REPORT ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
Overall, its performance is very similar to what we had expected given the results we have had with other Phison E7 controller powered SSDs. It achieves its rated specs of 3GB/s read and 2GB/s write with ease and can deliver more IOPS than you can shake a stick at in our synthetic tests. In Crystal Disk Mark, we saw a throughput of 2.8GB/s read and 1.5GB/s write, which is in line with what most will see when taxing the drive with large blocks of media. Focusing on 4K QD1 performance we see that the MP500 can deliver solid numbers of nearly 50MB/s for read and 180MB/s for write, which are the numbers that usually matter most when looking at OS and application performance. To further solidify that, however, we put the Force MP500 through PCMark 8’s tests to see how this drive stacks up against the competition.
During PCMark 8’s normal run, it beat out the Samsung 960 EVO with an average bandwidth of 562MB/s, but couldn’t compete against the OCZ RD400 or Samsung 960 PRO. During the extended test, it delivered very consistent performance in each testing section and averaged out well. At around 500MB/s throughput in the recovery section, it ranked below the Samsung Pro Model SSDs, OCZ RD400, and Intel 750 Series. So, while it was a good contender, the results show there are slightly better options out there if you are looking for the best performance in most real-world applications.
Speaking of real-world, we always like to put our SSDs through a 30GB file transfer to measure their write speed and show base write performance if an SSD has any caching features that improve their write speed temporarily. During our 30GB file transfer, the Force MP500 matched the Patriot Hellfire’s performance and idle power consumption. The Force MP500 also gave it, and all our other tested SSDs, a run for their money with an average efficiency score that surpassed them all.
The force is strong with this one. The Corsair Force MP500 is by and large an enthusiast class SSD that can put a smile on any user’s face. It comes with an abundance of features, thanks to Phison, that help to protect your data and help to deliver you a fast and snappy user experience. Whether you are an avid gamer or prosumer PC Building master, the blacked-out PCB, high endurance, and performance from this SSD should make it an instant win for almost anyone. Therefore, we are awarding it our Silver Seal and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in buying a new PCIe NVMe SSD.
This rating may leave you asking, “But, wait, why just silver? I thought it was amazing and gave me all the gigabytes and MB/s I could ever need.”
Our reply is this, there are two issues holding us back from giving the Corsair Force MP500 our Gold Seal. First is the warranty, a 3-year warranty is great, don’t get us wrong, but for an enthusiast class SSD competing with the top SSDs in the market, it should carry a 5-year warranty, especially for its price…Which brings us to our second issue, its price. Based upon the current Amazon.com prices, the Corsair Force MP500 is too expensive for what it offers. You can go and purchase a Patriot Hellfire or MyDigitalSSD BPX for much less and get the same drive, although, with a blue PCB rather than black. Is the black PCB and Corsair branding really worth the higher cost? We’ll leave it up to you to decide.