The need of a new hard drive for PS4 PRO and Slim

The limited space that PS4 PRO and PS4 Slim hard drive comes with impedes many enthusiasts from fully enjoying their favorite games that they want installed internally within their game console. For this reason upgrading the internal hard drive to a larger one has been a trend among these enthusiasts once they realize the need for it.

Upgrading PS4 PRO hard drive

This has the extra benefit of avoiding the design flaw of the original, which could cause one of the rubber feet on the base to press up against the eject button.(Incidentally, while I would start to worry about myself getting excited about rubber feet on an electronics product, the new PS4’s feet are in the shape of PlayStation’s circle, cross, square and triangle. PS4 PRO hard drive can be replaced with any 2.5-inch form factor SATA hard drive, and surely with a larger storage capacity. This drive is SSHD and is a little better than the traditional SSD drives. But which is the best hard drive for PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro? But which is the best hard drive for PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro? The PS4 platform as a whole just doesn’t deliver the same constant performance.

external hard drive for PS4 PRO game console

What about PS4 Slim HDD

As I stated earlier, the models selected were based on the performance and capacity improvements they provide, as well as how they function, internally or externally. High-speed data transfer as SSD and hard drive storage capacity is great as are the key advantages of this SSHD. The Seagate 1TB Gaming SSHD offers some of the improvements granted by a full SSD (shorter load times, faster installs, etc) without the enormous markup. You can also replace PS4 Slim internal hard drive with the best hard drive available for this purpose. As a reminder, the original PS4 specs are as follows:1.6GHz eight-core processor, 8GB of GDDR5 RAM at 176 GB/s, 500GB hard drive and 1.84 teraflop AMD Radeon GPU at 800MHz. Which I thought was lovely.)The result is a sensible looking bit of kit that will sit smartly underneath your telly like a well-behaved and well-presented child, taking up less room and (more significantly) not making much noise.

Using a solid state drive instead

The only downside is the fact it relies on a spinning spindle with a speed of 5400 rpm. Both the original standard PS4 and the new slim PS4 come with a 500GB drive built in, but after two and a bit years of installing games, downloading DLC, and grabbing free downloadables, all that space can fill up fast. You can upgrade PS4 PRO HDD with an SSD and get a much faster boot and game launch speed to the level you might not ever expected. Both the original standard PS4 and the new slim PS4 come with a 500GB drive built in, but after two and a bit years of installing games, downloading DLC, and grabbing free downloadables, all that space can fill up fast. I’m not talking about gaming performance, but rather load times; one test run might be 1 minute, and a second run might be 1 minute 10 seconds. Additionally, what value they provide when comparing their price to their benefits.

You can upgrade PS4 PRO hard drive with an SSD

Using an external SSD

However, this drive only has the spindle speed of 5400RPM so the speed improvement wouldn’t be as significant as the SSD. The caveat, of course, is that since this SSHD does also rely on a physical disk spinning at 5400RPM, the improvements may not be as dramatic as with a traditional SSD. Both the PS4 and PS4 Slim now also support HDR for gaming thanks to Update 4.00, so if you’ve got a snazzy TV you can take advantage of that. The best external SSD offers a much faster transfer rate that can help decrease the backup process significantly. While Sony has said the noise output is similar to the original machine, anyone that owns an original PS4 probably thinks their machine sounds like a jumbo jet taking off by now. However, it’s not so much a problem as the faster installs, and downloads outweighs everything else.

Performance Metrics

Even the PS4 Pro’s 1TB might need a boost if you’re planning on downloading everything. Even the PS4 Pro’s 1TB might need a boost if you’re planning on downloading everything. It’s the nature of the beast, I suppose. Out of the hard drives listed above, my pick for the best option would have to be the Seagate Backup Plus Fast 4TB. An external hard drive can do the job well, but if your budget allows it, go for an external SSD. But still, this SSHD still has a reasonable price, for doubling your storage capacity, less than $100.


