Deal of the week: Mechanical storage deals are back

Cheap solid-state drives abound these days, but since last year’s flooding in Thailand, we haven’t seen a whole lot of deals on mechanical storage. That appears to be changing at last.

Using the coupon code EMCJJNH23 at Newegg lets you take 20% off the price of Western Digital’s Caviar Green 2TB hard drive, bringing it down from $109.99 to a tantalizing $87.99 with free shipping. Apply the same coupon code to the Caviar Green 3TB, and you can get that drive for just $119.99 shipped—quite a discount from the regular $149.99 asking price. Keep in mind these drives both have low spindle speeds that make them better suited for mass storage than for your OS and applications. Still, it’s hard to beat that kind of capacity per dollar.

Newegg has some nice deals in the RAM section. The coupon code EMCJJNH45 trims pricing for desktop memory kits by 10%, so you can get, say, Corsair’s 8GB DDR3-1600 ValueSelect bundle for only $32.39 shipped. Another code, EMCJJNH46, has the same effect on notebook memory. Apply it on the checkout screen, and you’ll be able to grab an 8GB Corsair DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM kit for $35.09 shipped.

On the graphics front, AMD’s game bundles have finally worked their way down to mid-range offerings on Newegg. You can get a PowerColor Radeon HD 7850 1GB for $169.99 with a free copy of Far Cry 3 and a 20%-off coupon code for Medal of Honor Warfighter Deluxe Edition.

Oh, and speaking of games, Rock, Paper, Shotgun points out that Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is free to play on Steam this weekend. If you’ve thought about revisiting CS but haven’t felt like paying for the privilege, now’s your chance. (Otherwise, the game is on sale for $9.99 on Steam right now.)

Our Canadian readers can partake in NCIX’s Movember Sale Event. Items available at a discount include WD’s Caviar Green 2TB, which is selling for $99.99 CAD, and Sapphire’s Radeon HD 7850 1GB, which you can get for just $164.99—including the free copy of Far Cry 3 and the Medal of Honor coupon.

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    • Grigory
    • 7 years ago

    Finally! A place to store all my mechanicals!

    • LastQuestion
    • 7 years ago

    All the reviews about the Green drives point to a high failure rate…An almost eventual failure within 6 months to 1 year. If only they had deals for the Black drives. ><

    Looked at the first page of reviews…awful. So want a price drop on Black drives…

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      I don’t know how they’re killing them all- Seagate drives are much easier to kill.

    • albundy
    • 7 years ago

    imo, that radeon hd 7850 seems expensive considering that TD has the Radeon HD 7870 for $10 more sans FC3 with free shipping.

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 7 years ago

      7850 is a poor deal now. 7870 is great and 7950 is even better with the 2 extra games.

    • ZGradt
    • 7 years ago

    Greens. Meh. Amazon has good prices on the reds tho.

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      Get both and have an early HDD Christmas!

    • ULYXX
    • 7 years ago

    Not as great as a “Deal of the week: Mechanical storage deals AND 3 year warranties are back”, but were getting there.

    Ps.
    I guess some one prefers the 1 and 2 year warranty over 3. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jambe
    • 7 years ago

    [url=http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096<]Samsung's low-voltage 30nm DDR3-1600[/url<] has been my go-to RAM for about a year now. Excellent stuff; eminently stable, low-profile, cool, and can be overclocked to hell and back if you're silly and like to tinker with such silly things. Comes to $36 shipped with the code. Also, CS:GO is a good time, worth $15 to me. I played 1.6 and prior releases back in the day and had a bit of a play with Source for a while. I enjoy the Demolition mode where you're cycled through a fixed list of weapons if you get a kill on the previous round (and the maps are smaller than traditional maps like Dust or Aztec and have only one bomb site). It's easy to get a pickup game going and the cycle of weapons works to keep the good players on their toes (as the weapons tend to get weaker through the progression until the AWP "reward" at the end). I'm not into Competitive mode but my friends who play say the matchmaking system is really worthwhile with these most recent patches. And as with previous CS versions there's a number of custom player-owned servers with jailbreak, minigames, zombie escape, weird GunGame variations, climbing (_kz) maps, etc, if that stuff floats your boat.

