Corsair Force Series MP500 M.2 NVMe SSD Review

Conclusion

Corsair is caught in the middle of a really bad storm with no choice but to shelter in place. Financial reports from several companies indicate that the NAND shortage is just as bad as we've predicted for the last several months. Corsair doesn't have a birthright to flash like Samsung, Crucial, Intel, Toshiba, or Sk Hynix, which produce their own NAND. We would much rather see Corsair reduce MP500 pricing closer to the Patriot Hellfire M.2 and MyDigitalSSD BPX, but all signs point to rising prices across the board. I don't want to hit Corsair too hard on the Force Series MP500 pricing because there is a very good chance the price of other E7-based products will also increase as the shortage continues.

Corsair may have waited too long to bring the MP500 to market and missed an opportunity to sell drives at a lower price (and have this review fall into that window). With such a late launch for a PS5007-E7 product, we're really not sure why Corsair didn't make this a double-DDR version to separate the MP500 from the lower priced products already on the market. We know double-DDR products are in the works because of Patriot's public comments at Flash Memory Summit in August 2016. Based on the current market, the MP500 is too little, too late, and for too much. However, we are not in a standard SSD/NAND market. I covered memory prices when DDR and DDR2 prices doubled, and we also experienced a near-doubling of DDR3 just a few years ago. Unfortunately, all signs point to a higher price trajectory in the SSD market as well.

The Force Series MP500 has two advantages over the existing PS5007-E7 products and two disadvantages. If you care about the color, the black printed circuit board may be more appealing than the standard green fare. The copper strip technology is also present, just like the new Samsung 960 Series. That may have led to some of the increased write performance we observed in our testing. For those willing to work to pull every last drop of performance from the drive, I don't see the technology being more effective than a low-cost aluminum heatsink attached to the E7 controller. The two negative points revolve around the limited three-year warranty. Patriot also has a three-year warranty on the Hellfire M.2, but the MyDigitalSSD BPX provides a five-year warranty. The BPX also gives you more wiggle room with the warranty-limiting endurance threshold.

If prices drop, the Corsair Force Series MP500 will make an excellent choice for a high-performance desktop or gaming system. The 15nm MLC flash delivers high sustained write performance for transferring files over a network or backing up other high-speed devices. Your games will load faster with this drive compared to SATA products, as well. The big obstacle is pricing, but Corsair is in a better position than I am to predict what we'll see at Newegg in three months’ time.

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  • jmnorthern
    yes
  • beaulieu80
    typeo in the description of the RAM, it say MB instead of GB
  • bmguyii
    The real world tests seem to indicate that all of the choices are on par and that the diffs in the specialized tests mean nothing to real world. Buy the cheapest one with the best warranty that doesn't eat your battery life. Spending 2X for <1 second?
  • Bruce427
    Not a bad review, but for about $55-$60 less (in the 240GB capacity) I will stick with the MyDigital BPX (2 year longer warranty and double the TBW endurance rating).
  • xXBananasXx
    Way too expensive for the performance. Not worth it whatsoever.
  • Nossy
    Meh, People still buy Corsair's memory and SSDs? I've never had one that lasted. Either a dead stick or a failed SSD. Stopped buying them for two years now. Crucial and Samsungs never gave me any problems.
  • xXBananasXx
    118801 said:
    Meh, People still buy Corsair's memory and SSDs? I've never had one that lasted. Either a dead stick or a failed SSD. Stopped buying them for two years now. Crucial and Samsungs never gave me any problems.

    Bought a 4x4gb ddr3 1600mhz Corsair Vengeance back in 2012. Still running strong.
  • vern72
    The capacity is too low for my liking. I wouldn't consider anything under 1TB.
  • Elysian890
    174163 said:
    typeo in the description of the RAM, it say MB instead of GB


    1024MB = 1GB
    No one's going to die because of that lol
  • Bruce427
    Chris,

    When will the review on the 500GB EVO 960 be posted?

    Thanks
  • mikeangs2004
    1905851 said:
    118801 said:
    Meh, People still buy Corsair's memory and SSDs? I've never had one that lasted. Either a dead stick or a failed SSD. Stopped buying them for two years now. Crucial and Samsungs never gave me any problems.
    Bought a 4x4gb ddr3 1600mhz Corsair Vengeance back in 2012. Still running strong.


    could just be poor quality control that affected more units than usual
  • HERETIC-1
    Hi Chris,great review as usual-the separating of the sizes,although more work
    is excellent.
    As you noted-would be a great drive if priced to it's performance-It's Corsair
    not going to happen.
    Flash shortage and using flash not cut and binned by Toshiba is a bit of a
    worry.(Remembering that's what helped kill OCZ)
    As to Corsair being late to market-I am of the opinion Phison uses customers
    as"Crash test dummies"Perhaps Corsair was thinking the same way.............
  • Q3D
    It feels odd to me that this wasn't compared to the Samsung 960 EVO, which to me would seem like it's immediate competition?
    At least they're prized more or less exactly the same in Denmark.
  • mlee 2500
    Since NVMe is still relatively new for many people, it would be both useful and interesting to have a mainstream SATA attached SSD, as well as a traditional mechanical drive, thrown in for comparison.
  • RuizitO
    The 960 Pro is available through Newegg and 5 other sellers at 329.99. Couldn't understand why you didn't fuse the specs here. :\
  • Bruce427
    Newegg is currently selling the 240GB capacity MP500 for $134.99.

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820236157&cm_re=corsair_mp500-_-20-236-157-_-Product

    This makes it more competitive -- as long as it lasts.
  • grgppsc
    Despite an apparently good piece of hardware MP500 represents, CORSAIR didn't "Force" themselves to develop the software part of things. The "so acclaimed" and necessary SSD Toolbox is in fact an old and rusty "Emptybox", at least for this new series...

    They are advertising on the product's page about SSD Toolbox support for S.M.A.R.T, over-provisioning, firmware update etc. and it is a HUGE LIE! How can they let us buy their products without providing not only the necessary support but the promised one... This is very unusual for a company like this... It seems like they didn't update this app since 2013!!!

    So, if an ordinary extension-utility like this doesn't yet support the involved hardware to fully-enable it's features and extend it's life, how can we expect anything else from CORSAIR... ?