In practice though, this isn’t that huge of a concession to make for the money you’re saving, as different games will/won’t take advantage of your drive’s enhanced capabilities on a case-by-case basis. The design is where you’ll notice the biggest changes from the original PS4 to the Slim. The new slim, by comparison, is much quieter, while its energy usage is reportedly 28 per cent lower. This drive provides four times the storage capacity than the drive you get along with the PS4. Modern games often come with install size of over 40GB – that’s getting on for 10% of your total space with a single game.

How To Apply Arctic Silver 5 To Your Processor

This is the sixth installment of many of the Skinnee Labs TIM Comparison 2011. For most of the installments, results will be released in two or three TIM sets roughly every two or three weeks and today we have three TIMs to show. Arctic Silver 5 is thermal compound for CPU and GPU. Thermal compound helps in transferring the heat from the CPU cores to the heatsink by filling up the microscopic valleys between processor cores and heatsink. Without the use of thermal paste a processor will always run hot, that will reduce its life. Arctic Silver is the biggest name in thermal paste.

For the longest time, Arctic Silver 5 was known as the pinnacle of thermal paste and its sibling, Ceramique, was also highly regarded for being the best performing paste without any conductivity/capacitance qualities. You can think yourself the CPU manufacturer Intel ships its own thermal paste with boxed Intel CPUs, now you can think how important is the thermal paste for the CPU and GPU. Intel’s stock Thermal Interface Material is not available on online stores, so we have only one option left is to buy aftermarket thermal compounds.

Things changed a few years back, however; Arctic Cooling MX-2 came on the scene and exceeded Arctic Silver 5’s performance while also not being capacitive. Even so, a quick glance at the number of user reviews at Newegg shows Arctic Silver makes the most popular pastes on the market with AS5 and Ceramique (although Ceramique has now been EOL’d). Currently Arctic Silver is considered to be the best thermal paste for CPU and GPU chip doesn’t matter if it is of desktop’s or laptop’s. In this tutorial I going to review the Arctic Silver 5 thermal paste and tell you about it pros and you will be able to decide whether to buy it or not.

High Temperature Test

While much safer than silver greases engineered for high electrical conductivity, Arctic Silver thermal compound should be kept away from electrical traces, pins, and leads. The compound is slightly capacitive and could cause problems if it bridged two close-proximity electrical paths. A good thermal paste can help increase the performance of the CPU. The Arctic Silver 5 arrives more thicker than the before and Arctic Silver claims that the thickness will improve the spread of the compound and effectively fill in the microscopic valleys between die and CPU much better than before. If you think about it, it theoretically does work. Never turn on a computer without a heatsink properly mounted on the CPU with a thermal interface material between the CPU core and the heatsink.

A modern high-performance CPU can be permanently damaged in less than 10 seconds without proper cooling. Last year, Arctic Silver introduced a new paste: Matrix. We already reviewed it and were not impressed. It was inferior to MX-2 while being more expensive–not a great combo. Matrix didn’t really replace anything, just supplement AS5 and Ceramique. This year, Arctic Silver introduced Ceramique 2, a direct replacement to Ceramique. With this review we’ll see how AS5, Ceramique, and Ceramique 2 compare to the competition.

The look of Arctic Silver 5

Arctic Silver is a grease and does not have any adhesive qualities. It will never dry or set and cannot be used to glue a heatsink to a chip. To permanently glue a heatsink to a chip that does not have any other attachment method, please use Arctic Silver Adhesive or Arctic Alumina Adhesive. Unlike other cheap quality silicone thermal compounds. AS5 is less viscous. It has a sticky nature. Once applied between the CPU and the heatsink it creates an excellent thermal seal that increases the heat transfer. It easily spreads over the entire surface of the processor after the heatsink is installed. We do not recommend using Arctic Silver on the older slot type Intel Xeon processors with large multiple square inch CPU to heatsink interfaces. The huge contact area and large gaps between the processor and the heatsink require a thermal pad or thick mesh-reinforced paste.

