Corsair Force MP510 SSD Review: A Force to Be Reckoned With

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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.

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ProductCapacityTBWPricePrice Per GBPrice Per TBW
Corsair Force MP510960 GB1700$239.99$0.25$0.14
MyDigitalSSD BPX Pro960 GB1665$259.99$0.27$0.16
Samsung 970 PRO1024 GB1200$397.99$0.39$0.33
ADATA XPG SX8200960 GB640$209.99$0.22$0.33
Samsung 970 EVO1000 GB600$277.99$0.28$0.46
WD Black1000 GB600$289.99$0.29$0.48
Intel SSD 660p1024 GB200$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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Sean Webster
Storage Reviewer

Sean is a Contributing Editor at Tom’s Hardware US, covering storage hardware.

  • rantoc
    Imo random r/w (80/20) - Low QD is usually the best for the general desktop user
  • enzoozzytiger
    Are you sure you get the correct numbers? You list random read at 610,000 IOPS (QD1). Is this for 512 or 4K? Even if it's for 512, it will be the fastest NAND SSD. If it's for 4K, then it even blow the fastest Optane out of the water.
  • DogHam
    Sean gives the the MP510 a 4/5, but in my google search results, it shows 4/10 with 2/5 stars filled in. Is there a way for Tom's Hardware to address that? It's a pretty major difference.
  • Hupiscratch
    Those Samsung 970's steady state workload tests are quite different from that ssd review. Finally the drivers caught up?
  • islandwalker
    @DOGHAM we are aware of this and are trying to address, but it's a development issue, not something editorial can control.
  • saunupe1911
    Sounds like the HP EX920 has it beat as well
  • jimmysmitty
    21407990 said:
    Sean gives the the MP510 a 4/5, but in my google search results, it shows 4/10 with 2/5 stars filled in. Is there a way for Tom's Hardware to address that? It's a pretty major difference.

    I think its either an issue with how Google is pulling the review or the way TH presents it as even Guru3D gave it a pretty stellar score.