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  1. Alder Lake won't just be the first to bring an x86 hybrid architecture to desktops; the processors have also been pegged to leverage the high-velocity PCIe 5.0 interface. Coreboot (via Komachi_Ensaka), an open-source substitute for UEFI, seems to contain valuable information on the potential PCIe configuration that we could see on Alder Lake. Early rumors claimed that the 12th Generation Alder Lake processors would support both the PCIe 5.0 and PCIe 4.0 standard, and Tim Wawrzynczak's assessment of the code seems to confirm that. However, the code specifically references Alder Lake-P (ADL-P), so it's uncertain if the same setup will translate over to the Alder Lake-S lineup. We still have no idea what Alder Lake-P will be, but some think it could be Intel's Atom P-series or a mobile chip. In any event, a previous coreboot patch revealed that Alder Lake-P could max out at 14 cores, six Golden Cove cores, and eight Gracemont cores. Alder Lake-P appears to provide a flexible PCIe layout. The processor reportedly offers one PCIe 5.0 x8 lane or two PCIe 4.0 x4 lanes. It would appear that neither interface supports bifurcation, meaning you can't split up the PCIe 5.0 lane or get the PCIe 4.0 lanes to operate at x8. Nonetheless, both are backward compatible with previous-gen devices. download (1).jpg A single PCIe 5.0 x8 lane might sound lackluster at first, but it actually provides plenty of bandwidth. PCIe 5.0 x8 is essentially equivalent to PCIe 4.0 x16; therefore, the interface is good for up to 32 GBps of bandwidth, which is more than any consumer PCIe-based device can consume. Only AMD's Ryzen 3000 and Ryzen 5000 mainstream processors have embraced the PCIe 4.0 standard at this point. Intel's imminent Rocket Lake should change that panorama. There are quite a few mainstream PCIe 4.0 products, including graphics cards and M.2 SSDs, on the market right now. Tests have shown that even the fastest graphics cards have yet to saturate a PCIe 3.0 x16 interface, much less PCIe 4.0. M.2 SSDs, on the other hand, have been able to exploit the extra bandwidth that PCIe 4.0 brings to the table. We expect the PCIe 5.0 situation to play out the same.
  2. Inadvertently, Gigabyte may just have confirmed the existence of not only a 20 GB RTX 3080 Ti but also a 12 GB RTX 3060 card. That may not sound like a big deal at face value, but if you ask me, it's something that's certainly worth getting excited about. The information comes from a new EEC listing -- one that covers a plethora of cards. Details are scarce at this time, but the following product names tell enough of a story: Gigabyte's RTX 3080 Ti 20GB Models: GV-N308TAORUSX W-20GD GV-N308TAORUSX WB-20GD GV-N308TAORUS X-20GD GV-N308TAORUS M-20GD GV-N308TGAMING OC-20GD GV-N308TVISION OC-20GD GV-N308TEAGLE OC-20GD GV-N308TTURBO-20GD GV-N308TAORUS-20GD GV-N308TGAMING-20GD GV-N308TEAGLE-20GD GV-N308TVISION-20GD GV-N308TTURBO OC-20GD Gigabyte's RTX 3060 12 GB Models: GV-N3060GAMING OC-12GD GV-N3060EAGLE OC-12GD GV-N3060EAGLE-12GD GV-N3060VISION OC-12GD GV-N3060VISION-12GD GV-N3060GAMING-12GD The EEC listing also covers a few 'regular' RTX 3080 models and AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT units, but those aren't what's interesting today, of course. By now, this isn't the first time we've heard of these cards. The public has been asking for them for a long time now, and there have been rumors aplenty. Asus also accidentally listed similar models a few days ago, so reasons to doubt this listing are starting to dwindle. But what makes these high-capacity cards interesting is their likelihood to stand up to the test of time. It's no industry secret that Nvidia's cards often lead the charge when it comes to running today's titles, but many also believe that AMD GPUs tend to 'age like a fine wine' much better. The reason for that is that AMD happily chucks more memory aboard its graphics card designs than Nvidia does, which helps with future games that require larger buffers. So if you're like me, and you keep your graphics cards for a long, long time, then it might be worth the patience to sit on your pennies a little longer for these cards to come out. Earlier rumors indicated that the RTX 3080 Ti might just pack the same 10,496 CUDA core count as the RTX 3090. However, no information is available yet about the GPU configuration of the alleged RTX 3060 -- though the word on the street is that it will come in 6 GB and 12 GB variants. With these EEC listings up, chances are we'll be seeing the aforementioned cards announced soon. Of course, for official information, you'll have to sit tight a little longer until Nvidia's announcement comes around.
