This Black Friday SSD deal will put the cherry on top of my new PC build

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I’ve had my new RTX 3080 Ti-powered PC since it arrived six months ago, and I love it, but for most of the time I’m spending my time waiting for a top Black Friday SSD deal . Yep, I blew all my budget on my new GPU, AMD 5900X, and posh Corsair cooler, and I’m only left with 1TB of storage. Stop error. Thankfully my new motherboard has room for a second NVMe drive, and the 2TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus, now $100 off at Best Buy, might be just the ticket to help me triple my clingy storage.

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My second NVMe spec is capped at PCIe Gen 3, so this is one of the best drives to provide the finishing touches to my 2021 build. And considering the dollar-per-GB value proposition in this Black Friday SSD deal, it’s an attractive offer at $229.99. The 970 EVO was the fastest SSD in the not-too-distant past, and with sequential read speeds of 3,500MB/s and writes of 3,300MB/s it ranks fourth on our list of the best SSDs for gaming. Nevertheless, it has since been eclipsed by new fourth gen drives.

I guess the 970 EVO Plus will now technically be my big chunk of a drive on which I dump most stuff. Maybe I could go down to something like the Kingston NV1—also $60 to $144.99 off, dirt cheap for an NVMe stick—but even though it’ll still be a marked upgrade over a traditional SSD, I don’t want to hold back on accessing most of my game library going forward.

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I realize I’m dodging the dictionary definition of a first world problem.

Samsung 970 Evo Plus

Samsung 970 Evo Plus | 2TB | PCI 3.0 | $329.99 $229.99 at Best Buy (Save $100)

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It wasn’t that long ago that this was the best SSD you could get your hands on. While we’ve recently had the faster PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD, it’s still a good buy, especially at this price. 2TB of fast NVMe storage will cover you for a good chunk of your Steam library, and it’ll let Windows fly on the fly, too.

Kingston NV1 | 2TB | PCI 3.0 | $199.99

Kingston NV1 | 2TB | PCI 3.0 | $199.99 $149.99 at Adorama (Save $55)

It’s absolutely a budget NVMe SSD, but rolls in at such a good price that it’s almost impossible to ignore. The performance won’t bother other NVMe drives, but it’s still dusting off any SATA drive. It’s DRAM-less and fairly barebones, but for the money, you really can’t complain.

Yes, I’m playing in the big SSD league now. And I can prove it: my current 1TB of existing storage comes in the form of the fantastic Samsung 980 Pro, Currently down to $184.99 on Amazon, Booting Windows on my old PC from the 265GB Samsung 850 EVO has been a night-to-day difference, so much so that I actually hit the key I needed to get into my BIOS before my PC had to be fast enough I struggle Burden. Yes, it is expensive, but with it you will feel the difference every time you turn on your computer and load any program.

Samsung 980 Pro 1TB

Samsung 980 Pro | 1TB | PCIE 4.0 | $229.99 $184.99 on Amazon (Save $45)

Samsung’s premium next-gen internal SSD may not top the charts, but it’s still a solid performer and has enjoyed some healthy price cuts since launch. Strong 4K performance and solid real-world performance make for a quality option, especially at this price.

Of course, if your priority is to get as much terabit as possible for your dollar, the gargantuan 8TB Samsung 870 QVO is enough to pack 32 copies of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. 32, Oh, and it’s $150 off, making it still $699.99.

That said, if you’re all about speed, like me, these are the best NVMe SSDs for this Black Friday.

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