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Seagate Firecuda 530 Star Wars Special Edition SSD Review – This is the way?

16 février 2022 à 01:29

Review of the Seagate Firecuda 530 PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD


Of all the PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSDs that I have discussed in the last year or so, very few have stood out as much as the Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD. Although arriving late in the game in August 2021 (whilst their biggest rivals WD and Samsung released their own drives in Autumn 2020), the Seagate firecuda made up for lost time by releasing one of the very best examples of Phison E18 Controller architecture in the market and fast forward 6 months and it still continues to stand out. Indeed, in my original review and benchmarks of the Seagate Firecuda last summer, I heaped praise on the SSD for its remarkably high durability, higher than most write performance and inclusive 3 years of data recovery services. Now, since its initial release, the Seagate Forecuda 530 has seen updates in firmware, a 4TB version, an EK designed high durability heatsink and now… a Star Wars Mandalorian licenced SSD+Heatsink combo. Now, there is a lot to unpack there! The Mandalorian is arguably one of the hottest current properties that Disney Lucasfilm have released in a long time and aside from the clear move by Seagate here to appeal to the disposable ‘geek dollar’, Seagate say that this SSD has more to shout about than it looks. So, today I am taking the opportunity to revisit the Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD in its latest form, with its latest firmware and see if this new version of this premium SSD deserves your data?


Seagate Firecuda 530 Mandalorian Edition SSD Review – Quick Conclusion


I mean, there are two ways to look at this SSD. On the one hand, you can judge the Seagate Firecuda 530 Beskar Ingot Drive on its looks (which I am fairly certain I was always told not to) and if you are even slightly following the Mandalorian on Disney plus, this is a lovely presented drive. However, the more practical of us will question the long term value of a beautiful SSD that we are going to immediately enclose inside our PC/PS5 systems, never to be seen again. It’s a fair point, but to some buyers (perhaps those that favour LEDs or hyper metallic ‘future’ design on their memory heatsinks or steampunk esc internal cooling) this small detail will be enough for them to spend a pinch more on this special edition of the drive. It’s no coincidence the presentation of this drive right out of the box differed wildly from that of the more traditional component kit approach of the regular Firecuda 530 SSD. But dig deeper and what you find is the same incredible SSD from Seagate that still continues to impress. The price tag of the special edition Firecuda 530 is still higher than most out there (even the regular version is priced some 10-15% higher than others in the market), but you still need to factor in that this SSD is capable of hitting performance and durability figures that are still unchallenged in the market right now and Seagate seemingly know that! Until Seagate decide whether to release a more affordable alternative to the Firecuda 530 SSD (Firecuda 535 or 525 maybe?), this is always going to be a pricey drive (whether you opt into the Mandalorian version or not) and if you are running a system that can hit those lofty benchmarks it can achieve or plan on using it extensively without fear of durability, I STILL think it is worth the asking price. Just keep in mind that the additional highs that this Drive is capable of hitting are going to need other serious horsepower under the bonnet too! Also, remember that the Firecuda 530 is available with the standard EK heatsink and a non-heatsink version and you can say £25-50 respectively on the terabyte.

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


9.0
PROS
👍🏻I mean – It looks ridiculously cool!
👍🏻Highest PCIe 4×4 M.2 Performance Right Now
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👍🏻176 Layer 3D TLC NAND is still a rare treat in 2022
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👍🏻Best Example of Phison E18 Performance
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👍🏻Highest Endurance PCIe Gen 4×4 M.2 SSD Right Now
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👍🏻Inclusive Data Recovery Services
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👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Fully Confirmed
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👍🏻Firecuda 530 is Available in up to 4TB
CONS
👎🏻Costs more than most
👎🏻Branding and License design will be obscured in your PS5/PC enclosure
👎🏻Mandalorian Design only available in 500GB and 1TB

Seagate Firecuda 530 Star Wars SSD Review – Packaging


Immediately upon seeing the Firecuda 530 Beskar Ingot SSD retail box, it is pretty clear that Seagate wants to shout as loudly as possible about the Star Wars / Mandalorian branding of this SSD. It makes sense, they almost certainly had to pay a decent chunk of change to get the licencing on this and aside from this drive being a limited run, they clearly want to make it clear that this SSD is a special edition. Indeed, if I saw this drive on the shelf of my local Forbidden Planet, it would fit right in. Indeed, if you compare the Firecuda 530 retail boxes of the standard and Special edition, you can see that the layout is the same, but a lot of the Seagate specific branding has been reduced/removed in favour of the big, big Disney/LucasFilm branding on this SSD. Given the noticeably price differences between each version of this SSD, it would be expected that Seagate would want to differentiate as much as they can. For example, the Firecuda 530 1TB SSD arrives at (at the time of writing) £149 without a heatsink, £179 with the professional EK heatsink and £199 with the Beskar Ingot EEK heatsink. That is some noticeably jumps at each tier.


Indeed, the Seagate Firecuda 530 Mandalorian Special Edition drive is by no means the first SSD/HDD by brands targetted at gamers or followers of ‘geek’ culture. From connections with licenced games (so the brand includes a download code for a game + livery on the drive) all the way through to presenting arguably dull components like HDDs and SSDs in more stylistic means. Indeed, a great example of this is by Patriot and their Viper VP4300 SSD, designed in the style of an action figure. So, no one can really blame Seagate for shifting the retail packaging up a gear on this SSD.


I cannot really recall Disney ever endorsing a solid-state drive, so the idea of seeing the Star Wars logo on an m.2 NVMe SSD still blows my mind a bit, particularly when in the star wars fraternity an ‘SSD’ stands for Super Star Destroyer! Still, there it is, loud and proud.



Opening the box is a little different too (compared with the regular Firecuda 530 and other SSDs) as it opens into a picture of the Mandalorian, in a pull out display box (not the plastic shell of the regular Firecuda 530). Inside is the retail kit that I would expect with a firecuda 530, but with some Star Wars tweaks along the way.



The box contained a lot of star wars ‘bumpf’ that I know I personally will largely ignore BUT I know there is an audience for it! The range of branded stickers for your gaming rig/laptop/console is expanded for the usual ‘Seagate Gaming’ focused ones and I can perhaps see myself using one or two on my laptop – MAYBE! There is also information on the rescue recovery services that the drive includes (I’ll touch on this later), information on first-time installation, details on the 5 year included warranty and, of course, the Firecuda 530 Beskar Ingot SSD itself.



The SSD arrives in a pre-applied EKWB heatsink that surrounds the entire SSD. The non-special edition SSD uses this same high-quality heatsink, but this is the one that has all the Mandalorian /Beskar ingot branding. The top of the heatsink is textured across the waved white pattern and the ‘Galactic Empire’ logo is laser engraved very well.



The heatsink is weightier than many that I have used and although it would be easy to write off this kind of heatsink printing/engraving as pointless, I will say that the build quality of the EKWB heatsink on both this AND the regular Seagate Firecuda 530 really stands up to sustained use. I nthe last 3-4 months I have been putting the standard heatsink that the Firecuda arrives with through the wringer with sustained tests on PC benchmarks and repeated PS5 testing. So, although the surface of this Mandalorian SSD differs from the regular version, the shape and material used in these two heatsinks remain the same.



Indeed, when I put the standard 1TB Seagate Firecuda 530 Heatsink version through 13 SSD benchmarks back in 2021, even at the heaviest activity (a 64GB CrystalDisk Benchmark action, that also included 70/30 mixed activities) the SSD only hit 42 Degrees. And that was with the big test sandwiched between 12 other tests over the course of 2 hours. Below was the temperature breakdown:



Likewise, I repeated the same tests with the Mandalorian edition of the Seagate Firecuda 530 and performed the same testing. I am pleased to say that the Star Wars themed EK heatsink performed jsut as well:



Then I checked the controller temperature throughout the PS5 games tests + heavy read/write activities and once again, very impressively low temperature readings throughout:



I then followed that test up with a comparison with another big PCIe 4 NVMe SSD that gamers compare with Firecuda 530 with regularly, the WD Black SN850 (released in Oct 2020, 10 months before!). The Seagate Firecuda 530 and EKWB Heatsink maintained noticeably lower temps both on the PC benchmarks and the range of PS5 tests. You can see the full breakdown and test results in the video below:



So, you cannot really fault the Seagate Firecuda 530 Heatsink, as it comes from a well-established gaming cooling company and is built to withstand significantly harsher use than most users are even going to deliver upon it. So, what about the SSD inside? The heatsink is held in place with 4 very small and soft Phillips head screws. Removing the SSD from its casing will invalidate the warranty, so please do not try this at home!



The inside of the heatsink reveals a single long thermal pad, but it is noticeably more porous than disposable pads (a little more like gel and putty silicon base ones). I am a little surprised it is not cut to cover the Phison E18 controller in particular, but it is still an amply covered SSD inside the EKWB heatsink enclosure.



Removing the Firecuda 530 from the heatsink allows us to have a closer look at the SSD itself and it’s components. The 1TB model of this SSD arrives with a single-sided build, so the NAND on board are 4x 256GB modules all sharing the same side with the PCIe4 controller and SK Hynix 1600 MHZ DDR4 DRAM Memory buffer.



It’s a familiar arrangement



The drive is fairly standard in height to other m.2 NVMes, however, it is easy to forget that the micron NAND featured in the Firecuda 530 is significantly higher quality than many at 176L (something we will touch on later). Since it’s original release (the non star wars version from Summer 2021 I mean), we have still seen very few 176L NAND arrive on the scene and the Firecuda 530 Beskar Ingot and it’s Micron NAND still manage to stand out.



The larger capacity Firecuda 530s drives at 2TB and 4TB (the Mandalorian edition is not available in 4TB) feature double-sided NAND placement, resulting in both better capacity handling, performance and durability. However, this needs to be balanced against a larger heatsink/thermal pad application. In PC use, this is of little-to-no concern, but now the Firecuda 530 NVMe SSD is pretty much the ‘score-to-beat’ on PS5 SSD upgrades, this is an important consideration for some. NAND is ok to get a little warm in use, but the controller needs to maintain that lower temp of between 50-70 degrees to run fine and under 50 Degrees to be at it’s best for performance and durability. So lots of warm NAND surrounding the controller can raise tips a few degrees. In a PC case environment, the Firecuda 530 SSD will have plenty of airflow, however, the PS5 (a target user market that this SSD is aiming at in a big way in 2022) uses a close M.2 slot that has a cover lid and noticeably less active airflow to run over the heatsink.



The Seagate Firecuda 530 Special Edition fits in the PS5 SSD expansion slot perfectly fine and is wide enough to connect with the air slots, whilst still being compact enough to allow the m.2 cover to be applied inside the PS5. When the PS5 system was booted, we got a benchmark (not to be confused with PC benchmarks, as the PS5 as a different range of tests/priorities). Three tests were performed and this 1TB benchmark was around 6,250MB/s Read on average. This is very respectable for a 1TB SSD and the typically performance of a Phison E18 SSD at 1TB is around 6,100MB/s. Larger capacities such as TB or 4TB tend to hit 6,500-6,00MB/s as they have a great distribution of NAND and more DRAM.



As you would expect, the Seagate Firecuda 530 appears immediately in the PS5 storage manager for use.



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Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD Review – Hardware Specifications


Below is a breakdown of the hardware specifications of the Firecuda 530. There are a number of key factors here that really need your attention!

Drive Firecuda 530 500GB Firecuda 530 1000GB Firecuda 530 2000GB Firecuda 530 4000GB (Regular)
Price 500GB – $149.99 1TB – $239.99 2TB – $489.99 4TB – $949.99
Warranty, Limited (years) 5+3yr Rescue 5+3yr Rescue 5+3yr Rescue 5+3yr Rescue
PCIe Gen M.2 PCIe Gen 4×4 PCIe Gen 4×4 PCIe Gen 4×4 PCIe Gen 4×4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4
NAND Type 176L 3D NAND 176L 3D NAND 176L 3D NAND 176L 3D NAND
Controller E18-PS018 E18-PS018 E18-PS018 E18-PS018
Performance ZP500GM3A013 ZP1000GM3A013 ZP2000GM3A013 ZP4000GM3A013
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7000MB 7300MB 7300MB 7300MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 3000MB 6000MB 6900MB 6900MB
IOPS ZP500GM3A013 ZP1000GM3A013 ZP2000GM3A013 ZP4000GM3A013
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 400,000 800,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 700,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
DWPD 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
MTBF, hours 1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000

Now, the above is clearly a little more technical than many gamers would like. Obviously, the general performance of the Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD is going to be high (as detailed in the performance tests later in the review), however, its sequential Read performance is actually not too far ahead of the likes of the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 released some 5-6 months ago, so why should gamers spend more on this drive? Well, a lot of the more technical aspects that focus on SUSTAINED performance and DURABILITY make up a lot of this. Likewise, this architecture and its impact on Sequential WRITE is also something to consider. Write activity in console/pc gaming of a noticeably smaller fraction of activity over Read, approx 85% Read and 15% Write over time. However this is changing all the time, as games are being regularly streamed or shared, as well as world creation games and create-your-own-adventure sandbox titles growing quite significantly, smaller but sustained write activity running parallel with read is an important consideration. Let’s take a closer look at those key specifications and translate them into normal speak!


