Game bundles are all the rage this year. In August, Nvidia offered Borderlands 2 with its GeForce GTX 660 Ti graphics card. AMD struck back last month with the mother of all bundles, including up to three triple-A titles with high-end Radeons. Now, Samsung has entered the ring, throwing in Assassin's Creed III with its freshly introduced 840 Pro solid-state drives.
As we noted in September, there are two next-gen Samsung SSDs featuring 21-nm flash memory and the company's new MDX controller: the 840 Series and 840 Pro. Assassin's Creed III is only bundled with the latter—specifically, 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB versions of it. I see those listed at Newegg for $154.99, $269.99, and $599.99, respectively. Only the first two are in stock, though.
Those prices are a tad high, in any case—even for premium SSDs. For reference, the previous-gen 830 Series 128GB and 256GB, which are based on the older MCX controller and 27-nm flash, will set you back just $89.99 and $199.99, respectively, at Newegg right now. Even factoring in a $59.99 discount for Assassin's Creed III, Samsung is still charging a premium for the new SSDs.
There is a middle ground, so long as you don't mind forfeiting the game bundle (and a few gigabytes). Samsung's non-Pro 840 Series drives are also out, and they cost $109.99, $199.99, and $399.99 for 120GB, 250GB, and 500GB variants. Be warned, though. While these have identical read speed ratings as their Pro siblings, their quoted write speeds are substantially lower—even lower than the 830 Series'. The 120GB 840 Series only writes at up to 130MB/s, down from a 320MB/s peak for its 128GB predecessor. We'll see how the two compare in our storage test suite soon. Stay tuned.