With the release of the firmware 21.02-04 for the PlayStation 5, since September, after a beta phase, all owners can equip the internal slot with an extra M.2 SSD to expand the number of games. For the use of an M.2 SSD, Sony announced the necessary specifications, which are defined as PCI-Express Gen4x4 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110 M.2 NVMe SSD, which achieve a read speed of at least 5,500 MB / s. In addition, Sony writes effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as. B. a heat sink, and a heat dissipating film. But is an extra heat sink really necessary?
Caution is the mother of the porcelain bowl …
… is a well-known proverb and after the architect of the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, Mark Cerny, touted the WD_Black SN850 with a finished heat sink in a tweet, the technology and storage company Western Digital rubs its hands because the SSD hard drive is in demand like never before . The price rises accordingly, because this is where the market, supply and demand regulate. Prices above the 240 euro mark for the 1TB heatsink version are not uncommon. The model without a heat sink is a whopping 80 euros cheaper.
If you want to play it safe and want to pay too much money for a product, you are welcome to do so. Others buy the SSD hard drive without a heat sink and build the be quit! MC1 heat sink for just under 15 euros on it yourself. However, some manual skill and technical understanding will be required for this. Please excuse the statement, but a Konsolero could quickly be overwhelmed here while PC users do something like that in their sleep. Okay, we can be wrong sometimes.
But let’s come back to the not necessary extra heat sink: According to a recent report from PC Games Hardware, a heat sink is not necessary. The reasons given are that the PlayStation 5 never calls up the maximum performance of the SSD and does not push it to its limits. Every PS5 owner recognizes the phenomenon when he installs his “highly acclaimed” M.2 SSD hard drive. The PlayStation 5 automatically measures the speed after installation and there can be a lack of reading speed of up to 1,000 MB / s. This is also due to the system structure of the PlayStation 5, which can never keep up with a PC and achieves its synthetic benchmark. Anyone who opted for an SSD hard drive with 7,200 MB / s will have to reckon with a read speed of 6,500 MB / s. That is perfectly fine, because it is still above the required 5,500 MB / s. But you should be careful with hard disks, which are specified with 6,000 MB / s. It could get tight here and we don’t have the empirical values - we can’t try every hard drive either.
Whether you have installed a heat sink on your SSD or not, it has no effect on the performance of the SSD. Various testers have tried this out on the internet and published it – no loss of writing or reading without a heat sink! That brings us back to the saying about porcelain above. Cooling primarily supports the durability of the hardware used, while it has not yet been proven with an SSD. The extra PS5 SSD, however, is passive cooling, which is cooled by the main fan, similar to a PC case. Strangely, no extra heat sink is considered necessary in the PC. In many cases, the SSD lies in the airflow and is automatically cooled as well. So then also in the PlayStation 5! You just have to leave the lid off, because Sony’s logic is very incomprehensible. Should we screw a thick heat sink onto the SSD and then lock everything back up in the small chamber? How long can you stay in the car while the sun hits it hard? Open doors and windows, otherwise it can end badly.
Okay, okay, Sony has given the M.2 slot a vacuum function. Unfortunately Sony does not go into this “cool” feature or explicitly explains it for the gamer. So put the lid on!
It doesn’t work entirely without cooling support!
Everyone knows that when a chip starts to work, heat is created that can only be absorbed by another body and so that more body is available to absorb heat, more body must be produced – Hopefully you haven’t slept in physics!
With the 980 PRO M.2 SSD, Samsung is taking a special path that is not immediately apparent. Under the sticker to identify the product there is a very thin copper layer and a special nickel coating on the controller. There is no need for an extra heat sink!
That hard drive has been working in our PC since the beginning of its appearance and without ever having started the “complaining”. But other hard drives, such as the ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70 Blade, have a high-temperature-resistant aluminum heat sink that is inconspicuous. As I said, don’t just leave out the silver-colored lid – for the negative pressure airflow. It is only important that you do not install a “raw” hard drive without an additional heat sink.
Which heat sink you ultimately choose is up to you and your wallet. We now have a Samsung 980 Pro and with the money saved, compared to the WD_Black SN850, we couldn’t just treat ourselves to a game. With our continuous use and the constant loading, copying, reading and erasing, there was never a “shutdown”. You should also keep one thing in mind: The PlayStation 5 should always be set up and positioned so that the air flowing backwards can easily deviate.