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SSD deals of the week - 5th October 2020

Samsung 860 Evo - Best gaming SSD

If your PC is constantly running out of space, you might want to think about adding another SSD to the mix. The good news is that there are some great SSD deals going on right now, including the excellent WD Blue SN550, whose 1TB model is back down to just £95 at the moment. There are also some great SSD deals on other SN550 size capacities, including the 250GB version for just $40 in the US, and a big drop on the 2TB Samsung 870 Qvo, too.

So, even though we’re just a week away from Amazon Prime Day, it’s still a good time to snap up a great SSD, and to help you get the best deals on today’s best SSDs for gaming, we’ve rounded up all the cheapest prices going on in the UK and US below. 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.

You can find more information about what makes a great SSD deal at the bottom of this 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, 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.

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 one of the best gaming SSDs around, the Samsung 860 Evo remains our top choice for those after an exceptional SATA SSD. Alas, prices have once again remained unchanged this week, so if you’re looking for a good 1TB drive, you’re better off opting for the 860 or 870 Qvo below.

Samsung 860 Qvo deals:

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. Stock levels are getting low now the 870 Qvo has replaced it, so UK prices for the 1TB model have increased by £3 this week, but it’s still much cheaper than a 1TB 860 Evo, and its performance is still absolutely top drawer.

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, especially if you’re looking for a drive that’s 2TB or above. The 1TB model still isn’t quite as good value its 860 Qvo in the UK, but prices are starting to fall, with drops of £3-4 in the UK, and a sizeable $13 on the 2TB model in the US.

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 above and the WD Blue 3D NAND below, but prices for the 500GB model have risen by £7 / $3 this week, so I’d wait a bit before buying this size capacity at the moment.

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. Prices for the 250GB and 500GB sizes have remained the same this week, but the 1TB model in the US has shot up by $15. As a result, those after a 1TB drive in the US should definitely opt for the Samsung 870 Qvo instead.

A photo of the WD Blue SN550

NVMe SSD deals

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 – especially when the 1TB model in the UK is back to its all-time low of £95. The 250GB model has also dropped by $10 in the US, too, making it a great time to snap one up.

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 than the Samsung 970 Evo Plus. Prices have remained largely static this week, although most of the regular, non-heatsink versions have all inched up a couple of pounds / dollars.

Samsung 970 Evo deals:

The Samsung 970 Evo has long since been replaced by the 970 Evo Plus below, but in the UK there continues to be 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 Plus 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 below if you’d rather save yourself some money. US prices have remained the same this week, but both the 250GB and 500GB models have fallen by a few pounds in the UK.

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. Stock levels are getting lower by the week, though, and it seems to be completely out of stock over in the US. There are still some around in the UK, thankfully, but it’s currently £10 more than what it was two weeks ago.

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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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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