After reviewing Corsair's awesome Force MP600 Gen4 SSD at the 1TB capacity point, we came away very impressed and crowned it as our flash-based performance champion for AMD's Zen 2 platform. The Phison E-16 powered 1TB MP600 had everything we look for in a tier 1 SSD, except for one thing - high capacity. Something with enough capacity to hold our entire steam library.
More capacity is always better, or is it? Sure, we all want 2TB M.2 SSDs, but with few exceptions we end up trading a fair amount of performance when we go from 1TB class to 2TB class M.2 SSDs. In fact, the last time we can remember a 2TB M.2 SSD being the fastest capacity point of its respective series, was when Samsung's 960 Pro hit the market.
Since then, 2TB capacity M.2 NVMe SSDs have had one thing in common - they are significantly slower than their 1TB siblings. We don't mind a tiny bit slower, but that's not what we've been seeing as of late. There is typically enough of a performance hit to make us think twice about how much we are willing to sacrifice for an extra terabyte of capacity.
We want it all. The best performance, with that glorious additional terabyte of storage built right in. We want it, and now we may have finally found a 3-bit, 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD that gives us the best of both worlds. On our bench today, we have Corsair's version of Phison's E16 PCIe Gen4 x4 SSD. Corsair's Force Series MP600 is an M.2 2280 PCIe Gen4 x4 NVMe SSD available in 500GB, 1TB and 2TB models. Let's dive in and take a closer look:
Corsair protects the MP600 from potential shipping damage by cradling the MP600 in a dense foam carrier. The drive features a substantial all-aluminum heat sink that is attractive and functional. The heat sink really isn't necessary for everyday computing, it is provided mainly for users who run extended heavy workloads. If you need to remove the heat sink it comes off easily, so you can install the SSD under your motherboards integrated M.2 heat sink.
To test how the drive performs without the heat sink we monitored temps as we filled the drive with 798 gigabytes of 80/20 data. Our open-air test bench has zero airflow, so this is close to a worst-case scenario. The controller did heat up 25c more than with the heat sink, but it did not throttle, nor did it reach throttling temps. With this result we are confident that mainstream users do not actually need the heat sink to get throttle free performance.