Deal of the week: 25% off games and a $0.66/GB Samsung SSD

Sleeping Dogs is one of my favorite games of the year. Just two months after its initial release, the price has been slashed by half. You can grab the open-world action/adventure game for only $25 on Steam right now. Amazon is also selling the game for $25, and there it can be combined with coupon code SQRLUVOC to knock an additional 25% off the price. The coupon, which we spotted on Digital Gaming Deals, appears to be good for any downloadable game other than XCOM and Borderlands 2. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t have Dishonored in downloadable form. However, you can grab the DVD version for $48, 20% off the usual price.

Need somewhere to store those games? Here comes the inevitable SSD deal. This one’s pretty sweet: Samsung’s 830 Series 256GB is down to $170 at both Newegg and Amazon. Shipping is free at Newegg but $3 at Amazon. Either way, you’re looking at about 66 cents per gigabyte for one of the fastest drives around.

NAND isn’t the only inexpensive memory these days. DRAM is incredibly cheap, and Newegg is offering a 16GB Corsair Vengeance DDR3-1600 kit with four 4GB modules for just $75, a 10% discount. We’ve been using various flavors of the Vengeance modules in our labs for a while now and haven’t experienced any problems. These particular models have short heat spreaders that won’t interfere with larger CPU coolers.

As I type this post on a keyboard with Cherry MX brown mechanical switches, I can’t help but give a shout out to Rosewill’s new RK-9100BR. The RK-9100 series is a backlit version of the RK-9000 family we reviewed in August. The variant with Cherry MX brown switches, the RK-9100BR, is $10 off at $120 right now.

There are plenty of deals to be had north of the border in NCIX’s Spooktacular Sale Event. Cheap SSDs abound, of course, and NCIX has an even better deal on Corsair Vengeance memory. You can grab a 2 x 8GB DDR3-1600 kit for just $59. Corsair’s Hydro Series H80 water cooler is also on sale; you can get it for $80 after a $20 discount and a $10 mail-in rebate.

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    • Bauxite
    • 7 years ago

    It comes and goes, but newegg has had $60 sales on various 2×8 GB Corsair kits the last few weeks. (sometimes 1333, sometimes 1600, various timings)

    Ends up a better/cheaper option as long as you can use that density, memory controllers are on the cpu these days so it should work for most people.

    The samsung 830 was $160 on amazon on monday, seems like everyone is making room for the 840.

    Personally I’d want some more time with 3rd party torture testing the TLC nand (at least several months of constant rewrites) until then 830 or 840 pro.

    MLC has been (ab)used plenty by enthusiasts and crafty enterprise users so the wear-out rates seems to be well documented.

      • maxxcool
      • 7 years ago

      For 9$ more, you can get 2133mhz ram…

        • Shambles
        • 7 years ago

        For .1% less performance you can get $9.

          • Meadows
          • 7 years ago

          Made my day.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            Come on. That doesn’t even make sense.

            • Airmantharp
            • 7 years ago

            It does coming from SSK :).

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            From what I gather, you’re female Meadows and you did in fact say something, so in the literal sense he is correct – it is what she said.

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            Nope, I’m not.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            LIES! I SAW THOSE PICS!

          • Alexko
          • 7 years ago

          Unless you use an integrated GPU.

    • xxxSakurachanxxx
    • 7 years ago
      • Scrotos
      • 7 years ago

      Here’s a solution for your specific problem:

      [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007531%20600022029&IsNodeId=1&name=PCI%20Express%20to%20SATA%20Card[/url<] As for the other crazy ranting, yes, that's how an economy works. Demand drives profits which drives companies to provide products. Few companies are able to create a market where none previously existed (see: Apple; netbooks [asus?]) and there probably isn't a huge demand for PCIe SSDs in the consumer space. The market is kinda being provided for, see the RevoDrive: [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=-1&IsNodeId=1&Description=RevoDrive&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20[/url<] However, if they were making money hand over fist, there would be more players in the cheap SSD PCIe market. I guess they ain't so there aren't. Why would Intel fab monitors? Why would IBM? Which governments are supposed to regulate what markets to make you happy? The US goverment tried to regulate CableCard and that's been a farce. Is a government supposed to nationalize a business and make them start producing different products? You're advocating some kinda dictatorship so you get a cheap display that fits your requirements? Harsh, dude.

