Hardware Sales - R9 380 4GB for $180, High-End Display, and Sennheiser Headset

By Published January 31, 2016 at 12:01 pm

The R9 380 has fallen hard in price since its launch, spurred-on by the 380X's same-priced launch, and MIRs have further bolstered its affordability. 1440p monitors, meanwhile, are still expensive – but include enough high-end features and discounts to be worth serious configuration. Our sales items for the weekend look at both of these items – a PCS R9 380 for cheap and 1440p display – in addition to a high-end headset.

PowerColor PCS+ R9 380 4GB ($180): After $20 MIR, the 4GB version of the R9 380 is priced at $180 – a fair step down from its launch price of nearly $240. AMD's driver support has improved substantially since our initial R9 380 review, something we talked about in the 380X review, and the card is now a stable, sub-$200 powerhouse. We'd recommend the R9 380 for users building entry-to-mid-level systems. The GTX 960 is the alternative to most consider.

ASUS MG278Q 27” 144Hz 1440p Display ($410): Marked down from a list price of $600, ASUS' MG278Q is one of the highest-end gaming monitors presently in the space. We use this one in our lab for FreeSync testing. 1440p serves as a middle-ground between the nigh-impossibly powered 4K and common 1080p resolutions, and the 144Hz frequency offers fluidity for competitive FPS gamers.

Sennheiser GAME ONE PC Headset ($140): Two major pro-audio companies have begun pushing into the games space – Audio-Technica and Sennheiser – with high-end gaming headsets. We've used a few of them thus far, and generally have the opinion that the “Game One” headset, for all its capslock, is effectively a high-end pair of cans with a mic strapped on. Worthwhile for anyone seeking high-quality audio and sound throughput.

That's it for this sales round-up. Check back throughout the week for yet more case reviews, following the Manta, and a couple other cool items.

- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.

Steve Burke

Steve started GamersNexus back when it was just a cool name, and now it's grown into an expansive website with an overwhelming amount of features. He recalls his first difficult decision with GN's direction: "I didn't know whether or not I wanted 'Gamers' to have a possessive apostrophe -- I mean, grammatically it should, but I didn't like it in the name. It was ugly. I also had people who were typing apostrophes into the address bar - sigh. It made sense to just leave it as 'Gamers.'"

First world problems, Steve. First world problems.

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