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
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

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
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
MSRP $224.99
MSRP (Hydro X)   $459.99

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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  • shabby - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Lol tlc is now a pro model? Go home corsair you're drunk.
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Yep, and when quintuple-level cell (QQLC?) flash comes out, QLC will be their pro model
  • Wereweeb - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    PLC - Penta-Level Cell
  • Mr Perfect - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Samsung just did the same thing with their Pro line. MLC might just be for enterprise now.
  • Billy Tallis - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Enterprise abandoned MLC long ago. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any MLC product with NAND newer than the 64-layer generation. TLC's capacity is almost always more valuable than MLC's extra endurance and performance. And when it's not, there's Optane or special-purpose 3D SLC like Samsung Z-NAND and Kioxia XL-Flash.
  • PixyMisa - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Yes, we're running a bunch of Micron MLC SSDs, but the model we use is a couple of years old. Works great and still available, but not a recent design.
  • FunBunny2 - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    it's simply the case that enterprise *always* retires hardware at warranty, not later, so as long as some piece of kit (in whatever thousands stocked) lasts to warranty, it's all good. it matters not what's behind the curtain. there was a time when STEC spent months 'qualifying' their special sauce SSDs with enterprise customers. ah, those were the days.
  • antonkochubey - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Do you have a time machine to 2012 or so, when MLC SSDs were still being made?

    Enterprise / data-center SSDs have been TLC for years, it's fine, relax. Your Fortnite machine does not require more than a server rack does.
  • Silver5urfer - Sunday, January 31, 2021 - link

    Yep, we just are fit for consume. No questions nothing, just consume whatever they throw at the market.
  • Marlin1975 - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Phison E16? I thought there were other PCIe 4.0 chips out now that are easily available? The Phison E16 runs to hot. Price is to high for something that uses the E16.

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