If you’re building the best gaming PC in 2021, a blazing fast NVMe SSD is a critical component for fast application boot and load times. And with a growing number of developers recommending that their games be installed on an SSD so that you don’t spend so much time on the menu, now is a great time to pick one up.
Samsung’s 980 Pro is the best SSD for gaming if you have a PCIe 4.0-capable system, and the 500GB model is currently down 15% ($ 22.97) on Amazon US, which brings it down to 127. $ 02 for $ 149.99. The 1TB edition is also on sale if you want a little more space for your game library with 13% ($ 30) off, with a new price of $ 199.99 from its original cost of 229. , $ 99. UK customers can also get a discount on the 500GB drive, which is 13% (£ 15.80) for a new cost of £ 109.99.
The 500GB drive has impressive sequential read and write speeds of 6900MB / s and 5000MB / s respectively, plus an endurance rating of 300TB. Upgrade to the 1TB model and you’ll get double the l endurance and a higher sequential read speed of 7000MB / s.
If you buy one of Intel’s first 11th Gen PCIe 4.0 compatible processors later this month, this SSD is the perfect partner to take advantage of that increased bandwidth. You might not even need to upgrade to the best gaming motherboard, with some manufacturers enabling Gen 4 support on their older cards. And if you’re on AMD, you don’t have to worry because PCIe 4.0 support has been around since Ryzen 3000.
Don’t confuse this with Samsung’s upcoming 980 minus the ‘Pro’. This is a new NVMe drive based on the older PCIe 3.0 standard, which could be fine if you stick to one of Intel’s current processors, with no support for the latest standard yet. .