  3. Skikk, a maker of gaming PCs from the Netherlands, has begun listing notebooks with Nvidia's GeForce RTX 30-series graphics processing units inside. The laptops are said to be available in Q1 2021, which confirms a suggestion that Nvidia intends to introduce the first mobile GPUs powered by its Ampere architecture at CES in mid-January. Skikk lists eight laptops based on Intel's 10th Generation Core CPUs equipped with a 15.6-inch or 17.3-inch displays that pack Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060 with 6GB of GDDR6 memory, GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q with 8GB of GDDR6 memory, and GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q with 16GB of GDDR6. The systems are priced at €1,699 ~ €2,599 depending on configuration, as discovered by @momomo_us/Twitter. The PC supplier does not disclose the actual specifications of Nvidia's upcoming mobile GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs. Still, memory configurations can actually reveal several things about the upcoming products, assuming that these configurations are accurate. Firstly, none of the graphics solutions use GDDR6X memory, which suggests that the mobile RTX 3080 GPU is not based on the GA102 processor, which supports this type of DRAM. Secondly, given the fact that the mobile RTX 3080 carries 16GB of GDDR6, it features a 256-bit memory bus. Therefore, it is highly likely that the mobile GeForce RTX 3080 and the mobile GeForce RTX 3070 (which is accompanied by 8GB of GDDR6) are indeed powered by the GA104 chip. Thirdly, as the GeForce RTX 3060 is coupled with 6GB of DRAM, it has a 192-bit memory bus and thus either uses Nvidia's GA104 in a cut-down configuration or the company's yet-unannounced GA106 processor. Skikk did not publish images of these laptops, so it most probably does not have them at hand right now, which is logical given that they are set to ship in the first quarter. Typically, European companies do not build notebooks but order them from large OEMs like Clevo or Sagger. That said, assuming that one of the Dutch laptop retailers plans to start shipments of GeForce RTX 30-powered machines in Q1 2021, it is more than likely that others will follow around the same time.
  4. It's been a few years since we posted our review of Corsair's K95 RGB Platinum mechanical gaming keyboard, but everything we liked about it back then still applies today. Only now it is quite a bit cheaper—Best Buy has the K95 RGB Platinum marked down from $199.99 to $109.99 (save $90). We have never seen it priced lower than this, even during Black Friday, when it dropped to $129.99 at Amazon. It was a good deal then, and an even better one now. The only caveat is that the discounted price applies to the gunmetal color option (the black variant is priced at $159.99 at Best Buy). This is an excellent plank built around Cherry's MX Speed key switches. It's a linear switch built for fast-paced gaming, with a 4mm travel distance and 1.2mm actuation point. These switches are also relatively quiet, especially compared to something like Cherry MX Blue switches. Don't be put off by this being a slightly older model at this point. It is still a full-featured gaming keyboard, with six textured gaming/macro keys on the left-hand side, dedicated media keys (including a volume roller), RGB lighting, 8MB of onboard memory to save up to three profiles, USB 2.0 pass-through, and a detachable wrist rest. It also features a lightweight aluminum frame. There are cheaper mechanical keyboards out there, even with this discount in play. However, the K95 RGB Platinum is one of the better built and more well rounded keyboards.
  5. Even though most people are probably done shopping for the year, there are still plenty of great deals to be had on the best gaming laptops. Dell produces most of its gaming laptops under its Alienware branding, but there are a few models with the usual Dell label, like the excellent G5 and G7 series. Now you can get one of Dell's high-end G7 laptops for $1,349.99—a savings of $500 from the original MSRP. The model on sale is equipped with an Intel Core i7-10750H processor, a 6-core/12-thread CPU with a turbo frequency of 4.8GHz. Other specifications include 16GB RAM, a 1TB NVme SSD for storage, a 720p webcam, and Thunderbolt 3 support. The main standout feature is the 15.6-inch 4K screen, though it only supports the standard 60Hz refresh rate, while most 1080p/1440p laptops in this price range work at 120-240Hz. Graphics performance should be excellent, thanks to the built-in Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU. Since this is the Max-Q variant, with lower power requirements to prevent laptops from overheating (or requiring large fans/coolers), it's not quite as powerful as the regular or desktop versions of the 2070. Still, it can push enough pixels for a great gaming experience at the native 4K resolution with some games.
