Micron Technology has announced and released the Crucial P5 Plus NVMe SSD. With read speeds of up to 6,600MB/s, the Crucial team has confirmed to us that the P5 Plus meets the required specs to be a PS5 compatible SSD. If you’re running the PS5 system software beta, this is another option for expanding your internal storage.
The Crucial P5 Plus comes in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB sizes, and it is one of the cheapest options in this tier of SSD performance. The P5 Plus 1TB costs $179.99 / £157.19, while the 2TB model costs $367.99 / £320.39. However, per Sony’s specifications, you will then need to add an aftermarket heatsink.
Micron has built the P5 Plus around their new 176-layer 3D NAND and a custom SSD controller to reach 6,600MB/s read speeds and up to 5,000MB/s write speeds. These aren’t industry-leading read and write speeds – the SN850 from Western Digital has a read speed of 7,000MB/s, for example – but they still put the P5 Plus in the highest tier of SSD performance, and it far outstrips the demand of a 5,500MB/s read speed for PS5 support.
Of course, it’s also compatible with PCs. The P5 Plus has been tested with Intel’s 11th Generation Intel Core processors and AMD’s Ryzen 3000 PCIe 4.0 motherboards. The SSD is also backward compatible with most PCIe Gen3 systems that support the M.2 SSD form factor, though it will be limited to Gen3 speeds.
Further Reading – What M.2 SSDs are PS5 compatible?
Sony released the first PlayStation 5 system software beta last week, finally enabling the internal M.2 SSD expansion slot to let players expand the internal storage of the PS5. However, that came with a ton of rules and guidelines to meet and led to many people hunting for details on what made a PS5 compatible SSD. Now we have another option to consider for when the full system software update is released.
Source: press release, Crucial