Hardware Focus of the Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD Series


The first big thing to focus on with the Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD is the controller. This is the brains of the SSD and in the case of this SSD, it’s a good one! The Phison E18 has already featured on a few other SSD releases in early 2021 to wide praise and given Seagate’s history of using their controllers right up to the E16 in the previous drive in this series, it was always going to be their SSD controller of choice here. This controller has some remarkably high bandwidth capabilities that the rest of the SSD can stretch it’s muscles a bit in order to try and saturate! Supporting up to a maximum 7,400MB/s and 7,100MB/s sequential Read/Write and up to 1Million 4K Read/Write IOPS, the Phison Controller is pushed quite far to it’s limits at the 4TB Firecuda 530 model. It’s a shame that Seagate does not have it’s own in house teams as WD/Samsung do, but the Phison E18 is still an industry leader right now and an inevitable choice by the brand.



Alongside this controller, the NAND featured on the Seagate Firecuda 530 is quite a top-end choice too. As mentioned, the Phison E18 controller has been featured on a number of other solutions in the last 6+ months, however, the Firecuda 530 arrives with an extra advantage with Micron 176 layered 3D TLC NAND. This is very important, as this massive jump over the bulk of other SSDs that arrive with 96L NAND allows better-sustained performance through the drives lifetime and (more importantly) a MUCH higher endurance rating. With most other M.2 PCIe4 NVMe SSDs arriving with 0.3 or 0.38 drive writes per day, this one is rated at 0.7 DWPD. Even if you are not planning on hammered this drive daily, that only means this SSD NAND will last even longer and will in all likelihood massively outline whatever system it is installed within.



Alongside the controller and NAND, the Firecuda 530 features DD4 DRAM/memory. This scales in capacity alongside each storage tier of the series. Another interesting thing of note on the Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD drive physically is that regardless of whether you chooses the 500GB, 1TB, 2TB or 4TB, they ALL arrive at 2280 length. This is to be expected on the smaller capacities, but the 4TB in particular managing to hit that cap without resorting to a 22110 (without compromising the NAND storage to QLC etc) is impressive indeed. This does mean that the 2TB and 4TB model then need to be double-sided drives (something to factor in at the heatsink level on more compact PC and console systems like PS5) but nevertheless, only 2-3 brands including Seagate include a 4TB drive at this architecture and performance threshold.



As mentioned (about a million times, I know) the Firecuda 530 features M.2 PCIe4 architecture, arriving in NVMe 1.4 revision. This is an important detail as, although there are currently a large number of PCIe4 M.2 SSDs on the market, some are using older revisions. This can be updated in some cases, but it is by no means consumer-friendly/universal. Overall, you really cannot fault the hardware inside/onboard the Seagate Firecuda 530, as it is still by far one of the highest performing sequential Read and Write drives in the market over many other M.2 NVMe PCIe 4 SSDs released in the last 6-8 months. Before we go into the full testing, however, it is worth taking a moment to look closely at the reported performance benchmarks of the Seagate Firecuda 530, as although the performance is good, there are areas such as IOPS and endurance when compared with its main rivals that make quite a stark contrast.

Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD Review – Official Stats First


Before we conduct our own testing on this SSD, Let’s take a closer look at the reported specifications and benchmarks first. The Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD arrives in four capacities at 500GB,1TB, 2TB and 4TB (with the Beskar Ingot, Mandalorian branding only available on the 500GB and 1TB model). The Prices currently are a little inconsistent (with each higher capacity tier actually having a higher price per GB – quite unusual) likely due to the hardware shortages, the Pandemic, Chia has affected SSD availability in the last 24 months and most recently the announcement that PS5 supports this SSD and it has increased the current price of most models around 20%! Below is a breakdown of how each Firecuda 530 SSD compares:

Drive Firecuda 530 500GB

Firecuda 530 1000GB

Firecuda 530 2000GB

Firecuda 530 4000GB

Price 500GB – $149.99 1TB – $239.99 2TB – $489.99 4TB – $949.99
Warranty, Limited (years) 5+3yr Rescue 5+3yr Rescue 5+3yr Rescue 5+3yr Rescue
PCIe Gen M.2 PCIe Gen 4×4 PCIe Gen 4×4 PCIe Gen 4×4 PCIe Gen 4×4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4
NAND Type 176L 3D NAND 176L 3D NAND 176L 3D NAND 176L 3D NAND
Controller E18-PS018 E18-PS018 E18-PS018 E18-PS018
Performance ZP500GM3A013 ZP1000GM3A013 ZP2000GM3A013 ZP4000GM3A013
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7000MB 7300MB 7300MB 7300MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 3000MB 6000MB 6900MB 6900MB
IOPS ZP500GM3A013 ZP1000GM3A013 ZP2000GM3A013 ZP4000GM3A013
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 400,000 800,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 700,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
DWPD 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7
MTBF, hours 1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000 1,800,000

The first very clear thing is that the performance clearly scales quite hugely as you go through each capacity tier. The 500GB model features a rather underwhelming 3000GB sequential write compared with the more than double 6,000MB/s and 6,900MB/s reported on the rest of the series, but the sequential read performance of all capacities is still reported at 7,000MB/s (with a peak of 7,300MB/s at the highest end). Likewise, the 4K IOPS scales noticeably through the tiers, with the 500GB being the only version that does not break the 1,000,000 IOPS rating. Understandably this is an architecture/physical NAND scale limitation, but it is definitely worth highlighting, as many buyers who are looking at the Seagate Firecuda 530 series and are somewhat intimidated by the higher price tag over other M.2 PCIe4 NVMe SSDs (but still want the endurance and durability of use) might scale to the 500GB model and then be unaware they are getting a very different ‘write’ experience. That said, modern PC and console gamers who are going to use the Seagate Firecuda 530 are going to largely need to focus on Read activity. For a better understanding of the most commonly used terms in the word of SSDs, take a moment to watch my video below that breaks down all of the most complex and repeated terms and anacronyms into plain, chewable English!



So, now you know the hardware specifications, the performance benchmarks and exactly what makes the Seagate Firecuda 530 a particularly advantageous drive. However, there are quite a few drives n the shelves right now that are shoving for gamer’s attention and for both PS5 and PC Gamers alike, there are 2 main alternative drives, the WD Black SN850 and Samsung 980 Pro. These two alternative drives have been available to consumers for well over 12 months and in that time have dominated this tier of the storage market significantly. The WD and Samsung gamer SSD arrived on the market last year at a lower price point than the Seagate Firecuda 530, as well as had plenty of time to get more flexible with that price in the meantime. So, with the Seagate SSD arriving at a higher price point, they can only really win on the subject of VALUE, not the price tag. Ultimately, what you GET for your money in terms of performance, responsiveness, service and (Seagate hope) durability. Below is how these three SSDs compare at each available capacity tier:

Brand/Series

 

Seagate Firecuda 530

WD Black SN850

Samsung 980 Pro

500GB Model ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0 MZ-V8P500BW
Price in $ and $ $139 / £119 $119 / £99 $119 / £109
1TB Model ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0 MZ-V8P1T0BW
Price in $ and $ $239 / £199 $249 / £169 $209 / £179
2TB Model ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0 MZ-V8P2T0BW
Price in $ and $ $419 / £379 $399 / £339 $390 / £369
4TB Model ZP4000GM3A013   N/A
Price in $ and $ $949 / £769 N/A N/A
Brand/Series Seagate Firecuda 530 WD Black SN850 Samsung 980 Pro
PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.3c
NAND 3D TLC Micron B47R 176L BiCS4 96L TLC 3D TLC
Max Capacity 4TB – Double Sided 2TB 2TB
Controller Phison E18-PS5018 WD_BLACK G2 Custom Elpis
Warranty 5yr + Data Recovery 3yrs 5yr 5yr
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,800,000 1,750,000 1,500,000
DWPD 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD 0.3DWPD
500GB Model ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0 MZ-V8P500BW
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7000MB 7000MB 6900MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 3000MB 4100MB 5000MB
1TB Model ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0 MZ-V8P1T0BW
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7300MB 7000MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6000MB 5300MB 5000MB
2TB Model ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0 MZ-V8P2T0BW
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7300MB 7000MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6900MB 5100MB 5100MB
4TB Model ZP4000GM3A013   N/A
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7300MB N/A N/A
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6900MB N/A N/A
Brand/Series Seagate Firecuda 530 WD Black SN850 Samsung 980 Pro
500GB Model ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0 MZ-V8P500BW
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 400,000 1,000,000 800,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 700,000 680,000 1,000,000
1TB Model ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0 MZ-V8P1T0BW
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 800000 1,000,000 1000000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1000000 720,000 1000000
2TB Model ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0 MZ-V8P2T0BW
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,000,000 710,000 1,000,000
4TB Model ZP4000GM3A013   N/A
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,000,000 N/A N/A
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,000,000 N/A N/A

So, when looking at these drives, we have to look at the advantages and disadvantages of the Seagate Firecuda 530 vs the WD Black SN850 and Samsung 980 Pro. They break down as follows:


+ Highest Peak Performance at 1TB and 2TB


+ 4 Terabyte Option


+ More Than Double The Reported Endurance & Durability than WD/Samsung


+ Inclusive Rescue Data Recovery Service


– More Expensive at ALL Capacities


– 500GB Model Has Noticeably Lower Seq Write than 500GB WD/Samsung


– Not 100% Developed In-house


Overall, I do genuinely think that Seagate and the Firecuda 530 win overall on points versus the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850. It definitely costs more, but you seemingly get quite a lot for your money. That does mean that you need to price these SSDs in terms of their lifetime utility and value (which many might not want or need to), but Seagate does make a compelling argument here. Additionally, the available 4TB drive will please a lot of professional gamers, as that is quite a lot of space to play with – albeit at quite an intimidating price tag! Let’s get the Seagate Firecuda 530 in the test machine:

Testing the Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB m.2 PCIE4 NVMe SSD


When testing the Seagate Firecuda 530, I wanted to perform a good balance of consumer-accessible tests. So the results below come from testing this 1TB SSD on a PC system and loading game tests from a PS5 system (for those considering this SSD for a console gaming system).


PC Test Machine:

  • Windows 10 Pro Desktop System
  • Intel i5 11400 Rocket Lake – 6-Core 2.6/4.4Ghz
  • 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory
  • Intel B560M mATX Motherboard
  • OS Storage, Seagate Firecuda 120 SSD
  • Test SSD connected to Secondary PCIe Gen 4 M.2 Slot

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The Drive was first checked on Crystal Disk to check that it was clearly accessible, utilizing the PCIe Gen 4 bandwidth interface fully and was in good, healthy working order.



The PC Tests of the Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB SSD included ATTO Diskbench Mark, CrystalDisk, AS SSD and spikes of AJA Disk Speed Test (over time).

Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB – 1GB Test


Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB – 4GB


Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB – 16GB


Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB – 64GB



 

Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB – ATTO 256MB Test

Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB – ATTO 1GB Test

Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB – ATTO 4GB Test


 

Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB – AS SSD Tests


We performed three different file type tests in AS SSD, 1GB, 3GB and 5GB. They were as follows:

AS SSD 1GB TEST FILE

AS SSD 3GB TEST FILE

AS SSD 5GB TEST FILE


Ordinarily, I would introduce tests like BlackMagic and AJA into the mix here, but even a short burst of testing on an NVMe like this would over saturate the cache memory on board. Nevertheless, in the short term we still could ascertain the reported performance on 1GB, 4GB and 16GB file testing was:

Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB 1GB AJA File Test Results (Max)


5816MB/s Read & 5383MB/s Write


Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB 4GB AJA File Test Results (Max)


5829MB/s Read & 5672MB/s Write


Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB 16GB AJA File Test Results (Max)


6008MB/s Read & 5427MB/s Write


Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB – Playstation 5 Load Times


Below I tested 4 different games on the Playstation 5, with each game being stored on the m.2 SSD expansion slot populated with the Seagate Firecuda 530. In three out of four cases, the game loaded 1 Sec + faster on the Seagate:


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SSD NEXT TO BOX RANGE

Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD Review – Conclusion



I mean, there are two ways to look at this SSD. On the one hand, you can judge the Seagate Firecuda 530 Beskar Ingot Drive on its looks (which I am fairly certain I was always told not to) and if you are even slightly following the Mandalorian on Disney plus, this is a lovely presented drive. However, the more practical of us will question the long term value of a beautiful SSD that we are going to immediately enclose inside our PC/PS5 systems, never to be seen again. It’s a fair point, but to some buyers (perhaps those that favour LEDs or hyper metallic ‘future’ design on their memory heatsinks or steampunk esc internal cooling) this small detail will be enough for them to spend a pinch more on this special edition of the drive. It’s no coincidence the presentation of this drive right out of the box differed wildly from that of the more traditional component kit approach of the regular Firecuda 530 SSD. But dig deeper and what you find is the same incredible SSD from Seagate that still continues to impress. The price tag of the special edition Firecuda 530 is still higher than most out there (even the regular version is priced some 10-15% higher than others in the market), but you still need to factor in that this SSD is capable of hitting performance and durability figures that are still unchallenged in the market right now and Seagate seemingly know that! Until Seagate decide whether to release a more affordable alternative to the Firecuda 530 SSD (Firecuda 535 or 525 maybe?), this is always going to be a pricey drive (whether you opt into the Mandalorian version or not) and if you are running a system that can hit those lofty benchmarks it can achieve or plan on using it extensively without fear of durability, I STILL think it is worth the asking price. Just keep in mind that the additional highs that this Drive is capable of hitting are going to need other serious horsepower under the bonnet too! Also, remember that the Firecuda 530 is available with the standard EK heatsink and a non-heatsink version and you can say £25-50 respectively on the terabyte.

