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News Digital Foundry: Best SSD for PS5 2021

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Sabrent Heatsink or Elecgear Heatsink.

I have a weird named one something like elucteng?

Was fairly cheap and seems to be working well

So interestingly I've just read something on a forum that goes like this:

As someone who actually reviews SSDs professionally, for 98% of users the answer is no heatsink necessary. Some drives can still be pushed to uncomfortable temperatures, but the load necessary to generate that temperature is very atypical for a home user. Additionally, even minor airflow will easily compensate. If your SSD is under massive load and installed beneath your GPU and entirely starved for airflow, then maybe measure and see. If you stay below 70C you are fine.

I have the heatsink that came with my motherboard for my existing 1tb 980 Pro, but for this new one I think I'm just going to without for now, and check temps the first few weeks and hope I don't get any throttling! If I'm just gaming it seems I have nothing to worry about.
 
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So interestingly I've just read something on a forum that goes like this:



I have the heatsink that came with my motherboard for my existing 1tb 980 Pro, but for this new one I think I'm just going to without for now, and check temps the first few weeks and hope I don't get any throttling! If I'm just gaming it seems I have nothing to worry about.
It’s different on PS5 if the software is built around constant ssd streaming. Playing a game for hours while the ssd is being hammered is a stress test scenario. Sure, the games may not be there yet thanks to cross gen and multiplats, but that is the PS5 design principle which will be more common going forward.
 
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It’s different on PS5 if the software is built around constant ssd streaming. Playing a game for hours while the ssd is being hammered is a stress test scenario. Sure, the games may not be there yet thanks to cross gen and multiplats, but that is the PS5 design principle which will be more common going forward.
Good to know - this one will be going into my PC aswell, but in the future I could format one of them and move into a PS5.
 
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So interestingly I've just read something on a forum that goes like this:



I have the heatsink that came with my motherboard for my existing 1tb 980 Pro, but for this new one I think I'm just going to without for now, and check temps the first few weeks and hope I don't get any throttling! If I'm just gaming it seems I have nothing to worry about.
"As someone who actually reviews SSDs professionally, for 98% of users the answer is no heatsink necessary. Some drives can still be pushed to uncomfortable temperatures, but the load necessary to generate that temperature is very atypical for a home user. Additionally, even minor airflow will easily compensate. If your SSD is under massive load and installed beneath your GPU and entirely starved for airflow, then maybe measure and see. If you stay below 70C you are fine."



Jake Gyllenhaal No GIF
 

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"As someone who actually reviews SSDs professionally, for 98% of users the answer is no heatsink necessary. Some drives can still be pushed to uncomfortable temperatures, but the load necessary to generate that temperature is very atypical for a home user. Additionally, even minor airflow will easily compensate. If your SSD is under massive load and installed beneath your GPU and entirely starved for airflow, then maybe measure and see. If you stay below 70C you are fine."



Jake Gyllenhaal No GIF
Haha can you give me more info?

I had a session on Doom Eternal last night and my current 980 Pro was only 40 degrees.
 

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Hopefully my Elecgear Heatsink will arrive next week. Even better than the Sabrent one.

 

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Maybe I am getting old but here is no way I am paying $200 for 1 tb of memory. Crazy!
back in Jan 2017 I paid like $700 for my 1TB Samsung 960 Pro m.2 nvme ssd. Youngsters these days don't know how good they have it.


 
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Haha can you give me more info?

I had a session on Doom Eternal last night and my current 980 Pro was only 40 degrees.
Not directly connected to his answer here but I posted something related under his Video about the Sabrent 4 Plus...

So, i bought me a 1Tb WD Black SN850 for my PS5...
But i did not spend the extra money for the heatsink version..
Mainly because it was articles and videos of other outlets that gave me an impression that "even in PCs a heatsink is not mandatory but maybe beneficial"

So it went into my PS5 without heatsink.
I directly marked 5 games at once for transfer from build in ssd to the WD Black.
So it started copying one game after another and just when the last game was about to finish it stopped, the fan of my PS5 spooled up to PS4 Pro Jet Engine Levels, (yes the thing can do it if it wants)
and a message was shown.
I link the picture i posted on the german pcgameshardware.de forum


"Temperature Warning

Your M.2-SSD is overheated. Shut down your PS5 and wait until Temperature has normalized."

