REAL WORLD FILE TRANSFER COMPARISON
For our Real World File Transfer Comparison of the world’s top M.2 NVMe SSDs, we have included nine of the top Gen 3 SSDs tested to date, along with the Gen 4 Corsair MP600. This test is conducted through the transfer of data from one spot on the test drive to another to give us the truest of transfer speed results for that device.
The MP600 squeaked by the Gen 3 Samsung 970 Pro for top spot but it could be argued that either could take that spot, as their results are so close. From my perspective, I had hoped to see a significant difference in data transfer speed from the MP600 here.
REVIEW ANALYSIS AND FINAL THOUGHTS
The Corsair MP600 Gen 4 NVMe SSD is the one of the first Gen 4 SSD available to consumers and Corsair deserves a great deal of credit in marketing this Gen 4 product well ahead of many of its competitors. Credit also has to go to Phison who made this E16 Gen4 controller available long before any other in the industry. This SSD plays a large part in moving the flash industry forward.
Manufacturers has been working in PCIe 4.0 behind the scenes for some time and one of the challenges that was identified right off was the massive heat that accompanied transfer speeds of 5GB/s, especially when we are looking at marketing a M.2 SSD the size of a stick of gum. Corsair made a smart move including the heatsink, and just as importantly, it is great to see manufacturers such as ASRock that have incorporated both passive and active cooling solutions into their motherboards. This picture shows the two Hyper M.2 slots on our ASRock X570 Creator motherboard with the heatsink removed.
Both of these have the M.2 SSD in contact with conducive thermal tape which dissipates the heat to the think aluminum heatsink, but more importantly, the lower of the two has air routed from the fan and around the SSD before being pushed out the left side.
The Corsair MP600 gen 4 NVMe SSD comes has speeds above 5GB/s with both read and write IOPS over 700k, a great five year warranty and pricing comparable to just about any SSD where one would have thought they would price it much higher.
Great job Corsair!