Corsair MP600 Core 2TB Review

Corsair has given the MP600 two siblings. The relationship shows that this is also a PCIe 4.0 SSD. The Corsair MP600 Core of this test represents the entry point for the faster standard, so to speak. It is very similar to the MP600 but uses QLC instead of TLC NAND. The following text of the 2 TB model should show how this affects the performance.

In addition to the MP600 Core, the manufacturer also presented the MP600 Pro. All three model variants use the same passive cooler but in different colors and prints. Also, the manufacturer has presented a Hydro X version of the Pro, which is equipped with a water cooler. This is also available separately so that the MP600 Core could also be submerged in water at a later date.

As mentioned in the introduction, the MP600 Core relies on QLC NAND, like the Corsair MP400. Like this, it should be an entry-level device. Nevertheless, the capacity starts at 1 TB and ends at 4 TB. This probably also has to do with the fact that the SSD can only develop its speed properly when enough NAND is connected. You can see that very well in a direct comparison of the MP600 Core models. Even when reading, the SSD is slower at 1 TB by 200 MB / s. With sequential writing, it is even 750 MB / s that it will lack for the next expansion stage.

Corsair MP600 Core
capacity 1TB 2TB  4TB
interface
PCIe 4.0 x4
 Lesen
 4700 MB/s 4950 MB/s  4950 MB/s
Write
 1950 MB/s 3700 MB/s  3950 MB/s
 IOPS 4K  200k/480k  380k/580k 630K/580K
 Speicher  3D-NAND QLC
 Controller Phison E16
 Cache 1GB 2GB
 TBW 225 TB 450 TB  900 TB
 UVP 159,99€ 319,99€ 649,99€

Corsair MP600 Core 2TB im Detail

What they have in common with the MP600 is not only the cooler but also the controller. She also relies on the Phison E16, which is, so to speak, a drilled E12 to be able to operate the PCIe 4.0 interface. The Phison E18, which is installed on the MP600 Pro, can then significantly increase the performance. Like the E12 (S), the E16 can also handle QLC NAND. The Core uses the same (IA7HG66AWA) as the MP400, at least if you compare the two 2 TB models. In contrast to the PCIe 3.0 SSD, the memory chips are installed on both sides, which is because the E16 is larger than the E12S and doesn’t leave enough space.

The NAND is joined by two 512MB DDR4-2666 cache from SKhynix (H5AN8G8NCJ). The MP400 is still set to DDR3, but also 1GB. A Corsair MP510 with 2TB, on the other hand, gets 2GB. It could be that you want to make a distinction between entry-level and performance classes, or it is technically nonsensical.

To have the exact differences between the current SSDs of the manufacturer at hand, the following table was created with the 1TB models. As you can see, the speed advantage over the MP400 is great when reading, but not too much when writing. Compared to the MP510, there is only an advantage when it comes to reading, while the PCIe 3.0 SSD is even faster when writing. This is sometimes due to the NAND or the expansion stage. As a 2 TB model, the MP600 Core is faster in both disciplines. Compared to the MP600 and MP660 Pro, however, it clearly has to admit defeat. The Phison E16 can also pull this out.

 MP400   MP510   MP600 Core  MP600
 MP600 Pro
interface
PCIe 3.0 x4 PCIe 4.0 x4
Read
3480 MB/s 3480 MB/s 4700 MB/s  4950 MB/s 7000 MB/s
Write
1880 MB/s 3000 MB/s 1950 MB/s  4250 MB/s 5500 MB/s
 IOPS 4K 190k/470k 610k/570k 200k/480k  680k/600k  660k/800k
Storage  3D-NAND QLC  3D-NAND TLC  3D-NAND QLC  3D-NAND TLC
 Controller Phison E12S Phison E12 Phison E16  Phison E18
 Cache 1GB
 TBW 200 TB 1700 TB 225 TB 1800 TB 700 TB

The real disadvantage of the QLC NAND can be seen in the TBW value. The durability of the 2 TB model is 25TB higher than that of the identical chips of the MP400, but with just 225TB you feel a bit reminiscent of the early days of SSDs. The values of the MP510 and MP600 with TLC NAND, on the other hand, seem like they are from another world. But Corsair can’t help it, the lower durability goes hand in hand with the functionality of the cells. The fact that the MP600 Pro is also much less durable cannot be fully explained. Maybe they age faster due to the higher speed. Because, for example, a Western Digital WD_Black with similar (or the same) equipment is only specified with 600TB TBW.

