AMD’s Ryzen 7 5800X3D is now selling for $290 at Amazon for Black Friday, a stellar deal on this fantastic gaming chip. The Ryzen 7 5800X3D is the hands-down best upgrade for AM4 builders, but it is still a worthy contender for new builds if you’re looking for a more value-focused chip with incredible gaming performance. The 5800X3D drops into existing socket AM4 motherboards dating all the way back to the 300-series that debuted in 2017, so it will make a great high-performance drop-in upgrade for Ryzen owners on the AM4 platform.
The 3D V-Cache tech represents an innovative engineering effort that yields the first desktop PC chip with 3D-stacked SRAM, creating a chip with an incredible 96MB of L3 cache, and to great effect: The end result is a comparatively low-power chip that delivers incredible gaming performance.
The Ryzen 7 5800X3D has much lower power consumption than the Intel competition, making it a far cooler processor that won’t require as expensive accommodations, like a beefy cooler, motherboard, and power supply. That means the 5800X3D delivers top-notch gaming performance along with a cooler, quieter, and less expensive system than you’ll get with a Core i9.
This chip has only sold for less ($270) twice in its history, each time lasting only a few days from one retailer, so you can rest assured that this deal won’t last long.
— Paul Alcorn
AMD’s Ryzen 9 5900X might be a last-gen chip, but its 12 cores and 24 threads still deliver potent performance in a range of workloads, particularly in productivity applications, and its new 50% discount for Black Friday makes it even more appealing, bringing this competent chip down to $289.
The Ryzen 9 5900X is a great upgrade for an AM4 system, providing a huge jump over many of the prior-gen Ryzen 1000, 2000, and 3000 models. Sure, this chip isn’t as fast in gaming as the Ryzen 7 5800X3D model, but it has four more cores for the same price as the X3D model and offers a more balanced profile — the X3D chips offer elite-class gaming performance but suffer from lower performance in productivity work.
— Paul Alcorn
This $17 headphone hanger integrates a 20W USB PD charger
Do-it-all devices that pull together disparate features often turn out to be junk. But it’s hard to discount a $17 (48% off) device that combines an under-the-desk headset hanger / cable holder, and a PD / QC USB charger with two Type-A ports and a Type-C (20W max). Cozoo’s device ships with both 3M tape and screws for mounting under your desk.
Given the price (and the fact that we only know this brand for various versions of this headphone holder), we wouldn’t expect top-notch power circuitry. But the device does have over 4,000 reviews, most of which are positive. Similar headphone hangers alone usually cost more than $12. So even if you only use the USB charger as an occasional backup, it’s worth the extra few buck if you’re shopping for an under-desk headphone holder anyway.
— Matt Safford
Expand the Power of your Laptop, Dock Around the Clock
If you are looking for a way to connect to more devices to your laptop then you need a reliable docking station that’s compatible with your system. If have a MacBook Air, which is port-challenged, adding a dock can add a wide breadth of connectivity options, including USB-A ports, card readers, and even Ethernet. Throw in support for HDMI and DisplayPort on some docks, and you have all you need for a “one cable solution” for the ultimate docking station.
One of the most feature-filled docking stations on the market is the CalDigit TS4. As the successor to the Thunderbolt 3-based TS3 Plus, the TS4 adds support for Thunderbolt 4. The TS4 Plus features 18 ports, including DisplayPort 1.4, a 2.5 GbE port, a UHS-II card reader, audio ports, and a host of USB-A and USB-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports. It also can deliver 98 watts of power to charge a laptop via a single cable.
It can support a single 8K monitor or two 6K monitors at a 60Hz refresh rate. Needless to say, the dock can handle just about anything you can throw at it and is compatible with both Windows and macOS devices.
The CalDigit TS4 has an MSRP of $449.95 but is currently priced at just $319.99, which is a 29 percent savings.
For those looking for a name-brand solution, look no further than the Anker 332. This 5-in-1 USB-C hub supports 5 Gbps data delivery and 85-watt Power Delivery to a laptop using an external power adapter. It features a 5 Gbps USB-C data port, two USB-A ports, and a 4K HDMI port. However, due to limited bandwidth, 4K support via HDMI is limited to just 30Hz, so keep that in mind.
The Anker 332 has an MSRP of $34.99, but exclusive Prime Day pricing takes it to just $17.99.
