Storage is one of the critical factors of gaming consoles. PS5 is no different, and Sony has set specific requirements for its latest generation gaming console this year. These include the SSD’s interface to be of PCIe Gen4, speed over 5500 MB/s, and a storage capacity of at least 250GB.
Alongside, Sony demanded having a heatsink over the SSD for better performance. And it may alter your decision of buying your favorite card. So here we’ve gathered a bunch of SSDs which satisfy Sony’s requirements, and are also compatible with heatsinks.
While you may choose to go without a heatsink, it’s recommended to have one over your SSD for better performance as Sony said. Installing a quality heatsink on your SSD will cost you an additional $20-$30 over the regular SSD, but are worth paying for. With all these in mind, here we go;
Best SSDs For PS5
Below are the SSDs with inbuilt heatsinks, which satisfy the Sony’s requirements of heatsinks with less than 8mm height and thermal interface;
- Gigabyte’s Aorus Gen4 7000s
Having a speed of 7000 MB/s, this SSD has a built-in heatsink and costs over $260 for 1TB.
- WD Black SN850
Used by PS5’s lead system architect Mark Cerny, WD’s Black SN850 looks cool and runs with a speed of 7000 MB/s. A 500GB capacitated SSD of this model costs $140.
- Seagate Firecuda 530
The Firecuda 530 series matches all the requirements for Sony’s PS5 and is available in 500GB ($160), 1TB ($260), and 2TB ($540) capacities.
Well, if you want to install SSDs without an inbuilt heatsink, here are your choices;
- Crucial PS5 Plus
Running at a speed of 6600 MB/s, Crucial’s 500GB SSD costs $180. While there’s a 2TB SSD available too, it’s almost impossible to find it in stock.
- Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus
Satisfying the PS5’s requirements, Sabrent’s Rocket 4 Plus 1TB SSD is available for $180, which runs at 7000 MB/s.
Apart from these, you can choose AORUS NVMe Gen4 1TB for $170, Patriot Viper’s Gaming VP4100 1TB for $180 or PNY’s XLR8 CS3040 1TB for $145. Before making a choice, mark sure what you’re buying as some SSDs come with double-sided heatsink options, which is hard to find.
While the above SSDs are fairly priced and fit well in PS5, we suggest saving bucks on Samsung’s 980 Pro for $190 (1TB), which doesn’t come with a built-in heatsink. Though Samsung revealed plans for making one later this year, you can try integrating it with EK Water Blocks’ EK-M.2 NVMe Heatsink for $13.
And if you already got an SSD, get individual heatsinks like Icepc M.2 for $14 or Micro Connectors for $10, which are of 4mm and 5mm respectively. These two satisfy Sony’s under 8mm height requirement for the heatsink and are compatible with the above SSDs.