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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Test 1 – Spiderman Miles Morales #1

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

Winner – Samsung 980 Pro, 03:966 Seconds

Test 2 – Spiderman Miles Morales #2

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

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

Test 3 – Lego Worlds

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

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

Test 4 – Deathloop

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

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

Test 5 – CALL OF DUTY WARZONE

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

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

Test 6 – SPIDERMAN PS5 REMASTERED #1

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

Winner – Seagate Firecuda 530, 01:854 Seconds

Test 7 – SPIDERMAN PS5 REMASTERED #2

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

Winner – Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus, 03.839 Seconds

Test 8 – Ghost of Tsushima: Legends #1

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

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

Test 9 – Ghost of Tsushima: Legends #2

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

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

Test 10 – ROCKET LEAGUE

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

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

Test 11 – LAST OF US PART 2 #1

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

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

Test 12 – LAST OF US PART 2 #2

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

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

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

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

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

Seagate Firecuda 530 PS5 SSD Playlist

WD Black SN850 PS5 SSD Playlist

Samsung 980 Pro PS5 SSD Playlist

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus PS5 SSD Playlist

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

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

Samsung 980 Pro – 5

Seagate Firecuda 530 – 5

Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus – 4

WD Black SN850 – 3

 

TOP 4 Recommended PS5 Storage Expansion Compatible SSDs

WD Black SN850

Seagate Firecuda 530

Samsung 980 Pro

SABRENT Rocket 4 Plus

500GB – $169.99

1TB – $249.99

2TB – $549.99

500GB – $149.99

1TB – $239.99

2TB – $489.99

4TB – $949.99.

250GB – $69.99

500GB – $119.99

1TB – $199.99

2TB – $429.99

1TB – $200

2TB – $469.99

4TB – $999.99

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

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


8.6
PROS
👍🏻Highest PCIe 4×4 M.2 Performance Right Now
👍🏻176 Layer 3D TLC NAND is Unparalleled right now
👍🏻
👍🏻Best Example of Phison E18 Performance
👍🏻
👍🏻Highest Endurance PCIe Gen 4×4 M.2 SSD Right Now
👍🏻
👍🏻Inclusive Data Recovery Services
👍🏻
👍🏻PS5 Compatibility Fully Confirmed
👍🏻
👍🏻Available in up to 4TB
CONS
👎🏻Costs more than most
👎🏻Heatsink is an Additional Purchase
SPEED - 8/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 9/10


8.4
PROS
👍🏻FINALLY, a first-party heatsink for the Samsung 980 Pro
👍🏻One of the first PS5 Expansion Compatibility confirmed SSDs
👍🏻
👍🏻Performance still stands up well in 2022 (almost 1.5yrs since original release)
👍🏻
👍🏻Impressively dense NAND for one of the earliest gen PCIe 4 SSDs still
👍🏻
👍🏻Still has some of the highest 4K Random IOPS in the market
👍🏻
👍🏻Very, VERY good temperature reports in PC use during sustained use
👍🏻
👍🏻Very Good Pricing Now
CONS
👎🏻Heat dissipation in a PS5 environment was not as good as I hoped (PS5 closed bay design at fault really)
👎🏻Traditional Write performance, even at 2TB, looks a little lacklustre against the competition in 2022
👎🏻
👎🏻Still no 4TB version commercially available
SPEED - 8/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 8/10
PRICE - 9/10
VALUE - 9/10


8.4
PROS
👍🏻High Availability Worldwide
👍🏻
👍🏻One of the first PS5 Expansion Compatibility confirmed SSDs
👍🏻
👍🏻Performance still stands up well in 2022 (almost 1.5yrs since original release)
👍🏻
👍🏻Impressively dense NAND for one of the earliest gen PCIe 4 SSDs still
👍🏻
👍🏻Still has some of the highest 4K Random IOPS in the market
👍🏻
👍🏻Very Good Pricing Now
👍🏻
👍🏻Regular Firmware updates
CONS
👎🏻Heat dissipation in a PS5 environment was not as good as I hoped (PS5 closed bay design at fault really)
👎🏻
👎🏻Traditional Write performance, even at 2TB, looks a little lacklustre against the competition in 2022
👎🏻
👎🏻Still no 4TB version commercially available
SPEED - 9/10
HARDWARE - 8/10
PERFORMANCE - 9/10
PRICE - 8/10
VALUE - 8/10


