A Guide to Compatible M.2 Heatsinks for PS5 Internal Storage Upgrades

Compatible PS5 SSD Heatsinks – Stay Cool!

UPDATE  – The PS5 FULL/PUBLIC Software Update to enable SSD Upgrades on the PS5 Goes Live Globally on September 15th 2021

So, now that PS5 is in the process of enabling PS5 Storage Expansion slot for M.2 NVMe SSDs, many users who have got early access to the beta software update are wondering about heatsinks. For those that do not know, the super-fast type of storage that is used in the Playstation 5 storage upgrade slot is M.2 NVMe SSD (PCIe Gen 4×4). This type of SSD might be very fast, however, it also gets quite HOT! These SSD are traditionally purchased in bare PCB covered sticks (similar to memory or RAM) that has all of the cells (known as NAND) where all your data lives (as well as other chips for the controller, memory, etc). SSDs have no moving parts but electricity is passed through them to read the data directly from the cells and NAND exceptionally rapidly. This means that the M.2 NVMes can rise in temperature quite rapidly when in access and when they get too hot, they will drop in performance significantly. Alongside this the lifespan of an SSD may likely decrease as its operational temperature is consistently high. This is what Heatsinks are for – they draw the heat from the SSD into a solid chunk of ridged metal that allows the heat to be dissipated in the surrounding air. Sony clearly made provisions for this by allowing a bulk of space around the SSD area of the PS5 to install a heatsink. But what is the best kind of SSD heatsink for the PS5, are there ones to avoid, how big can you go, and which one should you buy? Let’s find out.

Find my FULL PS5 SSD Storage Upgrade Guide HERE , Or I have listed the Best M.2 NVMe SSDs for your PS5 Storage upgrade Below:

Here are the Recommended M.2 NVMe SSDs to Upgrade Your PS5 When the Software Update comes out of Beta

FASTEST – Seagate Firecuda 530 Find it Here

2ND FASTEST – Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Find it Here

MOST AVAILABLE – Samsung 980 PRO Find it Here

BEST PRICE – WD Black SN850 (Confirmed) Find it Here

AORUS Gen4 7000s SSD – Find It Here

Inland Performance Plus 1TB SSD – Not Available

MSI SPATIUM M480 – Find it Here

Corsair MP600 NVMe SSD (TBC) – Find it Here

 

PS5 SSD Heatsinks – 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. See below:

 

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 pieces. Remove BOTH piece 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 in to 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


 

All PS5 Compatible SSDs in 2021/2022 – UPDATED

Although Sony enabled the Playstation 5 SSD expansion slot in Summer 2021, they have yet to issue a FULL compatibility list of ALL drives that can be used. I have been testing a huge number of M.2 NVMe SSDs with PS5 in the last 3 months in order to create a master list of all the drives that work (here on the blog, as well as over on YouTube in my PS5 SSD Test Series HERE). Below is a breakdown of all the currently available and supported SSDs that are compatible with PS5 (with help on Reddit, Twitter and others).

