Best SSD deals of the week – 1st May 2020

Other PC components may be going up in price these days, but the good news is that SSD prices have remained fairly steady since the coronavirus pandemic began, meaning there are still loads of great SSD deals to be had if you’re looking to upgrade your PC’s storage banks. So to help you find the best SSD for gaming at the best possible price, I’ve rounded up all the best SSD deals I can find from the last seven days, covering a range of size capacities and form factors.

Indeed, there are some great SSD bargains to be had if you know where to look (which is a lot more than can be said for the Best graphics card deals going on right now). The 500GB WD Black SN750 has come down by $15 this week over in the US, for example, and the 1TB model of the excellent WD Blue SN550 is still £10 cheaper than it was at launch a couple of weeks ago. Below, you’ll find all the best prices for my best SSD for gaming picks. Whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s the best deals on SATA SSDs to the biggest savings on today’s super fast NVMe SSDs and portable SSDs, here are the best SSD deals of the week.

To help separate the SSD deals wheat from the SSD deals chaff, I’ve only included prices for SSDs I’ve tested right here at RPS, so you can be sure you’re getting a great bit of storage for the best price possible.

You can read more about what makes each of these SSD deals great by clicking on its accompanying review link, but the best 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. Yes, an SSD may well be capable of hitting these speeds, but 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.

Best SSD deals:

Best 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. Prices for the 250GB and 500GB models have stayed the same this week, but the 1TB model has crept up a fraction in the US. Only by $7, mind, but if you are in the market for a 1TB SSD, you should probably stick with the 860 Qvo below.

Samsung 860 Qvo deals:

The Samsung 860 Qvo has, thankfully, remained at pretty much the same price since last week in the UK, making it a much better buy than the 1TB 860 Evo. Prices have remained static this week, but it was $110 back in March. It’s not too horrendous, but I’d probably advise waiting a bit to see if prices come back down before taking the plunge here. 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.

Crucial MX500 deals:

The Crucial MX500 is one of the best value SSDs you can buy today. A great budget alternative to the 860 Evo, prices are exactly the same as they were last week, too. As for the 1TB version, this has increased in price quite a lot since last week, so I’ve removed it because it isn’t a particularly good buy right now.

Best 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. Prices have remained pretty steady since last week, too, and the 1TB model is still £115 over at Amazon and Ebuyer, which is £10 cheaper than it was at launch a couple of weeks ago. Plus, the 1TB model is now back in stock in the US, too, so it’s thumbs up all round.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus deals:

Prices for the 250GB Samsung 970 Evo have crept up again slightly this week, but thankfully only by a couple of quid. It’s still quite expensive compared to what it cost over Black Friday, but short of another big sales event like Amazon Prime Day, it’s unlikely to return to those sorts of prices any time soon. Indeed, these are still fairly good prices for our best NVMe SSD champion. With exceptional read and write times for small and heavy workloads alike, this is currently our top pick for those after the best NVMe SSD money can buy.

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. Prices have fallen a bit this week, too, including a rather nice saving of $15 on the non-heatsink 500GB model over in the US. Alas, UK prices have gone up quite a bit for the 500GB heatsink version this week, so you’re probably better off sticking with the non-heatsink one for now.

Best 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. Higher capacities are a lot more expensive than they were over Black Friday, but the 500GB model listed above is still good value. It’s gone up by £2 in the UK this week, but US prices have stayed the same as last week.

How to get the best 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 SSD 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.

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