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The Blazing-Fast Crucial T705 SSD: A Speed Demon That Even the PS5 Can't Resist

In the ever-evolving world of SSDs, where speed reigns supreme, Crucial is back with a vengeance. Prepare yourselves for the mind-blowing sequel to th...

Linda Carroll Feb 20, 2024
The Blazing-Fast Crucial T705 SSD: A Speed Demon That Even the PS5 Can't Resist

In the ever-evolving world of SSDs, where speed reigns supreme, Crucial is back with a vengeance. Prepare yourselves for the mind-blowing sequel to their first PCIe Gen 5 SSD—the Crucial T705. This magnificent creation boasts lightning-fast speeds, firmware optimization, and a surprising twist—it's compatible with the mighty PS5.

Hold on to your seats as we delve into the incredible capabilities of the T705. With sequential read speeds of up to 14,500MB/s and sequential writes of 12,700MB/s, this SSD is nothing short of ludicrous. It leaves its competitors in the dust, even in the rapidly emerging Gen 5 market. To put things into perspective, most top-tier PS5 SSDs max out at 7,000MB/s, while a basic external HDD struggles to reach a mere 200MB/s.

Naturally, the Crucial T705 is poised to claim a top spot on our coveted "Best SSD for Gaming" list. However, achieving those advertised speeds requires a compatible motherboard and a beefy gaming PC. But here's the twist—unlike other Gen 5 SSDs, this drive doesn't demand a Gen 5-compatible motherboard. It utilizes a hybrid architecture that allows it to be backward compatible with Gen 4 and Gen 3 systems. Yes, you heard that right—the T705 is a chameleon among SSDs.

The Crucial T705 will be available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB versions, with or without an integrated heatsink. And for those seeking a touch of elegance, the 2TB version comes in a limited edition white model, complete with a heatsink. As for the prices, well, SSDs have a knack for keeping us on our toes, so expect some variation.

Now, let's talk about the uncharted territory that awaits when this blazing-fast drive is scaled back to older expressways. It's a realm we haven't explored much, except for Samsung's first Gen 5 SSD, which entirely relinquishes its speed potential. The Crucial T705, on the other hand, is about to brave this uncharted territory, challenging the limits of what's possible.

Inserting a Gen 5 SSD into Sony's flagship console has been a tale of disappointment—until now. The PS5's M.2 port utilizes PCIe Gen 4, and previous drives like the Samsung 990 Pro have already pushed Gen 4 to its limits. But fear not, for the Crucial T705 is here to put an end to loading times, especially when combined with Microsoft® DirectStorage technology. It's a game-changer, quite literally.

Under the hood, Micron's homegrown Micron 232-layer 3D NAND powers the T705, reaching speeds of up to 2.4GB/s. With SSD prices on the rise due to a NAND supply shortage, this drive's great value for money comes as a breath of fresh air.

Now, a word of caution—a speed demon like the T705 requires a heatsink, whether you're plugging it into a PC or a PS5. The drive's copper and aluminum heatsink might seem scaled back for a Gen 5 option, but it's a wise choice. Other alternatives on the market feature tiny fans that add unnecessary noise and have a propensity to fail. While I haven't personally tested the T705 yet, I'd suggest opting for the non-heatsink models and purchasing one of the best PS5 heatsinks separately. Alternatively, you can remove the M.2 tray's lid, but that's a risk you'll have to weigh.

Although we haven't had the chance to test Gen 5 SSDs until now, the T700 has already claimed the top spot on our list. Stay tuned this week as we deliver our verdict on that drive and share our thoughts on how the new T705 performs, both in the PS5 and in one of the best gaming PCs.

If portable storage is more your style for now, don't fret. Check out our recommendations for the best external hard drives for gaming, the finest PS5 external hard drives, and the top-notch Xbox Series X hard drives.

Get ready to witness the unrivaled power of the Crucial T705 SSD—a speed demon that even the mighty PS5 can't resist. Brace yourselves for an unprecedented gaming experience, where loading times become a thing of the past and the realm of possibilities expands beyond imagination.

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