The month of November, aka lovely Black Friday month, is well under way now, which for all you deals hunters out there means one thing and one thing only: it’s time to expand your PC’s storage banks with some tasty discounts and deals on today’s best gaming SSDs. Whether you’re looking to jump start your PC with a fancy new drive, or have decided to finally ditch your old HDD for something a bit nippier, these are the best Black Friday SSD deals available right now.
Of course, there are still two and a bit weeks to go before Black Friday proper, so some deals right now are just regular old savings and may well get a lot cheaper once the big day rolls round. That said, some retailers have got in on the action already, with Newegg going full Black November while Ebuyer have dipped their toes in with a couple of Black Friday early bird deals, which I’ve marked up so it’s nice and clear. The rest are simply the best SSD deals in general at the moment, but let me tell you, there are still plenty of savings to be had if you know where to look. To the deals!
As always, you’ll find all these deals and more over in our big Black Friday 2018 hub, but if you’re in the market for some other components, why not have a gander at our other Black Friday deals hubs while you’re at it? Just click the links below.
- Black Friday: Best graphics card deals
- Black Friday: Best monitor deals
- Black Friday: Best gaming headset deals
- Black Friday: Best gaming mouse and keyboard deals
Best UK SSD deals:
SanDisk SSD Plus (960GB) – £150 from Ebuyer (down from $192)
Kingston A400 (480GB) – £61 from Ebuyer (down from £98)
Best US SSD deals:
Samsung 860 Evo (500GB) – $88 from Newegg (down from $110)
Samsung 970 Evo (250GB) – $88 from Newegg (down from $100)
WD Blue 3D NAND (250GB, 2.5in) – $54 from Amazon (down from $69)
WD Blue 3D NAND (1TB, NVMe) – $135 from Newegg (down from $199, use promo code NEFPBF5)
SSD buying advice
You’d think buying an SSD would be pretty simple, but if you’re upgrading for the first time or simply looking to add a new drive into your existing setup, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind before you get to the checkout:
Check your motherboard to see what kind of connectors it has. Almost all modern motherboards should have SATA3 ports for your standard 2.5in SSDs, 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 either have to buy a new motherboard, or get 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 replacement is a 2.5in SSD. These are the same size and shape as standard 2.5in hard disks, 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 HDDs, larger capacity SSDs can 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.
Lastly, check that your PC’s power supply has enough power connectors to actually plug them in. This won’t be a problem if you’re buying an NVMe SSD, as these draw power straight from the motherboard, but if you’re buying a second, third or even fourth 2.5in SSD, for example, you may need to get an additional power cable for your PSU in order to get them all working.