Tuesday deals: a 2-TB Micron 1100 SSD for $269 and more insanity

Hi there, gerbils! Folks, this is an insane day. We're not entirely sure of what's happened recently, but we've seen a sharp drop in SSD prices. Multiple drives have had their price stickers mercilessly slashed, and PC builders and upgraders everywhere can reap the benefits. Let's get this going.

  • There are few things that prove the above point better than the Micron 1100 2-TB solid-state drive. This SATA unit has hardware-based AES-256 encryption and should be capable of pushing 530 MB/s in sequential reads and up to 500 MB/s in writes. Random I/O performance is pretty good for a SATA drive, too, at 55K read IOPS and 83K write IOPS. We're saving the best for last, though, and we hope you have bath salts handy. You can buy this two-terabyte SSD for just $268.99 from Rakuten if you apply the code PLM47 during the checkout process. We'll wait while you get your jaw off the floor and put your credit card back in your wallet. SSD storage at 13.5 cents a gigabyte was nothing but a pipe dream not long ago.

  • Because the taste of one good thing is never enough, we have another crazy SSD deal. The Adata SU800 1 TB is a speedy SATA drive with sequential performance of 560 MB/s on reads and 520 MB/s when writing. This drive is enjoying a massive sale, too, as you can currently get one from Rakuten from just $178.49 with the checkout code AD31. If you're doing the math, that works out to 17.9 cents a gigabyte.

  • The storage onslaught continues with the Seagate Expansion 8 TB external drive. While it doesn't have any particular characteristics other than being a high-quality drive from a top-tier manufacturer, that's fine by us. You see, it's selling for the mere pittance of $139.99 at Newegg with the promo code EMCPUEU34. That, my friends, is $17.50 a terabyte—just wow.

  • You might need a big, fast chunk of storage for your PC or home server. A drive that would fit right in is the HGST DeskStar NAS 6 TB and its 7200-RPM rotational speed coupled with 128 MB of cache. It's selling for $159.99 at Newegg if you use the promo code EMCPUEU53. Math lovers will already have calculated the figure of $26.67 per terabyte.

  • We're still reeling from the attack of the cheap drives, but there's still room for another couple items. The Corsair Carbide Spec Omega is a modern case with unique styling, a tempered-glass side panel, and enough room for all sorts of liquid-cooling hardware. It's not often you see a case like this selling for cheap, but today is a crazy day. Take one home for only $59.99 from Newegg with the code EMCPUEU62, and then get another $20 back by way of a rebate card.

  • Everyone's a fan of a nice headset—particularly a stylish one like the Corsair Void Pro RGB. It's got a pair of 50-mm neodymium drivers, breathable fabric earcups, a comfy headband, and a nice-sounding boom mic. Of course, the RGB LED lighting will make it look fantastic whether it's sitting on your head or on your desk. Grab one of these for only $59.99 either from Amazon or from Newegg. Our Editor-in-Chief Jeff Kampman has the wireless version of the Void Pro RGB and he's pretty happy with it.

That's all for today, folks! There's a chance you're looking for something we haven't covered. If that's the case, you can help The Tech Report by using the following referral links when you're out shopping: not only do we have a partnership with Newegg and Amazon, but we also work with Best Buy, Adorama, RakutenWalmart, and Sam's Club. For more specific needs, you can also shop with our links at Das Keyboard's shop.

Comments closed
    • DPete27
    • 1 year ago

    Surely all the PC-heads around here have some spare 2.5″ drives lying around. How about an [url=https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=16-124-107<]external enclosure for $2[/url<] after promo code EMCPUEV29 and $9 MIR.

      • uni-mitation
      • 1 year ago

      I will pass, I like my SSDs free range.

      uni-mitation

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    I wonder if the drop in SSD prices has anything to do with the surge of antitrust/investigations into the DRAM price-fixing cartel?

    Two of the three in the DRAM cartel are in the NAND business too.

