There’s a question brought up in my mind about solid-state drives (SSD) incorporated inside PS4 PRO game console box as a primary storage device, which is: How long can this super-fast storage device last under heavy workloads and serious gaming environment?
How fast is an SSD for PS4 PRO
What’s worse, there’s simply no way to reliably know what enhancements you’ll have to choose from, which is a big problem for prospective buyers who understandably want to know what kind of enhancements to expect before they take the plunge. When PS4 PRO storage is upgraded to an SSD, the overall system performance will be noticeably much faster than the stock hard drive. The big surprise is that Naughty Dog’s Uncharted 4 Pro patch actually seems to be using conventional upscaling, though admittedly it does avoid most of the usual artefacts owing to its excellent temporal super-sampling anti-aliasing technique. You can get a 2tb hard drive for PS4 PRO, but don’t include in your expectations any high speed boost for your game console. For the value segment, the key consideration is the price because these are typically users who don’t push their systems to the limits and thus shouldn’t pay a premium for a performance increase that is likely to be negligible for their usage.
Low speed of traditional hard drive
The 850 Evo strikes a good balance between price and performance. Users will get a little more capacity with each drive over standard 1TB products, and even more compared to competing 960GB SSDs. This is partially responsible for the drive’s great performance. There’s a situation happens when you replace the internal hard drive of PS4 PRO with another hard disk drive (HDD), you might not notice any increment in speed. The PS4 Pro has the raw power to potentially deliver greatly enhanced graphics, and in time, with more support, it will likely do just that, but right now, it’s just too much of a crap shoot. However, base resolution is in the region of 1440p and while it remains a beautiful game, it does look a little soft on a 4K screen.
Flash-based memory storage
Our Light Workload suite highlights this pretty well because the difference between most drives is on the order of 10-20% and while a possible 10% increase in performance would be worth $5, $10 and maybe even $20 to some users, it’s definitely not worth the ~$50 Samsung is charging for the 850 EVO over Crucial’s MX100 and SanDisk’s Ultra II for example. Yes, SSD is much faster, but it’s still too expensive as an option for PS4 PRO. The inclusion of TLC memory helps reduce the cost, and it’s tempered by 3D V-NAND, which helps keep performance ahead of budget drives and within touching distance of the Samsung flagship. The MX300 series ships with a Marvell 88SS1074 4-channel controller (codename Dean) with Low-Density Parity Check (LDPC). Getting a 4tb hard drive for PS4 PRO seems appealing to a variety of fanboys, but it’s not an option that we recommend to everybody. Crucial used Micron 384Gb three-bit per cell (TLC) NAND and DRAM to round out the vertical integration. The Redundant Array of Independent NAND (RAIN) feature works much in the same way a RAID setup works with multiple drives, only this works on a cell-level, but the benefit is the same: your data is stored in more than one location. What about upgrading PS4 PRO hard drive with a 6tb HDD? Does it seem legit? The game’s multiplayer section gets an upgrade though, it’s boosted from the standard model’s 900p to full 1080p.
As for the high-end segment, Samsung already has that one covered by the 850 Pro. The good pace and £110 price mean the 850 Evo is the best mid-range SSD we’ve seen, but the shrinking prices and increasing capacities of this market mean the margins between competing products are smaller than ever. With an SSD, PS4 PRO will have a remarkable performance boost, and your gaming experience will be dramatically enhanced. The combination pushes the specifications up to 530 / 520 MB/s sequential read/write (all but the 275GB model). The random read/write performance weighs in at 92,000/83,000 IOPS. The data inside the drive has to arrive everywhere in correct order too and the MX300 features Data Path Protection and Power Loss Protection to make sure that this happens. PS4 Slim hard drive can be upgraded to whatever size, but we don’t recommend an SSD for it. It’s much the same story with Titanfall 2 – it retains the dynamic scaler of the standard PS4 title, but tops out at 1440p resolution (and to be fair, it rarely seems to dip lower). Again, TSAA really helps here in avoiding upscaling shimmer but it is clearly softer than checkerboarding results.