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

By: Jon Coulter | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 27, 2017 5:48 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: Corsair

Moderate Workload Model

 

We categorize these tests as indicative of a moderate workload environment.

 

PCMark Vantage - Hard Disk Tests

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.2.0.0

 

The reason we like PCMark Vantage is because the recorded traces are played back without system stops. What we see is the raw performance of the drive. This allows us to see a marked difference between scoring that other trace-based benchmarks do not exhibit. An example of a marked difference in scoring on the same drive would be empty vs. filled vs. steady state.

 

We run Vantage three ways. The first run is with the OS drive 75% full to simulate a lightly used OS volume filled with data to an amount we feel is common for most users. The second run is with the OS volume written into a "Steady State" utilizing SNIA's consumer guidelines. Steady state testing simulates a drive's performance similar to that of a drive that been subjected to consumer workloads for extensive amounts of time. The third run is a Vantage HDD test with the test drive attached as an empty, lightly used secondary device.

 

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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OS Volume 75% Full - Steady State

 

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Secondary Volume Empty - FOB

 

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There's a big difference between an empty drive, one that's 75% full/used, and one that's in a steady state.

 

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The important scores to pay attention to are "OS Volume Steady State" and "OS Volume 75% full." These two categories are most important because they are indicative of typical of consumer user states. When a drive is in a steady state, it means garbage collection is running at the same time it's reading/writing.

 

The MP500 and the BPX perform about the same in this testing. The rest of the test pool, except for the 600p, all deliver better performance when running in a steady-state.

 

 

PCMark 7 - System Storage

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 1.4.0

 

We will look to Raw System Storage scoring for evaluation because it's done without system stops and, therefore, allows us to see significant scoring differences between drives.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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PCMark 7 more accurately represents real-world performance than does Vantage. This time the BPX outperforms the MP500. The MP500 outperforms the 960 EVO and both Intel offerings. It is also important to note that the MP500 does not have the benefit of a dedicated driver.

 

 

PCMark 8 - Storage Bandwidth

 

Version and / or Patch Used: 2.4.304

 

We use PCMark 8 Storage benchmark to test the performance of SSDs, HDDs, and hybrid drives with traces recorded from Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and a selection of popular games. You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. Unlike synthetic storage tests, the PCMark 8 Storage benchmark highlights real-world performance differences between storage devices.

 

OS Volume 75% Full - Lightly Used

 

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PCMark 8 is the most intensive moderate workload simulation we run. With respect to moderate consumer type workloads, this test is what we consider the best indicator of a drive's performance.

 

In a real-world setting, the MP500 delivers the goods. The MP500 edges out the BPX and essentially ties the 960 EVO 1TB. We would really like to see Phison offer a dedicated NVMe driver.

 

The Windows 10 NVMe driver is especially bad. When we run an alternative NVMe driver, E7-powered SSDs become competitive with OCZ's powerful RD400. We aren't going to elaborate on what "alternative" NVMe driver we used, other than to say you can force any NVMe driver onto any NVMe SSD through the device manager.

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