Our data carrier test system for measurements

To be able to test the Corsair Force MP600 properly, the substructure had to be replaced. The ASUS Prime B350-Plus has been replaced by the MSI MEG X570 ACE and the AMD Ryzen 3 1300X by the AMD Ryzen 7 3700X. This change was initially retained because the changes to the previous platform are only minor.

Cache and temperature test

As always, the AIDA64 benchmark is used to find the size of the SLC cache. In the beginning, the data carrier is completely blank or freshly formatted. Then it is written sequentially with 128kb blocks. As you can see, the MP600 Core with 2TB cannot keep the write performance for too long. After ~ 2% the static SLC cache seems to be full. After that, only a third of the original speed is available. Until the data carrier is ~ 33% full, the speed remains constant. Then it drops again significantly so that not even 10% of the original performance is achieved.

The previous test and the following benchmarks were carried out with airflow towards the SSD. The temperature fluctuated between an idle temperature of 25 ° C and a maximum temperature of 38 ° C. Whether the cooler fulfills its intended function was tested without a fan. To do this, repeat the same process as above. The idle temperature is then 28 ° C and gradually increases to 71 ° C. The throttling that can be seen below started at a readout of 68 ° C. The difference isn’t that huge. However, the 150-200 MB / s less ensures that you end up at the SATA3 level.

Benchmark: AS SSD

Now we come to an interesting test that uses random data to perform. This allows the performance that the user can expect in everyday life to be measured earlier. But first a short word about the AS SSD benchmark, which is only intended for determining the performance of SSDs.

In addition to measuring the read and write speeds of random data (not particularly easy to compress), there is also a copy benchmark available that depicts three scenarios: ISO, program, and game. In any case, the files (ISO: 2 large files; program: many small and a few large files; game: many large and few small files) are written and read on the SSD at the same time. Further information on this benchmark can be found on our data carrier test system page.

It was to be expected that the Corsair MP600 Core would cut a good figure in sequential reading and writing. It follows the Corsair MP600 and Seagate FireCuda 520, which use the same controller, but TLC NAND. The fact that it keeps up despite QLC NAND is due to the pseudo-SLC cache. When working with random 4K size, the performance remains very high, or rather it secures first place when reading. When writing, it ends up on the same level as the MP600 and MP510. It loses a bit of ground with the queue and, interestingly, has to admit defeat to the MP400. However, the gaps are relatively small and the AS SSD benchmark shows a slight inaccuracy.

In the copy tests of the benchmark, the SSD shows itself to be relatively independent of the data size and structure used. It is just behind the top, which should be guaranteed thanks to the fast interface. Overall, it has a similar performance to the MP600.

In addition to the AS-SSD benchmark, we use the Crystal Disk Mark benchmark. Any type of data storage device can be tested with Crystal Disk Mark. You can choose between easily compressible data and random data. A difference to the AS-SSD benchmark is the selectable size of the text file, which means that you can use different sizes of USB memory sticks, for example. Further information on this benchmark can be found on our data carrier test system page.

The sequential test of the Crystaldiskmark opens the specifications of the data carrier. It is just above expectations when reading, and just below expectations when writing. When writing, the Seagate FireCuda 510 with PCIe 3.0 interface almost overtakes it. When it comes to 4K reading, it cuts a very good figure again, but it cannot dethrone the XPG S820 Pro. In writing, it falls on the level of a Viper VPR100 RGB and Corsair MP510 but does not lag behind the front runners from Seagate. Good performance can also be determined with a short queue. However, the MP400 cannot be caught here when writing.

Benchmark: PCMark 8 Storage

Who doesn’t know it – the PCMark 8 from Futuremark. It can be used to carry out practical benchmarks, whereby the results can be compared with other systems worldwide on the Futuremark website. For our measurements, we only use part of the available options, namely the area system storage suite.

