Bargain basement: an Intel 660p 512 GB SSD and 16 GB of 3000 MT/s RAM for $125 and more

Greetings, folks. You may have noticed Colton's notice of the date for the TR BBQ XVI, taking place on August 10. If you have the means to do so, I'd advise you to attend. I did so a couple years ago during my first-ever trip stateside, and I have nothing but the best memories from the couple days there. In the meantime, before you do your travel planning, check out today's crop of PC hardware deals.

  • It's time for a c-c-c-combo. The Intel 660p 512 GB NVMe drive has been in our deals posts more times than we can remember, thanks for its 1500 MB/s sequential read and 1000 MB/s write speeds. Today, it's joined by the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB dual-channel kit with 3000 MT/s DIMMs, a simple but effective affair with low-profile heatsinks. Right now, Newegg will hand you both small boxes for the low sum of only $124.98. That's $24 off the regular combined price, and it's the perfect set of items for new builds and upgrades both.

  • We usually save mobile devices for last, but today there's a real juicy deal on a Microsoft Surface Pro 6 convertible. The exact model on hand has an Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8 GB of RAM, and a 128 GB NVMe SSD. The wide-gamut touchscreen on this device is quite gorgeous and has a resolution of 2736×1824. This particular deal includes the keyboard-and-touchpad Type Cover, and it's currently selling for $999.99 at Newegg. There's more to the story, though—you get a $100 Newegg gift card with your purchase, bringing the effective amount down to only $899.99.

  • AMD's apparently running an aggressive desktop pricing game, and enthusiasts everywhere are reaping the benefits. The AMD Ryzen 7 2700 processor is a meaty mid-range chip that needs little introduction. We'll quickly rattle off key specs: eight Zen+ cores and 16 threads, each capable of hitting a 4.1 GHz boost speed, and 16 MB of L3 cache. There's a Wraith Spire RGB LED cooler in the box, and the price is just $194.99 at Amazon. We think this higher-end model is definitely worth the outlay, but if that amount is a little dear, then you should totally check out the six-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 2600X for $159.99, also at Amazon, also with an included cooler. No matter the model, you get The Division 2 and World War Z for free courtesy of AMD.

  • Basic-looking RAM is a good fit for any system, but you may be looking for something a little more ritzy, like the Geil Super Luce RGB Sync 16 GB kit of 3000 MT/s DIMMs. These sticks have technicolor lighting and diffusers at the top, don't need an additional cable to do their light dance, and they're compatible with Asus' Aura Sync. The asking price is just $79.99 at Newegg provided you use the cart code EMCTAUT26.

  • Solid-state drives are real cheap these days, and we're getting to the point where it's practical and cheaper to get a big honkin' SSD for your, well, everything. The Intel 660p 2 TB NVMe drive is the biggest in the family, and it can do 1800 MB/s pushing data sequentially in either direction. Random I/O figures ring in at a healthy 220K IOPS both ways. The price tag reads but $184.99 at Newegg Flash with the cart code NEFPBN29. Get'em while they're hot; we doubt stocks are going to last long.

  • The final deal today is a rather simple one: the Western Digital Elements 8 TB external hard drive. There ain't much to discuss, as it's a simple affair that just works. The price currently sits at $124.99 at Newegg if you input the cart code EMCTAUT54, an amount that works out to $15.62 a terabyte.

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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    • LoneWolf15
    • 3 months ago

    Having just purchased 32GB of (admittedly non-RGB, non-LED) G.Skill PC-3000 DDR4 for $144, I’d probably hold off on that 16GB deal. Lights are cool, but IMO, more RAM is worth it.

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 months ago

      When you’re running out of available memory for applications to run, those RGBLED lights do not make everything go faster like we were promised, so I’m inclined to agree with you.

        • Peldor
        • 3 months ago

        Stare deeply enough into the RGB abyss, and time loses all meaning.

      • K-L-Waster
      • 3 months ago

      More RAM is worth it, *if your use case requires it.* i.e. if your use case fits in 16GB, going to 32 won’t help you.

      (Admittedly, neither will the lights, but really the lights won’t help anything other than attempts to impress the mentally feeble….)

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 3 months ago

        [quote<] The lights won't help anything other than attempts to impress the mentally feeble. [/quote<] Like moths to a flame...

        • LoneWolf15
        • 3 months ago

        Also worth it if the price difference is minimal.

