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Cyber Monday SSD deals: the speediest solid state bargains for your PC

Cyber Monday SSD deals

Black Friday might be over, but Cyber Monday—and likely an extra week of deals—has just started. So have no fear, there's still plenty of ways to save money with some great Cyber Monday SSD deals.

Whether you're on the hunt for a NVMe drive for your high-end build or you're finally ready to take the leap and upgrade from your old spinning hard disk to something faster, smaller, and more reliable (congratulations, by the way), you've got plenty of great deals to choose from. 

But what's all the fuss over SSDs—especially as compared to traditional HDDs? Well, for one, SSDs are just straight out faster. In every conceivable category. Faster data streams, faster at booting windows, and decreased load times on your favorite games. It's why a good SSD is probably one of the cheapest but most impactful upgrades you can make to a PC. The only real con is that some of the top-end SSDs are expensive, so it's good to take advantage of some of these deep discounts or larger capacity SSDs like the Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB, which is almost 50 percent off its original price.

The Best Cyber Monday SSD Deals

Jump straight to the deals you want...
1. NVMe SSD deals
2. SATA SSD deals
3. External SSD deals

When choosing a drive, definitely consider how much space you'll need. For example, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is an enormous storage hogs on PC, clocking in at 231GB. That's big enough that a 256GB SSD wouldn't have enough space left over for a Windows 10 installation. Fortunately, most games are only around 50 GB in size. Thankfully, SSD storage has never been cheaper, and 2TB SSDs are reasonably attainable due to some great deals from Amazon.

Here's a quick break down of the best Cyber Monday SSD deals we've seen so far.

Cyber Monday NVMe SSD deals

PCIe 4.0 Star

Samsung 980 Pro SSD | 500GB | PCIe 4.0 | $149.99 $129.99 at Amazon (save $20)
This Samsung drive is just faster than the rest, and that's down to its support of the PCIe 4.0 interface. If you have an AMD Ryzen 3000 or Ryzen 5000 CPU and a compatible B550 or X570 motherboard, you can make the most of Samsung's speeds, up to 6,900MB/s seq. Read. That's over double the speed of even some of the best PCIe 3.0 NVMe drives.View Deal

Western Digital SN750 | 500GB | PCIe 3.0 | $61.99 at Amazon
Western Digital came late to the SSD game, despite being a huge name in the hard drive market, but the SN750 appeared with its own controller and performance to match the might of Samsung's NVMe SSDs. It's still up there, and this 500GB version is a great little drive for this price.View Deal

Samsung 970 EVO SSD | 500GB | PCIe 3.0 | $99.99 $59.99 at Amazon (40% off)
You'd probably want a 1TB drive, but if you can't stretch that far, a 500GB NVMe drive is still absolutely better than not having one, especially when it's a speedy Samsung offering. This is a record low price for a half-terabyte drive, and it's not really that much slower than the slightly updated EVO Plus version.View Deal

Samsung 970 EVO Plus | 500GB| PCIe 3.0 | $129.99 $79.99 at Amazon (save $50)
We may be getting near the point where we regularly recommend a 1TB NVMe SSD as the baseline for what you should be having as a boot drive in your gaming rig, but for right now, having a speedy 500GB 970 EVO Plus on your side will do just fine. That will make Windows feel zippy, as well as your most oft-played games.View Deal

Crucial P5 | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $149.99 $119.99 at Amazon (save $30)
There's a lot to love about the cheaper P2 model above, but it can't hold a candle to the P5. This is Crucial's fastest consumer NVMe drive today with seq. Read speeds of 3,400MB/s and seq. write of up to 3,000MB/s. That puts it right up at the top-end of PCIe 3.0 drives today and perfect for your operating system, applications, and games.View Deal

WD Black SN750 SSD | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $259.99 $115.99 at Best Buy (save $144)
This 1TB PCIe SSD will deliver high-end storage performance, with a serious gobbet of game storing capacity. It's not going to hit the heights of PCIe 4.0 drives, but you'll struggle to find a comparative option with space on offer to this WD SSD.View Deal

Samsung 970 EVO Plus | 1TB | PCIe 3.0 | $249.99 $149.99 at Amazon (save $100)
While we're still waiting for the newer PCIe 4.0 interface to become ubiquitous speedy PCIe 3.0 SSDs, such as this excellent Samsung 970 EVO Plus, are still absolutely worth your money. For under $150, this is a good price for a 1TB NVMe SSD, though you may find lesser-known brands hitting $120-odd around Black Friday.View Deal