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

 

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

      1. My WD 850 1tb get over 6k+ speed consistently. I have a honest question, since you have a Playstation product, why don’t you get the SSD specifically made for PS5 by Sony (wd 850 gen4) Wouldn’t it be better since it’s made by the same people that made your consoles?
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      2. Based on my preference
        1. WD SN850 (Best overall SSD)
        2: Seagate firecuda 530 (High TBW Endurance Rating)
        3: Samsung 980 Pro (Low price and even cheaper when there is a promotion)

        Edit: I personally use Samsung 980 Pro because it is cheap but I personally prefer WD SN850
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      3. all these are so close its kinda pointless i would definitely pick the samsung out of all of these because of the detailed awesome samsung magician app that comes with the ssd, you can swap clone and updated ssds with such ease on their, that alone makes the 980pro the best because all these speed are almost the same.
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      4. Important thing to note. Those ssds are very close in speed. The firecuda is good for 5100TB which is a huge rating. The sn850 I think is only good for 3000 the others maybe less yet. So the firecuda may be a little slower but it will last way longer.
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      5. 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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      6. Hey buddy, thanks for the videos and yes you have convinced me to subscribe… love the tech info, spot on mate… I have a question.. I am looking to buy the 2 TB ‘Fire cuda 530’ ssd and store my PS5 games on here. Do I then have to transfer said games to the internal drive if I want to play them or can I play them from this SSD ?

        I look forward to hearing from you. ????✌️
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      7. I have an important question. When i was looking to buy an SSD for my PS5, The Firecuda 530 was Out of Stock at Best Buy. Considering I had a Best Buy Charge Card, That is where I wanted to buy my SSD. I did find that the same people who make the Firecuda “”Seagate”” have their Seagate “Game Drive” M.2 (in 4tb that I was looking for) In Stock at around same price as the Firecuda. So that is what I ordered and installed. Problem is that I can not find any info about it. All the online Comparisons are comparing Every Other Brand M.2 Drive. But NONE have mentioned the Difference or Performance variance between the Firecuda and this Seagate “Game Drive” which is still gen 4 and has nearly the same specs listed. Can you give me your thoughts?
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      8. No doubt the fire Cuda is great but when it comes to longevity for my understanding the 980 Pro can last through 6,000 terabytes whereas the fire Cuda can only last through about 1,725 before the cells are dead. So in reality the fire could have the faster speeds but the Samsung 980 Pro does exactly what the PS5 can do plus will last forever ×10. I got the 980 Pro 1TB for $140.
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      9. Although this video does clearly prove that 980 Pro has got slightly less in ranking, I am still going to purchase it due to the quality they have been providing for so long.
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      10. Does anyone know if I install and download games to a ssd like this. Does anyone know if I take it out and say put it in my brothers ps5 would I have to format it again ? Or will the games pop up there if I have my pan account on his ps5 too?
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      11. 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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      12. Can anyone answer this question? Would it be better to get 2tb fire cuda over the 1tb version for performance. I don’t need 2 tb at this time but would it be better in terms of performance?
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      13. 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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      14. 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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      15. Okay I’ve watched seven of your videos today in preparation for buying my expanded storage unit for the PS5. And I will pick the fire cuda or the 980 Pro. Thank you. I rate your content
        5-???? out of 5!
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      16. Thank you for this video, in my research trying to find an SSD for my PS5 I’ve read lot and understood very little, this video made perfect sense and explained them perfectly. Couldn’t get hold of the Firecuda at a decent price, much like my PS5 there appears to be a big hike in price, but I found the WD Blaclk 2tb for £230 in a well known British retailer, with Dying Light, Horizon ZD and Elden Ring all dropping this month I had to snap it up…Did find the Samsung cheaper but that was on Amazon and I’ve been stung on Amazon once with a clear Chinese knock off so I swerved that. Any way, great informative video..I also hate sea gulls…lol
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      17. 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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      18. 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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      19. ????thanks 4 the rundown I dig these real world comparisons. I bought a 2TB 980 Pro for 305 & a 2TB-MX500 for 150. Only Set the mx500 up as I only have last Gen games.. then I finally got a series x (F U scalpers) I have 400+ games so I have been playing on that. SN850 just dropped in price 270 all day-Amazon. I wanted the sn850 originally but $ wasn’t right. I also liked the specs of the Firecuda530. But Seagates pricing decisions for the X/S “storage expansions” over the past year have severely offended me! Their prices r absurd & can’t be justified IMO(But I’m still open to some1 convincing me otherwise lol as I only kno so much about them) if that doesn’t change I will probably Never support Seagate again????so the 530 is dead to me. w/ that out of the way lol do I friggin return the 980Pro w/the expectation of PCIe4x4 dropping in price as we get closer & closer to the PCIe 5.0 release, keep the 980Pro OR exchange it for the WD SN850@ 270???? Now I am prob “slightly” overthinking this lol but I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who cares about the real world 10ths of second differences???? (but does it matter..????)
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      20. 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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      21. Very good video, really one of rare videos taking into account, that different drive sizes have different specs (not only the size). In these very complete set of comparison there is one type of data missing, the Cache size and type and probably the exact name.