    • Ummagumma
    • 3 months ago

    I have always wondered how the “RGB craze” has impacted power consumption in PCs.

    RGB lighting on memory modules sems like a glorious expression of the owner’s vanity.

    The “RGB craze” to me -> “beauty =/= practical”

      • shaq_mobile
      • 3 months ago

      I don’t think leds use much power so hopefully it’s not too significant, considering so many components just come with them. It would be interesting to know though!

        • willmore
        • 3 months ago

        Yeah, even a few watts of LED lighting is blinding. Most of these small LED RGB lights use .180W at max settings. Yeah, you can put strings of a hundred of them in a PC, but it’ll fry your retna right off.

    • cynan
    • 3 months ago

    Repost of late post from last deals post (it’s that good):
    Best NVME SSD deal yet. [url=https://www.amazon.com/XPG-Gammix-S5-Gen3x4-AGAMMIXS5-1TT-C/dp/B07K8W46C6?th=1<]1TB TLC for $110[/url<]

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 months ago

      Makes me wish I had an NVMe slot.

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 3 months ago

        For [url=https://www.amazon.com/Sintech-NGFF-Adapter-Samsung-PM951/dp/B00QZ0WMK0/<]$15[/url<], you could add another one. P.S.: When shopping for SSDs or adapters for the M.2 size profile, note that "Type M" is for PCIe drives and "Type B" is for SATA drives. Type M drives are further broken down into those that use AHCI and those that use NVMe.

          • willmore
          • 3 months ago

          Have you ever seen a multiple type M adapter? I’m looking for something to fit in a 8x or 16x PCI-E slot and take 2 two four NVME drives.

          With bifrucation support, I can see the 2 drive version being easy to manage, but for the full 4 drive and 16x, you’d need a hub on there.

          Maybe I’m looking at the wrong stores.

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 3 months ago

            The two-drive cards that I browsed at Newegg a few months back supported one PCIe SSD and one SATA SSD.

            P.S.: Here’s a 4-drive card, but it’s expensive:
            [url=https://www.amazon.com/High-Point-SSD7101A-1-Dedicated-Controller/dp/B073W71K4Z/?tag=techreport09-20<]HighPoint SSD7101A-1[/url<] [url=https://www.amazon.com/High-Point-SSD7102-Bootable-Controller/dp/B07K1XQGBN/?tag=techreport09-20<]HighPoint SSD7102[/url<]

            • willmore
            • 3 months ago

            Yeah, I saw a lot of those “I don’t know which M.2 card I bought, I better cover my butt” type of dual M.2 cards–everywhere!

            Thanks for the other links, I’ll take a look!

            • curtisb
            • 3 months ago

            Dell has a x16 card that will support four x4 NVMe drives.

            [url<]https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Ultra-Speed-Drive-Quad-Adapter/dp/B0714MMD6M/[/url<] Asus also has one: [url<]https://www.amazon.com/Asus-Hyper-Expansion-Supports-Threadripper/dp/B07NQBQB6Z[/url<] No hub required, but PCIe bifurcation support is required for either one of those options.

            • willmore
            • 3 months ago

            I’ve not seen a chip that can split a 16x into four 4x. I’ve seen them that can do two 8x from a 16x.

            Thanks for the pointers!

            • Waco
            • 3 months ago

            You don’t need a chip to do it at all – just a BIOS/UEFI that support lane bifurcation.

          • jihadjoe
          • 3 months ago

          There are PCIe Type B drives though. [url=https://www.wd.com/products/internal-ssd/wd-blue-sn500-nvme-ssd.html<]WD's Blue series[/url<] of NVMe SSDs for example will go in a B-key slot just fine but only has [s<]NVMe[/s<] PCIe. Edit: to be more specific, B-key does almost everything! B key: PCIe x2 / SATA /USB 2.0 / USB 3.0 / HSIC / SSIC / Audio / UIM / I2C M key: PCIe x4 / SATA

            • willmore
            • 3 months ago

            Is this the type of drive that came out between M.2 SATA and NVME where they put a controller on the drive that made it look like a SATA controller?

            • jihadjoe
            • 3 months ago

            No it’s pure NVMe. I’m saying the B-key slot also supports PCIe lanes (2 lanes), although less of them than an M-key (4 lanes).

            • willmore
            • 3 months ago

            Okay, gotcha. Thanks.

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