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PlayStation 5 owners have been scrambling to lock down a premium M.2 SSD following the release of a beta software update that finally unlocked the next-gen console’s expansion slot last week, but recent tests have revealed that even cheaper SSDs that don’t quite match Sony’s 5,500 MB/s sequential read speed recommendation can provide a level of performance that’s consistent with both the internal SSD and higher-priced models.

This is what The Verge discovered after testing one of the cheapest PCIe Gen4 SSDs it could find, ADATA’s XPG Gammix S50 lite, which features a 3,900 MB/s read speed and 3,200 MB/s write speed. Despite these relatively unremarkable specifications, the loading times of the XPG Gammix were not much different than the ones granted by the PS5’s internal SSD and a 5,000 MB/s Sabrent Rocket.

Amusingly, the XPG Gammix even managed to load select titles such as Insomniac Games’ Spider-Man spin-off, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, faster than the competition. Insomniac’s director of core technology Mike Fitzgerald has warned that slower Gen 4 M.2 drives could result in slower loading times by as much as 15 percent in certain portions of one of its other next-gen titles, Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, however.

PS5 SSD Load Times

GameInternal SSDSabrent RocketXPG Gammix S50 LiteExternal HDD
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart14 sec14 sec15 secN/A
Returnal30 sec30 sec31 secN/A
Spider-Man: Miles Morales (PS5)19 sec18 sec17 secN/A
FFVII Remake (PS5)10 sec10 sec10 secN/A
FFVII Remake (PS4)43 sec43 sec43 sec58 sec
Yakuza Like a Dragon (PS5)31 sec32 sec32 secN/A
Yakuza Like a Dragon (PS4)37 sec37 sec35 sec52 sec
Source: The Verge

Surprisingly, even the slowest compatible SSD we could find had near-identical load times to the one Sony includes in the box. Sometimes it’s a second slower, sometimes a second or two faster, but basically it’s a total wash. Hopping through dimensions in Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart, I saw no appreciable difference with the slowest SSD in gameplay, either.

Source: The Verge

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