If you’re looking for a cheap PC upgrade, you’ll find no better bang for buck than a SSD or NVMe drive — and there’s a ton of solid NVMe deals to grab today.
Update: This post has been updated from its original publication with more offers.
The first major bargain comes courtesy of Western Digital, who are offering a ton of bargains on their storage solutions today as part of Amazon Prime Day. If you’re after a cheap internal NVMe drive to bump up your storage, there’s the WD Blue SN550 1TB drive for $137.55. With read speeds up to 2.4GB/s, this Gen3 NVMe drive is a great and affordable 1TB upgrade for any gaming rig.
The drive usually retails for around $160, so you’re getting a good saving here even after adding $7 for shipping. If you need a drive that’s slightly faster, there’s the SN750 1TB version, which hits read speeds of up to 3.47GB/s. That drive is available for $259, which is about $10 less than what the major Australian PC retailers are charging right now.
But what if you want an NVMe drive that’ll match the next-gen consoles? Well .. that’s a little harder, as there aren’t many PCIe 4.0 NVMe drives around right now. But one of the best deals right now is the Gigabyte AORUS NVMe Gen4 M.2 1TB drive, which Amazon are selling for $247. Stock is super delayed on this one, so it won’t arrive until late November, but it’s better than forking out $299.
Sabrent are also selling a 1TB PCIe 4.0 NVMe drive (with read speeds up to 4.7GB/s) for $254.99 here. This Gigabyte AORUS stick has much higher sequential read/write speeds (5GB/s and 4.4GB/s), but it’ll cost you $328 for 1TB.
The P50 is the first USB 3.2×2 drive on the market, so if you have one of the motherboards for AMD’s Threadripper platform, you’ll be able to take full advantage of its 2,000MB/s read/write speeds. If USB 3.2 is the fastest interface you’ve got, then you’re looking at just shy of 1000MB/s read/write, which still makes for an excellent portable drive for content creation. The speeds are handy too if you want to use it as a portable storage drive for console game installs, and the 5 year warranty is as good as you can get for a portable drive.
The 500GB drive is available for $231 from Amazon — which is already $60 cheaper than some other local retailers. If you want the best possible deal, however, the 1TB WD Black P50 NVMe drive is going for $365, which is miles below the $442 and more other Aussie PC retailers are charging.
The box ships with USB Type-C and Type-A cables, so it’s plenty compatible with whatever kind of device you have, and the future-proofing with USB 3.2×2 is nice. Having 1TB is a lifesaver especially if you do any large image or video editing, and with the USB speeds you could happily use it as an external scratch drive (leaving precious space on your internal drives or laptop SSD for, y’know, video games).
If it’s an internal drive you’re after, however, there’s a good deal available on the reliable Samsung 970 EVO 1TB M.2 NVMe drive.
It normally sells for $265 or up, but it’s available today for $230. Many local retailers are selling the 970 EVO NVMe stick for closer to $279 or higher, so this is a solid upgrade for any gaming PC.
If you just need a cheap SSD as a scratch drive or something to install Windows on, there’s also two cheap offerings from WD and Crucial. The Crucial MX500 1TB model is going for $128.50 right now excluding shipping — which is still about $30 cheaper than most other stories at the time of writing — and there’s the WD 1TB Blue SSD for $127.
Need more space? Then the Crucial BX500 2TB SSD will set you back only $217, which is well below the $289 most Aussie PC retailers are charging right now. It’s a regular SSD drive, so it won’t match the lightning quick NVMe drive speeds, but if you need a ton of extra storage it’s a great deal.
If you absolutely need more speed than that, however, the Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe drive, which hits up to 3.5GB/s and 3.3GB/s sequential read/write speeds, is only $461. That’s $100 below the $549 some Aussie stores are charging (and others are asking $569, $579 or even $599 right now). Definitely a great deal if you want a quality NVMe stick for your Steam installs. More info on the deal here or via the preview box below.
Even more SSD and NVMe internal offerings are expected to go on sale later this morning. I’ll update this post as more SSD and NVMe deals become available.