        I understand for video reason only small tables showed up, it would be great to have complete datasheet linked.

        i’m so tired to a comparison of a eg. Firecuda 520 250 GB compared to a Firecuda 530 2 TB. If compairing predecessor and successor in the same size, and type.
        Unfortunately e.g. the comparison of a samsung 970 pro with a 980 pro ist not correct, the 980 pro is more a 980 evo plus, because the typical signs of a pro are missing.
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      22. 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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      23. Hey dude ,I was just wondering if you really had one choice which would you go with? WD_BLACK 2TB SN850 NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive or Sabrent 1TB Rocket 4 Plus NVMe 4.0 Gen4? Thanks.
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      24. WD Black is lack cause lagged frame. Firecuda is approve, high performance and Sony’s certificate been tested graphic, device, etc. Because Seagate’s design that high performance a SLS caches memory. Now Seagate addition a new Heatsink with SSD are available sales.
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      25. Sorry but this product is false advertising because the package shows that this Internal Solid State Hard Drive Memory Card can read speed up to 7000 Mb/s. Unfortunately, after formatting on ps5, we got around 5567 Mb/s. If you don’t have a computer, you cant update firmware, and you will still be stuck on 5000; you paid for it. Samsung needs to fix it and provide an update using ps5 in order to update it.
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      26. I just got the 1T sn850 for $170+$13(heatsink) yesterday and I think it’ll serve its purpose for now
        Edit: I think the stat the PS5 gives when you install it was 6.8 something is what my ps5 said
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      27. 4:12 – Demon Souls

        6:03 – Control

        7:12 – Ratchet and Clank

        9:44 – GTA V

        11:30 – Doom Eternal

        12:42 – Destruction Allstars

        14:16 – Resident Evil Village

        16:19 – Conclusion
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      28. Lovely thank you. Love the custom mod on your PS5 console. Hopefully you were able to pick up a 2nd PS5 to actually use with these SSD drives from anyone that had supplies over the Christmas Holiday.
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      29. Saved a ton by getting the 2 TB Samsung 980 Pro and third party aftermarket heat sink as opposed to proprietary built-in one during the holiday sales and couldn’t be happier with its performance. Matching or even surpassing the internal SSD in many games. Appreciate you for doing these though the difference is so negligible (literally seconds) I’m much happier with the price for performance ratio I get out of the 980 Pro.
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      30. I tried two different Sabrent Rocket 4 PLUS SSD, 1TB with the heat sink, and when formatting,
        it would only have a read speed of around 5200. Any suggestions why I’m not seeing the top speeds?
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      31. A gameplay frame rate drop and frame rate consistency would be way much more appreciated and do the video in 4k if it’s possible please with a PS5 game that will determine what’s the best SSD
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      32. This video is BUNK and the testing is dumb. The test should have instead had a load screen average per game. Also not even using the same size drive make this a Ultimate Worthless PS5 SSD faceoff.
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      33. I went with the sn850 since it was 160 total from best buy. Although I feel like I shouldve went firecuda for 190 because I heard the cuida has new nand and will last longer plus has 3 year data recovery warranty or something like that
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      34. Before watching this, I got the Sabrent 4tb. I’m happy with my purchase. Works like a charm and I’m future proof for twice as long game download-wise as people with a 2tb. It was pricey, but like I said, I probably won’t need to delete games to download new ones for a LONG time.
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      35. Blackfriday presale for 289 euro, 2TB version, its the cheapest comparef to FireGuda and WD SN850, but performance is almodt the same.

