Deal of the week: Graphics, memory, and much more

We’ve got a nice collection of deals for you folks this week. Hot graphics cards with tantalizing rebates and DDR3 memory with bargain-basement price tags seem to be the recurring theme in both the States and in Canada, but there are other deals to be found.

First things first, Newegg is selling Sapphire’s Radeon HD 6950 for $259.99 before a $20 mail-in rebate. As we saw in our review last week, that card is pretty much every bit as good as the 2GB version, but it has the advantage of being more tantalizingly priced—especially in this case.

Next up: system memory, which is officially cheap again. Mushkin’s 4GB DDR3-1333 dual-channel kit is selling for only $39.99 shipped, and if you feel like putting the pedal to the metal, Corsair’s 8GB Vengeance DDR3-1600 kit (made up of two 4GB modules) is on sale for only $109.99 shipped. 4GB kits cost about that much not long ago.

On a different note, HP is currently running a promotion that lets you snip $30 off the price of its AMD Zacate-powered Pavilion dm1z ultraportable notebook. Simply head to HP’s online store, click "Add to cart," enter the coupon code "SAVE30HP" without quotes on the checkout page, and the system is yours for a cool $419.99.

What about Canada? Well, NCIX’s Big Event savings week is in full swing, and we see a decent number of interesting bargains featured. One of OCZ’s 4GB DDR3-1333 memory kits is available for $43.99 before a $10 mail-in rebate, Seagate’s 2TB Barracuda Green can be nabbed for only $79.99, Gigabyte’s GeForce GTX 460 SE costs $169.99 before a $20 rebate, and last, but certainly not least, Corsair’s Graphite Series 600T enclosure is selling for just $124.99—quite a ways below the regular $160-170. We loved the 600T enclosure when we reviewed it last year, and at that price, it’s definitely a steal.

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    • Hirokuzu
    • 9 years ago

    For those who are interested, NCIX is also offering Mushkin 8GB DDR3-1333 memory for 69.99 before a 5$ MIR.

    • tbone8ty
    • 9 years ago

    there is also a sapphire and HIS 6950 2gb for $259 with the possibility of unlocking is a much better deal than the 1gb version.

    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709%20600083901%20600007782&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Order=PRICE&PageSize=100[/url<]

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    the site with the dm1z does list it as: “1.6GHz Athlon 64 X2” not sure it it’s a typo on their part.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      That’s because that’s essentially what the CPU side of it is — a 1.6 GHz dual core Athlon 64. But you left out the most important part: E-350. [url=http://www.anandtech.com/show/4134/the-brazos-review-amds-e350-supplants-ion-for-miniitx/<]The E-350 is a Brazos part[/url<], and [url=http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/17/hp-pavilion-dm1z-with-amd-fusion-review/<]the dm1z is indeed "Fusion powered"[/url<].

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        no. essentially, it’s not the same chip at all. an athlon x2 is a different thing.I’m aware that it’s supposed to be brazos, and i know the e350 is brazos. I just also know that they originally slated teh dm1 as a neo part, and wasn’t sure if it ever got released.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 9 years ago

    A bonus from work means I can upgrade my video card. I didn’t go that fancy, though. ASUS 1GB GTX 460 with DirectCU cooling. Reviews around the web indicate that it’s a pretty quiet cooler, quieter than the stock cooler on eVGA and the like.

    [url<]http://usa.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=UATIvdWePp9oPSIk&templete=2[/url<] Dumbest product page ever, btw. [quote<]ENGTX460 DirectCU TOP/2DI/1GD5 OVERWHELMING 115% PERFORMANCE OVER-CLOCKED![/quote<] $210 after shipping. Could have spent $50 more (counting shipping cost) on a 560Ti or 6950 but we're talking about 1920x1080 on my monitor and I don't think it'll make much if any difference, even with AA enabled. We're also talking about nearly 25% more money for what is clearly not a 25% performance gain. I'm sure I'll be happy with the replacement for my 5770 regardless.

      • Firestarter
      • 9 years ago

      Well to their credit it doesn’t say that it’s 115% faster, it says ‘115% performance’ (of the original) which could very well be correct. That the general public seems be largely confused and unaware of the various ways in which such a percentage could be interpreted is something that marketers and spin doctors are probably well aware of.

      For example, say that your state levies a sales tax of 16%. Now, what will the general public think when the sales tax is raised to 19%? They’ll probably say that life is unfair now that they have to pay 3% more for everything, but that’s incorrect. They actually pay just 116 / 119 = ~1.026 times the previous price, or about ~2.6% more. If you wanted to really scare and confuse the public, you could say that the tax on products is increased by a whopping factor of 19/16 = 1.1875 or by ~19%

      I’m sorry if this post seems patronizing, I don’t mean to offend you. It’s just that it offends me that this simple play in numbers is barely understood by most, even though it’s taught in school several times.

        • NeelyCam
        • 9 years ago

        Your post was quite patronizing, and most likely missed the target – I’m thinking 85-90% of people reading TechReport are fully capable of navigating percentages, ratios and inverses. This is not facebook.

        However, considering the time your post was submitted, I’ll chalk it up to good consumables.

        • Dashak
        • 9 years ago

        You explained a marketing/political tactic very well – I didn’t think it was patronizing. Don’t listen to certain other people.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 9 years ago

        No, I agree entirely (and even though I didn’t need the explanation, I’m sure someone found it useful), I just thought that a 15% performance boost is not worth the ridiculous ALL CAPS EXCITEMENT!!!!!! I also think it was written in a misleading style exactly because of what you said. Someone somewhere is going to think it more than doubles performance.

        • insulin_junkie72
        • 9 years ago

        [quote<]For example, say that your state levies a sales tax of 16%. Now, what will the general public think when the sales tax is raised to 19%?[/quote<] At 16%, unless all the roads were paved with gold, I'd think most of the population would have fled the state by then 😛

          • Firestarter
          • 9 years ago

          I mixed up state/country a bit there, 19% sales tax is pretty normal here in Europe 😛

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            we’re 15% here in Nova scotia, canada.

      • Kharnellius
      • 9 years ago

      I personally like this one:

      [LIST]EMI Shield
      Effectively blocks 66% radiations to protect user’s health and improve graphics clarity.[/LIST]

    • indeego
    • 9 years ago

    SSK Slow Canadian Internet is a liability.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      Well, if he starts having to pay based on usage he’ll have to trim his posts…

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        f that. i’m with eastlink. they have officially stated they won’t be changing my plan, which is currently unlimited.

        I was out. Friday nights I go to dinner with friends. it’s pretty fun.

          • dpaus
          • 9 years ago

          You have friends??!!? Or do they come with the ‘unlimited’ plan?

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            I have 100000 friends. I’m not only this popular online you know. Girls love me. men want to be me. seriously. I’m amazing.

            • flip-mode
            • 9 years ago

            It’s good to be loved, am I right?

            • sweatshopking
            • 9 years ago

            yes.

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