The Best High Performance SSD for PS5 to Buy in 2022

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
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👍🏻Best Example of Phison E18 Performance
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👍🏻Highest Endurance PCIe Gen 4×4 M.2 SSD Right Now
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👍🏻Inclusive Data Recovery Services
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👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Fully Confirmed
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👍🏻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
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👍🏻Excellent Value (Especially With the Reported Performance)
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👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Confirmed
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👍🏻Unparalleled Compact Deployment
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👍🏻Low Heat Temp Recordings in Read Activity
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👍🏻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
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👍🏻Performance still stands up well in 2022 (almost 1.5yrs since original release)
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👍🏻Impressively dense NAND for one of the earliest gen PCIe 4 SSDs still
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👍🏻Still has some of the highest 4K Random IOPS in the market
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👍🏻Very, VERY good temperature reports in PC use during sustained use
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👍🏻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
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👎🏻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
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👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Confirmed
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👍🏻Decent Amount of DDR4 Memory Cache
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👍🏻96 Layer 3D TLC NAND Hugely Beneficial
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👍🏻One of the Earliest Phison E18 SSDs
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👍🏻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
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👎🏻Still Outperformed by the Firecuda 530
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👎🏻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
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👍🏻One of the first PS5 Expansion Compatibility confirmed SSDs
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👍🏻Performance still stands up well in 2022 (almost 1.5yrs since original release)
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👍🏻Impressively dense NAND for one of the earliest gen PCIe 4 SSDs still
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👍🏻Still has some of the highest 4K Random IOPS in the market
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👍🏻Very Good Pricing Now
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👍🏻Regular Firmware updates
CONS
👎🏻Heat dissipation in a PS5 environment was not as good as I hoped (PS5 closed bay design at fault really)
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👎🏻Traditional Write performance, even at 2TB, looks a little lacklustre against the competition in 2022
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👎🏻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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    1,321 thoughts on “The Best High Performance SSD for PS5 to Buy in 2022

    1. @NASCompares Thanks for your videos and your time invested! One simple yet important question regarding the drive’s stickers.
      Can you please verify if the stickers on this drive are Heat Spreaders (Like on the Samsung M.2s) or they are just paper stickers (which is how they feel to be) and meant to be removed before applying the thermal pads on it???

      Your answer will be of much help!
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    2. Can you install an adata ssd And also run and external hard drive for a PS five I had an external hard drive for my PS4 and I just brought it over to the PS five So all my PS4 games around the external one can all my PS five ones go on the internal one
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    3. I know this is an old video but when I test mine with the exact same settings at 1GiB at a single pass I get like 140mbs for rnd4k q32t16 write even though mixed still gives around 2500 mbs, when I do 2 or more passes write goes up to 1900mbs, do you know why this is?
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    4. Thanks man! Helped me, informed my purchase and I got the right one for me. Went with the WD 850 w/ heat sink. But something weird, if you look on Amazon, Walmart, GameStop the ones w/ heat sink are labeled like 10$ cheaper rn .. reason?
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    5. Would you go for the 1 Tb Gammix S70 Blade and Elecgear Heatsink or the WD SN850X? Very little difference in price on Amazon. Was going with the WD but after seeing how much better the Elcgear heatsink is at dissipating heat I was considering the Gammix.
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    6. If you look at the Terminator Resistance (8:55 as the player runs past the fire) the WD Black framerate is super choppy looking, was that an error in the video capture or video editing or something cause the other ones look smooth
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    7. Thank you so much! 1 point I will make as DIY person … “thermopads strategically placed” – generic heatsync + razor + measurement tape + basic understanding of where heat would come. Made my mind. Sabrent heatsync is cheaper + wd850x is cheaper then heatsync version
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    8. Just received my 2TB 530 with heatsink, and the PS5 shows the read speed as 5558 MBPS, way lower than your speeds and massively lower than the rated maximum. Barely above the recommended speeds for a drive, any thoughts?
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    9. I just installed the 1TB version of this SSD (manufacturing date 10-2022). It had the latest firmware version on it allowing it to reach the 6459 MB/s benchmark. No need to update out of the box. Good luck!
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    10. I installed this on my 2019 , 27” imac and tried to use bootcamp…it failed , is this a common thing? I am using a Samsung 2TB SSD as the main OS after failing with the 870 and the same for the Samsung SSD. I cannot get Bootcamp to function on a digital hdd.
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    11. Hi! is this good as my daily driver (external storage) as a graphics designer/video editor? I’m considering this, a Crucial P3 Plus and TEAMGROUP T-Force CARDEA Zero with my iMac 5k 2017. All 4TB. SABRENT 4TB Rocket would be swell but it’s way over my budget. Thanks!
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    12. I just got one, 1tb to use on PS5, £114 on Amazon atm, 2tb I should go for but can’t justify to my wife why the memory costs nearly as much as the bloody console, so that 1.6tb internal and ssd 4tb external, with my XBSX I have 1.8tb with 5tb SSD external, need the bloody things because you don’t get many games on 0.6tb in the PS5 as it is, thanks for the review mate, for the price it’s worth it, has heatsink as well, does anyone know if you are supposed to put the cover panel back on once you install the drive of leave it off because of heat, the way things are going I’ll be using the PS5 as a console and a heater ???? my entire family sitting behind the PS5 and XBSX warning up while I game would be very awkward, I imagine I pull some odd faces as I game, I’m one of those that moves the controller to the right or left while turning in a racer as if that helps ???? I’m a ????.
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    13. Does anyone tried to update the firmware of this SSD with a heatsink? There are some reviews that It needs to be updated before putting to PS5 to met maximum the writing and reading speed. But the issue is I think I should not remove the original heatsink due to warranty.
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    14. Nice review and excellent cadence without stuttering. You sound polished.