      • indeego
      • 7 years ago

      We need more rational, well thought out trolls on TR like this guy.

        • UberGerbil
        • 7 years ago

        Well, better trolls might be better, but zero trolls are best.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 7 years ago

        I miss snake oil’s educational posts on Intel’s inability to make northbridges for Lynnfield. We can only wonder what he would have to say about the system on a chip trend…

        • l33t-g4m3r
        • 7 years ago

        One SSK is enough, and I wouldn’t say either are rational or well thought out.

          • sweatshopking
          • 7 years ago

          ONE SSK IS NOT ONLY ENOUGH, HE’S NOT REPLACEABLE!!! HE’S UNIQUE, AND OH SO SENSUAL.

          This message has been approved by the “l33t-g4m3r’s Sweatshopking fan club”

      • maxxcool
      • 7 years ago

      PCI-express ssd’s are more fault tolerant, have different fimrware for enterprise and error correct better…

      you get what you pay for:

      1-cheap consumer level reliability on a sata port
      2-enterprise reliability and *enterprise warranty* on a sata port
      3-or pci-e sdd with enterprise reliability and firmware and *enterprise warranty* …

      either pay or stop whining and by a sata3 sata6 pci-e express controller card…

      • heinsj24
      • 7 years ago

      The reason why PCI Express SSDs (including consumer models) are expensive is that they have higher performance than SATA models. Logically, they are a RAID controllers with SSDs attached to them.

      There are OLED monitors. They start out at about $4K for a 17 inch model or $2.5k for a 7 inch.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Uh, PCI espresso? Too long since your last coffee break, Freud?

      Although I admit, I would definitely buy that product.

      • Forge
      • 7 years ago

      You need to watch your spell check, or maybe drink less PCI espresso.

      • Krogoth
      • 7 years ago

      Because, SSD PCIe cards are just scale-up version of your SATA SSDs (more chips and controllers) that ride on a fatter bus.

      Desktops don’t *need* the performance that SSD PCIe yield. They are bloody overkill and you’ll not notice a difference going from a run of a hill SATA SSD outside of epenis synthetic benchmarks. Take a guess where is the only area where you even need that kind of performance? Enterprise market.

      SSD manufacturer’s have marketed and priced SSD PCIe accordingly.

        • Meadows
        • 7 years ago

        Don’t use the word “bloody”. You don’t speak English.

        Edit: also, “run of a hill”?

          • derFunkenstein
          • 7 years ago

          [quote<]Edit: also, "run of a hill"?[/quote<] proving he doesn't speak English.

            • Meadows
            • 7 years ago

            [i<]Run off a hill[/i<], indeed.

      • sschaem
      • 7 years ago

      Haven’t you heard the PC is Dead…

        • raddude9
        • 7 years ago

        Long live the PC…

        • rrr
        • 7 years ago

        Yes, we’ve heard that crap bajillion times. And we don’t care.

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 7 years ago

    Cynic here: If you’re buying games on the release date, you’re getting ripped off. 2 months later and half price….25% off codes, etc etc. No preorder DLC pack outweighs that…

      • absurdity
      • 7 years ago

      You’re not really getting ripped off, you’re just paying a higher price for the privilege of playing it on release.

        • xxxSakurachanxxx
        • 7 years ago
      • travbrad
      • 7 years ago

      I usually avoid pre-ordering games too, but it’s not necessarily “getting ripped off” if you know you are going to enjoy it enough to be worth the cost. I pre-ordered BF3 for $50, but I’ve played it almost 300 hours so I don’t really feel like it was a “rip off”. A good game gives you more value for your money than virtually any other form of entertainment.

      Not all games drop to half price in just a couple months either. Skyrim was full price for about half a year, for example.

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