The PlayStation 5 (PS5) comes with a respectable 825GB of onboard storage, but modern games can easily take up over 100GB each. As such, many gamers find themselves needing to add additional storage through an M.2 solid state drive (SSD). While the PS5 has an expansion slot for an M.2 SSD, Sony has specific requirements for compatibility, including transfer speeds over 5,500MB/s and a built-in or third party heatsink for cooling. This article will provide a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about PS5 compatible M.2 SSDs and heatsinks for storage upgrades.
What is an M.2 SSD?
An M.2 SSD is a high-speed solid state storage device that interfaces directly with the motherboard. Compared to traditional hard disk drives (HDDs), M.2 SSDs have much faster read/write speeds, lower latency, better durability and use less power. These traits make M.2 SSDs well-suited for gaming and applications that demand fast storage performance.
PS5 Storage Upgrade Requirements
To work properly in the PS5, an M.2 SSD needs to meet the following criteria:
- Minimum sequential read speed of 5,500MB/s
- PCIe Gen4 x4 interface support
- 2230 form factor
- Strict height and width limitations
Why a PS5 SSD M.2 Heatsink Heatsink is Recommended
The PS5’s expansion bay is very small, so an M.2 SSD will run hotter here than typical PC installations. Using a heatsink helps draw heat away from the drive’s NAND chips and controller, maintaining optimal operating temps for sustained performance. Gamers can choose from heatsinks made specifically for the PS5 or universal third party options.
Heatsinks like those made by Sabrent and INEO are custom-designed for the PS5’s M.2 expansion slot. Benefits include:
- Tailored fit
- Easy drop-in installation
- Effective cooling
Universal heatsinks offer wider compatibility but may have some drawbacks compared to first-party models:
- Quality and cooling potential varies
- Potential fit/interference issues
- Cheaper options available
How to Install a Heatsink
If the SSD doesn’t have an integrated heatsink, you’ll need to attach one directly to the drive’s PCB. When installing, check for flush contact with the PS5 chassis and tighten screws appropriately based on the heatsink model’s instructions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a heatsink?
Yes, Sony strongly recommends using an M.2 SSD heatsink in the PS5.
Will any M.2 SSD work in the PS5?
No, M.2 SSDs have to meet Sony’s specific requirements to function properly.
Can I install multiple heatsinks?
Stacking heatsinks is not recommended due to potential interference issues in the tight expansion bay.