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SSD deals of the week - 12th August 2020

Samsung 860 Evo - Best gaming SSD

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your PC with one of today’s best SSDs for gaming, you’re in the right place, as we’ve rounded up all the lowest prices in the UK and US from around the web. This week, a new Ebay voucher code means there are some great bargains to be had on Samsung SSDs and WD Blue and Black drives in the UK, and Newegg are also holding a massive WD sale over in the US. Whether you’re looking for a cheap SATA drive or a brand-new NVMe SSD, these are the cheapest SSD deals of the week.

You can hop straight to the type of SSD you’re after by clicking the links on the right, or you can carry on scrolling to see all of this week’s best SSD deals in turn. All of the SSDs included in this list have been tested right here at RPS, too, so you can be sure you’re getting a great bit of storage for the best price possible.

What makes a good SSD deal, though? You can find more information on this at the bottom of the article, but the best bit of 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, as 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. With all that in mind, let’s get to those lovely SSD deals.

And if you’re looking to upgrade your PC with even more top notch components on the cheap, why not have a read of our regularly updated Graphics card deals, CPU deals and Gaming monitor deals as well while you’re here.

SSD deals

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. There have been some good price drops this week, too, with the 250GB model falling by $2 in the US, and the 500GB model dropping by £3 in the UK. Alas, there’s been no change on the 1TB prices, but we’d strongly recommend the 1TB 860 Qvo below if you’re after a drive of this size, as it’s much better value.

Samsung 860 Qvo deals:

No change for the Samsung 860 Qvo this week, but the 1TB price in the US is still much cheaper than it was a few months ago. While not quite as fast as the 860 Evo, the 860 Qvo is an excellent way to get a lot of storage without spending an absolute fortune. As you can see above, it’s much cheaper than a 1TB 860 Evo, and its performance is still absolutely top drawer. It’s also cheaper than the newer 870 Qvo below as well, which sadly is still full price at the moment. The 870 Qvo has faster random read speeds than the 860 Qvo, but in our eyes the latter is still a good buy thanks to its cheaper price.

Samsung 870 Qvo deals:

The Samsung 870 Qvo is arguably one of the best high capacity SATA SSDs you can buy right now thanks to its fast random read speeds and comparatively low prices, but it’s still a lot more expensive than its 860 Qvo predecessor. Alas, since this SSD only came out a couple of months ago, it’s still pretty much full price wherever you look. A better buy than a large 860 Evo or a big WD Blue 3D NAND, but the 860 Qvo is still better value overall.

Crucial MX500 deals:

The Crucial MX500 is one of the best value SSDs you can buy today. It’s a great budget alternative to the 860 Evo and the WD Blue 3D NAND below, although the 250GB model has risen by £4 in the UK this week, putting it dangerously close to the £40 860 Evo. Thankfully, prices for the 500GB size have remained static this week.

WD Blue 3D NAND deals:

The WD Blue 3D NAND isn’t as fast as the Crucial MX500 or Samsung 860 Evo, but at these prices it’s very hard to argue with, especially if you want a cut-price 1TB SSD that doesn’t break the £100 mark. The good news, though, is that the 1TB model in the US has fallen by $10 this week, making it a great buy, and the 1TB model is also really cheap in the UK, too, thanks to a new Ebay voucher code. Otherwise, all other prices have remained static.

NVMe SSD deals

Samsung 970 Evo deals:

The Samsung 970 Evo has long since been replaced by the 970 Evo Plus below, but this week the BT Shop in the UK has some surprisingly good deals on this still excellent NVMe SSD. It’s pretty much just as fast as the Plus below, and a heck of a lot cheaper, too. It’s a great buy.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus deals:

With exceptional read and write times for small and heavy workloads alike, the Samsung 970 Evo is currently our top pick for those after the best NVMe SSD money can buy, but you’ll probably be perfectly happy with either of its WD rivals if you’d rather save yourself some money. Indeed, while there’s been a fall of £3 for the 250GB model in the UK this week, the 500GB model has gone up by $10 in the US. All other prices have remained unchanged.

WD Black SN750 deals:

The second best NVMe SSD you can buy right now, the WD Black SN750 is normally a great alternative to the Samsung 970 Evo Plus if you want top notch speeds for a little bit less. There are some great deals on it this week, too. The 500GB and 1TB models are down by around £10-20 this week thanks to a new Ebay voucher deal, and over in the US they’re down $17 and $15 respectively. The 500GB and 1TB heatsink models have also dropped in price this week, with the former down by $10, and the latter down by $15.

WD Blue SN550 deals:

A newer version of the excellent WD Blue SN500, the SN550 is even faster than its predecessor. It’s also available in a larger 1TB size, and is absolutely the de facto NVMe SSD for those on a budget. Prices haven’t changed for the 250GB model, but the 500GB version is down a couple of quid in the UK this week and $10 cheaper in the US, and the 1TB model is also $5 cheaper than it was last week, too.

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. It’s much cheaper than the competition, and it remains one of the fastest, too.

How to get a good 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 of 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 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. 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. 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.

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