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Cyber Monday SSD deals are almost here to help you bag one of the best PS5 SSDs or best SSDs for gaming on the cheap, which, as anyone who’s shopped around for the gen 4.0 PCIe NVMe M.2 memory can tell you, is invaluable right now.
If you’re shopping for an SSD, there’s a good chance you’re a little overwhelmed by all of the options out there, especially if you aren’t particularly tech savvy. But fear not! We here at GamesRadar have a dedicated hardware team to walk you through each and every Cyber Monday SSD deal and help you find the right one. We generally recommend the NVMe/M.2 SSDs as the best catch-all option, as they’re compatible with most modern PC motherboards as well as PS5, but they can get expensive fast, and for that reason, we’ll include plenty of SATA III and external SSDs too.
If you’re specifically on the market for an SSD for your PS5, we’d advise you to head over to our Black Friday PS5 SSD deals guide, which will guarantee you an SSD that’s compatible with your new-gen console. Otherwise, read on for more information on what to expect from this year’s Cyber Monday SSD deals.
Where will the best Cyber Monday SSD deals be? We won’t mince words here, if the previous Cyber Monday is anything to go by, then Amazon is definitely the frontrunner for where to find some of the deepest deals on some of the most must-have SSD brands this year. That’s not to count out more hardware-centric online retailers, such as Newegg, who have held its price share of hearty discounts in the past, too. Here’s what you can currently expect from all the major online retailers right now ahead of the event:
Amazon: Frequently has some of the best consistent prices and sales online
Newegg: Right now you can save $130 on WD Black SN750 NVMe SSD
Best Buy: Great deals on SATA SSDs as well as Samsung and WD NVMEs
Walmart: Minor, but consistent, deals on all major SSD brands and formats
B&H Photo: Most of the deeper savings is on SATA and external SSD makes
Amazon: Regularly has some of the best prices online on all SSD formats
Currys: Competitive prices on SATA and external, most deals for NVMe
eBuyer: Few discounts available right now with minor savings on SATA
CCL Computers: Low prices on SATA and NVMe SSD from top brands
When will the Cyber Monday SSD deals start? Cyber Monday is taking place this year on November 29, however, as we’ve seen happier earlier and earlier over the past few years, Cyber Monday SSD deals tend to begin as early as the Saturday after Black Friday and don’t tend to wrap up until later in the week.
(Image credit: WD)Cyber Monday SSD deals: What to expect on the dayAs mentioned above, Amazon tends to offer some of the deepest Cyber Monday SSD deals on the day. Taking last year as an example, the Samsung 970 Evo was a full $100 off ($149.99 reduced from $250) on the 1TB model which was its historic lowest-ever price still to this day. It was a similar story for the likes of WD Black NVMe SSDs, with some of our favorite models seeing their best-ever discounts over the previous Cyber Monday, such as the WD Black SN750 which plummeted down to $115.99 from its regular selling price of $250; which still has yet to be matched since. It isn’t all about PCIe models, however, as external SSDs and SATA III SSDs saw their fair share of heavy savings as well. Most notably, the likes of the Samsung 860 Evo 1TB internal drive, which was half-price at $99 last time around.
Is it worth waiting for Cyber Monday to buy an SSD? Cyber Monday SSD deals aren’t quite as good as what’s available on Black Friday, so if you’re after a specific, expensive, model of SSD (such as a Gen 4.0 NVMe from the likes of WD Black) then we would advise targeting the Friday (or the weekend) instead of specifically waiting until Monday. It’s worth remembering that you’ll definitely get a better deal on Cyber Monday as opposed to the average daily going rate, but do keep that fact in mind: buy one on Black Friday if you have the option.
(Image credit: Samsung)How to choose the right SSD for you on Cyber Monday With all this talk of different SSD types ahead of the Cyber Monday SSD deals, we know it can be a little confusing to tell the difference between the different models, luckily, we’ve rounded up all you’ll need to know to make a confident, and informed, purchasing decision on the day.
Here’s what you need to know:
SATA III SSD: This storage type uses the same form factor as what can be found in traditional 2.5-inch hard drives. While more expensive than the, typically, slower mechanical HDD units, SATA-style solid-state drives are by far the cheapest way to benefit from faster read and write speeds. Plus, 2.5-inch drive bays are incredibly common in all the best gaming PC cases, not requiring a specialized port on the motherboard, meaning they’re easier to install overall.
External SSD: Similar in size and functionality to their SATA equivalents, external SSD drives are simply just a portable variant of the same hardware which connects to your PC, or games console, through either standard USB (normally USB 3.1 nowadays) or USB Type C for the fastest, and most stable data transfers.
PCIe/NVMe/M.2 SSD: The newest, and fastest, storage format utilizes an incredibly small form factor and slots directly into the relevant port on your motherboard. Due to the possible read and write speeds far exceeding what SATA can do, they tend to be far more expensive, especially when considering that some sticks can go up to 2TB capacity, but expect to pay a lot for this privilege when deals aren’t on.
Today’s dealsToday’s best SSD deals Our price comparison software is working hard to bring you the absolute best deals online this side of Cyber Monday on some of our favorite SSD models. WD Black AN1500 in particular features exceptional read and write speeds (6,511 MB/s and 4,412 MB/s respectively in our testing), and benefits from its expansion card format, meaning it can be easily inserted in the relevant drive bay with minimal messing around.
As far as our go-to NVMe/PCIe models are concerned, however, we’re all in on the WD Black SN850 when used for both PC and PS5 (with a heatsink) for its phenomenal performance and unparalleled read and write speeds of 7000 / 5300 MB/s, with capacities of up to 4TB.
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