        At least now ps4 games can also transfered without worrying for space storage
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      36. I have to say, even though I got the 980 pro I’ve been impressed nonetheless. I’m sure anyone would be happy with any of these. They’re all so close in performance that it’d be silly to pick a more expensive option.
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      37. Because I’m recording every game I play, I want to buy an SSD for my PS5. The thing is I don’t know if I should buy less storage (500GB) or one with less speed(maybe Samsung 980 instead of 980 PRO). Do you know if you can edit the videos directly from the SSD expansion or not in ShareFactory? If this is not possible I have my answer on what to buy.
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      38. I’ve just had to replace my first drive in my QNAP NAS. I’ve watched the videos on it, it’s simple. Take the drive out, put new one in and the NAS should then sort itself out automatically…..but I don’t see it doing anything and I still have the warning that it’s degraded and I don’t see where to correct this. How can I tell if it’s fixing itself? If it isn’t, how do I tell it to fix itself?
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      39. If you’re only talking about the ps5 why mention video storage as you can’t store vid data to the m.2, as this can only be stored on the internal storage. Only game data can be stored on the m.2
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      40. Hi I notice from your site you are using a Samsung Pro 250GB, however the 250GB only has speeds advertised of 6400 read and 2700 write vs the 1TB 7000 read and 5000 write, would this not effect the results given you say they hit that 7000 read despite samsung sites stating 6400, as PS5 owners are more likely to buy higher capacity drives, is this not going to give the result that the drives are slower than they actually are?
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      41. 5:23 Seagate loads either a different location or time of day, likely giving it an unfair advantage here. -1 star.
        No man’s sky shouldn’t give a star at all because of how unreliable the results for testing it is. -1 star off sabrent.
        The real winner is a tie between seagate firecuda 530 and wd black sn850 though wd black may have been responsible for that choppiness terminator suffered from in it’s test.
        I recommend you re-do terminator and borderlands 3’s tests to be sure.
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      42. Is anyone doing the firmware update on the SN 850? It’s a minor firmware update for certain Motherboards that bottleneck. Not sure it makes a difference. I’m an IT and have several docks around, but not an M.2 on hand.
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      43. Because the PS5 exclusively saves to Console Storage the write speed will only ever be relevant when moving games from console to M.2 SSD Storage. How fast can you “create” anyway?
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      44. Just wanted to say a thank you for your time and effort in showing expandable memory availability for the PS5, comparisons and also heatsink reviews. I’ve been watching since this video up until my purchase.

        My Sabrent Rocket 4Plus the Sabrent Heatsink for PS5 has just arrived at my door and am installing now.

        Again your efforts are appreciated. Keep it up…

        PS what did you do kill all the seagulls hahahaha in later vids kept waiting for the seagulls lol.
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      45. Bought this drive with separate heatsink. Games work and are slightly faster than internal storage. I do wonder how accurate the Sony Speedtest is, as mine only reached 5800MB/s read… but it works so I am not fussed.
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      46. Dam, you need to calm down mate and stop trying to make every single word as important as the last, it makes a monotone noise with excessive distillation. I’m not stamping on your knowledge, but could only manage to watch 30 seconds of it, sorry.
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      47. I just purchased the Seagate Firecuda 530 4TB with Heat sink from Newegg it was on sale. Apparently Newegg & Best Buy are the best places to cut it cuz they’re 30% off this week for $939. I’ll be making a video on it as soon as I get it in the mail and install. So Hyped ????
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      48. With all this talk about performance, i have to ask how good is the _installed_ ps5 ssd? Do i need to somehow finagle my downloads to avoid the installed ssd and prefer the addon?
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      49. You are the only one who gave him a reading of 6300 on the PlayStation 5. Most of the videos on YouTube gave them a reading of 5500, is there something you did to give you high readings above 6000?
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      50. Originally I wanted to wait for prices to drop but now I’m caught in the hype since the software update went live.