      I’m looking at my temps and it’s weird that my two 1tb xpg gamix are at 57C and 52C at idle. I’ve got a 6600xt and a 5600x on a msi x570 tomahawk. Everything is actually pretty high with my cpu at about 55C idle. It’s in a Lian Li Lian-Li PC-O11DX 011 case. Not sure what I’m doing incorrectly to have such high idle temps.
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    15. this ssd is one sale with heatsink on the wd official website for $110… I won’t be using it on a workstation of anything professional (just games) but idk if it’s worth going up to
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    16. What I love about the 530 series is the storage is exactly as advertised. Im not sure if the other brands are like that but if it says 500gb on the box, thats what it shows on the PS5 storage. It’s not rounded off or lesser than what’s shown.
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    17. Can you show how to update firecuda 530 SSD firmware on a PC or Mac. Nobody talks about it or shows it. But you are the best in the business so I know you could do it! Thanks in advance.
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    18. Can you make a recommenation for an external enclosure for the WD Black SN750, by any chance? The heat sync makes it too larget to fit into a regular sized enclosure and WD has told me if I remove the heat sync, I will void the warranty. It’s too large to fit into a new laptop. They use a smaller form factor, so my next option was an external enclosure. Nice video. Thank you.
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    19. Time differences between loading times are neglectable. Both between ps5 internal ssd and exernal ssd and overall all the different gen 4 ssd with speeds of 5000+ mb/s.
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    20. I was looking for a RAID enabled NAS for a client whose use profile doesn’t include anything high-performance. The client writes (paper) books, needs a centralized and safe storage for what is, in essence, his life’s work and not much else. Client has a pc and a laptop. Client now keeps 3 or 4 versions of his stuff for ‘safety’ reasons: one on laptop, one on pc, on on dropbox and whatever… Obviously this isn’t great policy.
      So.. I’m going to get him a synology ds220j NAS with two 2 TB drives in RAID and I’ll advise him to run a second one in another location in case he wants absolute security

      he won’t be doing any media stuff at all.

