Bargain basement: an EVGA RTX 2060 SC for $320, and much more

  • Judging by my Mark I eyeball, graphics card prices are starting a slow descent. Today’s bit of evidence is the EVGA RTX 2060 SC pixel-pusher. This mighty mid-range card has two fans sitting atop a generously sized cooler and a 1755 MHz boost clock. The card comes with Gripand the RTX-enabled Wolfenstein YoungbloodYou can grab one of these for only $319.99 at Amazon. For what it’s worth, I’m a big fan of EVGA due to the easy RMA process, cheap warranty extensions, and 90-day Step Up window. Nvidia recently announced a spate of RTX-improved games to take advantage of the special silicon in the chip at E3, too.

  • Samsung’s line of higher-end SSD has always been well-respected and well-reviewed, and find one of its members on sale today today. The Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB NVMe drive is a beast. It can do 3400 MB/s on sequential reads and 2300 MB/s when writing, and its random I/O figures clock in at 370K random read IOPS and 450K write IOPS. Yowza. No wonder the drive got a TR Recommended award. You can pick it up from Amazon for only $99.99 right now. I’m using one of these as a system drive in this very system I’m typing on, and I have nothing but good things to say about it.

  • Here’s a combo with fast silicon, along with big silicon. The Intel Core i9-9900K is one of the tastiest chips to ever come out of Intel, packing eight cores and 16 threads clocked at up to a whopping 5 GHz. That makes for a chip that’s close to the fastest in existence for gaming, and equally powerful when working. The CPU comes in a bundle with the big honkin’ Intel 660p 2 TB drive, which I’m sure you’re all familiar with by now. The whole package will set you back $634.98 at Newegg, or $55 off the regular combined total.

  • Speaking of big, how about a gigantic display? The LG 43MU79-B measures all of 43″ across its diagonal and has an IPS panel with a resolution of 3840×2160. The 60 Hz refresh rate isn’t going to win it any gaming awards, but that’s hardly the raison d’être for this monitor. Four onboard HDMI inputs are joined by a USB Type-C connector, and a remote control allows users to fiddle with mulitple types of picture-in-picture and picture-by-picture functions from a distance. The asking price is only $399.99 at Newegg. That works out to $9.3 for each 4K-enabled inch.

  • I can personally attest that an iPad is one of the handiest items to have around the house or accompanying you when traveling. The latest-generation Apple iPad with 128 GB of storage and Wi-Fi is one heck of a tablet. It’s powered by an Apple A10 Fusion chip with four cores in a 2+2 arrangement and a PowerVR Series 7XT Plus IGP. The gorgeous 2048×1536 display has a pixel density of 264 PPI, and there’s 2 GB of RAM on tap. The price tag currently reads only $328 at the shores of Walmart.

  • The last item today is a TP-Link Deco m4 mesh Wi-Fi three-piece system. This dual-band AC1200 system can cover a gigantic abode and handle up to 100 connected devices. It’s easy to setup and manage thanks to mobile apps, and there’s Alexa voice control on tap, parental controls, and an Ethernet backbone option for good measure. Pick the set up from Amazon for $159.99.

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drfish
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drfish

I wonder if the tp-link wi-fi is designed to look like [b<]t[/b<]oilet [b<]p[/b<]aper intentionally.

Spunjji
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Spunjji

I need TP-link for my bunghole-link

Redocbew
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Redocbew

Are you threatening me?

sconesy
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sconesy

gib hardware reviews pls

MOSFET
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MOSFET

[quote<]For what it's worth, I'm a big fan of EVGA...[/quote<] thank you [quote<]I'm using one of these [970 EVO] as a system drive in this very system I'm typing on, and I have nothing but good things to say about it.[/quote<] thank you [quote<]I can personally attest that an iPad is one of the handiest items to have around the house or accompanying you when traveling.[/quote<] thank you 🙂

LoneWolf15
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LoneWolf15

If you’re looking at a Z390 chipset mainboard at the moment:

Gigabyte Z390 AORUS Pro Wifi, $169.99
[url<]https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Z390-AORUS-PRO-Motherboard/dp/B07HRZKPXM/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8[/url<] One of the best built mainboards if not the best in the midprice range. I paid ten bucks more for mine. The other Z390 AORUS models in that range don't drop much in price, so they have less features while costing the same. Mine runs my i9-9900K very nicely. Best power delivery options; BIOS is a little clunky, but completely usable.

Krogoth
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Krogoth

I got the regular Pro and I can recommend it as a solid mid-range Z390 choice.

jihadjoe
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jihadjoe

Gigabyte really knocked things out of the park with their Z390 boards. VRMs are super solid, I guess partly because they got so much flack for their terrible Z370 lineup.

adampk17
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adampk17

Samsung 970 link points to Amazon, instead of Newegg, where the drive costs considerably more.

morphine
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morphine

The link was meant to mention Amazon in the first place, but the deal ran out quickly.

DPete27
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DPete27

[quote<]You can find dozens of SSDs at discounted prices if you use the cart code EMCTBUW25[/quote<] FYI, that promo code is 10% off.

meerkt
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meerkt

2060 texted, 1660 pictured.

Just saying.

morphine
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morphine

Imma mostly blame Amazon on that one. The pic of the card at an angle for some reason was of the 1660. For whatever it’s worth, the cards look exactly the same save for the little sticker. Fixed.

Krogoth
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Krogoth

The PCBs and layout are even the same. Not really that shocking considering the TU106 and TU116 are quite similar to each other.

meerkt
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meerkt

Tsk tsk.

😛

Krogoth
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Krogoth

9900K is a very hard sell at that price point and Ryzen 3xxx series are right around the corner.

If you are a potential buyer. You should wait until Ryzen 3xxx series comes out and if aren’t sold on being on the AMD camp. Intel will most certainly do a price war if they want to retain marketshare. 9900KS will take over 9900K’s current spot while 9900K and 9700K are going go down a bit in price.

Srsly_Bro
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Srsly_Bro

Anything Intel is a non buy right now unless you need Intel specifically. The near term isn’t looking good. I’m worried for our Intel mascot who hasn’t been seen for a few days.

derFunkenstein
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derFunkenstein

He’s at a corporate retreat right now not doing trust falls. When you don’t do trust falls, I feel like…[url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgxAR5C9qGw<]you should do trust falls[/url<].

Srsly_Bro
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Srsly_Bro

After Basin Falls (SKL-X refresh) failed Intel “retreated” to Trust Falls? But at Intel they can’t even do Trust Falls? Dr. Lisa Su got them shook.

Mr Bill
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Mr Bill

OK that made me laugh.

anotherengineer
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anotherengineer

Serious?

DoomGuy64
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DoomGuy64

Same with the RTX cards, as there is supposed to be a refresh and price drop due to navi.

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