Deal of the week: A 128GB SSD for $55, and other bargains

The cost per gigabyte of solid-state storage has been shrinking for a while now, but we’re still amazed at some of the deals that pop up.

Take OCZ’s 128GB Agility 4, an Everest 2-based SSD with 6Gbps Serial ATA connectivity and peak read and write speeds of 420MB/s and 300MB/s, respectively. The drive is on sale right now for $74.99 shipped at Amazon, and that’s before a $20 mail-in rebate. If everything goes well with the rebate claim, you should end up paying only $54.99 for this bad boy. (Just don’t wait too long; you have to order by Monday to take advantage of the rebate.) Pretty impressive stuff.

Amazon also has HP’s Envy 6 Sleekbook on sale for $549.99, or 50 bucks cheaper than on HP’s own online store. The Sleekbook is one of the few ultrabook-like machines featuring one of AMD’s new Trinity APUs. This variant of the Envy 6 features a 2.1GHz A6-4455M APU, Radeon HD 7500G integrated graphics, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB mechanical hard drive, and a nine-hour battery. The 15.6" display might make it a tad unwieldy, but at 4.53 lbs with a thickness of 0.78", the Envy 6 is slimmer and lighter than most full-sized notebooks.

Oh, and since we’re all eagerly awaiting Borderlands 2, I should note that Amazon offers it in downloadable form for $53.99—10% off the list price. This is a pre-order, of course. The game doesn’t come out until September 18.

There are bargains to be found this week at Newegg, too, like Dell’s 27" UltraSharp U2711 IPS monitor, which is on sale for $699.99. That’s $200 cheaper than on Dell.com, and it’s a fine deal if you’re too squeamish for one of those Korean monitors everyone has been talking about.

Finally, as always, we’ve got a few goodies for our Canadian readers. NCIX’s Last Blast of Summer Sale is on, and deals there include a 120GB OCZ Vertex 3 SSD for $69.99 CAD after a $20 mail-in rebate, a 240GB version of the same drive for $159.99 CAD after a $10 MIR, 8GB of Kingston DDR3-1600 RAM for $37.99 CAD, and Corsair’s excellent Graphite Series 600T for $129.99 CAD. (See our review of the Corsair case here.)

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    • indeego
    • 7 years ago

    ” That why we pay the big bucks for it. ”
    “ Known issue, no solution from OCZ. ”
    “ Less than 3 hours to failure is not so good. ”
    “Another Vertex Agility 4 bites the dust… ”

    13 1-stars! Nice OCZ!

    • Hirokuzu
    • 7 years ago

    memory express in canada is also having a weekend sale, with the intel 330 240GB going for 150 after a $20 MIR. The vertex 4 128GB can be had for $70 after a $10 MIR

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      i find that memory express is a better place to get stuff almost 100% of the time. any price you find on ncix will be beaten by 25% of the difference at memory express, and they have cheaper shipping. the only time i’d EVER buy anything from ncix was if it wasn’t available at ME. they’re just a better store.

    • willmore
    • 7 years ago

    I just got a 1T laptop drive at Walmart for $50. It was a drive inside of an external Toshiba device. One hell of a deal.

    • atryus28
    • 7 years ago

    Oh how I loathe that PA started making Amazon charge tax Since Sept 1st, thereby killing a lot of savings from Amazon using prime. 🙁 Since Microcenter price matches now, I just stop by there on the way home from work.

      • willmore
      • 7 years ago

      So you don’t have to pay for prime, shippers don’t have to carry your package, and you still get what you want for the price you want? Sucks to be you.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      Your being double taxed, UPS (the one that use your local infrastructure) is already paying local tax.
      UPS also pay taxes when they buy their gas.

      As soon as amazon charge tax where I am, I’m switching vendor. Cant stand being double to triple taxed.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        Is this post a joke or are you really that nuts?

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        It’s called use tax and it’s supposed to be self-reported. You may have already known that, but by avoiding paying it you may be falsifying your state income tax returns.

        It’s not any more ‘double taxing’ than anything you buy from in state that’s got sales tax. Do you think things magically show up at B&M stores via teleporter or something? Also, UPS pays taxes on its services, not on the goods it ships.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      It’s unfortunate but it’s legally the right thing to do. And after all, you were reporting your use tax and not falsifying state income tax returns right?

      I never had a problem waiting a few days for things to arrive so faster shipping with Prime was never something that made me want to purchase Prime. The convenience of not having to bother with going to a store is worth something to me and will continue to be worth something.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        “The convenience of not having to bother with going to a store is worth something to me and will continue to be worth something.”

        exactly right, same here.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        +5

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 7 years ago

      They started that here in July, but it turns out it’s like 1.5%. The funny thing is that when they say they’re collecting state sales tax, it’s just that – not county / city / municipality / whatever else you might pay at a cash register.

