SSD Prices Crash to All-Time Lows for Cyber Monday, Deals Abound (Updated)

SSD Prices Crash to All-Time Lows
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This year's Black Friday found some of the best deals we've ever seen on high-performance NVMe SSDs, but now we're headed into Cyber Monday and expect the existing deals to get even better. That's because a severe SSD oversupply has made it the perfect time to upgrade to an SSD or simply add more storage to your rig.

Pricing for high-performance NVMe SSDs has now dipped to as low as 5 cents per GB, so we've found multiple 1TB SSDs for ~$60. That's unheard-of low pricing that matches or beats the price of SATA SSDs, which have long reigned as the value champions. Below we've rounded up the best Cyber Monday deals we've found on NVMe SSDs, and we'll update them as more deals arrive.

The great SSD sales this holiday season are spurred by a massive oversupply of NAND flash, the memory chips that comprise 85% of the total cost of any given SSD. These chips are piling up due to the sudden collapse of demand as economic turbulence roils the globe. As a result, flash makers have slammed the brakes on production to stabilize pricing, but that'll take a few months to filter down to retail. That means now is the best time to pick up an SSD before we see high pricing return.

Picking the right SSD deal can be tricky. There are several different performance and endurance tiers you can choose from, so you'll have to be careful to assess Cyber Monday SSD deals closely before pulling the trigger. Here are a few of the top examples we've found, but we have many more listed further below:

Best Cyber Monday SSD Values Overall

  • Solidigm P41 Plus 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD: now $59 at Newegg (opens in new tab) (was $89)
  • Crucial P5 Plus 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD: now $93 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $159)
  • SK hynix Platinum P41 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD: now $119 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $149))
  • Crucial P5 Plus 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD: now $159 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $319)
  • Crucial P3 4TB PCIe 4.0 SSD: now $259 at Amazon (opens in new tab) (was $350)
  • Many more are listed below... 

Cheap, inexpensive SSDs are great for bulk data storage, but you'll want a speedier model if you plan on doing any type of gaming or productivity work. There are multiple types of performance to keep in mind for SSDs, but we can generally use the interface speed as a filter — PCIe 3.0 SSDs will be the slowest drives you can buy, so jumping on the cheapest deal isn't a good idea if you're interested in a high-performance SSD. Once you've picked the right interface, you should compare performance based on the sequential and random specifications.

You can also select drives with different types of flash, like TLC or QLC, that provide different levels of performance endurance. However, it's usually easier to compare performance, endurance, and warranty stats to decide which drive is the best pick. We've compiled all of these stats into the tables below for easier comparisons. 

There is an entire constellation of third-party SSD makers that produce reputable drives, but it's also pretty easy to stumble onto a garbage-tier SSD from a no-name brand, so be leery of deals that seem too good to be true. Some shoppers stick to purchasing a drive from one of the companies that produce NAND flash, like Crucial, Samsung, SK hynix, Solidigm, Intel, and Western Digital (WD)/Toshiba, as they tend to offer the most advanced software and bulletproof warranty support. Be sure to check our list of Best SSDs and the Best SSDs for the PS5 for further buying advice. In the meantime, here are the best deals we've seen on NVMe SSDs so far:  

Cyber Monday 1TB NVMe SSD Deals

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Cyber Monday 1TB NVMe SSD Deals
1TBPriceSeq Read/Write (up to)Random Read/Write IOPSWarranty / EndurancePCIe
WD Black SN850X 1TB$1097,300 / 6,300 MBps800K / 1.1 million5yr, 600 TB4.0
Samsung 980 Pro 1TB$1097,000 / 5,000 MBps1 / 1 million5yr, 600 TB4.0
Solidigm P41 Plus 1TB$594,125 / 2,950 MBps225K / 520K5yr, 400 TB4.0
SK hynix Platinum P41 1TB$1197,000 / 6,500 MBps1.4 / 1.3 million5yr, 750 TB4.0
Crucial P5 Plus 1TB$936,600 / 5,000 MBps630K / 700K5yr, 600 TB4.0
Crucial P3 1TB$623,500 / 3,000 MBps?5yr, 220 TB3.0
Samsung 980 1TB$793,500 / 3,000 MBps500K / 480K5yr, 600 TB3.0

If you're looking for a 2TB or 4TB SSD, scroll down a bit further. If you're searching for the utmost performance from a 1TB SSD at an incredibly affordable price, the $119 SK hynix Platinum P41 (opens in new tab) is nearly impossible to beat, with 1.4/1.3 million random read/write IOPS and 7,000/6,500 MBps of read/write throughput. In addition, this drive comes with a 5-year warranty that covers 750TB of data writes, making it the winner in every category except price (review here). 