      • limitedaccess
      • 1 year ago

      Crucial, Hynix and Samsung all produce NAND for SSDs.

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        Hmm, so 3/4 of the major NAND manufacturers are dirty (for sure, let’s not beat about the bush and speculate here, they’re all previously-convicted and made a profit from their illegal cartel last time, because the fines were insignificant compared to their profits).

        The one major NAND manufacturer that’s not a DRAM manufacturer is Sandisk, right? IIRC Toshiba was sold to Micron/Crucial last year.

          • HERETIC
          • 1 year ago

          Your a bit mixed up there-
          Sandisk was sold to WD last year.
          Toshiba’s Nand manufacturing is being sold to a consortium,that also has the
          evil fruity one in it…………………………..

      • Eversor
      • 1 year ago

      Not really. It had been announced, many years back, that the fab re-tooling for 3D NAND would eat up capacity for years. Now that everyone is mostly finished transitioning, they’ve been able to get back to the old $/GB metrics and lower.

        • strangerguy
        • 1 year ago

        Exec A: “Oh, that are some nice fabs we got there, it will be a shame if something happened to them.”

        Exec B: “Like an all-to-convenient power outage?”

        Exec A: “Wait, we already did that before right? So we will do it again!” *laughter intensifies*

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        I believe transitioning finished late 2016 for other players. Samsung was almost finished by end of play 2015. Price hikes throughout 2017 were [i<]mysteriously[/i<] unaccounted for. Some mystery that is. Maybe I'm too sceptical but it's really hard to find other believable reasons when all the players are dirty and the regulators have no teeth to stop them.

    • biffzinker
    • 1 year ago

    The Micron 2 TB SSD is listed in the data sheet as capable of 400TB writes but the Adata 1 TB SSD data sheet shows 800TB.

    I’d expect the Micron to have more write endurance before the Adata.

      • Ethyriel
      • 1 year ago

      That’s weird, because the SU800 is supposed to use Micron 3D TLC. Either they’re using a better chip than Micron themselves, have substantially more spare area, or are full or shit. Adata being Adata, and Micron being Micron, I’m betting on the last one.

      • Haserath
      • 1 year ago

      The Micron drive uses 16nm planar so this looks like a fire sale on old NAND.

        • Takeshi7
        • 1 year ago

        Are you sure? Because I heard that the Micron 1100 is just the OEM version of the Crucial MX300. The only Planar TLC Micron drive I know of is the BX200, and that only went up to 960GB size.

        Edit, yeah I just found it. It uses 32 layer 3D NAND, not planar. [url<]https://www.nikktech.com/main/articles/pc-hardware/storage/solid-state-drives/7138-micron-1100-256gb-ssd-review[/url<]

      • Freon
      • 1 year ago

      Both are ridiculously high unless you’re using them as OLTP database servers. Techreport’s own testing of a bunch of “72TB write endurance” drives seems to indicate that they’ll last into the 1PB range anyway. I don’t think anyone should care.

        • strangerguy
        • 1 year ago

        My M550 1TB as a OS and gaming SSD has only seen 12.8TB total writes over 3 years. It would take another ~14 years to hit that low 72TB mark, and I will long become a double centenarian in a ceramic urn before it reaches 1PB.

        99.99% of people should not even be remotely worried at the 400TB write count spec.

          • davidbowser
          • 1 year ago

          Lest we forget:

          [url<]https://techreport.com/review/27909/the-ssd-endurance-experiment-theyre-all-dead[/url<] That is exactly what was shown in the TR SSD endurance test. All the drives went past the specs and lasted WAY longer. I am past worrying about SSD wear. I've had 2 SSDs throw SMART messages and after I wiped them and swapped them to a lower priority machine, they have kept on working (both are now 2-3 years in use). I think that DOA and early failure still come into play, but that is pretty much all electronics.

    • Captain Ned
    • 1 year ago

    Couldn’t not take that SSD at that price.

      • morphine
      • 1 year ago

      Attaboy.

