Deal of the week: Nvidia’s GTX 660 and storage bargains

After the performance Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 660 put on earlier this week, we couldn’t leave it out of our deal post. I mean, the Zotac card we tested is right there on Newegg. It costs $229.99 before shipping, has that nifty little Zotac cooler, and offers better performance than the competition from AMD. How do you say no?

Well, I suppose you could. In that case, maybe some of Newegg’s storage deals will sway you. There’s quite a few.

Among them: OCZ’s Solid 3 120GB solid-state drive, which is on sale for $79.99 with free shipping, or $59.99 after a mail-in rebate. You can also nab Corsair’s Force Series 3 240GB SSD for $164.99 shipped, or $139.99 after a mail-in rebate. Road warriors might even take a liking to Corsair’s Voyager GT 64GB thumb drive, which has USB 3.0 connectivity and will only set you back $64.99 shipped, provided you enter the coupon code "EMCNAJF38" on the checkout page.

Our Canadian friends can’t enjoy those bargains without hopping the border, but they can take advantage of NCIX’s Super September Savings Event right at home. Discounted items include WD’s 2TB Caviar Green hard drive ($99.99 CAD) and OCZ’s Agility 3 240GB ($144.99 CAD). Of course, NCIX also has that Zotac GeForce GTX 660 in stock; you can grab it for $229.99 CAD.

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    • ron_nelson
    • 7 years ago

    A NewEgg deal still available this evening:

    [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833156301<]TRENDnet TPL-304E2K Powerline AV Adapter Kit with Bonus Plug Up to 200Mbps[/url<] $39.99

      • My Johnson
      • 7 years ago

      I’ve been eyeing a kit like that.

      Just read the feedback and it looks like a lot of mixed results. I guess I just need to get off my ass and properly wire the house.

        • ron_nelson
        • 7 years ago

        I’m running a pair of Netgear xav2501’s now, and the biggest improvement I got was using the models with built-in filtered outlets. That eliminated _all_ the noise on the circuit and I’m getting the full speed.

        So I ordered the TRENDnet pair to try for my parents place. $40 is well within the “eh, lets try this” price range. <grin>

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    The 7870 is $199 and run Crysis2 faster then the 660, run Dirt MUCH faster, run Max Payne 3 MUCH faster, run skyrim MUCH faster, but same FPS for Batman Arkam.

    All those numbers are from your review…

    So how spending more for less is “offers better performance than the competition from AMD”

    Did I miss something here?

    What also trouble me is how the review played with the number to show the 660 being more power efficient, when its not…

    Whats going at TR ? are you guys checking if we are paying attention ? 🙂

    edit: the $199 7870 are the new GHZ edition and also come with Sleeping Dogs, that TR seem to love… The 660 comes with no value added.

      • albundy
      • 7 years ago

      agreed. performance and price wise, the 7870 kills it.

      • Goty
      • 7 years ago

      Hey, you with the facts! Stop messing with my delusions!

      • tviceman
      • 7 years ago

      Not arguing which one is faster, but where the heck are you getting the hd7870 for $199? Cheapest on newegg right now is $229 before $20 MIR. And that is only 1 model. All the rest are more than $250.

        • travbrad
        • 7 years ago

        Yep, I’ve seen a couple people talk about the 7870 being “$199” but if you check newegg the only cards close to that price are both sold out: [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121624<]here[/url<] and [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404<]here[/url<] [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100006662%2040000048%20600100181%20600286767%20600298540&IsNodeId=1&name=Radeon%20HD%207870%20GHz%20Edition<]The cheapest 7870 on newegg now is $260, which isn't even remotely close to $199[/url<] EDIT: -1 for stating simple facts huh?

      • HisDivineOrder
      • 7 years ago

      Wasn’t the 7870 always the GHZ edition? The 7970 and 7950 both got “newer” (aka binning) releases that were “GHZ” for the 7970 and the unnamed update for Boost with the 7950.

      Anyways, people do this so often. They say, “You can buy a 7870 for $200!” but they don’t say where or how prevalent that deal is. You can’t say, “I once saw a card for ____” and ignore the fact that… hey, you can’t get it for that now. You have to compare cards based on the prices they’re at now and the bundles they include now.

      Yesterday’s pricing, last year’s pricing, a minute ago’s pricing won’t matter if it’s not available right now or soon.

      • bitcat70
      • 7 years ago

      Baloney! Links or you’re full of it!

      • travbrad
      • 7 years ago

      [quote<]The 7870 is $199 [/quote<] The cheapest 7870 is $260 on newegg right now though, not $199. [quote<]run Crysis2 faster then the 660[/quote<] Not if you care about smooth gameplay. The 660 has much lower frametimes, and the OCed 660 (which would be in the same price-range) even matches it in the FPS measurement. [quote<]run Dirt MUCH faster[/quote<] Yep it does run Dirt much faster. If that game is really important to you then you might be better off with a 7870. It does seem to be a major outlier though, and not really indicative of any other games. [quote<]Max Payne 3 MUCH faster[/quote<] The 7870 is certainly faster, but I don't know if I'd call it MUCH faster (16.7ms vs 18.9ms). That test was also done at 2560x1440. On a normal 1080p monitor ALL of the cards will run it very smoothly, even the previous generation cards most likely. [quote<]run skyrim MUCH faster[/quote<] Again I wouldn't really call 17.6ms vs 18.3ms MUCH faster. [quote<]same FPS for Batman Arkam.[/quote<] Similar FPS perhaps but as the frametimes show the 660 has quite a big advantage in smoothness (way bigger than the difference in the games where you say the 7870 is "MUCH" faster.) You also left out BF3 for some reason where they are neck-and-neck, at least in TRs testing (other reviews show the 660 having a decent advantage) I think the performance differences are much closer than you seem to be implying. Overall they are nearly identical in performance and are both great cards for the price. You'd basically be best off buying whatever you can get the best deal on for given day.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 7 years ago

    No excuse not to get an SSD now, especially considering the dearth of other interesting upgrades.

    First!

      • SomeOtherGeek
      • 7 years ago

      -1 for spelling “First!” correctly. Shame on you!

        • bitcat70
        • 7 years ago

        Hee heee… that always reminds me of a sign I saw once at a gas station. It said: “PLEASE PAY FRIST” and underneath it someone wrote “Who is Frist?”

          • willmore
          • 7 years ago

          Frist? Isn’t that the name of a building on the Princeton campus?

          [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frist_Campus_Center[/url<] Or as most people will probably know it as the fictional location of the Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital from the television show "House".

      • Kurotetsu
      • 7 years ago

      Do not underestimate the power of tightwads to conjur any number of excuses to not spend money!

        • dmjifn
        • 7 years ago

        Hey now! I resemble that remark!

          • entropy13
          • 7 years ago

          You look like which remark, exactly?

            • dmjifn
            • 7 years ago

            Oooh, that I don’t know. I’m not so familiar with remarks’ ocular tendencies.

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