      does anyone see anything wrong with that?
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    21. Has anyone had a problem with your PS5 shutting off all of a sudden when I got to hot with the M.2 card installed. I had a Samsung 980 pro with the heat sink in my PS5 and with really intense games it would just shut off out of nowhere. I would have to unplug the power supply and boot it back up. The problem went away after I took the 980 pro out. I just ordered a WS black and I’m hoping the same thing doesn’t happen.
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    22. SSDs with heatsink are great because they have exclusive designs. I have the Seagate FireCuda 530 500GB with the EK heatsink and it looks great but the heatsink version must be bought only when the price difference of the non heatsink version is not that great. If you can get the 980 Pro or Seagate FireCuda with a good price just do what I did: bought the be Quiet MC1 Pro heatsink and install it… good materials and with a copper heatsink as well (but the EK heatsink looks way better, I know…). Great intro by the way…
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    23. Samsung 980 Pro with Heat Sink (1TB) on Amazon currently for only £89 – has to be the best choice for PS5 at the moment considering the price and the fact they basically all perform the same.
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    24. I stripped the SSD screw and now can’t get it out 🙁 I bought a replacement screw and spacer on Amazon can I just place those instead and leave the stripped screw and it’s original spot
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    25. Is it a good deal to get one now from Amazon for around 253 for a 2tb with heatsink or wait a lil longer? Also will there be a faster one than the sn850 down the road?
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    26. Hey man love the channel You have here. Will this SSD kill my console if it fails ? I have been seeing this online and don’t know which 2tb SSD to buy
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    27. Would you recommend or comment on putting this in a laptop ? WD Black SN850 just dropped in price in Denmark – june 2022 – but I am worried that it will get very hot in my Legion 5 Pro (there is some heatsink build in
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    28. I prefer to simply keep ALL of my games on the m.2 SSD because it’s replaceable and the internal SSD is not. So my tip for people who have the m.2 SSD is to put wear on it, since it’s replaceable. It’s better to buy a new m.2 SSD than a whole new console.
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    29. I just got a PS5 digital edition after trying for ages! I’m gonna need a storage upgrade soon and after watching a few of these videos im thinking of this Samsung one or the WD black as the FireCuda is £30 more than I’m seeing the other 2 and money’s tight, the WD black one is £12 more than this Samsung so the Samsung is the cheapest I’m seeing with heatsink £125 1tb, it only just hits the 5.5gbs though doesn’t it whereas the other 2 I mentioned hit 6.5gbs so if I get the Samsung will it last me the generation in terms of running games well?
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    30. Hi, I would like to use the WD SN850 2TB as an external drive for my 2022 MBP M1 Max, as I will put it into a enclosure, would you recommend the version with the Heatsink, I can get the card for only $22 more than the SN 770. The reason why, I would like to use the external drive for data and the internal SSD only for Apps and the OS, just to keep the internal drive in a good shape.
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    31. The thing is the Firecuda is “wasted” on the PS5 as it cant reach its full potential of 7300 mv/s read and 6900 mb/s write. You need an AM4 plattform to reach its true capabilities. Mine gets 7350 mb read and 6920 mb write. But for PS5 I would simply choose the cheapest option, tbh.
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    32. I’m confused. I just bought a 2TB internal SSD and the PS5 say the read speed is 5500MB/s ???? Did I do something wrong or does the read speed vary?
