If you're in the market to treat yourself to some speedy, next-gen SSD storage, then Amazon's new Prime Early Access (opens in new tab) event has popped up at just the right time. The two-day event, which is essentially Amazon Prime Day 2, is seeing plenty of savings on all kinds of storage, including the latest PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs. And while PCIe 5.0 drives are on the way, that doesn't undermine the offers you can pick up today.
If your gaming machine is still packing a spinning hard drive, then this is a particularly great time to give your machine a serious boost. An SSD is not only significantly faster than a hard drive, but they're more power efficient and more reliable too. They'll also put you in a good position to get the most from Microsoft's DirectStorage when we finally see games taking advantage of it.
If you're still on PCIe 3.0, don't worry. PCIe 4.0 SSDs are backward compatible and will run on your system. While it won't perform to its full potential, it should tide you over until you're ready to upgrade your motherboard, et al. If you're all about saving money, prepare to be tempted by a lot of PCIe 3.0 SSDs on sale. And with 2TB NVMe SSDs starting at $145, you're going to need a lot of willpower not to seriously boost your machine's capacity.
- Check out the best Amazon Prime Early Access gaming deals (opens in new tab)
If you're not an Amazon Prime subscriber already, you can join Amazon Prime (opens in new tab) to get access to the Prime Early Access deals. Amazon Prime costs $139 for a one-year membership or $14.99 per month. Amazon offers a 30-day free trial, so you can try it out before fully committing.
It's worth noting that we expect the rest of the industry to want a slice of Amazon's action here too, and expect discounts from all usual suspects.
If you're after something more powerful, the Amazon Prime Early Access gaming PC (opens in new tab) and Prime Early Access gaming monitor deals (opens in new tab) might provide a more apt solution. There's also a page with our top picks, and the full selection of Amazon Prime Early access PC gaming deals (opens in new tab) around today, from TVs to peripherals, and more.
Where are the best Prime Early Access SSD deals?
- Amazon - Up to 50% off internal and external SSDs (opens in new tab)
- Best Buy - Save up to $150 on internal SSDs (opens in new tab)
- Newegg - U (opens in new tab)p to 30% off Samsung internal SSDs (opens in new tab)
- Walmart - Deals on internal and external SSD starting from $20 (opens in new tab)
- B&H Photo - Save $80 on a Samsung 2TB 970 EVO Plus NVMe (opens in new tab)
- Staples - Save up to 30% on a range of SSDs, USB sticks, and external SSDs (opens in new tab)
Amazon Prime Early Access SSD deals
WD_BLACK SN850 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,000MB/s reads | 5,300MB/s writes |
$279.99 $128.49 at Amazon (save $151.50) (opens in new tab)
This impressive SSD consistently gives the Samsung 980 Pro's performance a run for its money and is arguably the PCIe 4.0 drive to beat. It's our favorite high-speed SSD, and at this price makes a great upgrade for your gaming rig's boot drive. This version with the heatspreader is cheaper than the bare drive right now too.
WD_Black SN850X | 2TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,300MB/s reads | 6,600MB/s writes |
$289.99 $199.99 at Newegg (save $90) (opens in new tab)
This is the very latest version of our favorite drive, with that trailing X representing a slight bump in performance. It does cost slightly more because of it, but with a healthy saving like this, it's easier to recommend. $200 for 2TBs of one of the fastest drives around makes for an easy recommendation. You can get the heatsink model for an extra $10 too.
WD Black SN770 | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 5,150MB/s reads | 4,900MB/s writes |
$129.99 $79.99 at Amazon (save $50) (opens in new tab)
It may not match the peak performance of the pricier SN850, but this is a great budget option. And a good shout for anyone still stuck on a PCIe 3.0 motherboard but with a yearning for an upgrade soonish. This SSD will be as fast as any PCIe 3.0 drive but then will reach its own top speeds as soon as you upgrade to a PCIe 4.0 board.
XPG GAMMIX S70 SSD | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,400MB/s reads | 5,500MB/s writes |
$127.49 $99.99 at Best Buy (save $27.50) (opens in new tab)
There are some really great SSD deals this year, with the XPG Gammix being one of the best. It's faster than either Samsung or WD in some tests, and offers a whole lot of speedy storage for the money. And, again, if you're stuck on PCIe 3.0 this is a good upgrade to have in the back pocket for a Zen 4 or Raptor Lake platform of the future.
Samsung 980 SSD | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | 3,500MB/s reads | 3,000MB/s writes |
$139.99 $85.49 at Amazon (save $54.50) (opens in new tab)
For just $86 you can bag a full 1TB of fast PCIe 3.0 SSD storage. That's plenty of space for a boot drive and a host of your most oft-played games. You would have to be a Samsung fan to pick this over the WD Black SN770, but if that goes out of stock, the Samsung 980 is a great backup. Back up. See, SSD deals humor, we've got it all.
XPG GAMMIX S70 SSD | 2TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,400MB/s reads | 6,700MB/s writes |
$249.99 $199.99 at Best Buy (save $50) (opens in new tab)
Looking to add storage to your PlayStation 5? This XPG SSD can provide you with an easy upgrade for both your console and gaming PC. This SSD isn't the cheapest it's ever been, but it's still a pretty good deal for a 2TB drive, and lightning fast.