BLUE = COMPATIBLE

GREY = UNCONFIRMED

BRAND MODEL ID SIZES CONTROLLER NAND R/W SPEED CHECK AMAZON
Acer Predator GM7000 512, 1TB, 2TB Innogrit 1G5236 Micron3D TLC 7,400 / 6,700 MB/s
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 Blade 1TB, 2TB Innogrit IG5236 3D Nand 7.4K / 6.4K MB/s
ADATA XPG Gammix S70 1TB, 2TB Innogrit Rainer IG5236 Micron 3D TLC 7.4K / 6.4K MB/s
ADATA XPG Gammix S50 Lite 1TB, 2TB Silicon MotionSM22 67 Micron 3D TLC 3.9K / 3.2K MB/s
ADATA XPG Gammix S50 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Addlink A95 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5018-E18 Micron3D TLC 7.1K /6.8K MB/s
Addlink A92 1TB, 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5016-E16 Micron QLC 4.9K / 3.6K MB/s
Addlink A90 1TB, 2TB N/A 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Addlink H90 with heatsink 1TB, 2TB N/A  3D TLC 5.0K / 4,4K MB/s
Addlink S90 no heatsink 1TB, 2TB N/A 3D TLC 5.0K / 4,4K MB/s
Apacer AS2280Q4 500, 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Asgard AN4 512, 1TB, 2TB Innogrit IG5236 YNTC 3D TLC 7.5K / 5.5K MB/s
Corsair MP600 Pro XT Hydro X 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5018-E18 Micron3D TLC 7.1K / 6.8K MB/s
Corsair MP600 Pro XT 1TB, 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5018-E18 Micron3D TLC 7.1K / 6.8K MB/s
Corsair MP600 Pro Hydro X 2TB Phison PS5018-E18-41 3D TLC 7.0K / 6.55K MB/s
Corsair MP600 Pro Standard 1TB, 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5018-E18-41 Micron3D TLC 7.0K / 6.55K MB/s
Corsair MP600 Core 1TB, 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5016-E16 3D QLC 4.95K / 3.95K MB/s
Corsair MP600 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 4.95K / 4.25K MB/s
Crucial P5 Plus 500, 1TB, 2TB Crucial NVMe Micron TLC 6.6K / 5.0K MB/s
Galax HOF Pro 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Gigabyte Aorus 7000S 1TB, 2TB Phison E18 Micron TLC 7.0K / 6.85K MB/s
Gigabyte Aorus 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.0K MB/S
Goodram IRDM Ultimate X 500, 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0 / 4.5K MB/s
Inland Performance Plus 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5018-E18 Micron3D TLC 7.0 / 6.85 GB/s
Integral Ultima Pro X3 500, 1TB, 2TB N/A  3D TLC 5.0 / 4,4K MB/s
Intel DC P5800X 400, 800, 1.6TB Intel InteL Optane 2nd Gen 7.4 GB/s / 7.4
Kingmax PX4480 500, 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 3D Nand 5.0 / 4.4K MB/s
Klevv CRAS C920 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5018-E18 3D TLC 7.0K / 7.0K MB/s
Lexar NM800 500, 1,000 GB InnoGrit IG5236 3D TLC 5.8K / 7.4K MB/s
Micron 3400 512, 1TB, 2TB Micron Based Micron 3D TLC N/A 
Micron 2450 256, 512, 1TB N/A Micron 3D TLC N/A 
MSI Spatium M480 500, 1TB, 2TB PhisonPS5018-E18 Micron 3D TLC 7.0K /6.85K MB/s
MSI Spatium M470 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Kioxia 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Mushkin Gamma 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5018 E18 Micron 3D TLC 7.1 / 6.8 MB/s
Mushkin Delta 1TB, 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5016-E16 Micron 3D TLC 4.9 / 3.9 MB/s
Patriot Viper VP4300 1TB, 2TB Innogrit Rainier IG5236 Micron 3D TLC 7.4K / 6.8K MB/s
Patriot Viper VP4100 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Plextor M10P Series 512, 1TB, 2TB Innogrit Rainier IG5236 Kioxia TLC 7.0K / 5.0K MB/s
PNY XLR8 CS3140 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E18-41 Micron 3D TLC 7.5K / 6.85K MB/s
PNY XLR8 CS3040 500GB, 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16-32 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.6K / 4.3K MB/s
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus 500, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5018-E18 Micron 3D TLC 7.2K / 6.9K MB/s
Sabrent Rocket Q4 1TB, 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5016-E16 Micron 96L QLC 4.9K / 6.85K MB/s
Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Samsung PA9A1 (OEM) 250, 500, 1TB, 2TB Samsung Elpis Samsung 3D TLC 7.0K / 5.2K MB/s
Samsung 980 Pro 250, 500, 1TB, 2TB Samsung Elpis Samsung 3D TLC 7.0K / 5.0K MB/s
Seagate FireCuda 530 500, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5018-E18 Micron 3D TLC 7.0K / 6.9K MB/s
Seagate FireCuda 520
1TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Seagate FireCuda 520 500, 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Silicon Power US70 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 3D Nand 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Smartbuy Stream E19T 500, 1TB Phison PS5016-E19-35 Toshiba 3D TLC 3.3K / 3.0K MB/s
Smartbuy Impact E16 500, 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Team Force Cardea Z44Q 2TB, 4TB Phison PS5012-E161 Micron 3D QLC 5.0K /4.0K MB/s
Team Force T Create Classic 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Kioxia 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Team Force Cardea Ceramic A440 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5086-E18 Micron TLC 7.0K / 6.9K MB/s
Team Force Cardea Ceramic C440 1TB, 2TB Phison PS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Team Force Cardea Zero Z440 256, 512, 1TB PhisonPS5016-E16 Toshiba 3D TLC 5.0K / 4.4K MB/s
Transcend MTE240S 512, 1TB N/A 3D TLC 3.8K / 3.2K MB/s
Western Digital Black SN850 500, 1TB, 2TB SanDisk 8-Channel 96L Bics4 7.0K / 5.1K MB/s