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    33. How much thickness does the WD heatsink add? I’m thinking of upgrading a 2019 iMac with an SN850, but it can only accommodate a 3 mm thick heatsink. Eyeballing yours, it looks like it’s well over that.
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    34. Fire cuda in PlayStation makes 6300 first format… 5600 every format after that… it sucked and sent it back.. keeping WD black. Makes 6500 every format with no firmware update
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    35. I bought the SN850 w/ heatsink for $164 ($149 for non heatsink version) on Amazon. That is significantly less than what is shown in this video, 6 months later ????
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    36. I’m only getting 5600MBs read speed… while every other review for the 2TB is getting 6500. What’s going on? Did I get a defective Firecuda 2TB??
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    37. I just installed the 2tb rocket 4 plus and only had a read speed of 4650. So disappointed as I removed and reinstalled it formatting over and over and could only get to 5000mbps which is significantly below what their advertising and what I have seen others ssds get
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    38. You mentioned the Samsung is not rated as amongst the best for durability at 0.3 DWPD . As someone who wants to edit large files etc on a large scale (i.e. non gaming use) which SSD would have the best durability and lifespan rating?
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    39. Can j install the samsung 980 with heat sink in my rog zaphyrus m16 ! Mine supports the pci 4 ,, but from the pic it seems it is big to be installed in the laptop there for I’m asking before i buy it! Thank you
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    40. Happy ro see I made a good decision today, I managed to nab one up for £90 of course without heatsink but there seems to be some decent cheaper ones on ebay so will grab one of those
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    41. have a different question. On a 850 how do you remove the heatsink? I ask because I have a MSI Aero Expander Card and the drive does not fit with the heatsink. The Aero Expander card has a huge heatsink and thermal pad.
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    42. The Segate Firecuda 530 M.2 SSD is definitely number one of many lists, sometimes even the WD Black SN850 as well. I’ve decided to purchase Corsair’s MP600 Pro LPX M.2 SSD @ 2TB capacity for my Playstation 5. Why you may ask? Well, first things first is brand loyalty. I own a lot of Corsair products: Keyboard, Mouse, Pad, Headphones, Headphone stand, etc. It makes sense to use a trusted brand. Also, the MP600 Pro LPX features 7100MBs read/6800MBs write speeds on a PCie 4 platform. The 2TB model is currently on sale for $299 at select retailers and it does include a top tier Corsair heatsink in the price.
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    43. Hello , I bought a wd_black 1TB ssd with heatsink, but you know is not the best choice for cooling and I get the sabrent heatsink from Amazon.
      I know that you tested this ssd with the sabrent heatsink, and my question is how easy is to disassemble the original heatsink from the wd_black sn850 ?
      Thank you for your videos, they are very useful.
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    44. Hey, do you recommend I purchase an additional heat sink with the gammix for my ps5 ? Which would your recommend, also if I am correct, you are a believer of always leaving the ps5 cover off wether I used a heatsink or not right ?
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    45. I bought the Corsair MP600 Pro, I installed a separate heatsink with this.
      The Corsair MP600 Pro attempts around 6,6Gbps.
      I moved all my PS4 & PS5 games into my SSD M.2 and I kept YouTube, Prime Video, all other video apps in the system storage.
      The loading times is okay. To me and for my daily usage, there is my best configuration.

