Corsair Debuts Its First NVMe SSD – MP500

Posted by at 10:56 am on December 13, 2016

Corsair has announces a a new, high-performance entry to the Force Series dubbed MP500.

The Force Series MP500 is Corsair’s first NVMe-protocol SSD. The company partnered with Phison to bring the high-performance product to market. This is just the latest in a line of recent products from Corsair to feature the Phison controller. The partnership started with the Neutron XT that Corsair later tweaked with firmware and NAND then re-released as the Neutron XTi. The Force LE also featured a Phison S10 controller with lower-cost NAND. It was priced low enough to make our Best SSDs list for a couple of months in 2016.

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Product MP500 120GB MP500 240GB MP500 480GB
Pricing $109.99 $169.99 $324.99
Controller Phison PS5007-E7 Phison PS5007-E7 Phison PS5007-E7
DRAM 256MB DDR3 512MB DDR3 1GB DDR3
NAND 128GB Toggle 256GB Toggle 512GB Toggle
Interface PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 3.0 x4
Protocol NVMe NVMe NVMe
Sequential Read 3,000 MB/s 3,000 MB/s 3,000 MB/s
Sequential Write 2,400 MB/s 2,400 MB/s 2,400 MB/s
Random Read 150,000 IOPS 250,000 IOPS 250,000 IOPS
Random Write 90,000 IOPS 225,000 IOPS 225,000 IOPS
Endurance 175 TBW 349 TBW 698 TBW
Warranty 3-Year Limited 3-Year Limited 3-Year Limited

The Force MP500 will come to market just in time to enter the first year of entry-level and mainstream NVMe competition as the industry, and end users, look to move beyond the bottleneck of legacy AHCI. The MP500 shows excellent promise with up to 3,000 MB/s sequential read and 2,400 MB/s sequential write performance. The Corsair website lists MSRP starting at $109.99 for the 120GB model and $324.99 for 480GB, which is the largest capacity available at launch. We rarely see MSRPs hold, so expect to pay less for the MP500 SSDs at Amazon and Newegg.

In 2017, Corsair will face heavy competition from other new NVMe protocol devices coming to market. Its partner in the MP500, Phison, will have several products shipping with the PS5007-E7 controller including the MyDigitalSSD BPX and Patriot Wildfire M.2. Even though both M.2 2280 E7-based products currently shipping appear identical, the firmware, NAND and pricing separate the two. It will be interesting to see what Corsair does to make the MP500 stand out now that NVMe has weakened Samsung’s EVO shield.

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