Sony was quite specific when it published the requirements that they had to have the SSDs to use in the M.2 socket that integrates the PlayStation 5, especially in terms of minimum performance and size, a limiting factor because the space where to install the SSD is quite small and, unfortunately, that means that large heatsinks cannot be used, which are necessary considering that this type of SSD gets quite hot and that also does not have any type of ventilation in the hole in which they are installed.
The first SSD designed specifically for the PS5
The TeamGroup Cardea A440 Pro Special Series is the first SSD designed specifically for the PS5, and it is not just because it meets the requirements imposed by the Japanese company but because the manufacturer guarantees 100% its compatibility, durability and performance. This solid state device uses the M.2 format necessary to be able to install it in the console socket, and uses interface PCI-Express 4.0 with protocol NVMe 1.4 for maximum performance.
This SSD has three different versions depending on its capacity: 1 TB, 2 TB, and 4 TB. The 1TB model is slightly inferior in terms of performance compared to the other two, but still provides up to 7,200MB / s read speed and up to 6,000MB / s read speed. The 2 TB and 4 TB models have a theoretical read speed of up to 7,400 MB / s, while its writing speed reaches 7,000 MB / s. All three models have an IOPS rate of one million, both read and write.
One of the peculiarities of these SSDs is the use of a graphene sink, something in which TeamGroup was already pioneering at the time. This allows the Cardea A440 Pro Special Series to be just 3.7mm tall and still be able to operate at all times at a temperature that allows you not to have to reach the Thermal Throttling, so it will always provide your best performance.
The three variants of this TeamGroup SSD are backed by a 5-year direct warranty with the manufacturer in the event that you find any kind of problem, and their estimated durability is 700 TBW for the 1 TB model, 1,400 TBW for the 2 TB and 3,000 TBW for the 4 TB model, so there is no doubt that they are SSDs that will last you for years and years in your PS5 without any problem, because it will be quite difficult for you to exhaust their durability on the PS5 unless you are installing and uninstalling several games every day.
According to the manufacturer, these SSDs will reach the usual stores at the end of this month of October 2021 at a recommended retail price of 189.90 euros for the 1 TB model, 359.99 euros for the 2 TB model and 899.99 for the 4 TB variant.