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Which Black Friday SSD deal is a good buy?

Which Black Friday SSD deal is a good buy?

With Black Friday deals flying around your ears, it can be difficult to choose which SSD to buy. That’s why we have it all Offers already listed for you, but in this article we add the performance of those SSDs. This way you can easily see if the SSD on offer is a bit slick and offers you value for money.

We do not recommend using the smallest 500 GB NVMe drive: it is not very convenient in terms of price-capacity ratio. On the other hand, 2TB variants are becoming increasingly attractive in terms of price. Our recommendations, which we also include in Shortlist of Black Friday deals have been included Samsung 980 Pro And the WD Black SN850X (2TB direct from WD On sale for 180.99 euros). Both drives are not only very fast, but are also readily available at very attractive prices now.

2.5-inch drives are especially attractive if you’re looking for an SSD with more than 2TB of capacity, because of course they’re not very fast. Gen3 drives are well on their way in our opinion. Two engines are on offer, but we haven’t tested them PNY CS900 of 2 TB and the Kingston NV2 1 TB. We wanted to mention them anyway, because both drives are inexpensive and might be fun as extra storage.

In this overview, you’ll find the drives that have been tested in our test lab and are on display. If you want to decide for yourself whether you want to buy one of the two recommendations above, or if you still want to choose a different drive, you can browse the table and charts below to see which option is best for you. We made our M.2-format PCIe Gen4 drives dark blue in the graphics, our “old” 2.5″ SATA drives yellow and we’ve seen a few other PCIe Gen3 drives in display listings: the one we made light blue.

We first list the most important characteristics of these three groups in the table below. For clarity, we have summarized our criteria in two indicators. The light indicator gives a good picture for normal day-to-day use, while the heavy indicator basically gives an indication of what to expect if you’re going to put a very heavy load on your SSD. If you want to know all the details, take a look at our latest Best SSD Buying Guide: There are all benchmarks for all tested SSDs.

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leader appearance user interface discount Old price black friday price tested?
PCIe Gen4 drives
Corsair MP600 Pro LPX 2TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 18% 279.99 229.90 euros Ordinary Pro XT version
500GB AORUS NVMe Gen4 SSD M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 20% 82.24 65.90 euros 1 TB version
MSI Spatium M480 HS 2 TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 17% 394.06 394.06 euros Version without radiator
MSI Spatium M480 2TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 37% 349.00 219 euros yes (reconsidering)
Samsung 980 Pro (without cooler) 1 TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 32% 138.95 94.90 euros yes (reconsidering)
Samsung 980 Pro (with heatsink) 1 TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 16% 138.71 115 euros Version without radiator
Samsung 980 Pro (without heatsink) 2 TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 15th% 234.99 199 euros yes (reconsidering)
WD Black SN850X (without heatsink) 2 TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 29% 279.00 199.90 euros yes (reconsidering)
WD Black SN850X (without heatsink) 1 TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 27% 134.90 97.99 euros 2 TB version
WD Black SN850X (with heatsink) 2 TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 4.0 x4 slot 20% 289.00 229.90 euros yes (reconsidering)
2.5″ drives
WD Blue SSD 2.5″ 4TB 2.5 inches sata-600 24% 406.64 310.99 euros 2 TB version
Crucial BX500 2TB 2.5 inches sata-600 22% 147.90 114.99 euros yes
Samsung 870QVO 4 TB 2.5 inches sata-600 22% 365.96 284 euros yes (reconsidering)
Samsung 870QVO 2 TB 2.5 inches sata-600 17% 168.44 139 euros yes (reconsidering)
WD Blue SSD 2.5″ 2TB 2.5 inches sata-600 16% 189.00 159 euros yes (reconsidering)
PCIe Gen3 drives
Kioxia Exceria G2 2 TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 3.0 x4 slot 40% 253.44 151.68 euros 1 TB version
Samsung 980 1 TB M.2 80 mm PCIe 3.0 x4 slot 20% 98.53 79 euros yes (reconsidering)

Prices and discount percentages are snapshots: This table was compiled on Tuesday afternoon, November 22nd.
Some margins on different offerings: For some drives, we tested different capacities or versions with or without a heatsink. The latter doesn’t make much difference to performance with our testing method: we always test with active cooling, which means drives without a heatsink can also perform optimally.

Performance overview

  • Use a performance indicator light
  • Heavy duty performance index
  • Samsung 980 Pro 1TB pricing
  • Samsung 980 Pro 2TB pricing
  • Prices for WD Black SN850X 1TB
  • Prices for WD Black SN850X 2TB