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Pros: I have owned several Corsair SSD's over the years. My first experience with SSD's was with two Corsair Force 3 240 GB SSD's in RAID 0, back then, that was crazy fast. Both of those drives are still working today, many years later. Actually I have owned a ton of Corsair peripherals and hardware. From several sets of RAM, to probably 30 or more Corsair case fans, to mice and keyboards, SSD's, power supplies, CLC coolers, and wireless headsets just to name a few. These days, solid state drives rule the enthusiast market. Corsair was one of the first to hop on that band wagon, so they have years of experience in design and manufacturing to draw upon. With the introduction of the MP600 Core M.2 NVMe SSD, Corsair was one of the first to come up with a Gen 4 M.2 SSD that was blazing fast. The way this drive comes packaged is pretty impressive. It was actually a bit of a pain to get it out of the box because it was so tightly packaged. The SSD is seated inside this big chunk of foam that will protect it during shipping, that is always nice bonus.
With this MP600 2TB drive, both the read and write speeds are exceptional. I am still on PCIe 3.0, so this drive is undoubtedly maxing out the bandwidth of my PCIe 3.0 interface at x4. My system is a 9900K on an z390 Dark. I don't have a lot of experience with M.2 SSDs, but I have been using a 1 TB 960 Evo M.2 for the past couple of years that I am able to compare it to. In every single benchmark, this drive destroys the 960 Evo. The primary difference between my old drive and this one is the write speeds are significantly higher, almost double. Read speeds are higher too, but write speeds are not only higher, they're more consistent with files of any size and over a much longer duration. During testing, I copied a 100 GB file from each drive onto itself and the MP600 maintained maximum transfer speeds throughout the entire testing period. I believe much of that is attributed to the design of the SSD and the heat sink keeping temperatures in check. The heat sink is a beast, it covers both sides of the SSD, a design that I found very impressive. One of the benefits of the heat sink covering the entire SSD, except on the ends where it mounts to your motherboard and connects to the M.2 slot, is that it would be impossible to damage it by simply handling it, or letting it sit out on top of something unprotected. Temperatures never exceeded 58C, so it never thermal throttled. I performed benchmarks comparing my two drives with multiple passes of file sizes between 1 and 16 GB. I used 3 different benchmarks, AS SSD, Crystal Disk Mark and Samsung Magician. I am using the most recent versions of each. I monitored temperatures during benchmarking and after several hours of activity, temperatures never rose to a point that I would be concerned about. I used AIDA64 to monitor the temperatures of my SSDs.
960 Evo 1 TB on PCI-e 3.0
Sequential Read: 2929 MB/s
Sequential Write: 1812 MB/s
Random Read: 363, 281 IOPS
Random Write: 166,259 IOPS
MP600 Core 2 TB on PCI-e 3.0
Sequential Read: 3541 MB/s
Sequential Write: 3320 MB/s
Random Read: 528,649 IOPS
Random Write: 775,029 IOPS
AS SSD: (Note: Seq tests are file size of 10 GB, 4K are 1 GB)
960 Evo 1 TB on PCI-e 3.0
Seq. Read: 2807 MB/s
Seq. Write: 1097 MB/s
4K Read: 43.6 MB/s
4K Write: 141.66 MB/s
Access Time Read: .084 ms
Access Time Write: .026 ms
MP600 Core 2 TB on PCI-e 3.0
Seq. Read: 3340 MB/s
Seq. Write: 3180 MB/s
4K Read: 61.9 MB/s
4K Write: 163.4 MB/s
Access Time Read: .027 ms
Access Time Write: .020 ms
Crystal Disk Mark:
960 Evo 1 TB on PCI-e 3.0
File Size 16 GB
Seq Read: 2754 MB/s
Seq Write: 1157 MB/s
File Size 1 GB
Seq Read: 2858 MB/s
Seq Write: 1856 MB/s
4K 8QT8 Read: 1467 MB/s
4K 8QT8 Write: 1366 MB/s
4K 32Q1T Read: 709 MB/s
4K 32Q1T Write: 601 MB/s
4K 1Q1T Read: 48.8 MB/s
4K 1Q1T Write: 170.9 MB/s
MP600 Core 2TB on PCI-e 3.0
File Size 16 GB
Seq Read: 3521 MB/s
Seq Write: 3254 MB/s
File Size 1 GB
Seq Read: 3551 MB/s
Seq Write: 3280 MB/s
4K 8QT8 Read: 1667 MB/s
4K 8QT8 Write: 2969 MB/s
4K 32Q1T Read: 1654 MB/s
4K 32Q1T Write: 2141 MB/s
4K 1Q1T Read: 56.4 MB/s
4K 1Q1T Write: 284.3 MB/s
Cons: I have been thoroughly impressed with the performance of this SSD. Considering it's performance, this drive is at an extremely competitive price point, making it perfect for a gaming PC. Although, at this time, M.2 SSDs aren't really a budget friendly option for the average PC gamer. Putting them out of reach for the average PC builder who is more concerned with maximizing their frames per second, with system responsiveness taking a back seat. M.2 SSDs are typically not very high in capacity, making them less than ideal as the sole data drive for the modern gaming PC. With many recent games exceeding 100 GB each, it limits the number of games you can have installed at any one time. I got the 2 TB version of this drive, which I would say is the sweet spot for SSD storage. 1 TB really limits how many games you can have installed at any given time.
