Corsair’s MP600 (reviewed HERE) was one of the early PCIe Gen4 drives out of the gate but now it has been joined by three other siblings, the MP600 CORE (Phison E16, 3D QLC NAND) and two versions of the flagship MP600 PRO using Phison’s second-generation E18 controller. One uses a standard aluminium heatsink and the other, the PRO Hydro X which uses a water block. If you want to see how the two coolers compared against each other, Leo tortured them both HERE.
Rated at up to 7,000MB/s for Sequential reads and up to 6,550MB/s for Sequential writes, and up 660,000 IOPS (reads) and up to 800,000 IOPS (writes) for 4K random performance, the MP600 PRO and the PRO Hydro X are the fastest drives Corsair has released to date.
Using the ATTO benchmark we couldn’t hit either maximum for the drive but came pretty close with a test result of 6,820MB/s for reads and 6,333MB/s for writes. However, with both CrystalDiskMark 6 and 8 benchmarks, the drive produced figures that were better than the official ones, with 7,458MB/s the best figure for reads and 6,786MB/s the best write figure.
When it came to 4K random performance, the best random read figure we saw from the drive under testing was the 671,645 IOPS in CrystalDiskMark 8’s Peak Performance profile, which is some 11,645 IOPS faster than the official maximum. Also coming in the Peak Performance profile test of CrystalDiskMark 8 was the fastest random write figure we saw which was 611, 582 IOPS. However, unlike the random read performance, this figure is nowhere near the official write rating of 800,000 IOPS.
Corsair has fitted the MP600 PRO with a well-designed aluminium heatsink to help alleviate any overheating issues when the drive is working with heavy workloads. The really clever bit of the design and hats off to Corsair for this one, is if you have a motherboard that has its own cooling system for M.2 drives, the heatsink can be easily removed from its cradle by releasing four clips leaving you with the bare drive to play with.
We found the 2TB Corsair MP600 PRO on Ebuyer for 361.98 inc VAT HERE.
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- Sequential performance.
- Ease of removal of the heatsink.
- Couldn’t match the official random write figures under testing.
- Needs a PCIe 4.0 supporting motherboard for best performance.
KitGuru says: Corsair’s MP600 PRO is another of the second generation PCIe Gen 4 drives that shows the improvement in controller technology in a relatively short time frame. The clever way Corsair has designed the removable heatsink and its cradle means that it’s a stress-free option should you want to want to use the drive with any integrated motherboard cooling feature.