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Black Friday 2021: The best PC gaming deals – PCWorld

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The last couple of years have been tough for the semi-traditional Black Friday deal hunt. The pandemic has put a damper on the yearly in-store shopping rush, and now supply chain problems are making it difficult to find computers, consoles, GPUs, and all sorts of other things. So buying some gear (let alone at a discount) has been a challenge. Nonetheless, while you still can’t find a PS5 or an RTX graphics card on store shelves for love nor money, shoppers should be able to grab some Black Friday gaming deals on PC and console accessories.
A combination of semiconductor shortages, a cryptocurrency market boom, and annoying scalpers have driven up demand for both recent game consoles and graphics cards. That means that if you’re hunting for a deal on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, new OLED Switch, or any kind of Nvidia or AMD graphics card, you’ll be disappointed. Frankly, you’ll be incredibly lucky just to find these items in stock at their retail prices. 
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Other gaming items, especially individually sold games themselves, will be less affected. You should still be able to find deals on most computer components (with the possible exception of the newest and most powerful CPUs), and gaming accessories like keyboards, mice, monitors, speakers, and controllers. Stock may be more limited—and prices somewhat higher—than experienced shoppers are used to. 
What follows is our catch-all omnibus for gaming hardware. PCWorld also has dedicated Black Friday deal pages for mice, keyboards, monitors, standard laptops, Chromebooks, and all sorts of other stuff.
Microsoft
From: Best Buy
Retail Price: $299.99
Best Buy appears to have a solid stock of Xbox Series S units shipping to at least some areas, with a smattering of retail availability. Other retailers might also have a few units, but don’t hold out for a Series X.
Xbox Series S at Best Buy
Nintendo
From: Best Buy
Non-bundle price: $370
Now: $300
The Switch is still hard to find years after its initial launch. This bundle includes a digital copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and three months of Nintendo’s online service, a value of about $70, for the base price tag of the Switch alone.
Nintendo Switch bundle at Best Buy
HP
From: HP.com
Was: $650
Now: $550 ($100 off)
This Ryzen-powered entry-level gaming PC won’t bust any benchmarks, but it’s a great place to start if you’re on a budget. You can add a GTX 1660 Super graphics card for under $100, or a newer RTX 3060 for just $320.
See the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop at HP.com
iBuyPower
From: Best Buy
Was: $1000
Now: $850 ($150 off)
Not only is this a perfectly good starting place for a gaming desktop, with enough power to play most games at low-to-medium settings, it’s got tons of room for improvements later. It also comes with a decent mouse and keyboard!
Buy at Best Buy
iBuyPower
From: Best Buy
Was: $3200
Now: $2600 (25% off)
If you’re ready to step up to the big leagues, this pre-built machine has some of the most powerful parts around, including an 11th-gen Core i7 processor, RTX 3080 Ti graphics card, and a 1TB M.2 SSD.
Buy at Best Buy
ABS
From: Newegg
Was: $1300
Now: $1100 ($200 off)
This mid-range desktop is running an older graphics card, but otherwise has some pretty great parts and a great platform for more powerful upgrades.
Buy at Newegg
HP
From: Newegg
Was: $1450
Now: $869 ($580 off)
This smaller HP desktop is running an older CPU-GPU combo, but its 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Wi-Fi 6 wireless, and USB Type-C port make it a great choice for those who want an all-around work PC that can also handle a few games.
Buy at Newegg
Lenovo
From: Walmart
Was: $910
Now: $699 (23% off)
Entry-level gaming laptops are hard to find, especially with big screens. This Lenovo model will handle most games at low settings without breaking the bank thanks to its GTX 1650 GPU.
See the Lenovo Legion 5 at Walmart
Asus
From: Best Buy
Was: $1850
Now: $1500 ($350 off)
This beefy laptop from Asus includes a blazing-fast Core i9 processor, an RTX 3060 graphics card, a 1TB SSD, and 16GB of memory. With a 165Hz 2560×1600 screen that’s considerably better than 1080p, it’s a steal.
Buy at Best Buy
Razer
From: Best Buy
Was: $2300
Now: $1400 ($900 off)
Razer has a reputation for svelte high-end gaming laptops. This one uses an older RTX 2070 GPU, but it’s rocking an amazing 4K OLED screen, which goes a long way to make up for that.
