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Corsair MP600 Pro XT SSD Review: Corsair’s Best Just Leveled Up

Extra thick ‘n chonky cooling for demanding work

Corsair MP600 Pro XT
Editor's Choice
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The MP600 Pro XT is a phenomenal performer that will leave a standard M.2 SSD in the dust, especially when it comes to write-heavy workloads. Improving upon the MP600 Pro with the inclusion of faster Micron flash, the MP600 Pro XT is a top-tier contender that should be at the top of your list if you're on the hunt for one of the Best SSDs on the market.

Along with the Seagate FireCuda 530, the MP600 Pro XT delivers the best sustained performance we've seen, setting the new standard for flash-based storage. Not even Samsung’s mighty 980 Pro or the WD_Black SN850 can match the MP600 Pro XT when you hammer it repeatedly with heavy workloads.

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The heatsink keeps Corsair’s MP600 Pro XT nice and cool under any workload, and that’s without any airflow. With a little air moving through the case, the drive shouldn't throttle even during the heaviest sustained workloads. However, while the large and chunky heatsink provides more than enough cooling, it may also be too big to fit under a GPU or other add-in card (AIC). Such is the same issue with the watercooled Hydro X variant, but that's expected because you need room for the barbs, fittings, and tubing. 

With capacities of up to 4TB and prices as high as $1,000, the MP600 Pro XT is a high-end storage device for prosumers, PC enthusiasts, and the most competitive of gamers. It‘s costly, so it's not quite what we would pick up if we were trying to maximize performance per dollar. At 2TB, the WD_Black SN850 and Samsung 980 Pro both undercut the MP600 Pro XT by roughly $40-$60. That isn’t to say the MP600 Pro XT is a bad value, though. 

Corsair’s MP600 Pro XT is a great value compared to the very pricey Seagate FireCuda 530. Although it lacks the more advanced XTS-AES 256-bit encryption, three years of Data Recovery Services, and has lower endurance ratings, it still delivers nearly the same experience at a much lower cost. At $400, the 2TB MP600 Pro XT is $140 cheaper. With Phison’s high-performance E18 NVMe SSD controller and Micron’s most advanced TLC flash yet, Corsair’s newest top-dog is a force to be reckoned with. 

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  • Phaaze88
    "The MP600 Pro XT remained cool in an open-air test bench. At idle, it hovered around 34 degrees Celcius (C) in our 23C lab.
    After writing over 1TB of data to the MP600 Pro XT, we measured a peak temperature of 55C, which was well below the 68C throttling point set in its firmware."

    What sensor(s) is being read here - the NAND flash or the controller?
    When I use Samsung Magician, it reports the flash. I have to pull up hwinfo to see the controller's thermals - which will be hotter.
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  • Makaveli
    I don't like the regression in endurance these drivers have had since the original E16 controller Gen 1 versions but overall looks good and much cooler.
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  • mdd1963
    Thank goodness we went from ~7,000 MB/sec sequential reads to.... 7,100! The difference in the user experience will undoubtedly be unparalleled!
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  • 2Be_or_Not2Be
    Still waiting for the version that runs at the 1,600 MT/s with the 176-layer flash rather than the 1,200 MT/s this one (and the Firecuda 530) runs.
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