Last week's deals post was entirely devoid of SSDs—but this week's isn't.
- Samsung's 850 EVO 1TB is on sale at Newegg for only $399.99 without any rebates, coupon codes, or other hoops to jump through. That's $100 off the initial asking price, which is a sweet deal given the drive's strong all-around performance, 150TB endurance rating, and five-year warranty. See our detailed review for a sense of how the EVO stacks up to its peers.
- Sennheiser's HD 518 headphones are discounted to just $64.95 at Newegg with promo code EMCANKP68. These around-ear cans have an excellent reputation, with plenty of positive user reviews at both Newegg and other vendors. I haven't listened to this particular model, but my experiences with other Sennheiser headphones have been very positive.
- Cheap memory kits are nothing new, but it's unusual to see deals on low-profile modules. Newegg has Crucial's Ballistix Sport 2 x 8GB DDR3-1600 kit on sale for $119.99. The low-profile DIMMs are shorter than standard modules, and they have a lower 1.35V voltage rating. The 9-9-9-24 timings are still tight, though, and the pricing is comparable to full-sized modules that require more juice.
- Recent discounts on 6TB hard drives have me itching to revisit mechanical storage. This week's deal applies to WD's Red 6TB, which is on sale at Newegg for $254.99 after promo code ESCANKP23. The low-power drive has an "IntelliPower" spindle speed around 5,400 RPM, and its firmware is tuned for NAS and RAID implementations. The three-year warranty is also longer than the coverage typically attached to mechanical drives.
- AMD's Radeon R9 290 continues to be one of the best graphics deals in the business, though prices have risen slightly since last week. The cheapest option right now HIS's iPower IceQ X² OC variant, which is down to $249.99 at Newegg after a $10 mail-in rebate. MSI's Gaming version is $10 more after a larger $30 rebate.
- I've heard a lot of folks raving about Far Cry 4 lately, so I'm happy to report that Amazon has slashed the price by half, to $29.99. The discount is available for the PC version, of course, and it also applies to the console variants if you want a more "cinematic" experience at lower frame rates, resolutions, and detail levels. Just sayin'.
Those are the deals that stood out to me this morning. However, it's the morning after a 12-hour day that ended with our live podcast recording session, so everything is still a little blurry. Do me a solid and point out anything I missed in the comments below.