NVMe storage is the must-have Christmas item this year. Go into a Macy's or Dillard's and I suspect you will have a hard time finding an M.2 storage device on the shelf. Corsair has pushed its lineup of its Force Series MP500 drives into this hot market segment, in 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB capacities.
All three models are powered by Phison PS5007-E7 NVMe controllers on a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface. As is the case with most desktop M.2 SSDs, the MP500s come in a 2280 form factor. Corsair says the drives deliver sequential read speeds of up to 3,000 MB/s and sequential write speeds as high as 2,400 MB/s.
Corsair bakes in what the company calls SmartECC, SmartRefresh, and the unfortunately-named SmartFlush technologies to protect against data corruption in the event of unexpected power loss. The entire MP500 family of drives employs both static and dynamic wear-leveling to extend drive lifespan.
All three models are available now on Corsair's online store. The company is asking $110 for the 120GB model, $170 for 240GB of high-speed NVMe storage, and $325 for the 480GB apex drive. The MP500 family faces stiff competition from Samsung's 960 Evo, offered in 240GB capacity for $130, and 500GB for $250. Corsair backs all the MP500 drives with a three-year warranty.