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ASRock leaks four unannounced 2nd-gen AMD Ryzen processors

Motherboard maker ASRock has a history of prematurely spilling the beans about hot new hardware, and it’s at it again. An update to the compatibility chart for the company’s AB350M Pro4 motherboard lists the names and basic specification details for four unannounced 2nd-gen Ryzen processors. The new Ryzen chip listings were first spotted by Tech Report and span the Ryzen 3, Ryzen 5, and Ryzen 7 lineups. Here are the details ASRock provided on the new chips: Ryzen 3 2300X:…

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Amazon’s huge one-day PC hardware sale has graphics cards you can actually afford, and more

Amazon’s going for it again. The online retailer is running a huge PC hardware sale for today only, and there are some stellar deals to be had for computer enthusiasts of all sorts—but especially for gamers. Some of these deals wouldn’t be bargains in a perfect world. But in this alternate universe where we’re barely crawling out of the great graphics card crisis, the return to standard pricing definitely counts as a win. With that in mind, our first highlight is…

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The WD Black 3D, our favorite NVMe SSD, drops under $100 in an unprecedented sale

If you absolutely, positively need the fastest storage possible, few options topple the blistering speed of an NVMe SSD. There’s just one problem: The cutting-edge, gumstick-sized drives typically cost far more than hard drives and even standard SATA SSDs. But not today. As part of Amazon’s huge one-day PC hardware sale, the 250GB Western Digital Black 3D—our favorite NVMe SSD—is available for $93.49, a $26.50 discount from its usual $120 cost. The 500GB model is also on sale for its…

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New GeForce graphics cards inbound? Nvidia will discuss its next-gen GPU at Hot Chips

Despite months of swirling rumors and the recent two-year anniversary of the GTX 10-series’ arrival, Nvidia has never hinted that a new generation of GeForce graphics cards even exists, much less announced a potential release window. But it wasn’t in doubt, and now it’s official. Stuart Oberman, Nvidia’s vice president of GPU ASIC engineering, will host a presentation on “Nvidia’s Next Generation Mainstream GPU” at the annual Hot Chips processor conference on August 20, as first noticed by Videocardz. Chip…

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Newegg’s selling a 500W Cooler Master 80 Plus Bronze certified power supply for only $17.60

Power, unlimited power is great for taking over a galaxy, but to run a standard gaming PC you probably only need 500 watts or so. Today, we’ve got a heck of a deal for budget-conscious gamers and other desktop PC users looking for a solid power supply. Newegg’s selling the Cooler Master MWE Bronze 500 Watt 80 Plus power supply for $17.60. To get that price you’ll have to string together a promo code with a $20 mail-in rebate, but…

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Acer Predator Orion 9000 Review & Rating

Our configuration of the Acer Predator Orion 9000 (starts at $2,499; $7,999 as tested) is so expensive that it shares a pricing tier with only a handful of other gaming desktops. However, it has some serious chops to back up that price: an insane 18-core processor, dual Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, and a complement of other premium parts fit for 4K gaming and any project you can throw its way. Since alternatives in this price range like the…

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Logitech’s booming MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth PC speakers are $70 today, 30 percent off

Audio is a crucial, yet often unappreciated part of computing. Processor power and graphics goodies may get all the headlines, but if the sound sucks, so does the general experience, no matter if you’re gaming, watching a movie, or just listening to music. Today, Amazon’s got a good deal on a decent pair of Bluetooth speakers. The Logitech MX Sound 2.0 speakers are $70 right now, which is $30 cheaper than usual. We reviewed these speakers in December, and while we…

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Watch us build a $360 Intel-based gaming PC

Intel’s 8th-generation CPUs are mighty tempting, but their prices can seem daunting at the high-end. Not all hope is lost, however, if you want to go Team Blue and stick to a budget. We found a way to build an 8th generation Intel-based gaming machine with discrete graphics for $360—and we’ll assemble it live on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook next week. Parts list  The first step of any build is always choosing the parts. Our components may raise a few…

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Best Buy’s selling an Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop for a ludicrously low $600

Just last month we were singing about the wonders of laptop price drops to make room for the latest generation of Intel Core chips. Now the price on one of our favorite laptops from that roundup is even lower. The Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop is $600 at Best Buy right now. Last month, we were excited when the price hit $700, which is where the Amazon price still is. You almost never see gaming laptops selling this cheaply.  For that…

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Tune into the Full Nerd ep. 53 live at 1:30 p.m. Eastern today

The Full Nerd is a video talk show where technology enthusiasts come together to explore, celebrate, and generally geek out on cool PC hardware technology, from CPUs to GPUs to extreme laptops and desktops—and all the tech in between. We’re shooting the 53rd episode today! We’ve got a lot on tap: And of course, we’ll answer plenty of questions from the audience. Tune in live at 1:30 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. Pacific on any of the platforms below to…

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Guess how much this Asus ROG monitor with 4K, HDR and 144Hz G-Sync will set you back

More than a year in the making, Asus has finally detailed when its long awaited G-Sync HDR 4K gaming monitor will ship—and for how much. On Wednesday, Asus said the ROG Swift PG27UQ will finally begin shipping in June with a list price of a smooth $2,000, the same as Acer’s rival Predator X27 G-Sync HDR display. If you just did a spit-take of Diet Coke, know that the PG27UQ will feature: 27-inch diagonal width 1,000 nits of brightness in…

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