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Eagle PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink Review – Cheap & Cheerful? Both? Neither?

24 janvier 2022 à 01:10

Reviewing the Eagle PS5 Designed Heatsink for SSD Upgrades

Technology moves fast! What was once considered fantastically unique and ‘one-off’ can all too soon become remarkably mainstream. Which is how we find the Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink and its appearance on the console market. When Sony enabled SSD upgrades on the Playstation 5, the need for a heatsink to use alongside your SSD of choice was recommended by them (and all storage professionals) almost immediately. The newest commercially available generation of SSD storage (M.2 NVMe PCIe 4 x4 SSD), although fantastically fast, can get rather HOT when its optimal 7,000MB/s performance gets reached (and surpassed), so many users went ahead and ordered m.2 heatsinks for as little as $10 to allow the SSD to transfer that performance/durability negating heat out of the drive, into the heatsink and then allow it to be dispersed into the air. HOWEVER, it soon became apparent to many that these $10 M.2 SSD heatsinks that were designed for big, open PC cases were much, MUCH less effective in the more restrictive m.2 SSD slot of the PS5 (which even came with an m.2 cover plate to stop the heat of the heatsink entering the PS5 central cooling system BUT which in turn means that the SSD+Heatsink is encased in a small slot and all that heat has nowhere to go). So, shortly after the PS5 enabled the SSD expansion slot, some brands set to work designing heatsinks that were made AROUND the internal PS5 design, finding a balance between dissipating the heat of the SSD and ensuring the system remains cool. The first was the Sabrent PS5 Heatsink, launched at $25 on Sept 2021 (now available in bundles and at a more reasonable $20). Closely followed by more PS5 designed heatsinks that all evolved in different directions. The INEO, Graugear & Elecgear PS5  Heatsink (all launched in Nov 2021 at $30-35) was a much more aggressive and copper pipe fused heatsink for professional gamers and streamers. The PNY, a much thicker but prosumer designed model that used closed funnelling (arriving on Dec 2021 and at $25) came next and as you can already see, the releases become more frequent and the prices diverge. So, fast forward to NOW and you have a rather  ‘out of nowhere’ heat dissipation solution for the console, the Eagle PS5 Designed SSD heatsink. The Eagle Heatsink represents the first real ‘unbranded style’ heatsink that has arrived on the scene available on the likes of Aliexpress, uBuy, eBay etc that seems to be a cheaper alternative (depending on where you look) to all of those other PS5 heatsinks that have arrived since. But does this means that this rather unknown release is a bit cheap and nasty, or a diamond in the rough? Let’s find out in today’s review of the Eagle PS5 SSD heatsink.

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Quick Conclusion

I genuinely WANTED to like the Eagle PS5 SSD heatsink, I really, REALLY did. The problem here is that it is another very familiar case of ‘you get what you pay for’ when shopping online and this heatsink somewhat dies the death of a thousand cuts – i.e there are so, so many small/niggling factors that undermine the whole thing. If you are looking for the best BUDGET PS5 heatsink to buy in 2022/2023, then I can definitely recommend the Eagle Heatsink for your PS5. But only to those that understand that a low price (as little as $7.99 in some places, e.g Aliexpress) comes with a notable degree of compromise. Does it work? Yes. Does it do a better job than a $10 PC designed m.2 SSD heatsink? Yes. Is it worth under $10? Yes. HOWEVER, the presentation of the heatsink and logic of the accessories at the retail level is horrendous, the pricing available online is completely bonkers, the physical/industrial cutting of the aluminium is pretty sub-par, the weight/quality of the heatsink seems underwhelming for its ultimate use, it clips the edge of the PS5 internal casing in a way that seems ill-thought and the whole product leaves you with a feeling that this heatsink is a bit of a quick cash-grab for budget eTailers! Of all the heatsinks that I have tested, I would put this very much at the bottom of all of them in terms of quality, but I still cannot fault that it does exactly what it says it can do and if you need a low-cost PS5 designed heatsink for your PS5 storage expansion upgrades, you will NOT get a better budget option right now.

EFFECTIVENESS - 4/10
HARDWARE - 5/10
PERFORMANCE - 5/10
PRICE - 4/10
VALUE - 5/10


4.6
PROS
👍🏻If you search around, you can get it surprisingly cheap
👍🏻Works better than a standard PC designed M.2 SSD Heatsink
👍🏻Plenty of thermal pads and two different thicknesses
👍🏻Not complicated to install
👍🏻No restriction to a single SSD vendor (i.e WD Heatsink is only available with a WD SSD etc)
CONS
👎🏻Feels a bit cheap and lighter than other heatsinks designed for PS5
👎🏻The quality of the cut/shape feels a bit rushed
👎🏻Very poor presentation/shipping kit

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Retail Packaging

Ok, so I hate to start any review negatively, but my impressions of the Eagle PS5 SSD heatsink from purchasing it online to when the item first arrived with me were not great. First off, when the heatsink first arrived online, I owed it to my subscribers to get this featured and tested ASAP, so I went ahead and paid £32 for the heatsink on uBuy and an additional £17 shipping (so, that’s £59, or $81 US). Now, I was cool with that. However, within 48 hours of purchasing, I started seeing the same heatsink appearing online under differing names at 7-8 different budget component outlets. Prices ranged from as little as £7.99, to £23 and even as high as £41 and all of them seemed to ship from the same warehouse district of China, with specifications that differed wildly (some weigh specs and size around 20-25% different). So, even before the unit arrived a week later, I was already thinking “Yep – SCAM!”.

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However, I was pleased to receive the unit from uBuy within the week promised. Now, I know uBuy is a massively budget eShop based business, but even then a think there is a fine line of difference between ‘cheap’ and ‘value’ that needed to be considered. Do remember that I have spent £32 on the SSD heatsink ($44) and that is more than the Sabrent, PNY and Elecgear . So, when the heatsink arrived in a basic padded envelope, no retail packaging and poorly printed/cut photocopies of instructions, I was less than impressed.

The full contents of the Eagle PS5 heatsink package were pretty underwhelming. Obviously, the key consideration for ANY heatsink is going to be how well it does the job, but I think most buyers who spend this kind of money as an alternative to a $10 M.2 heatsinks are going to have expectations that are going to be somewhat tarnished by this package.

A close up of the key two main parts of the retail package shows you that what you have is kinda the bare minimum for the most part. It is also worth noting that the Eagle PS5 heatsink does not include any additional screws. The PS5 already has this in your console, but ALL the other PS5 designed heatsinks on the market include these and in the case of the Eagle PS5 heatsink they would be especially helpful later on (I will get to that).

The included instructions are fantastically basic, leaving out important steps that the true novice will not be aware of (such as how to remove the PS5 side plates safely without damage or the m.2 Plate) which I admit are not exactly brain-surgery, but still important. There are numerous grammatical and capitalization errors which, although unimportant in the grand scheme of things) still undermine the whole product presentation.

Then you have the main heatsink and accessories kit. In a plastic package, it contains an odd mix of the bare minimum required, yet unnecessary extras. Before we get onto the Eagle PS5 heatsink itself, let’s talk about those ‘extras’.

So, first, there are the thermal pads, with the Eagle PS5 heatsink arriving with 4 thick heat pads and 3 thinner pads. Why would you need x4 and x3? It’s nice to have spares, but you cannot help but feel like these have been thrown in arbitrarily and the excess is almost certainly down to them being stuck together. The inclusion of different thicknesses of the thermal pad is genuinely appreciated, but you are still left feeling that this is a bit ‘just lob them in there!’. Also, there is an inclusive heatsink that is fantastically poor quality and I would NOT recommend using this for your PS5 M.2/Main screw heads! The cross/Phillips head is too small for the main PS5 head screw and will likely tear it up and is too soft for the m.2 screw head and will likely just tear itself up and leave filament in the m.2 screws. So yeah, do not use it.

That said, I am still going to give them kudos/good marks for including the varied thickness of thermal pads. Very few heatsinks include two different thermal pads of thickness.

But that is enough for the packaging. Let’s discuss the build quality of the JEYI Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink and see if it is worth the price.

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Design

The design and shape of the JEYI Eagle PS5 Designed heatsink are actually quite unique, looking a little like the claw/talon/beak of the bird the heatsink is named after. It is designed to live outside of the PS5 M.2 SSD bay partially and completely replace the existing PS5 M.2 expansion silver plate – though it still requires the use of the default PS5 m.2 screw and PS symbol embossed m.2 slot cover screw. The design is a little comparable to a couple of other SSD heatsinks for PS5 in the market from Sabrent and Elecgear , but is different enough that any legal questions of copying design are largely avoidable.

