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dBrand Darkplates 2.0 PS5 & SSD Review and Temperature Tests

7 mars 2022 à 01:08

dBrand Darkplates – Are they Good or Bad for your PS5 SSD & System Temperatures?


The Playstation 5 is one of the oddest looking consoles in…well.. ever! I think we can all agree that when Sony unveiled the console, a large number of us assumed it was concept art, or a tech demo. But no, the PS5 is white and black, has fins and is huge! When they announced that the side plates of the system were removable, it took all of about 10 minutes for brands to start getting to work on replacement side panels (or ‘Plates’) for the console in a multitude of colours and patterns. Sony, needless to say, immediately started pursuing legal action against these companies for infringement of their design and intellectual property without permission and of all the companies that received this legal onslaught, very few made the headlines as loudly as Brand and their Darkplate series. Thanks to a combination of speed of producing concepts, to an arguable savvy social marketing management team, they appeared on the bulk of mainstream gamer news sites and editorial platforms with their ‘illicit’ Darkplates. Sony won the battle of course, but dBrand seems to feel they can win the war with the release of their Darkplate 2.0, a new take on the shape and presentation of the PS5 plates, featuring additional ventilation, a tongue in cheek reference to their legal battles (with a user highlighting to me that the binary 01101 etc embossed inside is translated to the cease and decide Sony issued Brand) and creates a much more compact looking system that can also arrive in multiple colours, patterns and optional LED lighting. Now, I generally never look at things like this on NASCompares, as I focus almost exclusively on storage (NAS, DAS, HDDs, SSDs, Switches, Routers, IP Cameras, etc, etc), however, the Brand DARKPLATE 2.0 covers open up TWO important area of concern for some buyers that ARE very much in my/NASCompares wheelhouse. 1, Do these plates undermine or nullify the negative pressure air in/air out system the PS5 uses with its central fan and 2) if an m.2 SSD expansion drive is installed in the available bay of the PS5 (also inevitable given the baseline storage the system has and AAA games in 2022 onwards), does the increased block of heat that the SSD+HEATSINK+M.2 Cover panels result in ambient heat that the system is not efficiently ejecting? So, today I want to talk a little about these plates, but more importantly, run a series of tests that measure the temperature of the internal system AND the SSD expansion bay in a series of different setup scenarios. But, before we go any further, let’s take a closer look at the dBrand Darkplates themselves and how they install/look on the PS5

DESIGN - 9/10
QUALITY - 9/10
EFFECTIVENESS - 7/10
PRICE - 4/10
VALUE - 4/10


6.6
PROS
👍🏻Nice design, feel, patterns and colours
👍🏻In shape when deployed makes the system look a lot more subtle and understated (no tall fins)
👍🏻
👍🏻The Vented dark plate vents do not seemingly undermine the PS5 negative pressure cooling
👍🏻
👍🏻Mesh covered vents can be removed for cleaning
CONS
👎🏻Quite pricey for what you are getting
👎🏻The vented panels seem largely useless throughout temp testing

 

Twice the Price – What’s the Difference?

The Design and Cooling Differences of the Brand Darkplates 2.0 for PS5?


So, first and foremost, the vent panels of the Brand Darkplates. These are not featured on the official PS5 plates and are one of the biggest differences between the two (and almost certainly form part of the argument that these are not infringing on Sony’s copyright. It should be highlighted though that there are not fan-assisted, they do not connect with any internal/USB power source to increase airflow and are designed to be used above the existing PS5 system fan to allow more air to be pulled into the system before it gets pushed out the back of the console. This is where the concern is for some regarding how these pass airflow vents will undermine the PS5 active cooling system when in operation.



Fairplay to Brand, the presentation of the Darkplate 2.0 kit is incredibly chic, with a box that opens from the middle on dual hinges that reveals the individual plates wrapped in plastic and black foam, then cleaning fabric and a Darkplate 2.0 reference card. It’s all very modern in presentation and dBrand make several references to the Sony legal action, their ‘fight the man style stance and generally trying to promote this as more than just plastic for your home console. It is all laid on pretty thick, but it’s still a good retail kit.



One question many buyers have about the dBrand Darkplates is about value for money. Once you step aside from the marketing and legal fandango, you are looking at type plastic plates for your PS5 that are $59 to buy. Now, Sony is already releasing their own plates now at a notably higher price, but also you need to factor in that ALOT of budget eTailers (eshops, online retailers, etc) are now selling plain black budget plates for upgrading your PS5 for just $29 – half the price fo the black dBrand Darkplates. You can also add that if you wanted to upgrade your PS5 with a new SSD and wanted to ensure low operating temperatures and/of the longevity of the SSD, then you can look at PS5 designed SSD heatsinks for the system for as little as $20. So that means that the dBrand Darkplates 2.0 arriving at $59 puts it very much in a price bracket than many might think. The PS5 designed heatsink as an optional purchase is particularly pertinent as not only will it ensure that your PS5 SSD runs at a much better general heat level, but it does so with little/no impact on the system cooling (testing here on NASCompares several times in 2021/2022). So, do the dBrand Darkplates keep the system running cool still?

How the dBrand Darkplate PS5 Temperature Testing was Conducted?


For this test, I used the following components in four different hardware configurations, with each test cycle featuring four individual components that feature heavy Write activity actioned by moving 300GB of data from the internal system SSD and over to the expansion SSD, gameplay of two PS5 titles located on the SSD and a heavy Read activity by moving the games back onto the default system storage. When each test was completed, I turned the system completely off for 15 minutes and removed the side plates between tests, to allow the system the chance to dissipate heat. This seemed reasonable instead of leaving the system off for hours at a time to completely cool naturally and as long as all tests were afforded this same cool-down period equally, it still kept things even. Here are the hardware components used in this these tests:

  • PS5 System
  • Original Official Cover Plates
  • Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB SSD with EK Official Heatsink
  • Seagate Firecuda 530 1TB SSD without Heatsink
  • M.2 SSD Cover Plate
  • Sabrent PS5 Designed Heatsink
  • Twin Node Temperature Sensor

In all tests, a temperature node was placed an inch beneath the core system fan to measure ambient system temperature at all times. This was to see if 1, the ventilated debrand plates prevented the PS5 negative pressure cooling doing its job and 2, to see if the additional heat of the SSD with/without a cover would particularly increase heat in light of the brand plates changing the system passive cooling system. The first thing to do was to get a default/baseline from the PS5 system in all these tests, so I set up the PS5 in its original plates. I installed the Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD, set in place the metal m.2 cover plate, closed the system side plates and then begun running the tests on this ‘control’ or ‘baseline’ setup.



After the first range of tests were completed, I removed the official PS5 cover plates, left the system to cool for an hour (removing and then replacing the SSD at the start and end including the m.2 cover plate), then added the dBrand Darkplates to repeat all the tests.



The range of tests and operations were repeated in this near-identical setup (but with new plates) around 2 hours after the start of the first tests and with little meaningful change in the room temperature.



Next, I wanted to see what impact that m.2 cover plate had on the running of the PS5 with the dBrand plates, so after test phase 2 was completed, I powered the device down and removed the m.2 cover plate. This time I did not leave it covering the SSD during test phase 3. The Seagate Firecuda 530 SSD used for these tests features its official EK gaming heatsink and it would be interesting to see if the additional passive ventilation in the dBrand plates would allow the air to be better drawn through the m.2 SSD bays even slightly.



After Test Phase 3 was completed, I had one final test and that was using the Sabrent PS5 designed heatsink inside the dBrand darkplate setup. Swapping the Seagate Firecuda 530 EK Heatsink version in favour of the bare/non-H/S version for this test, I installed it + the Sabrent heatsink and then replaced the Darkplates for testing as before. It would be interesting to see if the increased surface mass of the Sabrent would possibly benefit from the dBrand plates and/or if the system would be impacted in any way.



So, there you have it. Those were the tests. So, now let’s go through the results and everything we observed. It is worth remembering that the temperature for the airflow/ambient temps inside the PS5 between each test (due to factors such as the time of day and surrounding room temp that were beyond my control) at the start and end of each test cycle had a few degrees of difference between tests and although I will be adding start/end temp levels into consideration, the increase between them inside each test will be primarily what I will compare, as it will demonstrate how well the system adapted/adjusted to the change in hardware setup. For the SSD temperature, I have used CrystalDisk for PC to access the logs of the SSD controller and see how the SSD changed temp throughout the four tests each time. The spike in the graphs represent the peak of the heat recorded during each test and decreased between tests. This temp was NOT a constant and just shows its highest point.


Key – Heavy-Write = Heavy Write Activity (300GB) moving games from internal PS5 Storage to M.2 SSD, Far-Cry-6 = Far Cry 6 Gameplay, Demon -Souls = Demon Souls Gameplay, Heavy-Read = Heavy Read Activity (300GB) moving games from M.2 SSD to internal PS5 Storage

Original PS5 PLATES + Seagate FC530 H/S + M.2 Cover Test Results


In test one, I used the original PS5 Plates, the Seagate Firecuda 530 H/S Edition and the m.2 expansion cover plate. Here are the results:

Type of Reading

Ambient System Temp.

SSD Controller Peak Temp.

Heavy-Write

20.2 > 20.8 = 0.6°C

45°C

Far-Cry-6

21.6 > 24.0 = 2.4°C

43°C

Demon -Souls

22.8 > 26.6 = 3.8°C

48°C

Heavy-Read

20.8 > 24.3 = 3.5°C

51°C


The general system temperature throughout the tests was quite normal for the PS5 (as you would expect in this default setup) but the SSD controller temperature was higher than I would have liked (especially compared to a PC setup) and a lot of that can be blamed on that M.2 cover plate. I have raised this before, but I do not think the cover for the M.2 is a good design for a closed system like the PS5.



 

dBrand PLATES +Seagate FC530 H/S + M.2 Cover Test Results


The next test was the dBrand Darkplates this time, but still with the same Seagate Firecuda 530 H/S SSD and m.2 cover plate. This was mainly to see if the additional ventilation would be a positive/negative to the system’s negative cooling (as its introduction of two meshed vents had to make an impact!).

Type of Reading

Ambient System Temp.

SSD Controller Peak Temp.

Heavy-Write

20.2 > 20.5 = 0.3°C

28°C

Far-Cry-6

20.4 > 22.2 = 1.8°C

39°C

Demon -Souls

21.0 > 24.0 = 3.0°C

44°C

Heavy-Read

20.9 > 24.8 = 3.9°C

47°C


The SSD temperatures were still predictably high, because of that m.2 cover, but overall the system temperature was very close to the official test temperatures and in some cases even managed to be a little cooler. Below is the temperature of the SSD controller at each test. Still higher than in a PC/Open setting, but a pinch lower.



 

dBrand PLATES + Seagate FC530 H/S + NO M.2 Cover Test Results


Next I wanted to remove the m.2 plate from the equation, so I repeated the previous test setup hardware WITHOUT the M.2 cover plate. Would allowing more active airflow in contact with the SSD heatsink help?

Type of Reading

Ambient System Temp.

SSD Controller Peak Temp.

Heavy-Write

21.3 > 21.0 = -0.3°C

18°C

Far-Cry-6

20.1 > 23.2 = 3.1°C

29°C

Demon -Souls

20.9 > 22.2 = 1.3°C

39°C

Heavy-Read

22.2 > 24.0 = 1.8°C

45°C


Overall the numbers were better for the SSD but negligible for the ambient temps. Nothing incredible and certainly not something that makes the dBrand plates worth the $59 asde from their look, but they did seem to run a slightly cooler system temp most of the time. The SSD controller was definitely a noticeable degree lower in running temp and although it still reached a height of 45 degrees after all the tests, it maintained the lower temperature recording for longer than the previous two tests.



 

dBrand PLATES + Seagate FC530 H/S + Sabrent PS5 H/S Test Results


The final test was the most unofficial sony one of the three, using the dBrand plates in conjunction with the Sabrent PS5 designed heatsink. This heatsink fills the entire M.2 slot and is raised slightly from the expansion aby in order for active airflow drawn by that internal fan to travel over/through the grooves of the heatsink. Use of the Sabrent heatsink means that I have to switch the Firecuda 530 SSD out for the same SSD but without the official/pre-applied heatsink. Now, the question here is that if the system internal negative pressure cooling is not as efficient with the vented panel of the dBrand plates, will that means that air flow over the Sabrent heatsink will be reduced (as the air gets pulled through the circular vents of the plates and not the grooved front vents of the PS5 normally?