Samsung 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD | 2TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,000MB/s reads | 5,100MB/s writes |
$379.99 $189.99 at Amazon (save $190) (opens in new tab)
Last Prime Day, this 2TB Samsung 980 Pro sold out fast. It's one of the better Gen4 NVMe SSDs you can use right now, even if it is a bit older. It has outstanding read/write speeds along with hardware-based AES 256-bit encryption. This isn't a cheap SSD, so I'll take any discount on it.
SK hynix Gold P31 SSD | 2TB | PCIe 3.0 | 3,500MB/s reads | 3,200MB/s writes |
$198.99 $159.19 at Amazon (save $39.80) (opens in new tab)
This affordable SSD is great for anyone looking for a modest storage upgrade. It's a PCIe 3.0 drive, so not the fastest option around, but this is still a good deal for the cash. SK Hynix SSDs are almost never on sale so we were surprised to see these marked down a couple of bucks.
Intel 670p SSD | 2TB | PCIe 3.0 | 3,500MB/s reads | 2,700MB/s writes |
$169.99 $125.99 at Newegg (save $44) (opens in new tab)
An oldie but goldie! There was a time when the Intel 670p was the definitive budget SSD. It's fair to say that SSDs have gotten a lot quicker since then, but this is still one of the cheapest ways of getting a big chunk of storage into your machine.
PNY CS900 3D NAND SSD | 1TB | SATA | 535MB/s reads | 515MB/s writes |
$95.99 $57.99 at Amazon (save $38) (opens in new tab)
This PNY SATA SSD is a great option for budget builds where you can't quite stretch to a full PCIe drive. For less than $60 you can slowly ease yourself off your old spinning HDD with a large enough capacity for your OS and a bunch of games. Alternatively, it will make a great secondary storage if you're already sporting a faster SSD as your boot.
Seagate IronWolf Hard Drive | 14TB | SATA | 7,200rpm |
$529.99 $209.99 at Newegg (save $320 with code: FTSBXAZ386) (opens in new tab)
Hard drives may have had their day when it comes to gaming PCs, but they can still offer frankly ridiculous capacities that SSDs can only dream of. Assuming SSDs dream. But anyway, this 14TB HDD is really designed for NAS boxes, but could handle your massive Steam library should you choose. And with an equally massive $320 off its normal price, this is an incredible deal. Make sure you add the code FTSBXAZ386 at the checkout.
Amazon Prime Early Access external SSD deals
Samsung T7 Shield | 1TB |
$129.99 $109.99 at Best Buy (save $20) (opens in new tab)
We're big fans of the T7 Shield SSD (opens in new tab) and it's on offer this Prime Day week, giving you the option to get speedy portable SSD storage that won't give up the ghost if you drop it in the odd puddle. Weirdly, it's only discounted with the blue version, but hey, that's my favorite color so I'm okay with that.
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD | 1TB |
$249.99 $124.99 at Amazon (save $125) (opens in new tab)
This SanDisk is a great pocket-sized solution for your portable storage needs. This 1TB external SSD can take on the elements, and it even comes with a carabiner loop, so you keep it on your belt, which is totally not embarrassing.
Crucial X6 Portable SSD | 2TB |
$199.99 $115.89 at Amazon (save $84.10)
(opens in new tab)While not the fastest external SSD you'll see, the Crucial X6's size makes it a perfect travel buddy for editing video's remotely or keeping your PS5 games close to you at all times.
WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive| 4TB |
$749.99 $589 at Amazon (save $160.99) (opens in new tab)
This P50 is a shock-resistant external SSD that can take a beating while giving you massive storage to hold your game libraries for PC and Consoles. Yeah, it's still pricey after the discount, but hey, you won't have to worry about storage for a long, long while.
Amazon Prime Early Access UK SSD deals
WD_Black SN850 NVMe SSD with heatsink | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 7,000MB/s reads | 5,300MB/s writes |
£129.98 £98.98 at Scan (save £31) (opens in new tab)
The SN850 is arguably the PCIe 4.0 drive to beat, and consistently gives the Samsung 980 Pro's performance a run for its money. It's our favourite high-speed SSD, and this is the lowest it has ever been. That price is even more impressive given it comes with that chunky heatsink.
Samsung 980 NVMe SSD | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | 3,500MB/s reads | 3,000MB/s writes |
£94.99 £65.54 at Amazon (save £29.45) (opens in new tab)
This deal lets you bag a full 1TB of fast PCIe 3.0 SSD storage for a ridiculously low £69. That's plenty of space for a boot drive and a host of your favourite games, and while this is PCIe 3.0 in a land of faster PCIe 4.0 drives, it's still a great step up from SATA drives and HDDs.
WD_Black SN770 NVMe SSD | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | 5,150MB/s reads | 4,900MB/s writes |
£87.99 £72.65 at Amazon (save £15.34) (opens in new tab)
This SSD may not match the performance of the pricier SN850, but it's still a decent budget option for anyone stuck on a PCIe 3.0 motherboard but with a yearning for an upgrade in the near future. This SSD is as speedy as any PCIe 3.0 drive and will exceed that as soon as you upgrade to a PCIe 4.0 board.
When is Amazon Prime Early Access 2022?
Amazon Prime Early Access began at 12 am PT, Tuesday October 11, and will run all the way through to 11.59 pm on Wednesday October 12. Expect 48 hours of potential PC gaming deals, before we get into the meatier discounts expected to drop on Black Friday—that's November 25 for anyone willing to wait that long. Truly, Amazon isn't messing around when it says Early Access. In fact, let's just have a deal event every month.