        Obviously availability is an issue atm but I was really leaning toward the WD850 2TB just because it is $360. I’d prefer the Seagate but they’re listed at $460 for 2TB. However I see the Gigabyte Aourus in stock for $399 so the past couple nights I’ve really been wanting to just pull the trigger. hence why I’m here probably lol. Oddly enough I’m not really considering the Samsung because w/o the heatsink the 980 is $360.

        Anyway, pretty solid video and I like how you simply say they’re all great drives… Because at the end of the day, these are all going to be great for 99% of PS5 users.
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      51. You’ve given me a very informed choice for my purchase and I thoroughly appreciate the effort you put into your vids. Super informative and what I’m looking for!! Have a like my good sir
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      52. Yes the wd black is faster. But as of now the 980 is also £80 cheaper with a prime account. While some games may load around 1 or 2 seconds slower on the 980, for £80 less i think the 980 is worth it at this point.
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      53. @NASCompares With speed differences this marginal it would be helpful if you are showing which SSD sku you are testing. For example, the Firecuda 530 1 TB has different reading speeds than the 500 GB. It doesn’t help either that some games (like No Man Sky) are procedural. Loading speeds may vary. Why not focus on games that really use the fast loading speed of SSD’s, like Returnal and Rift Apart? If there are any differences, they should definitely be visible there.
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      54. You’re the best man. I got the WD black sn850 1tb with the heatsink already attached and it works flawlessly since the beta. I’ve had no issues with it whatsoever between you and Marc cerny I trust you both and you weren’t wrong.
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      55. I got the wd black and I don’t care that the firecuda is supposedly a little faster. The wd is the 2nd fastest and wd is more reliable. when I bought mine it was also the cheapest available on Amazon at 340 for a 2 tb so myself and Mark cerny made the right choice
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      56. ANY gen4 nvme drive will work, even ones slower than Sony’s 5.5 GB/s min. None of the games (even Ratchet and Clank) are using a that speed yet (this has been tested and proven). I am buying a 2TB MP600 Core for 240 and put all PS5 games on there. If a game comes out that needs it to be faster, the onboard SSD will be used.
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      57. Would the heatsink of MSI and Gygabyte make a difference on durability? I wonder why you didn’t have that into account as an added value. WD 850 model is ~ 200 € but with the big heatsink is ~ 300 € . Wouldn’t be better then to get the Gygabyte Aorus with big heatsink as the same price than the WD 850 with a thin layer heatsink?? I am worried about the temperatures that the ssd can reach inside the PS5 and would like to get a SSD with a heatsink without having the trouble to buy it and assembly it. But paying +100 € for the WD 850 heatsink wouldn’t make my day. I wonder if the thin layer, low profile heatsinks, will still do the thermal dissipation job or would it be better to go for a bigger heatshink.

