Deal of the week: A cheaper 60GB SSD and a bargain-priced Radeon

Perhaps you remember last week’s deal of the week post, in which we featured a 60GB OCZ Agility 2 solid-state drive priced at $139.99. We’ve outdone ourselves this week, unearthing a 60GB Corsair Force SSD on sale for $129.99 with free shipping—and $119.99 after a mail-in rebate.

Just like the Agility 2, the Force F60 is based on a SandForce storage controller, and it has the exact same top transfer speed ratings: 285MB/s for sequential reads and 275MB/s for sequential writes. Corsair even offers the same three years of warranty coverage.

If you still find SSDs too rich for your blood, then today’s graphics deal might tickle your fancy. Newegg offers an XFX Radeon HD 5770 1GB graphics card for $139.99 shipped, which is already a step down from what these cards used to cost a few weeks ago. Things get really interesting when you factor in the mail-in rebate, which prunes the price down to just $124.99.

Hardcore gamers might find it more reasonable to spend the extra dough on a GeForce GTX 460 768MB, which can be had for $164.99 these days (and about $150 after rebates and shipping), but $125 is darned good for a Radeon that’s still quick enough to run today’s games at 1920×1200 with the detail cranked up. We’re talking about an XFX card with a double-lifetime warranty, too.

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    • moose17145
    • 9 years ago

    Think i will stick with my mechanical hard drives for the time being… yes SSDs are coming down in price… but i can have a terabyte of drive space for less… until SSDs get closer to price parity per GB when compared to mechanical drives, i think i will be in the mechanical drive world for a while yet. It’d be nice to have one just as a system drive… but i think i would rather just buy another couple TB of storage instead… To each their own though…

    Also i doubt i am going to see a performance difference i am going to care about… the only things i would have on the SSD if it was a system drive would be the OS and Office…. and the machine pretty much stays on 24/7 anyways… so boot time means little to me… and honestly when i have to use office… the machine is already moving faster than my slow paced brain is anyways…

    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    I just saw this is a Newegg promo email: promo code EMCYTZT182 for an extra 10% off a Gigabyte custom PCB/custom cooler GTX 460 1GB=$198 shipped-$20 MIR=$178 after MIR. The 10% off is great for those who don’t like MIRs. the card has had a perpetual $200 after MIR price for a while now, but with the MIR it’s pretty hot.

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    • NeelyCam
    • 9 years ago

    I’m sorry to say this, but I still think the $90 for an OCZ Onyx 64GB was a far better deal. The extra 33% cost of these faster drives doesn’t bring a proportional 33% increase in user experience.

    For an SSD market, going cheap at the expense of speed is the way to go – the instantaneous speed of an SSD is so far beyond what the current hard drive technology can offer, even in the low end.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      No reason to be sorry. That’s just the plain and simple truth.

      There may be a small handful of people who are actually looking for huge sequential throughput, above all else, but for everyone else, it ought to be about capacity and the price. Cheap SSDs aren’t borked stuttering ones anymore and haven’t been for over a year now.

        • indeego
        • 9 years ago

        The Onyx suck at random small writes, and aren’t better at many benches than some mechanical drivesg{<.<}g §[<http://www.techspot.com/review/313-budget-ssd-roundup/page10.html<]§

          • pakotlar
          • 9 years ago

          You should take the time to make sure that the evidence you present supports your assertion.

          • MadManOriginal
          • 9 years ago

          Rading that whole review I’d say its not bad. FC-Test is a decent pseudo-realworld benchmark, better than most synthetics, but in the actual real-world tests it’s not bad. It’s an Indilix controller, albeit not the ‘high-end’ Indilix, which was once the new hotness in SSDs. So if one is 90%looking for best $/GB then it seems ok. If I didn’t have an SSD already (deal on a 60GB Vertex 2 which has since been out-dealed :p oh well) I’d be anxiously awaiting either the NAND process shrink price drops or if I was looking sooner the Onyx 2 drives. The latter look to have a great $/GB+performance mix.

          The downside is that as NeelyCam said the $90 for that drive i]was]i a better deal…when a deal expires it’s just an academic discussion as to whether it’s better simply because the deal is no longer available.

          There is also the Intel 80GB X25-M for $165 after $30 MIR…not the performance leader any more but some people might just prefer Intel. I think when the process shrink is in full effect and we see some balancing of supply:demand street prices will settle around $1.50/GB average with budget drives coming in lower and ‘premium’ drives a bit higher but still lower than the current ~$2/GB deals.

