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Best Cyber Monday SSD and storage deals 2023

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Been waiting to shop for SSD and storage deals? Today’s your last day. That’s right, Cyber Monday is here—and some juicy bargains on drives are still available.

However, other discounts aren’t so hot. Some are downright bad. That’s where we come in. Below is a list of the best SSD and storage deals you can grab, on gear that’s actually worth spending your money on. These drives are not only well-rated and popular, but they’re at or very near all-time low prices, too.

By the way, if you see a bargain you like, don’t wait. Some earlier ones from Black Friday have already sold out.

Best Cyber Monday 2.5-inch SATA SSD deals

2TB SATA SSDs

Team Group CX2, 2TB 2.5″ SATA SSD – $82 (18% off on Newegg)

1TB SATA SSDs

Team Group CX2, 1TB 2.5″ SATA SSD – $40 (20% off on Newegg)

500GB SATA SSDs and under

Team Group CX2, 512GB 2.5″ SATA SSD – $30 (14% off on Newegg)

No matter what time of year you buy a SATA SSD, it’s a great upgrade—particularly when moving up from from a hard drive, but also when expanding your PC’s storage. Team Group’s affordable CX2 is your best bet currently for getting more space at a low price.

Best Cyber Monday M.2 NVMe SSD deals

4TB NVMe M.2 SSDs

Team Group MP34, 4TB NVMe Gen 3 – $152 (24% off on Newegg)WD Black SN850X, 4TB NVMe Gen 4 – $230 (18% off on Newegg)

2TB NVMe M.2 SSDs

Solidigm P41 Plus, 2TB NVMe Gen 4 – $83 (22% off on Newegg)Nextorage Japan, 2TB NVMe Gen 4 – $100 (23% off on Amazon)WD Black SN850X, 2TB NVMe Gen 4 – $115 (23% off on Newegg)Samsung 980 Pro w/ heatsink, 2TB NVMe Gen 4 – $120 (36% off on Newegg

1TB NVMe M.2 SSDs

Solidigm P41 Plus, 1TB M.2 2230 NVMe Gen 4 (compatible with Steam Deck) – $46 (28% off on Newegg)Solidigm P41 Plus, 1TB M.2 NVMe Gen 4 – $50 (23% off on Newegg)Nextorage Japan, 1TB NVMe Gen 4 – $56 (20% off on Newegg)

The best deals are on brands that have less long-standing recognition, but have already earned positive feedback for strong performance. Prices are best (and deals most plentiful) on 2TB capacity PCIe Gen 4 SSDs, but 4TB SSDs are hot right now, too.

Best Cyber Monday on general PC storage

External storage

Crucial X6, 2TB USB 3.2 Portable SSD – $80 (20% off on Amazon)Crucial X6, 4TB USB 3.2 Portable SSD – $150 (18% off on Amazon)Samsung T7 Shield, 2TB USB 3.2 Portable SSD – $120 (20% off on Amazon)Samsung T7 Shield, 4TB USB 3.2 Gen 2 portable SSD – $200 (19% off)

Need speedy external storage? You can once again grab the Samsung T7 Shield, our pick for the best external USB drive with high performance, at its lowest price ever. You can also pick up the Crucial X6, our pick for the best budget external SSD, at deep discount as well.

Note: We’ve avoided listing deals for the SanDisk Extreme Pro, SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2, and Western Digital MyPassport SSD external drives for now, due to earlier difficulties this year with spontaneous, unexpected data loss.

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FAQ


1.

Are Cyber Monday SSD and storage deals worth it?

In a word, yes. You can save a significant amount of money (sometimes hundreds of dollars on a high capacity drive) during the Cyber Monday sale period. The trick is to know what’s a good deal, and what’s not. That’s where we come in: We’ve scoured reputable online retailers, looking for demonstrably good hardware at legitimately good discounts.

2.

How much are SSDs and storage on Cyber Monday?

Prices depend on the usual street or retail price of the SSD model—so type of drive, its capacity, and its speed are all factors. Generally, expect to pay about $45 to $50 for a good 1TB SATA or NVMe Gen 3 drive, and $75 to $80 for a 1TB NVMe Gen 4 drive. But the easier guideline to just look for discounts of at least 20 percent or more, especially if you’re looking for high-capacity hard disk drives.

3.

Are Cyber Monday SSDs and storage lower quality?

Nope! Unlike other products, storage vendors don’t produce special models for sale periods like Black Friday/Cyber Monday. These are the same models you’d find on a retail shelf or available on a website throughout the rest of the year.

4.

What should I look for in a Cyber Monday SSD or storage deal?

The best Cyber Monday deals drop prices on SSDs and HDDs from reliable brands. A good discount starts around 15 to 20 percent—and a great deal will be 30 percent or more. Typically, the bigger bargains are higher-capacity SSDs (4TB or higher).

For the specific brands to watch, stick with known names like Samsung, Crucial, Corsair, SK Hynix, Western Digital, Kingston, and Sabrent. Solidigm, TeamGroup, and PNY are also options. The further afield you go, the more likely you’ll end up with underperforming (aka slow) drives.

Pay attention to the model, as well. You can often find multiple drives from a single vendor on sale. The usual sweet spots are discounts on high-performing drives rarely on sale and steep price cuts on budget models. This year we’re finally seeing sizable reductions on high-capacity drives (4TB and up), too.

5.

What kind of SSD or storage should I buy?

This is the big question. If you’re on a budget, and have a laptop or a PC that has space for a 2.5-inch drive, a humble SATA SSD will already feel like a lightning-fast upgrade from a spinning-platter (HDD) boot drive. (SATA SSDs also exist in the gumstick M.2 size, but this year’s best sales for that form factor are the faster NVMe SSDs.)

For those trying to decide between NVMe Gen 3 and NVMe Gen 4 drives, most people can buy a Gen 3 drive with a light heart. Unless you’re doing frequent large file transfers (think many GB at a time), you’ll get a notable boost in performance over a SATA drive without spending a ton of extra cash. If you’re building a system or buying for the very long haul, though, a Gen 4 drive is a good investment. File sizes will only climb over time for game installs, videos, and photos. If you’re in need of absolute blistering speeds for heavy workloads and transfers, then an NVMe Gen 5 drive may be best for you. But that won’t be most people.

Still having trouble deciding? You can check out our guide on choosing an SSD for more details about each type of solid-state drive.

6.

Which SSDs does PCWorld rate the highest?

PCWorld tests and reviews new SSDs every month, so if you’re looking to see what we recommend without regard to deal prices, check our rankings of the best SSDs of 2023. But it’s not an either/or situation: Some of our top picks are on sale right now!

Alaina Yee is PCWorld’s resident bargain hunter—when she’s not covering software, PC building, and more, she’s scouring for the best tech deals. Previously her work has appeared in PC Gamer, IGN, Maximum PC, and Official Xbox Magazine. You can find her on Twitter at @morphingball.

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