If you're looking for the best SSD for the PS5 that also makes a great SSD for a PC, the WD Black SN850X is your drive. The SN850X offers 7,300 / 6,300 MBps of read/write throughput, 800K / 1.1 million random read/write IOPS, a five-year warranty, and a respectable 600 TB endurance rating. 

We include a few lower-tier models in this tier, but be aware that these drives will be noticeably slower in many tasks, like copying files and doing backups, than other drives. The $59 Solidigm P41 Plus (opens in new tab) is the better of our two low-tier offerings, with conservative performance specs of 225K/520K random read/write IOPS and 4,125/2,950 MBPs of sequential read/write throughput. However, this drive has a lower 400 TB endurance rating than the more expensive drives (review here). 

You could also pick up the $62 Crucial P3 1TB (opens in new tab) (EDIT: This deal is expired), but this is the slowest drive in our roundup due to its PCIe 3.0 interface. The 3,500/3,000 MBps of sequential read/write throughput are sufficient for moving around bulk data, but you might not want to do too much of that — Crucial is a trusted name in SSDs, but despite the drive's 5-year warranty, it only supports 220TB of data writes. The drive also doesn't have an official spec for random read/write performance, meaning it will be slow in applications (review here).

Stepping up to a Samsung 980 (non-Pro, we have that model listed below) for $79 unlocks more performance, with up to 3,500 / 3,000 MBps of read/write throughput and 500K / 480K random read/write IOPS. This is a far superior drive than the P3 (review here).

If you're looking for a faster and more endurant drive from Crucial, look no further than the Crucial P5 Plus (opens in new tab) (Edit: This deal is expired). At $93, this drive delivers a great blend of performance, endurance, and warranty, making it a solid pick for the mid-range (review here). 

The Samsung 980 Pro is a solid deal at $109 (opens in new tab). This may be a last-gen model (the pricey new Samsung 990 just launched (opens in new tab)), but it serves up more than enough performance for the majority of demanding users with up to 7,000 / 5,000 MBps of sequential read/write performance and a healthy 1 million random read/write IOPS. Paired with a 5-year warranty that covers up to 600TB of write data, this is an attractive drive from an industry stalwart (review here). 

Cyber Monday 2TB NVMe SSD Deals

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Cyber Monday 2TB NVMe SSD Deals
2TBPriceSeq Read/Write (up to)Random Read/Write IOPSWarranty / EndurancePCIe
WD Black SN850X 2TB$1797,300 / 6,600 MBps1.2 / 1.1 million5yr, 1200 TB4.0
Samsung 980 Pro 2TB$1897,000 / 5,100 MBps1 / 1 million5yr, 1200 TB4.0
Solidigm P41 Plus 2TB$1094,125 / 3,325 MBps390K / 540K5yr, 800 TB4.0
SK hynix Platinum P41 2TB$1817,000 / 6,500 MBps1.4 / 1.3 million5yr, 1,200 TB4.0
Crucial P3 2TB$1393,500 / 3,000 MBps?5yr, 440 TB3.0
Crucial P5 Plus 2TB$1596,600 / 5,000 MBps720K / 700K 5yr, 1,200 TB4.0

If you're looking for one of the fastest 2TB NVMe SSDs on sale, the $181 SK hynix Platinum P41 2TB (opens in new tab) is your drive. With up to 7,000/6,500 MBps of read/write throughput and 1.4/1.3 million, this drive is exceptionally speedy. This comes paired with a 5-year warranty that covers 1,200 TB of data writes (review here). 

The $179 WD Black SN850X (opens in new tab) is also incredibly competitive with 7,300 / 6,600 MBps of throughput and 1.2 / 1.1 million read/write IOPS with a similar 5-year, 1,200 TB warrant (review here). This also happens to be our top pick as the best SSD for the PS5.

The $189 Samsung 980 Pro (opens in new tab) also slots into the high-speed category, but as with all Samsung drives, it carries a premium over competing drives with similar or better specs, making it more of an alternative high-performance pick for the 2TB category (review here).

The $109 Solidigm P41 Plus 2TB (opens in new tab) slots in as the value pick for this category, with 4,125 / 3,325 MBps of throughput, 390K / 540K random read/write IOPS, and a solid 5-year, 800 TB warranty making this a great pick if you aren't on the hunt for bleeding edge performance, but still want a good all-rounder (review here).