Arctic Silver 5 appearance

Heat Conductivity

Take two situations here. First one is you are running the CPU at 100% load, like playing a game without using Arctic Silver 5, then suppose the temperature is 60 degree Celcius. Then after applying Arctic Silver 5 the temperature at 100% load will be around 48 degree Celcius, which is 12 degree less than the previous situation around 20% overall loss in temperature. Arctic Silver 5 is Arctic Silver’s premier paste. It’s a thick, dark gray paste that thins well with pressure. It comes in two sizes, 3.5g and 12g, typically priced at $8 and $20ish, respectively.

Starting the test

Those aren’t great prices in terms of cost per gram or entry cost (cost of the smallest possible quantity), but this is their flagship. AS5 is capacitive, meaning it cannot be used in any scenario where it could possibly get on a traces or SMD components. This test is done on Intel Core 2 Duo processor. You get different temperatures with different CPUs. New in the Arctic Silver 5 is the mixture of non siliconic synthetic oil, which gives a better stability than the Arctic Silver 3. The size of the particles is much reduced compared to Arctic Silver 3. Thus it can adjust much better the subtle unevennesses, allowing a better performance than Arctic Silver 3. But Arctic Silver 5 claims 3-12 degree Centigrade lower CPU temperature at 100% load as compared to standard thermal compounds. This claim proved true in my case where I used it for Intel Core 2 Duo.

applying Arctic Silver 5

Ease of Application

I like Arctic Silver 5. It improved every so slightly but every bit counts. It’s thicker, a new color, and temperatures decreased. If you already have Arctic Silver Ceramqiue you shouldn’t upgrade to Arctic Silver 5 yet. It’s just a small difference. But once you are done with it, make sure you pick up Arctic Silver 5. Using a heat sink compound is imperative for every cooling structure. After applying AS5 during the CPU’s first use, the paste thins out to fill the microscopic valleys and ensure the best contact between the heatsink and the CPU cores. Then the paste thickens slightly over the next 50 to 200 hours of use to its final consistency designed for long term stability. It doesn’t separate or spill, it stays right where it was applied. It’s the best yet! Bar none. It will be used in feature testing.

Arctic Silver 5 specs


  • Thermal Conductance: 350,000W/m2 °C (0.001 inch layer) Coverage
    Area: Arctic Silver 5 is sold in 3.5 gram and 12-gram tubes. The 3.5-gram
    tube contains enough compound to cover at least 15 to 25 small CPU
    cores, or 6 to 10 large CPU cores, or 2 to 5 heat plates. At a layer
    0.003" thick, the 3.5-gram tube will cover approximately 16 square
  • Thermal Resistance: 0.0045°C-in2/Watt (0.001 inch layer)
  • Average Particle Size: 0.49 microns <0.000020 inch
  • Extended Temperature Limits: Peak: –50°C to >180°C Long-Term:
    –50°C to 130°C.
    Performance: 3 to 12 degrees centigrade lower CPU full load core temperatures
    than standard thermal compounds or thermal pads when measured with
    a calibrated thermal diode imbedded in the CPU core.

Arctic Silver 5 from outside

Electrical Conductivity

For all three contact “settings” I use a Koolance CPU-360. I’ve chosen the CPU-360 due to its great mounting system (although I’ve modified all three blocks’ mounting systems) and because it’s pretty easy to add slight modifications. Now when buying a PC case fan you must look for its measures. If your processor is running very hot or your computer or laptop shuts down automatically due to overheating. At the “Poor” end of the spectrum, I have a stock CPU-360r1.2 with extremely low mounting pressure; the stock CPU360r1.2 has a somewhat irregular base and when paired with low pressure, TIM does not spread into a thin layer particularly well. If you are a gamer then this is highly recommended for your CPU and GPU to protect them from overheating and even burning. It can be used with Intel and AMD processors without any problem.

