The PS5 was tested with a regular Samsung 980 Pro alongside the original SSD

The PlayStation 5 has come to market with a non-removable integrated SSD with a capacity of 825 GB, from which the system will also bite something. The rest is also very easy to fill up quickly with game installations, so many have long wanted the opportunity to expand the base space with another SSD with a capacity of up to 4 TB. And this is possible thanks to the free slot for PCIe 4.0 SSD, but so far the firmware of this console did not allow it.

Users already have a beta version of the software that offers the ability to expand storage space, but the question was whether it would not be at the expense of performance. Of course, this will depend mainly on the qualities of the secondary SSD used, and when it comes to the Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSD, then it is definitely among the best models.

The Samsung 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 SSD is sold in capacities from 250 GB to 2 TB and at prices of approximately CZK 2,000 to 11,000 with tax. This is an amount which, paradoxically, in the case of the 2TB version, is very close to the price of the entire console (CZK 13,500), ie the recommended one and not the real one. After all, neither Sony nor Microsoft make money on the sale of these consoles, on the contrary, as is well known.

Sure DanCTapirson from Reddit, he used only the 250GB version of the SSD 980 Pro and reached a reading speed of 6072 MB / s with it according to the internal benchmark of the PS5 console. After all, this is precisely the speed of reading, because these are games in which data needs to be read first and not written.

The tests also found that the temperature of the SSD at rest was below 60 ° C and rose to 72 ° C while playing, which is no longer ideal for such hardware, so some cooling would be useful. Sony has taken this into account and offers space in the additional SSD space for a smaller heatsink, which has significantly reduced the temperature in the activity to an acceptable 50 ° C.

  • Returnal (PlayStation 5 Primary SSD)
  • Returnal (Samsung 980 Pro)

  • Ratchet and Clank (PlayStation 5 Primary SSD)
    • Loading menu 7.51s
    • Loading game 1.79s
  • Ratchet and Clank (Samsung 980 Pro)
    • Loading menu 7.55s
    • Loading game 1.86s

The results of the tests, where the time of loading the game or its menu was monitored, show that there is basically no difference between the primary SSD in the PS5 and the cheapest version of the SSD 980 Pro from Samsung. It’s not even tenths of a second that it’s hard for anyone to notice.

It is also not necessary to buy an expensive 980 Pro, but it is necessary to keep in mind the requirement of Sony, which is that we should install an SSD in the PS5 capable of at least 5500 MB / s in sequential reading.

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Source: Svět hardware by www.svethardware.cz.

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