Black Friday is nearly here, and in fact, most retailers have started posting their deals early. If you don't have a solid state drive (SSD) yet for your storage, or if you just want an upgrade on your existing one, then you should be able to get a nice discount on some good SSDs this week.
These days, SSDs are almost essential for a gaming PC if you want to get the best performance. Windows will boot quicker, and your games will load faster than they ever did using an old fashioned hard drive. If you want to pay even more for an even faster SSD, there are more and more NVMe drives available on the market now, as long as your motherboard supports them. Of course, HDDs still have their uses, particularly if you want bulk storage at a cheap price. This Black Friday you'll be able to find terabytes of storage for not much money at all.
No matter what kind of storage you're in the market for, Black Friday will be a good time to get a cheap deal. So, we're going to compile a list of the best SSDs and HDDs to look out for this week.
If you're looking for the best balance between price and performance, look no further than the Samsung 850 Evo. We'd recommend going for the 500GB version because the lower capacity models are slower. It's been our favorite overall SSD for some time now thanks to its 500MB/s read speeds, the price per gigabyte, and the fact it outperforms some more expensive SSDs.
If you're still looking for more performance though, the best high-end SATA SSD is the Samsung 850 Pro, the Evo's bigger brother. It's more expensive, and the speed gains you get aren't massive, but it is the fastest SATA SSD on the market right now if you're willing to pay for it. You won't see a huge benefit from using this over other, cheaper SSDs, but it does come with a nice 10 year warranty. If you can find a reasonably priced one this Black Friday though, it'll definitely be worth the cash.
The problem with SATA SSDs is they're just too slow. Well, slow compared to NVMe SSDs anyway. There's been a SATA bottleneck problem for a while now, but if you've got a motherboard with an M.2 PCIe slot, NVMe drives are a way to get even more speed out of your storage devices. Samsung is back at the top of the pile again for our favorite overall NVMe SSD with the 950 Pro. Read / write speeds of up to 2,500 / 1,500 MB/s and 300K / 110K random IOPS make this a seriously speedy drive, and well worth a look if they're discounted this week. Another good option is the Intel SSD 750, which has even higher IOPS specs at 460K/290K, and a higher capacity model available.
Hard drives are obviously slower, and we wouldn't recommend them for gaming these days. They are good for bulk storage at cheap prices though, and our pick to look out for this Black Friday is the Western Digital Blue hard drive, which starts at 500GB and goes all the way up to 6TB models. It has a 64MB buffer and can reach up to 7200RPM speeds, which is pretty speedy for an HDD. If you're looking for sheer storage, a Seagate IronWolf 10TB drive is a good option, and Black Friday could be a good time to grab one for cheaper than its fairly high MSRP.