  6. Logitech's original G502 Proteus Core launched several years ago and, through a few iterations since then, has remained a popular rodent. This eventually led way to one of our favorite wireless mice—the G502 Lightspeed, which is marked down to $99.99 at Amazon right now. It's been selling for that price for a few weeks now, and has gone under our radar until today. The discounted price is $50 below its MSRP, and nearly matches its all-time low of $94.99. It's also the lowest price around by at least $20. The G502 Lightspeed is armed with Logitech's latest and excellent 25,000 DPI Hero sensor (upgraded from the 16,000 DPI sensor in the model we reviewed last year). According to Logitech, it offers 10x the power efficiency of previous generations, and in our testing, the mouse charges quickly—from nearly empty to 100 percent inside 90 minutes. You can expect up to 60 hours of battery life from a single charge with the lighting turned off, or up to 48 hours with RGB enabled on the logo and DPI status LED. This is also one of Logitech's mice that lets you choose between a free-spinning scroll wheel, or a more traditional stepped spinning. I own the wired version of this mouse and find myself switching between the two—free-spinning is great for web browsing, while the stepped spinning mode is better suited for gaming, in my experience. There are 11 programmable buttons in all. It also boasts an adjustable weight and balance system, with six included weights that you can jam into the undercarriage. All in all, this is a great wireless gaming mouse.
  7. If you're looking for performance on a budget, check out this discount on the Intel Core i9-10850K processor. As of today, it's marked down to $399 from its usual price of $539. When we reviewed this chip back in September, we noted its similarities to the Core i9-10900K in performance while appreciating its lower price point. This discount juxtaposed to the already notable price-range makes this one of the best processor deals we can find. If you'd like to compare, check out our best CPU deals page for more offers and discounts on name-brand hardware. This offer is part of our effort to share the best deals on tech we can find throughout the holiday season. This edition is compatible with Intel 400 series motherboards. It was first released in July of 2020, making this one of the lowest prices we've seen but still not the lowest price ever for this processor. It has 10 cores and a total of 20 threads. Its base operating speed is listed as 3.6 GHz with a maximum speed of 5.2GHz when unlocked. Check out the Intel Core i9-10850K product page at Amazon for more details and checkout options.
  8. Nvidia's Ampere architecture has just fairly recently arrived to consumers (at least for those who've managed to find it in stock), but that hasn't stopped leakers from figuring out what's next on Nvidia's agenda, at least for its future gaming architectures. Tweeted on new rumored specifications for Nvidia's future "Lovelace" AD102 chip, which might include 144 SMs and 18432 CUDA cores with around 66 TFlops of computing performance. Beware, this is entirely based on rumors, and with how little we know about Nvidia's next GPU architectures, there's a huge chance most of this info is wrong. But, at least this post can give us some clues as to where Nvidia is headed. One part of this rumor that does make sense is the codename "Lovelace"; Jensen a few years back at CES of 2018 was wearing a T-shirt with several names of popular mathematicians all through history. And with Nvidia's love for codenaming architectures with names of mathematicians, many believe Jensen was leaking the names of future architectures on his T-Shirt. One of those names was Lovelace. If you don't know who Lovelace was, her full name was Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace. Daughter of English poet and politician Lord Byron, she is better known as Ada Lovelace. She was an English mathematician and writer in the early to mid-1800s, known for her work on Charles Babbage's mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Due to this computer's ability to run algorithms and the inclusion of a memory system, it was deemed as one of the first real computers that could think logically. Lovelace was also responsible for writing an algorithm (possibly the first) designed for the Analytical Engine, and thus is deemed one of the world's first computer programmers in history. It would be a tall order, but let's hope Nvidia's Lovelace architecture can live up to her name. if the rumors are true for this AD102 chip, Lovelace has a theoretical 71% performance increase over the Ampere architecture. Plus, if Nvidia can significantly increase Lovelace's performance per watt, we could see performance improvements that rival Pascal's release. If you were wondering about Nvidia's other rumored architecture, Hopper, it seems right now that both Hopper and Lovelace are in the works. What makes Hopper interesting is its multi-die design, which would be a first for Nvidia. What we could see is Lovelace being Nvidia's gaming architecture, as one die decreases latency, then we could see Hopper as being a data center exclusive. Again, take this all with a grain of salt, as rumors on both Lovelace and Hopper are so early into Nvidia's development of its next GPUs that we really don't know what is fact just yet.
