Designed and marketed for gamers of all kinds, the WD_Black SN850X currently ranks high on our list of best SSDs and best PS5 SSDs, with our only serious complaint being the slightly high price tag. However, NAND prices are dropping and it’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, resulting in some great Cyber Monday SSD deals. The WD store has SN850X 2TB $169 (opens in new tab) with no heatsink $179 with heatsink (opens in new tab), required for PS5 use. That’s a hefty 41% discount off the original launch price! The 1TB and 4TB models are also heavily discounted.
No matter which model you choose, you get the same great performance. If you plan to use the drive with your PS5, be sure to pick the model with the heatsink ($10 more than the base model in all cases).
We tested the reviewed WD_Black SN850X back in August, when it first launched, and it delivered excellent results, topping several charts and generally ranking among high-end SSDs. Our biggest gripe was the high price, and we weren’t overly impressed with the optional Game Mode 2.0 feature that helps optimize performance while playing. Let’s look.
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Today’s sales rank SSDs, once very fast and expensive, as one of the best values overall while maintaining high performance. With game install sizes ballooning and NAND prices dropping, now is the perfect time to upgrade your PC storage.
There aren’t that many 4TB M.2 SSDs to begin with, and the faster PCIe 4.0 variants have traditionally priced in the $600 range. If you’re considering a 7950X processor, why not go with a larger boot drive? But overall, a 2TB drive is still the best deal, at $0.0845 per GB. It’s an interesting change of pace, as 1TB drives end up topping out at $0.099 per GB.