      Sometimes, I record my last 15-30 minutes video gameplay.

      The PS5 is always recording the gameplay, it doesn’t care which game you are playing.
      The read speed for your SSD is the most important thing.
      The PS5 console is already fast, and when you launch the game, you forget that you copied the game into the SSD due to the greats performances.

      My advice : If you care about write speed, you have to spend a lot of money for nothing, you’re actually go to the wrong way. The read speed is the most important thing that you have to care. Copying a file into a SSD itself is a not a task that you need to do every day.
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    46. Hello sir. Thank you for detailed information about seaget firecuda 530 m.2 SSD. I bought it after i watched your video. But i couldn’te find a detailed guide to apply firmware update. Could you nake a video about firmware update? Love your videos. Thank you.
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    47. And… great content thank you. Your diligence in testing and presenting all these drives (and showing how to fit them!) informed both my selection and installation this week!
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    48. Is it just me or does all this just feel like a money grab scheme? Previous systems simply required slapping a game cd or cartridge in and you’re instantly good to go! Now even disc version games absorb the extremely limited internal memory to play. Spending $500+ on the console and then another $400 on an ssd to get it running properly seems ridiculous. The technology should be better than requiring a ton of extra money to enjoy the ease that we had before. ????
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    49. Right now they are like 170 at best buy for a 1tb HEATSINK INCLUDED heck yeah had to pay a tax on the wd black gaming hd tho but its worth it still at $240 for 8tb
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    50. Guys, i followed your suggestions about the factory heatsink; i sold my 1 TB 980 pro w/o heatsink and i bought the 1 TB SN850 with the factory heatsink: the best purchase of my life!
      On my Q370 board the sn850 runs in pcie 3.0 mode and the temps never goes over the 47°C!
      You are absolutely right! Buy a ssd with the factory heatsink is the best choice!
      Thanks for your awesome channel full of test and precious suggestions!
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    51. Great work with your videos. If you don’t mind me asking…where did you get that retro PS5 decal on the sides of the PS5 panels? I’d love to get that! Thanks and keep up the great work!
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    52. Im only getting a 2TB because i plan on getting the ps5 pro when it comes out in late 2023 or possibly 2024 due to the chip shortage….Thank you for a very informal video ????????
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    53. I gotta ask, I’ve bought a PS5 recently but haven’t used it because I’ve been buying other items to go with it and I want to wait till I have what it need. I’ve bought a WD Black drive, I’m still within 30 days of returning it because I’ve seen that the Seagate Firecuda has dropped in price. Would you say the Firecuda is better because over WD Black in your opinion? (I’m lucky I didn’t open the ssd to get an exchange ????)
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    54. the samsung 980 pro still king on low temps, power draw and higher sustained speeds (this is what matters) running with not heatsink is about 5~10c less than any other SSD, it’s often getting bad feedback from clueless people that think the PS5 benchmark tool is absolute truth ????like the 3.5gbps cheap SSDs reading 5.5 ????if you update firmware or not it doesn’t matter cuz the ssd out of box have more than enough sustained speeds which PS5 uses only when copy games between drives, but loading games are as fast or even faster than the internal SSD
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    55. Oh yeah and I’m on a custom PC build I built myself from scratch. The PS5 is a waste of time and money and I may wait several years to get one if I even get one, just like I didn’t get a PS4 Pro until November 27, 2019 when it released November 15, 2013. And really the only reason I got it was in prep for FF7 Remake. I only have 5 games and I ordered 4 when I got it because a deal was going on seeing it was Black Friday. So I haven’t bought a game for almost 2 years. Wish I waited an extra year for FF7 Remake to release on PC so I could have gotten it for free, as I did when it released on PC plus I also got the Yuffie DLC for free that I haven’t even played but a minute or 2 just for testing.