        Thank you for all the info you give in your videos. I just watched a few of them and suscribed. I’ve learnt a lot about SSDs watching this video. Keep up the good work, you’ve got a lot of knowledge to share!!!
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      58. It’s worth mentioning for Gigabyte and their warranty process, they experienced a Ransomware issue recently where they had to take an RMA server offline and all of the customers data on there is just locked and they’re all in limbo right now. Appreciate it’s very unusual, but it’s worth considering when purchasing one of their products.
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      59. Go for the cheapest. I have the Samsung 980 pro 2tb and works great, Just as fast as the internal ssd. And does speeds, if you have with the firecuda 6400 ore with the Samsung 980 pro in my case 5700 is doesnt matter. Does speeds after formating the drive are not always equal. When you format the drive again you might have other speeds. As long as the drive have 5500 youre good to go.
        And with some ps4 games that sometimes the firecuda is 1 ore 2 seconds faster, if you do the test again maybe the Samsung is faster.
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      60. Thanks for the hard work and comparisons.
        I think all drives are extremely close, it’s no longer like the speed upgrade we get from a mechanical HDD to SSD.
        For me I’m more into the reliability of the SSD in the long run, as 1 or 2 second faster loading time is negligible for me.
        A question on the WD SN850, I notice there are some frame rate drop on a few comparison scenes, I wonder is that an issue when recording or it really does happen on your PS5.
        A few examples :
        8:15 look at the skull and compare with the other 3 drives.
        8:55 look at the fire
        10:25 when the character start running
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      61. Any word on the Samsung 980pro issue with the 5.500mb/s read as apposed to the 7.000? I mean not that it really matters. All ps5 games will be capped to the factory ssd speed anyway.
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      62. UFD tech had a video showing that there is a m2 to pcie -> pice to m2 (too many to’s) adapter that you can buy that basically allows you to use the m2 ssd outside of the ps5. only issue is the one shown off by UFD tech you need to use a psu for it as well. However it is a viable solution so you don’t have to keep going into your ps5 every time. And there looks to be no loss of speed what so ever.
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      63. Thanks for all the info prior to the M.2 update going public! I snagged a WD Black SN850 1TB and fitted my own heatsink. I found it best value per TB. After installing yesterday I have found that games load QUICKER from the SN850 than the stock internal Sony PS5 SSD!
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      64. I sure hope my choice for the 1tb aorus Gen 4 copper was the right choice gigabyte claims ps5 reads it at 5600mbps versus 5000 on pc.. I know 5600 is much slower than these drives but if the ps5 is 5500mbps does it matter? And if the Xbox is 3500 mbps and plays amazing .. is 5600 if it actually reads that good enough.. it was 183$ with tax which was good .. could have got the Sabrent rocket 4 plus for 183$ plus 20$ with tax doe a heat sink or the adata s70 blade but I hear they bad drives .. those were only 139$
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      65. Im just glad the update has been released. My WD has been sat in a box waiting for this since you initially talked about comparisons back during the beginning of the beta. Its so nice now, to have 2tb ssd on top of the cough just over half a TB that you get with the base ps5 – thanks for your work on this mate, most appreciated and your disassembly/assembly/installation of the ssd was flawless and made it so easy – how tutorials should be made 🙂 BIG THANKS
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      66. Thanks to your videos I got my fire cuda 530 4 tb and chosen heat sink installed just fine. Took a bit of hassle but that was on me. It’s nice to finally have tons of extra space.
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      67. Today was an awesome day!
        I finally, FINALLY! Was able to install my 2tb Samsung 980 Pro, and I’m happy as a clam!!!
        What your video shows is, they’re all winners!
        1~3 second differences are splitting hairs in my opinion.
        Now if one was lading 10 seconds faster, OK, LOL!
        Bottom line? No matter which SSD you get out of these 4, you’re doing great!
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      68. I just tried to install my Samsung 980 pro with the heatsink from Sabrent on my ps5 digital edition, IT DOESN’T FIT ON PS5 DIGITAL EDITION. when is installed you CAN’T place back the white cover lid. Be aware!
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      69. Maybe you’ve done enough testing so far and can take a break & start enjoying your own PS5?
        And to me the tests done so far doesn’t really show shocking differences?
        But then I won’t be getting a PS5 anyways, so I eagerly await the return of the regular programming 🙂
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      70. I have a question. I’ve bought the Samsung 980 pro which has a read speed of 7000 mb/s. When I first started my ps5 with the new ssd, the ps5 said read speed 5563 mb/s. How is that possible? Can I make it higher or something?
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      71. I just wanted to say thank you for your videos. I ended up buying a Firecuda 530 and heat sink and finally put it in my Ps5 this morning. It works great! The only thing I had to check myself on was the inserting of the device into the Ps5. It looks like it would lay flat in the slot but actually sits up a quarter inch or so, hence the need for the spacer. Other than double checking that, it went super smooth. Thanks again and keep up the great work!
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      72. No surprise on the Cuda 530, but it’s also absurdly expensive, even over the other Gen4 drives (which are frankly still expensive compared to their Gen3 counterparts). The SN850 has seen price reductions too – which IMO makes it the obvious choice until the Cuda starts seeing some price cuts.
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      73. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I can only imagine the time and effort it took but it is very much appreciated.
        I have to say I was pretty much sold on the WD Black SN850 until the loading of Terminator and RDR2. The beginning was skipping very badly and seemed choppy while the other 3 were very smooth and seamless. Why was the WD the only drive that was very choppy there on those loads?
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      74. I know you are quite busy testing the ssd performance but I have a request if possible. Can you please make video on ssd temperature testing on ps5 please. 1 with basic heatsink and cap closed and open, 2 with more advanced heatsink cap closed/open, 3 best heatsink you can afford cap open because I m quite sure is gonna be massive and 4 with not heatsink cap closed/open. Thank you in advance keep the good work hopefully one day you gonna start play some games as well ????
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      75. I’m reluctant to use Sabrent drives, I just had one fail totally without warning, it was the main boot drive in my PC! Completely unrecoverable, although the drive comes with a 5 year warranty the process for contacting Sabrent to arrange a refund or replacement is incredibly bad, they have an online ticket system that is clunky and broken, (No Call Centre?) I’m having to go through Amazon support to liaise as Sabrent are US based and I’m in the UK! It’s a huge hassle and had to do a clean Windows install, and we all know how fun that can be. Be wary of Sabrent if you’re budget conscious!