 

PS5 COMPATIBLE UPGRADE SSDs SEPT 2021

SSD Meets Requirements to Work Notes (Important) Price & Links
Seagate FireCuda 530 Yes confirmed by Seagate. Included heatsink works 500GB – $149.99, 1TB – $239.99, 2TB – $489.99, 4TB – $949.99.
Western Digital SN850 Yes confirmed by Western Digital. Included heatsink works 500GB – $169.99, 1TB – $249.99, 2TB – $549.99
Gigabyte 7000s Gen4 Yes confirmed by Gigabyte. Included heatsink works 1TB – $199.99, 2TB – $399.99
Patriot Viper VP4300 Yes confirmed by NASCompares Included heatsink works 1TB – $224.99, 2TB – I don’t know if this ever released?
Samsung 980 Pro Yes. Confirmed by fragilityv2. Needs a heatsink 250GB – $69.99, 500GB – $119.99, 1TB – $199.99, 2TB – $429.99
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus Yes. Confirmed by The Verge. Needs a different heatsink than the one included 1TB – $200, 2TB – $469.99, 4TB – $999.99
Corsair MP600 Pro Yes confirmed by NASCompares Needs a different heatsink than the one included 1TB – $199.99, 2TB – $399.99
Inland Performance Plus Yes (unconfirmed) Needs a different heatsink than the one included 1TB – $189.99, 2TB – $399.99
Adata Gammix S70 Yes confirmed by NASCompares Needs a different heatsink than the one included. Very difficult to remove. 1TB – $149.99, 2TB – $299.99
MSI Spatium M480 Yes confirmed by NASCompares Needs a heatsink Not listed yet. More Info here.
Micron 3400 Yes confirmed by NASCompares Needs a heatsink Not listed yet.More Info here.
PNY CS3040 Yes. Confirmed by /u/EmergencyPomelo5180 and PNY. Included heatsink is too tall. Get version without heatsink and add your own. Also, the rated read speeds are just above the minimum specified at 5,600 MB/s reads 500GB – $89.99, 1TB – $156.99, 2TB – $308.99, 4TB – $699.99
PNY CS3140 Yes. Confirmed by PNY. Included heatsink is too tall. Get version without heatsink and add your own 1TB – $199.99, 2TB – $449.99
TeamGroup T-Force Cardea A440 Yes (unconfirmed) Aluminum heatsink is too tall, graphene heatsink may need replaced. 1TB – $179.99, 2TB – $399.99
Plextor M10P(G) Yes (unconfirmed) Included heatsink is too tall Not listed yet. Product page here.
Titanium Micro TH7175 Yes confirmed by NASCompares Needs a heatsink 1TB – $279.99, 2TB – $489.99
Mushkin Enhanced Gamma Yes (unconfirmed) Needs a heatsink 1TB – $216.992TB – $499.99
GALAX HOF Extreme Yes (unconfirmed) Included heatsink is too large Pricing unknown, information here.
Addlink A95 Yes confirmed by NASCompares Heatsink Included 1TB – $218.99, 2TB – $448.88

 

 


 

 


 


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    233 thoughts on “A Guide to Compatible M.2 Heatsinks for PS5 Internal Storage Upgrades

