Black Friday 2017: Best SSD deals

Black Friday is a great time for upgrading your PC, whether it’s buying a new graphics card, or getting a more up-to-date monitor to make the most of it. It also happens to fall right in the middle of video game Christmas, where all this year’s biggest releases also have the biggest install sizes. As such, why not grab yourself an SSD deal and upgrade your storage as well while you’re at it?

Below, we’ve rounded up all the best SSD deals we can currently find, but you can also find more deals for other types of components over in our central Black Friday 2017 hub. Of course, if you see a deal that isn’t listed below, let us know in the comments and we’ll get it added to the list.

Admittedly, it’s pretty slim pickings this year. While there are plenty of discounts to be had, many of the products listed below have been cheaper in the past. Take Crucial’s MX300 SSD. While many retailers have highlighted this model as one of their best SSD deals this Black Friday, prices aren’t actually that much different to what they were 12 months ago. The 525GB version, for instance, is currently going for around £115 – not bad when you look back at what it’s cost over the last year, but it’s still considerably more than what you might have paid between July and December last year, according to CamelCamelCamel.

Alas, until we manage to invent a time machine, it’s not much use dwelling on what things cost in the past. If you’re in the market for an SSD RIGHT NOW, then read on, because we’ve got all the prices for all the capacities of all our favourite SSDs. ALL OF THEM.

It’s also worth noting that Ebuyer are doing a deal across all Samsung 850 Evo SSDs that sees you get a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Origins, so if you haven’t already got a copy of the game, that’s a nice little extra to make your deal even better value for money.

Best Black Friday SSD deals in the UK:

  • Crucial MX300 2.5in – (275GB) £73 from Ebuyer , (525GB) £115 from Amazon, (1TB) £205 from Amazon, (2TB) £420 from Ebuyer

Crucial’s MX300 SSD is our favourite SSD for those on a budget. It’s not as fast as Samsung’s 850 EVO (below), but it’s still highly reliable and great value for money.

  • Crucial MX300 M.2 – (275GB) £161 from Scan with MSI H270M Mortar Arctic Kaby Lake Micro ATX Motherboard

In case you don’t already have an M.2 compatible motherboard, Scan currently has a number of bundle deals going on to make sure your brand-new SSD feels right at home – like this one that gets you a 275GB Crucial MX300 M.2 SSD and an MSI H270M Mortar Arctic Kaby Lake Micro ATX Motherboard. It’s worth bearing in mind that this motherboard isn’t compatible with Intel’s new 8th Gen Coffee Lake processors, so doesn’t offer you any futureproofing when you next come to upgrade, but if Coffee Lake prices are too high for you right now, this is still a worthwhile way to upgrade your PC with a great SSD to boot.

If you fancy something AMD-based instead, then there’s also this Scan bundle with the same Crucial MX300 SSD and an MSI AMD Ryzen AM4 B350 GAMING PLUS ATX Motherboard for £166.

Samsungn 850 Evo

Slightly faster than Crucial’s MX300, Samsung’s 850 EVO is another top pick for those after a quick SSD without breaking the bank. You also get a nice five year warranty for peace of mind. As mentioned above, Ebuyer is doing an Assassin’s Creed Origins deal with this SSD, but while the price for the 250GB version is the same across other retailers, the 500GB version is currently £149 – around £10 more expensive than Amazon. Sure, you get a free game worth around £50 to take the edge off, but we just wanted to let you know you can get it cheaper if you so wish. The same goes for the 1TB version, which Ebuyer has for £301, and the 2TB model, which currently costs £593.

  • WD Blue 3D NAND SSD 2.5in – (250GB) £83 from Amazon, (500GB) £149 from Ebuyer

WD’s Blue 3D NAND SSD is essentially the same SSD as SanDisk’s Ultra 3D SSD, as Western Digital bought out SanDisk earlier this year. Luckily, the Blue 3D NAND is much cheaper than the Ultra 3D, making it a better deal for you, dear readers. It’s not as cheap as Samsung’s 850 EVO, but it still comes highly recommended.

  • WD Blue SSD M.2 – (250GB) £221 from Scan with MSI AMD AM4 Ryzen X370 KRAIT GAMING ATX Motherboard

Another Scan SSD bundle deal, this one gets you a 250GB WD Blue SSD and one of MSI’s new Ryzen motherboards. If you also fancy a new Ryzen processor, then you can get an almost identical bundle with a AMD Ryzen 5 1600 processor and MSI AMD Ryzen AM4 B350 GAMING PLUS ATX Motherboard for £346.

Alternatively, if you’re after an Intel-based bundle, Scan’s also offering the same WD Blue SSD bundled with an MSI Z270 SLI PLUS Kaby Lake ATX Gaming Motherboard for £199. Just bear in mind that this motherboard won’t be compatible with Intel’s new 8th Gen Coffee Lake processors, so it’s not particularly futureproof.

  • Kingston SSDNow UV400 2.5in – (120GB) £47 from Ebuyer

If all you want is a small SSD for installing Windows on and a couple of productivity applications, you won’t find one much cheaper than Kingston’s SSDNow UV400.