Type of Reading

Ambient System Temp.

SSD Controller Peak Temp.

Heavy-Write

21.9 > 22.4 = 0.5°C

28°C

Far-Cry-6

19.8 > 24.9 = 5.1°C

32°C

Demon -Souls

20.3 > 22.9 = 2.6°C

33°C

Heavy-Read

18.5 > 20.9 (fan increased) = 2.4°C

38°C


Overall, this was a great test and the SSD temperature was at its lowest here than in any other test. The ambient system temperature was good too, lower at boot and by the end of a test wave than any other test. The only thing that marred it slightly was the fact the system fans appeared to ramp up in the closing stages of the heavy read test.



Let’s compare each test vs the default setup below.


In all four scenarios, games were being loaded from the Seagate Firecuda 530 NVMe SSD inside the PS5 expansion bay and an interesting take from this is the varying differences in temperature between them (in the white and red graphs) that, even if you factor small changes in the environmental temperatures around the machine, are still notably different, the more access airflow had to those heatsinks. Likewise, you can see that the temperatures displayed for the ambient system temperature were from the last seconds of each test in jsut the standard setup in conjunction with either plate set choice were still incredibly similar. Therefore I think this indicates that the system temp with the dBrand plates is still comparable in either setup (at most 1-2 degrees of difference):

Click to view slideshow.

Comparing the initial setup with dBrand and Official PS5 plates side by side, you can see that most fo the internal PS5 temperatures were largely identical and it’s only really on the SSD controller reports that we see a significant difference (with the dBrand SSD heatsink being the lower temperature at boot, but closing in on the same temp as the official plates as each test was completed. Overall, comparing these showed (at least to me) that the use of the dBrand plates did not impact the PS5 system operational temp levels negatively.


RESULTS:

TEST Original PS5 Plates + SSD + M.2 Cover

dBrand Darkplates 2.0 PS5 Plates + SSD + M.2 Cover

Ambient System Temp Start/End/Diff SSD Controller Temp Max Ambient System Temp Start/End/Diff SSD Controller Temp Max
Heavy-Write

20.2 > 20.8 = 0.6°C

45°C

20.2 > 20.5 = 0.3°C

28°C

Far-Cry-6

21.6 > 24.0 = 2.4°C

43°C

20.4 > 22.2 = 1.8°C

39°C

Demon -Souls

22.8 > 26.6 = 3.8°C

48°C

21.0 > 24.0 = 3.0°C

44°C

Heavy-Read

20.8 > 24.3 = 3.5°C

51°C

20.9 > 24.8 = 3.9°C

47°C


 

dBrand Darkplates 2.0 vs Original PS5 Plates (WITHOUT m.2 Cover Plate)


Whereas if we look at comparing the default PS5 setup+SSD+m.2 cover against the dBrand plates+SSD+no cover, we see that temperatures were even better for the SSD controller. In terms of ambient airflow, the uncovered SSD heatsink did not really negatively impact the PS5 system and in the areas, it did get hotter than the official PS5 plates and cover, it was very small indeed and negligible at best!


RESULTS:

TEST Original PS5 Plates + SSD + M.2 Cover

dBrand Darkplates 2.0 PS5 Plates + SSD + NO M.2 Cover

Ambient System Temp Start/End/Diff SSD Controller Temp Max Ambient System Temp Start/End/Diff SSD Controller Temp Max
Heavy-Write

20.2 > 20.8 = 0.6°C

45°C

21.3 > 21.0 = -0.3°C

18°C

Far-Cry-6

21.6 > 24.0 = 2.4°C

43°C

20.1 > 23.2 = 3.1°C

29°C

Demon -Souls

22.8 > 26.6 = 3.8°C

48°C

20.9 > 22.2 = 1.3°C

39°C

Heavy-Read

20.8 > 24.3 = 3.5°C

51°C

22.2 > 24.0 = 1.8°C

45°C


 

dBrand Darkplates 2.0 vs Original PS5 Plates (with m.2 Cover Plate)


Finally, there is comparing the default setup of the official plates versus using the dBrand Darkplates, M.2 SSD and the Sabrent PS5 designed heatsink. The controller was easily at it’s coolest point on the tests using the Sabrent heatsink, which wasn’t a big surprise. However, what really stood out was that the heat increase inside the PS5 system (although STARTING lower) increased quite quickly. Even though it was still lower than the SSD+official heatsink+m.2, it increased fast enough to make me wonder if the additional vents of the dBrand design lost some of that sucked in airflow directly next to the Sabrent heatsink. Here is how they compare:


RESULTS:

TEST Original PS5 Plates + SSD + M.2 Cover

dBrand Darkplates 2.0 PS5 Plates + SSD + SABRENT HEATSINK

Ambient System Temp Start/End/Diff SSD Controller Temp Max Ambient System Temp Start/End/Diff SSD Controller Temp Max
Heavy-Write

20.2 > 20.8 = 0.6°C

45°C

21.9 > 22.4 = 0.5°C

28°C

Far-Cry-6

21.6 > 24.0 = 2.4°C

43°C

19.8 > 24.9 = 5.1°C

32°C

Demon -Souls

22.8 > 26.6 = 3.8°C

48°C

20.3 > 22.9 = 2.6°C

33°C

Heavy-Read

20.8 > 24.3 = 3.5°C

51°C

18.5 > 20.9 (fan increased) = 2.4°C

38°C


Throughout Feb 2022, I will be publishing the videos of my tests (x3 videos) and they will be published below. Take a look at them as they get published, as well as my video detailing the results of temperature testing of the Sabrent PS5 SSD heatsink:


Note: if a video is showing as ‘unavailable’, it means it is still awaiting publication in the schedule and will be coming soon.

dBrand Darkplate 2.0 Temp Test 1

dBrand Darkplate 2.0 Temp Test 2

dBrand Darkplate 2.0 Temp Test 3

Sabrent PS5 Heatsink Temp Test


 

dBrand Darkplates 2.0 for PS5 and Keeping it Cool? – Conclusion & Verdict


Overall, I would say that the pricetag of the dBrand Darkplates is a lot more about having a unique looking and possibly better design looking PS5 in your home, than it is about improvements on systems temperatures and efficiency. The $59 price tag of the base/default dBrand Darkplate 2.0 kit is quite steep, when there are budget $25-30 PS5 plate kits in the market right now and the ventilation that forms a big part of the design of these newly refreshed designed plates looks interesting/effective, but in reality seems to change the operating temperature of the PS5 very little. Therefore although they don’t seem to improve the temperatures much, it can be argued that the plates do NOT undermine or negatively affect the PS5’s negative cooling system. Regarding their use in conjunction with an SSD, m.2 PC style heatsink or a PS5 designed alternative, the differences between identical setups with the official PS5 plates or Darkplates were too similar to declare any form of advantage. Ultimately, in 2022, if you want the SSD that is housing your bigger games to run at its coolest, investing in a better system designed heatsink or running without the m.2 cover plate is much, much more recommended than upgrading cover plates. I like the look, feel, presentation and overall design of the dBrand Darkplates, I just question whether they are worth $59, or double the price of budget plate replacements out there.

PROs of the dBrand Darkplates 2.0 CONs of the dBrand Darkplates 2.0
Nice design, feel, patterns and colours

In shape when deployed makes the system look a lot more subtle and understated (no tall fins)


The Vented dark plate vents do not seemingly undermine the PS5 negative pressure cooling


Mesh covered vents can be removed for cleaning

Quite pricey for what you are getting

The vented panels seem largely useless throughout temp testing



 


 

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PS5 SSD Comparison 2022 – Seagate Firecuda 530 vs WD Black SN850 vs Samsung 980 Pro vs Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus

28 février 2022 à 02:23

PS5 Loading Comparison of the WD Black SN850, Seagate Firecuda 530, Samsung 980 and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSD


The Playstation 5 has had the support of SSD storage upgrades now for the better part of half a year and in that time, ALOT of different SSDs have arrived on the scene that make promises to be your PERFECT PS5 SSD upgrade. However, despite all of these more modern releases, there are still four SSDs that arrived on the scene BEFORE sony enabled the SSD expansion feature of the PS5 that are among the very best performing SSDs in the system right now. These are the Samsung 980 Pro (released in Autumn 2020), the WD Black SN850 (also released in Autumn 2020), the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus (released in winter 2020/2021) and finally the Seagate Firecuda 530 (released in summer 2021). These four SSDs are not only easily the most popular SSDs for PS5 SSD upgrades among the majority of gamers, but they also bring different unique qualities each that make the stand out – Value, Price, Durability and IOPs (more understandable as the reactivity in practice). I have discussed these four SSDs several times on NASCompares and on the NC YouTube channel, but now in 2022 with so many different options in the market to choose from, do these SSDs still cut the mustard? And if they do, which one does the best job? Let’s compare these SSDs in PS5 performance.


Note – I compared these four SSDs last year when the PS5 SSD expansion option was enabled and you can find my first wave of tests below:


PS5 SSD Faceoff I (video)- WD Black SN850 vs Seagate Firecuda 530 vs Samsung 980 vs Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSD


PS5 SSD Faceoff II (video)- WD Black SN850 vs Seagate Firecuda 530 vs Samsung 980 vs Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSD


PS5 SSD Faceoff ALL (article)- WD Black SN850 vs Seagate Firecuda 530 vs Samsung 980 vs Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSD

Test 1 – Spiderman Miles Morales #1


A PS5 launch title, this test comprised of seeing which SSD loaded the game world (from the title screen) the fastest. The difference was INCREDIBLY small and came down to the frame!



Winner – Samsung 980 Pro, 03:966 Seconds

Test 2 – Spiderman Miles Morales #2


Sticking with Spiderman Miles Morales, the next test is an in-game world load, fast travelling to another part of the open world. Again, a very quick load and all four SSDs were incredibly close.



Winner – DRAW, Samsung 980 PRO / Seagate Firecuda 530, 04.166 Seconds (less than a single frame between them)

Test 3 – Lego Worlds


Switching back to a PS4 title, I selected Lego Worlds as it is a surprisingly long loading game for the previous generation that (despite the PS5’s increased power and NVMe SSD performance) is quite a demanding game to load into its open world, sandbox mode. Each test for a completely fresh, randomized sandbox mode without internet connectivity involved. I measured this (as it is a dynamic loading screen) at which SSD hit 100% asset loading first.



Winner – WD Black SN850, 25:087 Seconds (Seagate Firecuda 530 shortly afterwards)

Test 4 – Deathloop


Released in late 2021, Deathloop is a fast-paced game that is semi-open-world and prioritized its framerate and colourful assets. This test was direct from title screen load and into an early stage of the game. Loading was compared from the immediate load screen (as the title screen animation can vary)



Winner – WD Black SN850, 07.050 Seconds (Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus shortly after)

Test 5 – CALL OF DUTY WARZONE


A very popular game on all platforms, Call of Duty Warzone is a very tough game to test as it is ‘always-online’ and cannot be played without a server connection that is hit every time any action is performed at the title screen/menus. This test tried to remove as much of the server connection as possible, using bots only training match, but still had server connections that could not be avoided (so these should be taken into account). Loading was deemed ‘completed’ when you had character control (existing aircraft immediately as the option appeared for control)



Winner – Seagate Firecuda 530, 01:13:085 Minutes (WD Black Closely behind)

Test 6 – SPIDERMAN PS5 REMASTERED #1


The next test was very similar to tests 1 and 2, but this time with Spiderman, remastered for the PS5 using the Miles Morales engine upgrades, and the initial test was once again measuring the time it took the game to load into the world from the title screen. Once again, incredible close and came down to the frame and took less that 2-3 seconds across the four.



Winner – Seagate Firecuda 530, 01:854 Seconds

Test 7 – SPIDERMAN PS5 REMASTERED #2


Back to Spiderman Remaster for a 2nd test. A fast/travel test ‘in world’ much like the test with Spiderman M/M. Once again, lightning-fast loading was the order of the day.



