Deal of the week: $1/GB solid-state storage and more


— 2:11 PM on July 8, 2011

We've got a cornucopia of deals for you this week, starting with an eye-popping bargain on a 64GB solid-state drive. Kingston's SSDNow V100 64GB currently retails for $114.99 at Newegg, but it comes with a whopper of a mail-in rebate that cuts that down to just $59.99. Provided everything goes smoothly with the rebate, you're looking at paying just under a dollar per gigabyte, which must be some kind of new record. This is a rather decent drive, too, with TRIM support, three years of warranty coverage, and top rated read and write speeds of 250MB/s and 145MB/s, respectively.

If you're one of those folks who hasn't yet seen the light of discrete audio, this next deal really ought to make you reconsider. Asus' Xonar DG sound card is still selling for $34.99 at Newegg, but a $10 mail-in rebate brings it down to a scant $24.99. At that price, you owe it to yourself to check the Xonar out. Our review and blind listening tests show that the Xonar DG isn't just markedly superior to integrated audio; it actually sounds slightly better than higher-priced sound card, as well.

For those putting together new gaming rigs in preparation for Battlefield 3, Rage, and Skyrim, Antec's Nine Hundred Two enclosure is also on sale. Normally priced at $119.99, the case can be had for $99.99 shipped if you enter the promo code "EMCKCKC34" on the checkout page, and a $20 mail-in rebate can knock that down to a cool $79.99.

We'd be remiss not to point out that A-series APUs and accompanying motherboards are now available and quite cheap. For example, you can nab the AMD A6-3650 for $119.99, pair it up with ASRock's A75M-HVS microATX motherboard for an extra $69.99, and top it off with a 4GB kit of Kingston DDR3 RAM for $33.99. You've now got the makings of a compact little casual gaming or home-theater rig.

NCIX has some deals equally worthy of note in Canada. The Xonar DG is available with the same $10 mail-in rebate, which knocks it down to $22.25 CAD—slightly cheaper than in the States. Corsair's 8GB Vengeance DDR3-1600 kit can be snatched for $69.99, too, and Western Digital's 500GB, 7,200-RPM Scorpio Black mobile hard drive (a TR Editor's Choice winner) is on sale for a cool $58.99. More potential bargains can be perused on NCIX's Wild Savings Week page.

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