PROs of the Seagate Firecuda 530 CONs of the Seagate Firecuda 530
I mean – It looks ridiculously cool!

Highest PCIe 4×4 M.2 Performance Right Now


176 Layer 3D TLC NAND is still a rare treat in 2022


Best Example of Phison E18 Performance


Highest Endurance PCIe Gen 4×4 M.2 SSD Right Now


Inclusive Data Recovery Services


PS5 Compatibility Fully Confirmed


Available in up to 4TB

Costs more than most

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Best Budget/Value PS5 SSDs to Buy in 2022

4 février 2022 à 01:06

A Guide to the Best Budget SSD to Buy Right Now for PS5

Ever since Sony enabled the ability to expand the storage of your PS5 via the installation of an m.2 NVMe SSD, many users have found themselves having to very quickly learn about this relatively new, high performance and (sadly) VERY expensive form of storage media! SSDs, or Solid State Drives, have existed for the better part of two decades and although the concept itself of data living on static chips (and not the moving parts and platters of a hard drive) has changed very little, the execution and act of transferring of the data from the SSD to your Playstation has changed MASSIVELY. Indeed, SSDs are one of the fastest evolving parts of the tech industry, largely down to the likes of AI-based processes needing faster and faster access to storage media, as well as internet speeds and the power of pocket devices scaling up wildly in recent years. Now, many users (justifiably) will be thinking “Hang on! I just spent a small fortune on the PS5 and NOW I have to spend hundreds more on increasing the storage?!?!?” – Unfortunately, yes. The sad truth is that the days of memory cards of the PS1/PSX are long, long gone. The 825GB (technically 600GB+ after baseline software and updates) can quickly disappear when you look at some modern games (even PS4 era) such as RDR2, GTAV, Cyberpunk, COD Warzone, etc that can weigh in at 100GB a piece with the latest patches! So, if you are even a slightly higher than average PS5 gamer that bounces between 4-5 games and don’t fancy re-downloading periodically, then you are going to have to look at an m.2 storage upgrade! HOWEVER, there is actually a surprisingly wide range of SSDs that are compatible with PS5 and although some are certainly of a higher performance or build quality than others, it does mean that some SSDs can be 50-60% lower in price than others if you shop smart. Today I am looking at the best Budget SSDs that are compatible with PS5. By ‘Budget’, I don’t mean purely ‘cheap’ (though one or two are surprisingly low price), I mean good value for money, whilst still providing a price tag that will not cost as much as the console itself! But before we go any further, let me talk about how these 5 SSDs were chosen.

What Do All the Best Budget SSD for PS5 Have in Common?

As mentioned, there are quite ALOT of SSDs that are compatible with PS5. Indeed, I have made a FULL LIST OF PS5 COMPATIBLE SSDs HERE that you can look through that will details. However, there are around 60-70 different preferred SSDs that are compatible (with small variations in their ranges) that already makes narrowing down the best budget SSD for a PS5 storage upgrade tough. Additionally, sony has issued recommended requirements for SSDs in your upgrades that, although clear on paper, are not quite as straightforward as you might think. For a start, it is recommended to opt for SSDs that have a maximum read speed of above 5,500MB/s. However, this has gradually been confused by the PS5 having it’s own internal benchmark system when you boot the system up with a SSD inside that completely differs from the PC benchmark that is supplied by the brand (due to the SSD benchmarks from brands like WD, Seagate and Samsung for example, being measured with tools such as ATTO, CrystalDisk and AS SSD – All REALLY useful tools, but not applicable to the PS5 benchmark. The result is that a number of 7,000MB/s+ SSDs (such as the Samsung 980 Pro and Gigabyte M480) only benchmarking 5,500-5,600MB/s, whereas lower-spec 5,000MB/s rated SSD like the Firecuda 530 from Seagate get PS5 benchmarked at 5,990MB/s. Therefore the minimum recommendations from Sony are quite grey in their rigidity. Luckily I have tested practically all the currently available SSDs that are compatible with PS5 (only 2-3 missing at the start of 2022) and I have a much more detailed breakdown of what works and what doesn’t over on youtube. So, for this best budget SSD for PS5 guide, the SSDs covered/considered all feature the following:

  • For an SSD for PS5 to be considered ‘Budget’ or Value’, it needs to be UNDER $129 for 1TB and UNDER $149 for 1TB ONLY if it includes a heatsink (before Jan 4th 2022, time of writing)
  • They have to be PCIe Gen 4×4 and TLC or MLC NAND. Any SSD that is PCIe 3 or lower will not work in the PS5 and any SSD with QLC NAND will have too low a performance/durability rating to be a good value purchase for your PS5 SSD
  • All Budget SSDs in this guide need to be available to buy worldwide. I won’t consider any ‘regional exclusives’ (such as several China/Japan only drives) as this can prove problematic for any warranty/repairs
  • All SSDs have to feature at least 5 years of warranty or longer. Any less and it means the brand indicates a lack of long term commitment to your SSD and investment (IMO)
  • ALL Budget SSDs need to be rated at higher than 5,500MB/s on the PS5’s own internal Benchmark at boot

And that is it. Those provisos mean that the list of 60-70 types of SSD that are compatible with the PS5 expansion storage bay can be narrowed down into about 30 – which is still quite a lot. So, let’s start to go through the best budget SSDs for your console, but we will be discussing a lot of different SSD terminology, so as a reminder (so you can understand what I am talking about when discussing the SSD’s strengths and weaknesses), here is a guide to those common SSD terms for guidance (in video and in text!).

Important Terms to Know about SSDs for PS5 in this Guide

GB and TB = GB and TB stand for Gigabyte and Terabyte, those are levels of storage capacity and the more you have, the more storage you will end up being able to use. For clarification, 1024 Megabytes = 1GB, 1024GB = 1 Terabyte (TB). It is recommended to upgrade your PS5 with at least 1TB at the start.

Seq Read and Seq Write = These are measurements that are used to define the maximum speed of the SSD conventionally. Although Sequential speed is less realistic in the real world. Sequential (in the context of SSDs and gaming) corresponds to the speed of moving BIG, blocks/blobs of connected data. However most modern games are made of BIG data chunks AND much smaller and random data when games are playing (data that is needed/loaded mid-game, all the time and particularly common in open-world/sandbox/online multiplayer games. Additionally, READ activity is when data is being pulled FROM the SSD and WRITE activity is when data is being ADDED to the SSD. The PS5 (like most consoles) spends more than 95% of it’s time WRITING, so this is the priority (but this might change in the PS5’s lifespan and games development)

Random 4K Read/Write IOPS = IOPS, or individual input and outputs per second is the measurement of the maximum number of smallest actions (4K in size) and measured as a random access stat, these figures are used to determine how well an SSD behaves at accessing sporadic/random small data and processes as quickly as possible. This is often measured in hundreds of thousands per second with modern NVMe SSDs, these are also separated into read and write activity

Heatsink =This is a metal plate that can be attached (with a suitable material in between such as a silicone gel, thermal plastic pad or thermal paste) that allows the great heat that is generated by the SSD and it’s controller (the brains of the drive) to be withdrawn/dissipated away into the metal heatsink plate and then released into the air. The cooler an SSD (mainly the controller) is kept, the better performance you can expect. Some SSDs arrive with an SSD included, whereas some others are a separate 3rd party purchase. It is recommended to opt for SSDs that have heatsink’s attached in advance/by the brand, as these will be more expertly applied, will be designed around a specific SSD physical build and are likely applied in a dust/air controlled environment. There are also several PS5 designed SSD heatsink’s in the market from brands such as Sabrent, PNY, Elecgear and more than are specifically shaped for installation and heat dissipation on the PS5.

DWPD and TBW = Drive Writes per Day (DWPD) and Terabytes Written (TBW) are figures that are used to determine the lifespan of an SSD if it is used constantly over 5yrs (typically). This figure means that as long as you do not write more than X amount of data to the drive per day or exceed that total amount of data written over 5 years (taking into account that you would be deleting and adding data on rotation over and over), then the SSD will work fine and will maintain the promised benchmarks. Modern NVMe SSDs can get very hot and are built around a cell material for the storage known as NAND which will very, VERY slow wear away over the years as it is written too over and over again. Few gamers will actually hit/exceed these numbers, but never the less, the higher the DWPD and TBW of an SSD, the more robust and enduring it will be throughout the time it is working in your PS5.

Warranty = Much like the appliances in your home or work (TVs, Phones, Laptops, Printers, etc), modern SSDs also feature a commitment from the manufacturer that the product will last a certain amount of time if it was used constantly/reasonably and the brand will repair/replace an SSD if it does not continue to operate over that period. Most SSDs will have 5 years warranty by default, but so go as high as 7 or even 10 years at extremes.

So, that is the SSDD terminology cleared up. Let’s discuss the very best budget SSD you should buy for your PS5 storage expansion in 2022.

Best Performance Budget SSD for PS5 – The Addlink A95 A-Series

1000GB-4TB, 7400/7000MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 1M/1M Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, Includes Heatsink, 0.4DWPD,  5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $169

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

YouTube PS5 Games Tests – Watch

Few SSDs that I have featured here on NASCompares have left me with the consistently please tone that the Addlink A Game A95 SSD has. Whether you are looking at this as an SSD upgrade for your PS5 or your Gaming PC, there is very little to be unhappy about here as a gamer. The Build quality of both the SSD itself, as well as the heatsink and choices made at the hardware architecture level are all high-end choices that do not leave you with a feeling unsatisfied. When choosing to upgrade your SSD, it can be easy to always opt for the much bigger know brands like WD or Seagate, thinking that there is a clear reason for their higher price.

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As true as that can be sometimes, in the case of the Addlin kA95 you have an SSD that takes advantage of the same hardware choices that those bigger brands office, includes a high-quality heatsink, arrives preattached in a very sturdy build and at no point in the testing did we feel that a power or memory bottleneck appears. It might lack some of the enterprise bells and whistles of more enterprise-level SSDs, but the A95 is not targeting flash, fabric or caching – it is designed for gamers and at this, it is an unquestionable success. Keep an eye on this one!

SPEED - 9/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 7/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.2
PROS
👍🏻Genuinely Impressive Performance (not just empty benchmarks)
👍🏻Very nice heatsink and thermal application internally
👍🏻
👍🏻Low-Temperature Reading even in high use
👍🏻
👍🏻One of the highest Read/Write Performers available
👍🏻
👍🏻Use of Micron 176L TLC NAND is a rare treat in Oct ’21
👍🏻
👍🏻Cracks the 1 Million IOPS Mark
👍🏻
👍🏻Higher Durability than WD Black SN850 and Samsung 980 Pro
CONS
👎🏻More Expensive than WD Black SN850 & Samsung 980 Pro
👎🏻Not Quite as Durable as Seagate Firecuda 530

 


Best Priced Budget SSD for PS5 – The Sabrent Rocket PCIe 4.0

500GB-2TB, 5000/4400MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 750K/750K Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, Optional Heatsink, 0.9DWPD,  5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $89+

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

YouTube PS5 Games Tests – Watch

In many ways, the Sabrent Rocket PCIe 4.0 is a victim of the brands own rising success (a bit overly flattering, but hear me out). Whether through accident or design, the fast-paced establishing of their range of PCIe 4.0 SSDs that cover budget buyers to Professional buyers has led to the Sabrent Rocket PCIe 4.0 SSD being somewhat overshadowed by the Rocket 4 Plus SSD. Had the numerous market-changing events of the last 18 months not happened, then the pricing structure between these three SSD tiers would be must more distinguishable.

