PS5 owners can now choose to upgrade their storage with M.2 solid state drives. You’ll want to be familiar with the SSD requirements and be comfortable with taking apart your PS5 (it’s not simple plug and play). Coincidentally, Newegg is offering a 15% off coupon code that works on several high-speed PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 solid state drives. These include well known brands like samsung and Seagate. You’ll need all the discounts you can get, since high-speed M.2 SSDs still cost a pretty penny. These deals and more below.
New PS5 Update Supports M.2 SSDs
Sony released a new beta update for PS5 owners that allow the installation and use of M.2 solid state drives. Before you get too excited though, be aware that the SSD requirements are very strict; the budget M.2 SSDs like the samsung 980, WD SN750, or the Crucial P5 might not fly. At the bare minimum, the PS5 requires a PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD with a recommended speed of 5,500Mbps or higher. In other words, you’ll be paying a pretty penny if you want maximum speed out of your storage upgrade.
M.2 Solid State Drives (5500Mbps Speeds or Higher)
Seagate 1TB Expansion Card for Xbox Series X|S
Now that we understand the cost of upgrading the PS5 storage, we can understand why the Xbox 1TB SSD expansion module commands such a high price point. With this coupon code, however, upgrading the Xbox Series X storage might actually be cheaper than upgrading the PS5 storage. The other benefits are guaranteed compatibility and easily plug and play, unlike the PS5 where you have to take apart the console.
samsung 980 Pro M.2 Solid State Drive
samsung is one of the most popular and reliable SSD brands, and the 980 offers 6,900Mbps transfer speeds and a PCIe Gen4 interface at a price that won’t break the bank. Performance-wise it will blow any standard SATA SSD or hard drive out of the water. It’s designed to run optimally even without a heatsink (it’s supposed to withstand torrid PC temps, and the PS5 is essentially a proprietary gaming PC), but it’s also very simple to install one on your own.
WD Black SN850 M.2 SSD with Heatsink
The WD Black deserves special mention because it’s the best selling SSD right now for the PS5 and it comes preinstalled with a low profile heatsink. This is a blazing fast drive with transfer speeds rated at up to 7,000 MB/s and a PCIe Gen4 interface.
Mushkin Enhanced Gamma 1TB M.2 SSD
Mushkin is another brand that’s been around for a while. Their “Enhanced Gamma” is their top-of-the-line series of M.2 solid state drives with sequential read speeds of up to 7,950Mbps, well over the 5500Mbps recommended threshold for the PS5. It’s also reasonably priced after the coupon code is applied. It does not come with a preinstalled heatsink.
PNY XLR8 2TB M.2 Solid State Drive
This is a nice deal if you’re really looking to triple the storage space in your PS5 console and you insist on keeping in line with Sony’s recommendation of a 5,500Mbps or faster SSD. This PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD just clears that threshold at 5,600Mbps, and it’s over $50 cheaper than the samsung 980 Pro model. It does not come with a preinstalled heatsink.
M.2 Solid State Drives (5000Mbps Speeds)
Corsair Force 600 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive
This is an interesting SSD to consider as well. It’s easily the lowest priced 1TB M.2 SSD we’ve seen that *almost* fulfills all of the PS5 SSD recommended specs. The only caveat is that it boasts 4,950Mbps read speeds, just slightly less than the 5,500Mbps. Sony’s official statement is that 5,500Mbps is recommended, but not required. This is a PCIe Gen4 model and it even includes a heatsink (which is removable if there are installation issues).
Seagate Firecuda 520 M.2 Solid State Drive
Seagate Firecuda is another well known SSD brand. The 520 series is a PCIe Gen4 SSD that offers 5,000Mbps transfer speeds. You won’t find many PCIe Gen4 SSD in the 1TB size that will currently match this deal in terms of pricing. There’s no built-in heatsink but if you wanted to, it’s not difficult to install your own.