The MP600 Core does not pass the PCMark 8 Storage test quite as easily. It even ends up behind the MP400. The faster connection is therefore not an advantage here. Of the PCIe SSDs in the test environment, only the Drevo Ares and Corsair MP300 with PCIe 3.0 x2 are even slower. Also, the distance to the SATA SSDs is no longer very large.

Benchmark: IOmeter mixed workload

We are convinced that in the future it will be difficult to determine the performance of SSDs using simple benchmarks such as AS SSD, ATTO, or Crystal Disk Mark. The working methods of modern semiconductor drives have become far too complex, so that the results with the aforementioned benchmark programs allow a fundamental comparison of different models, but offer little informative value regarding long-term use and daily work performance.

In our tests, however, we want to examine precisely these properties in as much detail as possible, which prompts us to perform another benchmark using the Iometer. We want to consider the so-called “mixed workload”. This is understood to mean the performance of an SSD when loaded with different ratios of reading and write accesses at the same moment.

Depending on the type of use, the ratio of reading and write load on an SSD varies, which is reproduced here. A normal workload while surfing the Internet could be 65% / 35% (read / write), with an action shooter tending towards 95% / 5% (read / write). If you copy a file with the source and target on the same drive, this corresponds to a 50% / 50% load, because the same amount of data that has to be written is read beforehand.

The measurement is carried out in several steps, starting with a 100% reading performance without writing performance. The following steps are then in the ratio of 95% to 5%, 65% to 35%, 50% to 50%, 35% to 65%, and 5% to 95% until the final step with 0% reading performance to 100% Writing performance has been achieved. Four workers who access the SSD at the same time are created in Iometer. The sum of the performance of all workers gives the result shown in our graph.

The performance of an SSD can ultimately be described as good if the ratio between reading and writing, which corresponds to the self-defined use, is as high as possible. To do this, however, the user must be clear in advance what this deployment will look like. The ideal SSD, which could meet every need, would therefore form a constant straight line from start to finish, which, however, will not happen from a technical and economic point of view (customers and manufacturers).

The performance curve of the Corsair MP600 Core in the IO-Meter benchmark is a bit surprising and has not been seen in any other way so far. The SSD reads more slowly if it does not write at the same time. The performance increases up to an imbalance of 5% to 95% and the performance only drops minimally when you are just writing. That already fits the specified IOPs, which show a strong imbalance with 380k to 580k, but it is still a bit strange if you compare the result with the MP400, for example. The Corsair MP600, for example, offers a much more consistent result.

Conclusion

To be able to launch an entry-level SSD with a PCIe 4.0 connection on the market, Corsair uses QLC NAND on the MP600 Core. This is actually cheaper than TLC NAND because it has a higher density due to the way it works, but the durability is also lower. Compared to the MP400 with PCIe 3.0, the SSD can increase by 25TB to 225TBW, an MP600 with TLC NAND 3600TBW specified with the same volume. So you feel a little bit back in the early days of SSDs, but the specified, speculated durability also needs to be filled first.

The NAND is also noticeable in terms of speed. With an active SLC cache, the variant with 2 TB can put all PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSDs in its pocket, but without this, it is significantly slower. But even Corsair can not change that. To counteract at least a reduction in temperature, a massive cooler is installed even on the “smallest” model in the series. The SSD should never run into its limit with a slight airflow. Without this, the end of the SLC cache ensures a slower writing speed beforehand.

The price of the Corsair MP600 Core is difficult to classify because the market is quite flexible. So there is currently a Sabrent Rocket NVMe 4.0, for example, only slightly more expensive, but offers the performance of the MP600 and this is also not far in terms of price. The price advantage of the QLC NAND is hardly noticeable, even with a Gen4 SSD. In the longer term, however, the price could slide a bit, so our guess. The product itself is absolutely not bad and also gets our recommendation, currently or in comparison only a little too expensive.

Corsair MP600 General Summary

Corsair MP600 To summarize, we see that it has very good features in terms of design, price and performance. Corsair MP600, which has given a successful performance compared to its competitors in this segment, has not received any serious complaints from its users until now and has given its users confidence with maximum positive feedback. With the Corsair MP600 2-year warranty, it continues to support any problem after the sale and does not suffer the user.

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