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Our Favorite 2K Gaming Monitor, the Aorus CV27Q, is $90 Off

Gigabyte’s and its Aorus gaming brand only got into the monitor business a couple of years ago, but the company is no amateur when it comes to making great displays. Case in point: the Aorus CV27Q, a 27-inch curved, 165 Hz screen that is one of the best gaming monitors you can buy and a favorite for 2K gaming. This week, Best Buy has one of the best Cyber Monday monitor deals: the Aorus CV27Q reduced to $369 from its regular price of $459. For that sum, you get a panel that has a 1500mm curve and supports HDR10 and…

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Best Cyber Monday Dell XPS 13 Deals: Starting at $649

Dell’s XPS 13 laptops have always had a place among the best Ultrabooks and left fans hungrily awaiting deals on these devices. The XPS 13 9310, the first XPS 13 to use a Tiger Lake chip, is no exception, and its recent release means that previous models like the XPS 13 9300 will probably be going on sale soon. That’s why, with Cyber Monday deals season upon us, we’re listing all the best sales we can find on these laptops in their various configurations. Amazingly, if you’re willing to go for the older of these models, you can score a…

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Save $110 on Plugable’s 96W, Dual 4K, 10 Gbps USB-C Dock

Whether you’re using a MacBook Pro or another laptop with Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C connectivity, you need a good docking station that can both charge your computer and pump data out to multiple monitors over a single wire. Plugable’s new TBT3-UDZ dock is likely your best choice and it’s now available for just $189 at Amazon for Prime members,  a saving of $110 off the MSRP of $299. Most Thunderbolt 3 docking stations cost well over $200 so finding one of the best for less makes this one of the best Cyber Monday tech deals around. Cyber Monday deals: see…

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ASRock Preps Chroma-Equipped Razer Edition Taichi B550, X570 Motherboards

ASRock and Razer are getting ready to announce two high-end Razer Edition motherboards for AMD’s latest Ryzen 5000 processors. The boards will be based on AMD’s B550 and X570 chipsets, will provide all the premium capabilities that ASRock’s Taichi motherboards support, and will also feature Razer’s proprietary Razer Chroma RGB lighting.  ASRock’s lineup of Razer Edition motherboards will include at least two models, the B550 Taichi Razer Edition as well as the X570 Taichi Razer Edition, according to findings of @momomo_us/Twitter. The motherboards have already been listed (1, 2) by at least one online store in Japan, so their launch is likely…

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Best Cyber Monday CPU Deals for 2020

Arguably the most important component in any computer (along with the graphics card if you’re a gamer), your CPU has the most impact on performance. If you’re planning a new PC Build, perhaps one of the best PC builds, anytime soon, this Cyber Monday deals season should yield some good processor discounts, all of which we will be tracking below. So far, we’re seeing some solid deals on current-gen chips from Intel, as well as AMD’s 2nd and 3rd Gen Ryzen chips. The brand-new Ryzen 5000 series processors provide epic upgrades in performance (see our review of the Ryzen 9…

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Best Cyber Monday ThinkPad X1 Carbon Deals 2020

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a favorite among mainstream productivity consumers and business users, thanks to its lightweight design, amazing keyboard and long battery life. As we enter holiday deals season (yes, it’s a season now), we’re eagerly watching deals on one of the best Ultrabooks you can buy. That’s why we’re making a page dedicated to deals on the two newest ThinkPad X1 Carbon models, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 and ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7. The Gen 8 is the most recent, and packs your choice of 10th Gen U-series Intel processors. The Gen 7, meanwhile, mostly…

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More Arm Notebooks: Rockchip Develops High-End RK3588 SoC

Apple and Qualcomm are certainly not the only adopters of the Arm architecture that develop system-on-chips for PCs. Rockchip, a major fabless chip developer from China, is working on its high-end RK3588 SoC that promises to bring together performance and low power consumption. Rockchip expects its RK3588  to address various kinds of performance-hungry applications, including high-end tablets, laptops, AR/VR, televisions, and even NVR (network video recorder) surveillance systems, according to a report from CNX Software that cites information revealed at the Rockchip Developer Conference (RKDC).  Modern high-end SoCs for flagship smartphones and tablets already offer compute performance comparable or exceeding that of…

