What if you had the chance to get that rare PlayStation 5? Wow! These are rare items. However, after setting up your new PS5 and downloading the best games that the console has to offer, your hard drive will quickly start running out of space. These next-gen games are massive, so we’re here to show you how to upgrade your PS5 storage with this easy internal SSD and heatsink install guide.
Before we get started, you need to make sure the internal solid-state drive you’re trying to install matches the PlayStation 5’s requirements. You can find the PlayStation Support webpage. Sony recommends the PCI-Express Gen4x4 compatible M.2 SSD (KeyM) that has a maximum read speed of 5,500MB/S, or faster, and a storage capacity between 250GB to 4TB. We have used Western Digital and Samsung storage products in our PC building experience. However, regardless of the model, it is important to follow the specs shown below.
We recommend heatsinks and SSDs
Sony sent us a Samsung 980 Pro (1TB) for the purpose of filming this guide, and so far, we’ve experienced great results. Load times seem equally as fast as the console’s main hard drive, and the expanded catalog of games that I can keep downloaded on my console at any one time is awesome. If you’re looking for similar results, I’d recommend purchasing a 980 Pro or one of these SSDs:
To prevent the SSD from overheating, Sony suggests installing heatsinks to protect it. We recommend seeing if the solid-state drive you’re buying comes in an SKU with a first-party heatsink. Our Samsung 980 Pro required a third-party heatsink. (We were provided this one). But it was very easy to assemble. While you can technically install the SSD by itself (we show you how to in the above video), we recommend following Sony’s guidance.
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