  9. The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of our favorite laptops of this last year, and in these after Christmas sales it's down to the most affordable price I've seen this lovely little machine retail for. With a tasty $300 slashed off the traditional price of this machine it's down to just $1,150 today. That's cheaper than we've ever seen it retail for on Amazon, where the lowest it's ever gotten is some $1,340. Considering the tech on offer in the Zephyrus G14 that's a pretty impressive drop in price. Part of that is going to be down to the fact that we're going to be treated to both new Nvidia gaming laptop graphics cards and new mobile AMD CPUs in the new year. But that doesn't change the fact that if you're in the market for a new gaming laptop right now, and one that's eminently portable (a lot of high-end gaming laptops really aren't), then the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is a great choice. The svelte design, picking the 14-inch form factor that barely gets a look-in these days, is relatively classy by traditional Asus Republic of Gamers standards, and it wouldn't look out of place in the office. But thanks to the powerful AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor, with eight cores and 16 threads, paired up with the Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q design GPU, you'll be able to get your game on during your lunch break. Or in the middle of that dull meeting. The G14 also comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a capacious 1TB NVMe SSD, and a 120Hz refresh rate slapped onto that 14-inch display. It really is a lot of laptop squeezed into a refreshingly slight frame.
  10. A Bilibili user (via harukaze5719) has posted a thread over at the Bilibili forums that expose the purported specifications of three Intel 11th Generation Rocket Lake-S processors. The chips are engineering samples that the user claims to have picked up on the black market, so final specifications will likely differ from those shown. The first processor corresponds to the Core i9-11900, which comes equipped with an eight-core, 16-thread configuration and a 16MB L3 cache. The base clock is set at 1.8 GHz, while the single boost clock peaks at 4.5 GHz. The all-core boost on the Core i9-11900 appears to top out at 4 GHz. The Core i9-11900 is a 65W processor, but that's just the PL1 (power level 1) rating. The PL2 value is actually configured to 224W. Both the Core i7-11700K and Core i7-11700 share the same core specifications as the Core i9-11900. In the case of the Core i7-11700K, the chip reportedly flaunts a 3.4 GHz base clock and a 4.8 GHz single base clock. The all-core boost clock is a bit lower at 4.3 GHz. Coming as no surprise, the Core i7-11700K features a 125W PL1 and a 250W PL2 rating. Lastly, the Core i7-11700 allegedly checks in with a 1.8 GHz base clock but has a single boost clock that reaches 4.4 GHz. The all-core boost clock, however, is stuck at 3.8 GHz. Like the Core i9-11900, the Core i7-11700 also abides by the 65W PL1 and 224W PL2 restrictions. According to the Bilibili user, the default XMP frequency for Rocket Lake-S is DDR4-3200. However, it was possible to pair the processors with DDR4-4133 memory on an unspecified B560 motherboard. This is a fascinating discovery as it appears that Intel might have enabled memory overclocking on the B560 chipset. If true, this would be a revolutionary change in the right direction since the chipmaker's lesser chipsets are historically limited to the officially supported memory frequency for that specific generation of processors. For example, existing B460, H470, and H410 motherboards are limited to DDR4-2933 memory modules, which are the Comet Lake-S processors' official specifications. It's a known fact that Rocket Lake-S will wield Cypress Cove cores, which, according to Intel, will offer double-digit instruction per cycle (IPC) improvements. On the graphics side, a previous leak spoke of four potential setups for the 11th Generation chips. The Rocket Lake-S SKUs will feature Xe graphics with either 32 EUs or 24 EUs, while the Comet Lake-S Refresh models will land with UHD Graphics 630and 610 with 24 EUs and 12 EUs each, respectively. Intel has established the launch date for Rocket Lake-S in the first quarter of next year. However, rumors claim that we might see an announcement as early as CES 2021.
