Deal of the week: 3.5 cents/GB, some RAM, and SSDs

Word around the web is that supply of hard drives might tighten up in the second half of this year. That’s all the more reason to enjoy mechanical drive deals while they last. As luck would have it, we’ve found one such deal while scouring this week’s ongoing sales at Newegg.

Normally sold for $79.99, Seagate’s Barracuda Green 2TB hard drive can currently be nabbed for $69.99 with free shipping if you enter the coupon code "EMCKDHF22" on the checkout page. 2TB for $70 shipped works out to a mind-boggling 3.5 cents per gigabyte. This drive has 64MB of cache and a 6Gbps Serial ATA interface, although its 5,900-RPM spindle speed means it probably should be resticted to mass-storage applications.

Shoppers in search of a quick, responsive boot drive may want to consider Kingston’s 96GB SSDNow V+100 drive, which is currently selling for $154.99 shipped with a generous $50 mail-in rebate attached. In other words, you might be able to snag it for $104.99 if that rebate check ever comes in the mail. Not too shabby.

On a side note, memory is still dirt cheap. Kingston’s 4GB DDR3-1333 ValueRAM kit is a pretty good example; I’m seeing it listed for only $38.99 with free shipping right now.

What’s happening north of the border? Well, NCIX is running another one of its trademark sale events: the Sizzling Summer Super Sale. Deals include a bundle package made up of two 60GB OCZ Solid 3 SSDs on sale for $219.99 CAD, or $199.99 CAD after a mail-in rebate. You can run these drives as a RAID-0 array, which should mean a single 120GB volume and performance higher than with a single drive.

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    • Cyco-Dude
    • 8 years ago

    the rebate check on the kingston drive should come as long as you fill everything out correctly and include the upc. i got mine a few days ago (took about six weeks). can’t beat it for the price; plenty fast enough for everyday home use. boot up takes less than 20 seconds (was 40 before), and starcraft loading is a lot snappier (especially alt-tabbing). aggressive internal garbage collection means even if your os doesn’t have trim support, the drive will still take care of itself.

    i’ve read nearly all of the reviews for this ssd; non of them are what i would call “horrible”, in fact it’s quite the opposite. the drive suffers from poor random 4k performance and no ncq; ncq in home use is a non-issue. the drive is fine in real-world tests; i’m satisfied with mine. anyone looking to get an affordable ssd with solid performance would be wise to give this a close look.

      • mesyn191
      • 8 years ago

      Yup got mine a couple of days ago. I sent in my rebates (got 4 of the 96GB SSD, 2 from Amazon and 2 from newegg) back in late May so this was actually a pretty fast turn around for a rebate, usually they stretch things out.

      The checks were weird though. They came as what was essentially a postcard that you could cash after tearing off a paper strip on the edge. First time I’ve seen that, but they cash just fine so whatever.

      Paid almost exactly $1/GB so I’m happy.

        • highlandr
        • 8 years ago

        Good to hear, because I got this drive 2 weeks ago (sent in the rebate Thursday). I didn’t want the 64 gig space crunch, and this was a nice price alternative to a 128GB C300.

        This drive is pretty darn snappy too. Makes my data drive seem like a real sluggard.

    • UberGerbil
    • 8 years ago

    That looks like a decent deal on a mid-range SSD that is about the minimum size for a reasonable boot drive, even without the rebate. The V+100 use a Toshiba controller, apparently? Any reliability horror stories to match what we say with some of the Sandforce drives (or the anecdote [url=https://techreport.com/discussions.x/20666<]here[/url<]?)

      • burntham77
      • 8 years ago

      96 gigs of SSD for $105 is very reasonable, although I have been using a 64 gig SSD for awhile now and thats still pretty good for an OS drive. Even with Windows and programs installed (Office, Roxio), I still have about 20 gigs leftover.

      • maxxcool
      • 8 years ago

      no , just really TERRIBLE reviews… but then those reviews were when the drive shipped. so i have no true idea now how it will perfrom

        • UberGerbil
        • 8 years ago

        Yeah, it looks [url=http://www.hexus.net/content/item.php?item=30317&page=6<]pretty bad[/url<] compared to more-expensive SSDs on synthetic tests (somewhat less bad on real-world client tests); on the other hand, it is still likely to represent a huge improvement for anyone migrating from a spinning disk.

          • OneArmedScissor
          • 8 years ago

          They are one of few around today that outright beat a 2.5″ HDD in power use. For a laptop, it’s a no brainer. As far as “speed” goes in a desktop and paired with a HDD, good luck figuring that out:

          [url<]https://techreport.com/articles.x/20646/5[/url<] In reality, where mystical 400MB/s transfer rates are all too often divided by 10, if you are actually using a lower capacity SSD as a boot drive, and not one of these higher capacity models, it's likely just going to be worse than that. Worse than a HDD. I don't see the point in nitpicking, as you'd be transferring your document files from the HDD, anyways, and good luck telling a difference from SSD to SSD in access time.

