Deal of the week: solid-state storage at 59 cents/GB

Our own Geoff Gasior wrote a pretty interesting story about declining solid-state storage prices yesterday. One of the highlights was a graph that ranked a plethora of drives by their median cost per gigabyte over the past week. I’d like to thank Geoff, because that graph made my job of putting together this week’s deal post a lot easier.

According to the rankings, the drive that costs the least per gigabyte is OCZ’s Agility 4 256GB, which Newegg currently sells for $169.99 with free shipping, or about 66 cents per gig. As if that weren’t cheap enough, Newegg throws in a $20 mail-in rebate that knocks the price down to just 59 cents/GB. And the e-tailer offers an SSD upgrade kit, which normally sells for $17.99, free of charge to those who purchase the Agility 4. (Just add the SSD to your shopping cart, and the free upgrade kit should show up alongside automatically.)

The Agility 4 is a 6Gbps Serial ATA drive with a Marvell controller and respective read and write speeds of 420MB/s and 410MB/s. It’s covered by a three-year warranty. As for the upgrade kit, that includes an external drive enclosure, Acronis imaging software, and a 3.5" to 2.5" adapter, which should all come in handy if you’re transitioning your system drive from mechanical to solid-state.

If you’re looking for games to load up on your shiny new SSD, then you may want to check Amazon’s PC downloads section. There, you’ll find Borderlands 2 for $49.99 (10 bucks off the usual price) and the highly addictive Sleeping Dogs for just $29.99. The same games will set you back $59.99 and $49.99, respectively, on Steam right now.

Our Canadian readers can nab the 256GB Agility 4 over at NCIX for the same price as their American counterparts: $149.99 after a $20 mail-in rebate. More Canadian deals are available for your perusal on NCIX’s Thanksgiving Sale Event page.

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    • TAViX
    • 7 years ago

    Is this lasting more than 2 months???

    • Shambles
    • 7 years ago

    For Canadians, Memory Express has a weekend sale with the 256GB crucial m4 for $160. Go nuts.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 years ago

    I got a Newegg email advertazing a 128GB m4 for $99.99 from $149.99. I’d much rather have that.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 7 years ago

    queue the “I’m not buying till they’re $0.10/GB” crowd…

      • BiffStroganoffsky
      • 7 years ago

      Don’t forget the “my pr0n collection is way bigger than that drive” crowd…

    • Geistbar
    • 7 years ago

    I wonder how long ago it was that hard drives were $0.59/GB ?

      • mnecaise
      • 7 years ago

      I still remember when it was a big deal they got under $1/MB <– yes I said MegaByte. I remember paying > $300 for a 20MB drive.

      • jpostel
      • 7 years ago

      About 7 years ago. 2005. [url=http://www.mkomo.com/cost-per-gigabyte<]Good reference[/url<] Another interesting note is that the sweet spot for HDD prices were in the 250GB size range, which is pretty much the same as SSD now.

        • Geistbar
        • 7 years ago

        Awesome, I was hoping somebody would have that info! It wasn’t all that long ago.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 7 years ago

    I think you forgot to post the BSoD/s results of the OCZ drives. That information is very important to me.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Agility 4’s don’t BSOD, that was Sandforce drives. These just straight up die a lot.

        • Waco
        • 7 years ago

        …none of the BSOD any more with a firmware update. It’s also nothing to do with the brand – just the controller.

        The original Indilinx Barefoot drives had universally bad firmware (though Supertalent has a GREAT firmware out now that can be flashed to any of them, fixed both of my “dead” drives from Corsair and G.Skill).

        The Sandforce drives had bugs till the last few revisions of the firmware.

        AFAIK nobody is having real issues with the newest batch of drives…

    • My Johnson
    • 7 years ago

    Mmmm, 256GB’s. Nice.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      Mr. Pedantic says it’s 256GBs, not GB’s. Welcome to the 21st Century!

      • Grigory
      • 7 years ago

      256GB’s? I love that bar!

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