Corsair MP600 Elite: Unmatched Speed and Value – A Comprehensive Review

The Corsair MP600 Elite is a strong and fast performer among the host memory buffer (HMB) SSDs. It is available with a robust heatsink to prevent thermal throttling, and the heatsink is also affordable at just a $5 surcharge. However, there are limitations in the secondary caching of this drive, meaning its performance might be restricted when writing more than 50GB of large files. Nonetheless, the drive handles smaller data sets and random writes exceptionally well, offering a native write rate of 1.3GBps.

The MP600 Elite is a 2280 PCIe 4.0 x4, NVMe 1.4, M.2 SSD that comes with a Phison PS5027-E27-61 controller and layered TLC NAND. It is backed by a five-year warranty with a 600TBW (terabytes that may be written) per 1TB of capacity rating.

Pricing for the Corsair MP600 Elite starts at $90 for the 1TB version without the heatsink, while the 2TB version with the heatsink is available for $170. The heatsink versions of the drive are particularly cost-effective, making them a good value for the price.

The testing of the MP600 Elite revealed that it performed well in upper echelon of HMB SSDs, ranking 6th out of 15 drives. It showcased strong sequential throughput and 4K testing, although it did show limitations in real-world tests due to the 50GB secondary cache. However, despite these limitations, the drive’s performance was commendable and it stands out for everyday use.