The Best M.2 SSD for Expanding PS5 Storage

The Best M.2 SSD for Expanding PS5 Storage ...

After scouring the web to get your hands on a, you're likely to be willing to choose as many next-gen games as you can. And the last thing you need is to choose and choose which games you have already used for on the PS5's limited built-in storage. So now, you don't have to worry about adding additional RAM and the benefits of an M.2 SSD as long as you have a compatible drive.

Before the solid-state drive's mass availability and before the beta, you could still add, but only play PS4 games from it. PS5 games may be stored on a portable SSD, but you could not play them.

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Right now, it's quite difficult to find super-fast M.2 SSDs with a built-in heatsink. This is an essential component to avoid overheating, so if your solid-state drive doesn't have one, you'll have to add it manually. Here are a few suggestions for help in this process.

Sony has issued some guidelines for what PS5 will support, but not specific model recommendations. However, the SSD options listed below should all do the job. However, as you search for the best M.2 SSD for your PS5, you'll want to keep in mind that technology is constantly shifting, and we will update this list periodically. Check back for updates and reviews as different technology emerges and performance continues to improve.

Samsung's high-end M.2 processor was a logical first choice for a slew of PS5 modders, but the original version didn't include a built-in heatsink, which is required for operation. Sure, you could buy a separate one and attach it, but that's just a few additional steps.

This excellent Samsung SSD, the 980 Pro, is now available with a heatsink, which makes it an all-in-one processor. There are two current configurations, one 1TB model, and one 2TB model, all of which is roughly doubled for the larger model.

A big 4TB Seagate FireCuda 530 comes with a built-in heatsink and a requirement for an internal PS5 drive. The 1TB version is usually $250, while the 4TB version is upward of $900. Note that this Seagate FireCuda drive has often been out of stock, so grab one when you can.

After installing and setting up the drive, I tried transferring a few games from the default drive to my new SSD. Call of Duty, which is about 200GB, was transferred in about two minutes, 30 seconds. Returnal, roughly 50GB, was then transferred in about 40 seconds.

This PS5-compatible M.2 drive has been recently announced. We're currently testing the 2TB version and will update this soon with additional information from our hands-on testing. A 1TB drive costs $190, while the 2TB is $370.

This is the original version of the Samsung 980 Pro 1TB drive that requires a separate heatsink. It's easy to find, but if you have one, it's less costly. In fact, the price on this model has even decreased by a few dollars recently.

The advantage of adding an M.2 internal drive to your PS5 is that you can both store and play PS5-native games from it. Regular external hard drives can store PS5 games, but not play them (but they can both store and play PS4 games).

This Western Digital drive, which includes the Samsung and Seagate versions, is probably the most popular M.2 variant for the PS5. It also includes the required heatsink, which I frankly recommend as a much easier way to get your console storage upgraded.

The WD Black comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB versions, although I can't see the need to go through all the effort required to open the PS5 and install these for a mere 500GB of space, especially considering that some games are smaller than the one. The 1TB drive is also less expensive than the PS5 itself.

This is a popular component for PS5 owners if you're going along the add-your-own-heatsink route. Gamers have reported that it is a perfect fit for the PS5's M.2 slot, especially when paired with the Samsung 980 SSD.

For a heatsink such this, you usually need a thermal tape to connect the heatsink to the drive. In this case, there is an included thermal pad that separates the two parts together. This is particularly important because the M.2 drive may be too hot in the tightly padded PS5 internal drive slot.

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