HD Tune is a Hard Disk Utility with many functions from error checking, health testing (S.M.A.R.T.), and of course benchmarking. To build upon our real world write test we also looked to see where the write speeds leveled off to by using HD Tune Pro. If SLC caching is being utilized, this test will typically show it.
In HDTune, we can see that the 240GB model of the MP300 features a cache that is about 24GB in size. Beyond that SLC write buffer, the performance comes in at just above 250MB/s.
REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
When it comes to performance, entry-level NVMe devices help to give the end user a bit more oomph compared to the SATA options. In the MP300’s case, it does that well. It delivered 1.77GB/s read and 920MB/s write during sequential workloads, beating its advertised spec. As well, looking at the 4K random performance numbers, it hit 196K IOPS read and 166K IOPS write, again beating the rated read spec, which was 110K for our 240GB sample.
When it came to more real-world performance, the MP300 again, did well. In PCMark 8 it attained an overall score of 5040 points and an average bandwidth of 394MB/s, which placed it right in the middle of our comparison chart between SATA SSDs and the higher priced and higher performance NVMe SSD options. This level of performance followed it in the extended testing too.
The Corsair Force MP300 also demonstrated strong real-world write performance. during our 30GB file transfer. Averaging 737MB/s, it tied with the nearly identical MyDigitalSSD SBX and ranked it higher than many other entry-level options. This transfer performance also ranked it in the middle of the pack when it came to efficiency. And last but not least, it drew some of the least power at idle with ASPM both disabled and enabled.
We found that the MP300 is a good performer with stylish looks. It comes with an SSD Toolbox, 5-year warranty, and prices that were fairly competitive at launch, but with street prices of $80 for the 240GB model and $140 for the 480GB model and $280 for the 960GB model, its value is hurt by the ever more competitive marketplace.
The whole industry seems to be cutting street prices left and right as NAND production is catching up to demands. Intel, ADATA, and Kingston seem to be turning up the heat even more now too. Intel just released the 660p, a QLC SSD that offers some great performance at low, SATA like pricing and ADATA has the SX8200, a superior product that offers more performance and endurance for the same price as the MP300 today. To make matters worse, the Kingston A1000 is only $220 for the 960GB model and the Intel 660p is just $200 for the 1TB model.
It’s hard to recommend the Corsair Force MP300 over these three, but if the looks mean anything to you, it is quite a flashy and will go with almost any build. Today, we award the Force MP300 our Silver Seal of approval. Its a good SSD, but it’s not the best buy at its current prices.