Silver 5
Silver Ceramique
PCM+ Version 1
Idle (30 mins): 35c Idle (30 mins): 37c Idle (30 mins): 36c
Load (Toast2, 5 mins): 44c Load (Toast2, 5 mins): 45.5c Load (Toast2, 5 mins): 44c

Importance of this Test

For the “Moderate” contact setting, I’ve taken a CPU-360r1.1 and reduced some of the internal structure so that there’s absolutely no bow. With pressure in the center of the base the block can actually become slightly concave as the o-ring compresses, but with only moderate mounting pressure the base seems to stay perfectly flat. Arctic Silver 5 comes in a Ceramique type syringe but with a different color scheme. This syringe is the improved version preventing the compound from becoming stuck and requires less force. As for “Great” contact, I might have gone a little overboard; no block on the market has contact this great. I’ve modified a CPU-360r1.2 to have a thicker midplate with a compressible layer and the result is a pretty extreme bow that flattens with mounting pressure. And there’s a lot of mounting pressure. The result is impressive; with low viscosity pastes, it looks like there isn’t even any TIM on the center of the CPU when taking the mount apart. Even with viscous pastes the resulting layer is extremely thin.

Samsung 840 EVO mSATA Review

Up until now, we haven’t seen storage giant Samsung devote much effort to the mSATA interface (at least, not in the aftermarket). The Samsung 850 EVO mSATA is pretty much identical to the previously reviewed 2.5 inch 850 EVO, which proved to be an impressive SSD by offering bar-setting performance and fantastic endurance coupled with a competitive price point. That’s changing though, and a quick trip to Newegg turns up retail packaging of the 840 EVO in capacities from 120 to 1000 GB. What’s precipitating the new direction? An increasing breadth of devices employ the smaller format. As such, the mSATA version of Samsung’s newest SSD line features the same 3D V-NAND technology, enabling it to boast twice the endurance of a conventional 2D planar type NAND flash, and is designed to maximize everyday computing with an obvious focus on performance and reliability. There are laptops, sure. But more and more desktop motherboards come with mSATA slots as well. Then you have appliances like Drobo’s Mini, which use mSATA-based solid-state storage for caching. The mSATA model is built for small form factor computing, embedded applications, and provides users with upgrading capability for ultra-thin PCs and desktops using an mSATA slot.

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The Different Types Of Storage Devices Used For Gaming Purposes

When we discuss an issue like computer video games and what suit them best to gain a flexible and seamless experience which will lead consequently to the utmost joy, we need to take a few factors into consideration in order to know how to improve this issue and make one plays games without feeling bored and for sure without getting addicted as well.

We will discuss here the most common storage devices used for gaming purposes in order to improve gaming experience, and other factors we may discuss later in new topics.

The first storage device and the most common one is still the mechanical hard disk drive (HDD). Like the first removable pack drive, the first “Winchester” drives used platters 14 inches (360 mm) in diameter. A few years later, designers were exploring the possibility that physically smaller platters might offer advantages. A hard drive (hdd) for gaming should be very durable and boasts high reliability in order to provide the expected gaming experience. Drives with non-removable eight-inch platters appeared, and then drives that used a 5 1⁄4 in (130 mm) form factor (a mounting width equivalent to that used by contemporary floppy disk drives). The latter were primarily intended for the then-fledgling personal computer (PC) market.

Modern magnetic recording technology employs the principle that the North pole of a magnet is attracted to the South pole of another and two like poles repulse. As the 1980s began, HDDs were a rare and very expensive additional feature in PCs, but by the late 1980s their cost had been reduced to the point where they were standard on all but the cheapest computers.

Hard-drive technology is relatively ancient (in terms of computer history, anyway). There are well-known pictures of the infamous IBM 350 RAMAC hard drive from 1956 that used fifty 24-inch-wide platters to hold a whopping 3.75MB of storage space. Until now it has been believed that in order to record one bit of information – by inverting the poles of a magnet – there was a need to apply an external magnetic field. This, of course, is the size of an average 128Kbps MP3 file, in the physical space that could hold two commercial refrigerators. The stronger the applied field, the faster the recording of a magnetic bit of information.