      • biffzinker
      • 1 year ago

      Such a sweet deal Captain Ned put another not in after the could[b<]n't[/b<].

        • Captain Ned
        • 1 year ago

        Perusing my Amazon history:

        January 2015 – Crucial MX100 512 GB – $213.99 (my current system drive)
        June 2016 – Mushkin Reactor 1 TB – $256.95 (system drive in daughter’s laptop)
        Today – Micron 1100 2 TB – $268.99 (to become system drive)

          • blastdoor
          • 1 year ago

          Wow… it’s almost like transistor densities were doubling on a regular schedule

            • derFunkenstein
            • 1 year ago

            There should be a Law to ensure Moore of that.

      • e1jones
      • 1 year ago

      Rakuten had it for $347 – $50 (though still plus CA tax) a couple months ago. Bit on that one. May have to bite on this one too.

      I’m still wondering if anyone has a real review of the drive… I’ve only found sites that essentially parrot the manufacturer data sheet as a ‘review’.

      • uni-mitation
      • 1 year ago

      Double negatives? It clearly had an effect on you.

      uni-mitation

        • Captain Ned
        • 1 year ago

        Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

          • dragontamer5788
          • 1 year ago

          James, while John had “had”, had had “had had”; “had had” had had a better effect on the teacher.

          [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police,_Poland<]Police[/url<] police Police police police Police police police.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 1 year ago

        Double negatives are used in many cultures. In English we take a mathematical approach to the negatives where people receive comments like yours when used, but in other cultures, double or more negatives are used to reinforce the negative.

        Who knows if that’s part of Captain Ned’s culture? It’s best not to shun someone until we understand their culture or what language(s) they speak.

        srsly_bro

          • gamoniac
          • 1 year ago

          Yea, that is interesting. There is a triple-negative in Chinese language, except that the last one is usually used in a rhetorical way to be positive — 无非不. So all three together are tantamount to “Nothing but” in English.

          • Captain Ned
          • 1 year ago

          [quote<]Who knows if that's part of Captain Ned's culture? It's best not to shun someone until we understand their culture or what language(s) they speak.[/quote<] I come from the world where there are things that we know that we don't know and things that we don't know that we don't know.

            • blastdoor
            • 1 year ago

            Rumsfeldia?

    • DPete27
    • 1 year ago

    @Seagate Expansion 8 TB external drive: That 1 year warranty has me a little concerned. Am I overreacting?

      • MOSFET
      • 1 year ago

      Maybe? I don’t have a lot of expectations for external drives or Seagates to start with, so I would consider a year ok (if the price was ok to start with). Might as well just buy these things in pairs, or schedule an annual repurchase for safety’s sake.

      • tay
      • 1 year ago

      Just buy SSD’s 1 TB at a time? And use something like LVM or whatever the windows version (storage spaces?) is.

      • Waco
      • 1 year ago

      I put three of them in my NAS. They’re desktop Barracuda Compute drives internally, 5900 RPM.

      They’re just as reliable as any other spinning rust past the first month.

      • albundy
      • 1 year ago

      yes! the drive is awesome! have it running for 2 years now.

    • DancinJack
    • 1 year ago

    6TB of my favourite spinning rust model for 160 bucks. Man, I might have to jump on that deal.

      • morphine
      • 1 year ago

      Look at this swinging clock. With each tick, your mind falls closer to openness. With each tock, your hands moves closer to your credit card and pulls it out of your wallet. You slowly hit the “Add to cart” button and proceed to enter the card’s numbers in the checkout page. When the time hits the hour, you will be forever happier.

        • DancinJack
        • 1 year ago

        lol

      • derFunkenstein
      • 1 year ago

      I bought one. It’s not $20/TB as Bruno wrote (closer to $27) but that’s fine. Still a good deal, and I need a bigger drive for my external enclosure.

        • morphine
        • 1 year ago

        Ooops, fixed. I got into the habit of discussing 8-TB drives a little too much.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This