          • stdRaichu
          • 9 years ago

          ‘fraid I have to agree with indeego here, at least for my 32GB Onyx. I use it as a boot drive in my backup server (basic debian install); the thing boots in about 5s but for installing software (pretty much the only thing on this box involving small writes) it’s noticeably slower than any of the other indilinx drives I’ve got (one vertex 30GB, two agility 120GB).

          Not to say that performance is “bad”; it still knocks a mechanical drive into a cocked hat and it’s great for the price (think mine was ~£55 a few weeks back)… but if you want more of the SSD “wow” factor I’d recommend buying a full-blown indilinx or going for a sandforce to get the 4k IOPS performance up there.

      • NeelyCam
      • 9 years ago

      Didn’t notice it before, but Onyx 32GB is only $53… Sure, the 64GB drive offers better price/GB, but for most people 32GB is more than enough for an OS drive.

      53 bucks for a massive OS responsiveness boost (vs. a mechanical drive) is an awesome deal – in some ways even better than the 64GB deal.

    • Voldenuit
    • 9 years ago

    I’m going to go out on a limb here, and predict that SF1200 drives will probably be EOL’ed when SF2000 comes out? Why? Because the bottleneck is NAND supply, not the controller chips.

    Old SF1200 drives will be priced to clear, but once the inventory is depleted, SSD makers stand to make a lot more money from coupling the new controllers in new drives and charging a premium for performance than continuing to use up their limited NAND supply to produce obsoleted products.

    Until NAND starts being overproduced (and the RAM makers have probably learnt their lesson by now), price drops (if any) will probably be gradual.

    A 120 GB SF1200 drive at $230 is pretty attractive, I’m waiting for the Onyx 2 to hit retail, because it’s suposed to be $169 for 90 GB…

    • MrBojangles
    • 9 years ago

    newegg also has the 120gb OCZ Agility 2 on sell for $235 right now that’s supposedly $100 off it normal price.Plus a $30 MIR for a grand total of $205 for a smoking fast 120gb ssd .That’s double the storage of the 60gb for far less than double even it’s sell price.Throw on only $3.99 for shipping and that’s not to shabby at all.

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    • MadManOriginal
    • 9 years ago

    Good price on the SSD, when the new controllers are released or closer to pending release from everyone we might see some really hot SSD deals especially on larger sizes. I can appreciate that many people wouldn’t find 60GB quite enough for an OS/programs dirve especially if they have more than a few recent games installed (although I am fine with a 60GB Sandforce-based drive and it is truly fantastic as an upgrade) so maybe something better than the ~$230-240 ‘deal’ prices on high performing 120GB SSDs will show up. Even once the new SSDs are out these ‘ast gen’ drives that aren’t crappy early SSDs will still be great.

    As for the GTX 460 video card…Newegg pulled a fast one there I believe. On Monday that card was $155 free shipping -25 MIR=$130 =o, then it got Slickdealed and ‘sold out’ within a day with an ETA of 10/12 then on Wednesday morning 10/6 it was back in stock with $8 shipping and a $10 higher price. Not a lot of money in absolute terms but my spidey senses told me Newegg was up to some sleaziness :/

    • south side sammy
    • 9 years ago

    DBL life time war. means when you purchase and register your card it’s covered for life. If you sell the card the buyer can also register the card and be covered for life.( whatever “life” refers to. I’ve found it means many things inre to video card warranty’s. )

    And now that XFX no longer handles nvidia products…… ????

    • SecretMaster
    • 9 years ago

    Can someone please explain the premise of a “double-lifetime” warranty? That just has never made sense to me. Is it purely marketing gimmicks meant to attract buyers? Or is there some legal techno-mumbo-jumbo defintion?

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      it means that you can sell the card, somebody else can register it, and still have the warranty. Normally once sold, you’re SOL

    • flip-mode
    • 9 years ago

    No contest: the extra $40 would be very, very well spent to grab the 460 over the 5770.

    • south side sammy
    • 9 years ago

    Too bad yesterday wasn’t Friday. They had an HIS 4770 for $139. A promo code and a rebate which brought the price down to $104 or $109. Awesome price for performance ratio.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 9 years ago

    I just bought new winter tires, I don’t need a new SSD…
    I just bought new winter tires, I don’t need a new SSD…
    I just bought new winter tires, I don’t need a new SSD…

    Darn it!

    Oh, and TR review of the F100/F120 here:
    §[<http://www.techreport.com/articles.x/19079/1<]§

      • dashbarron
      • 9 years ago

      It’s Canada: you should be able to live with your driving skills/car, heck with the tires. Get the SSD!

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    i would love that card. too bad my 4850 still does ok… wait! that’s not too bad!! that’s awesome!! i get to keep my money!!

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