Black Friday and Cyber Monday might be over, but Cyber Week has only just started. So have no fear, there’s still plenty of ways to save money with some great SSD deals.
Whether you’re on the hunt for an NVMe drive for your high-end build or you’re finally ready to take the leap and upgrade from your old spinning hard disk to something faster, smaller, and more reliable (congratulations, by the way), you’ve got plenty of great deals to choose from.
But what’s all the fuss over SSDs—especially as compared to traditional HDDs? Well, for one, SSDs are just straight out faster. In every conceivable category. Faster data streams, faster at booting windows, and decreased load times on your favorite games. It’s why a good SSD is probably one of the cheapest but most impactful upgrades you can make to a PC. The only real con is that some of the top-end SSDs are expensive, so it’s good to take advantage of some of these deep discounts or larger capacity SSDs like the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB (opens in new tab), which is almost 50 percent off its original price.
When choosing a drive, definitely consider how much space you’ll need. For example, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is an enormous storage hogs (opens in new tab) on PC, clocking in at 231GB. That’s big enough that a 256GB SSD wouldn’t have enough space left over for a Windows 10 installation. Fortunately, most games are only around 50 GB in size. Thankfully, SSD storage has never been cheaper, and 2TB SSDs are reasonably attainable due to some great deals from Amazon.
Here’s a quick break down of the best Cyber Monday SSD deals we’ve seen so far.
The main things to watch out for are the same for Cyber Monday SSD deals as with any other technology bargain hunting you do around this November period. Go in there with an idea of what you want, and above all, what you need. It’s easy to get carried away at this time of year, but if you have a notion of how much you want to spend and what sort of SSD you’re after, you’ll be in good stead.
Capacity is a good starting point, and at the moment, we’re looking at some excellent 1TB offers, but a 512GB SSD will still afford you a lot of speed storage for a boot drive, with enough space for your most regularly played games. I mean, they’re not all Call of Duty, right?
Then think about the interface. Chances are, if you’re rocking a PC of the last five years, you’ll have an M.2 slot in your motherboard with NVMe support. However, it’s worth digging into the specifics of your motherboard to make sure that it can definitely support booting from such drives as not all can. Check out the manufacturer’s pages and maybe forums too.
If you’re considering making the switch to one of the latest AMD processors and 570 or 550 chipsets, then there you also have a decision to make regarding PCIe 3.0 or PCIe 4.0 SSDs. PCIe 4.0 is the newer standard, with the higher bandwidth, but is backward compatible with older boards. That means you can buy the latest SSDs now, and they’ll still be lightning-fast in your existing setup, just not to the full extent you’ll see when you do make the upgrade.
That said, PCIe 3.0 drives are still incredibly speedy compared to anything that has come before, so you’ll be in a great place with any high-performance NVMe SSD purchase.
There are some things to look out for, however. Some budget PCIe 3.0 drives only operate at x2 speed, which means they’re half as fast as the standard x4 NVMe SSDs. It’s also worth ensuring your M.2 SSD actually is an NVMe drive. There are some M.2 SSDs that still operate over the SATA interface and can only reach a maximum theoretical speed of 600MB/s, while the theoretical maximum of an x4 PCIe 3.0 interface is 4,000MB/s.