Winner – Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, 03.839 Seconds

Test 8 – Ghost of Tsushima: Legends #1


The next test was using the PS5 version (Directors cut) of Ghost of Tsushima. Using the Legends mode, I was able to set up two different instances of direct-to-game world loading from the main menu. Each test transition ALSO includes an opening world overview cut scene that includes in-world assets (i.e silent background loading with the player watching fixed views), so ‘full’ loading in both instances was judged at the point when the player was given character movement control (the fade-in-effect). The first test, focusing on a tightly knit but graphically detailed area, went like this:



Winner – TIE, Samsung 980 PRO and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, 27:774 Seconds

Test 9 – Ghost of Tsushima: Legends #2


Moving on to test two of Ghost of Tsushima, legends mode, this was another open-world area that has an enormous amount of NPCs to factor in and a larger area. Results were as follows:



Winner – Three-way Tie, Samsung 980 PRO, WD Black SN850 and Seagate Firecuda 530, 39:164 Seconds

Test 10 – ROCKET LEAGUE


Another popular multi-platform game, the next test used Rocket League. A single exhibition match test, using bots 4v4, this was never going to be a particularly taxing test but included because this is such a popular game for many.



Winner – Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, 06:654 Seconds (but only a few frames ahead of all other SSDs)

Test 11 – LAST OF US PART 2 #1


Arriving at the tail end of the PS4 generation’s place as the top gen, Last of Us Part II is an incredibly hefty game (in terms of performance and graphics) and this is achieved with incredibly subtle use of silent/background loading throughout the game’s campaign and also a substantial title-screen to game loading time (one of the loading games of its generation with only the likes of GTA V and RDR2 in the same league). A massive combination of heavy chunks of data and a horrendously large number of smaller files. Put that all together and you have a bit of a loading nightmare for lesser SSDs! Two tests were conducted on Last of Us Part II with these SSDs. The first test featured an incredibly closed in area of the game that cannot afford the luxury of exchanging high-quality textures and assets in favour of lower ones (typically accessible via fixed camera work or distance management). Here is how it turned out in the SSD comparison.



Winner – Samsung 980 PRO, 46.654 Seconds (it loaded ALOT faster and although the difference was negligible in repeated tests, it still was the fastest each time)

Test 12 – LAST OF US PART 2 #2


The 2nd test of The Last of Us Part 2 was in a significantly more open area that on the one had afforded the game the luxury of loading out assets in favour of lesser ones that were unseen/far away, but also had a larger base level of assets to load in initially from the title screen load. Here is how the WD Black SN850, Seagate Firecuda 530, Samsung 980 Pro and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSD compared:



Winner – TIE, Seagate Firecuda 530 and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, 01:36.638 Minutes


So, those were the tests, let’s tally up the results! No ‘half points’ in the case of a tie/draw, as even if two or more SSDs loaded at the same pace, it is still a win for both!


Note – If you want to check out the continuous testing of the WD Black SN850, Seagate Firecuda 530, Samsung 980 and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSD for PS5, we have been testing these four SSDs (and many others) over on our YouTube Channel. If you want to check out the playlist for each SSD below, you can use one of the 4 links here.


Click to load the respective video playlist in another tab/window:


Seagate Firecuda 530 PS5 SSD Playlist


WD Black SN850 PS5 SSD Playlist


Samsung 980 Pro PS5 SSD Playlist


Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus PS5 SSD Playlist

WD Black SN850, Seagate Firecuda 530, Samsung 980 Pro and Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSD Comparison – The Results


Going through the results, we are able to see that the overall winners on points are the Seagate Firecuda 530 and Samsung 980 Pro SSDs. Also, they were notably similar in the games they succeeded at (a lot of ties/draws).



Samsung 980 Pro – 5


Seagate Firecuda 530 – 5


Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus – 4


WD Black SN850 – 3


 

TOP 4 Recommended PS5 Storage Expansion Compatible SSDs

WD Black SN850


Seagate Firecuda 530


Samsung 980 Pro


SABRENT Rocket 4 Plus


500GB – $169.99

1TB – $249.99


2TB – $549.99

500GB – $149.99

1TB – $239.99


2TB – $489.99


4TB – $949.99.

250GB – $69.99

500GB – $119.99


1TB – $199.99


2TB – $429.99

1TB – $200

2TB – $469.99


4TB – $999.99


If you are interested in learning more, I have reviewed all four of these SSDs here on NASCompares and a lot with a barrage of PS5 tests for this article, the reviews have all featured around 16 different PC benchmark tests via CrystalDisk, ATTO, AS SSD and AJA performance. Find out more below.

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
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
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
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

 

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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
👍🏻
👍🏻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
👍🏻
👍🏻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

Branding and License design will be obscured in your PS5/PC enclosure

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Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Review and Benchmark – Changing Gear?

11 février 2022 à 01:49

Review of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD


When Corsair released their first high performing SSD entry onto the PCIe 4 m.2 NVMe tier, they did so into a significantly less crowded marketplace than it is right now. The MP600 was one of the first Phison E16 SSDs to arrive on the scene and it made quite the mark! Then the Phison E18 prosumer model arrived in the MP600 Pro (Originally reviewed here on NASCompares, it scored very well in its review and benchmark ), but fast forward to 2022 and corsair have revisited this SSD with a new heatsink and tweaked firmware (optimized in favour of PS5 utilization) in the new Corsair MP600 Pro LPX. This new revision of the Corsair MP600 embraces some physical differences in the heatsink (changing the rather beefy PC targetted H/S), but for the most part is the same SSD, with the same architecture as the MP600 that came before it. That said, with the boost in SSD deployment in PS5 consoles around the world, the move by the brand to make their flagship prosumer SSD more accessible to that market makes a lot of sense. That said, is this the same old SSD with a simple paint job? What sets the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX apart from its predecessor? Let’s find out.


Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Review – Quick Conclusion


Arriving as a slight change on the blueprints of the previously released Corsair MP600 Pro, the newly PS5 optimized Corsair MP600 Pro LPX is very much a second helping of what that same SSD did previously. It does bring a few tweaks into the mix (modified Heatsink, improved NAND, etc) but if you are already an owner of the PC focused MP600 Pro, there isn’t going to be much new for you here. However, if this is your first time considering the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX as your gamer SSD of course, is it a remarkably solid, well built and understated piece of storage! Performing remarkably well in testing on the PC and PS5, this IS a good SSD. That said, the PCIe Gen 4 SSD market is fast becoming a very crowded place and despite its pluses, the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX may be in danger of fading into the background. Luckily its pricing appears more dynamic than many out there (even at its launch) and the Corsair name carries enough kudos in the PC market to get picked up by console gamers nonetheless. A good SSD that, had it been released just 6 months before, I think would have made a bigger noise for buyers to hear! PS5 Buyers, don’t hesitate! PC buyers, maybe save a few quid and opt for the MP600 Pro standard version.

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


8.4
PROS
👍🏻Another good Phison E18 SSD
👍🏻Same Architecture (inc NAND quality) to the Seagate Firecuda 530
👍🏻
👍🏻Good Price Point vs WD & Seagate Options
👍🏻
👍🏻Genuinely Impressive value for the price tag
👍🏻
👍🏻PS5 Compatibility is Confirmed and the heatsink fits great
👍🏻
👍🏻No overpromising of its abilities and solid performance
👍🏻
👍🏻Durability is a pinch better than the WD Black SN850 and Samsung 980 Pro
👍🏻
👍🏻Higher 4K Random IOPS ratings than most
👍🏻
👍🏻Impressively high write performance compared with similar architecture SSD
CONS
👎🏻The retail package is a little underwhelming
👎🏻Ran a little hotter than most SSDs in PC benchmark tests

Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Review – Packaging


A close look at the retail box of the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX shows us that this range differs ever so slightly from the original version and its yellow/black design. The box is fairly monotone and conservative, lacking the loud luminous yellow of its predecessor.



The retail box shows us the familiar rigid packaging we saw in the Corsair MP600 Pro, as well as the inclusion of installation instructions and warranty information. All fairly standard stuff.



There are details on the box regarding the performance of the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX, as well as further information on how well this SSD performs. Much like the Corsair MP600 Pro original version, the new LPX release is remarkably restrained in its reported performance from the brand (in our testing of its general predecessor, we would it could achieve a good 10-15% more than the brand implied. Let’s hope this is the case once again.



Removing the SSD from all the retail packaging, we find the SSD and its PS5 optimised heatsink. Quite similar to the Nextorage NEM-PA discussed here on the channel a couple of weeks ago, the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD is a chunky but low profile m.2 heatsink that features multiple airflow channels for assisting heat dissipation. However, this SSD heatsink will likely be encased in the PS5 SSD expansion slot and that will marginally limit airflow.



The Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD heatsink though is still quite coversome and surrounds the SSD very neatly. Arriving as a pre-installed heatsink purchase, this SSD arrives tightly cases inside the aluminium surrounding case.



With so many first party SSD heatsinks arriving in the market (largely due to the increased heat generated by PCIe 4 Performance generally), the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX heatsink still manages to be a little generic but is certainly built to a standard that I feel it will do the job it is built for. The heatsink has been clearly designed to fit inside the PS5 m2 SSD expansion slot (hence the several references to the console on the retail packaging) and I am pleased to confirm that it fits without a hitch! I’m still not a huge fan of the covered design of the SSD slot on the PS5, but still, this heatsink has adapted well compared with the standard MP600 model.



The heatsink on the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX in a PS5 deployment seems a good fit, but when we performed our PC benchmarks (detailed later in the review) it should be noted that the temperature of the controller rose a pinch higher (around 10-12 degrees) higher than most other similarly designed SSD+Heatsink combos, peaking at the most intense testing at 57 degrees. This is still well within the operational temperatures of this SSD to perform, but I have seen similar architecture SSDs (in the controller, NAND, memory) to the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX maintain the temperature better and that is often down to the heatsink being chunkier or a larger surface area in a PC environment to capture active airflow.



When installing the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX in the PS5, we performed a benchmark using the system’s own tool several times and although the highest it achieved was 6388MB/s, the best average temp was around 6300-6400MB/s.


As you would expect, the SSD immediately appeared in the PS5 storage manager and was available for use straight away.



Full PS5 Games Loading testing of the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX NVMe SSD will be coming soon to the YouTube channel here on NASCompares, but in the meantime, here is how it compared again games loading on 6 games against the internal PS5 SSD:


Let’s see how the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX PS5 benchmark compared with other SSDs we have tested.


Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Review – PS5 Benchmark


To put the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD PS5 Performance Benchmark into a little perspective, here is how it compares against the Addlink A95, Adata XPG Gammix S70, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus and Gigabyte Aorus 7000s – four SSDs that are all PS5 supported and VERY similar architecture very little difference between the others in this tier, it is a solid benchmark.

Addlink A95 PS5 Benchmark – 6556MB/s XPG GAMMIX S70 PS5 Benchmark – 6235MB/s
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus – 6557MB/s Gigabyte Aorus 7000s PS5 Benchmark6557MB/s

Full PS5 Testing of this is all available as a playlist over on the NASCompares YouTube channel. But for now, let’s carry on with looking at the hardware of the A440, how it conventionally benchmarks and how it compares with currently favourite PS5 SSDs like the WD Black and Seagate Firecuda 530,



So that is the physical design of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD. But what about the hardware components themselves? Does the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX cut the mustard in terms of current generation hardware and protocols? Let’s find out. First thing’s first, let’s remove the heatsink of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX, which is done by the removal of four individual Phillips head screw heads. Also, don’t do this! It will invalidate your warranty.



Inside, we find thermal paste/gel applied directly onto the key components. This SSD was a 2-sides PCB (8x 256GB NAND) and thermal material was applied on either side. I expected to see a rectangular thermal pad, but this direct application onto the key components is arguably better (more precisely on the controller). Let’s discuss the main components and architecture of this SSD:


Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Review – Hardware Specifications


As you might expect from an M.2 NVMe SSD that boldly promises performance of over 7,000MB/s sequential read (ie BIG data), the hardware specifications and architecture of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX are quite modern. Indeed, for all the big talk of the incredibly similar Seagate Firecuda 530 hardware (still currently the ‘score to beat’ PCIE Gen4 m.2 NVMe right now, though a noticeable degree more expensive than all the others) being top tier, the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX is pretty darn similar on the spec sheet! Below is how it looks:

Corsair MP600 PRO LPX


500GB – $99, 1TB – $169, 2TB – $3394TB – $745

PCIe Generation PCIe 4 x4
NVMe Rev NVMe Rev. 1.4
NAND & Memory 176L 3D TLC Micron B47R
Max Capacity 1-4TB
Controller Phison PS5018-E18
Warranty 5 Years

I know a lot of the above will seem needlessly technical, so below we can bring the most important considerations into sharper focus.

