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Corsair MP700 PRO SE 4TB Review

The drive comes in a 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 along with a warning about the drive needing some form of cooling.

 
The 4TB MP700 PRO SE is built on a dual format PCB (components on both sides of the PCB). The drive doesn't have a heatsink but the product label does have a copper layer built into it but this is nowhere near enough to keep the drive cool on its own so you need to use any motherboard M.2 cooling solution or a 3rd party cooler.

One side of the PCB holds the Phison PS5026-E26 8-channel controller, two 1TB packages of 232-layer Micron B58R TLC NAND (clocked at 2400 MT/s) and a single 4GB DDR4-4266 cache IC (SK Hynix H9HCNNNCPUML). The other side of the PCB holds another pair of NAND packages and a second DRAM cache IC.

Phison's PS5026-E26 is the first consumer Gen5 controller. Built on a 12nm process supporting up to 32TB of TLC or QLC NAND flash memory with data transfer speeds of up to 2400 MT/s. The controller uses dual Arm Cortex-R5 cores that work together with Phison’s specialized accelerators from its CoXProcessor 2.0 family. The controller supports Phison's 5th Generation LDPC ECC engine.

 

 

 

Corsair’s SSD management utility is called SSD Toolbox. It's not the funkiest-looking GUI we've ever seen but having said that, it does give all you really need to keep an eye on the drive. It provides drive information and S.M.A.R.T details and also supports firmware updates, secure wiping of the drive, drive optimisation and usefully incorporates a disk cloning utility.

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