      Yeah, The Last of Us was a great game that I’ve beaten several times along with Horizon Zero Dawn, The Uncharted Trilogy, Spider-Man and God of War but PC will always be the better deal, especially if you know what you are doing and are not the commoner who sticks with consoles because PCs are beyond their grasp and/or because the general population are lazier than ever, with both their minds and bodies
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    56. Well it better be good seeing that it increases the price by $130. You can get a 1 TV 970 Evo Plus for $110. I ordered the 2 TB SN850 without the heatsink for $260 before tax and will be getting it March 8-11. And I’ll be using the heatsink included with my Gigabyte B550m Aorus Pro. It has worked well with my 500(465) GB 970 Plus but I haven’t even needed a heatsink with the 970 Plus. I used it for almost 2 years without a heatsink and it has been working just fine but then again, Samsung says you don’t even need a heatsink with the 970 Plus and it is said that even the label on the 970 Plus works as a heat spreader, along with the special thermal control in the 970 Plus
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    57. Here we are months later, I’ve been looking at picking up 1tb firecuda. Anyone with this drive.. how’s it holding up months later? Everything good?
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    58. ? I’m deciding between 980 pro 1tb or WD Black 1tb. Also, with some game needing more storage space I wonder if 1tb SSD is enough. Hopefully someone reading this could give me a good advice.
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    59. Here is the problem I found nobody is talking about. I just installed my 980 pro and starting reinstalling some games I’ve had to delete. That’s when I noticed that the “other” catagory remains on the ps5 SSD (a minor one on the 980 pro but the main one gets bigger with every game I instal) my main SSD currently has 279GB of other. Nearly half the drive is just the other catagory and my 980 pro is only half full. So if I fill my 980 pro at this rate my ps5 SSD will be entirely just the other catagory. And you can’t switch the catagory to the other SSD. My biggest worry at the moment is how games require SSD space to install updates and wondering if the other catagory will stop me from being able to update games like warzone.
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    60. Does this come with a stand-off and screw ? I want to get a M.2 but don’t have the standoff and screw. Anyone know a company that supplies hardware with the m.2. Thanks in advance
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    61. You have the pricing wrong on the XPG Gammix Blade S70. The 2TB version has been $249 for a while now, far from the $399 you have it listed as. The current pricing is $89/$129/$249. This is probably the best performance drive you can get on a budget and competes with the high-end drives.
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    62. Great video! Very informative. Greatly appreciate it.
      You made me lol a few times. You would say, …”and were doing this right now!”(snap)
      Then there was like a 3 second delay before anything happened ????????????
      To be fair you got quicker as the video went on. There was only a 1 second delay by the end, but I wonder why even snap at all? The snapping indicates promptness, so when you snap and there’s a 1-3 second delay, there is a disconnect that happens with the viewer.
      Perhaps it’s a comedic quirk that you do purposely idk, anyways thanks for the video
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    63. hello from February 2022. price for these SSDs seems to have dropped even further since this video was uploaded. the 500gb, 1tb, and 2tb (w/o heat-sink) can now be had for $100, $130, and $260 respectively.
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    64. 3:20 If anyone want close cover SSD in PS5 with this heatsink than do what i did, top part of heatsink is easy to replace with JEYI heatsink model cool cold war ship. It is compatible.
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    65. I bought a 4tb firecuda 530 a few months ago. I don’t see the hype about it, maybe I’m missing something. 850 spent on a superfamily download speed USB for ps5 and it doesn’t really seem that incredible. Maybe I’m being a bit salty or I’m missing something but currently feel like I could of saved 700 and got a 4 to plug in storage device….
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    66. Hey quick question for anyone out there how important is the firmware update or how much better will the ssd run with it compared to right out of the box? Don’t have a pc to update it but if it’s worth buying an adapter and updating it I’m sure I can go to a friends house to get it done.
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    67. After unscrewing the SSD cover on your ps5 and inserting your SSD w/ Heatsink do you replace the cover and screw it back in place or do you leave it off and uncovered?
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    68. I just found this drive at my local Walmart, 1tb with heatsink for $150. Seems like the best deal I’ve seen recently. Was considering picking this up while I can. Anyone that has this drive wana chime in and let me know your experience with it? Seems like a top choice
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    69. I will always prefer the memory card for Xbox series X ???????????? it’s literally 1 thing to worry about and buy no need for all this testing and searching and watching videos etc
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    70. Going out in a limb in hopes that someone can help me here. I recently downloaded Sifu to my gammix S70 on my ps5 and any time I went to load it, it would soft-brick my ps5. I couldn’t get my ps5 to work until I took out this ssd. Did I do something wrong installing the SSD or does Sifu have a bug so bad that it will brick your ps5?
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    71. I bought the Firecuda 530 4TB with heatsink a couple of months back, it cost me $1500 Australian dollars which is very expensive but well worth it. A very good investment if you have the money to afford it.
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    72. Bought the 2Tb xpg gammix s70 blade last October, I’ve had nothing but problems with it, had to reformat it 8 times, ps5 kept crashing, it has crashed about 30 times finally had to take it out, ps5 now works OK £300+ wasted.
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    73. SN850 2TB with heatsink on sale ATM in UK for 265£, which from 440£ I’d say is pretty good. I believe the other versions are on sale too if anyone from UK watching this ????
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    74. I’ve installed this exact same SSD in my PS5! Was it a good choice and will I need a new one soon because of it “showing it’s age” a bit in performance? It works nice and fast enough and it keeps the PS5 nice and cool so far.
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    75. I preordered the tforce pro special series 2tb, i have a read speed of 6970 with it and it stays pretty cool fitted with a 10mm heatsink that allows me to reinstall the cover. Been playing Ghost of tsushima, destiny 2, ac Valhalla all with lighting fast load speed and very smooth gaming experience. Dont sleep on this m.2
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    76. Question, please…. I’m just installing my 980 Pro 4.0 2TB ssd. {with heatsink) I’m wondering which slot i should install it in my gigabyte z590 aorus elite MB. I have as Radeon Pro WX-3200 GPU (with own fan). MB has three slots. Which one should I use?

