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This excellent 500GB SSD is almost half price this Black Friday

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While the Samsung 860 EVO SSD doesn't make our shortlist of the best SSDs for gaming—that honour tends to go to NVMe drives nowadays—when it comes to price and sheer value, this isn't a deal to be sniffed at. The 860 EVO is now £52.99 at Amazon, which is a steal (and the cheapest ever price for the model) for an extra bump of speedy storage.

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When it comes to SATA drives, Samsung absolutely dominates. And with sequential read speeds of up to 550MB/s, and write speeds of up to 520MB/s, the 860 EVO wins in most categories against rival drives. The problem is historically Samsung's prized SATAs haven't always been the cheapest, so this Amazon's Black Friday deal hits the spot.

While the EVO won't be as long-lasting as the more expensive PRO model, SATA SSD prices are tumbling so rapidly that this doesn't really matter anymore. Of course the 860 EVO won't be anywhere near as fast or powerful as an NVMe drive, at 47 percent off it provides a welcome bump of 500GB to which you can store today's storage hogs like Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Siege, and Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Samsung 860 EVO 500GB SSD | £99.99 £52.99 at Amazon (save £47)
It's not as quick or fancy as an NVMe drive, but this is deal will give you great value on a reliable injection of SATA storage. Not got a mobo with a M.2 slot? Don't miss out on fast storage at almost half the price.

That said, if you want to download and keep  a few large games like this, 500GB isn't going to get you so far. Thankfully Amazon also has Black Friday discounts on the 1TB (£111.35, 34 percent off) and 2TB (£232.81, 62 percent off) versions of the 860 EVO, but once you're getting ton those kinds of prices, you'll be better served considering one of the best NVMe SSDs, provided you have a compatible motherboard.

If you don't, then join the club fellow PC Gamer also in need of an upgrade. To fit a slender stick of M.2 goodness to my system, I'd need a brand new mobo. Recent Assassin's Creeds have informed me in no certain uncertain terms that I need a knew CPU, too, so it looks like I'm going to be busy this Black Friday. Whichever storage camp you fall in, make sure you keep an eye on the best Black Friday SSD deals for more steals like this.

Harry Shepherd

UK — After collecting and devouring piles of print gaming guides in his younger days, Harry has been creating 21st century versions for the past five years as Guides Writer at PCGamesN and Guides Editor at PC Gamer. He has also produced features, reviews, and even more guides for Trusted Reviews, TechRadar and Top Ten Reviews. He's been playing and picking apart PC games for over two decades, from hazy memories of what was probably a Snake knock-off on his first rig when he was seven to producing informative guides on football simulators, open-world role-playing games, and shooters today. So many by now he steadfastly refuses to convey information unless it’s in clickable online form.