A few weeks ago, Sony released a software update for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, which allows you to use the M.2 connector. Thanks to this, users can expand a relatively small base data warehouse. We have already had the opportunity to check how the Samsung 980 PRO carrier is doing in a duet with the mentioned console. During the tests, we showed that the installation of SSDs is easy, although you should remember some important Sony guidelines in the context of what kind of medium we can put in a dedicated slot. We also decided to prepare a much larger material, comparing various SSD media from several leading manufacturers. In this grand test, we will see which model performs best and which is the worst.
Author: Damian Marusiak
The Sony PlayStation 5 console has a built-in SSD with a capacity of 825 GB. Of course, this does not mean that we have so much space for our own use, because without the installed games it offers exactly 667 GB of free space. After all, this is very little by today’s standards. After a few games installed (such as Mass Effect Legendary Edition takes over 100 GB, as well as Marvel’s Avengers; a lot of space also takes up such Death Stranding Director’s Cut or Far Cry 6; let’s add the new Call of Duty with the Warzone module and we already have virtually the entire SSD. full!), there is a problem where to cram the next games. The solution is the recent PlayStation 5 software update, which activated the M.2 slot after nearly a year, so we can finally install an additional SSD carrier or replace the base one with a faster model.
We check 10 SSD carriers in the Sony PlayStation 5 console. We assess whether it is worth going to the most expensive solutions, or the cheaper PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD will also work as an additional data storage for the console.
In our test, we will look at a total of 10 SSD media, but we also want to show how the Sony PlayStation 5 console will behave when we want to put the SSD in the PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe standard into the M.2 slot, which, after all, is currently the most popular standard among semiconductor media. SSD. The other nine drives are already compliant with PCIe 4.0 x4 NVMe, the fastest standard among consumer SSDs today. Before we move on to discussing the specifications of individual models and show their performance in the Sony PlayStation 5 console, let’s focus for a moment on the official requirements that the Japanese manufacturer places on semiconductor media. Recommended speed of sequential reading is at least 5500 MB / s. SSD models with an M key (Key M) in sizes 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110 can easily enter the M.2 slot. It is also recommended that the inserted carrier has its own heat sink, although it should not be too long and almost come almost on the connector with the M key. When it comes to capacity, the console can easily read models from 250 GB to 4 TB. It all looks like a high entry threshold, but we’ll check if Sony’s requirements are sometimes a little too tweaked.
Among the presented SSD models, we can find offers from companies such as Samsung, Corsair, MSI, TeamGroup, Lexar, Kingston and XPG. Some of them have only a thin layer of material applied directly to the controller and 3D NAND TLC bones, which is supposed to do additional cooling. Others have more or less extensive heat sinks, often with a height above the console housing. There will even be cases where SSD just won’t come in. The tests themselves were divided into three main parts. In the first one, we compare the loading time in several games in native versions for PS5 (Ratchet & Clank – Rift Apart, Kena: Bridge by Spirits, Death Stranding Director’s Cut and Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered) and games operating under backward compatibility (God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn). The second part is to compare the time of copying several games from the built-in SSD to an additional medium, which will check which of the tested drives will be the best at copying a large amount of data. The third part is temperature measurements in several scenarios.