One of the most obvious changes in moving from PCIe3 to PCIe4 SSDs has been the heat itself. We actually find it a bit unique, as AMD Ryzen and Intel 11th Gen laptops and ultrabooks have been out for some time, but they contain the much cooler PCIe3 SSDs. It is no different in desktop use as there isn’t a manufacturer out there right now that would recommend operation of their Gen 4×4 SSD without thermal protection. Although we see temperatures coming down, I have to admit that I have had the itch lately just to buy a Gen 4×4 based ultrabook just to see if I could pull off the latest and greatest 7GB/s without the ultrabook becoming its own heatsink.
Manufacturers caught on right away with integrated heatsinks in motherboards and plenty of heatsink solutions were made available to dissipate that heat from moving data so much faster than Gen 3 SSDs. Today, we have the Corsair MP600 Core 2TB PCIe 4 NVMe on the test bench and it comes with a heat sink, a gorgeous one for that matter. Even better yet ( and unlike some other solutions), one could remove this heatsink quite easily and rely on that of the motherboard in use. Disassembly is quick and easy.
The Corsair MP600 Core SSD is a PCIe Gen 4×4 (4-lane) M.2 storage medium that come in the 2280 (80mm) form factor and uses the NVMe 1.3 protocol. It is available in 1, 2 and 4TB capacities and our 2TB version speaks to listed specifications of 4950MB/s read and 3700MB/s write along with 380K IOPS read and 580k IOPS write at low 4k disk access.
The heatsink itself is a very attractive gun metal ribbed two-piece design that is simply clicked in place on both sides. Underneath the top of the heatsink is also a long strip of thermal tape that forms and helps dissipate the heat of the SSD when attached.
The M.2 SSD is constructed of a black PCB (printed circuit board), contains the Phison PS5016-E16 PCIe 4 controller along with two Micron 96-layer QLC NAND flash memory chips on either side, each having a RAW capacity of 512GB. There are also two SKHynix DRAM cache memory ic’s for a total cache size of 1024MB. A full list of specifications for all capacities can be found here.
MSRP for the MP600 Core is listed at $154.99 (1TB), $309.99 (2TB) and $644.99 (4TB) and checking Amazon at the time of this report, there appeared to be availability of only the 1TB version and just a bit higher than list price. The MP600 also comes with a 5-year limited warranty which has become the industry standard.