The most popular PS5 designed heatsink right now is the Sabrent SSD Heatsink, released in autumn 2021. Unlike the larger/wider spread of the JEYI Eagle heatsink, the Sabrent is content to jsut occupy the full M.2 SSD expansion slot of the PS5, featuring the same angular top design to capture the air as it passes through the PS5 front vents. Although it seems smaller in size, it does mean that the Sabrent will have much less of a potential impact on the PS5 ambient temperature. The Eagle is a pinch taller and makes a firmer connection with the SSD, but the Sabrent benefits from being available to buy as an SSD+Heatsink bundle (with larger capacity SSDs effectively including the heatsink at no additional cost). However, the Eagle PS5 heatsink is a lot more comparable to the Elecgear Heatsink in shape and method of dissipation.

JEYI Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink

Larger and a fraction taller

Sabrent PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink

Review of the Sabrent PS5 SSD Heatsink HERE

Comparing the Eagle with the Elecgear PS5 SSD heatsink makes a little more sense, as both of these expand their design outside of the PS5 M.2 SSD slot and much greater into the ventilation path of the PS5’s internal fan. Though one of the biggest design differences is that the Elecgear is ventilated throughout to allow the collected heat to be directed into the raised fins. This means that the heat will be controlled into these standout points and cooled by the fans a great deal more efficiently. The Elecgear also has an internal, base located copper pipe design that funnels the heat into much more conductive material, adding the 2nd stage to the dissipation of the SSD controller, etc. The Eagle by comparison here really shows it’s rather more affordable design choices here and whereas it seemed to be a great heat dissipating design when compared with the Sabrent, here it looks a lot more pedestrian.

JEYI Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink

Less ventilated but a similar shape

Elecgear PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink

Review of the Elecgear PS5 SSD Heatsink HERE

Much like other PS5 SSD heatsinks, the Eagle H/S has a slight base lip to allow the heatsink to hinge into the PS5 M.2 panel for easier installation.

As mentioned earlier, the Eagle PS5 Heatsink does not include any additional screws and requires the use of the triangle, square, cross, circle screw that is normally used to keep the m.2 late cover in place, which is perfectly fine really. However, the screw-hole on the Eagle PS5 SSD H/S is quite poorly cut and a bit scratchy. Again, not really a big deal, but it is another small thing that gives you a vibe that these have been bashed out in a hurry.

The top of the Eagle heatsink has grooves in it to funnel the air flowing through the PS5 internal fan assembly which is exactly what you would expect, as well as angled in alignment with the vents of the PS5 itself. They seem a little low but will certainly still be effective.

Flipping the heatsink over shows that the main SSD connecting portion of the build is a full 22110 length to occupy the full m.2 slot. I won’t complain about the lack of a thermal pad being pre-applied, as some users will want to use particular thicknesses, as well as the heatsink including a whole bunch of them. Also, it is certainly a deeper plate than the likes of the Sabrent, but it does still feel a little light compared with others.

Let’s go through the act of installing the Eagle SSD Heatsink in the PS5.

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Installation

A Full walkthrough guide on the physical installation of an SSD in the PS5 SSD slot can be found here (don;t reinstall the m.2 cover plate if you intend on installing a custom/designed PS5 Heatsink – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbpyX6GGGIQ

Once you have installed the SSD in the PS5 SSD expansion slot, as well as applied a thermal pad (ignore the wire shown in the picture, that is from my temperature testing of the EAGLE heatsink), you just need to place the Eagle Heatsink in alignment with the slit/hinge near the m.2 connector.

You will know that the Eagle PS5 heatsink is inserted correctly as it should lever down neatly with the screw hole in alignment with the m.2 SSD cover screw hole. One thing I did notice was that the heatsink does click the shape of the PS5 internal chassis frame a tiny bit when lowered. Not a massive issue, but never seen any other PS5 designed heatsinks have this small physical shape tap.

Before you screw the Eagle PS5 heatsink down on top of the SSD, make sure the base of the heatsink (when the eagle JEYI logo is) is in straight alignment with the slot. Else the heatsink will not be fully/evenly installed and then have limited connectivity with the SSD chips under the thermal pad.

Then you can just go ahead and use the M.2 Expansion slot cover screw in the available hole of the Eagle PS5 SSD heatsink. No need to go in too heavy-handed, just screw till you feel moderate resistance. The heatsink is thicker than the typical M.2 Aluminimum cover plate, so it will not go into the screw-hole as far – overdoing it might tear the threads of the screw hole unnecessarily.

And that is about it. That single screw will hold the plate in place (thanks to that lever lip design on the other side) and as you can see from the finished image of the PS5 below, the grooves on top of the Eagle heatsink are completely parallel with the angled vent slots on the console.

If you look at the front of the PS5, you are able to see how close and raised the grooves of the Eagle SSD heatsink are visible. The Eagle heatsink certainly doesn’t block the vent but is definitely one of the more chunky heatsink’s that I have installed till now. As soon as your PS5 side plates are reapplied, then the heatsink will be near enough invisible, but I am still the tiniest bit concerned with how much of the ventilation it appears to be in front of.

So, that is how the heatsink looks when installed and how easy it is. But how about how well it works? Let’s run some temperature testing to see how well it does it’s job in heavy read, heavy write and gameplay instances.

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Temperature Testings

Temperature testing for the Eagle PS5 SSD heatsink has been broken down into several areas. The main aims here are to work out the following things:

  1. Does the Eagle Heatsink Keep the Temperature low on the SSD in sustained use?
  2. Does the Eagle Heatsink Interfere with the PS5 Internal System Temp negatively?
  3. Is the Eagle Heatsink provide a significant improvement over PC designed M.2 SSD heatsinks (eg the Eluteng M.2)

In order to do this, I have installed a temperature sensor on the M.2 SSD itself, UNDER the heatsink AND the thermal pad, directly on the controller chip of the SSD. The SSD used in the testing was the PNY XLR8 CS3140, a Phison E18, 96L 3D TLC NAND SSD at 1TB – a good mid-range price point SSD that is single-sided and provides 6551MB/s on the PS5 internal benchmark.

When the temp node is on the SSD Controller, I then place the thermal pad down, closed and screw down the heatsink, then attach the 2nd node just underneath the PS5 fan point, in the open air. This second temperature sensor will tell us the surrounding system temp that the internal fan will be using to cool the rest of the system. The testing consisted of 6 different elements. 4 gameplay sessions of 25mins each, with 2 sessions focusing on the SSD temp and 2 focusing on the system temp (in that order, with 1-2 mins reboot between each, in order to see how the system temp is affected over the combined power-on time). Then a sustained read and write activity of 360MB/s to/from the PS5 internal PS5 SSD and M.2 NVMe SSD (the PNY XLR8 CS3140) and how it impacted the SSD controller only. We are NOT looking at performance/framerate/MB/s etc, ONLY temperatures. Below were the results (video will be published shortly).

Note – BOTH PS5 Side plates were on during the tests 

Test Type Starting Temp (C) Finishing Temp (C) Change (C)
Heavy Write (350GB) 27.9℃ 43.5℃ 15.6℃
Demon Souls 25min Play (Controller) 26.3℃ 40.1℃ 13.8℃
Demon Souls 25min Play (System Temp) 27.0℃ 28.2℃ 1.2℃
Matrix Unreal 5 25min Play (Controller) 36.9℃ 42.2℃ 5.3℃
Matrix Unreal 5 25min Play (System Temp) 27.6℃ 27.7℃ 0.1℃
Heavy Read (350GB) 34.0℃ 38.1℃ 4.1℃

So, taking a closer look at the results above, we can work out a few things. First off, there is no denying that the Eagle PS5 Designed SSD heatsink works. Had an SSD been installed inside a PS5 without a heatsink, these temperatures would have easily doubled and (in the case of the heavy write activity) likely exceeded the 70℃ maximum of an SSD before it throttles it’s own performance in efforts to maintain the lifespan of the drive. However, these are still not great temps for this SSD to have after 4x relatively short gameplay sessions (and the data migration instances). To put these stats into a little perspective, below is the exact same tests being conducted with a basic $10 m.2 heat sink that is designed for more general PC use:

NOTE – There tests were performed on different days and ambient temp AND general environmental conditions can undermine these results. Watch the video published soon to see these results in much, MUCH greater detail)

Test Type Eluteng H/S Change Eagle H/S Change
Heavy Write (350GB) 15.1℃ 15.6℃
Demon Souls 25min Play (Controller) 23.3℃ 13.8℃
Demon Souls 25min Play (System Temp) 0.5℃ 1.2℃
Matrix Unreal 5 25min Play (Controller) 16.3℃ 5.3℃
Matrix Unreal 5 25min Play (System Temp) 1.8℃ 0.1℃
Heavy Write (350GB) 18.8℃ 4.1℃

So, YES the Eagle heatsink certainly resulted in a lower overall increase, but the numbers in some cases were a lot closer than I would have expected (especially when you compare these results against that of the Sabrent PS5 Heatsink, the INEO, Graugear & Elecgear PS5  Heatsink (all of which were drastically better). These tests still firmly showed that this heatsink was able to dissipate more heat away from the SSD than a generic alternative, but also still show that the difference is negociable at this pricepoint when there are $20 alternatives doing it better.

