3.9 for the 2600) meaning that the 1800X will run single threaded loads faster (even with the cache latency tweaks – Zen+ is ~5% faster than Zen1 on average, but the fequency boost is 5% – so no benefit there).

      The boost algorithm on Zen+ is a little more aggressive, but the XFR range on the 1800X is better…so this is a wash.

      So ultimately it’s just a question of wanting the extra 2 cores or not. For $28 I’d take 2 extra cores.

      Just make sure you get 3200MHz RAM (or faster). CAS latency is less important, the frequency of the MCH is the biggest performance boost on the same CPU – and that is derived form the RAM’s clock.

        • gerryg
        • 4 months ago

        Thanks for for the analysis!

      • K-L-Waster
      • 4 months ago

      1800X would be worth the extra $28.

      Of course, you do need to keep in mind with either of these that you’ll need a separate GPU, so it depends on how tight the budget is…

    • Neutronbeam
    • 4 months ago

    You left us hanging…how’d the wedding reservation kerfuffle turn out?

      • drfish
      • 4 months ago

      He had to crash with the newlyweds. It was pretty awkward.

        • morphine
        • 4 months ago

        Projecting much?

      • morphine
      • 4 months ago

      Well, soon after I wrote the intro, I got a call back and it turned out okay. The place was really nice, too. I wasn’t too thrilled with the comms, though. Had another 20 minutes passed, I’d have cancelled the reservation and got a room somewhere else in a rush, probably at a premium.

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