Best value PS5 SSD hard drive deals in Australia: Storage upgrade
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?
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.
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 drive||Size (GB)||Heatsink?||Read speed (MB/s)||Write speed (MB/s)||Price AUD||Cost per GB||Value Index||Where to buy|
|Adata XPG S70 Blade||1000||Yes||7400||6400||$319||$0.32||1193.9||Buy at Amazon|
|Adata XPG S70 Blade||2000||Yes||7400||6400||$495||$0.25||1329.75||Buy at eBay|
|Corsair MP600 Pro||1000||Swap out for smaller||7000||5500||$395||$0.40||757.5||Buy at eBay|
|Corsair MP600 Pro||2000||Swap out for smaller||7000||6550||$699||$0.35||930.75||Buy at eBay|
|Crucial P5 Plus||500||No||6600||4000||$169||$0.34||468.2||Buy at Amazon|
|Crucial P5 Plus||1000||No||6600||5000||$279||$0.28||633.1||Buy at Amazon|
|Crucial P5 Plus||2000||No||6600||5000||$549||$0.27||638.05||Buy at Amazon|
|Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s||1000||Yes||7000||5500||$339||$0.34||841.5||Buy at Amazon|
|Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s||2000||Yes||7000||6850||$599||$0.30||1035.75||Buy at Amazon|
|MSI SPATIUM M480||1000||Yes||7000||5500||$378||$0.38||783||Buy at eBay|
|MSI SPATIUM M480||2000||Yes||7000||6800||$699||$0.35||955.75||Buy at eBay|
|Patriot Viper VP4300||1000||Yes||7400||5500||$359||$0.36||1027.9||Buy at eBay|
|Patriot Viper VP4300||2000||Yes||7400||6800||$669||$0.33||1204.45||Buy at Amazon|
|Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus||1000||Sold Separately||7000||5300||$269||$0.27||926.5||Buy at Amazon|
|Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus||2000||Sold Separately||7100||6600||$549||$0.27||1110.8||Buy at Amazon|
|Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus||4000||Sold Separately||7100||6600||$1,199||$0.30||1070.4||Buy at Amazon|
|Samsung 980 Pro||250||No||6400||5000||$125||$0.50||310||Buy at Amazon|
|Samsung 980 Pro||500||No||6900||5000||$187||$0.37||686.4||Buy at Amazon|
|Samsung 980 Pro||1000||No||7000||5000||$299||$0.30||851.5||Buy at Amazon|
|Samsung 980 Pro||2000||No||7000||5100||$589||$0.29||868.25||Buy at Amazon|
|Seagate FireCuda 530||500||Yes||7300||6900||$199||$0.40||1043.6||Buy at Amazon|
|Seagate FireCuda 530||1000||Yes||7300||6900||$349||$0.35||1131.8||Buy at Amazon|
|Seagate FireCuda 530||2000||Yes||7300||6900||$729||$0.36||1103.9||Buy at Amazon|
|Seagate FireCuda 530||4000||Yes||7300||6900||$1,429||$0.36||1116.95||Buy at Amazon|
|T-FORCE CARDEA A440 Pro Special Series M.2 SSD||4000||Yes||7400||7000||US$899||$0.31||1276.225||Out October|
|WD SN850||500||Yes||7000||4100||$239||$0.48||493||Buy at Amazon|
|WD SN850||1000||Yes||7000||5300||$349||$0.35||806.5||Buy at Amazon|
|WD SN850||2000||Yes||7000||5100||$749||$0.37||748.25||Buy at Amazon|
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.
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.