  11. Asus (via Twitter user HXL) has inadvertently confirmed the memory specifications for Nvidia's forthcoming GeForce RTX 3060 and RTX 3080 Ti graphics cards. Although we've heard multiple rumors of the graphics cards, Asus is the first Nvidia partner to acknowledge their existence. Apparently, Asus has already added the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3060 12GB and ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3080 Ti to its support database. The entries are at the bottom of the drop-down list, suggesting that Asus must have added the graphics card recently. The entries don't lead to anywhere, for now; however, the part numbers do lend credence to some of the rumored specifications that have made their rounds around town. The GeForce RTX 3060 rumors already pointed to the possibility of a 6GB and 12GB model. The ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3060 12GB seemingly confirms the existence of the 12GB variant. Nvidia's decision to slap introduce 12GB of GDDR6 memory on the GeForce RTX 3060 seems way overkill, considering that the higher-up models, such as the GeForce RTX 3070 and GeForce RTX 3080 perform admirably with their 8GB and 10GB configurations, respectively. download (1).jpg It's always handy to have an abundant amount of memory on a graphics card since it allows you to push up into the higher resolutions and enable more eye-candy in games. In the GeForce RTX 3060's case, however, it seems like an unnecessary measure that would just add to the cost of the graphics card. Even the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, the closest relative to the GeForce RTX 3060, does just fine with its 8GB of GDDR6. Fortunately, Nvidia will reportedly offer the GeForce RTX 3060 with a 6GB setup as well, which will likely be the favorite flavor for many mainstream gamers. However, it would have been better if Nvidia had upped it to 8GB since 8GB is pretty much the standard in the contemporary gaming world. The rumors paint the GeForce RTX 3080 Ti as a cut-down version of the GeForce RTX 3090 with less memory and bandwidth. The graphics card reportedly features the same 10,496 CUDA cores but lands with 20GB of GDDR6X memory instead of 24GB. The memory supposedly runs at the same 19.5 Gbps, albeit across a narrower memory interface. Looking like business as usual, Asus will give the GeForce RTX 3060 12GB and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti the ROG Strix treatment. The graphics card will come in both standard and overclocked flavors. However, the Ampere-powered offerings trickle down to Asus' other families of graphics cards, such as the TUF and Dual series.
  12. Intel appears to be testing more and more of its future Rocket Lake processors, as more engineering samples have been spotted by @harukaze5719 on Twitter; including the flagship Core i9-11900K, a higher clocked i9-11900, and a new i7-11700. But perhaps the best news of all is that Intel has seemingly unlocked B560 to allow full overclocking support. In the past, Intel's lower-priced B series of motherboard chipsets were always locked to prevent users from overclocking their CPUs and memory. Instead, you had to hike up and grab a more-expensive Z series board to unlock those features. Fortunately, though, this looks to be changing with Rocket Lake and its associated 500 series chipset boards. Harukaze5719 was able to run a 4133MHz XMP profile on a B560 motherboard on a Core i9 11900K and Core i9-11900, both of which are engineering samples. download (1).jpg This is the first time we've seen the top-end Core i9-11900K engineering sample in the wild. According to Harukaze579, this chip has a base frequency of 4.3ghz and a turbo clock of 4.8ghz. This is promising because if the core frequencies are this high on an engineering sample, we could be seeing some crazy high turbo clocks on the official SKUs. There also appears to be a new i9-11900 engineering sample floating around with a much higher frequency than the QVJ1 model we've been seeing. This model features a significantly higher base clock of 4 GHz (compared to 1.8Ghz) and a boost frequency of 4.5 GHz (before it was 3.8Ghz). Harukaze5719 also shared a Cinebench R20 score for another Rocket Lake SKU, the Core i7-11700, which has a 3.8Ghz base clock along with a 4.3Ghz boost. It scored a multi-threaded score of 4672 points and 529 points in the single-threaded benchmark. For comparison, the multi-threaded score managed to just beat the Ryzen 5 5600X barely by a few hundred points. However, the single-core score is much more favorable and the i7-11700 managed to beat Intel's flagship i9-10900K Comet Lake-S SKU. Next year will be very interesting for Intel. It looks like AMD's relentless competition is finally forcing Intel's hand in allowing its B series boards to overclock, which AMD has done on its B series boards since 1st Gen Ryzen. But, will backporting a new architecture to 14nm really pay off? We'll have to wait and see.