Hardware Focus of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Series


The first big, BIG thing to remember here is the controller, that Phison E18. An SSD is much like a microcosm version of a whole computer. The Controller is equivalent to the CPU, and Phison are one of the bigger 3rd party SSD controller manufacturers in the world! I say 3rd party because some long-running storage brands like Samsung and WD have most of their development and hardware engineering ‘in-house’ and use their own branded controllers. Whereas some brands source some/all components for their SSDs from 3rd parties – which is not necessarily a bad thing for both them and the industry (there are pros and cons on either side). Phison has been at the cutting edge of this subject for years now and the E18 was first revealed last year in 2020, but due to the pandemic making storage trends unpredictable and semi-conductor shortages, most SSDs that utilized the Phison E18 eventually arrived in 2021. This controller is one of the biggest reasons that the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX can actually back up it’s promises about the 7,000MB/s+ (reporting a max 7,100) Sequential Read (sequential data = big chunks of data). However, that is not the only reason.



The NAND on the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX is where the data lives! SSDs (as you no doubt know) do not use moving parts as found in traditional hard drives and instead uses cells that are charged and data is read/written to them in this process. The quality of the NAND and the layers used will make a big difference to the durability and performance of an SSD and the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX features the same NAND quality as the Seagate Firecuda 530 at 176 layer 3D TLC NAND), which is bigger than most, arriving at 96 Layers of 3D TLC NAND. Although the majority of modern PCIe M.2 SSD use 3D TLC NAND (avoid QLC NAND like the PLAGUE btw!), most are still at 96 layers or so, which still puts the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD ahead.



Much like the Controller on the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX being the ‘CPU’, it also has an area of memory. The Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD uses 2GB DDR4 DRAM/Memory on board and this in conjunction with the SSD provides a massive body of data handling resources for getting your data moving through the SSD and out of the m.2 NVMe PCIe 4 interface. The amount of memory scales in conjunction with the 1TB or 2TB SSD you use, with 2GB of DDR4 at the 2TB tier, 1GB DDR4 on the 1TB, etc.



As mentioned, all available capacities of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX arrive at 2280 in length. The Corsair MP600 PRO LPX range arrives in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB, with the latter two choices arriving as double-sided SSDs. Performance increases (less so in Read, but very much in Write) as your scale-up in the capacities and the larger distribution of NAND that can be accessed simultaneously is a big reason for this.



Finally, there is the M.2 NVMe connection. Not all m.2 SSDs are created equal and although M.2 SATA and M.2 NVMe look similar, they provide massively different performance and connectivity. However, the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX takes it one step further, by using a newer generation of PCIe Connectivity. In short, M.2 NVMe SSDs are connected to the host PC/Console system via PCIe protocol (think of those slots that you almost always use for your graphics cards, but a much, MUCH smaller connector). These allow much larger bandwidth (ie maximum speed) for the connected storage media, Much like regular PCIe slots, they have different versions (i.E PCIe Gen 1, 2, 3, 4, etc) and also a multiplying factor (x1, x2, x4, etc). Up until around 18 months ago, the best M.2 NVMes were M.2 PCIe Gen 3×4 (so a maximum 4,000MB/s possible). However, never generation SSD like the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX use PCIe Gen 4×4 (a potential 8,000MB/s possible) and it is only now that SSD controllers and NAND production has reached a point where it can catch up and fully saturate (i.e fill) this connection.



Overall, you really cannot fault the hardware inside/onboard the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX, as it is still higher performing in sequential Read and Write than many other M.2 NVMe PCIe 4 SSDs released in that time. Before we go into the full testing, however, it is worth taking a moment to look closely at the reported performance benchmarks of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX, as although the performance seems stellar, there are areas such as IOPS and endurance when compared with its main rivals that are worth taking into consideration.

Corsair MP600 PRO LPX 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 Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD arrives in multiple capacities (below). 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 12 months and most recently the announcement that PS5 supports this SSD and it has increased the current price of both models around 20-30%! That said, the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX arrives at a price point that undercuts the Seagate and even challenges popular SSDs in the market from WD and Samsung, despite being the newest SSD on the scene. Below is a breakdown of how each Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD compares:

Brand/Series Corsair MP600 PRO LPX


500GB – $99, 1TB – $169, 2TB – $3394TB – $745

Seagate Firecuda 530


500GB – $149.99, 1TB – $239.99, 2TB – $489.99, 4TB – $949.99

WD Black SN850


500GB – $169.99, 1TB – $249.99, 2TB – $549.99

PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4
NAND 176L 3D TLC Micron B47R 3D TLC Micron B47R 176L BiCS4 96L TLC
Max Capacity 4TB – Double Sided 4TB – Double Sided 2TB
Controller Phison E18-PS5018 Phison E18-PS5018 WD_BLACK G2
Warranty 5yr 5yr 5yr
500GB Model CSSD-F0500GBMP600PLP ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Price in $ and $ $99 $139 / £119 $119 / £99
1TB Model CSSD-F01000GBMP600PLP​ ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Price in $ and $ $169 / £169 $239 / £199 $249 / £169
2TB Model CSSD-F02000GBMP600PLP​ ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Price in $ and $ $339 / £289 $419 / £379 $399 / £339
4TB Model CSSD-F04000GBMP600PLP ZP4000GM3A013 N/A
Price in $ and $ $749 / £699 $949 / £789 N/A
500GB Model CSSD-F0500GBMP600PLP ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 350TB 640TB 300TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,600,000 1,800,000 1,750,000
DWPD 0.38 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD
1TB Model CSSD-F01000GBMP600PLP​ ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 700TB 1275TB 600TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,600,000 1,800,000 1,750,000
DWPD 0.38DWPD 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD
2TB Model CSSD-F02000GBMP600PLP​ ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 1400TB 2550TB 1200TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,600,000 1,800,000 1,750,000
DWPD 0.38DWPD 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD
4TB Model CSSD-F04000GBMP600PLP ZP4000GM3A013 N/A
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 2800TB 5100TB N/A
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,600,000 1,800,000 N/A
DWPD 0.38DWPD 0.7DWPD N/A

There are clear throughput improvements as you rise through the capacity tiers (not unusual), as does the rated 4K IOPS. Though one area worth focusing on a little is that TBW (terabytes Written) and DWPD (Drive writes per day), as this drive is rated a pinch higher than the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850 in terms of NAND lifespan on daily writes, likely down to that Micron 176 Layer 3D TLC NAND used, rather than t used by those used by competitors. This is an important point because the brand has significantly less pedigree in-home/business SSD media than the likes of Samsung, WD and Seagate and people will want to know they are going to get a product that lasts!



Additionally, thanks to the use of the Phison E18 controller and 176 layer NAND, the reported IOPS on each capacity is actually a noticeable degree higher than those reported by their competitors. Indeed, the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX is one of the few E18 SSDs that does not state it’s reported 4K random IOPS on the official pages,so it does make me wonder where the disparity stems from. Indeed, when you look at the bulk of PCIe 4×4 M.2 NVMe 1.4 SSD, that feature the E18 controller and 96L (or higher) on board, it really leaves about 10 other SSDs in the market today that this can be compared against, such as the Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, the MSI Spatium M480, the ADATA Gammix S70 and (current leader) the Seagate Firecuda 530. Of those, the only one that seemingly ‘out specs’ the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX is the Seagate Firecuda 530. However, the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD has been available in the market for mere weeks at the time of writing and has certainly embedded itself in the market at that time a fraction more. Below is how these two drives compare:

Brand/Series Corsair MP600 PRO LPX


500GB – $99, 1TB – $169, 2TB – $3394TB – $745

Seagate Firecuda 530


500GB – $149.99, 1TB – $239.99, 2TB – $489.99, 4TB – $949.99

WD Black SN850


500GB – $169.99, 1TB – $249.99, 2TB – $549.99

500GB Model CSSD-F0500GBMP600PLP ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7100MB 7000MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 3700MB 3000MB 4100MB
1TB Model CSSD-F01000GBMP600PLP​ ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7100MB 7300MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 5800MB 6000MB 5300MB
2TB Model CSSD-F02000GBMP600PLP​ ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7100MB 7300MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6800MB 6900MB 5100MB
4TB Model CSSD-F04000GBMP600PLP ZP4000GM3A013  
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7100MB 7300MB N/A
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6800MB 6900MB N/A
Brand/Series Seagate Firecuda 530 WD Black SN850
500GB Model CSSD-F0500GBMP600PLP ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 435,000 400,000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 615,000 700,000 680,000
1TB Model CSSD-F01000GBMP600PLP​ ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 900000 800000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,200,000 1000000 720,000
2TB Model CSSD-F02000GBMP600PLP​ ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,200,000 1,000,000 710,000
4TB Model CSSD-F04000GBMP600PLP ZP4000GM3A013  
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,000,000 1,000,000 N/A
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,200,000 1,000,000 N/A

Yes, that is a LONG table, but you can immediately see that the Seagate Firecuda 530 raises the stakes on all of the key specifications. Although there are a number of micro reasons for this, the 176L NAND is the biggest factor here, but also that EK designed heatsink and inclusive data recovery services. Yes, that is why the Firecuda 530 commands a higher price tag. Additionally, the WD Black arrives at a better price point, solid IOPS in most tiers and the fact it does this whilst still hitting that 7,000MB/s certainly gives pause for thought. However, for many, the additional cost for higher durability they may never need, peak performance their core system will not reach and IOPS rating that their larger file handling will never utilize will mean that holding out for the Firecuda or WD Black SN850 is not in their interest. Both SSDs (on paper at this stage!) are fantastic examples of where consumer and prosumer SSDs are evolving towards. Let’s get the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX on the test machine!


Testing the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX m.2 PCIE4 NVMe SSD


The Corsair MP600 PRO LPX was selected for this test and it was tested using multiple benchmark tools, from a cold boot, in the 2nd storage slot (i.e not the OS drive). Each test was conducted three times (full details of this are shown in the YouTube Review of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX over on NASCompares):


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

Once again, it is worth looking at the temperatures that this SSD hit during the testing. 1 minute cooldown was provided between tests and although the SSD clearly dissipated heat effectively, it still maintained a comparatively high temp during the tests.



Using CrystalDisk, we got a good measure of the drive and verified that this PCIe Gen 4 x4 SSD was indeed using the 4×4 lane. Additionally, the temp averaged out around 47C between each test being conducted.



The first tests were conducted using the ATTO disk benchmark software. The first was a 256MB test file size and below is a breakdown of the transfer rates and IOPS. The 2nd Test was a 1GB test file and finally, the last test was with a 4GB test file. The system was given 1-minute cool downtime between tests, no screen recording software was used (remove overhead) and a heatsink was used throughout (no reboots)


ATTO Disk Benchmark Test #1


256MB File PEAK Read Throughput  = 6.61GB/s


256MB File PEAK Write Throughput = 6.34GB/s


 



 


ATTO Disk Benchmark Test #2


1GB File PEAK Read Throughput  = 6.61GB/s


1GB File PEAK Write Throughput = 6.34GB/s


 



 


ATTO Disk Benchmark Test #3


4GB File PEAK Read Throughput  = 6.61GB/s


4GB File PEAK Write Throughput = 6,.38GB/s


 



 


Next, although the ATTO tests were quite good, but not what I would have hoped from this SSD, so I moved on to the Crystal Disk Mark testing to see how well it would handle our last barrage of tests. The first test was the 1GB file testing, which measured both sequential and random, as well as the read and write IOPS. Tests were conducted on a 1GB, 4GB and 16GB Test File. I also included a mixed 70/30 read and write task to give a little bit more of a realistic balanced workload. These tests were conducted with 1-minute cooling break in between


CRYSTALDISK MARK 1GB TEST




CRYSTALDISK MARK 4GB TEST




CRYSTALDISK MARK 16GB TEST



 


Next, I switched to AS SSD benchmark. A much more thorough test through, I used 1GB, 3GB and 5GB test files. Each test includes throughput benchmarks and IOPS that are respective to the larger file sizes (important, if you are reading this and trying to compare against the reported 4K IOPS from the manufacturer).


AS SSD Benchmark Test #1


 



AS SSD Benchmark Test #2


 



AS SSD Benchmark Test #3


 


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:


1GB AJA File Test Results (Peak) = 5835MB/s Read & 5648MB/s Write



4GB AJA File Test Results (Peak) = 5816MB/s Read & 5678MB/s Write



16GB AJA File Test Results (Peak) = 6035MB/s Read & 5547MB/s Write



Overall, the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX was certainly able to provide some solid performance, as well as potentially exceed the test figures here on a more powerful machine. Given the reported Read and Write statistics that the brand has stated publically, I think there is enough evidence here to back up those claims. IOPs were a little lower than I expected (I hoped to see them cross into the 1Million mark), but again, we were testing very large file types, so this would have to be taken in context.


Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Review – Conclusion


Arriving as a slight change on the blueprints of the previously released Corsair MP600 Pro, the newly PS5 optimized Corsair MP600 Pro LPX is very much a second helping of what that same SSD did previously. It does bring a few tweaks into the mix (modified Heatsink, improved NAND, etc) but if you are already an owner of the PC focused MP600 Pro, there isn’t going to be much new for you here. However, if this is your first time considering the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX as your gamer SSD of course, is it a remarkably solid, well built and understated piece of storage! Performing remarkably well in testing on the PC and PS5, this IS a good SSD. That said, the PCIe Gen 4 SSD market is fast becoming a very crowded place and despite its pluses, the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX may be in danger of fading into the background. Luckily its pricing appears more dynamic than many out there (even at its launch) and the Corsair name carries enough kudos in the PC market to get picked up by console gamers nonetheless. A good SSD that, had it been released just 6 months before, I think would have made a bigger noise for buyers to hear! PS5 Buyers, don’t hesitate! PC buyers, maybe save a few quid and opt for the MP600 Pro standard version.

PROs of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX CONs of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX
Another good Phison E18 SSD

Same Architecture (inc NAND quality) to the Seagate Firecuda 530


Good Price Point vs WD & Seagate Options


Genuinely Impressive value for the price tag


PS5 Compatibility is Confirmed and the heatsink fits great


No overpromising of its abilities and solid performance


Durability is a pinch better than the WD Black SN850 and Samsung 980 Pro


Higher 4K Random IOPS ratings than most


Impressively high write performance compared with similar architecture SSD

The retail package is a little underwhelming

Ran a little hotter than most SSDs in PC benchmark tests


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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)
👎🏻
👎🏻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
👍🏻
👍🏻Genuinely Impressive Performance for the price tag
👍🏻
👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Confirmed
👍🏻
👍🏻Cardea Series is pretty varied
👍🏻
👍🏻4K Random IOPS exceeded the stats provided by the brand (a rare treat)
👍🏻
👍🏻The 1TB rated 6,550MB/s on the PS5
👍🏻
👍🏻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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Samsung 980 Pro SSD Heatsink Edition PC & PS5 Review – Should You Buy it in 2022?

31 janvier 2022 à 01:37

Samsung 980 Pro SSD Heatsink Edition Review, Temperature & Benchmark

Although now in 2022, we have quite a lot of 7,000MB/s and above performing SSDs in the market to choose from, it was not always this way! Rewind back to summer 2020 and as the utility and availability of PCIe 4 M.2 NVMe motherboards and PS5 consoles were bubbling to the surface and there was really only two mainstream PCIe Gen4 NVMes to choose from at this level – the WD Black SN850 and the Samsung 980 Pro. Being the first into a new area of technology has the obvious benefit of exclusivity and commanding a higher price tag, but as more brands (Seagate, ADATA, Sabrent and more) enter the market, they have this extra time to improve their product and now over 18 months later, SSDs like the Samsung 980 Pro are in danger of being eclipsed. Now, the Samsung 980 Pro SSD still carries an excellent reputation, as well as arriving at a much more affordable price point for many (given its long time in the eShops and its components all being in-house), so it still has its place in the PCIe4 SSD food chain indeed. However, one glaring omission by the brand all those months ago when it launched was not including an SSD heatsink option (as well as not making any clear recommendations on alternative m.2 SSD heatsink’s that people should buy). Now, PCIe4 SSDs can get hot, real hot! The heat that can quickly land in the 50 degrees mark (which it can still operate but is less ideal long term) and then into the 60s and 70s where throttling can occur. Practically all SSDs face this challenge and therefore the demand and recommendation for a suitable heatsink on an SSD is tremendously important. Therefore when Samsung FINALLY announced that they has a 1st party heatsink equipped version of the 980 Pro in the works for PS5/PC gamers primarily, there was a lot of happy people and a lot of slightly less happy people saying “what took so long?”. The Samsung 980 Pro is still a popular drive, but in 2022, is the addition of a heatsink and tweaks to the firmware enough for it to continue to stand strong against the more modern released competition? Let’s review and benchmark the new Samsung 980 Pro Heatsink edition and see if it still deserves your data.

Samsung 980 Pro SSD Review – Quick Conclusion

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

Samsung 980 Pro SSD Review – Packaging

The packaging of the Samsung 980 Pro is quite the contrast (literally turning black to white) when you look at the existing retail boxes of the original release. The heatsink is clearly the bit show-off factor here, as well as the usual brand shouting of sequential read performance (all brands do it). Though I will say that there has been a heck of a trend recently for SSDs to arrive in white and black packaging – PS5 retail design synergy? Who knows. But it’s a lovely clean design and stands out tremendously.

Opening the retail box of the Samsung 980 Pro SSD shows us the drive (with heatsink pre-applied – very important, as I will discuss later) encases in a plastic 2 piece shell.

Samsung consumer and prosumer SSDs have always arrived like this, but I always want to highlight it regardless as way, WAY too many brands cut corners here (in the age predominant eRetail, most consumers see the retail packaging AFTER buying, not before) and I like both the design of this presentation, as well as the protection this kind of kit provides. Not huge (as SSDs are nowhere near as fragile as a traditional platter and disc-based HDDs) but still a higher level of protection is afforded here than most.

Removing all of the packaging provides us with a particularly sleek and modern looking SSD+Heatsink combo indeed. You will typically find that SSDs targeted at gamers, content creators or those working in post-production fall into two aesthetical design choices. Either ‘eSports’ style that has a million LEDs and sharp edges/corners to give off an aggressive feel OR a ‘mature-professional’ look that is sleek, understated yet modernist in design. WD chose eSpots, Seagate chose ‘mature professional, PNY chose eSports and Smasung? The Samsung 980 Pro heating is very much going for professional design chic. But, let’s be honest, all of this is rather pointless in terms of how it all looks, as after Day 1 – an ideal M.2 NVMe SSD will NEVER be seen again (encased in a PC, Mac or PS5 for it’s use), so how does the Samsung 980 Pro heatsink design translate into cooling and temperature management?

First off, the solid design-block design that the casual glance would provide is quickly revealed to be actually quite heavily ventilated in a number of ways. The middle part of the heatsink is ventilated throughout the entire length via 4 channels, allowing air to pass through and assist in moving along the heat being dissipated from the Samsung 980 Pro controller, NAND, etc.

Additionally, there are two valleys on either side that help channel airflow through the heatsink and around/through the heatsink that will further assist dissipation. I think these will be tremendously useful in a PC environment, but I would be curious how the more restrictive M.2 expansion slot of the PS5 (with its much more limited airflow in this direction) would be able to take advantage of this.

Just to give you a little perspective, until the Samsung 980 Pro SSD arrived with its own first-party heatsink, Samsung would recommend that users purchased an m.2 2280 length heatsink and thermal pads when installing their drive in PC/PS5 systems (though never highlighting any specific brand/make/model). These typically range from as little as $5 to $20, depending on their complexity and active heat dissipation (some with copper piping, some with in built fans). Here is how the Samsung 980 Pro SSD heatsink compares with a popular $10 PC designed heatsink, the Eluteng, in design and built:

As you can see, the $10 also clearly tried to capitalize on active airflow, but a great deal more, substituting physical materials to draw the heat away from the SSD, in favour of allowing as much ventilation as possible to get rid of the heat as much as it can – a good design choice for an open-air and fan assisted PC, but less useful in the PS5 closed M.2 bay. Let’s open up the Samsung 980 Pro HEATSINK and take a look at the SSD.

Inside is a fairly standard Samsung 980 Pro M.2 NVMe SSD, much like the un-heatsink equipped version. Though it is also worth mentioning that the later releases of this drive include the much more recent update to the SSD controller firmware, something that is considerably more difficult to update yourself without a PC + M.2 slot, as the PS5 does not include support for 3rd party SSD toolkits to be installed (and a firmware update on an m.2 SSD is not possible over USB, as a direct motherboard connection is required).

The 1TB version of this SSD is single-sided (also known as single-rank or SR), so this means that heat generated on the base of the SSD is not really going to be a concern. Even in 2-sided SSDs (2TB/4TB typically), SSDs will have the NAND (where the data lives) and maybe half of the on-board DRAM/Memory, both of which are ok to get a ‘little warm’ to work their best. It is the controller on the top (the brains on the SSD that manages all the transmission of data, not unlike the CPU of your computer) that needs to stay as cool as possible.

So, let’s get some PS5 testing started first. I installed the Samsung 980 Pro into my PS5, with 2 temperature nodes in place. The first node was located underneath the heatsink and thermal pad, on top of the SSD controller (the Elpis) and the 2nd node was located outside of the PS5 M.2 SSD expansion bay, between the storage bay and the PS5 internal fan. This 2nd node was used to check the ambient system temperature as the SSD was being used to see if heat dissipated from the SSD and into the heatsink was impacting the PS5 ambient temperature.

Then I reapplied the M.2 SSD cover over the Samsung 980 Pro SSD and then placed the PS5 side plates. As counter-intuitive a it feels to cover the SSD up in this bay, this is something Sony recommend (which I will be looking into and comparing in a future video against running it WITHOUT the cover), so I went ahead with it.

During this temperature test of the PS5 with the Samsung 980 Pro SSD, I ran several tests. I performed a sustained write activity (moving several games from the internal PS5 SSD to the Samsung 980 Pro), a gameplay session on Demon Souls for PS5 (measuring the SSD controller temperature and the ambient temperature), repeated that test with the Unreal Engine 5 Tech Matrix tech application, then performed a heavy read application (moving those games back to the PS5 internal SSD). These results were compared against the exact same test with a Samsung 980 Pro in the $10 Eluteng m.2 heatsink. Below, in the video, were the results and conclusion of that test.

The Samsung 980 Pro SSD heatsink did perform better than the $10 SSD heatsink in terms of heat dissipation and temperature control, but not hugely better and I think a lot of that comes down to the PS5 having taht closed M.2 slot. Though the ambient temperature of the PS5 was better overall with the Samsung 980 Pro heatsink installation.

So, What about the Samsung 980 Pro in PS5 deployment?

When I installed the Samsung 980 Pro into the PS5, the system immediately gave me a benchmark of 6,317MB/s, which is pretty impressive for the 1TB model. The PS5 uses a different test and benchmark algorithm than those of popular PC tools such as ATTO, CrystalDisk and IOMeter, focusing exclusively on read performance. There isn’t even a direct reference to whether this figure is based on sequential data or some PS5 game-data specific data size/frequency, so we very rarely see the 7,000MB/s sequential read figure that most SSD brands talk quite loudly of. Nevertheless, this 6,300MB/s+ figure is still very solid and repeated testing gave us 6513MB/s, 6455MB/s and 6301MB/s, so it was quite a consistent benchmark for PS5.

As you would hope, the Samsung 980 Pro immediately appears in the SP5 storage manager for us and there can be used in conjunction with the PS5’s own internal SSD (and USB drives).

Let’s see how the Samsung 980 Pro SSD compares with several PCIe4 SSDs that have been released in the almost year and a half since its release.

Samsung 980 Pro SSD Review – PS5 Benchmark

To put the Samsung 980 Pro SSD PS5 Performance Benchmark into a little perspective, here is how it compares against the Addlink A95, Adata XPG Gammix S70, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus and Gigabyte Aorus 7000s – four SSDs that are all PS5 supported and VERY similar architecture very little difference between the others in this tier, it is a solid benchmark.

Addlink A95 PS5 Benchmark – 6556MB/s XPG GAMMIX S70 PS5 Benchmark – 6235MB/s
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus – 6557MB/s Gigabyte Aorus 7000s PS5 Benchmark6557MB/s

As you can see, the Samsung 980 Pro’s PS5 benchmark is in a similar bracket to these other four SSDs, though they did seem to outpace it on repeated benchmark tests, back to back. Full PS5 Testing of this SSD is available as a playlist over on the NASCompares YouTube channel. But for now, let’s carry on with looking at the hardware of the A440, how it conventionally benchmarks and how it compares with currently favourite PS5 SSDs like the WD Black and Seagate Firecuda 530,

So that is the physical design of the Samsung 980 Pro SSD. But what about the hardware components themselves? Does the Samsung 980 Pro cut the mustard in terms of current generation hardware and protocols? Let’s find out.

