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The best SSD hard drives for PlayStation 5: 64 models compared

Sony has unlocked the SSD expansion bay on the PlayStation 5, so what's the best NVMe m.2 PCie Gen 4 card to upgrade your internal hard drive?

After a long, arduous wait, the internal storage expansion bay for the PS5 was unlocked in September 2021. For gamers who, like me, had been deleting and moving games about on the internal SSD, it was music to our ears. But it's not just about more games. You could even upgrade your PS5 to a faster read speed, bringing with it more spritely gaming performance.

Upgrading your storage space is different with the PS5 compared to the PS4. With the older console, you could just plug in an external SSD to store extra content. However, the PS5 was designed to be heavily reliant on the latest generation of SSDs to function as advertised. More specifically, NVMe m.2 Gen 4 PCI-e SSD cards. And there's a number of PS5 SSD deals about.

External hard drives are too slow and indeed Sony won't even let you try and play a stored PS5 game from one such is the impact on the title's performance. As such, it's an M.2 PCIe Gen 4 x4 NVMe 1.4 SSD or bust. In this article I will take you through the contenders currently available on the market in Australia and nail down the best SSD deal for your PS5.

Best PS5 SSD drives

Below you will find a list of all the compatible PS5 NVMe SSD drives in Australia. There are others you may come across online, such as the Inland Performance, the Kingspec XG series, Netac nv7000, Nextorage and Oscoo, but they are not readily available locally. Below the table you can read my methodology. Looking at the Cost per GB and Value Index columns is a good place to start in hunting down the best PS5 SSD deal.