      • hippie69
      • 7 years ago

      Don’t know why you got downvote. Just got 2 kits of these and have them 9-9-9-24-1T@1866, 1.35v. Pretty sick for ~ $60. Could push more but I’m happy atm.

      Edit : plus low profile is nice for fitting under almost any heatsink.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      When it comes to machines that will not be overclocking and such I’ve always had great luck with Kingston ram. They do seem to be “more compatible” with boards then other brands. No big frills but just good stable ram.

      • cynan
      • 7 years ago

      I have 8 of those dimms in my X79 build. Unfortunately I’ve not had much luck getting it much past 1600 speed, but I think this is more to do with the memory controller on the 3930k than the ram itself.

      I just wish it came in 8GB dimms…

      • Bensam123
      • 7 years ago

      Wish I knew about the memory before… Definitely a good idea. Since normal chips run at 1.5 there is quite a bit of headroom.

      Looking a bit around newegg, G.Skill is selling some 1.25v 4GB DDR3-1600 for $43 with $5 coupon code and then the 20% code on top of it.

      Better timings, but it’s not low profile…

      [url<]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231461[/url<] Too bad I don't need more memory.

    • The Dark One
    • 7 years ago

    How does the 1TB Caviar Black compare to the Spinpoint F3 you mentioned in your System Guide? Because NCIX has the WD drive for $90 Canadian until the 7th.

      • Airmantharp
      • 7 years ago

      Based on experience, the Black will probably be faster (if that matters with mechanical drives) and the F3 will be quieter.

      I’d go with the F3 if I could be assured that it is in fact a Samsung part, and not a Seagate part.

    • Shambles
    • 7 years ago

    So…. looks like we’re still far off the $60 2TB drives that were on sale pre-flood. I’ll keep buying SSDs instead tyvm.

      • ludi
      • 7 years ago

      Do you also mow your lawn with a dressmaker’s shears when you feel that lawnmowers are unacceptably priced?

      I mean, sure, $88 for a 2TB drive is more than $60 (were 2TB drives ever down to $60?), but the only way to get that much storage in SSD form is to pick up, say, eight 256GB drives at $210 each and a SATA controller card to handle the extra port duty.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 7 years ago

        I don’t remember seeing any $60 2TB drives, I know that. They might have happened but they were not commonplace.

        $60 1TB drives, OTOH, were common before

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          I was picking up Hitachi 7k3000 2TB drives for $70 just a few months back and last month bought a bunch of 3TB versions for $109 (although they were disguised in USB 2 enclosures) at the local BB.

    • flip-mode
    • 7 years ago

    HD 7850 for $170 is boss value.

      • My Johnson
      • 7 years ago

      With Far Cry 3 to boot. I have a 512MB HD 5770 and am having the most trouble not pulling the trigger. I could try going without meat and alcohol for month. ๐Ÿ™

        • willmore
        • 7 years ago

        Not much more will get you a 7850 2GB.

          • cynan
          • 7 years ago

          And if your lucky, an [url=http://www.ncix.ca/products/index.php?sku=69828&vpn=FX787ACNFC&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1382<]HD 7870[/url<]

    • LoneWolf15
    • 7 years ago

    I’d love to see similar deals on WD Red drives.

    I’m building a new HP Proliant Microserver to replace my HP Mediasmart, and three of my drives are the trusty Samsung HD204UI 2TB models, that Seagate promptly replaced (post-buyout) with cheap-a$$ versions made by them that aren’t nearly as reliable. I want one more because I’m considering RAID-5, but I’ll have to buy used to get a match. Even then, if one dies in the RAID, I won’t be able to get a replacement.

      • mcnabney
      • 7 years ago

      You do not need RAID5. That is not what RAID5 is for – since it is not any form of backup. RAID5 is for up-time, nothing more.

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        I’m confused. RAID5 offers redundancy, does it not? If you lose one drive, you can still reproduce all the data, right?