NOTE – The FULL video of the Temperature tests for the Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink, as well as how it compares against the Eluteng M.2 Heatsink, the Sabrent PS5 heatsink and the INEO Heatsink Heatsink will be live soon and in a2-Part Series.

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Conclusion & Verdict

I genuinely WANTED to like the Eagle PS5 SSD heatsink, I really, REALLY did. The problem here is that it is another very familiar case of ‘you get what you pay for’ when shopping online and this heatsink somewhat dies the death of a thousand cuts – i.e there are so, so many small/niggling factors that undermine the whole thing. If you are looking for the best BUDGET PS5 heatsink to buy in 2022/2023, then I can definitely recommend the Eagle Heatsink for your PS5. But only to those that understand that a low price (as little as $7.99 in some places, e.g Aliexpress) comes with a notable degree of compromise. Does it work? Yes. Does it do a better job than a $10 PC designed m.2 SSD heatsink? Yes. Is it worth under $10? Yes. HOWEVER, the presentation of the heatsink and logic of the accessories at the retail level is horrendous, the pricing available online is completely bonkers, the physical/industrial cutting of the aluminium is pretty sub-par, the weight/quality of the heatsink seems underwhelming for its ultimate use, it clips the edge of the PS5 internal casing in a way that seems ill-thought and the whole product leaves you with a feeling that this heatsink is a bit of a quick cash-grab for budget eTailers! Of all the heatsinks that I have tested, I would put this very much at the bottom of all of them in terms of quality, but I still cannot fault that it does exactly what it says it can do and if you need a low-cost PS5 designed heatsink for your PS5 storage expansion upgrades, you will NOT get a better budget option right now.

PROS of the Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink PROS of the Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink
  • If you search around, you can get it surprisingly cheap
  • Works better than a standard PC designed M.2 SSD Heatsink
  • Plenty of thermal pads and two different thicknesses
  • Not complicated to install
  • No restriction to a single SSD vendor (i.e WD Heatsink is only available with a WD SSD etc)
  • Feels a bit cheap and lighter than other heatsinks designed for PS5
  • The quality of the cut/shape feels a bit rushed
  • Very poor presentation/shipping kit


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PNY XLR8 PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink Review – Cool Stuff?

2 janvier 2022 à 15:00

The PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink Review

When PNY announced they were releasing a PS5 designed SSD heatsink for their gamer XLR8 range, they did so into a market that just half a year ago would have been completely devoid of competition! It has been quite an educational period for many PS5 owners in the last 6 months, as they begin to get to grips with understanding a new and high-performance tier of storage in M.2 NVMe SSDs. Indeed, the learning curve for some console gamers who chose this gaming platform for its ease of use has been notably higher than most and although the range of solutions available for PS5 compatible storage is pretty wide and easy, the necessity of purchasing a heatsink and understanding what makes one better than another is a different story entirely. These new PCIe NVMe SSDs get hot, quite worryingly hot (under excessive use) and it is for that reason that whether you are a PS5 or PC user, it is highly advised that you employ a means of removing the heat from the SSD in an as efficient way as possible – namely, heatsinks. These are metal plates (arriving in aluminium, copper and more) that draw the heat away from the SSD components and then release that heat into the surrounding air. So, what makes a PS5 specific designed one different? Well, that is largely down to the architecture of the console itself and internal cooling is conducted. In a PC, the M.2 SSD will be in a much larger area that has active fan cooling surrounding it, therefore a more modest and generic M.2 heatsink (for as little as $8-10) is sufficient for general use. However, with the PS5, the m.2 expansion storage bay is in a remarkably tight, close slot. This is done to ensure that the console can draw air through its vents (using negative pressure in a closed casing) and ensure highly efficient system cooling at all times. This all means that an SSD heatsink for the PS5 has a very different physical space and surrounding directional airflow to work around. And here is where the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD heatsink arrives on the scene, designed around the physical spacing of the PS5 and it’s internal vents, it replaces the m.2 metal cover that the system features in favour of a full drive cover and heatsink combined. PNY is not the first company to release an m.2 SSD heatsink that is designed for the PS5 (we have reviewed several PS5 SSD heatsinks in 2021), but with already very popular PS5 SSD compatible SSD ranges in the CS3140 and CS3040, this heatsink presents a unique bundle/single purchase that only Sabrent currently offers. So, let’s review the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD heatsink and see if it deserves your data.

PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink – Quick Conclusion

The PNY XLR8 SSD heatsink for PS5 cannot really be faulted! There have been quite a few PS5 designed heatsinks released in the last few months and for the most part, they fall into two categories. There are the ‘overkill’ ones which sadly make up the bulk of them (such as the INEO, Graugear and ElecGear) that do the job, but at a high price tag, still require SSD research and unless you are an e-sports or heavy gaming streamer, as never going to even come close to their full utility (think of driving a Ferrari to pop to the corner shop for bread). The other PS5 designed SSD heatsinks like the Sabrent and the PNY XLR8 in this review very much fall into a smaller but much, MUCH more desirable category. The PNY XLR8 finds an impressive middle ground between keeping your PS5 SSD at an ideal ongoing usage temperature, whilst keeping a low profile and not interrupting the airflow/air temp that is running through the rest of the PS5 cooling system. Add to this the ease of buying in together with your PNY XLR8 PS5 compatible SSD and what you have here is an affordable and effective means to store more games, play for longer and maintain the lifespan of your SSD longterm. It may seem the pinch more expensive than a regular M.2 heatsink, but it’s about having the right tool for the job – have you ever tried spreading butter with a steak knife? Or stirring soup with a teaspoon? The same applies to comparing a PS5 designed heatsink with a PC designed one, they are both heatsinks, but for very different deployments. It get’s my vote!

EFFECTIVENESS - 10/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.8
PROS
👍🏻Very high-quality build
👍🏻VERY Easy Installation
👍🏻Option of SSD+Heatsink Bundle with the CS3140 Series
👍🏻Less potentially impactful on the system temp than the Elecgear or Copper Pipe Heatsinks
👍🏻On par with Sabrent H/S Price
👍🏻Full 22110 NVMe SSD Coverage
👍🏻High-Quality Thermal Padding pre-attached
CONS
👎🏻Quite pricey for a heatsink compared with PC designed m.2 models
👎🏻No spare thermal pads

PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink – Packaging

The external packaging of the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink is noticeably larger than many of the heatsink’s that I have reviewed before, arriving in a chunky box that you would be excused for assuming also contains an SSD. Likely this is due to PNY having plans on bundled purchases down the link. The actual contents are only two items, but the retail box is quite pro-gamer centric.

Using the familiar livery of their XLR8 professional gaming brand, if we open up the retail box, we find that inside contains a rigid foam frame holds both the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink and an m.2 screw in place. There are no additional instruction manuals present, though details of installation are covered on the rear of the box.

The PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink arrives with a preattached thermal pad on the base of the aluminium plate, which turns out is a pinch thicker than the typical pads we see with these heatsinks. It is a shame that this heatsink does not feature an additional thermal pad for the underside of an installed SSD, but given that the base of the SSD typically only has further NAND and perhaps 50% of the memory, these components can actually run better when they are a little warmer. Additionally, when deployed onto an SSD, the thermal pad made full contact with the SSD components (ink tested).

PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink – Design

The design of the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink is something that I think puts it high above its competitors in terms of aesthetics and appeal. Given that this heatsink is going to be largely unseen when it is doing its job, it does look remarkably pretty! Arriving with the XLR8 gaming livery once again, it has a design that leans a little towards F1 racing cars and gaming laptop chic. With the logo highlight visible, as well arriving in a colour scheme that is a cut above the usual dull black or silver that 99% of other heatsinks arrive in. Again though, this is still a component that is going to only be seen during installation, then largely invisible afterwards.

One interesting thing to note though (and something that many will have missed when PNY first showed this heatsink off on its official site) is that although it looks like the top of the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink is ridged (appearing very similar in physical design to the Sabrent PS5 SSD heatsink), that top panel is actually flat/flush, without the logo being embossed/raised either.