Mushkin Enhanced Delta 2TB M.2 SSD
The Mushkin “Enhanced Delta” is a step down from the “Enhanced Gamma” series (speeds of 5,000Mbps vs 7,950Mbps) but in return you get the least expensive 2TB model in this entire lineup. It’s a full $100 cheaper than the samsung 980 Pro 2TB model. It does not come with a preinstalled heatsink.
T-Force Cardea C440 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive
This is the least expensive 1TB SSD of the bunch. Despite the low price tag, the T-Force Cardea is still a PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD that offers sequential read speeds of up to 5000Mbps. It does not include a built-in heatsink.
Patriot Viper VP4100 1TB M.2 Solid State Drive
The Patriot Viper VP4100 is a bit slower than the rest of the SSDs in the lineup with a sequential read speed of up to 4,700Mbps. On the plus side, it is one of the least expensive 1TB SSDs, is still built on the PCIe Gen4 x4 interface, and even includes a built-in heatsink so you don’t have to install your own.
USB 3.2 Portable SSDs & Hard Drives
samsung T7 500GB USB 3.2 Portable SSD
If the idea of taking apart your PS5 to install an SSD sounds too daunting for you, there’s always the much easier and more convenient route of plugging in an external storage drive. The samsung T7 SSD is as fast as it gets in that department. The PS5 has USB ports that support Gen2 speeds (up to 10Gbps) and this SSD supports USB 3.2 Gen2 with transfer speeds up to 1,050MB/s, so it’s practically a match made in heaven. It’s normally $100 for the 500GB model (portable SSD drives are typically pricier than internal ones), but you’re saving 30% off with this deal. Of course it won’t be as fast as an M.2 SSD, but it’s easier, cheaper, and you’ll be able to use it for other things.
Crucial X6 500GB USB 3.2 Portable SSD
Here’s another portable SSD at an even lower price. Like the samsung T7 above, the Crucial X6 connects via USB 3.2, however its maximum transfer speed is limited to about 540MB/s.
WD Passport 5TB USB 3.2 Portable Hard Drive
This portable hard drive adds more storage to your PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X. Portable drives are much smaller than their desktop hard drive siblings and require no additional power other than the obligatory USB port.
More Daily Deals for July 30
Roborock S6 Robot Vacuum and Mop
Both professional and user reviews say this is a Roomba killer right here. The top-end Roborock S6 normally sells for $600 but it’s 37% off today with a code and a clippable coupon. The Roborock S6 features WiFi with Alex voice control, powerful lidar navigation, multi-floor mapping, power suction, and a built-in water reservoir for mopping too.
New Apple MacBook Air with M1 Chip
Amazon is offering the lowest price ever on the new MacBook Air with M1 chip. You can save $150 off compared to buying directly from the Apple Store. Reviews show that the new M1 chip is a veritable speed demon; it offers better performance while generating less heat and consuming less power than any of the Intel chips that Apple used in previous models.
The Lord of the Rings Illustrated Edition Hardcover
This LotR Illustrated Hardcover Edition hasn’t been released yet (it’s out October 19), but it just saw it’s second massive price drop today. Last week this book was discounted for the first time ever from $75 down to $59.99 (20% off). Today, there’s yet another discount for a total of 40% off the original price. If you’ve already preordered this book, don’t fret; Amazon will automatically guarantee you the lowest price. This massive 1,200+ page tome includes illustrations from author JRR Tolkien, for the first time in any edition of the series since 1954.
Apple AirPods Pro Noise-Cancelling Earbuds
If you regret not picking the Airpods Pro up on Amazon Prime Day at 24% off, here’s your chance to get it today at the same price. The AirPods Pro is considered one of the best noise-cancelling in-ear headphones you can get, especially for under $200, and it’s significantly better than even the vanilla AirPods.
Apple Pencil (2nd Generation)
85″ samsung Q80A 4K QLED Smart TV