Corsair revitalizes its Force MP500 series with an infusion of the latest components. The Force is indeed strong with this one. Utilizing Phison’s new E12 controller and Toshiba’s BiCS3 64L TLC NAND flash, the Force MP510 is a much-welcomed successor that brings more value to the table and the best endurance rating from any consumer SSD we have seen yet. With over 1.7PB (yes, that’s nearly two petabytes of endurance), the MP510 is a workhorse that’s designed to keep on going and going.
|Product||Capacity||TBW||Price||Price Per GB||Price Per TBW|
|Corsair Force MP510||960 GB||1700||$239.99||$0.25||$0.14|
|MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro||960 GB||1665||$259.99||$0.27||$0.16|
|Samsung 970 PRO||1024 GB||1200||$397.99||$0.39||$0.33|
|ADATA XPG SX8200||960 GB||640||$209.99||$0.22||$0.33|
|Samsung 970 EVO||1000 GB||600||$277.99||$0.28||$0.46|
|WD Black||1000 GB||600||$289.99||$0.29||$0.48|
|Intel SSD 660p||1024 GB||200||$213.84||$0.21||$1.07|
Like the BPX Pro, we feel that it is a great buy for content creators who write terabytes of data daily. Unlike other SSDs that degrade down to just a few hundred MB/s write speed after their write cache buffer fills, the MP510 maintains 1GB/s speeds when hammered with heavy sequential write transfers. And, with a price of $239.99, it is this drive is rather cheap. You don’t need to spend big bucks on the Samsung 970 PRO for longevity anymore. The MP510 is where it’s at, and it’s even a bit more affordable than the similar MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro, too.
Like the MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro, though, it also has slightly lower application performance than some of the other SSDs we’ve tested. SSDs with Marvell, Silicon Motion, and in-house built controllers seem to deliver a bit better performance scores throughout our test regimen. It isn’t usually by much though. The difference is almost imperceptible in day-to-day tasks. And, there may be a new firmware in the works that addresses this issue in the future.
Looking at the product line, we like the fact that Corsair has expanded the capacity range to up to 2TB, rather than limiting the maximum capacity to just 480GB. This stems from the new parts having lower prices (especially the newer 3D NAND from Toshiba) and the market’s demand for higher-capacity flash storage devices. Let’s face it: Most users only need 250-500GB of storage, but gamers, content creators, and avid enthusiasts demand more. With the release of the Force MP510, Corsair is giving their customers what they want. More options with higher capacities.
Additionally, Corsair has bumped the warranty coverage up to five years from the MP500's three years. This is somewhat of a given based on the endurance, but now at least it can compete as it should as a premium enthusiast-class M.2 NVMe SSD.
Speaking of enthusiast class, just as enthusiasts want more capacity, more endurance, more speed, and more warranty coverage, they also love aesthetics. The blacked-out PCB of the Force MP510 is much appreciated. With motherboards coming out with RGB lighting and different color schemes with dark or black PCBs, a blue or green PCB can stick out like a sore thumb. While Corsair’s Force MP510 does not feature any fancy RGB lights like some of the company’s RAM, its stealth aesthetics will complement almost any build.
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