After Sony’s guidelines for SSDs compatible with PlayStation 5, manufacturers have started revealing their products. The latest revelation is from TeamGroup’s sister brand, T-Force, a new series of Cardea SSD: The new Cardea A440 Pro Special Series.
The Cardea A440 has a distinctive white graphene heatsink, which TeamGroup claims to be the first one in the industry. Sony highly recommends users to install a heatsink to maintain their SSDs temperatures installed in the PlayStation 5’s chassis.
As far as the performance is concerned, the A440 surpasses Sony’s minimum recommended sequential read speeds of 5,000 MB/sec with a mind-boggling 7,400 MB/sec and 7000 MB/sec of read and write speeds, respectively. Indeed, the speed is way more than the PS5 could handle, but remember that these PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSDs can also be used in PCs that are capable of fully utilizing the SSDs.
The SSDs look great, but in case you are thinking of getting this for a PS5, then hold your horses. The Cardea A440 Pro Special Series is only available in 4TB and 8TB variants priced at $899.99 and $1999.99, respectively, making it at least twice as expensive as the PS5. Besides the cost, there is an availability issue too. As per TeamGroup, the SSD won’t be available until October.
If you really want to upgrade now, TeamGroup recommends the standard Cardea A440 SSDs, available in 1TB and 2TB capacities. The 1TB variant is available on Amazon for $165.99 after a $9 coupon at Amazon, while the larger 2TB version carries a $359.99 price tag.