Buy at Best Buy
Dell
From: Best Buy
Was: $1150
Now: $880 ($270 off)
This Ryzen-based laptop includes both an RTX 3050 Ti GPU and a 120Hz screen, making it an ideal machine for mid- and low-end games and eSports.
Buy at Best Buy
Asus
From: Walmart
Retail Price: $799
This laptop is such a good deal for its specs — 11th-gen Core i5 processor, RTX 1050 GPU, 512GB SSD, all for well under a grand. Unfortunately it’s not available everywhere.
Buy at Walmart
Gigabyte
From: Newegg
Was: $3000
Now: $1900 (after $300 rebate)
This high-end laptop with a 15-inch 4K OLED screen, 11th-gen Core i7 processor, and a beefy RTX 3080 graphics card is over a grand off its retail price. Unfortunately $300 of that is in the form of a mail-in rebate.
Buy at Newegg
MSI
From: Adorama
Was: $1050
Now: $849 ($200 off)
This budget laptop isn’t anything particularly noteworthy at its retail price. But with a couple of hundred bucks off, its 11th-gen Core i5 and RTX 3050 combine great with a 144Hz screen.
Buy at Adorama
Acer
From: Amazon
Was: $840
Now: $685 ($155 off)
With a low-end GPU and a year-old processor, this gaming laptop won’t handle every high-end game at max settings. But at this price, who cares? That 144Hz IPS screen is gorgeous, and you should be able to upgrade the paltry RAM and storage for a song.
Buy at Amazon
Samsung
From: B&H Photo
Was: $170
Now: $120 ($50 off)
It’s not a great time to look for most PC upgrades, but you can at least get some hyper-fast SSD storage at a nice discount.
See the Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2 SSD at B&H
Samsung
From: Best Buy
Was: $140
Now: $100 ($40 off)
This newer but slightly slower SSD can be had for an even better price.
Samsung 980 M.2 SSD at Best Buy
Sandisk
From: Best Buy
Was: $230
Now: $80 ($150 off)
And if you’re looking for an even better deal, there’s a Sandisk version of the same design and the same capacity at an even lower price.
Buy at Best Buy
Western Digital
From: B&H Photo
Was: $250
Now: $155 ($95 off)
SSDs are great for speed, but good old-fashioned spinning plates can’t be beat. B&H is offering a steep discount on this Western Digital Red Plus hard drive, at capacities from 1TB all the way to an incredible 14TB.
But at B&H Photo
AMD
From: Best Buy
Was: $449
Now: $369 ($80 off)
AMD’s Ryzen processors are great for gaming, and this is one of the better ones with a sweet discount.
Buy at Best Buy
AMD
From: Amazon
Was: $359
Now: $280 ($80 off)
This slightly more affordable Ryzen chip is still a fantastic powerhouse thanks to an octo-core design, and an included cooler and embedded GPU make it a great choice for a system that’s not exclusively focused on gaming.
Buy at Amazon
G.Skill
From: Newegg
Was: $65
Now: $55 ($10 off)
This cheap and not especially speedy RAM set is a great way to give your PC a memory boost. Buy two (if your motherboard can support it) for 32GB total.
Buy at Newegg
From: Kingston.com, various prices
Kingston
Kingston’s online shop has some great discounts on speedy laptop RAM modules. If you’re in the mood for an upgrade (and if your laptop actually has memory that can be upgraded by the user), it’s a great chance to stock up.
Buy at Kingston.com
NZXT
From: Best Buy
Was: $100
Now: $60 ($40 off)
This straightforward PC case is a favorite among PC builders, thanks to a generous tempered glass window and great cable routing.
Buy at Best Buy [Currently unavailable]
Fractal Design
From: Newegg
Was: $125
Now: $95 ($30 off)
This more button-down case is popular among builders who want tons of expansion and configuration options. You can get an extra $5 off with the coupon code BCMAY2296.
Buy at Newegg
From: Amazon
Was: $299
Now: $299 with free $50 voucher
Facebook Technologies
The Quest 2 is one of the best-value VR headsets around and, although the price hasn’t dropped, the deal has been sweetened with a $50 Amazon voucher when you enter the code OCULUS50 at checkout. Note that it can only be used against items sold by Amazon, not third-party sellers.
Buy at Amazon
Razer
From: Target
Was: $150
Now: $75 (50% off)
Okay, technically this is a mobile accessory, a fantastic little clip-on controller for your Android phone. But it’s also a really great companion to streaming services like Xbox Game Pass, Nvidia GeForce Now, and Stadia.