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As it stands, now the Sabrent Rocket PCIe 4.0 is very close to the Rocket 4 Plus and unless a buyer is highly concerned with durability (0.9 DWPD vs 0.3 DWPD), it makes spending a tiny bit more and opting for the premium class drive a no brainer. That said, judging the Sabrent Rocket PCIe 4.0 SSD on its own merits, it is another solid release from the brand. It still features the strange warranty registration policy of the rest of the brand’s releases (nope, still can’t get behind that idea!), but the rest of the drive is exactly what I want in an all-purpose m.2 NVMe SSD. If you see this drive on sale, then do not hesitate to snap it up.

SPEED - 7/10
HARDWARE - 6/10
PERFORMANCE - 7/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 8/10


7.2
PROS
👍🏻Still Impressive Performance even a year since it’s release
👍🏻High Durability of over 0.9 DWPD
👍🏻
👍🏻Good Drive for those with Systems that cannot reach 7000MB/s Cap tier
👍🏻
👍🏻Good Build Quality and Presentation
👍🏻
👍🏻Includes Acronis True Image to clone/move OS to drive
👍🏻
👍🏻PS5 SSD Expansion Drive Support (Negotiable – check later software releases)
CONS
👎🏻Overshadowed by the Rocket 4 Plus SSD
👎🏻No 4TB Option (unless the Q4 / Rocket 4 Plus Series)
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👎🏻SSD Pricing Madness in 2020/2021 hurts its appeal

 


Best Value Budget SSD for PS5 – The Seagate Firecuda 520

500GB-2TB, 5000/4400MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 750K Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, Optional Heatsink, 0.98DWPD,  5yr Warranty, 3yr Data Recovery Inc.

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $79+

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks (FC530) – LINK

Seagate Data Recovery Demonstration – Watch

YouTube PS5 Games Tests – Watch

The FireCuda 520 even undercuts the Samsung 970 PRO’s pricing. However, while the FireCuda 520 one-ups those drives in the pricing department, similar SSDs from the competition are significantly cheaper. At the launch at the start of 2020, the 1TB FireCuda 520 costs $249.99, while the Corsair Force MP600 and Team Group Cardea Zero Z440 both cost just $189.99. Even Gigabyte’s Aorus NVMe Gen4 SSD is $40 less, and the Patriot Viper VP4100 is $30 cheaper at the time of writing. Not only that, these SSDs even come with heatsinks preinstalled, making them tough competition for this SSD.

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If on the other hand, you’re one of the vast majority stuck back on plain ‘ole PCIe 3 (sigh), the FireCuda 520 is still worth considering as a premium drive. However, the price to performance delta in the M.2 NVMe market has shifted significantly recently due to such drives as the Addlink S70, which offers the same subjective everyday performance for half the price.

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


8.4
PROS
👍🏻Much improved Price Point / Value in 2022
👍🏻Inclusive 3yrs Data Recovery Services Inc
👍🏻Exceeds the brand\'s own reported Seq Read
👍🏻Good Operational Temperature
👍🏻PS5 Operation confirmed and the system Benchmarks 5,600MB/s
👍🏻Great 0.9-1.0 DWPD Durability
CONS
👎🏻Overshadowed by the Seagate Firecuda 530
👎🏻In need of a refresh/upgrade for late 2022/2023

 


Best Build Budget SSD for PS5 – The TeamGroup T-Force Cardea A440

1-2TB, 7400/7000MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 1M/750K Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, 2x Included Heatsink, 0.38DWPD,  5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $159+

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

YouTube PS5 Games Tests – Watch

Teamgroup’s T-Force Cardea A440 M.2 SSD provides top-level performance in gaming, as well as productivity and day-to-day use. Overall low latency keeps things snappy in all use cases but really helps at lower queue depth as you would get in typical use. The A440 is going to be more than ready for Microsoft’s Direct Storage when games start taking advantage of it on the PC platform, so it’s not a bad time to throw one in your system if you already need an upgrade. If you aren’t quite on PCIe 4.0 just yet, you’ll still get great performance with some extra bandwidth waiting for your next upgrade.

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I wasn’t blown away by the Graphene and copper heat spreader as it gave slightly worse temps than just the bare drive. If your motherboard has an integrated heatsink, it should work fine, but the included heatsink gives excellent results if you need it. It’s worth noting that even with the warmer temperatures, the drive did not appear to actually get hot enough to throttle so putting this in an SFF machine or laptop shouldn’t be an issue. Overall The Cardea A440 provides Enthusiast performance at a more mainstream price and would be an excellent choice for anyone needing bigger and better storage they don’t have to wait on.

SPEED - 9/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 7/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 10/10


8.6
PROS
👍🏻Includes two different heat dissipation options (Heatshield and surrounding custom heatsink)
👍🏻Impressive on-board cache recovery
👍🏻
👍🏻Good Price Point vs WD & Seagate Options
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👍🏻Genuinely Impressive Performance for the price tag
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👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Confirmed
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👍🏻Cardea Series is pretty varied
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👍🏻4K Random IOPS exceeded the stats provided by the brand (a rare treat)
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👍🏻The 1TB rated 6,550MB/s on the PS5
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👍🏻The Heatsink aligns with the PS5 Vent panels internally, which will be beneficial for airflow
CONS
👎🏻The retail package is a little underwhelming
👎🏻Graphene Heatsink/Shield is single-use

 


Best Package/Bundle Budget SSD for PS5 – The Patriot Viper VP4300

1-2TB, 7400/6600MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 800K Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, Includes 2x Heatsink, 0.5DWPD,  5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $179+

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

YouTube PS5 Games Tests – Watch

The Patriot Viper VP4300 is not the lowest priced SSD on the market right now, but then again it is by now means the most expensive either! Sitting neatly in price in the middle of the pack, this is bolstered in value with a great build quality, flexibility in deployment, great presentation (leaving you with confidence in the brand) and overall zero doubt in the abilities of the SSD. In fact, in several areas of testing, the SSD comfortably surpassed a large number of the brand’s own reported maximums (i.e surpassing the 1 Million IOPS mark several times, rather than hitting the 800K wall the brand stated). Add to this that Viper VP4300 has a surprisingly underused Innogrit controller that few companies have shown off and what you have here is a very unique SSD indeed that stated out from the increasingly dense PCIe4 SSD crowd.

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Even durability at a reported 0.5 DWPD puts it comfortably ahead in lifespan ahead of the majority of its competitors (don’t forget those two heat dissipation options included too) Only arriving in two capacities is a big of a bummer and the price tag is still a degree higher than many might be comfortable parting with, when more budget-friendly drives arrive on the market each week, but if you are willing to shell out the few extra quid, you won’t regret it.

SPEED - 9/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
DURABILITY - 8/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 8/10


8.4
PROS
👍🏻Inclusive Two Heatsinks are Good Value
👍🏻Genuinely Impressive Performance
👍🏻
👍🏻Excellent Value (Especially With the Reported Performance)
👍🏻
👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Confirmed
👍🏻
👍🏻Innogrit Controller is Unique vs the many Phison E18 SSDs out there
👍🏻
👍🏻Outpaces the majority of other 1TB PCIe4 SSDs out there
👍🏻
👍🏻Excellent on-board Temp Control
👍🏻
👍🏻Very Well Presented
CONS
👎🏻Nether inclusive Heatsink is pre-applied
👎🏻Only two capacities are available
👎🏻
👎🏻More Expensive Than the likes of the WD Black or Samsung 980

 


 

What is the Best PS5 SSD Heatsink – The Do’s and Don’ts

Most M.2 NVMe SSD that you might look at for your PS5 will NOT arrive with a heatsink. Some brands do include optional heatsinks for $20-40, but there will likely be PC-Grade gamer heatsinks and much, much too tall for the allocated PS5 Expansion storage slot for upgrades. Sony provided a handy upgrade guide for how big the NVMe SSD needs to be, alongside details of the type that is recommended.

Now, there are ALOT of M.2 NVMe SSD Heatsinks on the market – THOUSANDS! So it is important to know which ones are compatible and which ones you should completely avoid. Heatsink AND SSD together should NOT exceed in millimeters 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H) and in inches 4.33in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.442in (H). Another big thing to remember is that some SSD heatsinks use rubber bands to hold the M.2 NVMe SSD and the HEATSINK together. I would strongly recommend avoiding these kinds of heatsinks as they have a tendency not to last vast amounts of time and the silicon rubber bands (if produced poorly) can wear away. I strongly recommend a met surrounding heatsink case/enclosure like the one below, as it has 2 layers of internal thermal padding, the metal surrounding the whole SSD (assisting heat dissipation) and is screwed in place. Last point. The majority of NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen 4×4 SSDs right now are going to be 2280 (that is the length of the SSD), as this tier of SSD have only JUST been released in the last 6-9 months. However, they WILL get longer (to accommodate more storage cells and bigger capacity) so the fact the PS5 supports up to 22110 lengths SSDs is quite handy. If you are reading this guide much later in 2021/2022, then DO CHECK that the SSD  you are installing in your PS5 is 2280 or 22110, as the heatsink will also need to be this length too (as the screw holds an SSD Board mount need to match). This is much, MUCH less of a concern in 2021 however, so you can ignore this right now. So,  there you have it, those are the do’s and don’ts for buying a heatsink for your PS5 SSD upgrade. Below are 5 great examples of M.2 NVMe SSD Heatsinks that will fit in your PS5 Expansion slot. They vary in price, design, height, colour and density. Take a look:

 

 

UPDATED – The Recommended Ones Below Keep Selling out, so I have added more!

Sabrent PS5 SSD Designed Heatsink – $19.99

  • DESIGNED FOR PS5: Engineered to fit perfectly and easily into the PS5 SSD expansion slot. The installation has never been easier on the PS5
  • REVOLUTIONARY COOLING: Made from High-Quality CNC’d aluminium, the Sabrent PS5 Heatsink was specifically designed to maximize cooling performance and simplify the installation
  • UPGRADE YOUR PS5! Rather than creating a heatsink that would only trap the heat in the metal cover, we designed a heatsink that replaces the native PS5 cover. This allows for better cooling using the native fan as well as being a larger heatsink
  • INDUSTRIAL QUALITY: This SSD heatsink method also uses Sabrent’s “Sandwich Design” which ensures even pressure throughout the SSD for efficient and consistent heat transfer unlike methods used by other brands
  • CONVENIENCE: Comes with an installation guide as well as screws and thermal tape for easy convenient installation

ElecGear PS5 SSD Designed Heatsink – $34.99

  • [PS5 NVMe Heatsink] – The patent-pending cooler is exclusively designed for PlayStation 5 internal NVMe SSD. It features a heat pipe and a huge solid aluminum heatsink. The high performance comes from the numerous cooling fins and the delicate utilization of air circulation sucked by PS5 main cooling fan. The streamlined profile is a snag fit with the middle frame of PS5 chassis. The heatsink is the ultimate cooling solution to the heat management of extreme Gen4 gaming SSD
  • [Heat Pipe and Thermal Pads] – A 5mm heatpipe seamlessly embedded in the lower aluminum deck. The passive design with no cooling fan is aiming for being totally silent. The heat produced by SSD will be absorbed by the heat pipe and effectively conducted to the extensive aluminum fins. Two pieces pre-divided thermal pads are included for excellent heat connection. 0.8mm and 1.5mm thickness option adapts to any PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • [Improved Mounting Post] – 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
  • [Compatibility Note] – The cooler fits both PS5 Ultra HD and Digital editions. In terms of hardware, it’s compatible with any standard NVMe M.2 solid state drive. Fully tested with WD Black SN850, Samsung 980 Pro and Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0. It supports 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 form factor and also works with 22110 in the future. Please be noticed: The SSD maker’s thin heatsink should be removed before installing, for example, Corsair-Force MP600 and ADATA XPG

 

PNY XLR8 Gaming PS5 SSD Designed Heatsink – $24.99

PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink is designed for PS5, integrating the original PS5 SSD cover, PNY offers a brilliant design, combined the cover with heatsink which provides extreme cooling performance, taking your extra upgraded PS5 NVMe SSD to the extreme. Not only can you destroy the competition, and play more games, but your system can look good while doing so.

  • Part No : M22110PSVHS-XR-RB
  • Design to integrate PS5 SSD cover & heatsink
  • Greatly improves cooling efficiency
  • Included spare screws x1 + Thermal pads
  • Compare to no heatsink, cools downs the SSD over 40%*
  • Recommended SSD: XLR8 CS3140 Gen 4×4

INEO / GRAUGEAR PS5 SSD Designed Heatsink G-PS5HS01 – $34.99

The new GRAUGEAR/INEO heat pipe cooler G-PS5HS01 reduces the temperature of your M.2 NVMe SSDs in the PlayStation®5 by up to 50% and thus contributes to a longer lifetime of your SSDs. The performance of your M.2 NVMe SSDs is also positively influenced by the GRAUGEAR/INEO heat pipe cooler G-PS5HS01. The Ø7mm copper heat pipe and the copper fins and aluminium heat sink ensure maximum performance.

