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Corsair Force Series MP500 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSDs is its fastest yet

by Mark Tyson on 13 December 2016, 15:31

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Corsair today announced immediate availability of what it says are its fastest ever PCIe SSDs. The Corsair Force Series MP500 M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD range employ Phison PS5007-E7 NVMe controllers and PCIe Gen. 3 x4 M.2 2280 interfaces to achieve performance stats up to five times faster than traditional SATA 6Gbps SSDs.

The new ultra-compact M.2 2280 form factor drives are being made available in capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB to begin with. Headline performance claims from Corsair are that the Force Series MP500 can achieve read speeds of up to 3,000MB/s, write speeds of up 2,400MB/s, and up to 250K IOPS (performance figures vary with the capacity tested, see full specs in table below).

For data integrity and security Corsair has implemented a number of technologies which include; proprietary SmartECC, SmartRefresh and SmartFlush tech, plus static and dynamic wear-levelling enhance drive reliability. Furthermore, enhanced error correction improves data retention, and advanced garbage collection is supported by the firmware. Corsair says that the hardware features a toughened contact surface material for better contact to the motherboard socket and vibration resistance.

Users can monitor drive health and securely clean and wipe these drives with the usual free Corsair SSD Tool box software (Windows). Though you won't be able to run the Tool box software these drives are also compatible with your Mac OS X and Linux systems, with no special driver or administrative rights required.

As mentioned in the intro, Corsair's Force Series MP500 drives are immediately available; just look on from Corsair direct and at the the usual retailer outlets. UK RRPs are £119.99 for the CSSD-F120GBMP500, £184.99 for the CSSD-F240GBMP500, and £349.99 for the CSSD-F480GBMP500. Buyers receive a three year warranty.

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Typo last paragraph:- “MP500 drievs”
Fair bit pricier than the Samsung EVO 960 though by the look of it.
Wow with speeds 4x most run of the mill SATA 6Gbps SSDs would you notice the difference in everyday computing or would there be a bottleneck somewhere else?
lol Samsung has this market in the bag and corsair come in more expensive, what they smoking?
At 350 quid it's 3.5x more expensive than the SATA3 alternative, and over 100 quid more than a Sammy 960 EVO stick. Oh, and 10 quid more than a 960 PRO stick lol. You'd have to be tapped in the head to pick this over a Samsung PRO, they've been proven to be the best drives consistently for the last few years now

Also, why would you need vibration protection..