Which SSD should you get for your PS5?
With SSD support finally available for the PS5, a lot of gamers are now eager to expand the relatively small 600GB space that’s available by default. Sony have published a precise series of specifications for an SSD to be compatible with the PS5, so you can’t just buy any SSD and expect it to work with the system.
Thanks to the PS5 Firmware beta, a lot of people have already tested what works/what doesn’t, and a lot of disk manufacturers have also been able to confirm whether their SSDs work with the PS5 or not. Below are the most recommended ones we could find so far.
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Which SSD for my PS5? TLDR
TL, DR, all the following disks are getting great reviews from specialized press, and are confirmed to be compatible with the PS5. Any of the SSDs below is a great choice, just make sure you get a version with heatsink (or buy a heatsink separately and install it yourself).
Important: due to their popularity, these SSDs are often out of stock or sold at inflated prices, so be careful of scalpers. Check the MSRPs in the table below. My take: if you can afford it, go for the 2TB version of these disks, which is usually in stock, and can comparatively be a better deal.
- WD Black SN850 1TB Heatsink is the number 1 recommendation we could find on most sites, and the one used by Mark Cerny himself.
- Crucial P5 Plus is the cheapest option of the bunch, while not compromising on quality (Crucial are the Hard drive experts). Cons: you need to buy a heatsink separately.
- Samsung 980 Pro.
- Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 . Personal take: at the time of this writing, this is the drive I would go for, specifically the 2TB version; at $400, it seems to be the best cost performance with still some available inventory.
- Seagate FireCuda 530 1TB.
- Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus. Kind of the underdog here, cheaper than other options and seems to get the job done. You’ll need to buy a heatsink!
PS5 SSD Specifications
As a reminder, here are the specs an SSD needs to meet in order to be compatible with the PS5:
|Interface||PCI-Express Gen4x4 supported M.2 NVMe SSD (Key M)|
|Storage||250 GB – 4 TB|
|Supported sizes||2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110|
|Size including heat-dissipation mechanism||Width: up to 25 mm
Length: 30/40/60/80/110 mm
Thickness: up to 11.25 mm (up to 8.0 mm from above the board, up to 2.45 mm from below the board)
|Sequential read speed||5,500MB/s or faster is recommended|
|Socket type||Socket 3 (Key M)|
Using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink and a heat transfer sheet. You can attach these to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format (single-sided cooling structures are an easier fit). There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built-in. For information on how to attach the heat dissipation mechanism, check the instructions that come with it.
(more details on Playstation‘s support site)
Best PS5 SSDs Compared
|Model||Recommended Price (1TB version)||Pros||Cons|
|WD Black SN850 1TB Heatsink||$230||
|Crucial P5 Plus||$179.99||
|Samsung 980 Pro||$230|
|Gigabyte Aorus Gen4||approx $210||
|Seagate FireCuda 530 1TB||approx $260||
|Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus||$179.99||
The main decision factor if you’re looking for a PS5 SSD right now will be, unfortunately, availability of the drives. At the time of writing this article, the Gigabyte Aorus Gen4 2TB gets my vote. At $399 for the 2TB version, and no need to buy an external heatsink, it is best bang for your bucks in my opinion.
This could of course change depending on availability of the drives over time.
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You must be new to this website… being first to comment became a kind of tradition back on the days of psp hacking when every time a vulnerable game was posted you needed to be fast to know which one was so you could buy or download before Sony would remove or patch the game…
Amen. Been here long enough to know that it’s a tradition so it’s kind of annoying to see rude comments about people trying to post the first comment as “FIRST”. People who post rude comments should be the ones to go somewhere else as we don’t need any negative energy here.
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If I was an admin here you would be banned for life.
I’m sorry but it’s rude people like you that should be banned. Posting FIRST is a tradition here.
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I think waiting for a bit might be better in this situation. Prices for these are still over the top for storage, might be better to get a slightly smaller drive than trying to go all out spending the same amount of money in storage as the cost of the console itself. I might get a 1TB one for myself if the price is right, then may get something bigger when prices cool down a bit.
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Lol that’s why I only buy and ps4 games on my ps5 the space is expensive as heck. The only upgrade is the 2 tb and its $435 after taxes. The ps5 comes with a 825mb HD so the only upgrade is really a 2tb.
Ya my ps5 only came with 825mb too. Can’t even transfer saves from the PS Plus cloud
Want to make the PS4 feel kinda like a PS5? Get a SSD installed. You will double the speed of the PS4 and everything is so responsive.
Before in game you bring up the GUI and it took about 10 seconds to become responsive. Now its instant.
Games load so much faster, everything is quicker. Even game textures load so much quicker so games actually look better.
Yea, this was great for the months before I got the PS5 then I noticed how things are on the PS5, the PS4 wont come to that kind of speeds but it is so much happier with a SSD drive in it.
I also read these SSDs in the PS5 are also quicker as there is no reading of the OS from the drive, its a dedicated game drive. So yea, get the 2TB and move your games there, there will run just that little bit quicker.
I just ordered mine today. Hopefully it wont take too long to arrive.
And you think the prices are bad? Costs me $665AUD for one. The console costs $750AUD
I ordered a 2TB ADATA Gammix S70 direct from ADATA for $300 after tax. It is supposed to come today so I will test and report back. These go for around $300 on their eBay store so if it works it’s a really good deal.
The ADATA got 6200MB/s read speeds.