  • Heat Pipe from Copper maximum performance
  • The reduced temperature of M.2 NVMe SSD up to 50%
  • Designed for PlayStation®5
  • Compatible with Single/Double-sided M.2 2280 SSDs
  • 1 x G-PS5HS01, 4 x Thermal Pads
  • 1 x Screwdriver1 x SSD mounting screw
  • 1x Screws, 1 x Manual, 1 x Warranty card

 

QIVYNSRY M.2 heatsink 2280 SSD Double-Sided Heat Sink

  • Designed for desktop computers, but works with PS5
  • Aluminum body, Anodic Oxidation Surface Treatment;
  • with 10°C – 30°C cooling effect;
  • Compatible with Singel/Double sided M.2 NVME NGFF SSD;
  • Easy to install, and not damage the hard disk.

Includes:

  • 1* EZ NVMe Heatsink-Silver
  • 2* Thermal pads
  • 5* Screws.
  • 1* Installation guide.

 

 

SUPER BUDGET OPTION – Akuoly M.2 SSD Heatsink 4 Pack Aluminum Heatsink Cooler Cooling

 

  • To Save Your Device from Fail Prematurely–Reduce the risk of hardware failure due to overheating. The gap of these Akuoly heatsinks between the larger fins increases the area of the board and thus provides for greater heat transfer
  • Made of High Quality Aluminum–Made of high quality aluminum, great thermal conductivity. An aluminum heatsink is a passive heat exchanger that efficiently transfers heat through electronic signal or mechanical signal with device, thus keeping a regulation of the temperature of the device at an optimal level
  • Suitable for Various Devices–Suitable for heating elements on Wi-Fi routers, M.2 SSD, AC adapters, chargers, high power amplifier transistor semiconductor devices and so on
  • Cheerful 4 Pack Heatsink & Thermal Pads– 4 pieces x aluminum heatsink Cooling Fin (each 70mm x 22mm x 6mm), large surface area and great fins; with 4 pieces of double-sided thermal tape whose thermal conductivity: about 1.3 W / (m·K).
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Size: 70mm (L) x 22mm (W) x 6mm (H)
  • Package: 4 Pack x Aluminum Heatsink Cooling Fins
  • 4 Pieces Double-sides Thermal Tape whose thermal conductivity: about 1.3 W / (m·K).

 

SGTKJSJS M.2 Heatsink SSD Cooler for PCIE NVME

Excellent little kit. Comes with: A screwdriver, a cleaning and drying towelette(not needed if the m.2 is new and/or not dusty) and it has two dark blue(.5mm) for the bottom(U bracket) and two light blue(1mm) for the top(heatsink) for 2 m.2 drives. There is a protective film on BOTH sides of each of the thermal tape piece. Remove BOTH pieces of film of EACH of the thermal tape pieces and apply them. Once the thermal tape is on both sides(1 blue-bottom, 1 light blue-heatsink) place the bottom of your m.2 drive into the U bracket/bottom of the thermal unit. Next make sure that the top piece(heatsink) has the open spot for the screw for your motherboard facing the back to leave space to attach. Next, line up the holes and gently drop the top heatsink into the U bracket/bottom.

Package list

  • M.2 SSD heatSink  X2
  • Silicone thermal pad   X4

  • Fixing screw  X8

  • screwdriver  X1

 

EZDIY-FAB M.2 2280 SSD heatsink

Double-Sided Heat Sink, High-Performance SSD Cooler for PCIE NVME M.2 SSD or SATA M.2 SSD- Red or Black – $15

  • Designed for desktop computers, but works inside PS5
  • Aluminum material for best heat dissipation and maximum performance.
  • Compatible with Singel/Double sided M.2 2280 SSDs.
  • Easy to install.
  • Beautiful metal surface treatment, installed in the chassis to form a beautiful landscape.

Includes:

  • 1* EZ NVMe Heatsink-Silver
  • 2* Thermal pads
  • 5* Screws.
  • 1* Installation guide.

 

 


MHQJRH M.2 2280 SSD heatsink – SINGLE SIDE SSD USE ONLY – VERY TIGHT FIT!!

Double-Sided Heat Sink, Matching Thermal Silicone pad for PCIE NVME M.2 SSD or SATA M.2 SSD – $9.99

  • Designed for Compact M.2 NVMe SSD Installation
  • Aluminum body, Anodic Oxidation Surface Treatment.
  • Aluminum alloy-Groove design, greatly increase the heat dissipation area, with 10°C – 30°C cooling effect.
  • Compatible with Singel/Double-sided M.2 2280 SSDs.
  • Easy to install, and not damage the SSD
  • Advancing Gene thermal pad is made from Nano Silicon Grease Material, with good thermal conductivity ability. Soft enough and good ductility, compatible with uneven surfaces of the M.2 SSD. Low viscosity, with no damage to the SSD label.

Includes:

  • M.2 SSD heatSink X1
  • Silicone thermal pad X3
  • Fixing screw X6
  • Screwdriver X1

 

 


 

Ice Cold Ineo M.2 heatsink 2280 SSD

Thermal Silicone pad for M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD – $10.99

  • The NVMe heatsink are able to support the NVMe SSD type 70x20mm
  • Please place the silicone cooling pad between the heatsink and the SSD to prevent damage to the SSD and protect the particles of the SSD, which can effectively extend the life of your SSD.
  • Package including: 1 NVMe Aluminum heatsink, 2 silicone thermal pad, 1 user manual, 1 screw driver , 1 guarantee card, 1 screw
  • Each product has strict tested before We sent it to you and offer 1 Year Limited Warranty, Life-time free technical support by ineo.

Includes:

  • 1 NVMe Aluminum heatsink
  • 2 silicone thermal pad
  • 1 user manual
  • 1 screw driver
  • 1 1 screw

 


 

WARSHIP Pro M.2 2280 SSD Heatsink

PCIE NVME or SATA m2 2280 SSD Double-Sided Heat Sink – Black – $8.99

  • Suports PCIE NVME M.2 2280 size SSD or SATA M2 2280 size SSD
  • Aluminium alloy, silver plating , anodic oxidation surface treatment
  • Easy to install, NO damage to the SSD.
  • Aluminum alloy-Groove design with 10°C – 30°C cooling effect

Includes:

  • HeatSink X2
  • Big Silicone thermal pad X 2
  • Small Silicone thermal pad X 10
  • Screws X 6
  • Screwdriver X1

 

 


 

Best Budget Choice – Nankui SSD Heatsink Surround – SINGLE SIDE SSD USE ONLY – VERY TIGHT FIT!!

NVMe Heatsink for m.2 2280 SSD,Double-Sided Cooling – $5.99

  • Originally designed for desktop computers, This M.2 SSD heatsink compatible with all single sided Type.
  • Simple Lock design, easy to install
  • Double Aluminum alloy-Groove design, greatly increase the heat dissipation area, with 7°C – 30°C cooling effect (Varies depending on the environments), Ensure the high-speed and long-lasting performance of SSD, continuous high-speed reading and writing and long-term game performance are still strong
  • Main body material: Aluminum alloy, anodic oxidation surface treatment. Dimensions: 76.5*24.*12mm , Nano Silicon Grease Material Dimensions:70*20*T.4 ,Thermal conductivity:3W/m-k

Includes:

  • M.2 SSD heatSink X1
  • Silicone thermal pad X3
  • No Screws – Clicks Shut

 

 


 

 

And there you have it. Those are the five best Budget SSDs for PS5 available right now at the start 2022. thought it is always worth remembering that these SSD series typically have a refresh (i.e manufacturers release a new version/follow-up) every 2-3 years on average. Therefore although these drives are all still great Budget PS5 upgrade options, they might have been upgraded in a newer released version (eg the WD Black SN850 and SN850X later in the year, or recently released alternative Budget alternatives that feature different NAND may have arrived on the scene that provides better pricing, value or durability. If you are in doubt about whether to buy a Budget PS5 expansion solution from my recommendations, want to check if a newer SSD has been released recently OR are simply looking for some free expert advice, then use the free advice section below over. Just enter in a few details of your setup, storage requirements and (in the case of buying a new solution) your budget – then me and Eddie the Web guy can help you with your question. This is a completely free service, is NOT provided with profit in mind and is manned by two humans (no bots, no automated replies, etc). Assistance might take an extra day or two (the service gets a lot of visitors) but we do try to answer every message. If you want to support this service, you can find out how to donate HERE. Otherwise, you can still jsut message us for free advice anyway!

 

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The Best High Performance SSD for PS5 to Buy in 2022

28 janvier 2022 à 01:14

A Guide to the Best SSD to Buy Right Now for PS5

If you have been looking at upgrading the storage on our PS5, then chances are that you only want to go through this ONCE! Consoles, unlike other high-value consumer devices such as laptops, phones and tablets, Are generally purchased and expected to remain functional and available to the end-user for at least 5 years (realistically more) and although the PS5 is one of the most powerful consoles in the world, the storage that was available on day 1 of its release was a little underwhelming. The speed of the storage was fast as heck, but the actual capacity? Around 600GB after updates is available and with game saves, captured recordings and many AAA titles released in 2020/2021 crossing the 100GB barrier – that disappears pretty quickly! So, purchasing a storage upgrade is going to be something that most PS5 owners are going to have to contend with sooner or later, with many buyers thinking ‘sooner’, so they can get the most of out the storage as early as possible. Now, although there are quite a lot of SSDs in the market that is compatible with the PS5, only around a quarter of them are actually top-tier high-performance SSDs that can not only match the PS5’s 5,500MB/s internal SSD, but can exceed it! With some SSDs on the market right now that can hit 7,400MB/s, it is important that you get the SSD that ensures that your games are loading as fast as that M.2 SSD expansion slot can reach over PCIe 4×4. Today I want to talk about the best 5 SSDs that you should consider for your PS5 that is the fastest, most durable, best at handling high volume smaller file tasks, good value and ultimate provide you with the very best solid-state storage for your casual or professional gaming needs. Let’s begin.

What Do All the Best SSD for PS5 Have in Common?

As mentioned, there are quite ALOT of SSDs that are compatible with PS5. Indeed, I have made a FULL LIST OF PS5 COMPATIBLE SSDs HERE that you can look through that will details. However, there are around 60-70 different preferred SSDs that are compatible (with small variations in their ranges) that already makes narrowing down the best SSD for a PS5 storage upgrade tough. Additionally, sony has issued recommended requirements for SSDs in your upgrades that, although clear on paper, are not quite as straightforward as you might think. For a start, it is recommended to opt for SSDs that have a maximum read speed of above 5,500MB/s. However, this has gradually been confused by the PS5 having it’s own internal benchmark system when you boot the system up with a SSD inside that completely differs from the PC benchmark that is supplied by the brand (due to the SSD benchmarks from brands like WD, Seagate and Samsung for example, being measured with tools such as ATTO, CrystalDisk and AS SSD – All REALLY useful tools, but not applicable to the PS5 benchmark. The result is that a number of 7,000MB/s+ SSDs (such as the Samsung 980 Pro and Gigabyte M480) only benchmarking 5,500-5,600MB/s, whereas lower-spec 5,000MB/s rated SSD like the Firecuda 530 from Seagate get PS5 benchmarked at 5,990MB/s. Therefore the minimum recommendations from Sony are quite grey in their rigidity. Luckily I have tested practically all the currently available SSDs that are compatible with PS5 (only 2-3 missing at the start of 2022) and I have a much more detailed breakdown of what works and what doesn’t over on youtube. So, for this best SSD for PS5 guide, the SSDs covered/considered all feature the following:

  • For an SSD for PS5 to be considered ‘Best’ or Highest Recommended’, it needs to be UNDER $159 for 1TB and UNDER $199 for 1TB ONLY if it includes a heatsink (before Jan 4th 2022, time of writing)
  • They have to be PCIe Gen 4×4 and TLC or MLC NAND. Any SSD that is PCIe 3 or lower will not work in the PS5 and any SSD with QLC NAND will have too low a performance/durability rating to be a good value purchase for your PS5 SSD
  • All highly recommended SSDs in this guide need to be available to buy worldwide. I won’t consider any ‘regional exclusives’ (such as several China/Japan only drives) as this can prove problematic for any warranty/repairs
  • All SSDs have to feature at least 5 years of warranty or longer. Any less and it means the brand indicates a lack of long term commitment to your SSD and investment (IMO)
  • ALL High-Performance SSDs need to be rated at higher than 5,500MB/s on the PS5’s own internal Benchmark at boot, as well as 7,000MB/s by PC benchmark tools such as AJA, ATTO, CrystalDisk or AS SSD

And that is it. Those provisos mean that the list of 60-70 types of SSD that are compatible with the PS5 expansion storage bay can be narrowed down into about 30 – which is still quite a lot. So, let’s start to go through the best and highest performing SSDs for your console, but we will be discussing a lot of different SSD terminology, so as a reminder (so you can understand what I am talking about when discussing the SSD’s strengths and weaknesses), here is a guide to those common SSD terms for guidance (in video and in text!).