    1. Coolest thing about consoles getting more and more like PCs, is that now even the console people are starting to learn about hardware. Which will likely make some more people consider building their own systems.
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    2. I would recommend the Pelote NVME heat sink. It’s currently $8.90 on Amazon in the US. A fraction of the $25 the Sabrent costs and performs just as well. The sabrent looks big and sexy with it’s heat pipes but for it’s size it’s a mediocre performer. The Pelote is easy to install, great surface area, and nice screw mounts.
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    3. Hi iam plannng to get the SN850 @@UCFyP17HoU-vpxhIpGXnXx2g do I buy it with heatsink or without because the link you showed on amazon is without but I found one with heatsink for that same brand and will it work without it?
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    4. I disagree with Sony’s maximum hight spec… I believe that(& I agree with you apparently): 1. the PS5’s expansion slot Should NOT Be Covered When an SSD is installed, BUT 2: I also believe that the SSD heatsink should Protrude Past The Edge Of The PS5 Body(By A Few Millimetres)& hence Be In The Inflowing Airstream For Better Cooling Efficiency… (PLEASE reevaluate recommended SSDs based on my thoughts – & PLEASE note that the design of the tiny square of a heatsink that you have there has a fin configuration far superior to that of the ones on your recommended heatsinks……& that 110mm length heatsinks should also be considered) ???? —> Regardless – THANKS for the data…
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    5. Great video on something we don’t normally have to think on too much, especially the double sided SSDs. I returned a couple I got from Amazon and got two of the ones you recommended in case I like the fit of one over the other.
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    6. as a person that does not know much about technology your videos have made it so simple to understand the SSD and heatsink needed for the PS5. I can’t wait for your vide using the actual SSD’s in the PS5. I will be trying to get the Firecuda with heatsink but if I cannot get it I would go for the Sabrant Pro + EZDIY-FAB heatsink. Thank you very much.
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    7. I have the EZ-DIY Fab heat sink, but I can’t put the silver SSD cover back on afterwards ????????‍♂️

      Using it with WD_Black SN850 1tb, pads on top and bottom within the enclosure.

      Currently left it without the silver plate under the shell.
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    8. ????????‍♂️ I’m just a console gamer, Sony. I have no interest in any of this DIY crap. Just release a branded NVMe drive with compatible heatsink yourself. (No offence NAS, this is all great info regardless.)
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    9. I’d reconsider the metal plate advice. Sony has talked about the system and shell being created with airflow and dust management specifically being taken into consideration. Leaving the metal cover off might create another way for dust to get into the system and possibly change the airflow negatively.

      Granted, this is speculation but I’d imagine they would have said that you can get taller heatsinks and leave the cover off of that was advisable.
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    10. Surely if you have a heatsink on the SSD, the cover off or on is minimal, keeps the dust out, dust will increase heat.i spoke to WD today, Sony is saying all SSD must have heatsinks, WD have said it doesn’t need it, but are still testing both options in there labs, so I think I will use a heatsink with the bay cover on.
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    11. Great info but personal i prefer a external hdd 4tb and transfer ps5 and ps4 games when i want to play it and it is way cheaper no needed external ssd because you transfer games in ssd inside of ps5 problem solved cheap and without the risk.
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    12. The real question is why didn’t Sony develop it’s own NVME SSD that is certified for the console? Microsoft did so with the Xbox and it works flawlessly. To have people out here having to figure all this shit out on their own is disappointing. Not to mentioned the disclaimer on Sony’s Software Beta release statement mentioned that …”they assume no responsibility in the event your SSD doesn’t work.” Or I assume if it messes up the console.