We don't expect the Solidigm P41 sale to last too long, so the $139 Crucial P3 (opens in new tab) steps in as the other value alternative. However, be aware that this drive has severe performance tradeoffs with a 3,500 / 3,000 MBps throughput rating and no official performance specs for random read/write performance — meaning this PCIe 3.0 drive is exceptionally slow compared to the competition. The drive does have a solid 5-year warranty from a trusted company, but it only covers 440TB of data, the lowest of the field of 2TB drives (review here). 

If you're looking for a faster drive from Crucial, the $159 Crucial P5 Plus (opens in new tab) is a solid drive with middling specs of 6,600 / 5,000 MBps of throughput and 720K / 700K of random read/write IOPS combined with a five-year, 1,200 TB warranty (review here).

Cyber Monday 4TB NVMe and SATA SSD Deals

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Cyber Monday 2TB NVMe SSD Deals
2TBPriceSeq Read/Write (up to)Random Read/Write IOPSWarranty / EndurancePCIe
Crucial P3 Plus 4TB$3504,800 / 4,100 MBps?5yr, 800TB4.0
Crucial P3 4TB$2593,500 / 3,000 MBps?5yr, 800TB3.0
Crucial MX500 4TB SATA$269560 / 510 MBps95K / 90K IOPS5yr, 360TBSATA
Samsung 870 EVO 4TB SATA$299560 / 530 MBps98K / 88K5yr, 2,400 TBSATA

The $350 Crucial P3 Plus 4TB (opens in new tab) isn't known for fast performance, but it does step in as a solid drive for bulk storage, particularly at the 4TB capacity that brings an 800 TB endurance rating over the five-year warranty period. However, even though this is a PCIe 4.0 drive, performance tops out at 4,800 / 4,100 MBps of read/write throughput. Additionally, this drive doesn't have an official random read/write IOPS specification, so it will be lackluster for use as a boot drive or with taxing applications. But again, if you're just looking for bulk data storage, this drive is a keeper (review here).

You can step back a bit further to the non-Plus model, the $259 Crucial P3 4TB (opens in new tab) (EDIT: This deal is expired), but you'll sacrifice even more performance with this PCIe 3.0 drive. This drive has peak speeds of 3,500 / 3,000 MBps of sequential read/write throughput, but also doesn't have an official spec for performance in random workloads — this means the drive wouldn't be suitable for a boot drive. You still get a 5-year warranty that covers 800TB of write data, which is the same warranty and endurance you get with the Pro model (review here). 

Unfortunately, most of the other 4TB NVMe SSD deals have expired, but we'll keep updating this post as more deals arrive. We have also listed two 4TB SATA SSDs, the $269 Crucial MX500 (opens in new tab) (review here), and the $299 Samsung 870 EVO (opens in new tab) (review here). Naturally, both of these drives will come with slower performance that peaks around the top speed of the SATA interface, but the 870 EVO is worth the small premium on the strength of its 2,400 TB endurance rating, which is more than six times more than the Crucial MX500. 

Paul Alcorn
Deputy Managing Editor

Paul Alcorn is the Deputy Managing Editor for Tom's Hardware US. He writes news and reviews on CPUs, storage and enterprise hardware.

  • Elusive Ruse
    Finally managed to nab a real deal on this side of the Atlantic. 980 Pro 2TB was €170 for a few minutes before it ran out of stock. For the record I have had my BPX 256GB since 2017 lol.
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  • RichardtST
    OMG. I'm already so overloaded on storage I can't even make up an excuse to buy more. My backups even have backups.... sigh....
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  • Mpablo87
    It is Really good !
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  • buttabean2
    Elusive Ruse said:
    Finally managed to nab a real deal on this side of the Atlantic. 980 Pro 2TB was €170 for a few minutes before it ran out of stock. For the record I have had my BPX 256GB since 2017 lol.
    Ha, nice. I'm still rocking a BPX 512gig as my main drive. Picked up a sn850x for my new build. Kind of regretting not getting the sk hynix but oh well.
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  • cyrusfox
    With the glut of NAND supply and weak demand... I am betting the prices continue to drop back to these levels.

    I grabbed a 2tb inland QN322 for $80 over turkey week at a Micro Center, crap endurance (400TBW). Definitely getting close to replacing HDD in all my builds.
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