Hybrid Hard Drive

Solid State Drives For Gaming

The SSD has a much more recent history. There was always an infatuation with non-moving storage from the beginning of personal computing, with technologies like bubble memory flashing (pun intended) and dying in the 1970s and ’80s. Making matters worse, the speed advantage that SSDs now enjoy — a common reason to chose the technology over traditional hard drives — is expected to disappear. By 2024, latency will increase by as much as 2.5 times over current rates, the study says. Current flash memory is the logical extension of the same idea. Solid state drives may be preferred over traditional disk drives for a number of reasons. The first advantage is found, as mentioned briefly above, in the speed of operation. The flash memory chips store your data and don’t require constant power to retain that data. The first primary drives that we know as SSDs started during the rise of netbooks in the late 2000s. In 2007, the OLPC XO-1 used a 1GB SSD, and the Asus Eee PC 700 series used a 2GB SSD as primary storage. The SSD chips on low-end Eee PC units and the XO-1 were permanently soldered to the motherboard. 3D is not available commercially yet, so that is not an immediate solution to the problem. Because hard disk drives need to be spinning for the head to read sectors of the platter, sometimes we have to wait for spin up time. Once the disk is spinning, the head must seek the correct place on the disk, and from there the disk must spin just enough so that the correct data is read. Now using the best SSD for gaming can be costly but worth it for some types of gamers. One thing that is positive here though is the time we have to find a solution. 2024 is a long ways away and 16TB is a lot of space, it will be quite a while before this becomes a problem. Who knows, by 2024 either magnetic RAM or phase-change memory might be mature enough to replace flash. As netbooks, ultrabooks, and other ultraportable laptop PCs became more capable, the SSD capacities increased, and eventually standardized on the 2.5-inch notebook form factor. If data is spread over different parts of the disk (fragmented) then this operation is repeated until all the data has been read or written. While each individual operation only takes fractions of a second the sum of them may not. This way, you could pop a 2.5-inch hard drive out of your laptop or desktop and replace it easily with an SSD. Other form factors emerged, like the mSATA miniPCIe SSD card, M.2 SSD, and the DIMM-like SSDs in the Apple MacBook Air, but today many SSDs are still built into the 2.5-inch form factor. The 2.5-inch SSD capsacity currently tops out at 4TB, but will undoubtedly grow as time goes by.

Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive (SSHD) For Gaming

The ultimate solution to meeting improved storage performance and capacity needs within the budget constraints of IT organizations is a blend of solid state drive (SSD) and hard disk drive (HDD) technology. There are two main technologies used for implementing hybrid drives: dual-drive hybrid systems and solid-state hybrid drives. The most essential features of the conventional HDD (refer to picture to the left) are “high capacity” and “cost performance”. Toshiba’s SSHD improved the speed of data read and write, by using NAND as the secondary cache. NAND is the storage device that is used on such as SSDs. SSHD is mostly recommended by novice gamers for PS4 consoles although we don’t like to have one for PS$. You can see different types of PS4 SSHD and check it yourself. The capacity of the data storage per one piece of NAND is very small comparing to one unit in an HDD, however access speed is much faster than an HDD, that reads and writes data on the rotational magnetic media. In dual-drive hybrid systems, separate SSD and HDD devices are installed in the same computer, having the data placement optimization performed either manually by the end user, or automatically by the operating system through creation of a “hybrid” logical device. In solid-state hybrid drives, SSD and HDD functionalities are built into the same physical storage device, by adding a certain amount of NAND flash storage to a hard disk drive; the data placement decisions are performed either entirely by the device (self-optimized mode), or through placement “hints” supplied by the operating system (host-hinted mode). Solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) effectively merge these technologies, providing storage devices that are compatible with traditional HDD modules, while delivering one of the most compelling value propositions the storage market has seen in years: SSD–like performance and hard drive capacity.