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Faster Than Threadripper: How I Overclocked Ryzen 9 5950X to 6 GHz and a World Record

My LN2 Pot got an imprint of the 5950X burned into it.  (Image credit: Tom’s Hardware)The Ryzen 5000 series CPUs from AMD landed a few weeks ago, and after I’ve had about two dozen liquid nitrogen (LN2) overclocking sessions with chips with various core counts, the records are starting to fall. These chips are just flying!  I would go as far as to say the marketing hype and multi-day-info-trickle that was the release actually undersold how good these processors are. I’m not just comparing Team Red vs Team Blue here, but Team Red mainstream vs Team Red high end desktop…

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Asus Brings Resizable BAR Support to Z490 Motherboards

ROG Maximus XII Apex (Image credit: Asus)Resizable BAR (Base Address Register), the technology behind AMD’s Smart Access Memory (SAM), isn’t exclusive to Ryzen owners anymore. Asus has released an entire wave of new firmwares for various Z490 motherboards that enable the Resizable BAR feature. The firmware, which sports the 1002 version number, is fresh out of the oven as Asus evidently uploaded it just yesterday. The firmware is currently in the beta stage so there might be some bugs here and there. It also lacks a detailed description of the changes. We can, however, confirm that the 1003 firmware effectively…

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Best Black Friday Samsung SSD Deals

When it comes to the SSD market, there’s Samsung, and then there’s everybody else. While there are dozens of SSD brands, many of which make drives that appear on our best SSDs list, for many shoppers only a Samsung SSD will do. Perhaps that’s because, as one of the leading manufacturers of NAND Flash memory, Samsung has the ability to make its own chips and controllers at a large scale.  From the low-cost SATA-based 860 EVO to the mid-range PCIe NVMe 970 EVO and the top-of-the-line PCIe 4.0 980 PRO, Samsung has drives in every market segment. With the holiday…

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Massive 42.5-Inch 4K IPS Monitor Is Now Just $569

LG’s 42.5-inch 4K 43UN700-B monitor has an expansive IPS panel with plenty of real estate, and you can purchase this monitor today for $569, which is $130.00 below MSRP and the lowest the monitor has ever been at retail. It also comes with free shipping, which is a plus given the monitor’s absolutely massive size.  I personally own the previous-gen model of this monitor, and it’s hard to overstate how much the extra panel real estate has boosted my own productivity. With that in mind, you do have to accept that this panel isn’t a high refresh rate model –…

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Das Keyboard 4C TKL With MX Brown Hits New $111 Low

A mechanical keyboard is something a lot of casual typists don’t consider, but like how snagging a nice mattress can make all the difference for your sleep,  it’s one of the easiest ways to make your typing experience more efficient and comfortable. Maybe the reason it doesn’t occur to a lot of people is because so many of the best mechanical keyboard are decked out for gaming, but there are great typing options for productivity, too. Take the Das Keyboard 4C TKL, which is now at its lowest price ever: $111. The Das Keyboard 4C TKL is an RGB-less, aluminum-paneled,…

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No Waiting: Alienware’s RTX 3080 PCs are on Sale and Shipping

If you’re wondering where and how to buy an RTX 3080 or RTX 3070 card, your chances of succeeding in what’s left of 2020 seem slim. Most stores are constantly sold out of the GPUs and barring incredibly good luck or success from a Raspberry Pi-powered bot,  you could be celebrating Valentine’s Day without one.  However, if you’re willing to buy a prebuilt, Alienware Aurora PC, you could be playing Cyberpunk 2077 in 4K with ray-tracing on when the year’s most-anticipated game launches in early December. And believe it or not, Dell has the the Aurora configurations with RTX 3080…

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MSI’s GL65 Laptop Offers RTX 2070 Gaming For $1099