      And now, with Amazon’s barriers to same day shipping and localized distribution having been torn down, that pretty much flies in the face of the protectionist scam that the big box retail lobbyists thought they’d pulled. Days before the tax was implemented, I read statements from them claiming that they’d made Amazon compete on “even terms.” Little did they realize that they’d actually awoken a sleeping giant.

      So I’m not complaining. An “internet tax” is bogus, but we all win out here in the end.

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    700$ for a 16:9 workstation monitor, not even 1600 pixel of resolution ?? is this bizaro deal of the week?

    edit: The korean model look to have very glossy/shinny & cheap plastic.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Not sure if you typo’d that but it is a 16:9 ratio.

        • sschaem
        • 7 years ago

        typo.For 700$ I would expect 16:10

    • Bensam123
    • 7 years ago

    Isn’t it at this point that they start increasing capacity instead of decreasing price?

      • Jason181
      • 7 years ago

      They might be flushing the channel of the lower capacities and plan on charging a little bit of a premium for the larger drives.

        • Bensam123
        • 7 years ago

        Could be, but 512s have been on the market forever, just really expensive… The top capacities haven’t increased outside of PCI-E drives.

          • travbrad
          • 7 years ago

          How much NAND-flash can you fit in a 2.5″ form factor at the current manufacturing nodes? Could that be the limiting factor?

          Or is it more an issue of demand? Even at the really cheap prices we are seeing lately a 2TB SSD would cost well over $1000, and not too many people are willing to spend that kind of money.

            • pedro
            • 7 years ago

            I’ve seen 256 GB mSATA SSDs (e.g. [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211664)[/url<] so going by that size, they could make multi-TB SSDs in the 2.5 inch form factor using current processes.

            • Bauxite
            • 7 years ago

            I agree they could obviously go quite a bit larger, however:

            There is a limit to the per-chip density of flash at a given process size.

            This means more channels at some point which then means you need room for a larger controller (or multiple controllers along with a means to talk between them) and other supporting circuitry.

            So you can’t always arbitrarily scale up “if X GB fits in Y volume then lets shove ZX in ZY volume!”.

            From the various drive pcb pictures out there it appears that most 2.5″ ~512/600GB models are “full” on both sides of one board and going higher would mean another design. Though I don’t think it would be hard to stack two of those with a mezzanine in a 9mm 2.5″. And we’ve yet to see a 3.5″ variant, though the limit of one 6Gbps port is an obvious problem there.

            • Bensam123
            • 7 years ago

            How would this be a density issue when you see msata thumb size SSDs rated at 256GB with two nand chips on them?

            There was one on TR like a month ago. Same chips applied to a normal 2.5″ SSD and you’re at 1024 (eight chips). The msata drive costs about the same as a normal 256GB SSD, so density and cost isn’t an issue. The performance may not be there due to not utilizing all the channels, but we aren’t talking about performance. Rather cost and size.

            If chip cost is the same once a process reaches ‘maturity’ as someone else said a month or so ago, we’d have SSDs with the same number of chips priced the same. It’s safe to assume the 512GB SSDs and whatever chips they’re using has reached maturity as they’ve been on the market forever. In other words something is fixing the prices.

            Here is a list of them: [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100008120+600095832&QksAutoSuggestion=&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&Configurator=&IsNodeId=1&Subcategory=636&description=&hisInDesc=&Ntk=&CFG=&SpeTabStoreType=&AdvancedSearch=1&srchInDesc=[/url<] They don't mirror the newest SSD prices, but they're sitting at the prices that are roughly a month old. 120GB for $110. Only the drive is the size of your thumb (if a bit bloated thumb).

            • Bauxite
            • 7 years ago

            I’m not saying they couldn’t go larger, right now there is no technical excuse for at least 1TB 2.5″ drives with current commodity flash, probably some good business reasons though.

            Its just that you can’t use layman concepts to stuff multiple small parts inside an arbitrary volume and assume it scales linearly. Addressable silicon is not like bricks or legos.

            A long standing example is RAM in computers, the layman goes “why not just use a DIMM thats 4 times taller with 4 times the chips so we can have 32GB sticks, I want 128GB in my 4-slot desktop nao!” but its a lot more complicated than that. By the same token doubling to 8 slots is not so simple either, QED: 1155 vs 2011.

