Deals of the day: a 120-GB SSD for $28 and a 256-GB drive for $50

Have an older system that could really do with an SSD upgrade? Our deal-scouting today turned up a couple drives that could take the mechanical-hard-drive torpor out of your older laptop or desktop.

  • Amazon has Kingston's A400 128-GB SSD on sale for a mere $28. This DRAM-less drive isn't going to be the best-performing SSD out there by any stretch of the imagination, but if you have a super-pokey older system that could do with a dose of solid-state magic, this drive's low absolute price tag might make it an impulse buy.

  • If you want a higher-performance SATA SSD at an even lower cost per gigabyte than the Kingston A400, the HP S700 Pro 256 GB is on sale today at Newegg for $49.99. At just $0.195/gig, this drive offers a DRAM cache, HP-tuned firmware on its Silicon Motion 2258 controller, and Micron 3D NAND chips. That all adds up to solid performance, and the HP leaves you plenty of room to install Windows and a few applications or games. Assuming you can afford the extra $22, this drive could be an even better choice than the Kingston above.

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    • strangerguy
    • 1 year ago

    Personally the HP drive is the infinitely better deal since it isn’t the unholy trinity of a known bait-and-switch manufacturer, DRAM-less and 120GB of almost unworkable capacity as a OS drive.

    Also to think my $15 for 64GB MicroSD I just got actually has worse GB/$ than the HP!

      • xrror
      • 1 year ago

      +1 for not buying Kingston.

      For those who don’t remember the Kingston SSDNow V300 SSD bait and switch:
      Anandtech called them on it, and Kingston basically told them to shove off.

      [url<]https://www.anandtech.com/show/7763/an-update-to-kingston-ssdnow-v300-a-switch-to-slower-micron-nand[/url<] I was a fan of Hyper X memory back in the day, but after the way Kingston handled this - never again.

    • ronch
    • 1 year ago

    I swear, just like cellphones, anyone can slap an SSD together, stamp their name on it, and sell it. Not so back in the days of CRT TVs, mechanical hard drives and early cellphones.

    • ozzuneoj
    • 1 year ago

    Just in case anyone is curious, here’s a review of the Kingston A400:

    [url<]https://www.hardwaresecrets.com/kingston-a400-120-gib-ssd-review/4/[/url<] Seems like the best of the dirt cheap drives by a good margin and a great way to speed up a system that has decent hard drive for storage. That said, most users these days can get by with only 256GB of total storage, so for $50 that HP drive is an excellent deal.

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      Personally my 256GB 840 EVO is only about 60% full and it’s already 4½ years old.

      This is just me tho. Of course your milage may very well vary.

    • guardianl
    • 1 year ago

    HDD makers have started [url=https://www.anandtech.com/show/13097/western-digital-to-shut-down-hdd-manufacturing-facility-increase-production-of-ssds<]closing existing factories[/url<] in expectation of 3D NAND price decreases. The minimum cost to make any harddrive is like $25 dollars because of the high precision mechanical components. Ironically OEMs will be able to lower entry level PC prices by using a small SSD instead of a large-but-slow HDD. Interesting times.

      • meerkt
      • 1 year ago

      May you live in interesting times.

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      I liken what’s happening between SSDs and mechanical hard drives to quartz watches and mechanical watches. Eventually, SSDs may become cheaper to build and eventually replace mechanical hard drives because mechanical devices ultimately require more materials, assembly, and a certain kind of precision to work well, which could mean higher manufacturing costs. And anything mechanical will *probably* wear out faster or more easily, decreasing the tight tolerances needed to work properly and requiring maintenance. Anyone used to mechanical watches and hard drives knows this.

        • just brew it!
        • 1 year ago

        SSDs have already nearly completely displaced HDDs for typical consumer applications.

        Spinning rust will continue to have a lower cost/GB for high capacity applications, since the cost of the high-precision mechanical parts (heads and associated servos) is offset by the fact that each head handles an entire platter surface (which stores a TB or more).

    • Ryhadar
    • 1 year ago

    Microcenter sells 120GB drives from Inland Professional (whoever that is) for $25 if you’re really strapped for cash.

    They’re not bad. I installed one from my brother on his laptop a few months ago and he hasn’t had any issues. Seemed fast enough.

    [url<]http://www.microcenter.com/product/485877/120GB_3D_MLC_NAND_SATA_III_6GB-s_25_Internal_Solid_State_Drive[/url<] I think they sell a 240GB one for $45. I also think you can find them on Amazon as well. Edit - allegedly they're all MLC drives and use a Phison controller.

      • Acidicheartburn
      • 1 year ago

      Inland is a Microcenter brand. I forget who makes these SSD’s, but a floor salesman told me once.

      Edit: Here’s a Reddit thread on the drives: [url<]https://www.reddit.com/r/buildapcsales/comments/79dd4u/ssd_inland_professional_120gb_sata_iii_6gbs_25/[/url<]

        • backwoods357
        • 1 year ago

        Toshiba.

      • pirate_panda
      • 1 year ago

      Inland Professional is one of Microcenter’s house brands, I believe.

      They sell the 480 GB version for $70, which is $0.145 per gig. A teardown on [H] shows it has a DRAM cache, so it’s not one of THOSE drives.

      There’s also a 512 GB NVME drive for $109 that looks quite tempting.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 1 year ago

      The Inland Professional drives look good. The only qualm I have is that their M.2 drives are PCIe x2 instead of PCIe x4. But given how cheap they are, its a downside that I think is worth the price savings.

      • ronch
      • 1 year ago

      So could you say Inland Professional is their.. um.. IP?

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