        I just set up a $400 4TB->3TB RAID5 array with some Newegg discounts, and I’m trusting it to keep my important data (after the Intel SSD firmware debacle). Are you saying this isn’t good enough..?

          • chuckula
          • 7 years ago

          Actually… BOTH OF YOU ARE WRONG (purportedly)

          1. McNabney is somewhat wrong in saying that RAID 5 gives improved uptime. It doesn’t because if one of the drives dies, you need to take the array offline and rebuild it. Hopefully if only one drive dies and if things go right you can get the data back from the parity on the other 2 drives, but the uptime is shot during the rebuild process.

          2. NeelyCam is wrong.. well… just because it’s Neelycam, but also because: RAID is never a backup*! RAID is simply a way of hopefully handling hardware failure gracefully. No matter what the RAID level is, you can still have all of your data get corrupted due to good ol’ software errors on your system, viruses, PEBKAC, etc. etc.

          * Unless the RAID array happens to be where your backup is being directed to from another primary storage device.

            • TechNut
            • 7 years ago

            Uh, no on #1. If you lose one drive of RAID 5, it keeps working. If you replace the drive, the performance is lower (typically) but your are not down, and your uptime is intact.

            Take a look here, it will help you understand this better… [url<]http://www.servethehome.com/raid-reliability-failure-anthology-part-1-primer/[/url<] And yes, on #2, RAID is not a backup. It gives you a chance to fix things, but you still need backups, even with RAID....

            • Prion
            • 7 years ago

            RAID?! :poof:

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Of course that is why programmers love RAID. RAID kills bugs dead! ๐Ÿ˜›

            • absurdity
            • 7 years ago

            It’s dependent on the RAID controller. Some will allow you to just plug in another drive and rebuild, others will force you to take it offline to rebuild.

            • willmore
            • 7 years ago

            If your raid controller forces you to take an array offline to rebuild, then it’s *doing it wrong*.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            With RAID 5 you should never have to take an array offline to rebuild due to a drive failure. That’s sort of the whole purpose of going RAID 5, even software RAID 5.

            • nexxcat
            • 7 years ago

            Thing is, though, while it’s doing the rebuilding, it’ll be really slow, simply because its utilization will be at 100%. I’ve also not found RAID5 to be particularly *fast*, except with horrendously expensive controllers that do really fast hardware checksumming. When I built my NAS, I went with RAID10.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            One thing that could improve the speeds is GPU assisted software RAID. The downside to it however is that you really would want to be running a UPS on the system. Sandia National Labs put the theory to test a few years back and found it could drastically improve the speeds of software raids. Unfortunately they never released the code to the public.

            [url<]http://www.pdsw.org/pdsw08/resources/papers/MatthewCurryPaper.pdf[/url<]

          • rrr
          • 7 years ago

          No RAID is backup, ever. You can have power surge burn all your drives at once, what are you gonna do then?

          Always have offline backup just in case. RAID is for keeping uptime on servers, to have disks swapped on the fly and maybe in stuff like video editing, when working with huge files, where transfer increases do give real world benefits. In consumer space, it offers virtually no value, other than masturbating over benchmark numbers in eg. HDTach.

        • LoneWolf15
        • 7 years ago

        Where did I say “backup” in my comment? That word isn’t there.

        I have a separate eSATA drive for backup. I want RAID5 for redundancy, not backup. Right now, with the drives I have, I could do 1TB for boot, and 4TB (3 x 2TB) as a RAID-5 array. I’d rather do 6TB (4 x 2TB).

        Previously, I wasn’t using RAID because my Windows Home Server used Drive Extender and Folder Duplication; I could choose important folders and keep shadow copies of them across drives. I may still be able to do this with Server 2012 Essentials, but as I have less trust in Microsoft continuing to support technologies they created (like WHS and its features), I’d rather use RAID-5.

        EDIT: I’d be using an HP P410 or P410i SmartArray RAID controller if I do it, so it would be hardware RAID-5 with either a 256MB or 512MB cache.