            (Good news for RAM, commodity 16GB sticks are on the horizon thanks to denser ddr3, 8GB went mainstream and is almost at price parity with 4GB. Bad news for RAM: if you don’t make ECC the standard in the next few upticks, even Joe Average might start noticing flipped bits that only server farms used to care about. Bad long term news for conventional flash: smaller process nodes are less durable…)

            • Bensam123
            • 7 years ago

            I thought they actually had double high dimms at one point with double the number of chips on board… Just the same as single sinded and double sided dimms. I also remember that not all systems were compatible with denser memory modules, so you had to make sure you got double sided dimms, which simply had more less-dense modules. As far as ram limitations those were imposed by Intel and AMD on their chipsets to arbitrarily segment their product lines. You wouldn’t want people using a desktop component for a server, right?

            Newegg has all sorts of examples of where they still cram more chips onto a dimm in order to raise capacity with lower density dimms, such as: [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220421[/url<] [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139465[/url<] (Yes there is a difference in amount of memory, but one has 3x as many chips on board as the other and they're both ECC and registered) You just don't see this sort of thing with desktop memory anymore because they cover it up with a head spreader. That is also why when EFI bioses were released all of a sudden we have systems that can support 64 and 128 GB of memory in the desktop segment, even if there aren't dimms available dense enough to be put in there. Same reason they have 1155 and 2011 sockets, or 1156 and 1366... It's a arbitrary number set aside to differentiate their product line ups. Both sockets accept the same types of chips with the same types of cores, just different sockets and different price points. Although I understand what you're saying about there actually being a reason for technical limitations, I don't think they apply to SSDs or the aforementioned scenarios. It's all product segmentation to get more money. I mean little msata drives should cost like 50% more then a normal 2.5" SSD drive if we go by old mobile vs desktop HD prices. I'm not entirely sure about your RAM predictions, but if you want cheap memory... check out server memory. They've long since used more dense dimms and they're often cheaper, if you don't mind slower speeds with looser timings.

      • ShadowEyez
      • 7 years ago

      I agree, though think they will both increase capacity and decrease price on the lower capacity models. I’m sure the big flash companies are working on it now, though there are likely technical barriers in getting it to a price level most people would consider realistic.

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    I noticed that many etailers are getting rid of their ocz ssd stock at cheap sale prices. does it have anything to do with the poor reviews or is there a new model coming along?

      • brucethemoose
      • 7 years ago

      Noticed that too. I just ordered a 128gb HyperX 3K (which I will be canceling) for $79.

      EDIT: Ordered the Agility 4.

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 7 years ago

      It probably has more to do with too many models than any one particular model, whether it’s new or old. Newegg sells Vertex 1, 2, 3, and 4 drives, and every variation lol. The pricing was never consistent.

      I guess that works for them, but from time to time, stores undoubtedly end up with a huge pile of one SKU that they have to dump.

      • Bauxite
      • 7 years ago

      Dunno, but hard to care when non-ocz drives (and non-sandforce sometimes) are also quite cheap $/GB if you look around.

      • tu2thepoo
      • 7 years ago

      i was pretty close to buying an agility 4 512gb (it’s on newegg for $300, when the cheapest from any other brand at that size is $400), but there are reviews as recent as a week ago complaining of full-on crashes and RMAs. Same deal with this 128gb if you follow the amazon link.

      I dunno, I just don’t have the time to deal with something that’s got an apparent 50% chance of being a lemon.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 7 years ago

        I’ve been an OCZ supporter in the past when everyone jumped on them for Sandforce controller issues. I never had a problem with OCZ Sandforce drives personally.

        This however is their own controller and an Agility drive as well. They use the cheapest NAND available at any given time for the Agility line now, and this is their own in-house Indilix Everest 2 controller. With the earlier 1.4 firmware it had a severe performance dropoff when the drive was more than 25% (?) full – conveniently enough, almost no sites run their tests on full drives and this dropoff only showed up in HDTach or HDTune when running across the whole drive. Even the 1.5 firmware only makes this performance dropoff happen at higher % full. Given the performance dropoff the $/GB:performance cost of this drive is not directly comparable to other drives. For those reasons alone I would stay away from these drives unless total space matters more than anything. The apparently high failure rate just adds to the reasons to stay away.

    • blastdoor
    • 7 years ago

    “Dell’s 27″ UltraSharp U2711 IPS monitor”

    I cannot wait to see retina quality 27 inch monitors — that will be the day!

      • sweatshopking
      • 7 years ago

      retina isn’t a thing.

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        Is it a person or a place?

          • Srsly_Bro
          • 7 years ago

          [url<]http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/adjective[/url<] No, it's describing the quality of the product by implying "retina" is of higher value than other monitor types.

      • wkstar
      • 7 years ago
    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    in canada, buy two 120gb drives and save. first

      • NeelyCam
      • 7 years ago

      in russia, the two 120gb drives buy you

        • blastdoor
        • 7 years ago

        I think you maybe mean “in Rand-McNally”?

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