The heat sink on this SSD sits quite a bit higher than I anticipated. The heat sink sits .466 in., or 11.8 mm, above the PCB of the SSD. I measured it with my calipers. So that is something to take into consideration if your motherboard has a tight fit for your M.2 SSD. I don't know of any instances of this being the case, but it would be wise to check before ordering one of these. In my system there's a ton of space, it's not even close. Even in the slot directly behind the graphics card there's plenty of room.
Overall Review: With the extremely impressive write speeds of this MP600 SSD, it makes it absolutely perfect for the content creator who wants to capture high resolution gaming at the native quality and frame rate, whether you're on PCI-e 3.0 or 4.0. I was an early adopter of 4K. As soon as the first reasonably priced 4K monitor was available in the US, I had it preordered. I wanted to post videos on YouTube of the incredible quality 4K gaming had to offer, but at that time there was one major limiting factor, the data write speed of my hard drive. I had one of the fastest hard drives money could buy at that time and it wasn't even close to fast enough. So I upgraded to RAID 0 SSD's, which were fast enough, but capacity was a major issue for native 4K at 60 fps. With the blazing fast write speeds and huge capacity of this 2 TB SSD, it won't have any trouble with that whatsoever.
The primary benefit of any quality M.2 SSD is system responsiveness. The days of sitting and waiting for your system to boot up are over. With this M.2 SSD, your system is ready to go as fast as it can turn on and there's no waiting, ever. Well, there are still some things that will make you wait a bit, but it won't be because your storage drive is a major bottleneck like it was in the days of mechanical hard drives.
For the performance it offers, the price point of this drive is absolutely excellent. Just two years ago, when I bought my 960 Evo, it cost about the same for what this drive is selling for, with only 1 TB of storage. The Corsair MP600 Core Gen 4 M.2 SSD is as fast as many drives that are much more expensive. The Corsair MP600 Core was one of the first Gen 4 M.2 SSD's to be released, so it's not the fastest drive available anymore. But the price reflects that. Putting it in a sweet spot with a balance of speed, capacity, and price point. If you're like me, and still on a system with PCI-e 3.0, if you're planning to upgrade within the next few years, the smartest thing to do would be to buy a drive that offers some future proofing like this one. If you're on PCI-e 3.0, getting a gen 4 drive like this one is a great idea, so that when you do upgrade, you'll unlock the full performance of this drive without having to dedicate a portion of your build budget to an SSD. I really don't have anything negative to say about this drive specifically. The Corsair MP600 Core 2 TB M.2 NVMe SSD met or exceeded all of my expectations, 5 Eggs, very highly recommended.
Pros: Gen 4 M.2, yes this is the size of a stick of gum. Yes, its classic SSD snappy.
SEQ1M - Read: 5000MB Write: 3600
DNBD4K - Read: 71 - Write: 323
DND4K 17208 17208 - 79000
DND4K 58.04 - 12.59
It comes with a nice big heatsink, which is easily removable if you need to. If your situation is tighter, or your MB includes its own heatsink, youll appreciate that either way.
Its a gen 4 drive, but its also backward compatible. Has a nice proper 5-year warranty.
Real-world you wont be able to tell this one vs another SSD. This would be my 12th iteration of SSDs in my primary system. I've did SSD RAID 0 for years and years, and in truth, I can't tell the speed difference from the first two SSDs I did in 2010 than this one. They are ALL just crazy fast and snappy. This focus on benchmarks for SSDs in a little overhyped for end-user real world use. I suppose if you are copying huge files all day every day from one M.2 SSD to another, sure speed matters, but really, that can't be anybody's real primary use. This is a great drive, is the price is right, get it. Zero hesitations.
Overall Review: I tried this in a v3 and v4 motherboard with nearly identical results, so if you only have gen 3, dont worry youll get the full speeds. Also, you really want a REAL heatsink on an m.2, not a paper-thin copper one (Look at right at you Samsung), I dont hesitate to recommend this SSD on all counts.