  13. Unlike many of its peers, MSI didn't give an early glimpse of its custom-designed AMD Radeon RX 6800/6900-series graphics cards well ahead of release, instead only showcasing its reference boards. That doesn't mean the company had no plans to release appropriate products, though. In fact, MSI is prepping a range of its Gaming series Big Navi-powered solutions with quite an impressive design. There's a catch, though: due to the short supply of AMD's Navi 21 GPUs, MSI will only offer custom Gaming series cards for now. Hours before Christmas eve, MSI finally showcased its custom Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT Gaming X Trio graphics cards on its YouTube channel (via VideoCardz). The company didn't demonstrate its top-of-the-range AMD offering, the MSI Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming X Trio, but implied the card is still in the works. That's not particularly surprising because all Navi 21-based graphics cards can use very similar printed circuit board (PCB) designs, making it easy to develop a product family. download (1).jpg MSI's Radeon RX 6800-series Gaming X Trio graphics cards use an extremely oversized PCB design featuring a 16-phase VRM and two eight-pin auxiliary PCIe power connectors. Given the 16-phase VRM, MSI's Radeon RX 6800/6800 XT graphics boards are long and tall, which is why they will require a spacious chassis. download (2).jpg MSI's representative said the company hadn't finalized the PCB design for the Radeon RX 6900 XT Gaming X Trio. Still, considering that it is showcasing an image of a Radeon RX 6800 XT Gaming X Trio board with three power connectors on its website, we can make some assumptions about where MSI is going with its AMD-based flagship. In a bid to maximize the performance of its custom Big Navi graphics cards, MSI naturally equipped them with rather massive 2.7-wide cooling systems. The coolers comprise several aluminum heatsinks 'interconnected' using six copper heat pipes that directly contact the GPU. Traditionally for Big Navi-based products, MSI's Radeon RX 6800/6800 XT Gaming X Trio graphics cards feature three fans, some of which will stop under light loads. Obviously, there is a backplate and a special holder that prevents the card from bending. As far as display outputs are concerned, MSI equipped the boards with three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and one HDMI 2.1 port. Like other CPU makers these days, MSI didn't announce MSRPs for its products, as actual pricing will depend on supply and demand. There's another thing to point out, too: If MSI does not begin volume production of its Gaming X Trio-series Radeon RX 6000-series products in January for whatever reason (e.g., not enough GPUs or other components), it will not begin until after the Chinese New Year, which is on February 12. As a result, the new boards might not arrive until March, over two months from now.
  14. The latest standalone CPUs and GPUs might be in short supply (relative to demand), but the same can't be said for gaming laptops, which are plentiful. That also means there are bargains to be had. One of them is this Gigabyte Aorus 15P laptop with a 15.6-inch display and 144Hz refresh rate. Adorama has it priced at $1,249.99, which is actually a decent value all by itself. However, if you scroll down on the product page, you will see a link for a $100 mail-in-rebate offer. Just have it filled out and postmarked by December 31, 2020, and you're golden. download (1).jpg In addition to a fast display, the Aorus 15P pairs an Intel Core i7 10750H Comet Lake processor (6C/12T, 2.6GHz to 5GHz, 12MB L3 cache) with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU. That is a potent combination, and for less demanding titles (especially esports games), taking advantage of that 144Hz refresh rate is a real possibility. Other features include 16GB of DDR4-2666 memory, a 512GB SSD (NVMe, PCIe 3.0), and RGB backlighting on the keyboard. Connectivity options include three USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, a USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, GbE LAN, SD card reader, 3.5mm audio, mini DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0. If you do not want to muck with a mail-in-rebate, Acer's similarly configured Predator Triton 300 is on sale at Newegg for $1,199.99. The Predator Triton 300 rocks the same CPU and GPU combo, but has an even faster 240Hz display. It's a tough ask for the hardware to take full advantage of display's refresh rate in more demanding games, but for titles like Fortnite and Counter-Strike Source: Global Offensive, getting into triple-digit framerate territory is doable. This one also comes with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, along with two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (Type-A and Type-C), mini DisplayPort 1.4, and HDMI 2.0.
  15. Gamers on a budget deserve pretty things too. Which is why it's great that, as of today, you can pick up the black version of the RGB-heavy Asus ROG Gladius II mouse for $49 at B&H. There's also a pink version available, but the lowest price we could find for it is $69. Be sure to check back throughout the season as we continue to share the best holiday tech deals we can find. The Asus ROG Gladius II gaming mouse has a 12,000 DPI optical sensor, and you can adjust the DPI using a DPI adjustment button that's right under the scroll wheel. It also has a polling rate of 1000 Hz, uses a detachable braided cable and connects using a USB Type-A interface. There are also 3 side buttons that can be programmed with custom macros. What really stands out here is the Asus Aura Sync RGB lighting, which surrounds the scroll wheel and the bottom of the mouse and can be customized through Asus' Aura Sync app.