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Best early Black Friday SSD deals

Our picks of the best NVMe and SSD deals, across the UK and US

November is probably the best time of the year to pick up some new PC storage; I’ve only been gathering up the best early Black Friday SSD deals, and there are already multiple discounts on some of the best gaming SSDs on the market. There’s sure to be more, especially on Black Friday itself – November 25th – but these early offers are a good start. Anything that encourages sluggish hard drives into the history books, eh?

This year, we also have the handheld Steam Deck to consider. It’s possible to replace the SSD in this, but Valve don’t recommend it, and I agree with them - it’s easier and cheaper to just get a microSD card for extra storage instead. I’ve therefore tracked down a few of the best microSD deals, which you'll find alongside the desktop drives in the list below.

There’s nothing here, whether it’s a microSD, an NVMe or SATA SSD, that I wouldn’t recommend at their non-sale prices. Just make sure, before you buy, that the SSD you want will fit inside/be compatible with your PC. A lot of motherboards only use the older PCIe 3.0 interface for NVMe drives, for instance, while the faster PCIe 4.0 needs a specifically compatible mobo and CPU combination. If you want to upgrade those as well, have a read of our main Black Friday PC deals hub.

Two NVMe SSDs, the Kingston Fury Renegade and WD Blue SN550, on a desk.

Black Friday NVMe SSD deals

UK deals:

WD Blue SN570 1TB - £72 from Ebuyer (was £77)

The Blue SN570 was already the best-value PCIe 3.0 SSD on the market, and now it's even cheaper.

WD Black SN850X 1TB - £112 from Amazon UK (was £158)

The Black SN850X is the second-fastest SSD we’ve tested on game loading times. This is arguably still a lot to pay for 1TB, but you’d getting truly elite PCIe 4.0 performance.

WD Black SN770 1TB - £80 from Amazon UK (was £158)

If your PC is compatible with PCIe 4.0 drives but you’ve been put off by their exorbitance, consider the Black SN770. It can reach true 4.0 speeds and, with this discount, is closer to PCIe 3.0-level pricing.

WD Black SN770 2TB - £145 from Ebuyer (was £190)

The 2TB Black SN770 won't be faster than the 1TB model in games, but does have a lower cost per gigabyte.

Crucial P3 500GB - £41 from Ebuyer (was £55)

If you need to stick to PCIe 3.0 but want higher top speeds than the SN570, it's hard to top the P3. Ebuyer has the cuyrrent best deal on the 500GB model.

Crucial P3 1TB - £71 from Ebuyer (was £95)

It's obviously more expensive than the 500GB P3, but the 1TB version works out as much better value per gig.

US deals:

Crucial P3 1TB - $74 from Amazon US (was $90)

An excellent price on the Crucial P3, the fastest PCIe 3.0 SSD we've tested overall.

Crucial P3 Plus 500GB - $49 from Amazon US (was $60)

The P3 Plus uses the PCIe 4.0 interface, so is even faster than the P3, and remains very aggressively priced regardless.

Crucial P3 Plus 1TB - $80 from Amazon US (was $100)

Amazon also has the P3 Plus on sale in its 1TB capacity - definitely a better choice if you want to avoid needing secondary storage drives in the future.

WD Black SN850X 1TB - $125 from B&H Photo Video (was $160)

It took a little longer than in the UK, but the US finally has some worthwhile early deals on the megafast SN850X. This PCIe 4.0 cuts game loading times compared to the old SN850, which was pretty quick itself.

WD Black SN850X 2TB - $230 from B&H Photo Video (was $290)

A few sites have discounts on the 2TB SN9850X; the prize for the best one goes to B&H Photo Video.

Black Friday SATA SSD deals

UK deals:

Crucial BX500 1TB - £56 from Amazon UK (was £74)

Despite being several years old, the BX500 is still one of the best SATA SSDs you can buy, with HDD-whomping performance and low prices. Even lower here, of course.

Crucial BX500 2TB - £122 from Amazon UK (was £184)

Upgrading to 2TB of SSD storage is good way of futureproofing your PC, and the BX500 means it doesn't have to cost the earth.

Samsung 870 Evo 1TB - £93 from Amazon UK (was £112)

Samsung's 870 Evo pushes right up to the limits of SATA SSD read/write speeds. It was recently a few pounds cheaper, though, so consider keeping an eye on it for now to see if it drops back down.

Samsung 870 Qvo 8TB - £640 from Scan (was £672)

The 870 Qvo isn't just fast - it specialises in gigantic capacities too. If you need loads of space but want to liberate yourself from HDD slowness, this 8TB version may be the last SSD you ever need.

US deals:

Crucial MX500 500GB - $43 from Amazon US (was $75)

The MX500 is fast enough to have tangled with the Samsung 860 Evo back in its day, and now it's become a handy cut-price storage option for tightly budgeted PC builds.

Samsung 870 Evo 500GB - $58 from Best Buy (was $85)

The 500GB version of the speedy 870 Evo will hold a few choice games, though I'd recommend upping to 1TB if your PC build budget will stretch to it.

Samsung 870 Evo 1TB - $90 from Best Buy (was $150)

Samsung's best SSD for gaming PCs, in a capacity that will have room for Windows and plenty of games.

Samsung 870 Qvo 4TB - $330 from Best Buy (was $450)

Enormous capacity at a freshly lowered price. One to consider if you want to store a lot of high-res videos or photos on your PC as well as games.

A hand holding the SanDisk Ultra microSD card over a Steam Deck.

Black Friday microSD card deals

UK deals:

Samsung Pro Plus 512GB - £70 from Ebuyer (was £75)

The best Steam Deck-ready microSD card you can currently buy, for less. Almost a no-brainer, though since this is only a small saving, there could be a more generous discount closer to Black Friday proper.

SanDisk Ultra 512GB - £51 from Amazon UK (was £95)

This card will double the onboard capacity of the highest-spec Steam Deck, and although it's something of a budget model, the SanDisk Ultra was never far behind premium cards in our performance tests.

SanDisk Ultra 1TB microSD - £127 from Amazon UK (was £218)

This card will give your humble Steam Deck the capacity of a respectable desktop PC, and it's still pretty fast despite the low price.

US deals:

Samsung Pro Plus 512GB - $55 from Amazon US (was $68)

The best overall microSD card for the Steam Deck finally gets a good deal Stateside.

SanDisk Ultra 400GB - $38 from Amazon US (was $70)

Just because it's usually cheap doesn't mean the SanDisk Ultra can't get even more affordable. It's surprisingly fast, too.

SanDisk Extreme Pro 512GB - $83 from Amazon US (was $102)

The Extreme Pro has been getting less expensive with every passing week, and since it's one of the best performers on game loading times, there's no complaints here.

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