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SSD deals of the week – 24th June 2020

It’s a bit of a mixed bag of SSD deals this week. On balance, it’s not a good time to be SSD shopping in the UK, but over in the US the SSD deals situation is looking a lot more promising. Most notably, the $20 rebate on the WD Black SN750 500GB model from Newegg means it’s yours for just $70, down from $80 last week. So, in order to help you get the very best SSD deal around, we’ve listed all of the lowest prices for our best SSD for gaming recommendations in all sorts of size capacities and form factors. Whether you’re looking for the best SATA SSD deals or the biggest savings on today’s super fast NVMe SSDs and portable SSDs, here are the cheapest 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.

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.



SATA SSD deals:


Read our Samsung 860 Evo review for more info

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 have crept up by a couple of quid in the UK, mainly thanks to the Currys Ebay code expiring, but there’s a £10 / $10 saving to be had on the 1TB model compared with this time last week.

Read our Samsung 860 Qvo review

Samsung 860 Qvo deals:

Down a couple of bucks in the US, but static in the UK this week. 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.

Read our Crucial MX500 review for more info

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 have largely remained the same, barring the $5 reduction on the 500GB model. As for the 1TB version, with prices still over the $100/£100 mark at the moment, it’s not a good buy compared to the cheaper Samsung 860 Qvo listed above.


NVMe SSD deals:


Read our WD Blue SN550 review for more info

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 are almost exactly the same this week, except for the 1TB model in the US, which is down $10.

Read our Samsung 970 Evo Plus review for more info

Samsung 970 Evo Plus deals:

Prices are almost identical this week, but given the 500GB model dropped below £100 for the first time in a while last week, that’s cause for celebration. 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.

Read our WD Black SN750 review and WD Black SN750 Heatsink review for more info

WD Black SN750 deals:

I don’t remember a time when price fortunes have swung so wildly on each side of the Atlantic. While the UK has seen £10-£20 increases this week, the US has seen some $10-$20 falls. 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.


External SSD deals:


Read our Samsung T5 review for more info

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. Good news, US buyers: Best Buy has both models on sale again!


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 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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