Thank the stars above that prices on solid state drives (SSDs) are no longer stratospheric, having plummeted down to earth. Granted, the price-per-gigabyte ratio is still better on mechanical hard disk drive (HDD) storage, but SSDs are fast and attainable on a budget. Especially now—with Cyber Monday in view, Samsung's incredibly fast 970 Evo Plus and 980 Pro SSDs are on sale at Amazon.
These drives are offered in four capacities, all of which are on sale. The more tantalizing discounts are on the 2TB and 1TB models......
Granted, the 2TB model has not actually sold for its full list price since last year, but it has not dropped below $300 until recently, with the current Cyber Monday discount being its lowest price to date. It's a really good value for the performance you are getting.
Score A Cyber Monday Discount On Samsung's Blazing Fast 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSD
You are paying more for the status of PCIe 4.0, but if you have the right platform, you are looking at a whole new level of performance. As in, sequential reads of up to 6,900MB/s and sequential writes of up to 5,000MB/s, on the 500GB model.
Just bear in mind that you need a PCIe 4.0 platform to take full advantage of these drives. Right now that means an AMD X570 or B550 motherboard, as Intel does not yet support PCIe 4.0 on its consumer desktop chipsets (that will change next year).