  • Intel Optane 900P NVMe – (280GB) £350 from Overclockers

Normally £390, this high-end PCIe NVMe 3.0 x 4 SSD is a lot more expensive than its rivals, but you get phenomenal random read speeds that far exceed anything else like it. It’s probably overkill for most setups, but it does come with a code for Star Citizen and an exclusive in-game spaceship for when the game eventually launches.

  • Samsung 960 EVO M.2 – (250GB) £117 from Ebuyer (plus free Assassin’s Creed Origins), (500GB) £240 from Overclockers

Samsung’s 960 Evo is blisteringly quick, but that’s because it’s an NVMe SSD and not a regular 2.5in model, so make sure your motherboard has the appropriate M.2 slot before you buy.

Samsung 960 Pro

  • Samsung 960 PRO M.2 – (512GB) £278 from Amazon

The best of the best, Samsung’s 960 PRO NVMe SSD is absolutely top of its class. Again, you’ll need an M.2 port on your motherboard, but if second best just isn’t good enough for you, then you won’t find a better SSD than this.

  • SanDisk SSD Plus 2.5in – (240GB) £127 from Scan with Seagate 2TB 3.5in SATA3 Barracuda HDD/Hard Drive ST2000DM006

If you fancy a double whammy of storage this Black Friday, Scan’s SanDisk SSD Plus and Seagate Barracuda deal is a pretty tempting bundle, giving you a rate of a mere 5p/GB. Alternatively, those after an even cheaper bundle with the 2TB Seagate is the 120GB Hynix deal, which costs just £101.

Best Black Friday SSD deals in the US:

  • Samsung 850 EVO 2.5in – (500GB) $150 from Best Buy, (1TB) $300 from Samsung, (2TB) £750 from Samsung
  • Samsung 850 PRO 2.5in – (1TB) $400 from Samsung
  • Samsung 960 EVO M.2 – (250GB) $128 from Amazon, (1TB) $480 from Samsung
  • Samsung 960 PRO M.2 – (512GB)$290 from Amazon
  • Crucial MX300 2.5in – (275GB) $79 from Amazon, (525GB) – $129 from Amazon
  • Kingston SSDNow UV400 (240GB) 2.5in – $89 from Newegg
  • WD Blue 3D NAND (500GB) M.2 – $155 from Amazon

Best Black Friday HDD deals

Just in case you want some HDD or portable SSD deals, here are some of the best we’ve seen so far:

  • WD Blue 3.5in – (1TB) £39 from Ebuyer
  • WD Elements Desktop 4TB USB3 External HDD – £110 from Overclockers
  • Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB Portable External HDD – £68 from Ebuyer
  • Seagate Expansion 4TB USB3 Desktop External HDD – £97 from Ebuyer
  • Seagate Barracuda 3.5in – (2TB) £52 from Scan, (3TB) £72 from Scan, (4TB) £98 from Ebuyer, (5TB) £172 from Scan (NEW LOWER PRICES)
  • Samsung T1 Portable SSD – (1TB) £310 from Ebuyer,
  • Samsung T5 Portable SSD (below) – (500GB) £174 from Amazon / $170 from Samsung, (1TB) £376 from Amazon / $370 from Samsung

Samsung T5

SSD Buying Guide advice

Head on over to our in-depth best SSD and buying guide for the full low-down on what you need to watch out for when buying an SSD, but the key things to think about are as follows:

  • Check your motherboard to see what kind of connectors it has. Almost all should have SATA3 ports, but only newer models will support NVMe or PCIe SSDs. If you want one of the latter and don’t have the right port on your board, you’ll have to buy an additional PCIe add-in-card to fit in a spare PCIe x4 or x16 slot.
  • If you’re still using a traditional HDD, the most straightforward like-for-like replacement is a 2.5in SSD. These are the same size and shape as a standard 2.5in hard disk, and plug into a normal SATA port on your motherboard. Likewise, most modern PC cases have mounting points for 2.5in hard disks as well, meaning a minimum amount of hassle for you when it comes to slotting it into your case.
  • Unlike HHDs, larger capacity SSDs can still get quite pricey, particularly if you’ve got your eye on a 1TB or 2TB NVMe SSD, so think about what you really need before taking the plunge. Windows takes around 20GB of space, Office around 3GB, and then you’ve also got to think about all those photos and music files you might have stored on your PC as well. The minimum size SSD we’d recommend is 240GB, but you’d be better off bumping that up to the 480GB mark if you’ve got a large media library.

1 Comment

  1. edna says:

    Well this is an excellent idea but …

    The Crucial MX300 (525GB) is normally around £135, so that isn’t really a deal. Certainly not a super special BF deal. However it has just dropped to £115, so that’s somewhat better. Both that and the M2 version are £118 from Crucial direct, which sounds like a better option than Amazon for returns (and not propping up the monster tax avoider).

    As an aside, because I think good service is worth highlighting, I have had two micro SD cards fail on me recently. One Samsung one Lexar. In both cases I have been sent a replacement card with no hassle. Both from Crucial, oddly. Are SD card businesses all run by Micron?