Corsair is launching a new round of PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe SSDs based on the latest reference designs from Phison plus Corsair's own heatsink designs. Starting off, the Corsair MP600 CORE is their first PCIe 4.0 SSD with QLC NAND flash memory. This uses the older Phison E16 controller so peak performance only pushes a little bit beyond what would be possible with PCIe 3.0, but it's still a step up from the Corsair MP400.

Corsair MP600 CORE Specifications
Capacity 1 TB 2 TB 4 TB
Form Factor M.2 2280 PCIe 4 x4
Controller Phison E16
NAND Flash 3D QLC
DRAM 1 GB 2 GB
Sequential Read (MB/s) 4700 4950
Sequential Write (MB/s) 1950 3700 3950
Random Read IOPS (4kB) 200k 380k 630k
Random Write IOPS (4kB) 480k 580k
Power Consumption Read 5.6 W 6.3 W 6.0 W
Write 5.7 W 6.8 W 7.4 W
Warranty 5 years
Write Endurance 200 TB
0.1 DWPD
400 TB
0.1 DWPD
800 TB
0.1 DWPD
MSRP $154.99
(15¢/GB)
$309.99
(15¢/GB)
$644.99
(16¢/GB)

We have a sample of the 2TB MP600 CORE in hand, waiting for its turn to run through our new SSD test suite.

Next is Corsair's new top of the line SSD, the MP600 PRO based on the Phison E18 controller and TLC NAND flash memory. The MP600 PRO takes over the top spot from the original MP600, Corsair's Phison E16 + TLC product that launched in 2019 alongside the first AMD Ryzen CPUs to support PCIe 4.0. The new MP600 PRO will be available with either the standard aluminum heatsink, or with a water block in a variant sold as the MP600 PRO Hydro X.

Corsair MP600 PRO Specifications
Capacity 1 TB 2 TB 4 TB
Form Factor M.2 2280 PCIe 4 x4
Controller Phison E18
NAND Flash 3D TLC
Sequential Read (MB/s) 7000 7000 TBD
Sequential Write (MB/s) 5500 6550 TBD
Random Read IOPS (4kB) 780k 800k TBD
Random Write IOPS (4kB) 360k 660k TBD
Warranty 5 years
Write Endurance 700 TB
0.4 DWPD
1400 TB
0.4 DWPD
TBD
MSRP $224.99
(22¢/GB)
$434.99
(22¢/GB)
TBD
MSRP (Hydro X)   $459.99
(23¢/GB)
 

The performance specs for the MP600 PRO are pretty similar to other Phison E18 drives, with 7GB/s reads and write speeds limited more by the flash than the controller. The MP600 PRO will initially be available with capacities up to 2TB, and a 4TB model is coming later. The MP600 PRO Hydro X is only offered in the 2TB capacity, but Corsair is also selling the water block separately as the XM2 for $39.99.

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  • Makaveli - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    I'm not sure who would buy the MP600 Core when the regular MP600 uses the same controller but with TLC instead of QLC.

    As for the E16 running hot its not that bad my MP600 is at 46c right now and when I push it hits about 50c.
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  • at_clucks - Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - link

    Because it's substantially cheaper? (~30%) Reply
  • Billy Tallis - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Phison E16 is still cheaper, on account of being a 28nm chip instead of 12nm. And for a QLC product, using E18 would be a bit of a waste, at least with current QLC NAND. At the moment, Phison isn't doing QLC+E18 reference designs. Reply
  • Small Bison - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Looks like the M600 PRO Hydro X leaked onto the regular Pro below and got its M.2 connector all soggy! Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    lol Reply
  • Billy Tallis - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Sorry about that. Corsair didn't send me links to the high-resolution pictures until after the post went live. I've replaced the potato-quality photos. Reply
  • Small Bison - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Oh, I don't blame ya! For product announcements, you can only work with the photos the manufacturer gives you, after all. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Water cooling an SSD... What's next, water cooling you audio chip? Reply
  • Makaveli - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Generally just adding a heatsink is enough but I this was probably made to go nice with their Hydro X custom loop. Most people will be purchasing the standard model. Reply
  • Operandi - Thursday, January 28, 2021 - link

    Water cool your water cooling. I have no idea what it means but I'm sure marketing can make it work if they throw enough RGBz at it. Reply

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