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[PS5] Internal SSD Expansion/Upgrade


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So I finally managed to get ahold of a PS5 without needing to sell a house. During my research on upgrading storage, I came across a few things that I don't think most people would necessarily think about that would greatly impact your gaming performance.


For those not aware, you need a very specific type of storage. Not only does it have to be electrically compatible, it must be within a certain set of physical dimensions. Unlike the PS4, it's not quite as simple as making sure your drive is less than 12mm high. On top of all this, you will likely want to get one with a heatsink (or install one yourself) to help extend the life of the drive.



I've pulled the following from the OFFICIAL SUPPORT PAGE.



Upgrade Your Software:

  • Make sure the PS5 is running the latest OS version
  • Make sure to update the Firmware on your SSD before installing into the console to achieve the best performance it can achieve


Storage Capacity:

  • 250 GB - 4 TB


Drive Sequential Read Speed:

  • 5,500MB/s or faster is recommended


Interface Type:

  • PCI-Express Gen4x4 supported M.2 NVMe SSD (Key M)
  • M.2 SATA drives are not compatible, so make sure it's an NVMe
  • The Gen 4x4 is probably the most important thing after the interface type as it will directly affect the Max Speed of the drive


Socket Type:

  • Socket 3 (Key M)


Socket Class (Affects Length):

  • 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110


Installed Dimensions:

  • 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)
  • Keep in mind that the above dimensions Must take into account any heatsink installed onto the SSD or it may not fit


Game Performance:

  • If you find the performance of a particular game to be problematic, then try moving it to the internal SSD as it may perform better on that drive


Top Rung Choices:


Here's what I found to be the best of those out there. The decision was harder than expected when I ordered mine as it came down to numbers I normally don't need to worry about with a normal desktop SATA SSD. Hint: Unless you want to mess with finding Both a heatsink and SSD and it's more cost effective, then I'd just buy the prepackaged like I did.


What I bought:


  • This drive won out for one simple reason, Endurance
  • The drive is rated for 6,000 terabytes of writes before failure
  • Modern SSDs already last for a good while before failure, but this was dramatically higher than my alternate
  • It was initially a hard choice because the first alternate had better R/W speeds by a nice margin, but I look for long term
  • It's rated for 7,000 Read / 5,000 Write
  • 5 Year warranty.


What I Originally wanted to buy:


  • This drive is rated to outperform all the others on the market in terms of R/W speeds and I would otherwise be willing to spend the extra $50 for it
  • Unfortunately, it's only rated at 2550 terabytes of writes before failure
  • Now I've almost never looked at that for my standard SSDs, but seeing that after setting up a comparison chart, my heart just sunk
  • It's rated for 7,300 Read / 6,900 Write
  • 5 Year warranty


3rd Runner-up:




One last thing:



Oh and don't forget, you'll need a computer to upgrade the Firmware of your SSD before installation! I had to purchase this (cheapest I could get) in order to do it, but there are many different options including USB. I also found that I wasn't able to upgrade to the latest firmware without being on a newer OS for some reason even though I did it on the same PC hardware and used the same MFG software (version and all). When on Windows 7, the Samsung utility only saw the v3 firmware, where-as Windows 11 allowed access (somehow) to the v5 firmware (latest). IDK Why this was as the utility was literally the same version, but it mattered in this case.

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