Pros: Pretty fast and the specs listed on the box nearly match real world performanceIncluded and absolutely necessary heatsink is nice enough looking but you can also remove it easily to use your own or if your motherboard has one with a fan built in. Heatsink Dimensions: 70mm x 24mm x 14.5mm or 2.75" x .94" x .57"Relatively large CacheCorsair still has excellent customer service and RMA process; should you need it and are covered.
Cons: 450 TBW (For the 2 TB MP600 Core model) Endurance is slightly above average for QLC but still worth understanding. Intel's cheap QLC models have 400 TBW for 2TB for reference.With great speeds come great heat. With the stock heatsink this drive still got up to 69C when going fully loaded for only about 3 minutes and this was when it was both exposed on the back of the motherboard, without putting the case panel back on, and on the front of the motherboard where it has a fan near it. This drive is rated up to 70C but I was still surprised it hit it so fast doing a normal operation in a 20C environment.Raw numbers say one thing, real world performance says another and it didn't load games or professional programs much faster and was slower than most other performance drives in real world experiences. Checking with professional reviews this seems to be the case there, too. It's not horrible or anything but if you're already on a PCIe 3.0 drive, you probably won't notice a difference if you use this as a general purpose system drive.
Overall Review: TBW endurance; on my gaming PC and boot drive I average about 10 TBW a year. So, there, this will last 45 years before starting to fail, in theory. But on my work PC I average 40 TBW a year and well, this drive will only last about 11 years.Certainly not deal breakers and while I can say most other technology I use is replaced, easily, within 10 years; I still have a lot of old hard drives. So, I wouldn't entirely dismiss it, either. Especially if you have a history of using a lot of TBW (check your smart settings or manufacturer tools to see what you're hitting)In the end, this is a solid QLC drive and the packaging is exactly as advertised but since you're going for a premium drive here I'd seriously consider going up another notch to Corsair's Pro or Force series. There, absolutely everything is better, especially TBW endurance, but also raw and real world performance.Normally I post Crystal Disk Benchmark numbers here but it's literally within 1% of what the box says, so no point this time.
Pros: The only thing in the box was just the drive and a few pages of documentation, no screw, riser or anything like that.
The drive heatsink is gun metal grey/silver colored so it should blend in with a lot of color schemes which standing out. That and the simple design of the heatsink looks good.
Installation went fine, my board doesn't have included built in heatsinks for the m.2 so just installed it as is. My board is an older board which didnt have built in heatsinks, so it worked out, its could also be useful for current lower end boards which heatsinks as well.
Included heatsink is easily removable, just 4 metal tabs hold in on, so if you wanted to remove it and use your board heatsink instead you can do so easily.
Speeds were excellent, though I only have a gen 3 m.2 slot, I was able to get about 3480mb/s for read and write speeds. The speeds are about 6.5x times faster than my current 3D NAND SSD, very impressed and that is still about 1500mb/s slower for read and 400mb/s write even with the gen 3 slot than what it can actually output on gen 4.
Drive seems to keep around 46c under heavy load, the included heatsink is indeed doing a good job of controlling the heat output.
5 year warranty from corsair which is excellent.
Cons: Heatsink is a bit on the large side, I do not think it would fit with a graphics card right above it. Not necessarily a problem since modern boards usually have two m.2 slots but if you plan on using it on a riser card or with dual gpu's, or some micro atx/itx boards only have a slot under the graphics card, it might be something to consider before purchasing.
Overall Review: Overall this is a very nice m.2 drive. It might be on the pricier side of m.2 drives but considering the speeds you are going to get as well the included large heatsink you are still getting a pretty good value out of it. A lot of m.2 drives on the market have heatsinks but they are simply inadequate and and in some cases trap heat on the m.2, especially on the lower end less known brands.