      M2A_CPU (Above GPU), M2B_SB (Below GPU), or M2P_SB (Below M2B)
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    77. Question, please…. I’m just installing my 980 Pro 4.0 2TB ssd. {with heatsink) I’m wondering which slot i should install it in my gigabyte z590 arous elite MB. I have as Radeon Pro WX-3200 GPU (with own fan). MB has three slots. Which one should I use?

      M2A_CPU (Above GPU), M2B_SB (Below GPU), or M2P_SB (Below M2B)
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    78. @1:42 that slow read speed is so depressing. Fix? Follow these 10 steps.

      1. Power off PC. Set PSU switch to 0 and un-plug power cable.
      2. Install 980 pro on PC’s m.2 Nvme slot.
      3. Plug power cable and set PSU switch to 1. Power on PC.
      4. Download and run Samsung Magician.
      5. Samsung Magician detects that new firmware is available for your 980 pro. Install new firmware. Restart PC and check Samsung Magician detects 980 pro. It should.
      6. Power off PC. Set PSU switch to 0 and un-plug power cable.
      6. Remove 980 pro from PC.
      7. Install 980 pro to your PS5. Use only PS5’s own screws!
      8. Power on PS5 and format 980 pro.
      9. Enjoy your new 6500 MB/s read speed.
      10. Do a little dance and send comment!
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    79. I just bought this NVME drive and was about to buy the one without the heat sink only because I have the x570 master motherboard and it came with heatsinks, I decided to buy the one with a heatsink because it is was on sale for a little more than the non heat sink version. Temp difference is huge.
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    80. While I appreciate the test, I think this would have been better verified with games like Borderlands 3, Rise of the Tomb Raider which have extremely long load times on previous Gen consoles. Still thanks for sharing.
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    81. SAMSUNG just relied on their brand name and didn’t really make efforts to create a separate new drive label for the “gaming/console” market with maybe some tweaks to the controller
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    82. watched many vids & now more confused then before lol!!! not tech savvy at all just the type of person that needs to be pointed to the best to buy. money not a sticking point, prob get a 1TB. was leaning towards WDBlack but scared off from the heat issues so is the firecuda350 just the best? just for ps5 gaming. no editing, not a pro or content creator
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    83. if money isn’t a sticking point is the fire cuda just the best? not a pro gamer or content creator or editor… just like to have the best of the best if possible…. Thanks in advance
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    84. hi so i have an external drive for my ps5 and i dont really like it so i wanna switch to an ssd but the thing is i dont know if it will be hard to move my games from the external drive to the ssd can you let me know?
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    85. I got the WD SN850 2TB with Heatsink when it still was pretty expensive. But i just wanted the best and no hassle. Paid €420 for it, nowadays they go for around €300, but i absolutely love it and have no regrets. ???? And next to that money isn’t really an issue for me, i work for it, so i spend it how i will. ???????? I had the opportunity and got the SN850 with its Heatsink and seeing this review then and now i made the right choice. ????????
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    86. I’m torn… been using my 4tb external hhd for my ps4 games to play on my ps5. Was going to wait for the ports to stop throttle speeds and get an external ssd(t7)/ while I wait as the internal ssds are still stupid high.
      But now internal ssd 1tb($180) and the external t7 ssd(114) are now both on sale. Too many decisions
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    87. I have seen the Firecuda 530 2TB read speeds reach 6557MB/S on PS5 but mine only gets 6410MB/S even after several times of formatting. All firmwares are up to date. Is that normal?
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    88. Keep a full back up of your drive. Sabrent is covering up the failure rate on the rocket 4 1TB. an abnormally large percentage of them are dead near the 6 month mark, even with less than 25% of drive usage.
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    89. I have a question. When you add a second drive to the ps5 where does it save its captures to? Could you capture gameplay to the internal ps5 drive from the added m.2?
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    90. Hey Nas in your expert opinion, I’m in the market for a 2tb drive. Now money not being an issue, should I get the firecuda with its own heat sink, or the firecuda with the elecgear heat sink? Please help I just want what will be cooler Temps for the ssd. Thanks for your time
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    91. I only stick to Samsung since the 850 serie, but firecuda 530 with heatsink is probaly the world best m2