Important Terms to Know about SSDs for PS5 in this Guide

GB and TB = GB and TB stand for Gigabyte and Terabyte, those are levels of storage capacity and the more you have, the more storage you will end up being able to use. For clarification, 1024 Megabytes = 1GB, 1024GB = 1 Terabyte (TB). It is recommended to upgrade your PS5 with at least 1TB at the start.

Seq Read and Seq Write = These are measurements that are used to define the maximum speed of the SSD conventionally. Although Sequential speed is less realistic in the real world. Sequential (in the context of SSDs and gaming) corresponds to the speed of moving BIG, blocks/blobs of connected data. However most modern games are made of BIG data chunks AND much smaller and random data when games are playing (data that is needed/loaded mid-game, all the time and particularly common in open-world/sandbox/online multiplayer games. Additionally, READ activity is when data is being pulled FROM the SSD and WRITE activity is when data is being ADDED to the SSD. The PS5 (like most consoles) spends more than 95% of it’s time WRITING, so this is the priority (but this might change in the PS5’s lifespan and games development)

Random 4K Read/Write IOPS = IOPS, or individual input and outputs per second is the measurement of the maximum number of smallest actions (4K in size) and measured as a random access stat, these figures are used to determine how well an SSD behaves at accessing sporadic/random small data and processes as quickly as possible. This is often measured in hundreds of thousands per second with modern NVMe SSDs, these are also separated into read and write activity

Heatsink =This is a metal plate that can be attached (with a suitable material in between such as a silicone gel, thermal plastic pad or thermal paste) that allows the great heat that is generated by the SSD and it’s controller (the brains of the drive) to be withdrawn/dissipated away into the metal heatsink plate and then released into the air. The cooler an SSD (mainly the controller) is kept, the better performance you can expect. Some SSDs arrive with an SSD included, whereas some others are a separate 3rd party purchase. It is recommended to opt for SSDs that have heatsink’s attached in advance/by the brand, as these will be more expertly applied, will be designed around a specific SSD physical build and are likely applied in a dust/air controlled environment. There are also several PS5 designed SSD heatsink’s in the market from brands such as Sabrent, PNY, Elecgear and more than are specifically shaped for installation and heat dissipation on the PS5.

DWPD and TBW = Drive Writes per Day (DWPD) and Terabytes Written (TBW) are figures that are used to determine the lifespan of an SSD if it is used constantly over 5yrs (typically). This figure means that as long as you do not write more than X amount of data to the drive per day or exceed that total amount of data written over 5 years (taking into account that you would be deleting and adding data on rotation over and over), then the SSD will work fine and will maintain the promised benchmarks. Modern NVMe SSDs can get very hot and are built around a cell material for the storage known as NAND which will very, VERY slow wear away over the years as it is written too over and over again. Few gamers will actually hit/exceed these numbers, but never the less, the higher the DWPD and TBW of an SSD, the more robust and enduring it will be throughout the time it is working in your PS5.

Warranty = Much like the appliances in your home or work (TVs, Phones, Laptops, Printers, etc), modern SSDs also feature a commitment from the manufacturer that the product will last a certain amount of time if it was used constantly/reasonably and the brand will repair/replace an SSD if it does not continue to operate over that period. Most SSDs will have 5 years warranty by default, but so go as high as 7 or even 10 years at extremes.

So, that is the SSDD terminology cleared up. Let’s my recommended SSD you should buy for your PS5 storage expansion in 2022.


 

Best Speed & Durable SSD for PS5 – The Seagate Firecuda 530

500GT-4TB, 7300/6900MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 1M/1M Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, Optional Heatsink, 0.7DWPD,  5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $99

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

YouTube PS5 Games Tests – Watch #1 Watch #2 Watch #3

If your budget is a little higher and you are looking for the best SSD right now, congratulations, you just found it. I DO think Seagate has succeeded in fulfilling the promises they have made on the Firecuda 530 and have arguably released the best example of m.2 PCIe4 NVMe SSD architecture you can buy in 2021/2022. There is no avoiding the fact that the Seagate Firecuda 530 series of SSDs have arrived on the market noticeably later than their biggest rivals AND with a higher price tag, so they were going to need to make a pretty good early impression to make up the ground amply covered by their competitors. The decision to focus heavily on endurance and durability is a remarkably mature one (and potentially controversial one against their competitors) in an age when consumers are demanding prices come down, forcing brands to either cut covers where they think they will be felt the least or going the budget router of QC NAND.

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Therefore you have to respect Seagate’s decision to draw a line in the sand here about what they consider a high-end SSD. Though some buyers might not be as thrilled to pay for these extras that they feel they won’t need, the Firecuda 530 is still pretty much the score to beat in 1TB above, though the 500GB whilst maintaining the price structure of larger drives, might leave you a little less impressed. Overall, I can definitely recommend the Firecuda 530 series, but maybe pay the extra and go for the 1TB at the very least.

SPEED - 9/10
HARDWARE - 9/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 7/10
VALUE - 9/10


8.6
PROS
👍🏻Highest PCIe 4×4 M.2 Performance Right Now
👍🏻176 Layer 3D TLC NAND is Unparalleled right now
👍🏻
👍🏻Best Example of Phison E18 Performance
👍🏻
👍🏻Highest Endurance PCIe Gen 4×4 M.2 SSD Right Now
👍🏻
👍🏻Inclusive Data Recovery Services
👍🏻
👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Fully Confirmed
👍🏻
👍🏻Available in up to 4TB
CONS
👎🏻Costs more than most
👎🏻Heatsink is an Additional Purchase

 

Best Mid-Range High-Performance SSD for PS5 – The ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70 /Blade

1TB-2TB, 7400/6800MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 750K/750K Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, Multiple Included Heatsink Options, 0.5DWPD,  #yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $199

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch #1 Watch #2

YouTube PS5 Games Tests – Watch

Given the stronghold that Phison has over the bulk of SSDs in the current generation of NVMe, it takes a lot for a drive that chooses a different way of doing things to make its mark. The XPG Gammix S70 blade achieves this in practically every way, proving itself as an excellent example of the Innogrit Rainer controller. With performance that matches or surpasses that of its biggest rivals, yet arriving at a more affordable price point, the Gammix S70 Blade is another great gamer release from Adata in their XPG series.

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The slimline heatshield, although clearly designed for a particularly compact deployment, is arguably less effective than a regular heatsink (or the non-blade fat heatsink) and does possibly limit the Blade’s use in high write situations, but for traditional PC gamers and especially for PS5 SSD upgrades, the Adata XPG Gammix S70 Blade is a solid SSD that most gamers will not regret.

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


8.8
PROS
👍🏻Great to see non-Phison E18 SSDs in the market
👍🏻176L 3D TLC NAND is a big plus over the current 96L non-Blade Version
👍🏻
👍🏻Excellent Value (Especially With the Reported Performance)
👍🏻
👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Confirmed
👍🏻
👍🏻Unparalleled Compact Deployment
👍🏻
👍🏻Low Heat Temp Recordings in Read Activity
👍🏻
👍🏻August ’21 Update Increased Performance Further
CONS
👎🏻The heatshield is very limited in its deployment vs traditional ‘fat’ heatsinks
👎🏻PS5 Has an oddly resistant Benchmark vs Phison E18 SSDs (still unknown why – largely academic in its impact though)

 


Best Price High-Performance SSD for PS5 – The Samsung 980 Pro

250-4TB, 7000/5100MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 1M/1M Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, Optional Heatsink, 0.3DWPD,  5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $89

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks – LINK

YouTube Video PS5 Testing – Watch #1 Watch #2

YouTube Review & Benchmarks (2022 Version) – Watch

Is the Samsung 980 Pro still a good SSD to buy in 2022? Well, yes. In the near year and a half since it was originally released, there have been several firmware updates and improved pricing to warranty it’s continued place in the top tier PCIe 4×4 SSDs in the market. The heatsink version of the Samsung 980 Pro, although arriving very late indeed to the party, arrives at a better bundle price than several other 1st party SSD+Heatsink options in the market right now, as well as performing very well indeed in terms of temperature control in our sustained PC benchmarks. Likewise, the performance of the Samsung 980 Pro in the PS5 games storage environment still does very well, though the heatsink makes less of an impact for me in the temperature control department, thanks in part to the PS5’s odd choice of storage expansion design.

 

With discussions arising on PCIe 5 NVMe SSD storage starting to pop up in summer 2022, you can be fairly certain that brands such as Samsung, WD and Seagate are going to be among the first to produce SSD entries into the market, so if you have deep pockets and have a little patience, then it might be worth just sitting the GEN4 generation out and seeing if a Samsung 990 Pro (or similar) arrives on the scene. But if you are looking for good value, high-performance PCIe SSD storage for gaming, then the Samsung 980 Pro with the heatsink is still an excellent choice and has not lost much of its edge in the market in all this time.

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


8.4
PROS
👍🏻FINALLY, a first-party heatsink for the Samsung 980 Pro
👍🏻One of the first PS5 Expansion Compatibility confirmed SSDs
👍🏻
👍🏻Performance still stands up well in 2022 (almost 1.5yrs since original release)
👍🏻
👍🏻Impressively dense NAND for one of the earliest gen PCIe 4 SSDs still
👍🏻
👍🏻Still has some of the highest 4K Random IOPS in the market
👍🏻
👍🏻Very, VERY good temperature reports in PC use during sustained use
👍🏻
👍🏻Very Good Pricing Now
CONS
👎🏻Heat dissipation in a PS5 environment was not as good as I hoped (PS5 closed bay design at fault really)
👎🏻Traditional Write performance, even at 2TB, looks a little lacklustre against the competition in 2022
👎🏻
👎🏻Still no 4TB version commercially available

 


Best SSD & Heatsink Bundle for PS5 – The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus & Heatsink

500GB-4TB, 7100/6850MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 650K/700K Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, Optional PS5 Designed Heatsink, 0.38DWPD,  1/5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $89

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks – LINK

YouTube Video Review – Watch

YouTube PS5 Games Tests – Watch #1 Watch #2 Watch #3

The Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is not a drive that exaggerates on its spec sheets. With a number of new PCIe 4 M2 SSD arriving throughout 2021, you could easily assume that this SSD and its comparatively short pedigree in the solid-state drive industry when compared against giants like Samsung and Seagate, would get lost in the noise. I’m pleased to confirm that the Rocket 4 Plus is as high-performing as the brand states and now it has appeared on the PS5 SSD compatible storage list, is definitely worth checking out.

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It is by no means perfect, with reported IOPS noticeably lower than its competitors in the 980 Pro and Firecuda 530, as well as a noticeable price increase over the previous generation SSDs (somewhat unavoidable I guess), the Rocket 4 Plus may seem like something of a gamble for those who who have remained brand loyal with longer-established brands till now. However the performance of this SSD more than justified its existence and as long as you are prepared to overlook a rather awkward warranty registration hurdle, I can certainly recommend the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus for PC Gamers, Video Editing Professionals and Playstation 5 Console Upgrades in 2021/2022.

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


8.4
PROS
👍🏻Genuinely Impressive Performance
👍🏻One of the Affordable 7,000MB/s Drive on the Market
👍🏻
👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Confirmed
👍🏻
👍🏻Decent Amount of DDR4 Memory Cache
👍🏻
👍🏻96 Layer 3D TLC NAND Hugely Beneficial
👍🏻
👍🏻One of the Earliest Phison E18 SSDs
👍🏻
👍🏻Surpasses Samsung/WD PCIe 4 SSDs in some key areas
CONS
👎🏻IOPS rating is noticeably lower than most competitors
👎🏻Endurance (DWPD/TBW) has dipped noticeably since it’s predecessor
👎🏻
👎🏻Still Outperformed by the Firecuda 530
👎🏻
👎🏻Warranty (1yr unless registered) seems needlessly complex


Best Value SSD for PS5 – The WD Black SN850

250GB-2TB, 7000/5100MB/s Max Seq Read & Write Speed, 1M/1M Max Random 4K Read/Write IOPS, Optional Heatsink, 0.3DWPD,  5yr Warranty

Current Price/Availability on Amazon – $89

Written Blog Review & Benchmarks – LINK

YouTube WD Black SN850 PS5 Temperature Tests – Watch

YouTube Video Review – Watch

YouTube PS5 Games Tests – Watch #1 Watch #2 Watch #3

It is really hard to fault the WD Black SN850 at all really, even well over a year since it’s release. WD stated Sequential read/write figures for the 1TB drive as up to 7,000MB/s and up to 5,300MB/s respectively. That 7,000MB/s read figure is the same for all three drives in the range. The entry-level 500GB is rated at 4,100MB/s for Sequential writes, while the 2TB is slightly slower than the 1TB drive at 5,100MB/s. Using the ATTO benchmark we couldn’t match those maximums, the tested drive producing a read figure of 6,510MB/s and a write figure of 4,840MB/s. Even though we couldn’t match the official numbers those read and write ATTO results are the fastest we have seen to date for a PCIe Gen 4 drive. Using our own Sequential tests we could indeed confirm that 7,000MB/s rating as the tested drive produced a result of 7092.27MB/s. Again we couldn’t quite nail the maximum write figure but got a lot closer at 5,190.54MB/s. As for random read performance, WD quote an up to 1,000,000 IOPS figure for the 1TB and 2TB drives (the 500GB drive is rated at up to 800,000 IOPS). Random writes are quoted as up to 570,000 IOPS for the 500GB drive, the 2TB drive at up to 710,000 IOPS with the 1TB drive fastest of the three at up to 720.000 IOPS. We couldn’t get close to these figures with our 4-threaded tests.