For a more affordable option, there’s the Anker 575 USB-C docking station (10 Gbps). It can send 85 watts of power to your laptop for charging and includes two HDMI ports, three USB-A ports, two USB-C ports (one of which supports 18-watt Power Delivery), an Ethernet port, and an SD/microSD slot. It also has a 3.5mm aux port for hooking up speakers or a headset.
It should be noted that the Anker 575 supports up to three 1080p monitors at 60Hz, dual 1440p monitors at 60Hz, or a single 4K monitor at 60Hz.
The Anker 575 typically retails for $249.99 but is currently on sale for $139.
— Avram Piltch
Save $20 on this ‘red hot’ soldering iron deal
This is the soldering station that I have on my desk and it has proven to be a dependable workhorse when I need to get lots of soldering done. For quick jobs I’ll grab a Miniware TS-101 smart soldering iron, or the Fnirsi HS-01 but when I need to do a lot of soldering, you can’t beat this soldering station.
We have a selection of soldering tips, all easily replaceable and replacements can be sourced for very little cash. The soldering iron is separate to the station, accommodating left or right handed use.
Not only do we get a soldering iron, but we also get a hot air rework station too! Using the included hot air wand we can reflow solder, or solder SMD components using hot air. It heats up quickly and you have full control over the air speed. The hot air turns off when the wand is returned to the holster. Honestly, the hot air rework is extremely useful for soldering and other maker tasks (removing glue, bending plastic and removing heatsinks from cold Raspberry Pi 5.
— Les Pounder
Save 20% and add M.2 SSDs to your Raspberry Pi 4
There are many Raspberry Pi 4 cases on the market, but this one from GeeekPi is a little different. The GeeekPi DeskPi Lite case has space for an M.2 SATA SSD which attaches to the Pi 4 via a carrier board and uses the USB 3 interface to attain high speed transfer. But that’s not all! Another board breaks out full size HDMI ports, additional USB ports and a power button (to officially get that you need a Raspberry Pi 5!)
Keeping everything cool is a large heatsink, covering the SoC, PCIe and RAM, and a fan to draw heat from the heatsink. Next to that we have a GPIO breakout which rotates the pins 90 degrees. This means that an external breakout is needed to use HATs.
The unit is wrapped in a plastic case which keeps everything neat and tidy, including ports which are now routed to the rear.
This is a fun and useful case that will keep your Raspberry Pi 4, cool and protected. More importantly it will offer fast and cheap M.2 SATA SSD storage.
Crucial’s PS5-Friendly P5 Plus 2TB SSD Drops to All-Time Low of $88
Back when we reviewed Crucial’s P5 Plus, we said it was “engineered for those seeking performance and value.” And that’s never been more true than today, when you can pick up this PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD for a new low price of just $87.99. This is for the model with a built-in heatsink that’s compatible with Sony’s PS5 console.
In our testing of the best SSDs for PS5, we gave Crucial’s newer T500 the nod as best cheap drive for the PS5, but showed that the P5 Plus performed similarly, and may be a bit cheaper. And at the moment, the T500 costs $37 more so it’s not worth stepping up to. At this price, the 2TB Crucial P5 Plus is the best cheap SSD for the PS5. And it’s a great drive for creatives and enthusiasts looking for a speedy and affordable PCIe 4.0 drive as well.
The fastest budget 3D printer we have reviewed, Sovol SV07 now has 25% off for Black Friday
FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) 3D printing is the entry point for many enthusiasts and with low cost printers such as the Sovol SV07, who can blame them? The SV07 is fast, cost effective and easy to build and use.The printer also provides auto bed leveling, so no need to adjust the bed leveling springs with a piece of paper!
The speed element is thanks to Klipper. A firmware that enables greater speed and precision than older Marlin-based printers (we’re still rocking an Elegoo Neptune 3 Pro which is an awesome printer). With Klipper and input shaping, which cancels out vibrations in the print we can print faster and retain quality. A “benchy” boat takes 22 minutes on the Sovol SV07, on our Neptune 3 Pro it takes an hour!
The all-metal Volcano style hotend, with a grippy planetary-geared extruder which provides faster flow with plenty of control. In other words we can squirt a lot of plastic out quickly and precisely.
If you are new to the world of 3D printing, then this little printer will provide a great and speedy entry to the hobby.
