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Samsung has created a new 980 Pro SSD model designed for Sony’s PlayStation 5. The SSD includes a heatsink specifically designed to fit inside the M.2 SSD storage expansion slot inside the PS5. Samsung is releasing this new 980 Pro SSD model on October 29th, priced at $249.99 for the 1TB version or $449.99 for the 2TB model.

The built-in heatsink is designed to keep temperatures low enough to deliver sustained speeds, with sequential read speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and sequential write speeds up to 5,100MB/s. Not many games take advantage of such speeds on the PS5 just yet — Samsung’s 980 Pro specs are way above the 5,500MB/s read speeds that Sony recommends.

Sony also recommends a heatsink on compatible SSDs. PS5 owners have been able to use the existing 980 Pro with a third-party heatsink, but this new model makes it a lot easier for people to simply slot this fast M.2 SSD into the PS5 without any modifications.

If you’re planning to use this SSD elsewhere, Samsung lists the dimensions as 24mm (W), 80mm (L), and 8.6mm (H). Most modern motherboards come equipped with built-in heatsinks that should keep the 980 Pro cool enough for sustained speeds, so this new heatsink option is really targeting PS5 owners looking for one of the best SSD options available right now.

If you’re interested in other alternatives and cheaper options, we have a PS5 SSD buying guide with a number of M.2 SSD models that will fit inside the PS5 with heatsinks attached.