Best value PS5 SSD hard drive deals in Australia: Storage upgrade

Posted: 5 October 2021 2:58 pm
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Sony has unlocked the SSD expansion bay on the PlayStation 5 console, so what's the best NVMe m.2 PCie Gen 4 deal to upgrade your hard drive?


$27.45 off Adata XPG S70 Blade

$27.45 off Adata XPG S70 Blade


It's been a long, arduous wait, but finally you can increase the storage capacity of your PS5. For gamers who, like me, have been deleting and moving and shifting games about on the internal SSD, it's music to their ears. In fact, you could not only end up with more space, but an even faster PS5 gaming experience.

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.

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Tips on how to buy a PS5 SSD

There are a few things to consider when searching for 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. 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. Especially during COVID! I've seen this drive up prices beyond the RRP at times. 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 at launch. I've linked through to the best deals I could find on those drives at launch. Be advised, however, that PS5 SSD deals must be taken in context. COVID is causing stock shortages, and demand has been sudden and high given the rapid arrival of the expansion bay unlock. We're seeing a very fluid market, with PS5 SSD deals both above and below the RRP as a result.

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, that are not 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.

PS5 SSD driveSize (GB)Heatsink?Read speed (MB/s)Write speed (MB/s)Price AUDCost per GBValue IndexWhere to buy
Adata XPG S70 Blade1000Yes74006400$319$0.321193.9Buy at Amazon
Adata XPG S70 Blade2000Yes74006400$495$0.251329.75Buy at eBay
Corsair MP600 Pro1000Swap out for smaller70005500$395$0.40757.5Buy at eBay
Corsair MP600 Pro2000Swap out for smaller70006550$699$0.35930.75Buy at eBay
Crucial P5 Plus500No66004000$169$0.34468.2Buy at Amazon
Crucial P5 Plus1000No66005000$279$0.28633.1Buy at Amazon
Crucial P5 Plus2000No66005000$549$0.27638.05Buy at Amazon
Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s1000Yes70005500$339$0.34841.5Buy at Amazon
Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s2000Yes70006850$599$0.301035.75Buy at Amazon
MSI SPATIUM M4801000Yes70005500$378$0.38783Buy at eBay
MSI SPATIUM M4802000Yes70006800$699$0.35955.75Buy at eBay
Patriot Viper VP43001000Yes74005500$359$0.361027.9Buy at eBay
Patriot Viper VP43002000Yes74006800$669$0.331204.45Buy at Amazon
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus1000Sold Separately70005300$269$0.27926.5Buy at Amazon
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus2000Sold Separately71006600$549$0.271110.8Buy at Amazon
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus4000Sold Separately71006600$1,199$0.301070.4Buy at Amazon
Samsung 980 Pro250No64005000$125$0.50310Buy at Amazon
Samsung 980 Pro500No69005000$187$0.37686.4Buy at Amazon
Samsung 980 Pro1000No70005000$299$0.30851.5Buy at Amazon
Samsung 980 Pro2000No70005100$589$0.29868.25Buy at Amazon
Seagate FireCuda 530500Yes73006900$199$0.401043.6Buy at Amazon
Seagate FireCuda 5301000Yes73006900$349$0.351131.8Buy at Amazon
Seagate FireCuda 5302000Yes73006900$729$0.361103.9Buy at Amazon
Seagate FireCuda 5304000Yes73006900$1,429$0.361116.95Buy at Amazon
T-FORCE CARDEA A440 Pro Special Series M.2 SSD4000Yes74007000US$899$0.311276.225Out October
WD SN850500Yes70004100$239$0.48493Buy at Amazon
WD SN8501000Yes70005300$349$0.35806.5Buy at Amazon
WD SN8502000Yes70005100$749$0.37748.25Buy at Amazon

Methodology

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.

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Compatible PS5 SSD 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.

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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