The drive comes in a fairly compact box with a clear image of the drive on the front. Under the image is a strip label with performance figures for Sequential and 4K performance as well as the drive’s capacity. The rear of the box has multilingual information about the drive’s performance and a very short list of some of its features.
The MP600 Pro XT uses a hefty looking aluminium heatsink to help keep the drive cool, with two thermal pads that sandwich the drive in the heatsink cradle. The heatsinks design means it’s easily detachable should you want to make use of a motherboard’s integrated M.2 cooling system if it has one fitted. To remove the heatsink is just a matter of releasing the four clips that hold the heatsink to the backing cradle.
The drive is built on an M.2 2280 dual-sided format. One side of the PCB holds the Phison PS5018-E18 8-channel controller along with four 256GB Micron B47R 176-layer 3D TLC NAND packages and a SK hynix DDR4 DRAM cache IC. The other side of the board holds another DRAM chip and four more NAND packages.
Corsair’s SSD management utility is called SSD Toolbox and although it might not have all the bells and whistles and funky GUIs that some of its competitors have, it has all the tools you will most likely ever need. It provides drive information and S.M.A.R.T details and also supports firmware updates, secure wiping of the drive, drive optimisation and incorporates a disk cloning utility.