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The best read figure we saw was 430,473 IOPS. We then retested the drive at a QD of 32 and with 16 threads which resulted in a figure of 742,492 IOPS, closer to the official figure but no cigar. Random writes came up short in our tests as well. Our 4-threaded test yielded 366,870 IOPS at a queue depth of 32. Staying at the same queue depth but increasing the thread count to 16 saw the resulting figure rise to 611,422 IOPS. We may not have got close to the official random results but those QD32 figures for both reads and writes are the fastest we have seen to date from a PCIe Gen 4 drive. As with all PCIe Gen 4 drives without a heatsink, the WD SN850 can get pretty hot when really pushed so it’s wise to make sure it has got some decent cooling. The drive is also supported by the very good WD SSD Dashboard management software which includes a Gaming Mode. When turned on, the firmware disables the power saving features that are incorporated into the drive allowing lower latencies and more performance. The one annoying aspect of this Gaming Mode is that you have to restart the system to enable/disable it.

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


8.4
PROS
👍🏻High Availability Worldwide
👍🏻
👍🏻One of the first PS5 Expansion Compatibility confirmed SSDs
👍🏻
👍🏻Performance still stands up well in 2022 (almost 1.5yrs since original release)
👍🏻
👍🏻Impressively dense NAND for one of the earliest gen PCIe 4 SSDs still
👍🏻
👍🏻Still has some of the highest 4K Random IOPS in the market
👍🏻
👍🏻Very Good Pricing Now
👍🏻
👍🏻Regular Firmware updates
CONS
👎🏻Heat dissipation in a PS5 environment was not as good as I hoped (PS5 closed bay design at fault really)
👎🏻
👎🏻Traditional Write performance, even at 2TB, looks a little lacklustre against the competition in 2022
👎🏻
👎🏻Still no 4TB version commercially available

 


 

What is the Best PS5 SSD Heatsink – The Do’s and Don’ts

Most M.2 NVMe SSD that you might look at for your PS5 will NOT arrive with a heatsink. Some brands do include optional heatsinks for $20-40, but there will likely be PC-Grade gamer heatsinks and much, much too tall for the allocated PS5 Expansion storage slot for upgrades. Sony provided a handy upgrade guide for how big the NVMe SSD needs to be, alongside details of the type that is recommended.

Now, there are ALOT of M.2 NVMe SSD Heatsinks on the market – THOUSANDS! So it is important to know which ones are compatible and which ones you should completely avoid. Heatsink AND SSD together should NOT exceed in millimeters 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H) and in inches 4.33in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.442in (H). Another big thing to remember is that some SSD heatsinks use rubber bands to hold the M.2 NVMe SSD and the HEATSINK together. I would strongly recommend avoiding these kinds of heatsinks as they have a tendency not to last vast amounts of time and the silicon rubber bands (if produced poorly) can wear away. I strongly recommend a met surrounding heatsink case/enclosure like the one below, as it has 2 layers of internal thermal padding, the metal surrounding the whole SSD (assisting heat dissipation) and is screwed in place. Last point. The majority of NVMe M.2 PCIe Gen 4×4 SSDs right now are going to be 2280 (that is the length of the SSD), as this tier of SSD have only JUST been released in the last 6-9 months. However, they WILL get longer (to accommodate more storage cells and bigger capacity) so the fact the PS5 supports up to 22110 lengths SSDs is quite handy. If you are reading this guide much later in 2021/2022, then DO CHECK that the SSD  you are installing in your PS5 is 2280 or 22110, as the heatsink will also need to be this length too (as the screw holds an SSD Board mount need to match). This is much, MUCH less of a concern in 2021 however, so you can ignore this right now. So,  there you have it, those are the do’s and don’ts for buying a heatsink for your PS5 SSD upgrade. Below are 5 great examples of M.2 NVMe SSD Heatsinks that will fit in your PS5 Expansion slot. They vary in price, design, height, colour and density. Take a look:

 

 

UPDATED – The Recommended Ones Below Keep Selling out, so I have added more!

Sabrent PS5 SSD Designed Heatsink – $19.99

  • DESIGNED FOR PS5: Engineered to fit perfectly and easily into the PS5 SSD expansion slot. The installation has never been easier on the PS5
  • REVOLUTIONARY COOLING: Made from High-Quality CNC’d aluminium, the Sabrent PS5 Heatsink was specifically designed to maximize cooling performance and simplify the installation
  • UPGRADE YOUR PS5! Rather than creating a heatsink that would only trap the heat in the metal cover, we designed a heatsink that replaces the native PS5 cover. This allows for better cooling using the native fan as well as being a larger heatsink
  • INDUSTRIAL QUALITY: This SSD heatsink method also uses Sabrent’s “Sandwich Design” which ensures even pressure throughout the SSD for efficient and consistent heat transfer unlike methods used by other brands
  • CONVENIENCE: Comes with an installation guide as well as screws and thermal tape for easy convenient installation

ElecGear PS5 SSD Designed Heatsink – $34.99

  • [PS5 NVMe Heatsink] – The patent-pending cooler is exclusively designed for PlayStation 5 internal NVMe SSD. It features a heat pipe and a huge solid aluminum heatsink. The high performance comes from the numerous cooling fins and the delicate utilization of air circulation sucked by PS5 main cooling fan. The streamlined profile is a snag fit with the middle frame of PS5 chassis. The heatsink is the ultimate cooling solution to the heat management of extreme Gen4 gaming SSD
  • [Heat Pipe and Thermal Pads] – A 5mm heatpipe seamlessly embedded in the lower aluminum deck. The passive design with no cooling fan is aiming for being totally silent. The heat produced by SSD will be absorbed by the heat pipe and effectively conducted to the extensive aluminum fins. Two pieces pre-divided thermal pads are included for excellent heat connection. 0.8mm and 1.5mm thickness option adapts to any PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • [Improved Mounting Post] – 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
  • [Compatibility Note] – The cooler fits both PS5 Ultra HD and Digital editions. In terms of hardware, it’s compatible with any standard NVMe M.2 solid state drive. Fully tested with WD Black SN850, Samsung 980 Pro and Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0. It supports 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 form factor and also works with 22110 in the future. Please be noticed: The SSD maker’s thin heatsink should be removed before installing, for example, Corsair-Force MP600 and ADATA XPG

 

PNY XLR8 Gaming PS5 SSD Designed Heatsink – $24.99

PNY XLR8 PS5 SSD Heatsink is designed for PS5, integrating the original PS5 SSD cover, PNY offers a brilliant design, combined the cover with heatsink which provides extreme cooling performance, taking your extra upgraded PS5 NVMe SSD to the extreme. Not only can you destroy the competition, and play more games, but your system can look good while doing so.

  • Part No : M22110PSVHS-XR-RB
  • Design to integrate PS5 SSD cover & heatsink
  • Greatly improves cooling efficiency
  • Included spare screws x1 + Thermal pads
  • Compare to no heatsink, cools downs the SSD over 40%*
  • Recommended SSD: XLR8 CS3140 Gen 4×4

INEO / GRAUGEAR PS5 SSD Designed Heatsink G-PS5HS01 – $34.99

The new GRAUGEAR/INEO heat pipe cooler G-PS5HS01 reduces the temperature of your M.2 NVMe SSDs in the PlayStation®5 by up to 50% and thus contributes to a longer lifetime of your SSDs. The performance of your M.2 NVMe SSDs is also positively influenced by the GRAUGEAR/INEO heat pipe cooler G-PS5HS01. The Ø7mm copper heat pipe and the copper fins and aluminium heat sink ensure maximum performance.

  • Heat Pipe from Copper maximum performance
  • The reduced temperature of M.2 NVMe SSD up to 50%
  • Designed for PlayStation®5
  • Compatible with Single/Double-sided M.2 2280 SSDs
  • 1 x G-PS5HS01, 4 x Thermal Pads
  • 1 x Screwdriver1 x SSD mounting screw
  • 1x Screws, 1 x Manual, 1 x Warranty card

 

QIVYNSRY M.2 heatsink 2280 SSD Double-Sided Heat Sink

  • Designed for desktop computers, but works with PS5
  • Aluminum body, Anodic Oxidation Surface Treatment;
  • with 10°C – 30°C cooling effect;
  • Compatible with Singel/Double sided M.2 NVME NGFF SSD;
  • Easy to install, and not damage the hard disk.

Includes:

  • 1* EZ NVMe Heatsink-Silver
  • 2* Thermal pads
  • 5* Screws.
  • 1* Installation guide.

 

 

SUPER BUDGET OPTION – Akuoly M.2 SSD Heatsink 4 Pack Aluminum Heatsink Cooler Cooling

 

  • To Save Your Device from Fail Prematurely–Reduce the risk of hardware failure due to overheating. The gap of these Akuoly heatsinks between the larger fins increases the area of the board and thus provides for greater heat transfer
  • Made of High Quality Aluminum–Made of high quality aluminum, great thermal conductivity. An aluminum heatsink is a passive heat exchanger that efficiently transfers heat through electronic signal or mechanical signal with device, thus keeping a regulation of the temperature of the device at an optimal level
  • Suitable for Various Devices–Suitable for heating elements on Wi-Fi routers, M.2 SSD, AC adapters, chargers, high power amplifier transistor semiconductor devices and so on
  • Cheerful 4 Pack Heatsink & Thermal Pads– 4 pieces x aluminum heatsink Cooling Fin (each 70mm x 22mm x 6mm), large surface area and great fins; with 4 pieces of double-sided thermal tape whose thermal conductivity: about 1.3 W / (m·K).
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Size: 70mm (L) x 22mm (W) x 6mm (H)
  • Package: 4 Pack x Aluminum Heatsink Cooling Fins
  • 4 Pieces Double-sides Thermal Tape whose thermal conductivity: about 1.3 W / (m·K).

 

SGTKJSJS M.2 Heatsink SSD Cooler for PCIE NVME

Excellent little kit. Comes with: A screwdriver, a cleaning and drying towelette(not needed if the m.2 is new and/or not dusty) and it has two dark blue(.5mm) for the bottom(U bracket) and two light blue(1mm) for the top(heatsink) for 2 m.2 drives. There is a protective film on BOTH sides of each of the thermal tape piece. Remove BOTH pieces of film of EACH of the thermal tape pieces and apply them. Once the thermal tape is on both sides(1 blue-bottom, 1 light blue-heatsink) place the bottom of your m.2 drive into the U bracket/bottom of the thermal unit. Next make sure that the top piece(heatsink) has the open spot for the screw for your motherboard facing the back to leave space to attach. Next, line up the holes and gently drop the top heatsink into the U bracket/bottom.

Package list

  • M.2 SSD heatSink  X2
  • Silicone thermal pad   X4

  • Fixing screw  X8

  • screwdriver  X1

 

EZDIY-FAB M.2 2280 SSD heatsink

Double-Sided Heat Sink, High-Performance SSD Cooler for PCIE NVME M.2 SSD or SATA M.2 SSD- Red or Black – $15

  • Designed for desktop computers, but works inside PS5
  • Aluminum material for best heat dissipation and maximum performance.
  • Compatible with Singel/Double sided M.2 2280 SSDs.
  • Easy to install.
  • Beautiful metal surface treatment, installed in the chassis to form a beautiful landscape.

Includes:

  • 1* EZ NVMe Heatsink-Silver
  • 2* Thermal pads
  • 5* Screws.
  • 1* Installation guide.

 

 


MHQJRH M.2 2280 SSD heatsink – SINGLE SIDE SSD USE ONLY – VERY TIGHT FIT!!

Double-Sided Heat Sink, Matching Thermal Silicone pad for PCIE NVME M.2 SSD or SATA M.2 SSD – $9.99

  • Designed for Compact M.2 NVMe SSD Installation
  • Aluminum body, Anodic Oxidation Surface Treatment.
  • Aluminum alloy-Groove design, greatly increase the heat dissipation area, with 10°C – 30°C cooling effect.
  • Compatible with Singel/Double-sided M.2 2280 SSDs.
  • Easy to install, and not damage the SSD
  • Advancing Gene thermal pad is made from Nano Silicon Grease Material, with good thermal conductivity ability. Soft enough and good ductility, compatible with uneven surfaces of the M.2 SSD. Low viscosity, with no damage to the SSD label.

