Samsung’s fast 1TB 980 Pro M.2 SSD that’s PS5-ready is just $136 at Newegg
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Only the best deals on Verge-approved gadgets get the Verge Deals stamp of approval, so if you’re looking for a deal on your next gadget or gift from major retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, and more, this is the place to be.
It’s not usually affordable to add a speedy M.2 SSD to your PS5, but at Newegg, you can get the biggest discount yet on Samsung’s 1TB 980 Pro drive that has a heatsink pre-installed. It costs just $135.99 with the offer code SSBQ3Z25 applied at checkout, down from its typical $170 price that Amazon is currently selling it for. In fact, this model is cheaper right now than the version that omits the heatsink.
Samsung bills this model as being PS5-ready, both in terms of supplying the required heatsink to keep the drive cool in your console and with its sequential read speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 5,100MB/s. While it’s true that we’ve had success using slower M.2 SSDs in a PS5, future games may require higher speeds, so it’s a good idea to get the most capable SSD for your money — and this is one of them.
Of course, you can use this in a PC if you’d prefer, but keep in mind that it’ll work fastest mounted into a PCIe 4.0 motherboard. While backward compatible with PCIe 3.0 motherboards that have a spare M.2 slot, you’ll get slower transfer speeds compared to PCIe 4.0.
Oh, and on the topic of the PS5, good luck if you’re trying to snag a PS5 digital edition from Amazon today, starting at 11AM ET.