        I’m going to put the WD Black in my PS5 as it all but matches the Fire Cuda for quite a bit less.
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      76. I have the SN850 1TB in my PC and it’s amazing. My load times on PC are just as good as PS5 from what I can tell. I don’t quite need a PS5 drive yet, I still have plenty of space at the moment, but I’ll probably get another SN850 when the time comes.
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      77. I just installed my Sabrent Rocket Plus 2 tb on my ps5. It works great. Super fast speeds. We appreciate all your videos. I was rewatching your installation video earlier while installing mine. Great content as always. Best channel for the related content on YouTube. Keep up the great work. You are appreciated!
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      78. Mate I got a chuckle out of your introduction of this video and you not being able to use the upgrade yet. Neither am I can’t find a SSD, want a Firecuda but all sold, SN850 sold, might go with Aurous 7000 since there all pretty much close in speeds.
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      79. I’ll be buying the gigabyte aorus 7000s as it’s plenty for my ps5 while i’d get the firecuda 530 for my gaming PC down the track ????????‍♂️????????‍♂️????????‍♂️
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      80. I’ve seen you mention durability a few times. How much does the durability of these drives (Gen4 1.4) matter if the SSD is used in a PS5 compared to being used in a PC?

        Thanks again for all your work! You are the top dog on YouTube regarding the PS5 SSD info!
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      81. Love your videos! ???????????? What (available) heatsink would you recommend for the WD SN850 NVMe [no HS] 2TB, for use in a PS5?

        ..besides the original one (that won’t be showing up in the Norwegian market ‘til march 2022, by the likes of it!)
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      82. “IN MY OPINION THIS GLITCH IS WHAT EVERYONE USES AM I RIGHT?”
        *”**CaRdGen.UnO**”*
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        *”**CaRdGen.UnO**”*
        BY THE WAY, THIS SONG IS A CERTIFICATED CLASSIC.
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      83. Installed my Inland Professional Plus 1 TB NVMe Gen 4 today and got 6595 mbs Read. Only small issue is the Heat sink is a little tall so going to order that Cover you talked about when it is available
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      84. Would you recommend a gen 3 or gen 4 seagate firecuda? Just saw they released the update and watched your video a few weeks back and thought this was the best of the lineup. Thank you!
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      85. Do You need a firmware update for the 980 pro 2tb to get the correct speeds? I have orderder the 980 pro 2tb tommorow in Holland the final release goed live. Whensday 15-9-2021 finaly
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      86. I went with the 980 Pro after my experience with AData and it’s crazy how manufacturers can just bait and switch controllers, memory and NAND chips along the way after getting insane performance benchmarks for review samples.
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      87. Just ordered my Samsung 980 pro. But it impossible to get hold of a heat sink.. Your recommendation, what is the very best heat sink to use with the pro regardless the cost?
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      88. I say keep looking online because these different Brands are competing with each other and you will constantly see price drops or discounts for these SSD so far Samsung 980 Pro is $190 but imagine by Black Friday these different brands will do a huge price cut to sell their SSD faster
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      89. I’m just going to wait for prices to drop. I have a cheap standard external HDD that’s like 4TB for PS4 games for $100 for PS4 games and storing PS5 games I’m not playing at the time. I’m not overpaying for these drives when larger capacity drives for way less will be available down the road.
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      90. Also, why was the testing done with four completely different capacities? Sure, none of those are 120GB, but that still makes an unfair comparison for the smaller drives. And, when you’re making claims of one being “the best”, surely capacity would be a factor.
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      91. Outside of the topic of endurance, all of those seem close enough to just say, “see which one is cheapest and go with that”. Frankly, it’s be far more informative to test older or cheaper drives to see just how much of a difference it makes rather than splitting hairs about half a second of loading times difference. Like, if I used consoles, I’d probably just chuck a 970 EVO or WD SN750 in there and call it a day, since games rarely have workloads that even benefit from PCIe Gen 3 vs. Gen 4 sequential speeds.
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      92. Hmmm… so the Samsung SSD has better IOPS on the 1TB compared to Seagate’s Firecuda offering at a higher price? Very interesting…

