There was a fear going into this year's Amazon Prime Day that the interest in the Chia cryptocurrency would mean there would be no deals for SSDs. And in fact, there may not be any drives at all. Thankfully, as we suspected, this demand for SSDs hasn't materialized. Quite the opposite, there are loads of deals on a wide range of drives.
If you're lucky enough to be running a platform that supports the latest PCIe 4.0 interface (AMD's last two generations and Intel's Rocket Lake do), then there are big savings to be had on some of the best M.2 SSDs around.
Don't worry if you're still stuck on PCIe 3.0 either, as these superfast drives will run just fine on your machine, although not at their top speed. There are some huge savings on PCIe 3.0 SSDs as well, meaning you can save money either way.
These M.2 NVMe drives aren't just for desktop machines either, and plenty of laptops use a standard connector, meaning that you can give your machine a serious upgrade by upgrading the storage.
Intriguingly, there seem to be a lot of deals around the sort of high capacity SSDs that we were told would be in short supply. So if you're after a 4TB beast, then today's your lucky day.
Likewise, if you've been chasing external SSD goodness, for either some portable storage, boosting your laptop's capacity, or providing your new Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5 with a little extra space, then there are plenty of those on offer too.
We're also rounding up all the best Amazon Prime Day PC gaming deals as usual, with a specific focus on Prime Day gaming laptop deals , Prime Day gaming PC deals, and Prime Day gaming monitor deals for those with a penchant for mobile or big screen playtime.
The best Amazon Prime Day SSD deals
WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe SSD | 2TB| PCIe 4.0 |
$529.99 $419.99 at Amazon (save $110)
This impressive SSD consistently gives the Samsung 980 Pro’s performance a run for its money and is arguably the PCIe 4.0 drive to beat. That’s a lot of cash for a 2TB drive for sure, but it’s also about as quick a modern SSD as you’ll find right now. If time is money for you, then the SN850 makes sense.
Samsung 980 Pro | 2TB| PCIe 4.0 |
$429.99 $329.99 at Amazon (save $100)
The Samsung 980 Pro is one of the better Gen4 NVMe SSDs you can find. It’s a next-gen SSD with outstanding read/write speeds along with hardware-based AES 256-bit encryption. Now that it’s over $100 off, it makes this expensive high capacity SSD a far more attractive proposition.
Samsung 980 Pro | 500GB | PCIe 4.0 |
$149.99 $99.99 at Amazon (save $50)
This Samsung NVMe drive is one of the fastest PCIe 4.0 SSDs out there, but as next-gen storage, they don’t come cheap. If you’ve got a compatible system (AMD Ryzen 5000 or Intel 11th Gen CPUs) then picking up a 500GB boot drive will get you on the fastest interface without a huge outlay. That said, the 500GB is slightly slower than the 1TB or 2TB Samsung 980 Pro drives, and you can get full 1TB PCIe 3.0 SSDs for less than this discounted price.
Crucial P5 | PCIe 3.0 | 1TB |
$174.99 $91.19 at Amazon (save $83.80)
All that noise about a crypto-based SSD shortage? Yeah, a speedy 1TB PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD discounted to less than $100 should ease any concerns about that being a reality. The Crucial P5 can’t hold a candle to the best PCIe 4.0 drives when it comes to synthetic performance, but when you throw some games at it you won’t notice a tangible difference in actual real-world performance.
Crucial P2 | PCIe 3.0 | 2TB |
$299.99 $232.22 at Amazon (save $67.77)
This decent 2TB NVMe SSD was already one of the more cost-effective high capacity SSDs out there even without the 23% discount. And at this price, you could grab a pair of them for a huge 4TB of storage. Hell, why not even RAID a pair of them if you want to boost the otherwise pedestrian read/write speeds.
Samsung 870 QVO | SATA 6Gbps | 4TB |
$429.99 $339.99 at Amazon (save $90)
This featured packed SATA-based SSD provides great read/write speeds and seriously sizable storage. While not much of a discount compared to other drives on sale, the capacious 870 QVO is still worth a look if you’re after a big data SSD. At smaller capacities, I’d worry about the QLC memory, but not at 4TB.
The best Amazon Prime Day external SSD deals
WD_BLACK P50 Game Drive| 4TB |
$749.99 $549.99 at Amazon (save $200)
This chunky shock-resistant external SSD can take a beating while giving a massive amount of storage to hold your massive game files on your PC and Consoles. Bonus! These very expensive external SSDs come with a five-year warranty. But hey, at least you’re not going to worry about that next CoD: Modern Warfare update.
Seagate Game Drive | 2TB |
$109.99 $59.84 at Amazon (save $50.15)
This easy to use external SSD is a bit older but works on the current generation of Xbox consoles. It’s also a great price for a bit of extended storage for your gaming laptop too. And honestly, 2TB of storage for under $65 that works on your Xbox and PC is a pretty good deal, though those read speeds are pretty pedestrian.
Samsung T5 portable SSD | 1TB | up to 540MB/s |
$121.62 $109.99 at Amazon (save $11.63)
This isn’t a spectacular deal on Samsung’s hardy T5 SSD, but if you’re on the lookout for more storage space, or more portable storage space, then the T5 is a drive we use all the time and rate highly. It’s what we use to move around games between PCs for benchmarking, and it hasn’t let us down yet. This isn’t a bad price at all for 1TB of storage, either.
SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD | 2TB |
$459.99 $227.99 at Amazon (save $232)
The SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD is a pocket-size drive that you can hang on a freaking keychain. Considering there are similar capacity drives for much less, that $200+ price tag might seem a little extreme, but this is a seriously speedy external SSD, with a 1,050MB/s read speed.
Crucial X6 Portable SSD | 2TB |
$249.95 $142.49 at Amazon (save $107.46)
While not the fastest external SSD you’ll see, the Crucial X6’s size makes it a perfect travel companion for bringing your files on the go. NVMe based external drives will deliver speedier read/write speeds than this, but at 540MB/s for reads, this Crucial drive is certainly no slouch.
Crucial X8 | USB 3.2 | 1TB |
$143.72 $94.99 at Amazon (save $48.73)
With transfer speeds of up to 1,050MB/s this portable Crucial drive will deliver lightning-quick storage for under $100. That’s a solid deal for an NVMe-based external SSD. If you spend a lot of time shifting around large video files then this is going to cut down the amount of time you waste staring at those file transfer dialogues.