The WD Black SN750 is one of the best NVMe SSDs for gaming and content creation we’ve tested, offering strong performance (with up to 3400MB/s sequential reads) at a reasonable price. (That’s much faster than a traditional SATA SSD, which caps out at around 560MB/s.) You’ll see a small reduction in game load times versus standard SATA SSDs, and the potential for much larger gains in heavy content creation tasks like 4K video editing. Today is a good day to upgrade too, with Amazon UK dropping prices on SN750 drives from 500GB to 2TB in size.
Here are some quick links to the discounted drives. These are a strong choice for the money – but be sure to read on if you’re looking to unlock equal or better performance at an even lower cost. You’ll also see discounted portable NVMe drives and cut-price Micro SD cards!
Remember that your desktop or laptop must have an M.2 slot that supports the NVMe interface to make use of this drive. Most modern computers do, but it’s worth a quick Google if you’re not sure. (“NVMe SSD” + the name of your motherboard or laptop should do the trick.)
Even better value NVMe drives
Pro tip: While the SN750 drives above are strong choices at a great price, you can get even cheaper drives if you’re willing to accept a less well-known manufacturer. One example we’ve tried is the Sabrent Rocket, which costs about 20 less than the 1TB SN750 linked above yet performed almost identically in our testing. If you’re looking to save some money, then going for a Sabrent drive could be a canny choice.
You can also get the Rocket PCIe 4.0, a more modern variant which costs 10 more than the equivalent SN750 model but offers substantially faster speeds on motherboards that support the newer PCIe 4.0 standard (so far, this includes just AMD X570 and EPYC 7002 series motherboards).
The Crucial P1 is also a good value option if you’re looking for an NVMe drive, as commenter PHXRenegade points out. Its speeds are limited to 2000MB/s reads and 1700MB/s writes, compared to the 3400MB/s reads and 3000 MB/s writes of the SN750, but it’s still way faster than those 560MB/s SATA drives and the 1TB model costs less than 100:
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The WD Black P50 external SSD has also been reduced in today’s sale. This is a super-fast external drive, capable of reads up to 2000MB/s, making it a great choice for speeding up game loads on PCs and consoles alike, or just ferrying around media that needs to be copied at high speeds.
Note: The P50’s armoured shell adds definite value, but if you’d prefer a faster and cheaper solution then you could get one of the NVMe SSDs above plus a USB-C enclosure. Installation is as simple as inserting the drive into the enclosure and tightening a few screws.
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