Deal of the week: 8GB of RAM for $35 and other bargains

A lot of us are no doubt packing up (or unwinding) in preparation for the Labor Day weekend right now, but there’s always time to do a little shopping. Newegg seems to be counting on that fact with its Labor Day sale, which is running until September 5.

As part of the sale, you can nab an 8GB kit of G.Skill DDR3-1333 laptop memory (SO-DIMMs) for only $34.99 with free shipping, provided you enter the promo code EMCKAKH96 on the checkout page. A similar kit sold by Kingston is available for a few dollars more—$41.99 shipped if you use the promo code EMCKAKH28. That’s even cheaper than desktop kits, which seem to start at around $43 shipped for an 8GB set of Mushkin DDR3-1333 DIMMs.

There are other types of deals for the taking, of course, like Western Digital’s 2TB Caviar Green hard drive on sale for $69.99 shipped with the promo code EMCKAKH22.

North of the border, NCIX is also running a Labor Day sale, and it has some juicy bargains of its own on system memory—including an 8GB Mushkin DDR3-1333 desktop kit priced at a scant $39.99 CAD. Now seems like a rather opportune time for a memory upgrade, wouldn’t you agree?

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    • Arclight
    • 8 years ago

    Wow, RAM is soooo cheap. Dang it my plan was to buy a aftermarket cooler, last time i had money to spend of computer parts i bought a 690 II. Hmm i’m kinda conflicted now, i’d love to have 8 Gb of RAM.

    • jensend
    • 8 years ago

    I’m finding that my current 2GB on my laptop is slowing me down in regular multitasking use (I’m really looking forward to the MemShrink improvements in FF) and making some heavier computations (Matlab, Mathematica, etc) problematic. (Of course, if I’m looking at a really huge problem I’ll find a much faster desktop to do it on.)

    Given how cheap memory is these days, I’m looking to spring for an upgrade. But I don’t know about doing an 8GB kit- I don’t think I’ll really use more than 4GB, and I wonder about the impact on both battery life (I’ve heard figures going all the way up to 10W extra for the extra 4GB) and hard drive space (I have a 64GB SSD which is presently a little too full for comfort, and while I could make the swap file smaller the hibernation file will be larger). Any advice/figures/facts/anecdotes about the pros and cons of large amounts of laptop memory?

      • jensend
      • 8 years ago

      Well, since I can get 8GB for only ~$15 more than the cheapest 4GB deals, I’m going to just get 8- at prices like this, if the extra watt or two of power consumption bothers me I can just put one in storage.

    • FuturePastNow
    • 8 years ago

    I bought that very same RAM kit a few months ago for $65. My, how prices have come down.

    • Blazex
    • 8 years ago

    friend linked this to me last night, fry’s selling [url=http://www.frys.com/product/6504573<]patriot ddr3-1333 4gb (2x2gb)[/url<] for $29.99 with $25.00 rebate makin the ram $4.99 4gb isn't a whole lot anymore, but fairly good deal also, [url=http://www.frys.com/product/6483582<]the 8gb kit[/url<] @ $54.99 with $30 rebate for 24.99

      • SilentViking
      • 8 years ago

      Awesome friend.

        • Blazex
        • 8 years ago

        yes. indeed he is.

      • willmore
      • 8 years ago

      Their 2x2G DDR3-1600 kits have been on and off at $39 – 25. Not sure if 1600 is worth 3x the price, though. 😉

      • MadManOriginal
      • 8 years ago

      4GB ‘isn’t a whole lot’ only because RAM is so cheap. But for most any normal usage that doesn’t involve VMs or insane multitasking it’s a good amount. $5 for it with the MIR game is a great deal!

        • Blazex
        • 8 years ago

        personally i’m still running 4gb of ddr2, even with some hungry programs and a vm or two, 4gb is still adequate enough. just 8gb is pretty cheap now… just depends on what people need for the price 🙂

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      RAM is approaching $1/GB???/ Come on SSD’s, follow the example! Slash prices by 20% every week for 6 months straight!

        • smilingcrow
        • 8 years ago

        Approaching only in the sense that the price is moving downwards but it’s a long way away from $1 per GB.

          • Farting Bob
          • 8 years ago

          That deal for $4.99 4GB of RAM is pretty close to $1/GB i would say…..

            • smilingcrow
            • 8 years ago

            A one off deal with a rebate is not exactly indicative of the market place; just look at the other deals.

    • just brew it!
    • 8 years ago

    Heh… we’ve finally broken the $5/GB barrier on RAM.

    I may grab me a couple of those 2TB Greens… with the discount and free shipping, that’s pretty good.

      • ew
      • 8 years ago

      For $10 more you can get a drive with substantially better feedback. [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152245&SortField=0&SummaryType=0&PageSize=10&SelectedRating=-1&VideoOnlyMark=False&IsFeedbackTab=true#scrollFullInfo[/url<]

        • JustAnEngineer
        • 8 years ago

        It’s only $3 more if you buy from TigerDirect:
        [url<]http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073702[/url<]

        • TheEmrys
        • 8 years ago

        Feedback on Newegg is never a way to pick a product. But the Samsung F4 is a better drive.

      • willmore
      • 8 years ago

      No way, four failures with two drives in under a year and I’m done with WD. No thank you. Even as part of a RAID, it’s still a PITA to RMA the damn things and live degraded for a while.

        • LoneWolf15
        • 8 years ago

        While I’m not a fan of the WD Greens as opposed to Samsung, they weren’t exactly designed to be run in RAID, which does place different stresses on them than a single-drive configuration would.

        Most drives designed for RAIDs have TLER (time-limited error recovery). Standard desktop drives do not.

          • indeego
          • 8 years ago

          Also consumer level RAID is fairly worthless. Might as well just JBOD’s.

            • willmore
            • 8 years ago

            I’m not sure what ‘consumer level RAID’ is. I use the MD module in Linux. I have for decades. I’m was one of the primary beta testers for what has become the modern RAID architecture in Linux. I’m pretty darn sure it works *just fine*.

            If you meant one of the little stand alone devices, then I’d agree that they could be better, but JBOD has zero redundancy. Are you suggesting that these devices don’t work *at all*?

          • willmore
          • 8 years ago

          My RAID array spends most of its time twiddling its thumbs. Every 5 minutes the server polls for email. If something comes in, maybe 100K gets written. The only thing that does is punish drives that try to sleep too deeply too quickly–which I had turned off on the WD drives.

          TLER will only cause a drive to be kicked for not responding. The drive doesn’t *fail* hard, it just gets kicked. You can add it in and everything’s fine–it’ll need to re-sync, but that’s not a horrible thing to happen every few months. My problem was the drive failed large numbers of sectors and spent hours trying to recover them. And, yes, I do have periodic array check run–weekly, I think. So, it’s not like the drive surface isn’t being watch on a regular basis. These drives just failed. There’s very little in the workload they saw that makes their membership in a RAID special.

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