Samsung 980 Pro SSD Review – Hardware Specifications

As you might expect from an M.2 NVMe SSD that boldly promises performance of over 7,000MB/s sequential read (ie BIG data), the hardware specifications and architecture of the Samsung 980 Pro are quite modern. Indeed, for all the big talk of the Seagate Firecuda 530 hardware (still currently the ‘score to beat’ PCIE Gen4 m.2 NVMe right now) being top tier, the Samsung 980 Pro is pretty darn similar on the spec sheet, despite releasing a year earlier! Though there are some key build differences that I will touch on later. Below is how it looks:

Samsung 980 Pro Heatsink Edition

1TB – $179, 2TB – $299

PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.3c
NAND Samsung in-house V-NAND TLC
Max Capacity 2TB
Controller Samsung Elpis Controller
Warranty 5yrs

I know a lot of the above will seem needlessly technical, so below we can bring the most important considerations into sharper focus.

Hardware Focus of the Samsung 980 Pro SSD Series

The Samsung 980 Pro SSD benefits from an almost completely ‘in-house’ architecture, which means that the NAND for storage and the controller is designed by Samsung themselves, without relying on 3rd parties such as Phison or Innogrit for its controller. This is Samsung’s PCIe Gen 4 controller called “Elpis.” It is produced on an 8 nm production process in Samsung’s factory, same as NVIDIA’s Ampere GPUs. Compared to previous controllers in 2018-2020 (such as the Phoenix which had 32, and UBX which had only 8)., Elpis can process 128 queues at the same time. At its launch, it noticeably outpaced in Phison E16 in terms of design, but now has given way in many ways to the Phison E18 controller which arrived on the production scene around the time the Samsung 980 Pro was first released. Still a solid SSD controller never the less and backed by more in-house components.

The Samsung 980 Pro also features their own LPDDR4 memory/flash chip which provides 1GB of fast DRAM storage for the controller to store the mapping tables, etc. As you would expect, this scales as the storage capacity scales.

The storage NAND of the Samsung 980 Pro is 128L Samsung TLC V-NAND v6, which has and is separated across 2x cells on the 1TB of a capacity of 512GB. (4x 512GB on the 2TB). This is one particularly interesting area that  I don’t think gets enough credit. Right now, at the start of 2022, there is a very small handful of SSDs that are using NAND of a higher layer count than the Samsung 980 Pro (ones such as the Seagate Firecuda 530 at 176L), but the bulk of PCIe 4×4 M.2 SSDs released in the last 6 months have been 96L. It’s a small factor but definitely worth highlighting and certainly thanks in part to SamsungR&D  developing their NAND in-house.

Overall the build of the Samsung 980 Pro is still pretty strong compared with most SSDs in this performance tier and the inclusive heatsink certainly makes it be even more appealing for some. You really cannot fault the hardware inside/onboard the Samsung 980 Pro, as it is still (even 16-18 months after release) higher performing in sequential Read than many other M.2 NVMe PCIe 4 SSDs released in that time. Before we go into the full testing, however, it is worth taking a moment to look closely at the reported performance benchmarks of the Samsung 980 Pro, as although the performance seems stellar at sequential Read and 4K random IOPS numbers, there are areas such as write and endurance when compared with its main rivals that it perhaps falls a little short.

Samsung 980 Pro SSD Review – Official Stats First

Right now at the start of 2022, the Samsung 980 Pro is continuously being compared by buyers with two other big-name SSDs, the WD Black SN850 and the Seagate Firecuda 530. Both these SSD’s arrived with optional Heatsink versions on Day 1, though the WD was released much close to the Samsung 980 Pro release (with the Seagate SSD arriving in Summer 2021). Below is how these three SSDs compare in the traditional hardware architecture and durability.

Brand/Series Samsung 980 Pro H/S

1TB – $179, 2TB – $299

Seagate Firecuda 530

500GB – $149.99, 1TB – $239.99, 2TB – $489.99, 4TB – $949.99

WD Black SN850

500GB – $169.99, 1TB – $249.99, 2TB – $549.99

PCIe Generation

PCIe Gen 4

PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.3c NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4
NAND Samsung 128L 3D TLC 3D TLC Micron B47R 176L BiCS4 96L TLC
Max Capacity 2TB 4TB – Double Sided 2TB
Controller Custom Elpis Phison E18-PS5018 WD_BLACK G2
Warranty 5yr 5yr 5yr
500GB Model

MZ-V8P500BW

ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Price in $ and $ $119 / £109 $139 / £119 $119 / £99
1TB Model MZ-V8P1T0BW ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Price in $ and $ $209 / £179 $239 / £199 $249 / £169
2TB Model MZ-V8P2T0BW ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Price in $ and $ $390 / £369 $419 / £379 $399 / £339
4TB Model N/A ZP4000GM3A013 N/A
Price in $ and $ N/A $949 / £789 N/A
500GB Model

MZ-V8P500BW

ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 300TB 640TB 300TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,500,000 1,800,000 1,750,000
DWPD 0.3DWPD 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD
1TB Model MZ-V8P1T0BW ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 600TB 1275TB 600TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,500,000 1,800,000 1,750,000
DWPD 0.3DWPD 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD
2TB Model MZ-V8P2T0BW ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 1200TB 2550TB 1200TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,500,000 1,800,000 1,750,000
DWPD 0.3DWPD 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD
4TB Model N/A ZP4000GM3A013 N/A
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) N/A 5100TB N/A
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) N/A 1,800,000 N/A
DWPD N/A 0.7DWPD N/A

Some differences are quite easy to understand, such as the NVMe revision, as the update between NVMe 1.3 and 1.4 happened around the time of the Samsung 980 Pro release. Then there is the pricing differences between these three SSDs, with the Seagate Firecuda arriving at a noticeably higher price point. The price difference here can be attributed to several factors, such as the longer time being available at retail and both the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black 850 in-house component built. However, one of the other big reasons for that differing price is in the durability of the Seagate over the WD and Samsung SSD, with its terabytes written over its lifespan and drive writes per day arriving at more than double. What about random performance and sequential throughout?

Below is how the Samsung 980 Pro, Seagate Firecuda 530 and WD Black SN850 compare in performance, based on maximum possible and directly from the brands:

Brand/Series Samsung 980 Pro H/S

1TB – $179, 2TB – $299

Seagate Firecuda 530

500GB – $149.99, 1TB – $239.99, 2TB – $489.99, 4TB – $949.99

WD Black SN850

500GB – $169.99, 1TB – $249.99, 2TB – $549.99

500GB Model

MZ-V8P500BW

ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6900MB 7000MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 5000MB 3000MB 4100MB
1TB Model MZ-V8P1T0BW ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7000MB 7300MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 5000MB 6000MB 5300MB
2TB Model MZ-V8P2T0BW ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7000MB 7300MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 5100MB 6900MB 5100MB
4TB Model N/A ZP4000GM3A013  
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 7300MB N/A
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 6900MB N/A
Brand/Series Samsung 980 Pro H/S Seagate Firecuda 530 WD Black SN850
500GB Model

MZ-V8P500BW

ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 800,000 400,000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1,000,000 700,000 680,000
1TB Model MZ-V8P1T0BW ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1000000 800000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1000000 1000000 720,000
2TB Model MZ-V8P2T0BW ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
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 1,000,000 710,000
4TB Model N/A ZP4000GM3A013  
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 1,000,000 N/A
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 1,000,000 N/A

Between all three SSDs, in terms of sequential Read and Write performance, the Samsung 980 Pro (for the most part) sits in third place here pretty consistently. That said, it is still very close to the WD Black in most cases. In terms of random 4K IOPS, things fare a little better for the Samsung 980 Pro and although still outpaced by the much later released Seagate Firecuda 530 in traditional Read and Write performance, it comes out consistently 1st place in IOPS overall. So, now that is the manufacturer supplied performance figures done, let’s do some of our own tests on a mid-range PCIe 4 M.2 enabled Windows PC for some benchmarks.

Testing the Samsung 980 Pro m.2 PCIE4 NVMe SSD

The Samsung 980 Pro was selected for this test and it was tested using multiple benchmark tools, from a cold boot, in the 2nd storage slot (i.e not the OS drive). Each test was conducted three times (full details of this are shown in the YouTube Review of the Samsung 980 Pro over on NASCompares):

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

Using CrystalDisk, we got a good measure of the drive and verified that this PCIe Gen 4 x4 SSD was indeed using the 4×4 lane. Additionally, the temp averaged out around 44C between each test being conducted. Much like the PS5 temperature testing, the Samsung 980 Pro was able to get rid of the heat it had gathered very quickly. Additionally (as the grahy below shows) in the more open air based PC environment, the temperatures of the Samsung 980 Pro and it’s heatsink were considerably better than inside the PS5 closed storage bay:

The first tests were conducted using the ATTO disk benchmark software. The first was a 256MB test file size and below is a breakdown of the transfer rates and IOPS. The 2nd Test was a 1GB test file and finally, the last test was with a 4GB test file. The system was given 1-minute cool downtime between tests, no screen recording software was used (remove overhead) and a heatsink was used throughout (no reboots)

ATTO Disk Benchmark Test #1

256MB File PEAK Read Throughput  = 6.16GB/s

256MB File PEAK Write Throughput = 4.97GB/s

 


 

ATTO Disk Benchmark Test #2

1GB File PEAK Read Throughput  = 6.14GB/s

1GB File PEAK Write Throughput = 4.96GB/s

 


 

ATTO Disk Benchmark Test #3

4GB File PEAK Read Throughput  = 6.14GB/s

4GB File PEAK Write Throughput = 4.92GB/s

 


 

Next, although the ATTO tests were quite good, but not what I would have hoped from this SSD, so I moved on to the Crystal Disk Mark testing to see how well it would handle our lasts barrage of tests. The first test was the 1GB file testing, which measured both sequential and random, as well as the read and write IOPS. Test were conducted on a 1GB, 4GB and 16GB Test File. I also included a mixed 70/30 read and write task to give a little bit more of a realistic balanced workload. These tests were conducted with 1-minute cooling break in between

CRYSTALDISK MARK 1GB TEST


CRYSTALDISK MARK 4GB TEST


CRYSTALDISK MARK 16GB TEST

 

Next, I switched to AS SSD benchmark. A much more thorough test through, I used 1GB, 3GB and 5GB test files. Each test includes throughput benchmarks and IOPS that are respective to the larger file sizes (important, if you are reading this and trying to compare against the reported 4K IOPS from the manufacturer).

AS SSD Benchmark Test #1

 


AS SSD Benchmark Test #2

 


AS SSD Benchmark Test #3

 

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:

1GB AJA File Test Results (Peak) = 5400MB/s Read & 4382MB/s Write

4GB AJA File Test Results (Peak) = 5345MB/s Read & 4408MB/s Write

16GB AJA File Test Results (Peak) = 5422MB/s Read & 4490MB/s Write

Overall, the Samsung 980 Pro was certainly able to provide some solid performance, as well as potentially exceed the test figures here on a more powerful machine. Given the reported Read and Write statistics that the brand has stated publically, I think there is enough evidence here to back up those claims. IOPs were a little lower than I expected, but again, we were testing very large file types, so this would have to be taken in context with the PC used and not the monster machine that most brands feature for their printed benchmarks (i.e 8-12 core Ryzens).

Samsung 980 Pro SSD Review – Conclusion

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
PROs of the Samsung 980 Pro CONs of the Samsung 980 Pro
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

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

 


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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

 

 


 

 

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Nextorage NEM-PA NVMe SSD Review & Benchmark – THE Sony & Phison Choice?

