Deal of the week: More storage bargains

All the juicy discounts seem to be among mechanical and solid-state drives this week. We’ve singled out two of each for our latest deal ‘o the week post.

Let’s start with the SSDs. OCZ’s Agility 3 120GB is currently on sale for $109.99 with free shipping at Newegg, and you can get it down to only $94.99 after a mail-in rebate. That’s less than a dollar per gigabyte for a SandForce SF-2281-powered SSD with 6Gbps SATA connectivity and read and write speeds of 525MB/s and 500MB/s, respectively—not bad at all. Folks looking for a quicker, higher-capacity option will find that Samsung’s 830 Series 256GB desktop upgrade kit is on sale for $249.99 with free shipping, provided you enter the promo code “EMCNEHE29” (minus the quotes) on the checkout page. The 830 Series 256GB is one of the fastest SSDs we’ve ever tested, and it earned our Editor’s Choice award back in February… when it still cost a whopping $360.

On the mechanical front, prices are starting to approach their pre-flood levels from last year. Seagate’s 2TB Barracuda 7200.12 is on sale for $109.99 with free shipping with the promo code “EMCNEHF23” right now. We’re talking about a 7,200-RPM drive here, by the way; not a “Green” model with a reduced spindle speed. If you’re looking for something slightly cheaper, Western Digital’s 1TB Caviar Blue (another 7,200-RPM drive) can be nabbed for $89.99 shipped after the promo code “EMCNEHE59.”

Good news for our Canadian friends: NCIX has the 120GB Agility 3 for $94.99 CAD after a $15 mail-in rebate, and the 60GB model is available for a tantalizing $54.99 CAD, again after a $15 MIR. I’m not seeing the Samsung SSD listed, and the Seagate hard drive seems to cost a bit more north of the border, but NCIX has the 1TB WD Caviar Blue for $94.99 CAD, too.

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    • pack66
    • 7 years ago

    Why continue to promote the OCZ Agility when there are so many problems with the SandForce 2218 controller? Most won’t be able to tell the difference between two SSDs, but they will if the data’s lost. That Samsung is a steal though. Fast and reliable.

      • Sunburn74
      • 7 years ago

      As someone running 4 different sandforce 2218 ssd models from 2 different manufacturers (3 from ocz and 1 from corsair), I can report that I have never had an issue with any of them bsoding, crashing, losing data. The drives have been nothing but excellent (running the latest firmware here)

    • shrike4242
    • 7 years ago

    WD Caviar Blue is a 5400RPM drive. Caviar Black is a 7200RPM drive.

      • kau
      • 7 years ago

      This particular Caviar Blue is 7200 rpm according to [url<]http://wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=110[/url<]

        • travbrad
        • 7 years ago

        I’m pretty sure all Cavier Blue drives are 7200RPM. shrike must be thinking of the Cavier Green line.

        Black = highest performance, 5 year warranty
        Blue = almost as good performance, 3 year warranty
        Green = slowest, most power efficient drive, 2 year warranty

          • l33t-g4m3r
          • 7 years ago

          Yup, but for the price/storage I’d still take the Seagate.

            • BloodSoul
            • 7 years ago

            Someone has not had a handful of Seagate drives crash on him yet! The price difference between WD and SG is far outdone by the time it takes to reformat/exchange a drive after a crash (has happened to my friends and I far too often with new SG drives, but only once with a 5 year old WD green).

            • l33t-g4m3r
            • 7 years ago

            Not one, not even the 1.5 firmware drives. WD on the other hand, 100% failure rate. I’m done with that.

            • travbrad
            • 7 years ago

            I’ve been using WD drives exclusively for the last 10+ years and never had one fail (one of the drives was in use for 9 years straight).

            Isn’t anecdotal evidence fun?

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            Yes, it is.

            But then that’s just one anecdotal opinion. 😀

          • bluepiranha
          • 7 years ago

          There is a “Blue” WD drive that spins at 5400 RPM but it’s not branded Caviar. It’s branded “Scorpio” instead and it’s meant for laptops. From the Scorpio line, only the Black drives spin 7200 RPM.

          I believe that’s where the initial confusion comes from. My current notebook’s running a 640GB Scorpio Blue and it indeed spins just 5400 RPM.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 7 years ago

      All the Caviar Blues are 7200RPM drives with less cache (and perhaps lower densities) than the Caviar Black.

      Scorpio Blue, OTOH, is all 5400RPM. But those are 2.5″ notebook drives.

        • Buub
        • 7 years ago

        Or to think of it conversely, Caviar Blues are 7200 RPM. Caviar Blacks are super-charged Caviar Blues with more cache.

      • Yeats
      • 7 years ago

      Your assertion is for the birds.

        • irvinenomore
        • 7 years ago

        Birds eat Caviar? I didn’t know that!

          • rrr
          • 7 years ago

          Maybe that’s why they get so angry.

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