Corsair is launching a new round of PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSDs based on the latest reference designs from Phison plus Corsair's own heatsink designs. Starting off, the Corsair MP600 CORE is their first PCIe 4.0 SSD with QLC NAND flash memory. This uses the older Phison E16 controller so peak performance only pushes a little bit beyond what would be possible with PCIe 3.0, but it's still a step up from the Corsair MP400.

Corsair MP600 CORE Specifications
Capacity 1 TB 2 TB 4 TB
Form Factor M.2 2280 PCIe 4 x4
Controller Phison E16
NAND Flash 3D QLC
DRAM 1 GB 2 GB
Sequential Read (MB/s) 4700 4950
Sequential Write (MB/s) 1950 3700 3950
Random Read IOPS (4kB) 200k 380k 630k
Random Write IOPS (4kB) 480k 580k
Power Consumption Read 5.6 W 6.3 W 6.0 W
Write 5.7 W 6.8 W 7.4 W
Warranty 5 years
Write Endurance 200 TB
0.1 DWPD
400 TB
0.1 DWPD
800 TB
0.1 DWPD
MSRP $154.99
(15¢/GB)
$309.99
(15¢/GB)
$644.99
(16¢/GB)

We have a sample of the 2TB MP600 CORE in hand, waiting for its turn to run through our new SSD test suite.

Next is Corsair's new top of the line SSD, the MP600 PRO based on the Phison E18 controller and TLC NAND flash memory. The MP600 PRO takes over the top spot from the original MP600, Corsair's Phison E16 + TLC product that launched in 2019 alongside the first AMD Ryzen CPUs to support PCIe 4.0. The new MP600 PRO will be available with either the standard aluminum heatsink, or with a water block in a variant sold as the MP600 PRO Hydro X.

Corsair MP600 PRO Specifications
Capacity 1 TB 2 TB 4 TB
Form Factor M.2 2280 PCIe 4 x4
Controller Phison E18
NAND Flash 3D TLC
Sequential Read (MB/s) 7000 7000 TBD
Sequential Write (MB/s) 5500 6550 TBD
Random Read IOPS (4kB) 780k 800k TBD
Random Write IOPS (4kB) 360k 660k TBD
Warranty 5 years
Write Endurance 700 TB
0.4 DWPD
1400 TB
0.4 DWPD
TBD
MSRP $224.99
(22¢/GB)
$434.99
(22¢/GB)
TBD
MSRP (Hydro X)   $459.99
(23¢/GB)
 

The performance specs for the MP600 PRO are pretty similar to other Phison E18 drives, with 7GB/s reads and write speeds limited more by the flash than the controller. The MP600 PRO will initially be available with capacities up to 2TB, and a 4TB model is coming later. The MP600 PRO Hydro X is only offered in the 2TB capacity, but Corsair is also selling the water block separately as the XM2 for $39.99.

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  • Makaveli - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Yes sir RGB or no buy.

    Everyone knows it makes everything faster.
    Reply
  • Beaver M. - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Watercooled RGB LEDs.

    I fear were giving them too many ideas here...
    Reply
  • Tunnah - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Pro table says E16 not E18. Also Anandtech needs a "send corrections" link or something. Reply
  • Billy Tallis - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Fixed. Thanks for pointing that out. You can always let us know by email: click the author's name, and there will be an email link above the list of all their articles. Reply
  • Dug - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    You just threw out reliability when adding water, to what is essentially your most valuable commodity (your data). Reply
  • edzieba - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Shame you can't buy them with the cosmetic heatsink pre-removed. Reply
  • Makaveli - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Its easy to remove the Heatsink on the MP600 so should be the same on the MP600 Core and Pro model. Only the Hydro X version should not be removable. Reply
  • Billy Tallis - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    The Hydro X water block is probably going to be just as easy to remove. It's clamped around the drive itself using the same mechanism as the heatsinks, and uses ordinary thermal pads to interface to the SSD's components. Reply
  • Wereweeb - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Won't these heatsinks essentially heat up the controller with the heat of the NAND, unless you make sure to blow some heat on the darned thing?

    Wouldn't the logical thing be to use a thermal pad on top of the controller and an insulant on top of the NAND flash? Or am I misinformed?
    Reply
  • Wereweeb - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Blow some air* Reply

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