Includes:

  • M.2 SSD heatSink X1
  • Silicone thermal pad X3
  • Fixing screw X6
  • Screwdriver X1

 

 


 

Ice Cold Ineo M.2 heatsink 2280 SSD

Thermal Silicone pad for M.2 PCIE NVMe SSD – $10.99

  • The NVMe heatsink are able to support the NVMe SSD type 70x20mm
  • Please place the silicone cooling pad between the heatsink and the SSD to prevent damage to the SSD and protect the particles of the SSD, which can effectively extend the life of your SSD.
  • Package including: 1 NVMe Aluminum heatsink, 2 silicone thermal pad, 1 user manual, 1 screw driver , 1 guarantee card, 1 screw
  • Each product has strict tested before We sent it to you and offer 1 Year Limited Warranty, Life-time free technical support by ineo.

Includes:

  • 1 NVMe Aluminum heatsink
  • 2 silicone thermal pad
  • 1 user manual
  • 1 screw driver
  • 1 1 screw

 


 

WARSHIP Pro M.2 2280 SSD Heatsink

PCIE NVME or SATA m2 2280 SSD Double-Sided Heat Sink – Black – $8.99

  • Suports PCIE NVME M.2 2280 size SSD or SATA M2 2280 size SSD
  • Aluminium alloy, silver plating , anodic oxidation surface treatment
  • Easy to install, NO damage to the SSD.
  • Aluminum alloy-Groove design with 10°C – 30°C cooling effect

Includes:

  • HeatSink X2
  • Big Silicone thermal pad X 2
  • Small Silicone thermal pad X 10
  • Screws X 6
  • Screwdriver X1

 

 


 

Best Budget Choice – Nankui SSD Heatsink Surround – SINGLE SIDE SSD USE ONLY – VERY TIGHT FIT!!

NVMe Heatsink for m.2 2280 SSD,Double-Sided Cooling – $5.99

  • Originally designed for desktop computers, This M.2 SSD heatsink compatible with all single sided Type.
  • Simple Lock design, easy to install
  • Double Aluminum alloy-Groove design, greatly increase the heat dissipation area, with 7°C – 30°C cooling effect (Varies depending on the environments), Ensure the high-speed and long-lasting performance of SSD, continuous high-speed reading and writing and long-term game performance are still strong
  • Main body material: Aluminum alloy, anodic oxidation surface treatment. Dimensions: 76.5*24.*12mm , Nano Silicon Grease Material Dimensions:70*20*T.4 ,Thermal conductivity:3W/m-k

Includes:

  • M.2 SSD heatSink X1
  • Silicone thermal pad X3
  • No Screws – Clicks Shut

 

 


 

 

And there you have it. Those are the five best top tier SSDs for PS5 available right now at the start 2022. thought it is always worth remembering that these SSD series typically have a refresh (i.e manufacturers release a new version/follow-up) every 2-3 years on average. Therefore although these drives are all still great performing PS5 upgrade options, they might have been upgraded in a newer released version (eg the WD Black SN850 and SN850X later in the year, or recently released alternative that feature different NAND may have arrived on the scene that provides better pricing, value or durability. If you are in doubt about whether to buy a PS5 expansion solution from my recommendations, want to check if a newer SSD has been released recently OR are simply looking for some free expert advice, then use the free advice section below over. Just enter in a few details of your setup, storage requirements and (in the case of buying a new solution) your budget – then me and Eddie the Web guy can help you with your question. This is a completely free service, is NOT provided with profit in mind and is manned by two humans (no bots, no automated replies, etc). Assistance might take an extra day or two (the service gets a lot of visitors) but we do try to answer every message. If you want to support this service, you can find out how to donate HERE. Otherwise, you can still jsut message us for free advice anyway!

 


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Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD – PS5 EXPANSION GUIDE & TEST RESULTS

27 décembre 2021 à 01:22

PS5 SSD Expansion Testing with the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD

Modern SSD are not cheap! It’s super annoying that despite Solid State Drives being commercially available for more than a decade, that they are still expensive. Part of that is because the storage capacities have got bigger and another big reason is that they are getting faster all the time! However, occasionally a middle ground can be reached and the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD is a great example of that. Thanks to the use of more cost-effective NAND (the cells on the physically SSD board that hold the storage) modern PCIe NVMe M.2 SSDs have the potential to be cheaper, though this does lessen their performance and durability. The Sabrent Q4 SSD is technically lower than the recommended 5,500MB/s read speed needed for the PS5 SSD expansion bay, however, the drive IS still compatible and DOES still appear when installed in the latest software beta firmware release. Here is the PS5 internal Benchmark for the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD at the initialization of the system:

Whether you are looking at upgrading the SSD on your PS5 because you are running out of space or because you heard that some SSDs can increase load times for your favourite games, it is always going to be sensible to spend a few minutes researching before pulling the trigger and spending hundreds on the Sabrent Rocket Q4 to avoid finding out that the benefits are negligible or, worse still, actually slow your games down! Equally, you should always factor in that the PS5 is a relatively new console and games developers are still in the early stages of maximizing how much they can do with the CPU, Memory, GPU and (of course) super-fast NVMe M.2 SSD. Therefore the commitment you make on buying an SSD upgrade to your PS5 needs to also factor in that it will still perform well in the years to come. The Sabrent Rocket Q4 meets a number of the key specifications of the PS5 storage bay, but then again many, MANY SSDs do. So today I want to put this SSD through it’s paces with many games to see how well it compares against the internal PS5 SSD doing the same thing. NOTE – FULL Videos of the testing of the Sabrent Rocket Q4 that combined cover more than an hour can be found at the bottom of the article. This article primarily covers the load times of games and saves on the PS5 using the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD and how they compare with the internal PS5 loading the same game. If you want to watch the full videos that cover PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 use that feature frame rates, texture swapping, asset management and more, I recommend you watch those videos at the end of this article.

What Are the Specifications of the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD?

Before we go through the load time testing of the Sabrent Rocket Q4 on the PS5, it is worth taking a look at the hardware specifications. Unlike traditional Hard Drives and SSDs that were using the PS3 and PS4 that used SATA connectivity, this new generation of SSD storage using M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 architecture. This is a very, VERY big difference physically, in terms of maximum performance and opens up ALOT of specifications that you should keep an eye on. Aside from the capacity (i.e the amount of data the Sabrent Rocket Q4 can hold in gigabytes and terabytes) the key ones to factor in when buying an SSD are the following:

  • Controller & NAND – These are the brain of the SSD (handling the transfer of data as quickly and efficiently as possible) and the physical cells on the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD that hold the data.
  • Sequential Read – This is the reported maximum access speed that the data on the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD can be access when accessing large blocks of data
  • Sequential Write – This is the reported maximum speed that data can be written to the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD. As far as the PS5 architecture goes, this is much less important right now but could become important later in the system’s life as games, services and the level to which the Sabrent Rocket Q4 can be accessed changes.
  • IOPS – These represent the number of individual operations the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD can handle per second, based on the smallest size possible. Again, not strictly relevant in the PS5 right now because of the way data is largely front-loaded on modern games, but may well impact how larger and evolved worlds and multiplayer games are developed in future
  • TBW, MTBF & DWPD – Terabytes Written and Drive Writes Per Day, these indicate how much the drive is designed to withstand in activity over a 5 year or daily basis (respectively), Before the drive begins to deteriorate in performance or eventually fail. The PS5 will hardly be able to hit these kind of numbers daily BUT these figures will give you a good idea of the lifespan of the SSD beyond 5 years. Given the lifespan of some consoles can cross over a decade, the higher these numbers are, the better!

Here are the official specifications of the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD:

SABRENT Rocket 4 + SB-RKT4P-1TB

SB-RKT4P-2TB

SB-RKT4P-4TB

Price in $ and $ 1TB – $139 2TB – $299.99 4TB – $699.99
PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.3 NVMe 1.3 NVMe 1.3
NAND QLC NAND 96L QLC NAND 96L QLC NAND 96L
Capacity 1TB Single Sided 2TB Double Sided 4TB Double Sided
Controller Phison E16-PS5016 Phison E16-PS5016 Phison E16-PS5016


IMPORTANT – This article contains ALOT of gifs to demonstrate the loading times of the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD versus the internal PS5 SSD, so the page/gifs might take an extra minute to load. Please be patient OR watch the videos of the full testing at the bottom of the page.
So, now you know the hardware specifications of the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD and you also know that (at the time of writing!) the Sabrent Rocket Q4 is supported by the PS5 SSD expansion bay.

Testing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD with the PS5 – Test Parameters

All of the tests of the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD on the PS5 were conducted in groups of 5 games at a time. In the event of a game arriving on a disc, the full disc data and all current updates were transferred over the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD. The disc might be present, but it is only for system verification and would be an identical setup to the PS5 internal SSD that it is being compared against. The SSD was tested using the latest PS5 Beta Firmware update (3.0 or 3.1 depending on the time of testing as a further update was made available during the widespread testing) and although the supported drives when the SSD expansion feature might change, the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD is fully functioning and supported on the PS5 at the time of writing. So, let’s get started on the testing of each game:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Demon Souls Nexus Loading Test

This test was loading from the title screen to the central hub world (Nexus) of Demon Souls, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Demon Souls Archstone 2 Test

This test was loading to the Smithing Grounds of Demon Souls, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Demon Souls Archstone 1 Test

This test was loading to the first main area of Demon Souls, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Ratchet & Clank World Loading Test I

This test was loading to the starting area of Ratchet & Clank Rifts Apart, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Ratchet & Clank World Loading Test II

This test was loading to the first main transitional area of Ratchet & Clank Rifts Apart, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Borderlands 3 Full Loading Test I

This test was loading Borderlands to the Title Screen fro the PS5 Main menu on Borderlands 3, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Borderlands 3 Level Load Test II

This test was loading a save game from the title screen to the Pandora World Area, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Resident Evil Village Castle Loading Test I

This test was loading the Castle Area of Resident Evil Village, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Resident Evil Village Stronghold Loading Test II

This test was loading the Stronghold of Resident Evil Village, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Hitman 3 Dartmoor Loading Test I

This test was loading the Dartmoor level on Hitman 3, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Hitman 3 Mendoza Loading Test II

This test was loading the Mendoza level on Hitman 3, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Oddworld SoulStorm Loading Test

This test was loading from the title screen to an early, lighting heavy area of the 2.5D platformer Oddworld Soulstorm for PS5, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Terminator Resistance Level Loading Test

This test was loading Terminator Resistance Infiltrator Mode, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – GTA V Full Game Loading Test

This test was loading the Grand Theft Auto V from the PS5 menu to gameplay on the Single Player Mode, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Dead By Daylight Bots Test

This test was loading the tutorial Bots Mode on Dead By Daylight, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Red Dead Redemption II Campaign Loading Test

This test was loading the Blackwater Area of Red Dead Redemption II in single Player, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Subnautica Loading Test I

This test was loading from the title screen to a fresh creative mode save load on Subnautica, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – No Man’s Sky Creative Mode Loading Test

This test was loading No Man’s Sky in Creative Mode from the Title screen, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – In Rays of the Light Loading Test I, Outside

This test was loading the outside world area of In Rays of the Light, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – In Rays of the Light Loading Test II, Inside

This test was loading the underground bunker area of In Rays of the Light, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Star Wars Fallen Order Level Loading Test I

This test was loading the Kashkykk area of Star Wars Fallen Order from the title screen, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Star Wars Fallen Order Trial Loading Test II

This test was loading a combat challenge, mid-game, of Star Wars Fallen Order from the title screen, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD Testing – Doom Eternal Level Loading Test I

This test was loading a level in Doom Eternal from the title screen, comparing the Sabrent Rocket Q4 vs the internal PS5 SSD:

 

Full Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD PS5 Test Videos

If you want to see the FULL testing of every PS5/PS4 game with the Sabrent Rocket Q4 SSD, you can watch the videos below. These tests have been grouped into 5 games per video, with each game being assessed on Loading Times, Frame Rate, Texture swapping, Asset Popping and compared against the exact game being loaded on the PS5 SSD. NOTE – These videos are being edited and published throughout September and October, so if a video is showing as ‘unavailable’ below, it might not be published yet, but should be up shortly!

 

SABRENT Rocket 4 + SB-RKT4P-1TB

SB-RKT4P-2TB

SB-RKT4P-4TB

Price in $ and $ 1TB – $139 2TB – $299.99 4TB – $699.99
PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.3 NVMe 1.3 NVMe 1.3
NAND QLC NAND 96L QLC NAND 96L QLC NAND 96L
Capacity 1TB Single Sided 2TB Double Sided 4TB Double Sided
Controller Phison E16-PS5016 Phison E16-PS5016 Phison E16-PS5016
Sabrent Rocket Q4 PS5 SSD Test 1

Sabrent Rocket Q4 PS5 SSD Test 2

Sabrent Rocket Q4 FULL Review

Sabrent PS5 Heatsink Revealed

 


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