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Best SSD deals of the week - 27th March 2020

If you’re looking for this week’s best SSD deals, then you’re in the right place, as I’ve rounded up all the best SSD prices I’ve seen over the last seven days. SSD prices have remained pretty much exactly the same as they were last week, too, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, making this a great time to snap up one of today’s best SSD deals.

Below, I’ve listed the best prices for all of my best gaming SSD recommendations across loads of different sizes and form factors, and you’ll also find out what makes them a great SSD deal so you don’t waste your hard-earned money. From all the best deals on SATA SSDs to the biggest savings on today’s super fast NVMe SSDs and portable SSDs, here are the best SSD deals of the week.

To help separate the SSD deals wheat from the SSD deals chaff, I’ve only included prices for SSDs I’ve tested right here at RPS, so you can be sure you’re getting a great bit of storage for the best price possible. You can read more about what makes each of these SSD deals great by clicking on its accompanying review link, but the best buying advice I can give is to not be fooled by the crazy high sequential read and write times you see on an SSD’s box. Yes, an SSD may well be capable of hitting these speeds, but they’re not what you’re going to see in everyday use. Instead, most SSDs read and write files randomly, making random read and write times a much better indicator of how quickly a drive can open or save a file on your PC (and why I place such an important emphasis on it in my SSD reviews). Good random speeds are particularly important when your PC’s trying to open dozens upon dozens of game files, but they’re also vital for when you’re copying large batches of files, or verifying Steam installs.

Another important consideration is an SSD’s capacity versus how much it costs – something commonly referred to as price per gigabyte. The minimum size SSD I’d recommend these days is 250GB, as this will give you enough room for your Windows installation (around 20GB), a few big games, plus all your music, photos and any other creative / productivity programmes you might need. However, with game install sizes ballooning every month, it can often pay to opt for a larger 500GB or 1TB SSD as well if you’ve got the budget. Here, price per gigabyte becomes super important, as you don’t want to pay over the odds for having a large and varied game library you can call upon at a moment’s notice. With all that in mind, let’s get to those lovely SSD deals.

Best SSD deals:

Best SATA SSD deals:

Samsung 860 Evo deals:

Still the best SATA SSD around, the Samsung 860 Evo remains our top choice for those after an exceptional gaming SSD. Prices have remained fairly steady since Black Friday (and completely static since last week), too, making it a great time to pick one up.

Samsung 860 Qvo deals:

A couple of quid more than last week (and sadly completely out of stock in the US), but this is still a pretty decent price for the Samsung 860 Qvo regardless. While not quite as fast as the 860 Evo, the 860 Qvo is an excellent way to get a lot of storage for the least amount of money. Indeed, a 1TB 860 Evo will cost you a lot more than a 1TB Qvo right now, and the savings only get bigger the further you go up the capacity ladder.

Crucial MX500 deals:

The Crucial MX500 is one of the best value SSDs you can buy today. A great budget alternative to the 860 Evo, the 250GB model is still an absolute bargain – especially with prices dropping by £3-4 in the UK since last week. Alas, the 500GB model is out of stock in the US at the moment, but I’ll update this article as soon as I can when it comes back on sale. As for the 1TB version, this has increased in price quite a lot since last week, so I’ve removed it because it isn’t a particularly good buy right now.

Best NVMe SSD deals:

Samsung 970 Evo Plus deals:

Prices for the Samsung 970 Evo have remained pretty stable this week, with the exception of the 500GB model in the UK which fell by £10. It’s still quite expensive compared to what it cost over Black Friday, but short of another big sales event like Amazon Prime Day, it’s unlikely to return to those sorts of prices any time soon. Indeed, these are still fairly good prices for our best NVMe SSD champion. With exceptional read and write times for small and heavy workloads alike, this is currently our top pick for those after the best NVMe SSD money can buy.

WD Black SN750 deals:

The second best NVMe SSD you can buy right now, the WD Black SN750 is a great alternative to the Samsung 970 Evo Plus if you want top notch speeds for a little bit less. The 250GB model is £5 less in the UK this week, but the 500GB and 1TB non-Heatsink models have gone back up in price by about £10 / £20, and stock levels continue to be bone dry in the US right now, so it’s best to avoid paying over the odds for it if you do happen to find one.

WD Blue SN500 deals:

Like the 970 Evo Plus, the WD Blue SN500 still isn’t as cheap as it was over Black Friday, but if you’re looking for a great NVMe SSD on a budget, this is the one to go for. In fact, the SN500 is probably a better buy than most SATA SSDs at this price, making it a great buy provided you’ve got a motherboard that supports it. Prices for the 250GB model have dropped by £10 in the UK, too, although they’ve also risen by $10 over in the US. Swings and roundabouts, I guess. The 500GB model, meanwhile, is now out of stock, so I’ve taken it off the list. As a result, those after a cheap 500GB NVMe SSD might be better off going for the slightly newer WD Blue SN550 instead (a review of which is coming shortly), whose prices are listed below.

WD Blue SN550 deals:

A newer version of the excellent WD Blue SN500, this is meant to be even faster than its predecessor. It’s also available in a larger 1TB size, and will probably become the de facto NVMe SSD for those on a budget once stock levels of the SN500 run out. Stay tuned for a full review.

Crucial P1 deals:

The Crucial P1 is another great value NVMe SSD, particularly if you can’t find the WD Blue SN500 or SN550 at a good price. Right now, you should definitely opt for the WD Blue if you live in the US, if only because stock levels have run dry, but those in the UK may find its faster random read and write speeds a lot more attractive at current prices. Its 1TB model is also cheaper than its SN550 rival in the UK at the moment, too.

Best external SSD deals:

Samsung T5 deals:

It may have been succeeded by the fancier Samsung T7 Touch, but the T5 still remains one of the best value external SSDs around. Higher capacities are a lot more expensive than they were over Black Friday, but the 500GB model listed above is still good value.

How to get the best SSD deal

Speed is one of the most important things to consider when buying a new SSD, and many of the drives on my best gaming SSD list have excellent read and write times – and I’m not just talking about the crazy-high sequential times you’ll see plastered all over an SSD’s box, either. These can often reach up to thousands of MB/s, which may sound like good news, but in practice it’s not a very good indicator of what kind of speeds you’ll get in day to day use.

That’s because most SSDs read and write data randomly, sticking bits here and there all over an SSD’s storage blocks. As a result, an SSD’s random read and write speeds are really what you should be looking out for when selecting your next SSD, and you can find out what these are by reading my SSD reviews.

Another important consideration is capacity. The minimum size SSD I’d recommend these days is 250GB, as this will give you enough room for your Windows installation (around 20GB), a few big games, plus all your music, photos and any other creative / productivity programmes you might need. If you’d like to have more than a couple of big titles installed at once without compromising on load times, however, you may want to consider finding the cash for a 500GB or 1TB SSD.

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Katharine Castle

Hardware Editor

Katharine writes about all the bits that go inside your PC so you can carry on playing all those lovely games we like talking about so much. Very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests. She's also RPS' resident deals herald.

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