Deal of the week: Gaming graphics and clicky keyboards

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.

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    • ludi
    • 7 years ago

    Ended up biting on the Rosewill with the Cherry Browns. Been needing a real keyboard to replace this increasingly ancient, non-mechanical Logitech with the garbled Home-key layout.

    • sschaem
    • 7 years ago

    If you are into rebates:
    [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161404[/url<] $199 - 2GB 7870 GHZ Edition.

      • l33t-g4m3r
      • 7 years ago

      Not bad, but know that thing is a 3-slot wide monstrosity. The reason it’s 3-slot is that they moved the fan out to pull air from both sides, when they could have just cut a hole in the PCB for air like my 470 does. Stupid design, but it’s the also best performing and quietest blower available.

    • guardianl
    • 7 years ago

    I know it’s a little higher then most people spend on a graphics card, but the Geforce 670 can be had for as little as $339 after rebate – [url<]http://www.ncix.com/products/?sku=71245&vpn=02G-P4-2670-KR&manufacture=eVGA&promoid=1210[/url<] In texture fill bound games (i.e. Portal 2) it's > 2x faster then the Radeon 7850 making it almost 2x performance for 2x price. In any video card generation, that's pretty rare...

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      The 670 is a great gaming card, but for game like Portal2 the 7850 already deliver > 120fps

      For Borderland2
      670 – 73fps
      7850 – 52fps

      7870 – 66fps <$199

      So many choices it makes my head spin…

      Currently have my eyes set on the 8870.

      AMD (and nvidia) should offer a trade in program for gaming cards.

        • internetsandman
        • 7 years ago

        What would they do with all of the returned graphics cards? I can’t imagine them wanting to buy back old products, they’d sell them at a loss most likely, and I doubt they’d get min out of recycling the components and parts of a card

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          eVAG does a step-up program if you choose to do so within 90 days. Gotta give up your video card to do it in advance, though. Seems kinda dumb.

            • BIF
            • 7 years ago

            This might be uncommon, but is not unheard of.

            UAD did their “trade up” program recently where you had to either mail in or physically break (snap in two) your old UAD1 in order to get $200 off of a UAD-2. I even took advantage of that through Sweetwater because they allowed me to send in pictures of the broken card.

            UAD and its resellers were not interested in getting the old cards; they just wanted them to be eliminated from the userbase so that they would not have to support the prior-generation hardware anymore.

            I suspect that UAD found a way to make their UAD-2’s $300 less expensively than the old UAD-1’s, and so they could offer the $200 price break for step-ups and still show a profit on a per-unit basis. And I was happy to upgrade.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 7 years ago

            Yeah, that’s true. Avid did something similar with HDX cards.

            eVGA’s program is different in that they credit you 100% of the purchase price, though it’s limited, like I said, to 3 months. If you have your eyes on a 680 but need a card now, get a 660 and soon upgrade.

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        They do, it’s called Ebay.

          • BIF
          • 7 years ago

          And there’s Craigslist too!

      • clone
      • 7 years ago

      it’s a good deal only if you ignore what else is out for less….. Gibabyte HD 7950 for $321.25 U.S. or $269.99 Canadian.

      [url<]http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=67546&vpn=GV-R795WF3-3GD&manufacture=Gigabyte[/url<] to be honest I suspect nobody buys a video card to play only one type of programmed game involving texture fill while ignoring all other games, as a selling point that's getting really obscure.

      • designerfx
      • 7 years ago

      If you’re buying either card for portal2, you’re absolutely doing it wrong.

    • alwayssts
    • 7 years ago

    The closer 7850 1GB/2GB edge to 160/180 (perhaps with rebate and then eventually just plain 140/160), the closer those $200 8850 rumors are to realistically becoming true. You can almost see the trajectory of a scheduled, steady decline until the next series slowly happening.

    Me, I say bring on the you-know-it’s-coming drop to 220 with eventual 20 MIR for 7870. Sure, it might eventually drop to $180 if 8850 is $200, but it would make sense if that big psychological ice-breaker happened for the holiday season (by black friday).

    • eofpi
    • 7 years ago

    24% 1-egg reviews on the Seagate? 25% 1-egg with verified customers?

    No thanks.

      • absurdity
      • 7 years ago

      I find it pretty hard to consider a spinning drive with only a one year warranty.

        • Welch
        • 7 years ago

        I’ve used those 2TB drives and generally back Seagate drives because of the number of newer WD drives I’ve seen die in my shop. However… this particular Seagate drive, steer clear of. I wont touch anything in the 2TB range from Seagate. Had 3 of them out of 5 die right outside of 1 year old, pathetic.

        • designerfx
        • 7 years ago

        If you’re going to get a spinning platter and don’t want to be screwed, buy enterprise. Warranties plus it’s made for more realistic consumer usage (which we represent)

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    7850 @ $180 = Wow!

      • BIF
      • 7 years ago

      Yes, that’s how I think of it; the price is actually $180, not lower.

      I hate mail in rebates and never use them because they end up flooding my US mailbox with way too much spam. For me, it’s an instant rebate at checkout (whether online or in a store) or it’s not that great of a deal.

      Of course, to satisfy the “everybody has their price” crowd, I have thought about this and have decided that I would only do a MIR if it was > 50% of the purchase price and that worked out to a rebate/refund of > $1,000. (purchase price > $2,000)

      That is my price for accepting spam.

      Warranty registration cards and extended warranties are also methods for sending spam to the consumer. The difference is that the extended warranty is the consumer’s privilege to actually PAY for the spam, thank you very much!

      And so are the “win a trip” or “win a week at XYZ health club” drawing boxes.

    • sweatshopking
    • 7 years ago

    Pricing on these things do seem to be dropping. I like cheap stuff

      • dpaus
      • 7 years ago

      Oh, we know. We know.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        that’s why i love neely. she doesn’t break my bank when i need loving!

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