You can find more 3D printer deals on our best Black Friday 3D printer deals and for general tech products, drop by our page full of best Black Friday tech deals.
AMD’s flagship RX 7900 XTX GPU returns to its all-time low price
We aren’t expecting to see graphics card prices slashed this Black Friday. In fact, the price of Nvidia’s RTX 4090 has been going up in recent days, thanks in part due to export restrictions to China. Given that the Radeon RX 7900XTX is AMD’s top-end consumer competitor to the 4090, and Dell has reportedly limited its export as well, you might expect AMD’s top gaming card to be going up in price as well. But instead, at least for today, it’s back down to its lowest price ever of $889 Amazon for the Sapphire Pules RX 7900 XTX.
One nice thing is that AMD’s flagship ships with 24GB of GDDR6 VRAM, more than enough for modern games and some reassuring future-proofing for the continuing rise in VRAM usage of future AAA games. And the further it pulls away in price from Nvidia’s RTX 4080 (starting around $1,129), the more appealing AMD’s alternative card is.
— Matt Safford
50% off LG’s 34-inch, 3440 x 1440 ultrawide gaming monitor
Opting for an ultra-wide monitor for gaming and / or productivity used to be a very expensive endeavor – especially if you also wanted a high refresh rate and high resolution. And it still can be if you opt for one of Samsung’s massive Odyssey models.
But LG has come this Black Friday to tell you you get into the utlrawide game with few compromises for just $199, 50% off its $399 list price! We haven’t had the chance to review the 34WP60C, but its specs seem pretty solid.
The 34-inch, 21:9 VA panel sports a 3440 x 1440 resolution, AMD FreeSync premium, and a max 160 Hz refresh rate and 1ms motion blur reduction. HDR 10 is also listed, though with a rating of 400 nits, don’t expect the best HDR experience. Still, for $199 there seems to be little or nothing to complain about here.
Connectivity on the LG 34WP60C is provided via two HDMIs and a single DisplayPort. The stand only offers tilt adjustment (no height or swivel here) so you may want a monitor stand. And there are no included speakers, so you’ll want to pick up one of the best PC speakers to pair with this screen.
— Matt Safford
A Chance to Upgrade Your Life
It’s Thanksgiving morning here in New York, but rather than sleeping in or watching the Macy’s Day Parade, I am here scouring the web for Black Friday tech deals. Each of my four monitors has a purpose (group chat, CMS work, hunting new deals, checking our site), I’ve got my caffeinated beverages at the ready and my Black Friday 2023 playlist going on Spotify playing “Eye of the Tiger.” I’m genuinely excited to be doing this, because it gives our readers a fresh opportunity to upgrade both their computers and their lives. And that’s what keeps me going every day.
I think about my own tech life and how, even small tech upgrades, have made a giant difference in my day-to-day experience. Last Black Friday, I beefed up my monitor game and now I’m able to get more done with four different 4K displays, three of which have wide color gamuts that make viewing images on them a pleasure. On that day, my sister-in-law looked at my wish list and ordered me an awesome set of Drop Dasher keycaps which are so comfortable that I’m able to type faster for longer.
Perhaps your tech life upgrade will be a small one such as a USB hub, a mouse or a new laptop charger. But it could be a major PC component like an SSD, all the parts for a PC build or an entire laptop. And it’s not just your life that you can upgrade. With the right gift, you can really change the game for a friend or family member. Giving your mom a comfy wrist rest that costs less than $15 might be a life-saver for her.
For 27 years at Tom’s Hardware, we’ve lived for the thrill of helping you find and use tech products which can make your days better. This Black Friday, we’re going to make sure you can find that tech at the best prices possible.
So what kinds of Black Friday tech deals are most exciting this year? As always, there’s some particularly great opportunities to upgrade your storage and your monitor.
We’re tracking all of the best Black Friday SSD deals and Black Friday monitor deals on separate pages. However, our favorites are the Samsung 990 Pro, the leading PCIe 4.0 SSD, available in 2TB and 4TB capacities for just $119 and $249 respectively, both all-time lows.
On the monitor front, our overall favorite gaming monitor, the Dell S3222DGM has fallen to $239, its lowest price ever. This curved, 32-inch display outputs at 2560 x 1440 resolution at 165 Hz. Best of all, its VA panel provides amazing contrast levels (nearly 4000:1 in our tests).
— Avram Piltch