While enthusiasts are now focused mostly on SSDs with a PCIe 5.0 interface, there are many people who will be just fine with drives featuring a PCIe 4.0 interface to upgrade their PlayStation 5 or PCs bought a few years ago. To address these customers, SSD makers need to offer something that offers the right balance between price and performance. This is exactly what Corsair does with its MP600 Elite devices.

Corsair this week has released a new line of SSDs aimed at the mainstream market, the MP600 Elite. The drives are based on Phison's low-power highly-integrated PS5027-E27T platform, which is geared towards building mainstream, DRAM-less drives. The controller supports both 3D TLC and 3D QLC NAND flash via a four channel, Toggle 5.0/ONFi 5.0 interface, with data transfer rates up to 3600 MT/s. Meanwhile host connectivity is provided via a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface.

With its MP600 Elite SSDs, Corsair is not trying to offer the fastest PCIe Gen4 drives on the market, but rather attempts to offer the maximum value for 3D TLC-powered 1 TB, 2 TB as well as 4 TB configurations. The drives will offer sequential read performance of up to 7,000 MB/s and write performance of up to 6,500 MB/s, as well as random read and write speeds of up to 1,000K and 1,200K IOPS respectively, which is not bad for a PCIe Gen4 SSDs.

To maximize compatibility of its MP600 Elite drives (and make it compatible with Sony's PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Slim), Corsair offers them both with a tiny aluminum heatspreader and an even thinner graphene heatspreader.

The main idea behind the Corsair MP600 Elite is its affordability: it does not require DRAM or a sophisticated cooling system, which optimizes the manufacturer's costs. Meanwhile, Corsair offers 1 TB MP600 Elite SSD with a graphene heatspreader for $89.99 and 2 TB MP600 Elite SSD with a graphene heatspreader for $164.99 (whereas versions with an aluminum heatsink are $5 cheaper), which is not particularly cheap. For example, a faster Corsair MP600 Pro LPX 2 TB costs $169.99.

Every drive is comes with a five-year warranty and can endure up to 1,200 terabytes written (TBW).

Source: Corsair

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  • James5mith - Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - link

    Actually that raises a really interesting question:

    How do DRAMless SSDs work in a PS5? I know they work with the OS in Windows to allocate system RAM as a drive buffer.

    But does the Playstation OS support that as well?
  • meacupla - Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - link

    PS5 doesn't support HMB, and instead the SSD uses part of its TLC NAND as a "SLC cache".

    These Gen4 drives are fast enough that not having DRAM isn't all that noticeable in games.
  • PeachNCream - Wednesday, January 31, 2024 - link

    "While enthusiasts are now focused mostly on SSDs with a PCIe 5.0 interface..."

    I'm glad there are a few around that are absurd enough to mindlessly chase the next hyped up thing so they drive the perceived appeal of the previous generation of parts (or several years old consumer electronics) down to a pittance for those of us that are rational about the roles a computer can fulfill. Let them buy googaws and trinkets at a price premium so the rest of us can enjoy financial freedom and additional wealth.
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, February 1, 2024 - link

    The 128 GB Samsung 830 in my desktop is getting a bit old, but still does the job just fine. Yes, I'm reffering to the SSD from 2012.
  • FunBunny2 - Thursday, February 1, 2024 - link

    one wag, thee perchance, remarked a while back that MLC SSDs will out live cockroaches. and the few remaining consumer SLCs (not many, IIRC, were made) until the Big Rip or Big Crunch.
  • Samus - Friday, February 2, 2024 - link

    It's good you didn't have an 840 with the firmware self-destruction or later firmware "fix" that reduced performance to like 80MB/sec or an 850 EVO 1TB with the cursed MEX controller causing random non-detect condition eventually killing the drive or one of the defective batches of 870 EVO's that went out to retail or the...you get the picture.

    Samsung has lost almost every OEM contract and has no design wins in years from OEM's for a reason. They went to shit.
  • PeachNCream - Sunday, February 4, 2024 - link

    "They went to shit."

    Hehe! That's some of the most hillbilly criticism of a corporate entity I've ever seen, but maybe you're right in spite of the colorful, backwoods-y moonshine way of stating it. However, every company has problems with products on occasion so it's also important to consider how things are handled after a problematic product release or post-sale update and view actions through a holistic lens instead.
  • shabby - Thursday, February 1, 2024 - link

    Marketing department is trying to stay relevant before being replaced by ai.
  • darkx132 - Thursday, February 1, 2024 - link

    Give me 8TB gen4 for $400
  • meacupla - Thursday, February 1, 2024 - link

    I'd be fine with 8TB gen3 for $400, so long as it has >2600TB endurance.

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