      Honestly, the you’d think having additional storage would’ve been in their gameplan from the beginning, but after watching this video…. it feels more like an afterthought. One that Sony isn’t liable for when it’s THEIR CONSOLE.
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    13. It’s so stupid sony says you need 7000write speed and even then they dont think it can ceep up whit the one, on the motherboard. Also SONY says warranty and problems due to a offbrand ore any sdd, they take no responsibility, at all so if it brik its your loss. Fed up whit this shit sony pulls on the last 3 consoles and they get away whit it. We need to figth this. It is not ok… You know a 4tb SDD they recomend cost up to 1000usd yes 10000usd 500bg one cost 150usd. thats a half ps5 digital. So you can just aswell buy a nothere console. if you get one everytime you need space for a game. ore just a xbox even tho i hate xb! But it’s better specs cheaper storage that work like they say! Im so sad that SONY can do this to us! Ps3 They took away so that we cud play ps1-2 games got away whit it. Even selling it saying that it have it! Ps4 AA its a Console that can play 4K games and movies. RIGHT only if you stream them… And 4k games on ps4 never came! It was not 4k it was upscaled false! nother lie and they got away whit it! Now this SSD shit whit ps5 come on! Are we gowing to take this? There scaming us.. Selling a Renault 12 Dacia whit a ferrari 488 hologram over it. Excpecting us to be happy and smile! Are you happy? Im fed up.
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    14. This is a very informative video.

      However, it does highlight a huge disadvantage of the PS5 and Sony’s decision to not go with an easy-to-swap proprietary SSD card like the Xbox Series consoles. While installing the SSD itself is relatively straightforward and similar to how hard drives were fitted on the previous PS4/PS4 Pro and PS3 consoles, the confusion over the heatsinks is what is going to cause a lot of issues going forward in my opinion. Not only that but there is also a recommended speed requirement of 5,500 MB/sec but that doesn’t seem to mandatory so, again, this just makes the whole expansion process messy. Finally, Sony can not guarantee that the drives will work properly with the games even if you meet or exceed the recommended speed and heatsink requirements!

      I suspect most PS5 owners will never bother adding an expansion SSD for that reason but maybe future models of the PS5 will ship with 1 TB or 2 TB ones added for customer convenience? Sony will surely have been testing drives for months now so they could have published a list of tested and recommended drives in my opinion instead of leaving a minefield for the beta testers. But that’s Sony for you. They make great consoles and games but they are not very good at all at supporting basic features like this (or VRR or ALLM for that matter!).

      I’ve been struggling with the PS5’s meagre 667 GB of internal storage pretty much a few months after launch so I was always planning to add a 2 TB SSD as soon as possible. I am so fed up of deleting and/or moving PS5 games to my external 4 TB SSD that I actually chose to limit what games I buy for the PS5 and ended up actually buying more PS4 games since these can be installed to the external drive which has ample space for them.

      I signed up for the beta weeks ago, even before I knew about the expansion slot being enabled, but have not yet received an invite. I did decide to buy a 2 TB WD SN850 with a heatsink though, which is due for delivery today, after reading a Digital Foundry article on Eurogamer so I could get one at a reasonable price before the inevitable scalping drives the prices up. I’m sure that will happen. I honestly cannot wait to install it and finally be free of the restrictive storage requirements of the PS5 for its native games.
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    15. Avoid Seagate firecuda. It has horrible failure rates. The Amazon reviews don’t lie. Western Digital has the highest failure rates overall. Avoid those two brands which are overpriced for the lack of quality. The best brand that has the speed and durability is the Samsung 980 pro. Use a heatsink. It already has decent built in thermal control but I advise still using a heatsink. Also Seagate hard Western Digital has overall test rates on tech sites for proof of rates.
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    16. Now all these nvme are on sale and I dont wanna buy one on sale yet because if sony doesnt play nice with most these nvmes then u might buy one for nothing and get stuck with it because of not knowing exactly when sony releasing the update worldwide and not just for beta testers so I’ll wait for an OFFICIAL LIST OF SUPPORTES NVMES. NOT HOING OFF NUMBERS AND SUPPOSEDLY WHAT WORKS FOR THE PS5 I WILL WAIT FOR THE REAL DEAL HOLLYFIELD
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    17. The Aorus gen 4 7000s 2TB SSD fits perfect in PS5 expansion bay! There will be plenty of air flow room with expansion cover on too. It still had clearance without touching expansion cover to SSD. Also, the design of the PS5 expansion cover where it’s raised within it’s design will further provide over the top airflow.
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    18. I’m really disappointed how Sony is handling the storage issue on the PS5. I was excited to hear that I had options in terms of what SSD I could use when I bought my PS5.

