Today’s games have many large-capacity titles, which is good news for users who want to add more storage. However, since the system requirements for M.2 SSDs that can support the PS5 specifications are set in detail, many people may be wondering which product to buy.
The M.2 SSD “Samsung SSD 980 PRO with Heatsink” (hereafter, 980 PRO heatsink model) with a heatsink released by Samsung is perfect for such people. In addition to fully satisfying the system requirements of the M.2 SSD that can be used with PS5, the price is also low among the models equipped with a heat sink, and it is a model with excellent cost performance. In this project, we will explain the features of this “980 PRO heat sink model”, actually attach it to PS5, and verify the reading speed and so on.
Why is the “980 PRO heatsink model” perfect for PS5 storage expansion?
The requirements stipulated for PS5 storage expansion are as follows, and in addition to the interface, capacity, size, sequential reading speed, etc. are determined in detail, and there are still few products that support all of these. Further, it is necessary to have a heat dissipation structure such as a heat sink.
M.2 SSD system requirements available for
PS5 Interface: PCI-Express Gen4x4 compatible M.2 NVMe SSD (Key M)
Heat dissipation structure: Heat sink and heat conduction sheet must be installed
Size including heat sink structure: Width: Maximum 25mm
Length: 30/40/60/80 / 110mm
Height: Maximum 11.25mm (up to 8.0mm from the board, up to 2.45mm from the board)
Sequential reading Speed: 5,500MB / sec or more recommended
Socket type: Socket 3 (Key M)
In particular, you’ll need to install the heatsink yourself on the M.2 SSD, or prepare one that’s already built in. If you’re not very familiar with PC parts, it’s better to have a product with a built-in heatsink, but there are still few models that meet the requirements described above and have a heatsink, and the general M.2. It tends to be more expensive than SSDs.
However, the “980 PRO heatsink model” reviewed this time is literally equipped with a heatsink, but the price is also reasonable. The reading speed is 7,000MB / s, which is the manufacturer’s nominal value, which greatly exceeds the 5500MB / s recommended by PS5.
Furthermore, Samsung is one of the few manufacturers that manufactures not only NAND flash, which is the main component of SSD, but also SSD controller, DRAM for cache, and SSD firmware, and these parts are optimally combined and unique tuning is performed. As a result, high-speed performance, low heat generation, and low power consumption are also major features of Samsung SSDs that other manufacturers’ M.2 SSDs do not have. Since 2003, Samsung SSDs have been recognized in the world for their ability to maintain the number one position in the NAND flash memory market, which gives us a sense of security.
In particular, if the temperature of the installed M.2 SSD rises above 81 ° C, the rotation speed of the PS5 fan will increase, and if it rises above 85 ° C, it will be forcibly shut down. In that respect, the low heat generation “980 PRO heat sink model” can be said to be an M.2 SSD that can be safely attached to the PS5.
In this way, the “980 PRO heat sink model” has very high specifications, but the 1TB model has an estimated market price of 23,480 yen (tax included), and the 2TB model has an estimated market price of 39,980 yen (tax included). It is one rank cheaper than the model in terms of price, and it is easy to purchase because it has excellent cost performance.
From here, let’s explain how to actually attach the “980 PRO heat sink model” to the PS5. The installation method is very easy, but it is necessary to open the cover of PS5, so please refer to the method explained below. This time, I used the 1TB model.
How was it? The hurdle seems to be high when you hear about installing an M.2 SSD, but the actual work is very simple. Anyone can easily do it if they follow the procedure.
High-speed startup and loading make it as comfortable as the main unit storage
When you attach the “980 PRO heatsink model” to the PS5 and turn on the power, SSD formatting and reading speed measurement will start. If you do not do this, you will not be able to move the data to the “980 PRO heatsink model”, so be sure to do it.
Next, I moved the game from the internal storage to the “980 PRO heatsink model”. I moved a total of 257.2GB of “Cyberpunk 2077”, “Death Stranding Director’s Cut”, “Demon’s Souls”, and “Fort Knight”, and it was completed in 3 minutes and 46 seconds. It can be said that the “980 PRO heat sink model” has a sufficiently high writing speed.
Finally, let’s introduce the results of measuring the game startup time with the PS5’s built-in SSD and the installed “980 PRO heat sink model”. For details, please see the graph below.
Samsung’s M.2 SSD “980 PRO heat sink model” has the advantage of high read speed and write speed, and all the main components are made in-house, and realizes low heat generation and low power consumption by other companies. It has features not found in products. In addition, it has excellent cost performance and can be said to be the most promising candidate for PS5 storage expansion M.2 SSD. There is no doubt that the appearance of this product is good news for those who are suffering from the lack of capacity of PS5.