ProductSize (GB)Heatsink?Read Speed (MB/s)Write Speed (MB/s)Cost/MBValue IndexPrice AUDWhere to Buy
Adata Atom 501000Yes50004000$0.26-32.1$260Buy at Amazon
Adata XPG Gammix S70 Blade1000Yes74006400$0.2561.7$254Buy at Amazon
Adata XPG Gammix S70 Blade2000Yes74006400$0.2175.0$418Buy at eBay
Corsair MP600 Pro LPX500Yes71003700$0.3513.2$177Buy at eBay
Corsair MP600 Pro LPX1000Yes71005800$0.2645.8$255Buy at eBay
Corsair MP600 Pro LPX2000Yes71006800$0.2365.4$459Buy at eBay
Crucial P5 Plus500No66004000$0.2011.8$99Buy at Amazon
Crucial P5 Plus1000No66005000$0.1636.3$156Buy at Amazon
Crucial P5 Plus2000No66005000$0.1537.4$303Buy at Amazon
Fantom Drives Venom81000No74006800$0.2085.0$200Buy at Amazon
Fantom Drives Venom82000No74006800$0.17101.5$335Buy at Amazon
Fantom Drives Venom84000No74006800$0.2084.0$810Buy at Amazon
Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s1000Yes70005500$0.1953.5$187Buy at Amazon
Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s2000Yes70006850$0.2267.1$432Buy at Amazon
Kingston Fury Renegade500Yes73003900$0.3220.8$160Buy at Amazon
Kingston Fury Renegade1000Yes73006000$0.2261.0$224Buy at Amazon
Kingston Fury Renegade2000Yes73007000$0.2182.1$414Buy at Amazon
Kingston Fury Renegade4000Yes73007000$0.3155.4$1,227Buy at Amazon
Lexar NM800 PRO500Yes74503500$0.2921.5$147Buy at Amazon
Lexar NM800 PRO1000Yes75006300$0.2176.6$209Buy at Amazon
Lexar NM800 PRO2000Yes75006500$0.1988.4$377Buy at Amazon
MSI SPATIUM M480 Play1000Yes70005500$0.2737.2$269Buy at eBay
MSI SPATIUM M480 Play2000Yes70006800$0.2557.4$499Buy at eBay
Netac M2 2280500Yes50004400$0.24-29.2$120Buy at eBay
Netac M2 22801000Yes50004400$0.20-35.0$200Buy at eBay
Netac M2 22802000Yes50004400$0.20-35.9$390Buy at eBay
Oyen Digital Dash Pro4000Yes68006800$0.2259.4$876Buy at Amazon
Patriot Viper VP43001000Yes74005500$0.1871.6$177Buy at Amazon
Patriot Viper VP43002000Yes74006800$0.2276.4$445Buy at Amazon
PNY CS3040500Yes56002600$0.31-28.8$156Buy at Amazon
PNY CS30401000No56004300$0.20-16.8$198Buy at Amazon
PNY CS30402000No56004300$0.20-16.6$401Buy at Amazon
PNY CS30404000No56003900$0.31-14.9$1,249Buy at Amazon
PNY CS31401000No75005650$0.1973.2$189Buy at Amazon
PNY CS31402000No75006850$0.1899.1$360Buy at Amazon
PNY CS31404000No75006850$0.1991.8$777Buy at eBay
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus1000Sold separately70005300$0.1949.1$190Buy at Amazon
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus2000Sold separately71006600$0.2265.2$440Buy at Amazon
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus4000Sold separately71006600$0.2852.1$1,100Buy at Amazon
Samsung 980 Pro250No64005000$0.567.7$141Buy at Amazon
Samsung 980 Pro500Yes69005000$0.3820.3$189Buy at eBay
Samsung 980 Pro1000Yes70005000$0.2337.0$225Buy at Amazon
Samsung 980 Pro2000No70005100$0.2436.9$470Buy at Amazon
Samsung 990 Pro1000No74506900$0.2961.1$289Buy at eBay
Samsung 990 Pro2000No74506900$0.2569.4$509Buy at eBay
Seagate FireCuda 530500Yes73006900$0.3351.1$163Buy at Amazon
Seagate FireCuda 5301000Yes73006900$0.2470.3$237Buy at Amazon
Seagate FireCuda 5302000Yes73006900$0.2178.8$423Buy at Amazon
Seagate FireCuda 5304000Yes73006000$0.2260.8$899Buy at eBay
Seagate Game Drive m.2 SSD1000Yes73006000$0.2751.0$268Buy at Amazon
Seagate Game Drive m.2 SSD2000Yes73006000$0.2848.6$562Buy at Amazon
Silicon Power XS701000Yes73006800$0.1986.0$190Buy at Amazon
Silicon Power XS702000Yes73006800$0.1988.3$370Buy at Amazon
Silicon Power XS704000Yes73006800$0.2565.3$1,000Buy at Amazon
T-FORCE CARDEA Admirable A440 Pro Special Series M.2 SSD1000Yes74007000$0.3059.5$297Buy at Amazon
T-FORCE CARDEA Admirable A440 Pro Special Series M.2 SSD2000Yes74007000$0.3846.9$753Buy at Amazon
Verbatim Gen 4x41000Yes74006100$0.3245.7$321Buy at Amazon
Verbatim Gen 4x42000Yes74007000$0.2960.7$582Buy at Amazon
WD SN850500Yes70004100$0.2918.6$143Buy at Amazon
WD SN8501000Yes70005300$0.2242.4$220Buy at Amazon
WD SN8502000Yes70005100$0.2140.7$426Buy at Amazon
WD SN850X1000Yes73006300$0.2169.5$211Buy at Amazon
WD SN850X2000Yes73006600$0.1980.5$389Buy at Amazon
WD SN850X4000Yes73006600$0.3249.7$1,260Buy at eBay


There are 2 key parts to the table above in determining "best value". The most obvious is the cost per gigabyte. This compares how much space you are getting for your money; a figure that will float based on deals as they come and go. This does give you some guidance, but it doesn't account for the read and write speed potential of a card. Nor the reliability of the brand.

Reliability is a hard metric to compare, but we can account for read and write speed.

The Value Index column looks at the cost per gigabyte, but also looks at how much faster the drive is than the minimum 5,500MB/s required by Sony for the PlayStation 5. It then examines the gap between a drive's read speed and write speed – how much does it drop – and takes that into account. Our algorithm computes these metrics to produce an ultimate value. This can help provide further guidance for you.

Can you install a heatsink on a PS5 SSD?

