Found this on AU camelcamelcamel, seems like a good price for a gen4 2tb NVME SSD
edit : has now dropped a further $2.39
Pretty good alternative to a 980 Pro.
Nice find, lowest price ever it seems.
This seems really cheap to only have 12 votes, what's wrong with it?
Nothing fine drive, just the 530 is much faster but much more expensive
Basically, with most OZB PS5 owners already purchased SSDs, it is hard to get excited about E16 based SSDs unless they are at really low price.
Currently checking YouTube videos to see if this is a good buy for a ps5.
The requirement for PS5 is the NVMe SSD needs to have at minimum a 5,500MB/s read speed. So that means the SSD must be capable of reading at 5,500MB/s or more. The Seagate Firecuda 520 2TB NVMe SSD is only capable of a maximum of 5,000MB/s read speed. So this SSD doesn't meet the minimum requirement for the PS5.
The SSD requirement is written on this web page.
It's the same as most Phison E16 based NVMe SSDs. Due to Sony using zero fill test, it will actually show just above 5500 (maybe even around 5600) in the initial speed test. That's because zero fill test can be cheated quite easily. However, we know in reality, we don't write all zeros into the SSD for games.
Basically, it comes down to how much you are willing to spend and whether you really believe in Sony's claim as so far, no game has caused issues for E16 SSDs. The sustained write performance for E16 (due mostly do the TLC NAND flash used) isn't that great, but it is mostly once off (first time you move from internal SSD to that SSD) and the internal SSD's sustained write performance is actually worse (move games from NVMe SSD back to internal PS5 SSD is slow).
There are also E19 SSDs (which are in the 3500 read range, but again, with zero fill, those can cheat). Those are below the 5500, but due to being PCIe gen 4, PS5 will still allow it. Basically, you need to decide whether you want to take a cost effective approach or you want a SSD that can really do 5500+ (the PS5 zero test is inaccurate and easily cheat-able). E19 based SSDs do work on PS5 so this you "must" have a NVMe SSD that does 5500MB/s read for PS5 so far is not true.
P.S. I use a Phison E16 NVMe SSD in my PS5 so my opinion is biased. I do have a Samsung 980 Pro, but I use it on a PC. Also, if you are willing to treat Steam credit as cash, then the recent 980 Pro deals were roughly around this price after Steam $60 credits (Samsung promotion). However, with 980 Pro, you want to do a firmware update on a PC first.
Price is now currently $329.26. The Amazon bot is causing price fluctuations.
Amazing price, these have crazy TBWs as well.
This deal or this one https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/701649
Which one would be better?
Price is $402.36. It seems the deal is over.