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When and when not to use a PS5 SSD heatsink

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PS5 SSD installation (Image credit: Android Central)

While you can technically install an SSD without a heatsink in your PS5, it's highly recommended you either get one with a heatsink built-in or purchase one separately to add. As good as the PS5 is at dissipating heat with its fans, it can still get really warm, and that's only compounded with an additional SSD in the internal expansion slot. So if you're wondering whether or not you should use a heatsink, the answer will almost always be yes (provided that the one you're using doesn't already have a built-in heatsink), and they are pretty cheap to get from places like Amazon.

Because SSDs with heatsinks tend to be more expensive and sell out quicker, it might be easier for you to purchase a standard M.2 SSD and attach a heatsink onto it yourself. You'll just need to make sure that the SSD you buy meets Sony's requirements. Thankfully, the best PS5 SSDs come from reputable brands and work really well.

SpecRequirements
InterfacePCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
Capacity250GB – 4TB
Cooling structureHeatsink (single or double-sided)
Sequential read speed5,500MB/s or faster
Module width22mm width
Form factorM.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110
Socket sizeSocket 3 (Key M)
Length30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, 110mm
HeightLess than 11.25mm
Total size w/ cooling structureSmaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H)

The bigger question when adding a heatsink to your PS5 SSD is whether it should be single-sided or double-sided. While Sony says single-sided structures are an easier fit in the expansion slot, double-sided heatsinks are still perfectly usable. In practice, they don't provide much of a difference, so it's all about what will work best with the specific SSD you have.

Sony has provided diagrams of both single and double-sided heatsinks and their dimensional specifications to make it easier for users to choose the right one.

Jennifer Locke
Jennifer Locke

Jennifer Locke is Android Central's Games Editor and has been playing video games nearly her entire life. You can find her posting pictures of her dog and obsessing over PlayStation and Xbox, Star Wars, and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.