      Now I have a full internal SSD which has just under 800GB of actual usable storage and need to drop another $200+ to purchase a better SSD for my PS5 than I do in my PC? Not cool…
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    19. Chuck the standard thermal pads in the bin and use Thermal Grizzly Minus thermal pads, the coolers are only as good as the heat they can absorb and these pads in my opinion and a lot of PC over clockers are some of the best, using cheap thermal pads is as good as not fitting a heat sink. its also not about looks, its about how good they are. No I don’t work for them, read up or look at reviews on Youtube.
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    20. Hi guys! Robbie here! REQUEST!!! If you have a PS5 Beta Software Update code unused and want to help me test out piles of SSDs for PS5 and help everyone shortlist compatible drives + performance benchmarks, please email me on Robbie (at) nascompares.com. I will ( of course) make it worth your while! Thank you and hope you enjoy the videos!
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    21. Already looking for a Heatsink for the WD_Black SN850 wanna buy the 2TB Version. Should be enough for the entire ps5 Lifespan. But the Version with Heatsink is ~150€ more expansive than the Version without. And sorry dont wanna spend THAT much just for a Heatsink
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    22. *Damn what the fuck is all this bollocks???????*
      I’m so glad it was Microsoft who bought Bethesda and not Sony. That was the single deciding factor for what console I bought this generation.

      To upgrade the storage….the SSD storage expansion card just plugs into the back of the console. END OF STORY.
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    23. What Heat sink would you recommend for the WD SN-850? I bought one but it doesnt have the built on heat sink. Didnt know about it or I would have. Looks like cerny says it must have. So what would you recommend?
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    24. I know I said this to a reply earlier but for better visibility. The SSD bay cover is designed stay on even with an SSD installed.

      There is air pathways inside the drive bay which is designed to pull hot air generated by the SSD out and filtered through the PS5’s cooling system. With the slot cover off it would be counterproductive of the intended design.

      A Direct quote from one of the console engineers Yasuhiro Ootori – We have two exhaust holes for additional SSD slots. Because the slots for expansion are located near the intake fan, the structure is designed to suck out heat from the exhaust holes with negative pressure.

      Interview is here (use google translate to English) Ctrl+F “Negative Pressure”
      https://www.4gamer.net/games/990/G999027/20201016035/
      An image of the two exhausts for reference – https://i.imgur.com/5iHMoVK.jpg
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    25. pardon my ignorance here, but this feels like a bit of hogwash doesn’t it?

      I don’t own a PS5, so I’m watching this strictly outta curiosity, but SSDs typically don’t generate that much heat. I mean sure, maybe in a console there’s restricted air-flow, but is it seriously enough to warrant cooling solutions??
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    26. I got an SN850 with a BeQuiet MC1 Pro heatsink. It’s 13mm tall when assembled. Good thing I don’t plan on putting the plate back over the drive. Are there any cons to having a heatsink that is only ~2mm above spec and leaving the plate off?
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    27. Can believe we’re in a situation where we need videos like this.
      After after all that, there wasn’t one recommendation of a SSD that comes with a heatsink… I don’t want to be building and putting things together, that’s for the PC gamers, this is getting stupid ????
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    28. Actually, you should not install a heat sink. Simply don’t put the metal plate back on after installing your NVME SSD. The PS5 fan will be able to ventilate the SSD. If you install a heat sink, then you spread heat from the controller to the memory blocks. I recommend single-sided SSDs.
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    29. First of all, great info on heatsinks. Thank you again for all the hard work you put into this.