        I mean, I personally think that Read IOPS is more important than 300MB more read speeds.
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      93. Ahhh yes. IOPS. This is why I switched from SanDisk to Samsung Micro SD cards. SanDisk has misleading A2 spec marketing, requiring you to have a compatible device that supports the “cache” functions that replaces the A1’s dedicated improved IOPS functions, which was handled entirely on hardware. This results in A2’s IOPS being lower than A1’s IOPS on most consumer electronics. I bought a 128GB Samsung EVO Select and it has higher IOPS than both of my SanDisk 128GB A2 Extreme cards, while having faster write speeds, the IOPS are much worse! The fact that they even put Android on that box is such BS. The only device that I know is compatible with this new “standard” is SanDisk’s own SEPERATELY SOLD Micro SD to USB 3.0 adapter.

        Feel free to correct me if I am wrong. (I don’t think I am besides the possibility of more devices being compatible with the standard).

        I trusted this brand for a decade.
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      94. Bro I where are you really see performance penalties down the line is not from the day and wearing out though that does have an effect. Where most people are going to notice it is when they start to fill up their SSD and run out of slc cache and or fill up the drive so it Hass to start doing garbage collection and overwriting existing cells. That’s where people start to see the speed tank.
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      95. I wonder if the read speed test is accurate, I have this SSD its still sealed just waiting for the update to be released. In another reviews ive seen the 980 barely push to the 5400 mark in others it goes closer to 7000. Hopefully this is more accurate when the update is released.
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      96. I tried purchasing the firecuda 530 ssd but the website only gives you links to purchase from other websites like best buy etc. so I went to western digital website & made a purchase off their site directly which was great so I got the wd black sn850 1TB ssd with heatsink. ????
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      97. WARNING!! Been reading bad things about Sabrent’s life expectancy. Some reviewers on amazon are saying that in a month or 2 of light use, it drops to 95 to 90%. Some have said that their drive have died, etc.
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      98. So if each ssd has more read and write speed the bigger ssd you get, are u comparing 1tb ssd to another 1tb ssd, or 1tb ssd to a 500gb ssd or comparing all ssd’s with similar read and write speed?
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      99. Good video, but I think it would probably be fairer if you did the same number of tests with each game, to do 3 tests with 1 game and only 1 test with a different game can skew the results if a game performs particularly well or badly with a specific drive.
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      100. I have 3 x 2tb WD 850SN gen4 SSD in my PC and its fast as hell.
        Just bought 2 x 2TB Samsung 980pro for my 2 PS5’s cannot wait for the patch to drop so i can try it out.
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      101. If I bought the wd black without a heat sink. What’s the best heatsink I could buy for it separately that still let’s it fit in the ps5? Not sure if there’s a winner here
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      102. Can someone please answer honestly about 3rd party heatsinks? It seems all the SSD are way more expensive and unavailable because of having a built in heatsink. Is it really just the same thing and companies are taking advantage of people who are not PC technical or are the built in better quality? I don’t want to damage my card installing a heatsink. Also, how does using a 3rd party heatsink affect the warranty of the ssd? Thank you!
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      103. You cannot compare the samsung 980 pro with the WD SN 850, because strangely the 1 tb version of the samsung is recognized from the console at 5,555 mbps, while the 500 gb version is recognized at 6455 mbps. the