Maybe all of you already know that the PS5 will use solid-state drive (SSD) storage media. This will certainly improve our experience in playing games on the PS5 because of the significantly improved reading and writing skills. After showing the tear down video from the PS5, we also got information that the custom internal SSD on the PS5 is an IC chip that is embedded into the motherboard. This is certainly a new thing where previously the HDD on the PS3 and PS4 could be exchanged if it was damaged. In addition to having a myriad of advantages, of course every new technology will have a drawback in this short article I will discuss the Age of SSDs that most Playstation users may not know about, namely about TBW (Terabytes Written).
In Hard Disk Drive (HDD) technology, the damage to the HDD is usually due to a fall or a collision, but because the PS3-PS4 is always in one fixed place, this is safer, of course, different from the laptops that we often carry and enter into. bag and sometimes treated carelessly usually HDD on a laptop is more easily damaged than on a desktop. Another problem is HDD, of course, due to unstable electric current or electricity that often goes out instantly, because in the HDD there are mechanical components for the reader and disk that rotates quickly so, if the power supply is unstable or goes out immediately this will make the components in the inside can be damaged quickly. In contrast to SSDs, if we remove the power directly it is not too problematic, because there are no mechanical components that can wear out.
SSD manufacturers explain that the age of the SSD is influenced by how much SSD is used to write (Write) because SSD uses NAND flash technology, so there is the term Terabytes Written / write cycle, where each type, the SSD brand has a different number, for example An SSD with a size of 512 GB has 300 TBW, so the SSD can be used continuously up to the limit of 300 Terabytes (300,000 GB). After reaching the 300TB limit, the SSD can only be used to read files on the SSD and cannot be used to store new files. The term writing here usually takes the form of downloading data, copying data, rendering video, etc., activities where new data is stored on the SSD. From here, of course we will think how much is 300TB? and how long will it be?
Incidentally last year I bought an SSD for a laptop with the Samsung 860 EVO type, whose reviews I also reviewed on this blog. The use of a laptop is quite normal, for daily work, after I checked using the default SSD application, it turned out that the data that was written on my SSD was 14TB, suppose that in 1 year the total is 14TB so, if in 10 years it becomes 140TB , at 20 years it becomes 280TB, so the future life of my SSD if used constantly is 21 more years. Waw is quite long compared to HDD which might only last 10 years if lucky because the mechanics will certainly wear out faster. In my experience, of course, my PS4 pro HDD after being used for about 2 years has experienced a decrease in performance.
We return to the SSD from PS5, it has been confirmed that the custom size is 825GB, the PS5 SSD is not 1TB which cuts the operating system to 825GB, it is pure 825GB which if the system cuts it will be around 650GB only. Assume that PS5 games will be around 50-100GB in size, if we take the middle around 75GB, and for example we install 2 games every month, either from PS + or buying games, so if in total in a month we spend 150GB writing on SSD PS5. If in 1 year it means that it is only 1.8TB in times 10 years, it becomes 18TB in times of 20 years, 36TB, in 100 years it is only 180TB. So it can be concluded that the SSD in the PS5 will have an eternal life of approximately 165 years. But still SSD manufacturers limit the garage for 5 years.
However, from the above calculation it is just a rough count, in playing games, of course there will be a read-write process carried out by the SSD, and this will of course be very difficult to track, and because the SSD from PS5 is a chip that has been embedded in the board, this is the case. of course it will be difficult to check how many TBW of the SSD. But from this article, one thing that can be concluded is that SSD life will be longer than HDD if used equally normally, and of course this will benefit us as users. Sony also really understands this, that’s why they use small size SSDs and sell additional SSDs.