So much for "hEaTsiNk iS OnlY an oPtiON"

And how useless test are if the are not realy stressing the SSD Controller.
Irc even DF did copy only one game in their tests...
I went the same day to my local ARLT Shop and bought me an Icy Box 5mm heatsink. Now everything runs smoothly.
 
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Amazon de? I don’t even see it on there. Strange

Costs now 52€. Sold from Amazon US.
 
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Not directly connected to his answer here but I posted something related under his Video about the Sabrent 4 Plus...

So, i bought me a 1Tb WD Black SN850 for my PS5...
But i did not spend the extra money for the heatsink version..
Mainly because it was articles and videos of other outlets that gave me an impression that "even in PCs a heatsink is not mandatory but maybe beneficial"

So it went into my PS5 without heatsink.
I directly marked 5 games at once for transfer from build in ssd to the WD Black.
So it started copying one game after another and just when the last game was about to finish it stopped the fan of my PS5 spooled up to PS4 Pro Jet Engine Levels, (yes the thing can do it if it wants)
and a message was shown.
I link the picture i posted on the german pcgameshardware.de forum


"Temperature Warning

Your M.2-SSD is overheated. Shut down your PS5 and wait until Temperature has normalized."

So much for "hEaTsiNk iS OnlY an oPtiON"

And how useless test are if the are not realy stressing the SSD Controller.
Irc even DF did copy only one game in their tests...
I went the same day to my local ARLT Shop and bought me an Icy Box 5mm heatsink. Now everything runs smoothly.
Damn, that's pretty scary lol. I wonder if the PS5 is more vulnerable to overheating SDDs than PCs generally. I have pretty good airflow, but despite installing my new 980 Pro I haven't actually used it yet. I'll be monitoring temps on Samsung Magician.
 
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Costs now 52€. Sold from Amazon US.
No I was looking for the ineo one in the video with the copper extension. He mentions it around edit 19:40 minutes. I have the elec gear o n order
 
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Not directly connected to his answer here but I posted something related under his Video about the Sabrent 4 Plus...

So, i bought me a 1Tb WD Black SN850 for my PS5...
But i did not spend the extra money for the heatsink version..
Mainly because it was articles and videos of other outlets that gave me an impression that "even in PCs a heatsink is not mandatory but maybe beneficial"

So it went into my PS5 without heatsink.
I directly marked 5 games at once for transfer from build in ssd to the WD Black.
So it started copying one game after another and just when the last game was about to finish it stopped the fan of my PS5 spooled up to PS4 Pro Jet Engine Levels, (yes the thing can do it if it wants)
and a message was shown.
I link the picture i posted on the german pcgameshardware.de forum


"Temperature Warning

Your M.2-SSD is overheated. Shut down your PS5 and wait until Temperature has normalized."

So much for "hEaTsiNk iS OnlY an oPtiON"

And how useless test are if the are not realy stressing the SSD Controller.
Irc even DF did copy only one game in their tests...
I went the same day to my local ARLT Shop and bought me an Icy Box 5mm heatsink. Now everything runs smoothly.
PC Games Hardware are clueless clowns.
Sony stated that you need a Heatsink. They haven't even done real Testing with copying like 5 games. They just made tests with normal read scenerios.
 

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Damn, that's pretty scary lol. I wonder if the PS5 is more vulnerable to overheating SDDs than PCs generally. I have pretty good airflow, but despite installing my new 980 Pro I haven't actually used it yet. I'll be monitoring temps on Samsung Magician.
To be honest i never bought the whole "negative pressure cooling solution"
That bay they build is constructed in a way that i have my own theory about it.

