Our own Geoff Gasior wrote a pretty interesting story about declining solid-state storage prices yesterday. One of the highlights was a graph that ranked a plethora of drives by their median cost per gigabyte over the past week. I'd like to thank Geoff, because that graph made my job of putting together this week's deal post a lot easier.
According to the rankings, the drive that costs the least per gigabyte is OCZ's Agility 4 256GB, which Newegg currently sells for $169.99 with free shipping, or about 66 cents per gig. As if that weren't cheap enough, Newegg throws in a $20 mail-in rebate that knocks the price down to just 59 cents/GB. And the e-tailer offers an SSD upgrade kit, which normally sells for $17.99, free of charge to those who purchase the Agility 4. (Just add the SSD to your shopping cart, and the free upgrade kit should show up alongside automatically.)
The Agility 4 is a 6Gbps Serial ATA drive with a Marvell controller and respective read and write speeds of 420MB/s and 410MB/s. It's covered by a three-year warranty. As for the upgrade kit, that includes an external drive enclosure, Acronis imaging software, and a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter, which should all come in handy if you're transitioning your system drive from mechanical to solid-state.
If you're looking for games to load up on your shiny new SSD, then you may want to check Amazon's PC downloads section. There, you'll find Borderlands 2 for $49.99 (10 bucks off the usual price) and the highly addictive Sleeping Dogs for just $29.99. The same games will set you back $59.99 and $49.99, respectively, on Steam right now.
Our Canadian readers can nab the 256GB Agility 4 over at NCIX for the same price as their American counterparts: $149.99 after a $20 mail-in rebate. More Canadian deals are available for your perusal on NCIX's Thanksgiving Sale Event page.
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