          • jensend
          • 8 years ago

          If you look at Anandtech’s review, it comes out near the (pre-Vertex 3) top in a lot of real world tests; it’s bad at the 4k random write tests that people put so much stock in, but for basically $1/GB and less than a quarter of a watt of idle power consumption I’m willing to put up with it not being the fastest thing on the market. I grabbed one.

          • mesyn191
          • 8 years ago

          They aren’t as good as 1st gen SandForce much less 2nd gen SandForce based SSD’s but they’re still much faster than a hard drive and they sell for less than Intel or SandForce SSD’s.

          Its all about bang for the buck with these Kingston SSD’s.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    Brilliant! Run two failure-prone drives in RAID 0. It’s like back in 2000 when I ran two 40GB Maxtor drives in RAID 0.

      • NarwhaleAu
      • 8 years ago

      I decided I do need a new HDD… so I purchased the Samsung F4 ecogreen instead. $20 more, but with added Samsung quality.

    • thanatos355
    • 8 years ago

    I wish us ddr2 holdouts (aka too po to upgrade) could get in on some of the low price ram love. :’-(

      • derFunkenstein
      • 8 years ago

      $53-55 for 2x2GB isn’t really all that bad, honestly.

        • thanatos355
        • 8 years ago

        Compare prices for some of the larger capacity kits. I was looking at the egg the other day and it was twice as much for ddr2 of the same capacity as it was for ddr3.

          • UberGerbil
          • 8 years ago

          And it’s only going to go up as production continues to switch over. Look at the price of original DDR or SDR.

            • thanatos355
            • 8 years ago

            Sure, that’s the price of doing business as a pc enthusiast. A man can still wish though. 😉

            • RickyTick
            • 8 years ago

            I got 4gb (4x1gb) DDR2 800 sitting here. Send me a PM and we can discuss.

            • thanatos355
            • 8 years ago

            Check my forum sig, man. Got 2x2gb G.Skill 1000 already. Thanks though. 🙂

            And yes, I do use it constructively. lol

      • sweatshopking
      • 8 years ago

      tell me about it! my q6600 is going to be around for years ( i hope) and i’ve only got 4gb of 666mhz! another 4 wouldn’t be bad, but i’ll probably never upgrade, and just get more ddr7 next time.

        • thanatos355
        • 8 years ago

        Same boat. Wanna flip for who’s captain?

      • bcronce
      • 8 years ago

      Memory must run at certain voltages. DDR1 was 2.5v, DDR2 was 1.8v and DDR3 was 1.5v.

      As you shrink the transistors, the amount of voltage they can handle goes down. This means there is an effective cap on how small they can shrink memory to maintain their spec. Now that DDR3 is mature, it is cheaper than DDR2 because it can use smaller transistors.

      When DDR4 comes out, it will be more expensive at first, but once it matures, its smaller transistor size will also reduce it’s costs per GB and it will be cheaper than DDR3.

      At some point, expect DDR2 to go up in price as it’s probably not actively produced anymore or won’t be soon and warehouse supply will fall.

        • Bauxite
        • 8 years ago

        “At some point”

        Ha, that point has come and sailed: DDR2 is already more than it used to be.

        DDR3 is going to be a nice long cheap ride, DDR4 is barely on the radar. (unless we get some price fixing BS again…)

        • phileasfogg
        • 8 years ago

        I bought a 2GB Corsair DDR2 stick for $9.99 after $25 MIR at Fry’s 2 weeks ago. That’s the best price I’ve ever seen – too bad Corsair limits us to 1 rebate per household 😉

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 8 years ago

      There’s no craigslist where you live? Ebay?

      Buying new old ram has got to be pretty expensive.

        • thanatos355
        • 8 years ago

        Craigslist? Hell yeah we have Craigslist ’round here!

        You lookin’ for a good deal on a tractor or Ford pick-up truck? lol

          • destroy.all.monsters
          • 8 years ago

          I can’t believe there is no computer section then.

            • thanatos355
            • 8 years ago

            Sure there is, if I want to drive 70+ miles to go look at it. And at $3.85/gallon and ~20mpg….

            • JustAnEngineer
            • 8 years ago

            At 20 mpg, you should be looking for a Focus, Corolla or Civic on Craigslist.

            • thanatos355
            • 8 years ago

            I’m sorry, perhaps no one reads the “too po (poor) to upgrade” part of my original post.

            Seriously, if I can’t afford $300 for a ram upgrade do you really think I can afford a $6,000 car? )-|

            Where has everyone’s sense of humor ran off to anyway?

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