I think it is a design flaw.
That cover of that bay is made from metal.
It think it is an EMI Shield. Thing though - if you would leave it open and install your SSD with its heatsink on top the heatsink would catch all that air what is sucked between the white panels and the main body into the fan. In this case a higher heatsink would be even better because it would stick out a bit more and would therefore be directly in the current.

My Theory is that they first went with that approach but testing and rating authoritys told them they have to much EMI leakage there and thats a big No No..
so they had to explain people to not leave it open...
something like that..
 
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TheTechnician

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PC Games Hardware are clueless clowns.
Sony stated that you need a Heatsink. They haven't even done real Testing with copying like 5 games. They just made tests with normal read scenerios.
I would not go that far but that one article about PS5 SSDs was realy not the best they ever produced..
But in all fairness,it was not only them.. there was more of this *heatsink is an option* talk on the net..
 

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Hopefully my Elecgear Heatsink will arrive next week. Even better than the Sabrent one.

Hmm, 35 bucks but doesn't arrive until the end of January. I want to upgrade my copper heatsink to a double sided one. Thinking this might be good instead. Assuming it doesn't suck.
 

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So basically get the 980 pro (y)
Lol imo that would be the one not to get.. People have had issues with it on PS5 with lower read and write speeds requiring a firmware update to fix. And with Samsung drives over the years, I've personally encountered many a firmware issue with older SSDs requiring them to be updated. I don't trust Samsung for drives anymore. Just because it's Samsung, doesn't mean they make the best drives. Yeah they work, until they don't. WD on the other hand, never had a failed drive in over 20 years of computing. I bought the WD_Black purely on my experience. Had it for a couple months in the PS5 with aftermarket heatsink and no issues - as expected.
 
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Lol imo that would be the one not to get.. People have had issues with it on PS5 with lower read and write speeds requiring a firmware update to fix. And with Samsung drives over the years, I've personally encountered many a firmware issue with older SSDs requiring them to be updated. I don't trust Samsung for drives anymore. Just because it's Samsung, doesn't mean they make the best drives. Yeah they work, until they don't. WD on the other hand, never had a failed drive in over 20 years of computing. I bought the WD_Black purely on my experience. Had it for a couple months in the PS5 with aftermarket heatsink and no issues - as expected.
If Mark Cerny posts on Twitter that the WD_Black is his choice for a PS5 extension SSD , one does not simply buy a different one...
 
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Ordered the:

Seagate - FireCuda 530 NVMe 2TB M.2 Internal PCIe Gen 4 x4 Solid State Drive with Heatsink​


Was this a good choice for the PS5? I’m pretty new to all this SSD stuff. It was actually a little cheaper than the WD SN850 for some reason.
 
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With the official specs for compatible SSDs Digital Foundry made tests with some SSDs in the market and listed the best ones.
Of course these are a small list with what they could test... more and cheaper options will eventually show up.

Best PS5 SSDs

As you can see from the table above, there are quite a few requirements, particularly around the heatsink size, but there should be a good selection of compatible drives available very soon. We're still contacting drive makers to confirm which drives will 100% be compatible and we're looking forward to testing out the new functionality ourselves, but for now here are drives that meet Sony's listed requirements:

  • Seagate FireCuda 530 (heatsink version available) - $255/£235 for 1TB
  • Western Digital Black SN850 (heatsink version available) - $250/£218 for 1TB
  • Gigabyte Aorus NVMe Gen 4 7000S - $199/£188 for 1TB
  • Patriot Viper VP4300 - $225/£210 for 1TB
  • Samsung 980 Pro (requires additional heatsink) - $199/£178 for 1TB
  • Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus (requires additional heatsink) - $199/£199 for 1TB
Note that the Aorus NVMe drive is listed as being 11.4mm tall, just above the 11.25mm maximum height, but I tested the same heatsink with a drive inserted and it seems to fit OK, not preventing the drive cover from being installed. We're leaving it on our list of recommendations for now.

Here are some standalone NVMe SSD heatsinks that should meet the height requirements - confirmation incoming!

