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The BEST 2021 Cyber Monday Deals on PC Hardware!

Cyber Monday 2021 Sales! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best 2021 Cyber Monday deals from Newegg and Amazon.

A while after Black Friday caught on, online retailers introduced Cyber Monday in order to get in on the action. Over time, it became established, and now Cyber Monday is basically just a second Black Friday that happens a few days later!

Newegg has been one of the most consistent sources for Cyber Monday sales on PC hardware, but there are a handful of worthwhile deals on Amazon as well. So we’ve taken a look at what both sites have available, and narrowed it down to their best-listed PC hardware deals.

Please note: Some of the best 2021 Cyber Monday deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

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The BEST 2021 Black Friday Deals on PC Hardware!

2021 Black Friday is upon us, with deals from Amazon, Newegg, and more! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best 2021 Black Friday deals on computer hardware, from Amazon, Newegg, and B&H Photo Video.

Black Friday is a weird ‘holiday’ where a large number of retailers all around the world have their biggest sales of the year. Newegg has been one of the most consistent sources for Black Friday sales on PC hardware, but there are a few good offers to be found on Amazon and B&H as well.

This list includes 2021 Black Friday sales from Amazon, Newegg, and B&H mixed in together. Basically, we’ve taken a look at what all three sites have available, narrowed them down to the best 2021 Black Friday deals on computer parts overall, and listed them all right here on a single convenient page.

Please note: Some of the best deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

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Intel’s Alder Lake: The Phoenix Emerges

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Ever since Intel won every race in the universe with the launch of Sandy Bridge back in 2011, they have been slacking. AMD’s tortoise needed six long years, but it overtook the sleeping Intel hare in 2017, leaving behind a lot of room for jokes at Intel’s expense.

But Intel, like all other large tech corporations, does have a solid engineering team tucked away. And the only thing that engineers need is time. Intel has been trailing AMD for four years, but that changed with the Alder Lake CPU launch a few nights ago.

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Newegg’s Black Friday Week Deals 2020

Newegg’s 2020 Black Friday Week sales! These are Logical Increments’ picks for the best Black Friday Week 2020 deals from Newegg.

The year 2020 has been very turbulent, and many people are working from home these days. For those of us wanting to upgrade our PCs (or buy completely new ones), Black Friday and Cyber Monday represent the best times to get the best deals on PC hardware. What does 2020 bring? Let’s take a look!

Please note: Some of the best deals are dependent on rebates. Such rebates are reliable, but only if you follow the instructions exactly and submit everything on time, so better be careful!

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Table of Contents for Newegg’s Week-long Black Friday Deals:

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The November 2020 Memory and Storage Update

Prices for various PC parts often have a huge range, depending on items quality, performance, and availability. Some CPUs are $100, some are $1000, and some cannot be bought for love or money. Some other items have a much smaller range of prices, and this can be seen when we look at PC memory and storage (including RAM and hard drives). Memory and storage are offered by a large number of sellers, and thus the options are competitively priced. Most options that are similar in speed and capacity tend to be close to each other in price, making it easy to track and compare.

With time, long-term and short-term computer memory always sees a downward trend in price, with the only exception being when a factory is burned or flooded or something. Once certain items (or capacities) can be reliably found for a particular price, we overhaul our memory recommendations to recommend better/larger components, for the same price.

Along those lines, let us take a look at some recently changed recommendations:

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The Logical Increments September 2020 Update

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If you missed the nVidia Ampere reveal, you can read a recap here. Ampere, like nVidia’s previous ~2-3 generations of chips, should be really good. Just… be sure to stay realistic and not to get your hopes up too high, or believe too deeply in marketing material. Every modern product launch promises to dramatically alter your life, but few genuinely deliver.

While we wait for the new cards to launch and undergo benchmark testing, we have some other updates:

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Lopsided Memory Channels: Uneven RAM Set-ups Explained

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Recently, we talked about memory channels: What they are, what they do, and why modern computers have multiple. But what happens when you aren’t using the common one or two identical sticks in each channel? What if you have one channel with one stick, and another with two? What if you aren’t using RAM from just one RAM kit, so you have one 4GB stick and one 8GB stick? Some claim that all your RAM works in single-channel mode under such circumstances, but how is that possible when you are physically using more than just one channel on the motherboard?

In this article, I will explain what happens when a different amount of RAM is installed into each of multiple memory channels on a motherboard (when memory channels are populated unevenly).

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RAM Channels Guide: The What, and The How

If you’ve ever taken a look at a product page for sticks of RAM, or at the specifications for a CPU or motherboard, you’ve probably seen “memory channels” mentioned.

For many beginners, this sparks questions like, “What’s the deal? Does dual-channel mean I can only use two sticks? What do multiple channels do that one channel doesn’t? Can I use quad-channel RAM on a dual-channel motherboard?”

The answers to those questions and more can be found below, so read on!

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