Deal of the week: High-capacity SSD bargains

Solid-state drives have recently slipped under the $1/gigabyte threshold, and that’s good news for bargain hunters—especially those in the market for high-capacity drives that can accommodate a full slate of games and applications.

OCZ’s Vertex 3 240GB SSD is looking particularly tempting at Amazon, where you can nab it for $208.81 shipped before a $20 mail-in rebate. Assuming everything goes well and you get that rebate check in the mail, the drive will only end up costing $188.81. That’s quite a bargain for a SandForce SF-2218-powered SSD with 6Gbps SATA support and some very solid performance numbers.

If your capacity needs are even greater, then you’ll want to take a look at Crucial’s M4 512GB solid-state drive, which is currently on sale for $399.99 shipped at Newegg. The M4 also has 6Gbps SATA support, but its top write speed is a little lower than the Vertex 3’s—260MB/s instead of 520MB/s. That said, 260MB/s is still substantially higher than what you can squeeze out of a mechanical hard drive, and at 78 cents per gigabyte, that’s a tough offer to refuse.

We’ve also got a gaming deal to spice things up this week. The excellent Batman: Arkham City is available at GameFly for $7.49 in digitally downloadable form. The deal is good for both U.S. and Canadian customers.

Our Canadian readers might also want to check out NCIX’s Hook, Line, & Savings sale, where Crucial’s M4 512GB can be had for $409.99 CAD, and OCZ’s 120GB Agility 3 drive is on sale for only $84.99 CAD after a $15 mail-in rebate.

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    • smilingcrow
    • 8 years ago

    SSD prices have been falling much faster recently than I’ve noticed before. I kept my eye on the Samsung 830 256GB which was ~£255 at best 3 months ago. A few weeks later Samsung introduced a VAT back scheme on a number of product ranges including SSDs. The retail prices remained the same but after you claimed back the 20% VAT directly from Samsung the cost came down to ~£213.
    The cashback has now expired and a week ago I bought the drive for £140 from Amazon UK so the price has declined by 45% in 3 months. This is clearly atypical from a historical perspective and other drives have also shown massive price drops.

    I imagine it is down to supply versus demand so who knows where things will go down the line. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the only way is lower as NAND is a traded commodity like RAM so it is possible for prices to rise as with RAM. In buying from Amazon I was hedging the market as I have 30 days from purchase in which to return it so I’ll see how things go. I don’t need it for roughly a month so it is still sitting in the sealed box.
    I can already buy a SanDisk Extreme 256GB for ~£119 but I’d rather pay the premium for the Samsung.

    • zzz
    • 8 years ago

    Good to see prices falling. I’m personally waiting for $0.25/GB, and yeah, I know that could take half a decade or more.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 8 years ago

      Personally, I’m waiting for $.01/GB, but then I’m sure I’ll wait forever. Haha, by then we’ll have Memsistor and have the memory/hard drive division go poof and replaced with just straight up storage, so then I’ll be waiting again.

        • Prototyped
        • 8 years ago

        I’m waiting for a <3x difference in cost per byte between spinny platter storage and SSDs.

        I suspect by that point SSD technology will have matured as well.

        I don’t fancy paying $200 for capacities that were en vogue nine years ago.

          • indeego
          • 8 years ago

          And we don’t fancy paying for slow as molasses data access.
          [url<]https://techreport.com/r.x/ocz-vertex4/value-scatter-system.gif[/url<]

            • OneArmedScissor
            • 8 years ago

            Indeed. In the day and age of 256GB drives for under $200, how is this [i<]still[/i<] a matter of capacity? GBs of music and TBs of video don't play back any faster on a SSD than a HDD. :p You can just leave everything on the drive you're using, in the same computer you're using, and put the OS and whatever programs necessary on a SSD. That's even done in laptops now.

    • PainIs4ThaWeak1
    • 8 years ago

    Link above is for the Agility 3, not the Vertex 3.

    Vertex 3 can be had @ Amazon right now for 219.99 or 199.99 after MIR.
    [url<]http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology-Vertex-2-5-Inch-VTX3-25SAT3-240G/dp/B004QJM1HG/ref=pd_sim_e_5/177-6184352-4235514[/url<]

    • PTRMAN
    • 8 years ago

    Amazon has SanDisks on sale today only

    120GB Sata III – $99
    240GB Sata III – $179.99
    480GB Sata III – $379.99

    [url<]http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=xs_gb_A2H6877JNS1DID?ie=UTF8&plgroup=1&docId=1000789001&pf_rd_p=441937901&pf_rd_s=right-1&pf_rd_t=701&pf_rd_i=20&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1TTM6T1RS2QK08ZGANY9[/url<]

    • Duck
    • 8 years ago

    I will add my own for once… [url=http://www.overclockers.co.uk/showproduct.php?prodid=HD-003-SD&groupid=1657&catid=2101&subcat=2103<]Sandisk Ultra 120GB SSD - £72[/url<] Pretty cheap. They sell the Intel 330 60GB drive for the same price.