In fact, it is only when you view the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink at an angle that you notice that the heatsink has many, many raised ridges to capture airflow through the PS5, BUT they are covered by that top panel. Now, this is an unusual move for a heatsink, given that the main advantage for a heatsink to occupy/sit-above the PS5 M.2 slot, is so it can capture the airflow of the console’s from vents, as the system pulls air in and then out the back of the chassis.

The PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink certainly fully occupies the PS5 M.2 slot, as well as raises out of the available bay a few millimetres, so it is capturing that air to assist SSD dissipation as you would hope. Nevertheless, this is a very discrete bit of design/airflow that you would not expect and whether this is for reasons of avoiding introducing warm air into the console OR for reasons of patent/design uniqueness – it is hard to say. I will say that compared with the Sabrent H/S and Elecgear SSD heatsink‘s reviewed previously, the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink will almost certainly have the lowest impact on the system general temperature.

Another interesting element is that the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink occupies the full length of the PS5 22110 m.2 slot. The bulk of modern M.2 NVMe SSDs are 2280 in length, but the PS5 arrives with the longer 22110 SSD support (which is arguably a bit wasted, given the PS5 has a maximum capacity of 4TB supported in this m.2 slot) and if you were to install a longer SSD in this slot (perhaps so you could get an SSD with a better distribution of NAND chips on it’s physical PCB to improve performance and/or durability), then having a heatsink that can amply dissipate heat from even the larger SSDs in the market is going to be a good thing.

The PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink fits on top of the SSD in a much similar way as the official M.2 expansion cover plate, with a lever hinge at its base that allows you to lower the heatsink over the SSD and the screw hole will perfectly align with the one on the PS5 (you will need to reuse the official screw that features the square, triangle, circle and cross symbol).

In short, it is very hard to get this wrong! The SSD cannot be damaged in this installation and the lower, protruding aluminium 22110 length area of the heatsink will always make contact with the SSD.

The heatsink, once installed, will make zero contact with the PS5 side plates and although the aesthetic design of the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink doesn’t quite look as uniform as the Sabrent H/S and Elecgear SSD heatsink, It still looks rather easy on the eye. Next up, we need to do some temperature testing of the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD, see how it compares against budget $10 heatsinks for PC and whether it negatively impacts the ambient airflow of the PS5 when in use.

PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink – Temperature Tests

IMPORTANT – Temperature Testing is still IN PROGRESS and although early testing clearly indicates that the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink works very well, the FULL details, readings and results in comparison with a generic M.2 SSD heatsink will be updated in this article in the next few days when the test stages are completed. Apologies for the delay.

Temperature testing for the PNY XLR8 PS5 Designed SSD heatsink has been broken down into several areas. The main aims here are to work out the following things:

  1. Does the PNY XLR8 Heatsink Keep the Temperature low on the SSD in sustained use?
  2. Does the PNY XLR8 Heatsink Interfere with the PS5 Internal System Temp negatively?
  3. Does the PNY XLR8 Heatsink provide a significant improvement over PC designed M.2 SSD heatsinks (eg the Eluteng M.2)

In order to do this, I have installed a temperature sensor on the M.2 SSD itself, UNDER the heatsink AND the thermal pad, directly on the controller chip of the SSD.

When the temp node is on the SSD Controller, I then place the thermal pad down, closed and screw down the heatsink, then attach the 2nd node just underneath the PS5 fan point, in the open air. This second temperature sensor will tell us the surrounding system temp that the internal fan will be used to cool the rest of the system.

The testing consisted of 6 different elements. 4 gameplay sessions of 25mins each, with 2 sessions focusing on the SSD temp and 2 focusing on the system temp (in that order, with 1-2 mins reboot between each, in order to see how the system temp is affected over the combined power-on time).

Then a sustained read and write activity of 350-380MB/s to/from the PS5 internal PS5 SSD and M.2 NVMe SSD (the tests were conducted with the PNY CS3140 2TB) and how it impacted the SSD controller only. We are NOT looking at performance/framerate/MB/s etc, ONLY temperatures. Below were the results (video will be published shortly).

Note – BOTH PS5 Side plates were on during the tests 

Test Type Starting Temp (C) Finishing Temp (C) Change (C)
Heavy Write (350GB) 18.7℃ 26℃ 7.3℃
Demon Souls 25min Play (Controller) 25.8℃ 29.9℃ 4.1℃
Demon Souls 25min Play (System Temp) 24.5℃ 25.5℃ 1℃
Matrix Unreal 5 25min Play (Controller) 27.9℃ 35.1℃ 7.2℃
Matrix Unreal 5 25min Play (System Temp) 27℃ 28.5℃ 1.5℃
Heavy Read (350GB) 25.2℃ 29.5℃ 4.3℃

As you can see, in almost all tests, the PNY XLR8 PS5 Designed SSD heatsink results in very, VERY small increases in temperature over time, much, MUCH lower than most of the other heatsinks that I have tested. To put that into perspective here is how this PS5 styled heatsink compared in those same tests versus the Eluteng M.2 at just $10 (at least $15 less than the PNY XLR8 H/S):

NOTE – There tests were performed on different days and ambient temp AND general environmental conditions can undermine these results. Watch the video published soon to see these results in much, MUCH greater detail)

Test Type Eluteng H/S Change PNY XLR8 H/S Change
Heavy Write (350GB) 15.1℃ 7.3℃
Demon Souls 25min Play (Controller) 23.3℃ 4.1℃
Demon Souls 25min Play (System Temp) 0.5℃ 1℃
Matrix Unreal 5 25min Play (Controller) 16.3℃ 7.2℃
Matrix Unreal 5 25min Play (System Temp) 1.8℃ 1.5℃
Heavy Read (350GB) 18.8℃ 4.3℃

So, as you can see, it certainly did a great job. These are still very small differences though and it is worth remembering that an NVMe SSD is designed to run perfectly well at between 30-50 degrees. Anything higher than that (headed towards 70 degrees) can result in throttling. Overall I still think the PNY XLR8 definitely does exactly what it says it will and does it very well – it is a question of whether you play your PS5 for long enough /regular periods that you need that level of protection/cooling. Let’s conclude the review and give my verdict.

NOTE – The FULL video of the Temperature tests for the PNY XLR8 PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink, as well as how it compares against the Eluteng M.2 Heatsink, the Sabrent PS5 heatsink and the PNY XLR8 Heatsink Heatsink is available soon.

When I previously compared the INEO / Graugear PS5 Hetasink against the Sabrent, Elecgear and Eluteng Heatsink, the main takeaway was that enterprise PS5 heatsink’s like these DEFINITELY keep the SSD/Controller much cooler, as well as have minimum impact on the system temperature too. The PNY XLR8 PS5 Heatsink can be compared easily against the Sabrent model and much like that model, unless you are a particularly hardcore gamer, the 3-4x price point of these prosumer copper pipe SSD heatsink’s are a little unnecessary.

PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink – Conclusion & Verdict

The PNY XLR8 SSD heatsink for PS5 cannot really be faulted! There have been quite a few PS5 designed heatsinks released in the last few months and for the most part, they fall into two categories. There are the ‘overkill’ ones which sadly make up the bulk of them (such as the INEO, Graugear and ElecGear) that do the job, but at a high price tag, still require SSD research and unless you are an e-sports or heavy gaming streamer, as never going to even come close to their full utility (think of driving a Ferrari to pop to the corner shop for bread). The other PS5 designed SSD heatsinks like the Sabrent and the PNY XLR8 in this review very much fall into a smaller but much, MUCH more desirable category. The PNY XLR8 finds an impressive middle ground between keeping your PS5 SSD at an ideal ongoing usage temperature, whilst keeping a low profile and not interrupting the airflow/air temp that is running through the rest of the PS5 cooling system. Add to this the ease of buying in together with your PNY XLR8 PS5 compatible SSD and what you have here is an affordable and effective means to store more games, play for longer and maintain the lifespan of your SSD longterm. It may seem the pinch more expensive than a regular M.2 heatsink, but it’s about having the right tool for the job – have you ever tried spreading butter with a steak knife? Or stirring soup with a teaspoon? The same applies to comparing a PS5 designed heatsink with a PC designed one, they are both heatsinks, but for very different deployments. It get’s my vote!