Pros: The Corsair MP600 (2 TB) is an extremely fast M.2 SSD using 4th GEN PCIe interface. I bench marked this against a Seagate ZP1000GM30011 (1TB) and a Corsair MP510 (2TB).For the testing I used CrystalDiskMark on a Windows 10 x64 system and ran the test with 4 passes (1GB) at 3 separate times and took the average of the results.NOTE: My hardware specs were the same in all of my tests using a Ryzen 3900 on an ASUS Strix x570 motherboard with 32GB of memory running at 3800Mhz.Seagate ZP1000GM30011 (1TB)--------------------------------------------------------------Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3468.881 MB/sSequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3125.871 MB/sRandom Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 586.406 MB/s [143165.5 IOPS]Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 524.853 MB/s [128137.9 IOPS]Sequential Read (T= 1) : 2222.290 MB/sSequential Write (T= 1) : 3152.058 MB/sRandom Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 51.666 MB/s [ 12613.8 IOPS]Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 175.905 MB/s [ 42945.6 IOPS]Corsair MP600 (2TB) -------------------------------------------------------------- Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 4926.481 MB/s Sequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3611.153 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 569.618 MB/s [139066.9 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 494.445 MB/s [120714.1 IOPS] Sequential Read (T= 1) : 2548.922 MB/s Sequential Write (T= 1) : 3635.490 MB/s Random Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 57.367 MB/s [14005.6 IOPS] Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 147.528 MB/s [36017.6 IOPS]Corsair MP510 (2TB) --------------------------------------------------------------Sequential Read (Q= 32,T= 1) : 3465.285 MB/sSequential Write (Q= 32,T= 1) : 1557.084 MB/sRandom Read 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 569.911 MB/s [139138.4 IOPS]Random Write 4KiB (Q= 32,T= 1) : 424.251 MB/s [103576.9 IOPS]Sequential Read (T= 1) : 1967.349 MB/sSequential Write (T= 1) : 833.898 MB/sRandom Read 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 37.352 MB/s [ 9119.1 IOPS]Random Write 4KiB (Q= 1,T= 1) : 181.301 MB/s [ 44262.9 IOPS]The results show us a few things.First, the Corsair MP600 is just about meeting advertised speeds. You can see a clear difference between Gen3 vs. Gen4 here when it comes to speeds. When doing the test, I had about 25% of the drive filled and it is the main drive running Windows 10.Second, the heatsink that comes on it works well and can be removed easily if you are using a motherboard (especially the AMD x570 boards) that has its own heatsink which is required because of how the screw layout is. When taking the heatsink off use a very small flat head screw drive and take one side off. Then do the second side.
Cons: When performing random reading and writing Gen3 and Gen4 have identical speeds which is very disappointing.
Overall Review: I do recommend this product as I have purchased Corsair NVMEs in the past and they are solid and have never failed me. As for the price point, when comparing it to its competitors with similar features it is on par.
Pros: Heatsink looks good in its gun metal gray color.
Temperatures are really good, that heatsink realty does its job
Comes in nice foam packaging
Crystal Disk Mark 7.0 (PCIe 3.0)
Sequential 1MiB Q8T1): Read = 3453.22 MB/s, Write = 3482.49 MB/s
Sequential 1MiB (Q1T1): Read = 2231.51 MB/s, Write = 2845.78 MB/s
Random 4KiB (Q32T16): Read = 1570.21 MB/s, Write = 1517.58 MB/s
Random 4KiB (Q1T1): Read = 55.01 MB/s, Write = 123.71 MB/s
AS SSD Benchmark 2.0 (PCIe 3.0)
16 MB: Read = 130.84 IOPS, Write = 195.57 IOPS
4K: Read = 15,781 IOPS, Write = 29,650 IOPS
4k-64Thrd: Read = 400,049 IOPS, Write = 572,348 IOPS
512B: Read = 20,316 IOPS, Write = 31,347 IOPS
ATTO 4.0.1 (PCIe 3.0)
Read = 3.22 GB/s
Write = 3.18 GB/s
PCIe 3.0 Tests: 122 °F
Cons: No SSD manager from Corsair to view stats on this drive or update firmware.
Since this is QLC NAND the rated endurance is not very good at 450 TBW or 0.1 DWPD. However, its most likely enough for average home use.
Not as cheap as it should be for a QLC drive when a Samsung 980 Pro 2TB can be had for $350 when on sale and that is a much better SSD. Even more relatable is the fact that there are quite a few SSDs with similar specs for a lot less money and some arent even using QLC NAND.
Overall Review: So far, this is a pretty impressive QLC drive other than the lower but expected endurance rating. Thanks to dynamic SLC caching I wasnt able to get this drive to slow down despite hitting it with many GBs worth of simultaneous data transfers.
Once my new AMD Epyc CPU arrives in a week or two, I will update this review with PCIe 4.0 results.
Pros: Fastest I've ever seen a computer run before. Its crazy how fast things load when compared to my old ssd hard drive to this hard drive. Its like night, and day. I can do all kinds of multitasking with no slow downs. My computer can handle pretty much anything I throw at it with this ssd hard drive boosting it up. I definately see myself buying another one of these in the future for another build. Sort of like going from intel pentium 4 to intel core i7. This is small, but mighty fast.
Cons: Joking right? None
Overall Review: I recommend this product to anybody who wants to speed up their computer. No regrets buying this ssd hard drive. Did I mention its FAST?
Overall Review: Great drive, fast and affordable.
Only slight issue is that it doesn't fit in a Playstation 5 with the included heatsink. If you are planning on getting this for a PS5, make sure you buy a seperate heatsink to swap