Sabrent Rocket | 500GB | PCIe 4.0 | $119.98 $89.99 at Amazon (save 25%)
This could be the cheapest PCIe 4.0 SSD you find today, certainly the quickest one down below the $100 mark anyways. The Rocket is using TLC rather than QLC memory and that means it can maintain impressive read/write performance on Gen4 motherboards (5,000MB/s and 2,500MB/s) and on older PCIe 3.0 boards too (3,400MB/s and 2,500MB/s).View Deal

Sabrent Rocket | 1TB | PCIe 4.0 | $319.99 $149.99 at Amazon (save $170)
The speediest of Sabrent's current PCIe 4.0 SSDs, is less than half price today, and for that $150 you get a serious NVMe drive sporting TLC memory with max read/write speeds of 5,000MB/s and 4,400MB/s respectively. And even in a older, non Gen4 motherboard you'll still get higher performance than most dedicated PCIe 3.0 SSDs.View Deal

Cyber Monday SATA SSD deals

Samsung SSD 860 EVO | 500GB | $89.99 $53.99 at Amazon (save $36)
This 500GB version of the mighty Samsung 860 EVO will still deliver plenty of PC storage capacity for the discerning gamer, with performance ahead of anything your ol' spinner platter hard drive could dream of hitting. However, it is worth noting that you will find NVMe options for not a whole lot more if your system is compatible.
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Samsung SSD 860 EVO | 1TB | $199.99 $99.99 at Amazon (save $100)
Samsung is always reliable in the SSD world now, and at half price, this 1TB SATA drive is an outstanding value as either the base for your whole rig or just some speedy secondary Steam library storage.
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Samsung SSD 860 EVO | 2TB | $245.99 $199.99 at Amazon (save $45.99)

If you're in need of even more space, this 2TB SATA drive should let you download a good portion of your Steam library. You'll probably even have some room to spare afterwards.View Deal

Cyber Monday External SSD deals

Samsung X5 | 2TB | Thunderbolt 3 | $699.99 $549.99 at Amazon (save $150)
Yeah, that is a lot of money to drop on some external SSD storage, but look, that's 2TB of NVMe-class data space. A somewhat rare case, maybe, but for a professional working on large data set out in the field, spending big on a high-capacity SSD makes a lot of sense. And with $150 off, the X5 is a great choice.View Deal

SanDisk Extreme | 1TB | $249.99 $129.99 at Best Buy (save $120)
External SSDs are becoming more and more important with the release of the next-gen consoles, but they're also vital for the professional PC crowd. Having a rugged drive such as this SanDisk, with this performance level, means working with large data sizes on the go is far easier.View Deal

Crucial X8 | 1TB | $189.95 $129.95 at Amazon (save $59.96)
What's better than external storage? Superfast external storage, that's what. And it doesn't get much faster than this chunk of aluminum and silicon—we're talking transfer rates up to 1050MB/s here. It also happens to be rugged enough to take out into the big outdoors with you. View Deal

Samsung T7 | 1TB | $229.99 $169.99 at Amazon (save $60)
Samsung's portable T7 SSD offers blazing fast speeds up to 1,050 MB/s read and 1,000 MB/s write. It also features fingerprint and password security to ensure your sensitive data is protected on the go.View Deal

Sabrent Rocket Nano | 1TB | USB 3.2 | $158.99 $119.24 on Amazon (save $40)
Sabrent has plenty of discount across its compact SSDs and the 1TB Rocket Nano is a great choice if you're don't want to spend $200+ on external storage. This line of SSDs are perfect for next-gen consoles and gaming storage, and with how big games are getting these days it's always good to have the extra space when you need it.
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Sabrent Rocket Nano | 2TB | USB 3.2 | $299.99 $224.99 on Amazon (save $75)
This Sabrent Rocket Nano boasts a lot of speedy external storage in possibly the most compact SSD on the market. The Sabrent Rocket Nano is the perfect compact SSD and is a great option if you're thinking about storage for next-gen consoles.View Deal

What to look out for in a Cyber Monday SSD

The main things to watch out for are the same for Cyber Monday 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 one of the latest AMD processors and 570 or 550 chipsets, then there you also have a decision to make regarding PCIe 3.0 or PCIe 4.0 SSDs. 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.

Jorge Jimenez is a Hardware Writer from the enchanted lands of New Jersey. When he's not filling the office with the smell of Pop-Tarts, you can find Jorge streaming bad games with his dog or binge-watching an irresponsible amount of superhero TV shows.