      I have Samsung 980 2×2 tb
      But now i got firecuda 530 m2 heatsink edition ♥ 4tb. Not sure yet if i shall use it for the Ps5 or pc
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    92. I’m very new to this stuff.
      What would work best, using the expansion SSD or PS5’s internal SSD to play PS5 games? I hear that the Expansion could be faster than the internal. But would it be better to use the internal to play games you plan on playing hours on end over the Expansion SSD to increase longevity?
      I have the WD 1Tb with heatsink.
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    93. I know that this video was uploaded 4 months ago and memory prices change so rapidly, but I could get the 2TB WD SN850 with Heatsink for $400 on Amazon or the 2TB WD SN850 without Heatsink for $271 on Amazon. That’s a massive difference in price. Sure, a $10 Heatsink may not perform as well as the WD Black Heatsink, but by how much? The test you showed was only a difference of about 1°. I don’t think that’s going to mean much when it comes to real life game play.
      What do you think?
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    94. Great reviews. I grabbed the Gammix S70Blade recently because it’s name has been popping up, and I’m a new PS5 owner. Gammix was on every list I’ve watched. I would definitely recommend it to friends.
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    95. Will you please test the 980 Pro with the MHQJRH heatsink installed in the PS5? This seems to be a very popular combo and i’m wondering if this heatsink is able to adequately cool the 980 Pro while installed in the PS5. Thanks for all your hard work!
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    96. I just bought one 1TB 980 pro original whitout the heatsink and the read speeds wore only 5,3gb’s, after updating the firmware I finally have 6,5gb’s read speed. Update the firmware is a must! And I use a NVMe to PCIexp x16 adapter to update ????????????????
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    97. I remember when sony released the update that allowed the SSD upgrade, and literally in the week leading up to the update every compatible SSD that came with its own heatsink sold out before you could blink! I had my eye on the wd black with heatsink, but was too slow with the uptake and in the end I bought a firecuda ( with a FREE 3rd party heatsink), the point being its not that I didn’t look at the samsung, it’s just everyone including yourself were recommending others mainly the WD and the firecuda, but even tho the firecuda didn’t have its own heatsink when the update launched it wasn’t long after cos I remember the pre order was online at that time! Now if the samsung had launched its own factory heatsink earlier I think it would have sold a lot more SSD’s especially if had been closer to the SONY update!
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    98. FireCuda 530 still appears the champ on temp in other video’s. Write, still the Boss, Durability still the boss. But costs more. Samsung haven’t had the crown for a period now. Even 5000 Gen4 they didn’t play and even Gen3, WD were taking that crown. How long does this historic perception last when the facts are so clear.
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    99. Wd sn850 2tb without heatsink it felt like the right thing to do but I was surprised I thought the Temps would be much lower with the heatsink so pleased with my purchase
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    100. So basically in a nutshell, there’s absolutely fuckall noticeable difference between them and whichever you buy you should be fine. The age of diminishing returns has arrived.
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    101. Great video mate! After having weird constant issues with my WD Black sn850 m.2 ssd randomly disappearing after a cold boot up on my PS5 and appearing again after a shutdown and turning on again, I am returning it and getting this one. I hope this one is a lot better
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    102. I got the 1tb WD SN850. Fitted my own heatsink to it as I bought it a while ago. Paid £125 for it plus £10 for the heatsink so £135 all in. Not bad at all. Works like a dream, really happy with it! That said, you can’t go wrong with any of these drives, they’re all excellent. Love your content, you deserve way more subs. It’s for all of us to spread the word to get you more ????
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    103. Great informative vids, would the Sabrent heat sink fit on the firecuda 530 2tb (none heat sink) and would that be better than the firecuda with its own heat sink ?
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    104. Great video!

      What happens to the data should you remove the ssd for some reason? Does the game stay stored or does it prompt you to format it every time you insert it?

      Can you bring games from one ps5 to another using an m.2 ssd?
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