Corsair Unwraps MP500, Its First NVMe SSD

Like a child in the middle of the night, Corsair went under the Christmas tree to unwrap a package before CESmas. Inside was 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.

Product
MP500 120GB
MP500 240GB
MP500 480GB
Pricing
$109.99
$169.99
$324.99
Controller
Phison PS5007-E7
Phison PS5007-E7Phison PS5007-E7
DRAM
256MB DDR3
512MB DDR3
1GB DDR3
NAND
128GB Toggle
256GB Toggle512GB Toggle
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x4
PCIe 3.0 x4PCIe 3.0 x4
Protocol
NVMe
NVMeNVMe
Sequential Read
3,000 MB/s
3,000 MB/s3,000 MB/s
Sequential Write
2,400 MB/s
2,400 MB/s2,400 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 Limited3-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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  • BadAsAl
    Wow, read/write speeds are impressive and stay consistent across the different sizes. If the speeds are anywhere near advertised this has to be one of the fastest, if not the fastest, consumer data storage devices. Might have to pick one up for testing purposes!
  • dgingeri
    Add those performance numbers to the name Corsair, and they become hot commodities. This definitely has me interested.
  • Hoyzon
    Is it faster than the Samsung 960 EVO/PRO?