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PS5 SSDs: These M.2 Drives Can Speed Up Your PlayStation

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It has taken a few months, but Sony has finally enabled the SSD upgrade in the PlayStation 5 and drive requirements have been confirmed. Here are some options worth your hard-earned money.

The option to add an M.2 SSD to your PS5 has been available to everyone following the PlayStation 5 September software update, and a tonne of gamers have taken advantage of the additional space and invested in a new SSD. 

Fortunately, the requirements are not as strict as many initially feared. The only one you've got to really work around is the heatsink requirement and maximum combined size of drive and heatsink

Set at 11.25mm (0.442 inches), that eliminates a lot of SSD choices with bigger built-in heatsinks, but that doesn't limit the list of great choices available to you. 

All you have to do is make a choice: an all-in-one purchase with SSD + heatsink, or buying them separately!

PS5 SSD requirements

PS5 SSD Slot

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Sony has published a complete list of requirements for any SSD to be compatible with the PS5. We have picked out the important details below. 

InterfacePCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
Capacity250 GB – 4 TB
HeatsinkRequired — built-in or added yourself
Sequential read speed5500 MB/s or faster is recommended
Form factor2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 or 22110
Total size including heatsinkSmaller than 4.33 in (L) x 0.984 in (W) x 0.442 in (H).
Heatsink max. height below SSD2.45 mm (0.096 in)
Heatsink max. height above SSD8 mm (0.314 in)

SSDs for PS5

Here are the some top drives that meet Sony's requirements, perform well and are easy to install.

Corsair MP600 Pro LPX

Corsair MP600 Pro LPX

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US Corsair MP600 PRO LPX retailers at a glance: Corsair (opens in new tab) 

UK Corsair MP600 PRO LPX retailers at a glance:  Corsair (opens in new tab) 

A newer addition to our list of PS5-compatible SSDs. Corsair's MP600 PRO LPX packs a pre-installed heatsink, so there's no need to muck about trying to install it, and the dimensions are just right to fit snug within your console's SSD slot.

Plus, the speeds are impressive, hitting a regular sequential read/write speed of up to 7,000MB/s, and with a comprehensive 5-year warranty, there is long-term peace of mind with this purchase. If you're nervous about installing your own heatsink, at $169/£159 for the 1TB model, this is a good way to go.

Gigabyte Aorus 7000s

Gigabyte Aorus 7000s

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US Gigabyte Aorus 7000s retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK Gigabyte Aorus 7000s retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Scan (opens in new tab)

Receiving the Editor's Choice award is no small feat, but Gigabyte earned it in our Aorus 7000s review

With competitive performance and efficient cooling (thanks to the complimentary heatsink), alongside a 5-year warranty for peace of mind, there's a lot to love about this sleek SSD. Prices start from around $199/£180 for the 1TB SSD.

Western Digital Black SN850

WD Black SN850

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US WD Black SN850 retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK WD Black SN850 retailers at a glance: eBuyer (opens in new tab) | Overclockers (opens in new tab)| Scan (opens in new tab)

As you can read in our WD Black SN850 review, we're big fans of the performance, design and durability of this drive. These are the reasons why this SSD is compatible with the PS5, and stock is quite plentiful of the version with a heatsink too.

Prices start from around $160/£150 for the 500GB SSD, with an extra $20/£10 added on for the heatsink option.

Adata XPG S70 Blade

Adata XPG Gammix S70

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US Adata XPG S70 Blade retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK Adata XPG S70 Blade retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab)

Another heatsink-armed NVMe SSD from Adata. Take a read of our Adata XPG S70 Blade review and you can see why it's a great option.

Sequential performance is very fast, thermal management is great, it's rated for high endurance and comes with a five-year warranty.

Seagate Firecuda 530

Seagate Firecuda 530

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US Seagate Firecuda 530 retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Best Buy (opens in new tab)| Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK Seagate Firecuda 530 retailers at a glance: eBuyer (opens in new tab) | Overclockers (opens in new tab) | Scan (opens in new tab)

Seagate's Firecuda 530 SSD is available and, as you can tell from our review, it's a great option for your PS5. 

With the heatsink included, this drive offers sustained write speeds and endurance, alongside a 5-year warranty w/ 3-year rescue data recovery service and cool operation.

Patriot Viper VP4300

Patriot VP4300

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US Patriot Viper VP4300 retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK Patriot Viper VP4300 retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab)

The Patriot Viper VP4300 with included heatshield offers max sequential read speeds up to 7,400 MBps, a sleek design and dimensions that make it compatible with the PS5.

Samsung 980 Pro

Samsung 980 Pro

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US Samsung 980 Pro retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK Samsung 980 Pro retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Scan (opens in new tab)

You'll need a third-party heatsink for this one, but for the purchase, the Samsung 980 Pro (opens in new tab) offers impressive sustained read/write speeds, a lengthy five-year warranty and a reliable thermal control.

Corsair MP600 Pro

Corsair MP600 Pro

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US Corsair MP600 Pro retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK Corsair MP600 Pro retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Scan (opens in new tab)

Read our Corsair MP600 Pro review for more about why this is a great PS5 SSD — from the competitive performance, impressive thermal control from the included heatsink and the five-year warranty, to the competitive performance.

Pricing is also quite competitive too, which starts from $179/£170.

T-Force Cardea A440

T-Force CARDEA A440

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US T-Force Cardea A440 retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK T-Force Cardea A440 retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab)

TeamGroup is working on an "optimized for PS5" variant of this SSD, but in the meantime, the standard Cardea A440 is a great choice for expanding the PlayStation 5's storage.

With read/write speeds up to 7,000/5,500 MB/s respectively, a five-year warranty and an included heatsink, you've got everything you need to get started.

Nextorage NEM-PA (available soon)

Nextorage NEM-PA

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Announced by Sony, the company has made a powerful aftermarket SSD for the PS5 under its Nextorage brand. Sequential read/write speeds are claimed to be up to 7,300 / 6,900 MB/s, but pricing and a release date has not been announced just yet.

SSDs for PS5 (heatsink not included)

For ease of purchase and installation, we recommend purchasing an SSD with the heatsink included. 

However, if you do buy the drive and heatsink separately, you could save yourself some money. Here are the some solid choices.

Separate Heatsinks compatible with PS5

If you are going down this route, you need a heatsink that will fit into the dimensions of the PS5's SSD bay. Here are three options.

US Samsung 980 Pro retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK Samsung 980 Pro retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Scan (opens in new tab)

You'll need a third-party heatsink for this one, but for the purchase, the Samsung 980 Pro (opens in new tab) offers impressive sustained read/write speeds, a lengthy five-year warranty and a reliable thermal control.

US Samsung 980 Pro retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Newegg (opens in new tab)

UK Samsung 980 Pro retailers at a glance: Amazon (opens in new tab) | Scan (opens in new tab)

You'll need a third-party heatsink for this one, but for the purchase, the Samsung 980 Pro (opens in new tab) offers impressive sustained read/write speeds, a lengthy five-year warranty and a reliable thermal control.

Jason is a deals writer at Tom's Hardware — bringing a decade of tech and gaming journalism to the role. He specializes in making sure you never pay more than you should for PC components and tech! He has previously written for other publications like Kotaku, Stuff and BBC Science Focus and in his spare time, you'll find him looking for good dogs to pet or eating pizza in his home town of Nottingham, UK.

  • 2Be_or_Not2Be
    Pro tip: Besides better endurance, the 2TB models usually have the best write speeds. Of course, Read speeds will be the most important metric, so all of these that hit 7,000 should be great for the PS5.
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