      • destroy.all.monsters
      • 8 years ago

      Saw the Sandisk when I was at Microcenter the other day. Hadn’t realized they were in the market (though it makes sense given their product range).

      How are they?

    • ULYXX
    • 8 years ago

    Is there any good reasons/theories why the SSD prices are falling? I can hold out a little longer still. 🙂

      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 8 years ago

      Maturing manufacturing processes and economies of scale?

        • MadManOriginal
        • 8 years ago

        Inventory clearout too…new stuff is due to come out soon.

          • Duck
          • 8 years ago

          Why would they want to clear it out? Old NAND works just as well, if not better than the newer stuff.

          Prices have been falling steadily and regularly because at last the fabs are keeping up with the demand and all the time they are getting lower costs from a mature process and better yields, or from a new, smaller process node.

      • DeadOfKnight
      • 8 years ago

      Really no reason to hold out anymore with that crucial m4 deal…anything else in the near future will likely be priced to match but not beat it.

      • rrr
      • 8 years ago

      Why? You want them to rise instead?

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 8 years ago

        He’s like the guy who’s been beaten his whole life. When the beating stops, he looks around and distrusts the lull. He suspects something worse is approaching. Of course, for a product type that has as much failure with mission critical things like data and OS installations, SSD’s really should have been value priced all along.

        The big bucks should only go for products that work reliably. Not products that seem perpetually in beta. I can’t believe anyone would recommend a SF-based driver after all the crap of the last year. An OCZ one no less?

        I suppose that’s the “worse” I was talking about. It’s when you buy in and you realize… you beat yourself with your wallet.

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 8 years ago

      People are finally fed up with buying SSD’s and having them be beta products with constantly evolving firmwares instead of being solidly QA’ed products that are fully tested and fully compatible with the systems out there like one expects from other storage devices. No doubt, it’s also helped by the fact that a lot of the people who needed SSD’s have by now taken it up the butt and bought one or more already, so the need isn’t as strong to upgrade from 2 second boots to 1 second boots or 5 second level loads to 3 second level loads.

      Fed up with high prices and low quality from nearly all vendors while having already invested in the inferior but great enough drives, users are shrugging at all the focus on giving users “MOAR SPEED” when what they really want are “MOAR CAPACITY AT LOAWR PRICES!”

      So they don’t buy. Supply increases and suddenly prices are forced down. I’m sure they’ll keep dropping.

    • ron_nelson
    • 8 years ago

    Hmm… I can’t decide to pull the trigger on the Crucial M4. Moving the laptop to an SSD would be great, but there are a number of reviewers upset at failures. Anyone have a better feel for it? Amazon still has it reviewed fairly highly too…

      • AlvinTheNerd
      • 8 years ago

      For my wife’s and my laptop, I have been using these: [url<]http://www.amazon.com/SATA-hard-drive-LENOVO-Thinkpad/dp/B005QIB8ZW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1339195609&sr=8-3&keywords=bay+drive[/url<] Put a mechanical in the bay and an SSD for the OS in the normal slot. As for the M4, the pair that I have in workstations have had no failures unlike the OCZ drives I have dealt with. However, no data is secure unless it is in three places and I don't trust any SSD as a backup copy.

      • jpostel
      • 8 years ago

      I have 2 Crucial 256GB and both have been solid. I saw the 512GB price on Newegg last night while looking for some cheap 2TB drives. I have about 100GB free on my main 256GB, but when I decided to retire my Q6600 for some i7 love, I figured I should go for a complete rebuild.

      • rrr
      • 8 years ago

      Meh, customer reviews are biased to the negative – those satisfied are likely to stay silent and those dissatisfied will voice their complaints rather vocally.

        • smilingcrow
        • 8 years ago

        Which is true for all products so can generally be discounted. I’ve read so many negative which are nothing to do with the product either but just the retailer which also clouds the waters.

      • pack66
      • 8 years ago

      I have the 128gb M4 and have been very satisfied with it. I did a lot of research before choosing the M4 based on price and reliability. Sure, the SF controllers are faster, but you’ll never notice the difference in speed if you’re coming from a mechanical drive…probably even if you’re moving from 3 gbps to 6 gbps.

      ArsTechnica forum folks seem to have the least problems from Intel and Crucial drives. The SF based OCZ drives are widely praised for their speed and panned for their reliability. Why Techreport doesn’t make mention of that is disappointing to me.

        • indeego
        • 8 years ago

        They do, but to their credit they really shouldn’t comment unless they experience it themselves.

        To OCZ’s credit they have not seen the same issues with later controllers. My issue has always been HOW they handled the Sandforce issues right off the bat. A recall should have been called, RMA process improved, forum “advice” revamped (It’s still a joke.)

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