Deal of the week: Nvidia's GeForce 9600 GT

— 3:07 PM on February 22, 2008

We already reported on the availability of Nvidia's new GeForce 9600 GT graphics card when it came out yesterday, but it's also an ideal contender for our deal post. One can already nab "factory overclocked" versions smack in the middle of Nvidia's launch price range ($169-$189). That's the case of today's star deal, eVGA's 512-P3-N862-AR "Superclocked" GeForce 9600 GT, which Newegg sells for $179.99. eVGA has bumped the card's core clock speed from 650MHz to 675MHz, leaving other attributes—64 stream processors, 512MB of 900MHz GDDR3 memory, and the G94 graphics processor's 256-bit memory bus—untouched. However, the company also offers lifetime warranty coverage and a step-up program for users who might decide to upgrade again later.

Based on how we've seen the GeForce 9600 GT perform in our labs (our review is coming soon), this card should deliver performance close to that of the famed GeForce 8800 GT. After all, aside from a lower stream processor count, the 9600 GT's specifications are competitive with that of its big brother. With a price a good $40-50 or so lower than that of the cheapest 8800 GT 512MB variants, the 9600 GT is a bargain for those looking to build a gaming rig on the cheap.

Our second contender for the deal post today is Samsung's 750GB SpinPoint F1 hard drive, which is on sale at Newegg for $149.99. This model is slightly cheaper than comparable 750GB offerings from other hard drive makers like Seagate and Western Digital, and based on what we've seen from the 1TB SpinPoint F1, it should be speedier and quieter, too. The SpinPoint F1 line features three-year warranty coverage and support for 300MB/s Serial ATA transfer speeds and Native Command Queuing.

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