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Samsung 970 Evo Plus review: Better in every way?

The Samsung 970 Evo has been my [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"] recommendation under £200 for quite some time now. By far the fastest and best value for money NVMe SSD you can buy right now, it's comfortably seen off competition from the new WD Black SN750, the old WD Black and Adata's XPG SX6000 Pro. But what happens when you take all that 970…

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WD Black SN750 review: So close to the Samsung 970 Evo, yet so far

For reasons I cannot fathom and that are probably lost to the bowels of their marketing department, Western Digital have decided their high-performance Black line of NVMe SSDs were in need of a face lift for 2019, because apparently gum stick-sized storage drives don't look 'gamer-y' enough already. The result of their somewhat baffling nip and tuck is the Black SN750, which I think you'll…

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The RPS Christmas gift guide and best PC gaming deals of the week – 21st December 2018

I imagine most of you have done your Christmas shopping already given its December 21 and just four days before a whole sleigh of stuffed turkey and roast potatoes arrives on our dinner plates, but just in case you're in need of a few last minute emergency gift ideas, your deals herald is here to provide. To that end, this is a slightly more rounded…

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Samsung 860 Qvo review: A fast, high-capacity SSD that’s excellent value

Black Friday and sales madness aside, high capacity SSDs still cost an absolute fortune. It's the main reason why so many of us still opt for small 250-500GB SSDs as our primary drive, and make do with larger, slower HDDs for storing big things like games and photos. Samsung's brand-new 860 Qvo, however, hopes to change all that by offering jumbo storage pockets at a…

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Build a Black Friday PC: The best 1080p gaming PC for under $590

Black Friday is a brilliant time for upgrading your PC on the cheap, but arguably it's an even better time for first-time PC builders looking to assemble all the necessary parts for the lowest price possible. Now I've already cribbed together a PC for UK builders that can play Plunkbat and Battlefield V on max settings at 1080p for under £600, but for US builders…

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Build a PC that runs Plunkbat and Battlefield V for £599 from these Black Friday deals

On this hallowed day o'deals that is Black Friday, I thought I'd take a small break from my epic deals hunting (all of which can be found in our jumbo Black Friday hub, by the way) to do something a bit more practical: tell you how to build a PC from the best Black Friday PC gaming deals that will run Plunkbat and Battlefield V…

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The SanDisk SSD Plus is real cheap on Amazon right now, but you should get these other, better SSDs instead

The 960GB SanDisk SSD Plus is Amazon's latest Black Friday deal of the day right now (Friday November 23), but as many of you pointed out earlier in my Black Friday Best SSD deals round-up when I stuck the 480GB model in there as part of Ebuyer's Black Friday deals earlier in the week (apologies again for that, it's now been scrubbed from existence), it…

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Adata XPG SX6000 Pro review: A budget alternative to Samsung’s 970 Evo

If you're after an NVMe SSD that doesn't cost the earth, then Adata's XPG SX6000 Pro is a tempting budget alternative to the high-end Samsung 970 Evos and WD Black 3D NVMe SSDs of this world. With prices starting at just £57 / $60 for its lowest 256GB model, this is one of the cheapest NVMe SSDs going right now, but is it worth the…

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Get the portable Samsung T5 SSD for £95 in Amazon’s Black Friday deal of the day

The excellent Samsung T5 external SSD is Amazon's Black Friday deal of the day this fine Monday morning (November 19) and you can currently get the 500GB model for just £95, or the 1TB for £189. That's the lowest price both sizes capacities have been in quite some time, according to CamelCamelCamel, but neither is quite as big a saving as Amazon would have you…

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Crucial BX500 review: A great value SSD

Crucial's SSD line-up is in a bit of a funny place right now. As you may well have seen from our [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"] rankings, their mid-tier MX500 SSD is currently cheaper than their entry-level BX300 SSD in practically all size categories above 120GB, and their latest BX500 SSD on test today only muddies the waters further. You would think, given its name,…

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Get a free Kingston SSD when you buy a Nvidia GTX 1050Ti or 1060

In what's probably an attempt to shift as many graphics cards as possible before the new crop of [block id="640017" title="Nvidia RTX"] cards arrive, Nvidia's UK store and assorted partners are now bundling in free Kingston SSDs with a number of GTX 10-series graphics cards. Here's what's on offer.

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Samsung 860 Evo SSD price slashed to just £66 for 250GB

The July discounts continue this week, this time on the rather good Samsung 860 Evo SSD. Currently our top recommendation in our [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"] rankings, you can now grab a 250GB 860 Evo for as little as £66 in the UK, or a mere £105 for the 500GB version, the latter of which also bags you a free copy of The Crew 2.

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How to build a PC: A step-by-step guide

Building your own gaming PC isn't too bad if you know what you're doing, but for first-time builders it can be quite the daunting experience. Sometimes, it's just easier to get someone else to do all the legwork for you, especially if you're after something small and diddy like the rather swish Zotac MEK1. Other times, though, it can be both cheaper and more satisfying to make one…

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How to install an SSD / HDD

All right, our How to build a PC guide is so very nearly over. Just a couple more steps and you'll be home free. In this article, we'll be installing some storage for all those lovely games you've got waiting to play. I'll mainly be covering traditional 2.5in SATA SSDs and 3.5in HDDs here, but fret not if you've gone down the fancy NVMe route - I'll…

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Samsung 970 Pro review: Do yourself a favour and get the Evo instead

For those after the very best that NVMe SSDs have to offer, Samsung's Pro line has often been the go-to choice for workstation and power peeps alike. They're usually faster than their more consumer and wallet-friendly Evo SSD siblings, and often come with higher endurance ratings for all that inevitable heavy-lifting they'll be doing once you've popped them into your PC. Today, I have Samsung's latest,…

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WD Black 3D NVMe SSD review: Bringing the fight to the Samsung 970 Evo (sort of)

When Western Digital announced their brand-new Black 3D NVMe SSD at the beginning of April, it looked like it might finally bring some much needed competition to the all-powerful Samsung 960 Evo and potentially cause a late-game upset in our [block id="604473" title="Best gaming SSD"]> rankings. With superior claimed sequential write speeds, equal sequential read speeds, a more generous endurance rating on the 250GB model and…

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Samsung 970 Evo review: The best NVMe SSD around

The Samsung 960 Evo and 960 Pro NVMe SSDs feel like they've been around for an absolute age, but when I heard they were getting replaced earlier in the week by a new 970 series as of May 7, it still came as something of a surprise. These new NVMe models are also split into Pro and Evo variants, and today I've got the 1TB…

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Samsung adds 970 Evo and 970 Pro to their NVMe SSD family

Surprise! Just when you thought Samsung's 960 Evo and 960 Pro NVMe SSDs were going to stick around for another year, today brings news of their shiny new replacements: the appropriately-named 970 Evo and 970 Pro. I'll be reviewing them both very shortly, but for now here's a quick run-down of each SSD's specs and the kind of speeds we can expect to see from them when…

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Samsung T5 review: A fast external SSD that costs just a bit too much

If you thought the WD My Passport SSD was a dinky external SSD, the Samsung T5 really takes the cake. Measuring just 74mm tall, 57mm wide and 10.5mm deep, the T5 is almost exactly the same size as a small box of matches. Weighing a featherweight 51g, it's exceedingly light, too, its cool metal chassis putting bigger, bulkier external hard drives to shame. This is…

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