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.
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.
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.
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.