Buy at Target
HyperX
From: Target
Was: $50
Now: $30 (40% off)
This lightweight wired headset is great if you want a few marathon gaming sessions on a budget.
Buy at Target
Elgato
From: Walmart
Was: $200
Now: $150 ($50 off)
If you’re looking to get your stream on, this card is great at taking video from game consoles (or even another PC) and throwing it up for online platforms like Twitch.
Buy at Walmart [Currently unavailable]
HyperX
From: Target
Was: $140
Now: $84 (40% off)
Unlike some of the more popular options, this gaming-focused condensor microphone comes with a built-in anti-vibration shock mount and pop filter.
Buy at Target
Microsoft
From: Microsoft
Was: $180
Now: $140 ($40 off)
This official controller from Microsoft is the ultimate in comfort and customization for any game that doesn’t work well with a mouse and keyboard. Despite the Xbox branding, it works great on PC and mobile.
Buy at Microsoft
Most of the major retailer suspects are already offering deals on gaming gear, and the major PC manufacturers are offering some of the same discounts they generally do. Some of these are labeled as “early Black Friday deals,” some aren’t, but there are discounts to be found either way.  
What follows is our catch-all omnibus for gaming hardware. PCWorld also has dedicated Black Friday deal pages for mice, keyboards, monitors, standard laptops, Chromebooks, and all sorts of other stuff.
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Intel’s Flagship ARC Alchemist Gaming Graphics Card With 32 Xe Cores Spotted: On Par With NVIDIA RTX 3070 Ti, Up To 2.1 GHz Clocks – Wccftech

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A brand new entry of Intel’s flagship ARC Alchemist Gaming graphics card has been spotted within the SiSoftware Sandra database.
The Intel ARC Alchemist graphics cards for desktop PCs are scheduled for a launch in the coming months. Despite being so close to launch, Intel hasn’t shared a lot of info regarding product specs, names, and performance although they had several opportunities to do so with the most recent one being CES 2022. Instead, Intel decided to announce that 50+ desktop and notebook systems from its partners will be ready for launch.
Intel warns users to NOT overclock their non-K Alder Lake CPUs, cites “Damaging”
With that said, a brand new entry of Intel’s flagship ARC Alchemist graphics card based on the Xe-HPG architecture has been leaked within the SiSoftware Sandra database. The new entry is for the 32 Xe SKU (DG2-512) which features 4096 ALUs and a clock speed of up to 2.10 GHz. There’s also 4 MB of L2 cache and the GPU most likely features 16 GB of GDDR6 memory configured along a 256-bit wide bus interface. It’s easy to tell that this is still an engineering sample considering that it has no official branding attached to it whereas the ARC A380 has already shown up in SANDRA with its naming scheme.
As for performance, the Intel ARC Alchemist flagship graphics card scored up to 9017 Mpix/s which is slightly above the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti that scored 8369.51 Mpix/s. The AMD Radeon RX 6800 scores 10,607.29 Mpix/s in the same benchmark while the Radeon RX 6700 XT scores 7910.91 Mpix/s. The Intel ARC A380 scored 2956.10 Mpix/s. So we know that the flagship is over 3 times more powerful than the entry-level DG2-128 graphics card which should be correct considering it packs 4 times more cores.
Here’s Everything We Know About Intel’s ARC Alchemist Graphics Lineup
Intel will have at least three configurations of ARC Alchemist GPUs ready for launch in Q1 2022. These will include two configurations based on the top 512 EU die and one configuration based on the 128 EU die. Although there are more GPU configs that we have seen in leaks, it looks like those may be used in future products though that cannot be confirmed. So let’s start with the top-end configuration.
Intel Xe-HPG 512 EU ARC Alchemist Graphics Card
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The top Alchemist 512 EU (32 Xe Cores) variant has just one configuration listed so far and that utilizes the full die with 4096 cores, 256-bit bus interface, and up to 16 GB GDDR6 memory featuring a 16 Gbps clock though 18 Gbps cannot be ruled out as per the rumor.
The Alchemist 512 EU chip is expected to measure at around 396mm2 which makes it bigger than the AMD RDNA 2 and NVIDIA Ampere offerings. The Alchemist -512 GPU will come in the BGA-2660 package which measures 37.5mm x 43mm. NVIDIA’s Ampere GA104 measures 392mm2 which means that the flagship Alchemist chip is comparable in size while the Navi 22 GPU measures 336mm2 or around 60mm2 less. This isn’t the final die size of the chip but it should be very close.
