Corsair Force MP500 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

Corsair Force MP500 480GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review

Corsair's Force Series MP500 M.2 NVMe SSD is the most robust Phison E7-powered SSD to date. Follow on as we see how it does.

Jon Coulter
Published Mon, Feb 27 2017 11:48 AM CST   |   Updated Thu, Jul 30 2020 4:20 PM CDT
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Corsair

Introduction, Drive Specifications, Pricing, and Availability

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Phison E7-controlled NVMe SSDs are taking the enthusiast market by storm. We would venture to say that the E7 is the most popular third-party NVMe controller on the market. Phison controllers are among the industry's most reliable with integrated features like End-to-End Data Path Protection, SmartECC, SmartRefresh, SmartFlush, GuaranteedFlush, advanced wear-leveling and garbage collection.

Phison uses a different business model than most controller manufacturers. Most purveyors of SSD controllers sell the controller only, Phison supplies the whole SSD in the configuration of your choice. Buyers simply add their branding and sell the SSD as their own. This has proven to be a business model that is very popular because it allows vendors to deliver a proven product without needing an in-house engineering team or product assembly line.

Corsair is a company that caters to the enthusiast community. They have a well-documented history of delivering a bit more than the competition. Their newest SSD, the Force Series MP500, is no exception. There are a lot of E7-powered SSDs on the market, but Corsair's Force Series MP500 utilizes the highest-grade Toshiba 15nm flash. The MP500 is a premium product and as such costs a bit more than competing E7-powered SSDs with lesser components. Additionally, the MP500 is the first E7 drive to utilize a sleek looking black PCB which will compliment any color scheme.

The premium nature of the MP500 goes a step beyond just the major components. The MP500 is the first of its kind to employ a thermal label. The label on the MP500 has several layers to it, including a copper layer that facilitates heat dissipation. In fact, the MP500 is the first M.2 E7-powered SSD to have the label applied to the drive's controller. This should be very effective because the E7 controller has an exposed die. The label makes direct contact with the controller die, so it is very efficient at dissipating heat generated by the controller. Samsung was first to introduce a thermal label with their 960 Series SSDs, but that label does not contact the controller.

Now that we've covered the reasons why Corsair's Force Series MP500 is the most premium E7-powered SSD on the market, let's check out the performance.


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The Corsair Force Series MP500 M.2 x 2280 NVMe SSD is available in three capacities: 120GB, 240GB, and 480GB.

  • Sequential Read (ATTO): up to 3,000 MB/s
  • Sequential Write (ATTO): up to 2,400 MB/s
  • Sequential Read (CDM): up to 2,800 MB/s
  • Sequential Write (CDM): up to 1,500 MB/s
  • Max 4K Random Read Speed: up to 250,000 IOPS @ QD32
  • Max 4K Random Write Speed: up to 210,000 IOPS @ QD32
  • Endurance: up to 698 TBW
  • MTTF: 2 Million Hours
  • Warranty: 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • Active Power Consumption:
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The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a Phison E7-powered SSD that has a bit more to offer than the rest, then Corsair's Force Series MP500 is just the ticket.

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Jon became a computer enthusiast when Windows XP launched. He was into water cooling and benching ATI video cards with modded drivers. Jon has been building computers for others for more than 10 years. Jon became a storage enthusiast the day he first booted an Intel X25-M G1 80GB SSD. Look for Jon to bring consumer SSD reviews into the spotlight.

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