PROS of the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink PROS of the PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink
  • Very high-quality build
  • VERY Easy Installation
  • Option of SSD+Heatsink Bundle with the CS3140 Series
  • Less potentially impactful on the system temp than the Elecgear or Copper Pipe Heatsinks
  • On par with Sabrent H/S Price
  • Full 22110 NVMe SSD Coverage
  • High-Quality Thermal Padding pre-attached
  • Quite pricey for a heatsink compared with PC designed m.2 models
  • No spare thermal pads


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INEO / Graugear PS5 SSD M13 Heat Pipe Heatsink Review & Temperature Testing

10 décembre 2021 à 01:37

Reviewing the INEO PS5 Designed Heatsink for SSD Upgrades

Ever since Sony enabled the storage upgrade feature of the PS5, the sudden need for understanding the architecture of M.2 SSDs has increased dramatically. The super-fast PCIe Gen 4 M.2 NVMe SSDs that are required to increase your PS5 storage differ wildly in shape, size and installation that the old SATA hard drives previously and one big new factor that most PS5 gamers are having to get their heads around is the subject of cooling and heat dissipation. These new M.2 SSDs get hot, as electricity is passed through them (no moving parts) and the faster they get, the generally hotter they become. If that heat creeps into the 50-70 degrees celsius zone, it can lead to the drive dropping in performance (know as throttling or bottlenecking) as the SSD’s brain (known as the SSD controller) does not want the heat to harm to long term usability or endurance of the SSD as a whole. Therefore this heat needs to go somewhere – and HERE is where SSD heatsinks come in. These aluminium, copper and even steel modules are connected to the SSD (generally with an additional thermal heat pad, silicon or paste component too) and the heat is then drawn away from the SSD, into the heatsink, then dissipated into the surrounding air. A neat idea, but then most heatsinks for M.2 NVM SSDs released before Summer 2022 was designed with PCs or Laptops in mind – devices with a lot more active airflow and space considerations in mind. The PS5 on the other hand has a small, confined M.2 slot that holds the SSD in place and this is done to make sure that it does not impact the temperature and running of the rest of the PS5 System. Therefore, heatsinks are starting to arrive on the market that is SPECIFICALLY designed for use in the Playstation 5 console system. Easily the most advanced and effective example of this is the INEO Heat Pipe PS5 SSD Heatsink (also known online as the GrauGear PS5 heatsink in Germany and some other regions). A fantastically over the top and overkill heatsink that is also about 4x more expensive than the bulk of regular M.2 NVMe SSD heatsinks on the market. So today I want to take a close look at this PS5 heating, see how effective it is and ultimately help you decide if it deserves your gaming data!

INEO PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink Review – Quick Conclusion

You 100% will have a cooler and more efficiently climate-based SSD in your PS5 if you choose to install the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink – I cannot stress enough that this is true! The copper pipe design massively decreases the temperature of the SSD when in use, as well as dissipates the generated heat away from the SSD faster than any other PS5 SSD Heatsink I have ever tested. HOWEVER, the real question here is whether you are really going to need THAT MUCH heat dissipation on your PS5. Unless you are going to use your PS5 system for more than 6-7 hours a day (active gaming, not just media watching), the difference in heat dispersion of the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink vs the Sabrent or Elecgear PS5 heatsinks is very small indeed (and this is around 20-25% more expensive than those). Compared with traditional ‘bog standard’ m.2 heatsinks at $10-15 that were originally designed for PC use, the INEO/Graugear Heatsink is EXCEPTIONALLY  better at keeping an SSD cool in your PS5. Ultimately, the INEO/Graugear Heatsink is being marketed as a prosumer/premium priced heatsink for an SSD in your PS5 and it provides exactly that level of quality – it just comes down to whether you need that level of performance – no one did the weekly grocery shop in a Lamborgini!

EFFECTIVENESS - 10/10
HARDWARE - 10/10
PERFORMANCE - 10/10
PRICE - 6/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.8
PROS
👍🏻Two-stage SSD cooling in the PS5
👍🏻Supports single and double-sided SSDs comfortably
👍🏻Very high-quality build
👍🏻Easy Installation
👍🏻Additional M.2 Screws and washers included
👍🏻The copper Pipe is ventilated to reduce air friction
CONS
👎🏻Quite pricey for a heatsink
👎🏻Cannot replace the PS5 M.2 SSD Panel
👎🏻Questions surrounding the impact of this H/S in conjunction with the PS5 components are still unanswered and unknown in the grand scheme of things

INEO PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink Review – Retail Packaging

The box that the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink arrives in is significantly bigger than any other boxed heatsink I have ever received (and by a factor of about 10x when compared to budget $10 alternatives like the Eluteng or Warship m.2 H/S). Lovely printed design and plenty of pictures of it in high res on all sides, installed in a PS5 system.

Opening up the box reveals the heatsink itself in a custom mould, cardboard holder. It takes up the bulk of the retail box, but there are other bits inside that are worth highlighting.

Underneath the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink itself, we find a first-time setup manual, thermal pads, screwdriver, 2 screw kits and information on the 1-year warranty that it arrives with.

Laying it all out, there is the same sort of thing that most SSD heatsink’s arrive with – just more of each thing and of higher quality in some places.

For example, an M.2 SSD heatsink can often arrive with a screw mount to fix the SSD in place, however, the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink arrives with two sets AND also these are PS5 specific in length for the system’s rather deep screw holes (as well as inclusive washers of course). Even the thermal pads that it arrives with (four in total) are a step above the norm, with 2x at 7mm and 2x 1.2mm thickness, depending on whether you want to install at the top, bottom, or on more heavily populated SSDs in the PS5 M.2 bay.

Looking at the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink top-down, show that it is a rather sturdy and fixed-size piece of kit. It is designed to fit the PS5 M.2 bay (NOT using the m.2 plate cover) and the copper heat pipe (I will cover this more in a bit) runs out of the available bay, along the front of the PS5 fan/vents, and then is curved to the shape of the PS5 chassis internally. Let’s take a much closer look a the build quality and design of the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink.

INEO PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink Review – Design

Flipping this PS5 SSD Heatsink over shows that it is designed to surround and encase your SSD inside an aluminium main panel. The closed INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink box is held by 4 screws and there is space for up to a 2 sided SSD and thermal pads on top and bottom.

A close look at the physical design of the Ice Cold branded, vented INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink aluminium box shows that it is designed to capture all the cool air that will be immediately passing through it from the PS5 fan and vents. It is angled too and in a similar raised shape to the PS5 internal chassis too. This is clearly not accidental.

The four screws that hold the aluminium panel in place are micro-sized and quite soft – so I can imagine those threads getting ruined very quickly indeed!

Inside the main aluminium case of the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink, we can see that the copper pipe attachment of the main body of this design is soldered into place and runs diagonally across the M.2 SSD  that you install inside. This is likely to cover bases on a wide variety of SSDs that could be installed in this heatsink and the PS5.

The thermal pads that are included with the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink fill the entire casing on top and bottom and will be more than enough to cover ANY 2280 length SSD installed inside.

That copper pipeline that runs through the top of the aluminium panel of the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink is incredibly unit and (at least for the PS5 system) has ONLY been featured on one other PS5 heatsink, the Elecgear Playstation Designed SSD heatsink, which we reviewed HERE. Its main use is to act as an additional and high conductive heat rod to draw heat from both the SSD and the aluminium heatsink, acting as a two-step cooling system and further decreasing the temp of the SSD and its controller. Given that the PS5 will be hitting this SSD much, MUCH less than a PC might, it does seem like tremendous overkill, however, for those that game for 6, 8 or 12 hours a day (kids, teens, gaming professionals and those that create games-related content for example), this might actually be something that could fit their heavy, sustained usage patterns.

One additional heat is transferred to the copper heat pipe, it is then fed into the elongated line and this is going to be receiving airflow from the PS5 front vents, thanks to the system’s negative cooling system (pulling air through the front and pushing it out the back. The top of the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink is also not quite as dense as you think, arriving heavily vented itself.

The INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink (once an SSD is installed) fits precisely into the PS5 shape internally, levering into the M.2 slot (connecting to the m.2 slot first) and then simply lowering down into the PS5 internal chassis designed grooves.

The heatsink is fixed in place with a screw fixed latch/arm that sits on top of the screw hole that the PS5 uses for securing the m.2 SSD cover plate (which cannot be used in conjunction with the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink). The actual metal clip is a little loose (for ease of initial installation I guess) but is the only thing about the design of the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink that I don’t really like.

The screw that the PS5 already features for the M.2 slot (the cross, square, circle, triangle embossed one) is what you need to install the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink in place.

Once in place, the placement of the copper heat pipe to dissipate heat into the airflow/vent is pretty clear and you can see how this heatsink is going to be able to offload all of that SSD generate heat exceptionally quickly.

Indeed, looking at the chassis of the PS5 on its side, you can see just how much of the direct airflow of the PS5 front vent is going to immediately heat the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink. On the one hand, it will DEFINITELY mean that the SSD will be SUPER COOL, but I am a tiny pinch concerned about that ever so slightly hotter air going into the PS5 internal system. The difference will be very, very small indeed, but it’s worth thinking about in mammoth length sessions.

