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It’s practically brand new, but the Crucial T500 SSD is already getting big Black Friday savings

One of the best gaming SSDs for slashing load times

The Crucial T500 SSD propped up against a gaming mouse.
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The Crucial T500 only released on October 31st 2023, yet not even a full three weeks later, its prices are being cut to noodles as part of the early Black Friday sales. A very welcome surprise, that – it feels like I only just finished adding it to our best SSD rankings, for its absolutely top-class performance in game load speeds.

To be sure, this is no aborted launch that’s now been doomed to the bargain bin. The Crucial T500 really is an elite NVMe SSD, up there with the WD Black SN850X and Samsung 990 Pro, and it even beat those drives in some of my read/write speed tests. Both the standard and heatsink equipped versions are on sale too, the latter being useful when your motherboard doesn’t include its own SSD heat spreaders.

UK deals:

Crucial T500 1TB - £82 from Ebuyer (was £130)

Crucial T500 1TB (with heatsink) - £92 from Ebuyer (was £135)

Crucial T500 2TB - £138 from Ebuyer (was £170)

Crucial T500 2TB (with heatsink) - £147 from Ebuyer (was £180)

US deals:

Crucial T500 1TB - $65 from Amazon US (was $76)

Crucial T500 2TB - $102 from B&H Photo Video (was $170)

Speaking of motherboards, be sure to check before you buy a drive like this that your system can, in fact, support PCIe 4.0 SSDs. Older mobos and CPUs could be limited to the slower PCIe 3.0 interface, though 4.0 support has become the norm across the past few processor generations. Even PCIe 5.0 SSDs have begun popping up, though these are just too pricey for the ultimately limited speed advantage they offer. A problem demonstrated by, funnily enough, the T500’s own cousin: the Crucial T700.

Many more storage sale highlights can be found in our guide to the best Black Friday SSD deals. We’re also keeping track of some tasty Steam Deck microSD card offers in our Black Friday Steam Deck accessory deals list.


For all our top picks of the Black Friday sales, check out our guides to the best Black Friday PC gaming deals and the best Black Friday Steam Deck accessories deals. We'll be updating these with all the best-value offers on quality hardware as we find them.

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James had previously hung around beneath the RPS treehouse as a freelancer, before being told to drop the pine cones and climb up to become hardware editor. He has over a decade’s experience in testing/writing about tech and games, something you can probably tell from his hairline.

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