      I just saw a vid where the guy explains & backed up with tests that show the controller is what gets really hot and needs to be cooled by a heatsink and the NAND needs to have a little heat to run efficiently. He explains that the heatsink is cooling the NAND too much and should only be cooling the controller. Basically saying that you should use a small separate heatsink on the controller only or cut the thermo tape so that the NAND isn’t attached to the full size heatsink.
      Here is his vid: https://youtu.be/GVvFoX45bOw
      Can you possibly elaborate more on this subject or maybe do a vid?
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    30. So. With the one heat sink you show. The Sabrent. With the copper. It’s taller than the specs Sony calls for and doesn’t allow you to put the cover back on after installing but the side panel goes back on fine. Is this okay?
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    31. That’s why the Xbox series X is the far superior gaming console, it doesn’t need a separate heatsink because they have the included in the expansion slot which is directly connected to the main board, you simply just add an extension SSD module you don’t even need to remove any covers,yet again Microsoft has won the day!
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    32. While videos like this are nice they make it seem far more complicated than it is, many of these drives have the option of coming with heatsinks preinstalled. so will be easy as pie for most people if they don’t want to faff about.
      Just buy one like the
      WD_BLACK™ SN850 with heatsink (same drive mark Cerny uses) and plug it in… takes 5 minutes.
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    33. Would leaving out the SSD panel cover effect air speed inflow in other areas of the console?
      I’m all 4 keeping that ssd as cool as possible. But if that means there’s less air going thru 2 the GPU by leaving out that panel cover, then it’s going straight back in its place. Cheers!!
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    34. I purchased a heatsink long before I watched this video, I got lucky because it does fit width wise with my Sabrent 2tb m.2 SSD, but it’s just a mm or to two too tall to put the lid on, which I’m fine with, can I get your opinion on the heatsink https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07XCM1M4F/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_87FP4451RE7B9Q868V2P?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
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    35. Also what bothers me is, if you’ve owned a PS3 or PS4, which both had replaceable HDD’s they included the bracket that the HDD came in, Sony could have released a compatible heatsink and for the price of the system included it. In my opinion getting a drive is easy, they all seem to work, even the ones below spec (which you should NOT get), the heatsink is the hard part.
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    36. What is this guy talking about all this ugly, complex homebrew cooling stuff? Just buy a quality SSD that comes with a manufacturer heatsink and that the manufacturer has tested & guarantees for the PS5. There are at least 5 brand already recommending their comes-with-heatsink models for the PS5.
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    37. Leaving off the SSD cover is I think a mistake, as it appears to be integral to both the RF and cooling design. But I’ll be interested to see testing done with and without. The metal cover butts with the metal cage around the SSD cavity to make it part of the RF cage. The cover also restricts air inlet channels to be smaller than the outlet channels to keep the pressure negative. Sony’s Mr. Otori: “There are two exhaust holes for the SSD slot for expansion. Since the expansion slot is near the intake fan, it has a structure that sucks heat from the exhaust hole with negative pressure.” Maybe a large heatsink and no cover may work as well, but the airflow may not be as good as using the fan+cover+air channels that Sony designed.
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    38. Not sure if you have covered it yet, I haven’t seen so my self but could you give some advice on heat sinks for the Samsung 980pro 2tb, the ram and memory chips are different heights and I’ve read it can be an issue unless you use different thicknesses of thermal pads. I’ve just got my 980pro and waiting for the MHQJRH heatsink to arrive but I won’t be able to use it in the ps5 until the update is released.

      Thanks
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    39. Warning Warning Warning Warning !!! If you do not have the 2.0 firmware on your PS5 do not waste your time putting an SSD in it because when you power it on it will tell you
      to power down and remove the SSD from the internal Bay.
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    40. Everyone keep saying leave the cover off if you read specifically in the instructions from Sony step 10 after installing the SSD clearly states put the cover back on I’m gonna go ahead and go with what the engineers recommend you know they did make the system after all they probably know what they’re talking about????????‍♂️
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    41. Do you think its a good idea to leave that small ssd cover off ???? it might be by design better to close it as it might allow for better air circulation/pass through. Leaving it open might allow for air to flow out this gap and thus not cooling as much as it should. ???? all speculation at this stage though. Anyways thanks for the vid. ????????
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    42. That’s my dilemma. I bought a heatsink that’s too tall and it requires me to leave the SSD cover off in order to fit. I don’t know if that’s good long term though since it seems Sony expects you to have the cover on. Maybe dust buildup will be a problem?
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    43. Hello, I bought the EZDIY-FAB that was recommended in this video.When installing it to the PS5 it’s just SLIGHTLY to tall. The lid will go.on, but like the SSD..it has to be pressed down on the end to screw into place. Is this a issue I need to address and get a new heatsink for?
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    44. Great vid, very informative. I expanded my memory yesterday complete with an aftermarket heat sink… I found the process easy… but noticed that if I replaced the expansion bay cover, it was very snug… i thought that it might be best to leave the cover off as it would breath easier… unless someone gonna tell me different ? I could not see any ventilation provision in the bay other than those screw holes
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    45. Ok I have a PS5, and have always had PS, never Xbox.
      But this 20 min video kinda supports Xbox fanboy jabs at the complicated nature of the storage expansion.
      Yes, opening and installing is technically not a big deal, but the considerations of heatsinks and clearance make it not so trivial, lol.
      I would say that for non technical people, just point them towards WD sn850 WITH heatsink (very low profile) and call it a day. This mess is for the nerdier bunch who want to go cheaper and have to get into the nitty gritty.