26 janvier 2022 à 01:41

Review of the Nextorage NEM-PA PCIe Gen 4 NVMe SSD

Why should you care about the Nextorage NEM-PA SSD? It is a reasonable question at the start of 2022, as it is fair to say that there are now quite a lot of SSDs available in the market that promise upwards and over 7,000MB/s. The hardware architecture and components needed for a brand to piece together a PCIe SSD for the home or business market is now nowhere near as difficult or restrictive as it once was and therefore alongside big names that we in the west have got used to seeing (such as Seagate, WD and Samsung), we have started seeing a myriad of brands arriving in the prosumer SSD market crop up. Now, with this in mind, many users home/domestic US/UK/EU users might see the brand name ‘Nextorage’ and think, who? Well, this Japanese brand was a Sony (yes, as in Sony Playstation) own company first launched in 2019 and made up of SSD specialist teams from the past 20yrs of development in the storage medium. Then 2 weeks ago it was announced that Phison (yes, as in Phison E18, the biggest and most popular PCIe 4 SSD controller in the world right now) acquired shares of its joint-venture company Nextorage Corporation (hereinafter referred to as “Nextorage”) from its joint-venture partner, Sony Storage Media Solutions Corporation (hereinafter referred to as “SSMS”; SSMS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Group Corporation). So what does all that actually mean? Japan is an enormous eSports country and alongside demanding the fastest and more durable gaming components in their setups, the priority of a drive that is so closely linked with the developer of the gaming machine AND invested in by the controller manufacturer themselves means that this SSD Brand is in a fantastically unique position to ensure the slickest performance across the board, as well as access to building resources that ensure taht the price point can be better maintained (see WD and Samsung with their pricing thanks to in-house development/hardware). These are all very lofty words of course and boasts of quality and performance do not always translate to delivering it in reality, so let’s review the Nextorage NEM-PA SSD, take a closer look at that hardware and get some testing done to see how well it fulfil on its promises. Let’s start. 

Update 25/01/22 – Nextorage got in touch to highlight that although the NEM-PA 1TB and 2TB is only available in Japan & China at the time of this review, they will be releasing this series at a competitive price in Spring 2022 in the U.S, with the launch in Europe (UK, Germany, France, etc) in the first half of 2022. I (Robbie @nascompares ) will be revisiting this SSD then to see if any firmware updates that have arrived improve/change the results of this review and benchmark and make suitable updates as appropriate.

Nextorage NEM-PA SSD Review – Quick Conclusion

Put simply, this IS an unquestionable good SSD for a PS5 upgrade. That is clearly what the brand has been going for when promoting and presenting the NEM-PA SSD and Nextorage clearly succeeded. There are hurdles to overcome at the time of writing (such as availability outside of Japan right now) that the brand say will be resolved in Spring of 2022, but if you are looking for a long term storage upgrade for your PS5, this is one of the best examples out there. The performance stands up well in both PS5 and PC testing, the architecture holds nothing back (the NAND choice and inclusive heatsink particularly add value) and the presentation (though unimportant really) go the extra mile to assure the buyer of its pedigree. I am less sure of its price point being competitive enough to stand against the WD Black SN850 (a drive with long enough in the market and first-party manufacturer to arrive at incredibly compelling pricing), but if price is not a barrier to you and you are looking for a solid PS5 upgrade for your PS5, this SSD sits comfortably in the top 5 and maybe even top 3 in the market right now. Recommended.

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


8.4
PROS
👍🏻Inclusive Heatsink that is radioactive black Alumite coated
👍🏻176L 3D TLC NAND is always good
👍🏻Backed by Phison AND Sony
👍🏻Solid Controller and Memory Combo
👍🏻Expertly applied heatsink
👍🏻Dynamic SLC caching stores cache size up to 1/3 of the total storage area of ​​SSD
👍🏻Exceptionally High Write Performance
👍🏻Impressive overall team control during sustained tests
CONS
👎🏻Currently only available in Japan (worldwide availability assured for Spring 2022)
👎🏻Price less competitive than the WD Black SN850

Nextorage NEM-PA SSD Review – Packaging

The retail packaging of this Japanese SSD is surprisingly well thought out. I have checked into previous Sony (or Sony connected) SSD releases and although previous releases have been a little more understated/basic-box for the most part, this is very much targeted to PS5 owners who want to upgrade this storage, first and foremost!  The affiliations with Sony are very clear here, from the official Playstation Logo and PS5 system images used on the packaging (something practically no other SSD that I have reviewed in 2021/2022 has ever featured) along with tailored instructions on PS5 installation, the synergy between all this is remarkably clear! Even the colour palette of the box is dripping in PS5 design (placement, colour scheme, layout, etc).

Opening the box reveals only a couple of bits inside, held in a cardboard outer frame. This isn’t hugely surprising, but it DID answer one of my earliest concerns when it comes to any SSD that includes a heatsink – does it come pre-attached (at the factory level) as that normally means it was applied significantly more efficiently and in a dust-free environment, and indeed, that is the case here. The only things inside are the Nextorage NEM-PA SSD + Heatsink combo and the instruction manual.

However, I do want to take the tiniest pause to look at the instructions manual. Although I generally ignore this paper leaflet/pamphlet style documents with an SSD (as they tend to be just related to warranty and regional material disposal regulations – sexy stuff I know), in the case of the Nextorage NEM-PA SSD things have a slight change that we should look at. Once again, much like the packaging being very PS5 focused with official livery, the included document is specifically tailored to installing this SSD in a PS5 console and is surprisingly detailed. Installing an SSD inside the PlayStation 5 is not exactly rocket science, however for technical newbies, m.2 NVMe SSD storage is quite intimidating compared with domestic storage from gaming past such as Memory cards, USB and SD Cards. I definitely liked this tiny little presentational extra and although it bears little importance in the grand scheme of things, I did think it worthy of note.

Removing the Nextorage NEM-PA SSD from it’s antistatic bag, we find quite a chunky looking SSD+heatsink combo. Measuring 23 mm×11.2 mm×80.4 mm, it fits in the PS5 M.2 SSD upgrade slot at the 2280 mark (more detail later) and definitely feels like a sturdy build piece of kit. The logo for the brand is printed in an understated fashion on it’s side and base, but clearly, the heatsink takes up the bulk of its physical architecture.

Flipping the SSD over shows us that this heatsink is a completely surrounding cage design. The 2TB model of the NEM-PA is a double-sided SSD (1TB single-sided) and once again, the understated branding is pretty slick. Indeed, the heatsink at a casual glance looks quite generic, but when you get up close you definitely see a few little tweaks of uniqueness.

For a start, the heatsink does not COMPLETELY cover the SSD, it holds the 2280 M.2 SSD in a tray/bay and allows a little air/heat escape at the tail end. The main body of the heatsink top is a few millimetres further along and allows any airflow through the dips/valleys of the length of it to open out quite neatly.

The top of the heatsink is held in place at 6 individual screw points and although this seems a little overkill, it makes a lot of sense when you see how the thermal pads have been distributed on the SSD to balance pressure against the SSD but not crunch it.

Another lovely bonus of getting a pre-attached heatsink+SSD combo that is applied at the factory level is just how slick the unit is applied. The heatsink is in perfect alignment with the furthermore NAND chip and leaves amply room for the m.2 connectors to connect with the host system. Again, this is a rather minor point BUT you would be staggered how badly this can be done and results in inefficient heat dissipation and airflow.

The heatsink’s 6 screw attachment was held in place remarkably tightly (likely to increase contact and assist heat transference as much as possible) and although I went ahead and removed them (VERY carefully, as they were very soft-headed screws) Netorage is pretty clear that removing this heatsink will largely invalidate their warranty support. Reasons for this became clear as soon as I managed to remove it.

The SSD features a layer of thermal padding on either side of the drive, however, it is much more comparable to paste (think of the silicon gel and paste you use with a CPU) and once removed, flaked and completely lost cohesion (fortunately Nextorage supplied two review samples).  I was able to remove the heatsink top and base with little difficulty, but the pressure of those 6 screws around the heatsink assembly meant that removal from the SSD components themselves was much messier!

The surrounding heatsink casing around the SSD is remarkably well spaced and the heatsink itself is aluminium in core material, however (as highlighted in my video review) it is also coated with a highly thermal radioactive black alumite, for assisted heat pass through.

Indeed, throughout our 18 stage test period, with 1 minute cool down time between and sustained Read and/or Write activity, the Nextorage only peaked at 44 degrees celsius – very impressive indeed!

However, PC benchmarking is less of a current subject for the Nextorage NEM-PA SSD, as this drive has PS5 users squarely in its sights. So, how did this SSD perform i nthe PS5?

If you install the Nextorage SSD into a PS5 storage expansion bay, the heatsink sits in perfectly, as well as looking quite in-line with the rest of the hardware inside the PS5 chassis. The next question of course is whether this rather chunky SSD heatsink of the Nextorage NEM-PA will actually allow the metal cover plate of the PS5 M.2 expansion bay to close?

And yes, it closed with zero issue/contact. The jury is still out on whether you should use the aluminium m.2 cover plate on the PS5, but nevertheless, this SSD definitely fits neatly and without issue.

Unlike PC benchmarks that are typically advertised on all SSD product pages that point at CrystalDisk, AJA, ATTO and more (we will cover those later), the PS5 has it’s own very unique internal benchmark system (which has been updated since it was first available last autumn). Although the key points of what an SSD scores on are not provided, we can make some educated guesses based on results from other drives tested. High sequential Read and Write are always going to contribute, however the IOPS performance of an SSD seems to be a big factor and on-drive cache performance/flushing too seems to help. In the case of this SSD, the benchmark (the 1TB version was tested) was 6,539MB/s, which for a 1TB SSD is very impressive! I performed this benchmark 3 more times and scores of 6300, 6100 and 6500MB/s were reached (factoring in repeated benchmarks can oversaturate the cache a bit). All in all, very good numbers.

As you might expect, the SSD storage immediately appears on your PS5 Storage manager (2TB shown below as ref) and is available for games storage immediately. It’s a minor point (raised by the less PS5 storage awareness) but do remember that installing an SSD in your PS5 does NOT replace the internal PS5 SSD, it simply adds it as another area of available storage.

So, lets take a look at how that benchmark compares with over similar architecture and priced drives in the market for PS5.

Nextorage NEM-PA SSD Review – PS5 Benchmark

To put the Nextorage NEM-PA SSD PS5 Performance Benchmark into a little perspective, here is how it compares against the Addlink A95, Adata XPG Gammix S70, Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus and Gigabyte Aorus 7000s – four SSDs that are all PS5 supported and VERY similar architecture very little difference between the others in this tier, it is a solid benchmark.

Addlink A95 PS5 Benchmark – 6556MB/s XPG GAMMIX S70 PS5 Benchmark – 6235MB/s
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus – 6557MB/s Gigabyte Aorus 7000s PS5 Benchmark6557MB/s

Full PS5 Testing of the Nextorage NEM-PA PCIe 4 NVMe SSD will be live on the NASCompares YouTube channel soon. When they are, you will find them below.

So that is the physical design of the Nextorage NEM-PA SSD. But what about the hardware components themselves? Does the Nextorage NEM-PA cut the mustard in terms of current generation hardware and protocols? Let’s find out.

Nextorage NEM-PA SSD Review – Hardware Specifications

As you might expect from an M.2 NVMe SSD that boldly promises performance of over 7,000MB/s sequential read (ie BIG data), the hardware specifications and architecture of the Nextorage NEM-PA are quite modern. Indeed, for all the big talk of the Seagate Firecuda 530 hardware (still currently the ‘score to beat’ PCIE Gen4 m.2 NVMe right now) being top tier, the Nextorage NEM-PA is pretty darn similar on the spec sheet! Below is how it looks:

Nextorage NEM-PA

1TB – $TBC, 2TB – $TBC

PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe Rev 1.4
NAND 176L 3D TLC NAND
Max Capacity 2TB
Controller Phison E18
Warranty 5yr

I know a lot of the above will seem needlessly technical, so below we can bring the most important considerations into sharper focus.

Hardware Focus of the Nextorage NEM-PA SSD Series

Once you remove the heatsink and brush off the thermal gel/paste, you have a regular designed PCIe 4 SSD as you would expect. The controller is located in the middle, alongside the 2666Mhz DDR4 memory (scaled) and the 2TB SSD has NAND on either side of the PCB. Although Nextorage are rather quite about the specifications of the SSD components on their official pages, they really do not need to be, as a brief look up of the part numbers shows that a couple are top-notch indeed.

As you might expect from NeXtorage and its NEM-PA being heavily invested in by Phison themselves, the controller of this SSD is the Phison PS5018-E18. Although the NEM-PA is by no means the first commercially available SSD to use this PCIe4 controller, it is worth highlighting that this component was given additional thermal padding (as visible by the circle on the chip in the image) to further increase conductivity for heat passing to the heatsink. Also, this SSD controller has a high precision error correction algorithm “4th Gen LDPC (Low Density Parity Check)”, which has advanced detection and correction technology for random bit errors that occur during reading and largely protects the data from corruption.

