Corsair MP500 drives join the NVMe storage party

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.

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    • TheJack
    • 3 years ago

    Smart seems to be the new trend. People lacking it, buy it.

    • Kougar
    • 3 years ago

    So this is weird, they make no mention of flash type anywhere to be found, not even hints like “3D”. Has to be the first SSD launched without “3D” being branded about in like two years. I’d guess it is MLC to sustain that performance?

    • Redocbew
    • 3 years ago

    I’d hate to see what a StupidFlush looks like.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Water…and poop…just…everywhere. Nobody should stupidFlush.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    Which side houses the red LEDs that make it go faster?

      • Tumbleweed
      • 3 years ago

      You have to buy the LED-lit heat spreader, which prevents thermal throttling…which makes it go faster. I am not making this shit up.

    • Rageypoo
    • 3 years ago

    Only a 3 year warranty? I’ll pass.

    • psoohoo
    • 3 years ago

    I am really interested in how this compares with the RD400 or the Plextor.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    Would definitely like to fill the NVMe slot on my main rig, but I just feel like for my uses, I wouldn’t notice the difference. Prices here seem kind of high, though. $250 for the 500GB EVO (when it’s in stock anyway) is kinda hard to beat.

      • AnotherReader
      • 3 years ago

      The 512 GB variant of Intel’s 600P was recently on sale for $130 at Newegg.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        I keep forgetting about that drive. The low price tricks me into thinking it’s an AHCI model.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 3 years ago

        Have you looked at the performance of that drive? We dont need to go back to 2011. The Adata just listed it probably faster for about the same price. I say probably because I dont see a new SSD being any slower than the awful 600pos.

        sup?

          • AnotherReader
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah the performance is disappointing; it seems to be a firmware issue as the [url=http://www.anandtech.com/show/10850/the-intel-ssd-600p-512gb-review/7<]MX300 using the same NAND performs better in the tests where the 600p doesn't do well[/url<]. However, [url=http://images.anandtech.com/graphs/graph10850/84569.png<]random read performance[/url<] is better than almost all SATA SSDs.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            Worse yet for Intel is that the MX300 is an AHCI drive so it has that throughput handicap and still manages to do better in a lot of write tests

            For a boot drive in a system that isn’t going to write a ton to a page file, I bet it’s fantastic, though.

    • Bomber
    • 3 years ago

    NVME is on my Christmas list. I was going to get a 960 Pro, but this looks as good for a few bucks less. I like choices.

      • SoM
      • 3 years ago

      what!

      the 960 Evo is cheaper

        • Bomber
        • 3 years ago

        That’s a good point but I have had my mind set on the Pro since the reviews surfaced several months ago.

      • deruberhanyok
      • 3 years ago

      You can occasionally find really good prices on the OEM versions of the OCZ revodrives. Toshiba “XG3”.

      They come standard in a lot of classier business laptops, and then companies go and “upgrade” them to cheaper 512GB m.2 SATA type drives. The spares sometimes go to the “dumpster” and then on to “ebay” or various trading forums. I snagged a 256GB one for $120 a couple months back. Many fast, much speed.

      • MOSFET
      • 3 years ago

      Phison. Never again. (Corsair Nova anyone? Right, no one.)

      • the
      • 3 years ago

      I like tacos.

      And they’re cheaper!

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