Finally, here are some drives that meet the speed requirements but are unlikely to physically fit due to relatively tall (and hard-to-remove) heatsinks.

  • Corsair MP600 Pro (15mm tall)


I got the 2TB Patriot Viper which had the fastest stated speed. It was also the second cheapest drive out of the list. I just got the 2TB one because I figured...I don't want to worry about storage AT ALL and EVER AGAIN while I have the PS5. The drive came with two heatsinks, both of which you can use...a graphene one and an aluminum one. Installation of the heatsinks was a snap (and I am always paranoid about that kind of thing). The instructions were clear and didn't suffer from being translated improperly at all. The instruction booklet was actually USEFUL. It took me a total of about 5 minutes to apply the heatsinks, take the cover off my PS5 and snap this thing into place. Obviously it formatted quickly and reported 6800mbps during the formatting for the speed. Even though the drive says it can sustain rates of 7,400mbps I understand that the PS5 either cannot make use of that speed or is simply not setup to report that kind of speed (sounds odd, but I read it with a technical explanation that made sense). Bottom line it is working flawlessly. Transferring Demons Souls over to that drive for example took a couple of seconds. I've run tons of games from the "extended storage" and loads are still basically instantaneous. Absolutely zero issues. So I'm very happy with it. Now I can leave my main storage mostly clean- I usually just put games I'm actively playing or that I go back to very often on main storage and move other games I still want to keep onto the extended. Stuff I'm pretty sure I'm not going to play again or at least for a long time, I just delete.

So I highly recommend the Patriot Viper. If anyone has any questions on it that I can answer, let me know.
 

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I bought a 980 Pro on Black Friday and managed to snag it for £95 for 1TB. I think that should be more than enough. Bought a heatsink from Amazon which I hope will fit.

Should be good for some time knowing how I only really use my PS5 for exclusives and the new Kick ass compression.

I know the 980 Pro isnt the fastest, but it still works fine right?
 

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I bought a 980 Pro on Black Friday and managed to snag it for £95 for 1TB. I think that should be more than enough. Bought a heatsink from Amazon which I hope will fit.

Should be good for some time knowing how I only really use my PS5 for exclusives and the new Kick ass compression.

I know the 980 Pro isnt the fastest, but it still works fine right?
Works great. Benchmark is nonsense, drive over performs in real use on PS5
 
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I thought about upgrading mine when I got it but I'll do that when I run out of space. An external for PS4 games and then a 512GB NVME for PS5 titles. That should be good enough for me.
 

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Nice. I should have it soon. I was almost going to buy the 4tb version because I have a lot of games, but I felt kind of funny spending that much money on something that costs twice as much as the PS5 itself.
When you say you have a lot of games I assume that includes PS4 games. Just buy an external SSD for just your PS4 games, you will still have fast PS4 loading times without the price tag. You can run both the internal M.2 SSD and an external SSD at the same time but you probably already knew that.
 
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its on sale again!
I got my son(1TB with heatsink) one for $199 @Gamestop of all places on Cyber monday.

The 2TB model(with heatsink) was $316 about a month ago on Bestbuy.


So keep a eye out for a similar deal if you want that model.
 

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When you say you have a lot of games I assume that includes PS4 games. Just buy an external SSD for just your PS4 games, you will still have fast PS4 loading times without the price tag. You can run both the internal M.2 SSD and an external SSD at the same time but you probably already knew that.
Thanks. Yeah I got a lot of PS4 games and I tried a few games on the PS5 SSD and it seems like it was improved loading times on a few of them. I definitely noticed improved loading on DOA6, but that could be because they guy I was playing with was on a PS5 as well. I’ll probably get an external SSD eventually.
 
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I have that ordered as well. I’m going to probably use that instead of the sabrent. Looks like the elecgear is the best of the bunch.
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Rocco Schiavone Rocco Schiavone please post your thoughts when you get a chance after you install.
I can give you a quick response regarding the Installation guide. It's complete rubish.😉😆
 
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