Best SSD for PS5: A Retail Comparison in Australia

Many gamers had been patiently waiting for Sony to announce that they were unlocking the SSD expansion bay on the PS5. But finally, Sony uploaded a new patch that will allow users to expand their console’s in-built storage by adding an additional SSD device within the expansion bay.

Below we detail what sort of SSD devices are compatible with the PS5 as well as compare and find cheap PS5 SSD devices from a range of Australian retailers.

What SSD Devices are PS5 Compatible?

Along with the new patch enabling the expansion bay, Sony announced that M.2 type SSD devices are compatible with the PS5. Sony also listed some additional specifications for the SSD devices and are listed below:

InterfacePCI-Express Gen4x4 supported M.2 NVMe SSD (Key M)
Storage250 GB–4 TB
Supported sizes2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110
Size including heat-dissipation mechanismWidth: 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)
Sequential read speed5500 MB/s or faster is recommended
Socket typeSocket 3 (Key M)
Source: Which M.2 SSDs can be used with a PS5 console? 

Comparing PS5 Compatible SSD Devices:

When comparing compatible SSD devices there are we couple of things we need to consider.

First is the size you need. The PS5 expansion bay can take anywhere between 250GB to 4TB. The most common size people are expanding their PS5 is 1TB and as such all the products we are comparing are 1TB.

The second thing to consider is the heatsink which is a critical requirement. Some SSD devices don’t initially come with a heatsink and as such need to be brought separately and installed. Even though heatsinks by themselves are relatively cheap and the process on installing the heatsink to the SSD device is not that hard all the products we are comparing come with a heatsink.

Best SSD Devices

We consider the Seagates Firecuba 530 1TB with heatsink to be the best SSD device for the PS5. In relation to price and quality, this is overall the best. See below for current pricing from retailers.

Cheapest SSD Devices

As seen below we have compared the cheapest SSD devices with 1TB storage and heatsinks from three Australian retailers being Amazon Australia, JB Hi-Fi, and The Good Guys. Overall the XPG GAMMIX S70 Blade is the best cheap PS5 SSD device we have found. This is followed by Samsung 980 from JB Hi-Fi and the FireCuba 530 from The Good Guys.

Although we have listed the cheapest at each retailer we have also added the Amazon price for the FireCuba 530 (which we consider being the best SSD for PS5). From our comparison, the FireCuba 530 is generally the cheapest from Amazon but at the time of writing are all require international delivery to come to Australia. So either you buy it cheaper with long lead time from Amazon or more expensive locally with fast delivery times.

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There are two SN, the one on package and the one on product’s sticky are different. So terrible.
November 24, 2021
This product is fantastic. Quick, easy, reliable.
May 13, 2022
Did a lot of research on which m.2 ssd to buy (WD Black/Samsung/Firecuda) benchmark testing, PS5 only videos, and installed this particular drive in my ps5 for faster game loads.. the ssd i bought was the firecuda 1Tb version with heatsink - very simple to install.Turned off and unplugged ps5. slide the lid/casing off the bottom of the ps5. Unscrew the ssd casing. position the screw and washer they provide down 1 notch to the 80mm mark and gently inserted the drive, hearing the click as the ssd drive slots in.Then proceeded to turn on the ps5, which prompted me to format the usb drive… taking a few seconds to format and eventually giving a read speed of 6538.91MB/s as shown in the image - which is to be expected as i think ps5 bottlenecks this read speed around this value. Having a look at reviews of other ssd brands other customers have bought and reviewed.. they all seem to cap out at this 6500MB/s speed so i am very happy the SSD arrived on time (1 day delivery cos gamer), and is performing as expected.Transferred Destiny 2 and Godfall ~103GB of data from the console storage to this m.2 SSD drive (go to an app, and press options -> move game data) - this took about 1 minute.. to transfer 100GB of data!! incredibly fast.One thing i did not expect however was that my LAN cable was Disconnected during this data transfer - i did have to switch my ps5 off an on again as this seemed to bug out my lan connection entirely. So I deleted the current Wired Lan profile, restarted my PS5, and then set up my network connection again which fixed the issue - but this i suspect was possibly an intended software feature on Sony's end. I would advise maybe disconnecting any LAN cables during data transfers to mitigate thisI didn't test any Thermal production of the ssd drive however, as i didn't have the tools to do so but from reading around this ssd drive with heatsink is the way to go, custom heatsinks offer ~15-20ºC reduction in cooling, however the drive with heatsink can get anywhere from ~20-30ºC reliably.Loaded up Destiny 2 and everything was loading noticeabley faster than game storage - from title screen to loading into a game environment was very quick. Would recommend.
February 3, 2022

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