      Also: Do NOT leave the bay cover off to fit a larger heatsink. If you have to, cut some flexible plastic out of a milk carton and fashion it to shape and tape it over the hole making sure:
      1. it’s sealed air tight and
      2. you leave a small amount of headroom above the top of the heatsink for airflow
      Leaving it uncovered will kill the passive airflow through the bay that is needed to cool properly.
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    46. Glad I watched the video, because I was about to say something about how little heat a normal SSD generates. Seems like the larger amount of space in a PC also contributes to not having to have a heat sink on an internal SSD.
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    47. It is recommended to use the cover panel included. It’s designed to suck the air from the enclosure and dissipate it through the fan and out the vents. Leaving the cover off will decrease the effectiveness and can store heat pockets since it is not intended to release heat from there. At least according to Sony’s engineers and user manual.
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    48. didnt you say mr. Nas, that you did not feel that the cover to the expansion bay area in the psx 5 was needed. that the greater point was to keep your ssd cool?? I, in my own foolishness and confusion, damaged the area and the heatsink that was installed is to large for the area and am unable to cover due to the size BUT, i did install my 2tb double sided ssd and all is operating okay. I could, i gues just go back into the system, install a new smaller heatsink, like nankui which i own, and add the bay but dont have the screw to support it as mine is ball.
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    49. Had a problem installing the EZ-DIY heatsink. While it technically fits the Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0 2 TB SSD I am installing, it doesn’t fit inside the PS5 with the cover on. It is too tall. I tried to adjust the heatsink over slightly to clear the angled raised section of the PS5 SSD cover, but this combination of drive and heatsink is simply too tall. Running it without the cover for now. I know, I know, the Rocket 4 technically doesn’t meet PS5 minimum read speeds of 5500 MB/s, as its specs are only 5000 MB/s, but it’s still 2TB of really fast storage and I already had it. Sony’s test gave it 5625 MB/s during the benchmark, and for now it only has about 900GB of PS4 games on it. Recovered a Samsung 970 Evo 1TB SATA SSD from a USB carrier I was previously using to house my PS4 games to repurpose in another matchine.
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    50. I love how you break down the tech specs of SSD’s. I am now have a general sense of SSD heat sink to get for my PS5. So many decisions!! I am thinking of getting a heat sink that I have to assemble on my own. As far as the SSD I want to get a 2TB one maybe Samsung, WD or sea gate. Any suggestions? Thanks again for the video
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    51. Hi you shouldnt be telling viewers to leave off the top plate after installing an ssd to allow more cooling that according to sony themselves is totally incorrect !! Sony state that you MUST REPLACE THE TOP PLATE as this assists cooling by causing negative pressure .
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    52. I found a 2mm one for my laptop, graphene, better than nothing and will fit.. however I just realised all the SSD I bought are double sided (2 x 2 TB KC2500). they only go in one way, so the heatsink can only go on label side. Also, I noticed with my laptop, there is a metal shield under both ssd slot rather than going straight on top of motherboard, so double sided should be safe, but I wonder is there any point to just cool one side?
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    53. Hi! I went with the INEO Ice Cold M16 ssd heatsink (the one mentioned on this video).

      Will this perform as well as the heatsink you used on your other video where you tested the temperature of the ssd with no heatsink vs with compact heatsink vs full sized heatsink?
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