Additionally, the PS5 M.2 SSD cover plate cannot be applied, as the height of the ICE COLD heatsink cage is taller than the slot (in order to capture the airflow along the way). During the later testing of this heatsink, I do take time to test the ambient airflow on the PS5 when it is in operation, not just the SSD/Controller.

The tip of the copper pipe on the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink features very fine vents throughout and this allows the airflow to pass directly through the fanned out tip. It is angled correctly with the PS5 front vent holes too, so it will certainly not block airflow internally whilst the system is in operation.

A top-down look for the PS5 with the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink and m.2 SSD installed shows just how well designed in shape with the PS5 that this device is. No additional fan wires etc and when it does stand between the PS5 plate vents and the internal fan, it does so in the least obtrusive way it can. Let’s move over to the temperature testing of the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink and also see how it compares with a domestic/PC grade SSD heatsink for $10.

INEO PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink Review – Temperature Testings

Temperature testing for the INEO PS5 Designed SSD heatsink has been broken down into several areas. The main aims here are to work out the following things:

  1. Does the INEO / GRAUGEAR Heatsink Keep the Temperature low on the SSD in sustained use?
  2. Does the INEO / GRAUGEAR  Heatsink Interfere with the PS5 Internal System Temp negatively?
  3. Does the INEO / Graugear Heatsink provide a significant improvement over PC designed M.2 SSD heatsinks (eg the Eluteng M.2)

In order to do this, I have installed a temperature sensor on the M.2 SSD itself, UNDER the heatsink AND the thermal pad, directly on the controller chip of the SSD. The SSD used in the testing was the TeamGroup T-Force Cardea A440, a Phison E18, 96L 3D TLC NAND SSD at 1TB – a good mid-range price point SSD that is single-sided and provides 6551MB/s on the PS5 internal benchmark.

When the temp node is on the SSD Controller, I then place the thermal pad down, closed and screw down the heatsink, then attach the 2nd node just underneath the PS5 fan point, in the open air. This second temperature sensor will tell us the surrounding system temp that the internal fan will be used to cool the rest of the system.

The testing consisted of 6 different elements. 4 gameplay sessions of 25mins each, with 2 sessions focusing on the SSD temp and 2 focusing on the system temp (in that order, with 1-2 mins reboot between each, in order to see how the system temp is affected over the combined power-on time).

Then a sustained read and write activity of 350-380MB/s to/from the PS5 internal PS5 SSD and M.2 NVMe SSD (the Cardea A440) and how it impacted the SSD controller only. We are NOT looking at performance/framerate/MB/s etc, ONLY temperatures. Below were the results (video will be published shortly).

Note – BOTH PS5 Side plates were on during the tests 

Test Type Starting Temp (C) Finishing Temp (C) Change (C)
Red Dead Redemption 25min Play (Controller) 33.8℃ 35.2℃ 1.4℃
Red Dead Redemption 25min Play (System Temp) 27.3℃ 27.7℃ 0.4℃
GTA V 25min Play (Controller) 34.8℃ 34.4℃ -0.4℃
GTA V 25min Play (System Temp) 29.3℃ 30.6℃ 0.9℃
Heavy Read (350GB) 26.1℃ 39.6℃ 13.5℃
Heavy Write (350GB) 34.5℃ 36.4℃ 1.9℃

As you can see, in almost all tests, the INEO PS5 Designed SSD heatsink results in very, VERY small increases in temperature over time, much, MUCH lower than most of the other heatsinks that I have tested. To put that into perspective, here is how thIS copper pipe styled heatsink compared in those same tests versus the Eluteng M.2 at just $10 (at least $25 less than the INEO / GRAUGEAR H/S):

NOTE – There tests were performed on different days and ambient temp AND general environmental conditions can undermine these results. Watch the video published soon to see these results in much, MUCH greater detail)

Test Type Eluteng H/S Change INEO-GRAUGEAR H/S Change
Red Dead Redemption 25min Play (Controller) 5.9℃ 1.4℃
Red Dead Redemption 25min Play (System Temp) 1.5℃ 0.4℃
GTA V 25min Play (Controller) 0.5℃ -0.4℃
GTA V 25min Play (System Temp) 0.3℃ 0.9℃
Heavy Read (350GB) 6.2℃ 13.5℃
Heavy Write (350GB) 15.4℃ 1.9℃

So, as you can see, it certainly did a great job. These are still very small differences though and it is worth remembering that an NVMe SSD is designed to run perfectly well at between 30-50 degrees. Anything higher than that (headed towards 70 degrees) can result in throttling. Overall I still think the INEO definitely does exactly what it says it will and does it very well – it is a question of whether you play your PS5 for long enough /regular periods that you need that level of protection/cooling. Let’s conclude the review and give my verdict.

NOTE – The FULL video of the Temperature tests for the INEO PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink, as well as how it compares against the Eluteng M.2 Heatsink, the Sabrent PS5 heatsink and the INEO Heatsink Heatsink is available below in two videos. The full INEO PS5 SSD Copper Pipe Heatsink Review and testing are in the first video, then a full comparison between the INEO Heatsink and the Sabrent and ElecGear PS5 designed Heatsinks is the next one.

When I compared the INEO PS5 Hetasink against the Sabrent, Elecgear and Eluteng Heatsink, the main takeaway was that enterprise PS5 heatsink’s like these DEFINITELY keep the SSD/Controller much cooler, as well as have minimum impact on the system temperature too. But unless you are a particularly hardcore gamer, the 3-4x price point o these prosumer SSD heatsink’s are a little unnecessary.

INEO PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink Review – Conclusion & Verdict

You 100% will have a cooler and more efficiently climate-based SSD in your PS5 if you choose to install the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink – I cannot stress enough that this is true! The copper pipe design massively decreases the temperature of the SSD when in use, as well as dissipates the generated heat away from the SSD faster than any other PS5 SSD Heatsink I have ever tested. HOWEVER, the real question here is whether you are really going to need THAT MUCH heat dissipation on your PS5. Unless you are going to use your PS5 system for more than 6-7 hours a day (active gaming, not just media watching), the difference in heat dispersion of the INEO/Graugear PS5 Heatsink vs the Sabrent or Elecgear PS5 heatsinks is very small indeed (and this is around 20-25% more expensive than those). Compared with traditional ‘bog standard’ m.2 heatsinks at $10-15 that were originally designed for PC use, the INEO/Graugear Heatsink is EXCEPTIONALLY  better at keeping an SSD cool in your PS5. Ultimately, the INEO/Graugear Heatsink is being marketed as a prosumer/premium priced heatsink for an SSD in your PS5 and it provides exactly that level of quality – it just comes down to whether you need that level of performance – no one did the weekly grocery shop in a Lamborgini!

PROS of the INEO / Graugear PS5 SSD Heatsink PROS of the INEO / Graugear PS5 SSD Heatsink
  • Two-stage SSD cooling in the PS5
  • Supports single and double-sided SSDs comfortably
  • Very high-quality build
  • Easy Installation
  • Additional M.2 Screws and washers included
  • The copper Pipe is ventilated to reduce air friction
  • Quite pricey for a heatsink
  • Cannot replace the PS5 M.2 SSD Panel
  • Questions surrounding the impact of this H/S in conjunction with the PS5 components are still unanswered and unknown in the grand scheme of things


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ElecGear PS5 SSD Heatsink Hardware Review – Game Changer or Overkill?

30 novembre 2021 à 15:00

Reviewing the Elecgear PS5 Designed Heatsink for SSD Upgrades

The Elecgear heatsink for PS5 is an unusual piece of kit, there is no denying it. Every since the option to upgrade the storage on your PS5 via the M.2 SSD expansion bay was activated, many Playstation 5 gamers have had to learn a few new things about the latest generation of solid-state drive (SSD) storage. Alongside concepts like NVMe, M.2 and PCIe generations, PS5 gamers have had to learn about how this latest generation of super-fast SSD storage can get hot! Not quite as hot as it might get in video editing studios and professional content creators, but still hit enough for them to make provision. Sony themselves at the enabling of the m.2 SSD slot of the PS5 were VERY keen to highlight that gamers should purchase an m.2 heatsink of a very specific size and dimension for inside their console (in the m.2 expansion bay) to allow the SSD inside to dissipate (transfer) the heat being generated on the SSD to the heatsink and allow it to pass it into the air – thereby allowing the SSD to remain cool and high performing. A useful bit of information, HOWEVER, most m.2 SSD heatsinks were designed for PC case use – big cases that feature multiple internal fans, open-air and plenty of space. The PS5 M.2 SSD upgrade slot however is small, barely fits even modest M.2 heatsinks and requires a cover (which seems like madness to a PC user). So, as the PS5 has allowed SSD upgrades and needs a heatsink, some brands got to work on producing specifically PS5 designed heatsinks and into this arena, we now find the ElecGear PS5 SSD heatsink (aka the EL-P5C). Arriving at a noticeably higher price point than most, the $35-50 PRICE POINT (depending on where you shop online and only in 3-4 regions) is 3-5x more expensive than a regular PC M.2 heatsink and even more expensive than the current Sabrent PS5 heatsink that is currently the ‘score to beat’ (review HERE). So, today I want to take a close look at the Elecgear PS5 heatsink, review its design and build quality, perform some temperature tests, compare it with cheaper alternatives and ultimately design if it is the right move for you and your PS5 gaming in future. Let’s begin.

