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SSD deals of the week - 12th February 2021

All the best SATA and NVMe SSD deals from the last seven days

With game installation files getting bigger and bigger these days, it's probably time to add another SSD to your PC. Luckily, there are some fantastic SSD deals going on right now, and we've rounded up the very best of them below. Whether you're looking for a cheap SATA drive or a super fast NVMe SSD, these are all the best SSD deals available right now in the UK and US.

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.

The best SSD deals of the week:

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. Prices have fallen quite a bit since the end of last year too, no doubt because of the recent release of Samsung's newer 870 Evo. However, when the just-as-fast 860 Evo is still so readily available, it makes little sense to pay more for the 870 right now. Prices have remained pretty much the same this week, too.

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 2TB model is a bit scarce at the moment, with prices rising as a result, but the 1TB model is currently great value. UK prices have dropped a bit since last week, too.

Crucial MX500 deals (DO NOT BUY):

The Crucial MX500 is normally one of the best value SSDs you can buy today, but prices for the 250GB and 500GB models are unusually high at the moment, so you're probbaly better off waiting until stock levels settle down again.

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. The 500GB model is also on sale in the UK right now, making it a better buy than the 250GB version. The 1TB model has jumped up in price, though, so I've removed it from the list as it's no longer a good deal.

NVMe SSD deals

WD Blue SN550 deals:

The WD Blue SN550 is hands down the best value NVMe drive you can buy today. It's my number one recommendation for those on a budget - especially now the 1TB model is now down to just £85 in the UK - that's £10 cheaper than last week. The 500GB is also a much better buy than the 250GB model in the US at the moment, too, with prices just a teensy bit higher thanks to an ongoing deal at Newegg.

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 1TB Heatsink model is quite expensive at the moment due to low stock levels, but there are some great discounts to be had on the rest of the series, including £30 off the 1TB non-heatsink model in the UK.

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 PCIe 3.0 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.

Adata XPG SX8200 Pro deals:

The Adata XPG SX8200 Pro isn't the fastest NVMe drive out there when it comes to random write speeds, but its random read speeds are second to none in the PCIe 3.0 arena, and the current £15 off deal over at Amazon UK makes this a great value 1TB drive if you can't wait for the WD Blue SN550 to come back in stock.

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 SSDs for gaming 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.

About the Author

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Katharine Castle


Katharine is RPS' editor-in-chief, which means she's now to blame for all this. After joining the team in 2017, she spent a lot of time in the RPS hardware mines, testing all the bits that go inside our PCs, but now she gets to write about all the lovely games we play on them, too. She'll play pretty much anything she can get her hands on, and is very partial to JRPGs and the fetching of quests.

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