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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Best SSD deals

Don't be a fool and store your files in a pot - get a great gaming SSD deal right here this Black Friday

Black Friday is finally over for another year, but now there’s a new deals train in town with a non-stop service to Cyber Monday. And reader, you’ve just boarded it. While a couple of these savings aren’t quite as good as some of the best SSD deals we saw last week, the good news is that Cyber Monday has brought a whole bunch of new SSD deals to the table, giving us a much wider selection of drives to choose from. If you haven’t yet bagged one of today’s best gaming SSDs with a sweet, sweet discount sticker on it, this is probably as good as prices are going to get for quite some time. So, let us go once more into the breach with the best Cyber Monday SSD deals the internet has to offer.

As always, you’ll find all these deals and more over in our big Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018 hub, but if you’re in the market for some other components, why not have a gander at our other Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals hubs while you’re at it? Just click the links below.


Best SSD deals (UK):

*NEW ENTRY DEAL OF THE DAY (Monday 26)*
WD Black 3D NVMe SSD
(250GB) – £60 from Amazon (down from £100)

WD Black 3D NVMe SSD (500GB) – £104 from Ebuyer (down from £160)

Samsung 970 Evo (250GB) – £69 from Amazon (down from £79)

*NEW ENTRY*
Samsung 970 Evo
(500GB) – £110 from Overclockers UK (down from £125)

*NEW ENTRY*
Samsung 970 Evo
(1TB) – £230 from Overclockers UK (down from £260)

*NEW ENTRY*
Samsung 860 Evo
(250GB) – £53 from Overclockers UK (down from £74)

*NEW ENTRY*
Samsung 860 Evo
(500GB) – £80 from Overclockers UK (down from £89)

Samsung 860 Evo (1TB) – £160 from Ebuyer (plus a free copy of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, or £140 from Overclockers UK minus Assassin’s Creed)

*NEW ENTRY*
Samsung 860 Evo
(2TB) – £300 from Overclockers UK (down from £380)

Crucial MX500 (250GB) – £37 from Amazon (down from £47)

Crucial MX500 (500GB) – £62 from Ebuyer (down from £105)

Crucial MX500 (1TB) – £130 direct from Crucial)

Crucial BX500 (240GB) – £39 from Ebuyer (down from £41)

WD Blue 3D NAND (250GB) – £47 from Amazon (down from £68)

WD Blue 3D NAND (1TB) – £127 from Ebuyer (down from £213)

WD Blue 3D NAND (2TB) – £280 from Ebuyer (down from £374)

Kingston A400 (120GB) – £22 from Ebuyer (down from £30)

Kingston A400 (480GB) – £50 from Ebuyer (down from £87)


Best SSD deals (US):

Samsung T5 (250GB) – $80 from Amazon (down from $130)

Samsung T5 (500GB) – $98 from Newegg (down from $130)

*NEW ENTRY*
Crucal MX500
(250GB) – $43 from Newegg (down from $53)

*NEW ENTRY*
Crucal MX500
(500GB) – $65 from Newegg (down from $83)

WD Blue 3D NAND (NVMe) (500GB) – $70 from Amazon (down from $105)

Samsung 970 Evo (250GB) – $78 from Newegg (down from $100)

Samsung 970 Evo (500GB) – $118 from Newegg (down from $150)

Samsung 860 Evo (250GB) – $58 from Walmart (down from $95)

*NEW ENTRY*
Samsung 860 Evo
(500GB) – $73 from Amazon (down from $110)

Samsung 860 Evo (1TB) – $128 from Amazon (down from $200)


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.

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