It seems Radeon HD 7850 prices have taken a nosedive since the GeForce GTX 660 rolled out earlier this month. Lower prices may be bad news for AMD's profit margin, but they're good news for gamers, because you can now grab a Radeon HD 7850 2GB for as little as $184.99 with free shipping, or $174.99 after a mail-in rebate.
If you don't mind a 1GB frame buffer, you can even get a Radeon HD 7850 1GB from XFX for just $169.99 after a $10 mail-in rebate (and including free shipping). We'd probably go with the 2GB card given the small price difference, but both are delightfully cheap compared to the GTX 660, which still costs at least $229.99.
Price cuts have hit elsewhere, too. Rosewill's clicky RK-9000-series mechanical keyboards cost between $100 and $110 when we reviewed them last month. Now, Newegg offers the ones with Cherry MX red, black, and blue switches for only $79.99 each, and the Cherry MX brown model is available for $89.99. Shipping is free across the board. Oh, and you get a free mini 2.1 speaker system worth $22 with the Cherry MX blue and brown keyboards. I'd say that's a pretty solid bargain, even if the speakers are probably too small to sound particularly good.
In the storage department, we're taking a break from our usual SSD hunt to bring you Seagate's Barracuda 2TB mechanical hard drive, which is on sale right now for $99.99 with free shipping. That works out to just under five cents per gigabyte, which is considerably cheaper than anything in the SSD aisle. With a 7,200-RPM spindle speed, the 'cuda should be quick enough to house applications and games.
What do we have this week for our trusty Canadian readers? Perusing NCIX's latest sale, we see you can snag the same 2TB Seagate hard drive for only $89.99 CAD and a PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 2GB card for just $159.99 CAD after a $20 mail-in rebate. I guess PC gear doesn't have to be more expensive north of the border, after all.