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(Pocket-lint) - It took a long time, but we're finally seeing the rollout of expanded storage for the PS5 - Sony took its time in activating the feature, but it's now available for everyone on a recent software update.

There aren't too many drives out there that work with the console, though - they need to meet exacting requirements on not only speed and quality but also size with a heatsink attached (and you need to have a heatsink, or risk overheating your SSD). We've gathered some of the very best options for you, right here.

We've tested these SSDs to make sure they fit into the PS5's expansion slot, meet the speed requirements and are sensibly priced, which all help us to narrow down a shortlist of only the most reliable options for you.


Best Internal SSDs for PS5 in 2022

  1. Seagate Firecuda 530
  2. WD_Black SN850
  3. Samsung 980 Pro Heatsink
  4. XPG Gammix S70 Blade
  5. Gigabyte Aorus Gen4

Our Top Pick:

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Seagate Firecuda 530

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For

  • Great speed
  • Good price
  • Includes heatsink

Against

  • Not much wrong here

First up is this lightning-fast drive from Seagate, which is our top pick both because it smashes through Sony's speed recommendations and because you can easily pick it up with its own heatsink that'll fit in the console.

Its speed is absolutely crazy, with a maximum of 7,300 MB/s write speed that is just about as fast as you can reasonably find, and it's not priced too badly with that bleeding-edge power in mind.

Other great internal SSDs for your PS5

Here are four other impressive options for internal PS5 SSDs.

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WD_Black SN850

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For

  • Solid speeds
  • Great heatsink
  • Good price
  • Includes heatsink

Against

  • Faster drives out there

Equally impressive is this SSD from WD_Black, which similarly has its own low-profile heatsink that you can get it with.

It can post up to 5,300MB/s write speeds so you shouldn't find that games load any slower than they would on the internal SSD, and while it isn't the cheapest drive out there, it's a future-proof one.

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Samsung 980 Pro Heatsink

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For

  • Samsung's best in class reliability
  • Stylish and well-constructed heatsink
  • Superfast read and write speeds

Against

  • Very pricey

Samsung's 980 Pro SSD has long been recognised as one of the best SSD's money can buy for PCs. Unfortunately, Samsung never offered a model with a heatsink, and so it was a bit of a faff to use one with a PS5.

This new model comes with a heatsink - and a stylish one at that, not that you'll be looking at it very often - making it perfect for use with the PS5. The only downside is that it costs quite a lot. Budget-minded gamers might want to add a DIY heatsink to the regular 980 Pro to save some cash.

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XPG Gammix S70 Blade

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For

  • Superb value
  • Includes heatsink
  • Great speeds

Against

  • Heatsink requires manual attaching

XPG's drive is priced incredibly competitively, offering the cheapest way to get extra storage on this list. It has excellent speeds to offer up, too, more than meeting Sony's requirements.

The only small downside is that the heatsink it comes with has to be stuck on to the drive, which is slightly fiddly but really very straightforward. For the brilliant value you get, that's a task we're more than happy to do ourselves.

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Gigabyte Aorus Gen4

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For

  • Good speed
  • Includes heatsink

Against

  • Quite expensive

Another drive that has its own heatsink, one which will fit nicely into the PS5's expansion slot, is this one from Gigabyte, which again would work great as an all-in-one solution.

Write speeds of up to 5,500MB/s mean that you'll again be unlikely to ever run into any trouble running games quickly,

Other products we considered

The Pocket-lint editorial team spends hours testing and researching hundreds of products before recommending our best picks for you. We consider a range of factors when it comes to putting together our best guides including physically testing the products ourselves, consumer reviews, brand quality, and value. Many of the devices we consider don’t make our final best guides.

These are the products we considered that ultimately didn't make our top 5:

How to choose an internal SSD for your PS5

There are absolutely countless SSD options our there for your PS5 - here are some questions that can help you narrow your choices down.

How much space do you need?

To start with, if you're looking for an expansion drive you've probably had issues with running out of space on your PlayStation 5 - and we know the feeling. That said, since you can technically add as much as four terabytes of space to your console, it would be worth working on how much you really need.

After all, if you only really need to ensure that you can keep a couple of massive games like Call of Duty: Warzone and Battlefield V installed, then getting a 512 or 500GB drive might be enough to keep you free from deletions. If you want to have an absolutely huge collection installed at all times, though, by all means go for a bigger drive.

What's your budget?

Something else that will impact your choice of drive size, of course, will be your budget. If you only have around £100 or $100 to spend, you're going to have to compromise on the amount of storage you can pick up, whereas someone with no real limit could easily find a larger capacity without any trouble.

Could you install a heatsink yourself?

A good way to mitigate the cost of your drive is to pick up one that either doesn't have a heatsink or requires you to attach an included one yourself. This is way easier than it sounds and can often bring the cost down by a chunky margin, so we think it's a great option for those who have less to spend.

More about this story

Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.

When it comes to internal SSDs for the PS5 this is a more technical process than an aesthetic one. After all, provided they meet the size requirements of the slot in the console and are fast enough, your experience using them will be near-identical between different options.

Having said that, speed does make a difference to transfer speeds, and the inclusion or not of a heatsink is a big variable between different options. Similarly, pricing can be surprisingly different for the same capacities, so there's plenty to help us work out which the best options are as we test them.

We aren’t interested in pointless number crunching or extraneous details - we just want to provide an easy to understand review that gives you an idea of what it's going to be like to use. And don’t for a second think that the products aren't tested fully because the reviews are concise.

We’ve been covering tech since 2003, and, in many cases, have not only reviewed the product in question, but the previous generations, too - right back to the first model on the market. There is also plenty of models we've considered that didn't make the cut in each of our buyer's guides.

Writing by Max Freeman-Mills.