Corsair Force MP500 M.2 NVMe SSD Review (480GB) – Is The Force Strong With This One?


We also wanted to see how performance was in a real-world use when transferring large files to the SSD. For this test, we are going to simply stress write performance by transferring over a 30GB folder of movies off of a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro to the test SSDs and time how long it takes. Once complete we can calculate the average speed.

480GB Corsair Force MP500 30GB Transfer

In this test, the Force MP500 tied with the Patriot Hellfire where they both rank in fourth/fifth place overall with average transfer speeds of 1208MB/s.


For our power consumption testing, we have the drive connected to the system as a secondary drive. To record the wattage, we are now utilizing a Quarch Technology Programmable Power Module. It allows us to accurately measure power consumption over time and is flexible enough to allow us to test any SSD that comes our way.

Quarch Technology Power Module Angle

Our power analysis may change as time goes on, but for now, we are looking at just a few metrics with the main goal of measuring our results against the manufacturer’s ratings. Because most consumer systems are at idle for about 80% of the time, idle power consumption is an important measure to look at when understanding the efficiency of a drive.

480GB Corsair Force MP500 idle power

Again, during idle, the Corsair Force MP500 is nearly identical to that of the Patriot Hellfire and consumes 1.16W.


Finally, we wanted to post up a graph of the power efficiency of the SSDs in comparison. We are looking at MB/s per Watt in this graph. The higher the result, the better.

480GB Corsair Force MP500 30GB Transfer Efficiency

This is where the results surprise us a little bit. While the Corsair Force MP500 averaged the same bandwidth in our write test, it proved to be more efficient than the Patriot Hellfire. As a matter of fact, it actually came out to be the most efficient SSD we have tested in that metric!


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    I’ve asked this question before but I don’t think I’ve got an answer . how is Corsairs quality control? because when you look at ssds on Newegg,Corsair has more refurbished ssds for sale than all the other brands makes me think there products fail more than others.

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    Both Corsair’s customer service and quality control are top notch. We reached out to them for comment on the number of refurbished drives seen at Corsair advises that Newegg is their sole retailer of refurbished Corsair SSDs, and considering that Corsair sells hundreds of thousands of SSDs, even at a 1% failure rate (the real failure rate is likely less), that creates thousands of refurbished drives to be sold through Newegg.
    Lack of other brands of refurbs, or lesser quantities of refurbs should definitely not be viewed as indicative of Corsair’s quality compared to other brands.

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