Home Features Black Friday has arrived, and with it comes veritable terabytes of super deals on SSDs of all sizes and kinds. Whether you’re dipping your toes into the solid state scene with a small sub-$100 unit, or going whole-hog with an 8TB beast, we’ve got the deals that can get you set up. NVMe SSDs are the unit of choice these days, offering performance that exceeds that of their SATA counterparts, and this is a great time to upgrade if you’re looking for a serious speed boost. You’ll want to check your motherboard specs to ensure it supports the technology—once you’ve got that taken care of, you’ll find some great deals in the list below. That’s not to suggest that SATA SSDs are to be avoided. NVMe units are faster than SATA drives, and not just in load times—general Windows usage will be smoother across the board—but both types absolutely blow conventional hard drives out of the water. One option to consider is to upgrade to an NVMe SSD as your main boot drive and then use your old SSD—or a higher-capacity, new SATA SSD—for storing your Steam library and whatever else you like to keep kicking around. Whatever path you choose to follow, SSD storage has never been cheaper, which makes this a great time to go for a big upgrade. Black Friday 2021: why you need to shop for PC deals early this year. Remember size isn’t the be-all-and-end-all when it comes to storage. With the next-gen consoles, both launching with speedy SSDs at their heart, performance will be front and center in the minds of game developers moving forward. Over the next few years, we’re going to see speedy NVMe SSDs becoming the default, and that push for faster performance should benefit PCs as well as consoles. Vast open-world games with basically no loading times—sounds pretty good, right? Where will have the best Black Friday SSD deals? In the US: Amazon – Up to 50% off internal and external SSDs Walmart – Deals on internal and external SSDs starting from $55 B&H Photo – Save $130 on the WD_Black SN750 Best Buy – Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB SSD for $229.99 Staples – Save up to 30% on a range of SSDs, USB sticks, and external SSDs Newegg – Get the WD SN850 NVMe drive for just $99.99 In the UK: Amazon UK – WD Blue SN550 1TB SSD starting at £69.97 Scan – Crucial P2 1TB NVMe SSD from £70 Box – Save up to £52 on Samsung 970 Evo Plus Ebuyer – 500GB SSDs starting from £39.24 Overclockers – Save up to 52% on Samsung SSDs Currys – PNY M.2 NVMe SSD from £61.99 Laptops Direct – Save £30 on Curcial MX500 2TB internal SATA SSD Black Friday NVMe SSD deals Our magic price searching bots are all over the web, tracking down the best prices all the time. That means this list will be regularly curated multiple times each day. Back to top ^ Black Friday SATA SSD deals Our magic price searching bots are all over the web, tracking down the best prices all the time. That means this list will be regularly curated multiple times each day. Back to top ^ Black Friday External SSD deals Our magic price searching bots are all over the web, tracking down the best prices all the time. That means this list will be regularly curated multiple times each day. Back to top ^ When will Black Friday SSD deals start to appear? Black Friday itself occurs on November 26 this year, but there will be offers from a wide variety of retailers well ahead of time. Last year that might have just meant at the start of November, but we’re expecting there to be sales kicking off even before that in October. What should I look out for in a Black Friday SSD deal? The main things to watch out for are the same for Black Friday SSD deals as with any other technology bargain hunting you do around this November period. Go in there with an idea of what you want, and above all, what you need. It’s easy to get carried away at this time of year, but if you have a notion of how much you want to spend and what sort of SSD you’re after, you’ll be in good stead. Capacity is a good starting point, and at the moment, we’re looking at some excellent 1TB offers, but a 512GB SSD will still afford you a lot of speed storage for a boot drive, with enough space for your most regularly played games. I mean, they’re not all Call of Duty, right? Then think about the interface. Chances are, if you’re rocking a PC of the last five years, you’ll have an M.2 slot in your motherboard with NVMe support. However, it’s worth digging into the specifics of your motherboard to make sure that it can definitely support booting from such drives as not all can. Check out the manufacturer’s pages and maybe forums too. If you’re considering making the switch to an AMD Zen 2 or Zen 3 processor and X570 or B550 chipsets, then there you also have a decision to make regarding PCIe 3.0 or PCIe 4.0 SSDs. The same’s true if you pick up an Intel Rocket Lake CPU with a Z590 motherboard. PCIe 4.0 is the newer standard, with the higher bandwidth, but is backward compatible with older boards. That means you can buy the latest SSDs now, and they’ll still be lightning-fast in your existing setup, just not to the full extent you’ll see when you do make the upgrade. That said, PCIe 3.0 drives are still incredibly speedy compared to anything that has come before, so you’ll be in a great place with any high-performance NVMe SSD purchase. There are some things to look out for, however. Some budget PCIe 3.0 drives only operate at x2 speed, which means they’re half as fast as the standard x4 NVMe SSDs. It’s also worth ensuring your M.2 SSD actually is an NVMe drive. There are some M.2 SSDs that still operate over the SATA interface and can only reach a maximum theoretical speed of 600MB/s, while the theoretical maximum of an x4 PCIe 3.0 interface is 4,000MB/s. Alan has been writing about PC tech since before 3D graphics cards existed, and still vividly recalls having to fight with MS-DOS just to get games to load. He fondly remembers the killer combo of a Matrox Millenium and 3dfx Voodoo, and seeing Lara Croft in 3D for the first time. He’s very glad hardware has advanced as much as it has though, and is particularly happy when putting the latest M.2 NVMe SSDs, AMD processors, and laptops through their paces. He has a long-lasting Magic: The Gathering obsession but limits this to MTG Arena these days.