      • kc77
      • 7 years ago

      If you are using drives above 1TB in size I would recommend that you use RAID 6.

        • sjl
        • 7 years ago

        Hell yeah. Rebuild times on a 2+ TB SATA drive RAID set (RAID 5 or 6) are horrendous; one array I worked on took a couple of [i<]weeks[/i<] to do it. There's no way I would build an array with drives that large without the double redundancy; in fact, I soon will be setting up twelve drives at home, and I'm still debating the merits of 2x6 disk RAID versus 1x12 disk. Still not a good substitute for proper backups, but the bulk of the data on this beast will be either easily recreated, or play data for learning purposes, so I'll live with it.

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          What the hell kind of controller are you using? Even a nvidia fakeraid 5 system can rebuild in a matter of a few hours.

    • NeelyCam
    • 7 years ago

    [quote<]Apply the same coupon code to the Caviar Green 3TB, and you can get that drive for just $119.99 shippedโ€”quite a discount from the regular $149.99 asking price.[/quote<] I WOULD RATHER GET A SEAGATE 3TB USB3.0 BACKUP DRIVE first - SAME PRICE. I HAVE A 3TB CAVIAR GREEN, AND IT'S FRIGGIN' LOUD

      • MadManOriginal
      • 7 years ago

      As loud as the typing in your post?

        • James296
        • 7 years ago

        WHAT!!??? I CAN’T HEAR WHAT YOUR SAYING OVER HIS HARD DRIVE ๐Ÿ˜›

        • NeelyCam
        • 7 years ago

        BIF THE PRESIDENT SAID IT’S ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME UNTIL WE HAVE EASY-TO-USE POST EDITING BUTTONS (E.G., QUOTE BUTTONS AND BOLD/ITALICS BUTTONS)

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          BIF is just lazy like all the kids these days, wants simple buttons to hand editing to him on a plate. In my day, we had to WORK to edit our text darnit, and we liked it!

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            THAT’S BECAUSE YOU’RE OLD. AND OLD PEOPLE LIKE AWFUL THINGS. LIKE MATLOCK. AND MURDER SHE WROTE.

            • Srsly_Bro
            • 7 years ago

            WHAT ABOUT MASH? DO YOU LIKE THAT?

            • SHOES
            • 7 years ago

            WHAT?! NASH BRIDGES? I LOVE THAT SHOW!!!

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            [quote<]AND OLD PEOPLE LIKE AWFUL THINGS[/quote<] I like you. OH NO, CONUNDRUM!!

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            • 7 years ago

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            • kitsura
            • 7 years ago

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            • 7 years ago

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            • 7 years ago

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          • yogibbear
          • 7 years ago

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      • BobbinThreadbare
      • 7 years ago

      WD drive has a 2 year warranty. Guessing any external drive is 1 year.

      • Deanjo
      • 7 years ago

      Guess you don’t value your data.

        • sweatshopking
        • 7 years ago

        YEAH. SEAGATE IS OFTEN THE LARGEST HD COMPANY IN THE WORLD BECAUSE THEY MAKE ALL THE CRAPPIEST DRIVES. YOU DUMBY, TIFF

          • MadManOriginal
          • 7 years ago

          Something doesn’t have to be big to be good. Just ask your wife.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            idk if you’re saying i have a small but skillful “ability”, cause that sounds kind of like a compliment, but then it’s not really?

            • MadManOriginal
            • 7 years ago

            [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backhanded_compliment<]Backhanded compliment[/url<]

          • Deanjo
          • 7 years ago

          Seagates have the highest failure rate @ Apple. So bad that Apple has had to extend warranties to cover the high failure rate of Seagate drives.

          PS. At one time the cars like the Chevy Cavalier were also the top selling cars and GM was the largest car company in the world. The size of company has very little to do with the quality.

            • sweatshopking
            • 7 years ago

            DON’T USE FACTS.

            • Deanjo
            • 7 years ago

            Sorry, I forgot where I was.

            • Noigel
            • 7 years ago

            Wait, are you saying it isn’t a quality car?

            -Owner of a Chevy Cavalier

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