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By 22 June 2021
Not everyone has an Amazon Prime subscription, so here are the best non-Amazon deals for Prime Day.
Amazon’s Prime Day sales event isn’t just confined to Amazon’s own website—many other retail stores run their own discounts simultaneously. In fact, many of the same discounts available on Amazon right now are mirrored across other stores. Even if you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can still upgrade your PC setup on the cheap right now.
In this roundup, we’ve compiled the best deals on PC gaming-related items (no Instant Pot here) from non-Amazon stores. No matter if you don’t want to pony up $99/year for Prime, or just don’t want to give Jeff Bezos more money, here’s all the good stuff you can get from other retailers right now.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 | RTX 2070 Super | 1TB SSD | Intel Core i9 |
$2,499.99 $1,899.99 at NewEgg (save $600)
It may sound like a little much for a laptop with an RTX 2070 Super, but we're living in strange times. The ROG Strix Scar 15 is a decent laptop that's sure to pump out great frames at 1080p, regardless of its previous generation GPU. There may not be a webcam, but with a 300Hz screen and 1TB of storage, it's sure to scratch that gaming itch.
Dell G15 | RTX 3060 | Intel Core i7 | 512GB NVMe SSD | 1080p 120Hz |
$1,428.99 $1,126.99 at Dell (save $302)
The Dell G15 is a great entry-level gaming laptop that excels in 1080p gaming. While the 512GB NVMe SSD isn't the biggest you'll still benefit from decreased load times and overall fast speeds that make HDDs look like snails.
Dell G15 Ryzen Edition | Ryzen 7 5800H | RTX 3060 |
$1,458.99 $1,249.99 at Dell (save $209)
The Ryzen Edition of the G15 sports some fine Ryzen eight-core mobile silicon, and pairs it with one of the latest Nvidia RTX 30-series laptop GPUs. With that you get a 165Hz 1080p screen, 16GB DDR4-3200 RAM, and a 512GB NVMe SSD. It's a pretty killer spec for the money, especially where we are in the current gaming hardware market.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 | RTX 2060 | 1TB SSD | 4K 60Hz |
$1,550 $1,249.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
Despite having a last-gen GPU, the Zephyrus M15 is a great midrange 1080p gaming laptop with a gorgeous 4K display. If you care more about resolution than framerate, this is the laptop for you.
Alienware Aurora R10 | Ryzen 7 5800 | RTX 2060 Super |
$1,869.99 $1,499.99 at Dell (save $370)
Were graphics cards more plentiful it would be tough to recommend a $1,500 gaming PC with just an RTX 2060 Super inside it, but that is the only weak point in this otherwise excellent setup. The eight-core, 16-thread Ryzen is a great chip, and the 32GB DDR4-3200 RAM paired with the 1TB NVMe SSD makes this a quality productivity machine. You'll want a new GPU sooner rather than later, but everything else is good for a long while.
ABS Master Gaming PC | Intel i5 10400F | RTX 3060 | 512GB SSD |
$1,299.99 $1,199.99 at Newegg (save $100)
Sadly, it feels like any gaming PC that hasn't taken a massive jump in price because of the GPU shortage is kind of a win. This ABS Master machine pairs one of Intel's best six-core budget CPUs with the Nvidia RTX 3060, 16GB DDR4-3000, and a half terabyte SSD. The RTX 3060 is a decent mainstream card, and in the current climate that makes it rare as hens' teeth. The GPU itself is doing the rounds on Ebay for near $800 on its own.
Alienware Aurora R10 | Ryzen 7 5800 | RX 5600 |
$1,409.99 $1,199.99 at Dell (save $210)
The Ryzen-based Alienware Aurora machines use the same stylish chassis as their Intel cousins, but come filled with AMD components. This PC in particular is an all-AMD system, with the eight-core, 16-thread 5800 and 6GB RX 5600 graphics card backing it up. That's good for 1080p gaming and the 16GB dual channel DDR4-3200 RAM helps make it a decent workstation, too. Though you'll want to add an SSD to the included 1TB HDD storage.
LG Ultragear | 1440p | 165Hz | HDR10 |
$349.99 $249.99 at Walmart (save $100)
It's pretty wild what you can get for under $300 nowadays. The LG Ultragear offers a specs bang in the PC gaming sweet spot: 1440p and 165Hz. The speed to deliver a smooth experience and a competitive edge combined with the fidelity of 1440p. HDR10 is simply icing on the cake.
Samsung T350 Series | 24-inch | 75Hz | 1080p | FreeSync |
$149.99 $109.99 at Best Buy (save $40)
Chasing a secondary monitor for your home setup, but don't want to pay through the nose? Or maybe you just need to replace that rubbish 1080p TN screen you've been putting up with for years. This Samsung IPS screen has a 75Hz refresh, which genuinely feels slicker than the standard 60Hz and comes with AMD's frame-syncing tech supported out of the box.
Crucial BX500 | 1TB | SATA | $65.06 at Newegg
This drive normally hovers around $85-97, but now you can get it for just $65. It's a great choice as a secondary games drive, or a new main drive for an older PC.
Crucial P5 | 1TB | NVMe | $95.99 at Best Buy (save $80)
This super-fast NVMe SSD from Crucial is a great primary drive for your PC, with read speeds of 3400 Mbps.
Samsung 870 QVO | 2TB | SATA | $179.99 at Best Buy (save $40)
If you value storage space over speed, or you're looking for an SSD to replace your games HDD, this 2TB drive from Samsung is a great option at $40 off.
Razer Kiyo Pro Webcam | $159.99 at Best Buy (save $40)
Razer's high-end webcam with a wide-angle lens and impressive light sensor is $40 off right now at Best Buy. That doesn't quite match the $48 off discount currently available at Amazon, but it's close.
Razer Basilisk X Wireless Mouse | $34.99 at Best Buy ($25 off)
This is one of the cheapest gaming mice around with low-latency wireless support, and you still get a 16K DPI optical sensor and excellent battery life. It also has Bluetooth as an option, so you can use it easily with any PC (and most tablets) when you're not gaming.
Logitech G305 Lightspeed Wireless Mouse | $29.99 at Best Buy (save $20)
This gaming mouse is even cheaper, and still supports low-latency wireless, but it has a slightly worse sensor than the above-linked Razer model. Still a good deal, though.
Razer Battle Bundle | $69.99 at Best Buy (save $81)
This hardware bundle from Razer includes a BlackShark V2 X gaming headset, a Gigantus V2 textured mouse pad, and DeathAdder V2 wired gaming mouse. It's a great way to pick up must-have accessories for a new PC (or replace your old stuff) at a discount.
Corbin is a tech journalist and software developer, based in North Carolina. He plays a lot of Planet Coaster and Fallout.
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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
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.
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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.
News Source: TUM_APISAK
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Get this HP gaming PC for only $550 while stock lasts – Digital Trends
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
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.
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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