If it’s raw performance you’re after, a desktop is always the best option, but not everybody has the space for a full setup. In that case, laptops are a viable alternative for small apartments, but they often command a steep premium. Not today though. We spotted a brilliant Black Friday laptop deal on MSI’s GL65 Leopard gaming laptop, which comes packed with an Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia RTX 2070 graphics at a price of $1099 — $300 down from its regular price.   MSI GL65 RTX 2070, 144 Hz Laptop: was $1399, now $1099 at Amazon This fully-loaded laptop…

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Amazon UK Lists GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Release Date & Price

Now that multiple photos of Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards have been published by several websites, it is obvious that the launch of the product is imminent. Indeed, multiple European retailers, including Amazon UK, are already listing various GeForce RTX 3060 Ti boards and reveal such information such as release date and launch prices.  Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics cards are based on an Ampere-series GPU featuring 4864 CUDA cores that is clocked at 1410/1665 MHz (base/boost) as well as is accompanied by 8GB of GDDR6 memory. The model RTX 3060 Ti will be positioned below the GeForce…

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One Of the Best CPU Air Coolers Just Went On Sale for $69.99

AIO liquid coolers might have invaded the cooling market, but the be quiet! Dark Rock Pro 4 is still holding it down for CPU air coolers. For a limited time, the behemoth CPU cooler and its TR4 variant are available at Newegg for $69.99 after applying the promo code 23BKFCYM54M at checkout. The Dark Rock Rock 4 features a proven double-tower design. Nothing less than seven 6mm copper heat pipes diligently transfer heat away from your Intel or AMD processor into the two huge aluminum heatsinks. Two very quiet Silent Wings 3 (one 120mm and another 135mm) cooling fans continuously…

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Where and How to Buy an AMD Zen 3 Ryzen 5000 CPU

AMD’s long-awaited Ryzen 5000 line of processors finally launched last week, and like the RTX 3000 launch before it, the CPUs sold out almost instantly. Unlike Nvidia with its RTX 3000 graphics card, though, AMD is already promising more stock to come soon. Plus, since all these chips came out on the same day and are coming from the same manufacturer, we don’t have to track down different information for different models or OEMs. Still, different stores all have different approaches to selling AMD’s hottest new processors, so since we might see them restocking their supply in the near future,…

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Where and How to Buy Radeon RX 6800, RX 6800XT

The first two entries in AMD’s Big Navi line of graphics cards are finally out (the RX 6900 XT launches in December), meaning that there’s now a couple worthy contenders to Nvidia’s RTX throne. We spoke highly about both the now-released RX 6800 and RX 6800 XT in our review for these cards, praising their price-to-power ratio and their attempt to snag the best GPU crown for Team Red.  These cards are new powerhouses for AMD, packing ray tracing and hitting average frame rates of up to 93 fps at 4K across a 9-game average in our testing. But they…

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Cheap Ray Tracing: Acer Nitro 5 with RTX 2060 Now $799

If you’ve been paying attention to the graphics card market lately, you’ll know how difficult and expensive it is to buy any Nvidia RTX-enabled card. Even the base model RTX 2060, the lowest-end GPU you can get for ray tracing, is sometimes sold out and pricey, hovering around the $350 range.  So it’s a really tremendous Black Friday laptop deal now that you can score an Acer Nitro 5 laptop with RTX 2060 graphics and a slew of other amenities for just $799 at Walmart. This configuration also sports a 15.6-inch, 144 Hz screen, 16GB of RAM,  an Intel Core…

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Grab Lenovo’s Awesome 28-inch, 4K Monitor for Just $239

If you’re looking for a large, bright and colorful productivity monitor, you probably won’t find a better Black Friday monitor deal than this. Newegg is selling the 4K, 28-inch L28u-30 monitor for $239, $30 less than we’ve seen it before. Lenovo.com also has it on sale for $249 with an additional 5 percent discount available to students and teachers (which would be $237). This monitor is extremely sharp, colorful, and bright, touting sRGB gamut coverage of 99 percent and 90 percent of DCI-P3, along with 300 nits of brightness. It has ultrathin bezels and an attractive but minimalistic black chassis….