The Netsorage NEM-PA features 1/2GB of DDR4 memory (depending on the capacity of the SSD) and alongside that being pretty much the best-performing memory at PCIe4 SSD level you can get at this time, the drive also features Dynamic SLC, which mean provides cache size up to 1/3 of the total storage area of ​​SSD, which accelerates frequently accessed data and extends the life of TLC NAND. Lovely stuff.

The NAND on the Nextorage NEM-PA (where the data lives!) is an area I am surprised that the brand is not louder about, as even a quick investigation shows that it is 176L 3D TLC NAND (ID -IA7BG94AYA). Currently there are only about 4-5 other SSDs in the market at this tier that uses 176L NAND and given the inclusive heatsink, E18 controller and top tier brand backing, that makes this a very nice bonus as 176L NAND means better performance, IOPS, durability and general usability in numerous ways (with the bulk of other SSDs in the market at 96L).

Overall, the building blocks of the Nextorage NEM-PA NVMe SSD are all pretty darn good and make it clearly stand on ar with similar SSDs such as the Seagate Firecuda 530 in terms of build, but challenge the performance of lower priced alternatives like the Samsung 980 Pro and WD Black SN850. Let’s have a look at how they compare on the datasheets!

Overall, you really cannot fault the hardware inside/onboard the Nextorage NEM-PA, as it is still promising higher performing in sequential Read and Write than many other M.2 NVMe PCIe 4 SSDs released in that time. Before we go into the full testing, however, it is worth taking a moment to look closely at the reported performance benchmarks of the Nextorage NEM-PA, as although the performance seems stellar, there are areas such as IOPS and endurance when compared with its main rivals that are worth taking into consideration.

Nextorage NEM-PA SSD Review – Official Stats First

Taking a deep dive into the specifications of the Nextorage NEM-PA and how they compare with the Seagate Firecuda 530 and WD Black SN850, we can see that in terms of architecture, it is extremely close to the Firecuda build. These two SSDs arrived on the market around 5 months apart, unlike the WD Black which arrived almost 1.5yrs before! So, lets take a closer look:

Brand/Series Nextorage NEM-PA

1TB – $TBC, 2TB – $TBC

Seagate Firecuda 530

500GB – $149.99, 1TB – $239.99, 2TB – $489.99, 4TB – $949.99

WD Black SN850

500GB – $169.99, 1TB – $249.99, 2TB – $549.99

PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4 PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4 NVMe 1.4
NAND 176L 3D TLC NAND 3D TLC Micron B47R 176L BiCS4 96L TLC
Max Capacity 2TB – Double Sided 4TB – Double Sided 2TB
Controller Phison E18-PS5018 Phison E18-PS5018 WD_BLACK G2
Warranty 5yr 5yr 5yr
500GB Model N/A ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Price in $ and $ N/A $139 / £119 $119 / £99
1TB Model NEM-PA1TB ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Price in $ and $ $TBC / £TBC $239 / £199 $249 / £169
2TB Model NEM-PA2TB ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Price in $ and $ $TBC / £TBC $419 / £379 $399 / £339
4TB Model N/A ZP4000GM3A013 N/A
Price in $ and $ N/A $949 / £789 N/A
500GB Model N/A ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) N/A 640TB 300TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) N/A 1,800,000 1,750,000
DWPD N/A 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD
1TB Model NEM-PA1TB ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 700TB 1275TB 600TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,600,000 1,800,000 1,750,000
DWPD 0.38DWPD 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD
2TB Model NEM-PA2TB ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 1400TB 2550TB 1200TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,600,000 1,800,000 1,750,000
DWPD 0.38DWPD 0.7DWPD 0.3DWPD
4TB Model N/A ZP4000GM3A013 N/A
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) N/A 5100TB N/A
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) N/A 1,800,000 N/A
DWPD N/A 0.7DWPD N/A

The durability in terms of Terabytes written in the 5 year warranty period (also the drive writes per day) put the Nextorage NEM-PA in the middle of the three (despite the slightly outmoded MTBF figure). Pricing at the month is tough to compare, given that the NEM-PA is only available in Japan (with plans for global availability in Spring 2022. For a better understanding of the specifications and terms of these SSDs, here is a video that breaks down the terminology of modern SSDs:

Now, let’s break down the performance of these three SSDs in terms of throughput (i.e Read and Write speeds at the top end sequentially) and IOPS (individual commands of the smallest size that can be delivered to the SSD per second at the 4k level randomly. Here is the result of that comparison:

Brand/Series Nextorage NEM-PA

1TB – $TBC, 2TB – $TBC

Seagate Firecuda 530

500GB – $149.99, 1TB – $239.99, 2TB – $489.99, 4TB – $949.99

WD Black SN850

500GB – $169.99, 1TB – $249.99, 2TB – $549.99

500GB Model N/A ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 7000MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 3000MB 4100MB
1TB Model NEM-PA1TB ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7300MB 7300MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6000MB 6000MB 5300MB
2TB Model NEM-PA2TB ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7300MB 7300MB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6900MB 6900MB 5100MB
4TB Model N/A ZP4000GM3A013  
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 7300MB N/A
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A 6900MB N/A
Brand/Series Seagate Firecuda 530 WD Black SN850
500GB Model N/A ZP500GM3A013 WDS500G1X0E-00AFY0
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 400,000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 700,000 680,000
1TB Model NEM-PA1TB ZP1000GM3A013 WDS100T1X0E-00AFY0
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 750000 800000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1000000 1000000 720,000
2TB Model NEM-PA2TB ZP2000GM3A013 WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1000000 1,000,000 1,000,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 1000000 1,000,000 710,000
4TB Model N/A ZP4000GM3A013  
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 1,000,000 N/A
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A 1,000,000 N/A

The Nextorage NEM-PA is RIGHT BEHIND the Seagate Firecuda in IOPS and on the same level on throughput. The WD Black, released much, much earlier carries similar numbers on IOPS but write performance (less key to PS5 users of course) is noticeably lower. Overall, the NEM-PA definitely stands up well against these two popular PS5 choices and even surpasses them in a few areas. Let’s get this SSD in the test machine and begin the benchmarks!

Testing the Nextorage NEM-PA m.2 PCIE4 NVMe SSD

The Nextorage NEM-PA was selected for this test and it was tested using multiple benchmark tools, from a cold boot, in the 2nd storage slot (i.e not the OS drive). Each test was conducted three times (full details of this are shown in the YouTube Review of the Nextorage NEM-PA over on NASCompares):

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

Using CrystalDisk, we got a good measure of the drive and verified that this PCIe Gen 4 x4 SSD was indeed using the 4×4 lane. Additionally, the temp averaged out around 41C between each test being conducted.

The first tests were conducted using the ATTO disk benchmark software. The first was a 256MB test file size and below is a breakdown of the transfer rates and IOPS. The 2nd Test was a 1GB test file and finally, the last test was with a 4GB test file. The system was given 1-minute cool downtime between tests, no screen recording software was used (remove overhead) and a heatsink was used throughout (no reboots)

ATTO Disk Benchmark Test #1

256MB File PEAK Read Throughput  = 6.61GB/s

256MB File PEAK Write Throughput = 6.33GB/s

 


 

ATTO Disk Benchmark Test #2

1GB File PEAK Read Throughput  = 6.61GB/s

1GB File PEAK Write Throughput = 6.32GB/s

 


 

ATTO Disk Benchmark Test #3

4GB File PEAK Read Throughput  = 6.59GB/s

4GB File PEAK Write Throughput = 6.47GB/s

 


 

Next, although the ATTO tests were quite good, but not what I would have hoped from this SSD, so I moved on to the Crystal Disk Mark testing to see how well it would handle our last barrage of tests. The first test was the 1GB file testing, which measured both sequential and random, as well as the read and write IOPS. Test were conducted on a 1GB, 4GB and 16GB Test File. I also included a mixed 70/30 read and write task to give a little bit more of a realistic balanced workload. These tests were conducted with a 1-minute cooling break in between

CRYSTALDISK MARK 1GB TEST


CRYSTALDISK MARK 4GB TEST


CRYSTALDISK MARK 16GB TEST

 

Next, I switched to AS SSD benchmark. A much more thorough test through, I used 1GB, 3GB and 5GB test files. Each test includes throughput benchmarks and IOPS that are respective to the larger file sizes (important, if you are reading this and trying to compare against the reported 4K IOPS from the manufacturer).

AS SSD Benchmark Test #1

 


AS SSD Benchmark Test #2

 


AS SSD Benchmark Test #3

 

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:

1GB AJA File Test Results (Peak) = 5920MB/s Read & 5703MB/s Write

4GB AJA File Test Results (Peak) = 5861MB/s Read & 5678MB/s Write

16GB AJA File Test Results (Peak) = 5829MB/s Read & 5553MB/s Write

Overall, the Nextorage NEM-PA was certainly able to provide some solid performance, as well as potentially exceed the test figures here on a more powerful machine. Given the reported Read and Write statistics that the brand has stated publically, I think there is enough evidence here to back up those claims. IOPs were a little lower than I expected, but again, we were testing very large file types, so this would have to be taken in context.

Nextorage NEM-PA SSD Review – Conclusion

Put simply, this IS an unquestionable good SSD for a PS5 upgrade. That is clearly what the brand has been going for when promoting and presenting the NEM-PA SSD and Nextorage clearly succeeded. There are hurdles to overcome at the time of writing (such as availability outside of Japan right now) that the brand say will be resolved in Spring of 2022, but if you are looking for a long term storage upgrade for your PS5, this is one of the best examples out there. The performance stands up well in both PS5 and PC testing, the architecture holds nothing back (the NAND choice and inclusive heatsink particularly add value) and the presentation (though unimportant really) go the extra mile to assure the buyer of its pedigree. I am less sure of its price point being competitive enough to stand against the WD Black SN850 (a drive with long enough in the market and first-party manufacturer to arrive at incredibly compelling pricing), but if price is not a barrier to you and you are looking for a solid PS5 upgrade for your PS5, this SSD sits comfortably in the top 5 and maybe even top 3 in the market right now. Recommended

PROs of the Nextorage NEM-PA CONs of the Nextorage NEM-PA
  • Inclusive Heatsink that is radioactive black Alumite coated
  • 176L 3D TLC NAND is always good
  • Backed by Phison AND Sony
  • Solid Controller and Memory Combo
  • Expertly applied heatsink
  • Dynamic SLC caching stores cache size up to 1/3 of the total storage area of ​​SSD
  • Exceptionally High Write Performance
  • Impressive overall team control during sustained tests
  • Currently only available in Japan (worldwide availability assured for Spring 2022)
  • Price less competitive than the WD Black SN850

 


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

24 janvier 2022 à 01:10

Reviewing the Eagle PS5 Designed Heatsink for SSD Upgrades

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

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Quick Conclusion

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

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


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

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Retail Packaging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Design

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

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

JEYI Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink

Larger and a fraction taller

Sabrent PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink

Review of the Sabrent PS5 SSD Heatsink HERE

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

JEYI Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink

Less ventilated but a similar shape

Elecgear PS5 Designed SSD Heatsink

Review of the Elecgear PS5 SSD Heatsink HERE

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

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

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

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

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

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Installation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Temperature Testings

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

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

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

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

Note – BOTH PS5 Side plates were on during the tests 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eagle PS5 SSD Heatsink Review – Conclusion & Verdict

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

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


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FULL List Of PS5 Compatible SSDs & Heatsinks In 2022

6 janvier 2022 à 16:00

FULL Current PS5 Compatible SSDs to Upgrade Your Storage

Please find below the full list of SSDs that have been tested/mid-testing for PS5. If the official/inclusive heatsink from the brand (eg the WD Black SN850 and its in-house SSD heatsink) fit inside the PS5 SSD expansion slot comfortably, it will be highlighted as such. Additionally, the nature of the drive’s current confirmation of support will be updated below as appropriate. Since this PS5 SSD Storage update beta was released by Sony, many of the well known SSDs have gone out of stock but will be restocked shortly. Additionally, I strongly recommend using the links in the table to check stock availability. You don’t have to buy them, but it will give you a better understanding of what SSDs are available, pre-order or even on offer. Links are affiliated and any purchases made will result in a small commission heading back to this site. Let’s take a look below to see which SSDs are compatible with PS5 right now. If you are considering a particular SSD brand for your PS5 SSD upgrade and want to see video testing of that SSD in the PS5 system on my YouTube channel, click one of the logos below to be taken to the full list of video tests (currently spanning over 30 top tier games, as well as numerous direct SSD comparisons and Heatink tests):

SSD Tests on YouTube