Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s is another SSD compatible with the requirements that Sony has set for the user who needs it to expand the storage capacity of their console.
You already know the story. The PS5 has a storage capacity of 825 GB of which only 660 Gbytes are left free for user use. Clearly insufficient in the times that run with games that exceed 100 Gbytes of space.
While they can be used external storage drives and theoretically any internal M.2 SSD that we use on PC could be mounted on the PS5, Sony has set some recommended official requirements (not mandatory) for those who want to obtain “The best experience” with the console, in times of load and game.
Gigabyte AORUS Gen4 7000s
Gigabyte Drive more than meets the requirements for PS5. The unit mounts 3D-TLC triple-layer NAND flash memory and is delivered in an M.2 2280 format. It connects to PCIe 4.0 x4 and supports NVMe 1.4 protocol, TRIM and Smart functions, as well as 256-bit encryption.
Its controller is the Phison E18, one of the most advanced of those marketed for 2021, it has been tested together with the rest of the components to work on the PS5, they assure from the Taiwanese firm: “In today’s market, we see more and more PS5 games that occupy more than 100GB of capacity, preventing users from having enough space to install all their favorite games due to limited storage capacity.”
Gigabyte explains that this SSD meets the PS5 expansion specs in terms of looks, performance, and thermal design. The speed in sequential reading reaches 7,000 Mbytes per second (higher than 5,500 MB / s cited by Sony), while it has its own passive cooling system that keeps temperatures at bay.
Gigabyte offers the unit in storage capacities of 1 and 2 Tbytes, with a five-year warranty and a new version of the SSD Tool Box control software. The company has also recently updated the firmware. Another SSD “compatible” with the PS5, although we remember you can use any other M.2 from other manufacturers, even PCIe Gen 3 models that fall below the requirements recommended by Sony.