Corsair MP600 Pro 2 TB in the test: next-gen SSD with almost 2 GB / s in SLC mode

The NVMe SSD Corsair MP600 Pro relies on the second generation PCIe 4.0 controller from Phison and TLC-NAND. In the test, the drive is not only fast in SLC mode, but also outshines the MP600, especially in TLC write mode. File transfers of several hundred GB are no problem.


MP600 Pro: Corsair’s 2nd generation PCIe 4.0 SSDs

In spring 2019, Corsairs MP600 was one of the first SSDs with PCIe 4.0 . Since then, a number of manufacturers have relied on the Phison-developed platform with the Phison E16 controller, which has a peak of 5,000 MB / s for sequential reading and more than 4,000 MB / s for writing.

A new generation of PCIe 4.0 SSDs has now reached the market, which, with adapted technology, gets even more out of the PCIe 4.0 x4 interface with a gross data rate of almost 8 GB / s. The Corsair MP600 Pro uses the new Phison E18 controller , which works faster and more efficiently thanks to an additional core and a switch to 12 nm production at TSMC. In addition, the interface protocol NVMe 1.4 is now supported.

The editorial team tested the MP600 Pro with 2 TB. The version with 1 TB is also already available, a model with 4 TB is to follow. Corsair has presented the MP600 Pro as a new flagship together with the MP600 Core as a new entry-level model with PCIe 4.0.

Corsair MP600 Core (new) Corsair MP600 Corsair MP600 Pro (new)
Form factor M.2-2280
Interface (protocol) PCIe 4.0 x4 (NVMe 1.3) PCIe 4.0 x4 (NVMe 1.4)
Controller Phison PS5016-E16
(8 channel, 2 cores, 28 nm)
(8 channel, 3 cores, 12 nm)
NAND flash memory 3D QLC 3D TLC
DRAM cache
SLC cache Dynamic
Storage space 1,000 GB
2,000 GB
4,000 GB
500 GB
1,000 GB
2,000 GB
1,000 GB
2,000 GB
4,000 GB (planned)
Seq. Read / write (max.) 4,950 / 3,950 MB / s 4,950 / 4,250 MB / s 7,000 / 6,550 MB / s
Warranty period 5 years
TBW per TB 225 900 700

The performance of the MP600 Pro should reach 7,000 MB / s for sequential read and 6,550 MB / s for sequential write (in SLC mode). At least on paper, the write rate is below the 6,850 MB / s that Gigabyte specifies for the Aorus Gen4 7000s , which can be seen as a direct counterpart to the Corsair MP600 Pro with comparable equipment.

Technical details about the 3D-TLC-NAND

The memory used is 3D-TLC-NAND with 3 bits per memory cell, which, to match the new controller, also belongs to a newer generation with a faster interface. The identifier IA7BG64AIA indicates Micron’s 128-layer 3D-TLC-NAND (B27B) with 1,200 MT / s, as was the case with an SSD prototype with Phison E18 . The 128-layer NAND is at the same time Micron’s first generation with a new replacement gate architecture (RG) as well as the first completely in-house development after the separation from flash partner Intel , which continues to rely on a floating gate design .

A total of eight NAND packages are distributed on both sides of the board. There are also two DRAM packages of 1,024 MB each from SK Hynix and the Phison E18, which is not only significantly smaller than the E16, but also does not have a nickel coating, making it all the more inconspicuous.

In any case, for a higher write performance, part of the memory is operated in SLC mode with 1 bit per cell and serves as a fast intermediate memory (so-called “SLC cache”). However, Corsair is again silent about its size. However, ComputerBase presents extensive analyzes on the subject on the following page.

Well-known cooler or Wakü version

With the older MP600, the MP600 Pro shares the M.2 form factor (2280) with a black circuit board and also a black aluminum heat sink, which is supposed to at least delay the point in time until a temperature-related power reduction occurs. The two shells of the cooler are provided with thermal pads.

Corsair MP600 Pro with classic cooler
Corsair MP600 Pro with classic cooler (Image: Corsair)
Corsair MP600 Pro Hydro X with water cooler
Corsair MP600 Pro Hydro X with water cooler (Image: Corsair)

Corsair also offers the MP600 Pro with 2 TB as a “Hydro X Edition” with a water cooling block. If the SSD is integrated into an existing water cycle, the temperatures should be significantly lower than with the air-cooled variant. The extravagance means a surcharge of 25 euros. Corsair also offers the water cooler separately under the name Hydro X Series XM2 , but then it costs just under 40 euros.

Overview of key data

Like all SSDs in the MP600 family, the MP600 Pro comes with a five-year guarantee. The “Total Bytes Written” (TBW) as an alternative warranty restriction are slightly lower for the MP600 Pro with 700 TB of written data per TB of storage space than for the MP600 with 900 TB TBW, but far higher than for the MP600 Core with only 225 TB TBW.

With recommended retail prices of around 230 euros (1 TB), 440 euros (2 TB) and 465 euros (2 TB, Hydro X), the MP600 Pro is the most expensive model in the family, but it also offers the highest performance. An MP600 Pro with 4 TB will follow at a later date. The MP600 Pro is currently available in stores at prices from 216 euros, 414 euros and 449 euros .

Corsair MP600 Core Corsair MP600 Corsair MP600 Pro
Controller: Phison PS5016-E16, 8 NAND channels Phison PS5018-E18, 8 NAND channels
DRAM cache:
1,024 MB
2,048 MB
4,096 MB
1,024 MB DDR4
512 MB DDR4
2,048 MB DDR4
1,024 MB
2,048 MB
Storage capacity: 1,000 / 2,000 / 4,000 GB 1,000 / 500 / 2,000 GB 1,000 / 2,000 GB
Memory chips: QLC (3D) NAND ,? Toshiba TLC (3D, 96 layers) NAND ,? TLC (3D) NAND ,?
Form factor: M.2 (80 mm)
Interface: PCIe 4.0 x4
seq. reading:
4,700 MB / s
4,950 MB / s
4,950 MB / s 7,000 MB / s
seq. writing:
1,950 MB / s
3,700 MB / s
3,950 MB / s
4,250 MB / s
2,500 MB / s
5,500 MB / s
6,550 MB / s
4K Random Read:
200,000 IOPS
380,000 IOPS
630,000 IOPS
680,000 IOPS
420,000 IOPS
360,000 IOPS
660,000 IOPS
4K Random Write:
480,000 IOPS
580,000 IOPS
600,000 IOPS
550,000 IOPS
780,000 IOPS
800,000 IOPS
Power consumption activity (typ.): ?
Power consumption activity (max.): ?
Power consumption idle: ?
Power consumption DevSleep: ?
Power consumption L1.2: ?
Functions: NVMe, NCQ, TRIM, SMART, Garbage Collection
Encryption: AES 256
Total Bytes Written (TBW):
225 terabytes
450 terabytes
900 terabytes
1,800 terabytes
900 terabytes
3,600 terabytes
700 terabytes
1,400 terabytes
Warranty: 5 years
Price: from 149 € / from 295 € / from 611 € from 169 € / from 100 € / from 312 € from 217 € / from 414 €
Price per GB: € 0.15 / € 0.15 / € 0.15 € 0.17 / € 0.20 / € 0.16 € 0.22 / € 0.21


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