While some of the above SSDs don't come with a heatsink as standard, that shouldn't necessarily scare you off. They don't cost too much more to buy, and they its easy to add a heatsink to a m.2 SSD. One of the best options if you already have, or want, a Gen 4 NVMe m.2 SSD card, is to get a heatsink cover. This is custom fit for the PS5, and does the job in cooling your PS5 in the easiest possible fashion. The PNY XLR8 SSD cover is a great option in this regard. You can pick it up for less than $40.

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What SSD works with ps5: compatible specifications

There are plenty of NVMe m.2 Gen 4 PCIe x4 SSDs on the market, but not all of them are compatible with the PlayStation 5. The expansion bay slot has physical limitations, while the hardware itself has certain read and cooling demands that must be met. All the SSD cards in this article meet the requirements, but should you want to check an alternative option you've come across, this is what you must look out for:

  • M.2 SSD between the lengths of 30 and 110mm.
  • No wider than 22mm.
  • Generation 4 PCIe M.2 x4 NVMe 1.4 SSD card.
  • Read speed greater than 5500MB/s.
  • Capacity between 50GB and 4TB.
  • Must have a heatsink.*
  • The heatsink cannot extend more than 8mm above the card, or more than 2.45mm below the card.

* Note that you can attach a heatsink to an NVMe SSD card yourself if there isn't one already built on the unit you have, or it's too large. They're relatively inexpensive and the process is easy to do.

When will pcie 5.0 SSDs come out for PS5?

One thing to keep in mind when shopping for a PS5 SSD, is that a new generation is on the way. The PCIe Gen 5 NVMe m.2 SSDs have been announced and are in the pipeline for release in late 2023, or perhaps not until 2024. So far we've seen a few names come out with planned models, which you can see below. Speeds up to 14000 MB/s have been suggested, which would be a huge increase on the Gen 4 cards.

But will PCIe 5.0 cards work with the PS5? Sony hasn't indicated yet whether it will be able to update the firmware to make the most of these improved speeds and cards. But there's more to it than that. They are expected to run a lot hotter than the Gen 4 cards, and may need a bigger heatsink as a result. Will they even fit in the expansion bay? Only time will tell, but at this stage, it's not worth waiting out for one.

List of Gen 5 PCIe SSDs

  • Samsung (PM1743).
  • AT&T.
  • Adata Project Nighthawk PCIe 5.0.
  • Adata Project Blackbird PCIe 5.0.
  • Apacer AS2280F5.
  • Corsair MP700.
  • Zadak TWSG5.
  • Gigabyte AORUS Gen5 10000 SSD.

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Tips on how to buy a PS5 SSD in 2023

There are a few things to consider when searching through the drives in the below list. There are often other versions of a card with very similar names, or even the same basic name, that are different generations. As a result, they have slower speeds or may be missing a heatsink. It's important to keep an eye on this – especially if you see a price that seems a lot lower than expected. The full specs you need to look out for are below the table.

I've linked out to the correct cards in the table, so that's a good place to start your comparison.

Also know that stock availability can come and go. I've saw this drive up prices beyond the RRP at times during COVID, but thankfully those days seem to be over. Also, it means you need to make sure that the price you're looking at isn't in an alternative currency. Or that it's not being shipped from an international location. This could incur more import and shipping costs, and a delay.

How to find a PS5 SSD deal

I've put together a table below that lists every PS5 compatible SSD in Australia as of the start of 2023. I've linked through to the best deals I could find on those drives. Be advised, however, that PS5 SSD deals come and go. And that we have seen a significant price drop through 2022 in the cost of almost all the PS5 SSDs that were available at launch

How to install a PS5 SSD hard drive

Once you've found the best PS5 SSD deal, you need to install it. Although it may sound technical at first, installing the PS5 SSD expansion drive is straightforward. I've previously detailed a step-by-step guide on how to install a PS5 SSD, which you can look through. However, I think you'll get everything you need to know from the below video.

If you're still trying to get your hands on a PS5, know you're not the only one. Stock is still low in Australia, and indeed the world. Keep an eye on our how to buy a PS5 page for news of extra stock arrivals.

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