Good SSD deals might be tough to find right now, but this 2 TB Nextorage drive is still a great buy at $136

The Nextorage NEM-PA 2 TB NVMe drive, on a blue/green background
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Nextorage NEM-PA | 2 TB | NVMe | PCIe 4.0 | 7,300 MB/s read | 6,900 MB/s write | $249.99 $135.99 at Newegg (save $114)

Nextorage NEM-PA | 2 TB | NVMe | PCIe 4.0 | 7,300 MB/s read | 6,900 MB/s write | $249.99 $135.99 at Newegg (save $114)
We were very impressed with this Nextorage drive in our review. And given that great SSD deals can be hard to find right now, this drive stands out as a great performer for reasonable money—even if the brand name might not be as recognisable as others.

Price check: Amazon $159.99

We were on to a great thing for a while. Last year, cheap SSDs were everywhere, with stunning deals on very fast and very large Gen 4 drives. Now though, they're increasingly hard to find, but that doesn't mean we don't spot the odd bargain every now and then.

Like this 2 TB Nextorage NEM-PA, on sale at Newegg right now for $136. It might not have the brand recognition of WD or Lexar, but trust me when I say that this Nextorage drive actually has far more pedigree than you might expect.

Nextorage was originally created by Sony to manufacture SSDs for the PlayStation 5. However, Phison, an absolute heavyweight name in the SSD business, bought itself a controlling stake in the company. As a result, Nextorage started creating drives using the Phison E18 controller, as found here, making for SSDs with excellent performance from a name that's increasingly becoming familiar to those in the know.

The proof here lies in the performance. This Nextorage 2 TB drive delivers 7,300 MB/s reads and 6,900 MB/s writes, making for a fantastically fast performer as we found in our review. That's thanks to 2 TB of high-quality TLC NAND memory and 2 GB of DDR4 cache in combination with that legendary controller.

It's not quite the fastest of Gen 4 drives—particularly when it comes to 4K writes—but it still delivers performance that puts it up there with some seriously heavy competition. This model also comes with a substantial heatsink, which keeps it cool for sustained performance.

About that. While you can technically remove the heatsink to install the NEM-PA in a laptop, Nextorage will not guarantee the warranty after disassembly. I would suggest those of you looking to squeeze the drive into somewhere heatsink-inappropriate might want to consider the warranty implications before doing so. 

Still, what you get here is a sizeable drive with excellent Gen 4 performance, with a significant discount to boot. It's worth mentioning that Amazon Prime Day is right around the corner, technically starting on Tuesday July 16 and carrying on through Wednesday July 17, although we've already started collecting early Amazon Prime Day SSD deals.

This drive is one of them and while there's always a chance it might drop lower, if you need fast storage right now I reckon it's an excellent shout for $136.

Andy Edser
Hardware Writer

Andy built his first gaming PC at the tender age of 12, when IDE cables were a thing and high resolution wasn't. After spending over 15 years in the production industry overseeing a variety of live and recorded projects, he started writing his own PC hardware blog for a year in the hope that people might send him things. Sometimes they did.

Now working as a hardware writer for PC Gamer, Andy can be found quietly muttering to himself and drawing diagrams with his hands in thin air. It's best to leave him to it.