Elecgear PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Quick Conclusion

The Elecgear does EVERYTHING that it says it can and will do. From maintaining one of the lowerest SSD temperatures that I have witnessed on the PS5 NVMe SSD for the most part, to the clear effort that has gone into the design of the heatsink to existing both in and outside of the PS5 M.2 SSD expansion slot, you cannot question it’s ability to keep your SSD running at an optimal operational temperature! The price tag seems a little high (at $35-50 depending on where you shop at online) especially given the $10-15 dollar price tag of most other M.2 SSD heatsinks – something that I could accept IF it was the only S5 designed heatsink. But given that Sabrent released their own PS5 heatsink, currently priced at $20 (with SSD combo options) 3 months before, that pricetag is a little harder for some to swallow. Nevertheless, even in the general airflow and temperature of the PS5, the elecgear seems to make sure not to impede or negatively impact the core system temp, which is a big plus in its favour. Overall, I can definitely recommend this heatsink for those of you that play your PS5 every single day and for moderately extensive periods, but for light gamers and those that jump on at weekends – this might be a bit overkill.

EFFECTIVENESS - 10/10
HARDWARE - 10/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 6/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.6
PROS
👍🏻World’s First PS5 Copper Pipe Equipped Heatsink
👍🏻Blends in well with PS5 design
👍🏻clearly designed to keep SSD temp low, and it DOES
👍🏻Easy Installation
👍🏻Optional SSD height rasing kit included
👍🏻Clear considerations for single/double-sided SSDs
👍🏻Clearly designed to work alongside the PS5 airflow channels
CONS
👎🏻Quite pricey for a heatsink
👎🏻Poor availability across most of the world (mostly amazon only)
👎🏻Questions surrounding the impact of this H/S in conjunction with the PS5 components are still unanswered and unknown in the grand scheme of things

Elecgear PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Retail Packaging

The retail box for this PS5 designed heatsink is…well…a little underwhelming. I know that $35+ is not a huge sum of money, but at the same time, there is a certain branding that ‘gamer’ focused accessories have a tendency to lean towards and that is a bit absent here. Even the $10-15 heatsinks that have popped up over the last few months have made a small attempt to factor this in, but the ElecGear EL-P5C definitely has the feeling of production line haste about it.

Likewise, the contents of the box, although pretty detailed in their scope, are kind of ‘thrown’ in there. I know there is little to no moving parts here to make considerations for, but it is another one of those areas where you feel that this kit is a little cheap feeling.

However, one could easily argue that the money has been spent on the kit itself. The contents of the Elecgear PS5 heatsink is actually quite extensive when compared against its more affordable competitors. The EL-P5C kit includes the PS5 designed heatsink itself, a paper multi-language manual, mid-quality micro-screwdriver, thermal pads and a rather unique SSD riser.

Now to put these accessories into perspective, the Sabrent PS5 heatsink includes all but the riser kit, the Eluteng PC M.2 heatsink has everything but the riser kit and the INEO Heatpipe PS5 heatsink is a different story altogether. The ElecGear PS5 SSD heatsink includes the means to increase the height of the M.2 SSD installed in the PS5 upgrade slot and ensure it is raised further from the PS5 main PCB underneath, as well as reduce the distance between the SSD and the heatsink.

Now, this is quite an unusual extra for a console system. Although this is moderately common with custom PC builds (because the wide variety of motherboards and CPU placements in that area are so diverse physically), but on a closed and uniform system like the PS5, I was surprised to see it. The argument is that thicker/double-sided NVMe SSDs need further ground clearance and room to allow further heat dissipation, as well as making sure than an installed SSD has a closer connection to the heatsink you pair it with. Indeed, ElecGear themselves say the following on their own product pages:

“It seems the leading maker Sony does not belong to M.2 SSD industry. We don’t think that the stock screws mount M.2 SSD appropriately in the memory compartment. ElecGear did it better with a re-designed fixing structure for your gaming SSD. The modified guide post, standard M.2 screw and even a copper washer to adjust the height of SSD are included in the box” – ElecGear, Product Pages, Amazon.com

For my temperature tests later, I used the single-sided TeamGroup T-Force Cardea A440 SSD, so I did not use these risers. But I think there IS a ring of truth in what Elecgear are saying here, but more on how heavily the heatsink connects with the SSD, as the M.2 slot in the PS5 is a little lower than I would like and therefore even a 0.5mm difference can greatly reduce the effectiveness of heat dissipation from the SSD to the Heatsink. Another way in which Elecgear have addressed this concern in their PS5 heatsink kit is in the thermal pads that are included. The x4 thermal pads that are included are in pairs of two different thicknesses of 0.8mm and 1.5mm. Once again, a nice touch and something that the rather understated nature of the package presentation would suggests would be absent. So you have two differing heat pads for your SSDs that allow better dissipation levels of 4.8W/m-k and 3.6W/m-k on the blue and pink panel respectively. There is also an instructional manual that details the installation and also covers the installation of the SSD riser panels and washer kit.

The manual seems fine at first glance, but there are certainly a few grammar errors present and again, it is little things like this in terms of presentation that result in the Elecgear PS5 heatsink getting undermined, despite its excellent contents. However, that is enough fo4 the packaging and presentation. Let’s get to grips with the Elecgear PS5 heatsink itself, the design and how it works.

Elecgear PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Design

A good look at the Elecgear heatsink for PS5 shows us that this thing is pretty large! indeed, with the eluteng $10 heatsink of choice for budget buyers measuring at just 70x22x6mm, the Elecgear towers over it at 128x72x14mm. This is because it is designed to both fill AND sit outside of the PS5 M.2 SSD expansion bay, thereby both collecting the heat generated by the SSD, but also using the PS5 internal system fan to cool the heatsink at the same time – thereby allowing much faster and efficient heat dissipation fo the SSD in use over hours and hours of play.

Now, the big, big difference between a PS5 designed heatsink like the elecgear EL-P5C and a regular M.2 heatsink design that was made for PC use primarily, is to do with airflow. NVMe SSDs (such as those used by the PS5 for storage upgrades and PC gaming) get quite hot when in use. They have no moving parts, but the faster the SSD read/write speed, the hotter it can get over time. Heat is a big, BIG problem for SSDs, as it can result in the performance being throttled/bottlenecked by the system, as well as affecting the durability of the SSD long term. That is why Heatsinks are important and although the PS5 is a much less intensive read/write system than a bigger PC or editing machine, it still can affect the SSD.

The m.2 slot on the PS5 is quite small, as well as arrives with a cover that Sony insist should always cover your M.2 SSD. This is a little counterintuitive to most SSD heatsinks, as they are DESIGNED to live directly in the open airflow of a PC case or under/above a fan kit in a laptop – this allows the heat being collected by the heatsink from the SSD to be dispersed int other air. Closing a PC designed heatsink into that PS5 SSD slot seems the very opposite of that. That is where the elecgear PS5 heatsink comes in. It covers the SSD you have installed in the M.2 slot, but instead of replacing the PS5 M.2 metal plate cover, the elecgear fills the space and then spreads out over the side and is angled towards the large, single internal PS5 fan. This allows the heatsink to collect all that heat from the SSD, and then disperse it directly into the incoming fan. But we will touch on that element a bit later.

The vents of the elecgear heatsink are clearly designed for use in the PS5 system, in direct alignment with both the fan AND the air channelling internal curves of the PS5 that direct airflow into the fan. The lines are also ventilated to allow air to pass in and out of the heatsink too – a nice extra touch. However, the heat dissipation is taken an extra step further when you flip it over. The base of the Elecgear PS5 Heatsink (that connected with the SSD you installed in your console, along with a thermal pad) not only covers the entire length of a 2280 length drive, but also features an excellent copper pipe (5mm x 98mm)

Now, this copper pipe is a big deal when compared against exclusively aluminium only heatsinks. The copper pipe is considerably more effective at drawing heat from the SSD components (the controller, primarily) and this heat can be delivered to the aluminium plate (as well as the plate still collecting heat of its own accord from the SSD too). This massively increases the potential heat dissipation when in use and almost certainly dramatically decreases the typical temp of the SSD inside the PS5. This and the fact that the larger heat plate is in the immediate airflow path of the internal fan, makes this almost certainly the most effective heat-dissipating heatsink you can buy on PS5. However, it does this at a potential cost of ‘robbing’ airflow that was designed to keep the PS5 system CPU, GPU, memory and its own SSD cool.

