If you’re in the market to treat yourself to some speedy, next-gen SSD storage, then Amazon’s new Prime Early Access (opens in new tab) event has popped up at just the right time. The two-day event should see plenty of savings on all kinds of storage, including the latest PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs. With PCIe 5.0 drives on the way before the year closes out, we’d expect some pretty deep cuts on the pricing front, doubly so for PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs and SATA drives.
If your gaming machine is still packing a spinning hard drive, then this is a particularly great time to give your machine a serious boost. An SSD is not only significantly faster than a hard drive, but they’re more power efficient and more reliable too. They’ll also put you in a good position to get the most from Microsoft’s DirectStorage when we finally see games taking advantage of it.
If you’re still on PCIe 3.0, don’t worry. PCIe 4.0 SSDs are backward compatible and will run on your system. While it won’t perform to its full potential, it should tide you over until you’re ready to upgrade your motherboard, et al. If you’re all about saving money, prepare to be tempted by a lot of PCIe 3.0 SSDs on sale. Although with PCIe 5.0 on the horizon, we’re expecting savings even on the most recent drives, and when you’re talking about as little as a $10–20 difference between the last-gen drives and the very latest offerings, it makes sense to pick the speedier options.
If you’re not an Amazon Prime subscriber already, you can join Amazon Prime (opens in new tab) to get access to the Prime Early Access deals. Amazon Prime costs $139 for a one-year membership or $14.99 per month. Amazon offers a 30-day free trial, so you can try it out before fully committing.
It’s worth noting that we expect the rest of the industry to want a slice of Amazon’s action here too, and expect discounts from all usual suspects.
Amazon Prime Early Access will begin at 12 am PT, Tuesday October 11, and will run all the way through to 11.59 pm on Wednesday October 12. Expect 48 hours of potential PC gaming deals, before we get into the meatier discounts expected to drop on Black Friday—that’s November 25 for anyone willing to wait that long. Truly, Amazon isn’t messing around when it says Early Access. In fact, let’s just have a deal event every month.