NVIDIA packs in tensor cores and much bigger RT/FP32 cores in its chips while AMD RDNA 2 chips pack a single ray accelerator unit per CU and Infinity Cache. Intel will also have dedicated hardware onboard its Alchemist GPUs for Raytracing & AI-assisted super-sampling tech.
The Xe-HPG Alchemist 512 EU chip is suggested to feature clocks of around 2.2 – 2.5 GHz though we don’t know if these are the average clocks or the maximum boost clocks. Let’s assume that it’s the max clock speed and in that case, the card would deliver up to 18.5 TFLOPs FP32 compute which is  40% more than the RX 6700 XT but 9% lower than the NVIDIA RTX 3070.
Also, it is stated that Intel’s initial TDP target was 225-250W but that’s been upped to around 275W now. We can expect a 300W variant with dual 8-pin connectors too if Intel wants to push its clocks even further. In either case, we can expect the final model to rock an 8+6 pin connector config, The reference model is also going to look very much like the drone marketing shot Intel put out during the ARC branding reveal. That reference design was leaked a while back by MLID too. There’re also talks about a custom lineup being worked upon by Intel’s AIB partners.
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Get this HP gaming PC for only $550 while stock lasts – Digital Trends

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Gamers who are planning to buy a new machine shouldn’t settle for regular desktop computer deals, as some of these PCs won’t be able to meet the strict requirements of today’s games. To avoid disappointments, you should instead invest in gaming PC deals, which currently include HP’s $100 discount for the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop that brings its price down to just $550, from its original price of $650.

The HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, like the best gaming desktops, combines performance and style in a package that will fulfill the needs of most gamers. The sleek design of the gaming PC comes with customizable LED lights, which you can adjust depending on your preference. The computer also comes with a robust power supply that keeps it ready for any component upgrades, and a thermal system that keeps it cool and quiet even while you play games at the highest settings.
In Digital Trends’ guide on how to buy a gaming desktop, your decision starts with the processor. You won’t be let down by the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, which is equipped with the AMD Ryzen 3 processor alongside the AMD Radeon RX 5500 graphics card and 8GB of RAM. With Windows 11 Home pre-installed, you’ll be able to install and play today’s games as soon as you set up the gaming PC with your monitor and other accessories.
For an affordable gaming PC that will be able to run the latest games, you can’t go wrong with the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop. It’s an even better option because of HP’s $100 discount, which brings its price down to just $550 from its original price of $650. Stocks could run out at any moment though, so if you’re already looking forward to playing your favorite titles on the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop, don’t hold yourself back. Click that Buy Now button as soon as you can.

You surely won’t regret going for the HP Pavilion Gaming Desktop as your next gaming PC, but if you want to check out other options for comparison’s sake, we’ve got your back. Here are some of the best gaming PC deals that you can shop right now, so you won’t have to go anywhere else.
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Stray Will Be Released On PlayStation And PC In Early 2022 – Lowyat.NET

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Little was known about the indie title called Stray, besides the fact that you play a cat. The first, and last time we saw anything about the game was back in 2020, during a PS5 games showcase. The developers at BlueTwelve Studio have since released a new gameplay trailer, during the Annapurna Interactive publisher showcase.
The memes about Stray being a cat simulator were partially accurate, based on the new trailer. For the most part, you do play the game as a regular cat. An injured kitten, separated from your family, as the trailer describes. You traverse the gameplay areas with feline agility, and solve puzzles using typical cat mischief, which involves breaking stuff along the way.
Stray becomes more typical video game-like a little later, once you encounter your friendly robot sidekick, fittingly named B12. You then gain the ability to “talk” to the strange android-like inhabitants of this unfamiliar world. But to keep the fact that you play as a cat in focus, you still get to pull typical feline mischief, like scratching on furniture, and rub up against the legs of some of the robots.
Stray
You can check out the four-and-a-half minute trailer for yourself. While the game was first slated to be released sometime this year, BlueTwelve has announced that it is pushing the release of Stray back to early 2022. And while it was first shown as part of the PS5 game showcase, the game will also be available for the PS4 and PC.
(Source: Annapurna Interactive / YouTube)
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