Let’s get the Elecgear PS5 heatsink installed inside the PS5, see how it sits, how high it is against that fan and ultimate temperature test it to see how well it performs and whether it negatively/positively affects the PS5 system temp elsewhere.

Elecgear PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Installation

Installation of the Elecgear heatsink is incredibly straightforward – but only if you are not planning on using the riser kit. The riser kit that is designed to improve the connection of the SSD and heatsink is optional and in order to properly test this heatsink with a typical SSD PS5 installation (versus a regular heatsink), I decided to install it without the riser kit. Your SSD goes inside the M.2 SSD expansion slot. Make sure you use a thermal pad from the accessory kit and lay it across the top of the SSD. You can place a thermal pad UNDER the SSD if it is double-sided, but your MAIN priority should be the side with the controller/brains of the NVMe SSD.

NOTE – Ignore the wire on the photo, this was just the thermometer cable I used in testing for this review

Then you simply slot the heatsink itself into the slit that the usual PS5 SSD cover plate would fit and close the heatsink into place. You will know that it is installed correctly as the screw hole at the top will align with the hole that the PS5 Screw (topped with the square, circle, triangle cross) is visible. When installed, the heatsink looks a perfectly natural fit and even looks like it would not have looked out of place as an official component at launch – something many have complained at Sony for in relation to SSD upgrades on this system.

Looking at this heatsink from a tighter/low angle, you can see that it rises from the base level of the PS5 internal plat by around 2-3mm. It still completely allows the external PS5 side plates to be reinstalled (with no contact between them and the heatsink), as well as the grooved channels of the Elecgear heatsink to line up with the PS5 external vent lines and deliver that air to the internal PS5 fan – it just also uses that are to cool the heatsink (and in turn assist the SSD temp) along the way. I am still a little thoughtful about if this increases the airflow by much on its way to the PS5 fan (which is pushing air over the internal components of the console), but we will get to that later.

The Elecger heatsink also takes advantage of the same screw hole and screw that the PS5 has already to cover the m.2 slot, as well as having a counter-sunk shape to make sure that the screw still goes in at the full depth of the hole, whilst not interfering with the integrity of the heatsink.

Overall, the heatsink is clearly very well designed in conjunction with the PS5 shape internally, as well as clear architecture choices being made here to ensure that airflow to the existing PS5 internal cooling measures are unimpeded as much as possible. Let’s see how the Elecgear heatsink for PS5 handles internal temperatures and those of the SSD controller.

Elecgear PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Temperature Testings

Temperature testing for the Elecgear PS5 SSD heatsink has been broken down into several areas. The main aims here are to work out the following things:

  1. Does the Elecgear Heatsink Keep the Temperature low on the SSD in sustained use?
  2. Does the Elecgear Heatsink Interfere with the PS5 Internal System Temp negatively?
  3. Is the Elecgear Heatsink provide a significant improvement over PC designed M.2 SSD heatsinks (eg the Eluteng M.2)

In order to do this, I have installed a temperature sensor on the M.2 SSD itself, UNDER the heatsink AND the thermal pad, directly on the controller chip of the SSD. The SSD used in the testing was the TeamGroup T-Force Cardea A440, a Phison E18, 96L 3D TLC NAND SSD at 1TB – a good mid-range price point SSD that is single-sided and provides 6551MB/s on the PS5 internal benchmark.

When the temp node is on the SSD Controller, I then place the thermal pad down, closed and screw down the heatsink, then attach the 2nd node just underneath the PS5 fan point, in the open air. This second temperature sensor will tell us the surrounding system temp that the internal fan will be using to cool the rest of the system.

The testing consisted of 6 different elements. 4 gameplay sessions of 25mins each, with 2 sessions focusing on the SSD temp and 2 focusing on the system temp (in that order, with 1-2 mins reboot between each, in order to see how the system temp is affected over the combined power-on time).

Then a sustained read and write activity of 350-380MB/s to/from the PS5 internal PS5 SSD and M.2 NVMe SSD (the Cardea A440) and how it impacted the SSD controller only. We are NOT looking at performance/framerate/MB/s etc, ONLY temperatures. Below were the results (video will be published shortly).

Note – BOTH PS5 Side plates were on during the tests 

Test Type Starting Temp (C) Finishing Temp (C) Change (C)
Red Dead Redemption 25min Play (Controller) 30.8℃ 31.4℃ 1.4℃
Red Dead Redemption 25min Play (System Temp) 23.1℃ 23.2℃ 0.1℃
GTA V 25min Play (Controller) 26.7℃ 28.1℃ 1.4℃
GTA V 25min Play (System Temp) 21.8℃ 22.9℃ 1.1℃
Heavy Read (350GB) 29℃ 35.6℃ 5.6℃
Heavy Write (350GB) 24℃ 36.1℃ 12.1℃

As you can see, in almost all tests, the elecgear PS5 SSD heatsink results in very, VERY small increases in temperature over time, much, MUCH lower than most of the other heatsinks that I have tested. To put that into perspective, here is how the Elecgear EL-P5C PS5 heatsink compared in those same tests versus the Eluteng M.2 at just $10 (at least $25 less than the elecgear):

NOTE – There tests were performed on different days and ambient temp AND general environmental conditions can undermine these results. Watch the video published soon to see these results in much, MUCH greater detail)

Test Type Eluteng H/S Change ElecGear H/S Change
Red Dead Redemption 25min Play (Controller) 5.9℃ 1.4℃
Red Dead Redemption 25min Play (System Temp) 1.5℃ 0.1℃
GTA V 25min Play (Controller) 0.5℃ 1.4℃
GTA V 25min Play (System Temp) 0.3℃ 1.1℃
Heavy Read (350GB) 6.2℃ 5.6℃
Heavy Write (350GB) 15.4℃ 12.1℃

So, as you can see, it certainly did a great job. These are still very small differences though and it is worth remembering that an NVMe SSD is designed to run perfectly well at between 30-50 degrees. Anything higher than that (headed towards 70 degrees) can result in throttling. Overall I still think the Elecgear definitely does exactly what it says it will and does it very well – it is a question of whether you play your PS5 for long enough /regular periods that you need that level of protection/cooling. Let’s conclude the review and give my verdict.

NOTE – The FULL video of the Temperature tests for the ElecGear PS5 SSD Heatsink, as well as how it compares against the Eluteng M.2 Heatsink, the Sabrent PS5 heatsink and the INEO Heatsink Heatsink will be live soon and in a 3-Part series of video below.

VIDEOS OF THE TESTS – COMING SOON BELOW (Dec 1st 2021)

Elecgear PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Conclusion & Verdict

The Elecgear does EVERYTHING that it says it can and will do. From maintaining one of the lowerest SSD temperatures that I have witnessed on the PS5 NVMe SSD for the most part, to the clear effort that has gone into the design of the heatsink to existing both in and outside of the PS5 M.2 SSD expansion slot, you cannot question it’s ability to keep your SSD running at an optimal operational temperature! The price tag seems a little high (at $35-50 depending on where you shop at online) especially given the $10-15 dollar price tag of most other M.2 SSD heatsinks – something that I could accept IF it was the only S5 designed heatsink. But given that Sabrent released their own PS5 heatsink, currently priced at $20 (with SSD combo options) 3 months before, that pricetag is a little harder for some to swallow. Nevertheless, even in the general airflow and temperature of the PS5, the elecgear seems to make sure not to impede or negatively impact the core system temp, which is a big plus in its favour. Overall, I can definitely recommend this heatsink for those of you that play your PS5 every single day and for moderately extensive periods, but for light gamers and those that jump on at weekends – this might be a bit overkill.

PROS of the ElecGear PS5 SSD Heatsink PROS of the ElecGear PS5 SSD Heatsink
  • World’s First PS5 Copper Pipe Equipped Heatsink
  • Blends in well with PS5 design
  • clearly designed to keep SSD temp low, and it DOES
  • Easy Installation
  • Optional SSD height rasing kit included
  • Clear considerations for single/double-sided SSDs
  • Clearly designed to work alongside the PS5 airflow channels
  • Quite pricey for a heatsink
  • Poor availability across most of the world (mostly amazon only)
  • Questions surrounding the impact of this H/S in conjunction with the PS5 components are still unanswered and unknown in the grand scheme of things


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