Corsair MP600 Elite Series is the Swiss Army Knife of SSDs

I would have preferred a DRAM version.

Corsair MP600 Elite M.2 SSD with white heatsink installed on a motherboard.

Corsair has launched its MP600 Elite M.2 SSD series, targeting every machine that can house a 2280 M.2 format. This includes desktops, laptops, and even consoles, all while delivering high performance.

The MP600 Elite Series will be available in 1TB and 2TB capacities using high-density 3D TLC NAND. Corsair will eventually offer a 4TB model later in April. The brand offers each one barebone or with a black or white heatsink. Since they operate at Gen 4 speeds, all variants are efficient enough that they don’t need a dedicated cooler. The compact heatsink works just fine. Go without, and it’ll fit right inside Sony’s PlayStation 5 consoles.

I also like Corsair’s attention to detail with the matching black screw on the black model. The only thing left is a white PCB on the white model. Though to be fair, in most cases, the SSD won’t even be visible enough to discern such details.

Corsair MP600 Elite M.2 SSD.

I know, I know. Who cares what it looks like under the hood? You just want to know what performance you’ll get out of it. The brand claims up to 6,200MB/s write for the 1TB model and 6,500MB/s for the 2TB, alongside 7,000MB/s read speed for both. Regarding 4KB random write, we have up to 1 million on the 1TB and 1.2M on the 2TB, with 1M read IOPS on both capacities. These are excellent numbers, pushing the Gen 4 M.2 interface to its limits.

Corsair MP600 Elite M.2 SSD with black heatsink.

The MP600 Elite lineup is fairly close to Samsung’s 990 Pro SSDs, which are just a smidgen faster and more expensive. The drive uses HMB instead of a DRAM cache, which may cause it to slow down quicker than its competition during sustained writing. As usual, we can’t tell you for sure without reviewing for ourselves.

Corsair MP600 Elite M.2 SSD with white heatsink.

Corsair prices the MP600 Elite Series as follows, backed by a five-year warranty:

  • MP600 Elite 1TB without heatsink at £84.99 / €99.99 / $89.99
  • MP600 Elite 2TB without heatsink at £159.99 / €184.99 / $164.99
  • MP600 Elite 1TB with heatsink at £94.99 / €104.99 / $94.99
  • MP600 Elite 2TB with heatsink at £164.99 / €189.99 / $169.99
Corsair MP600 Elite M.2 SSD against a white background.

Corsair MP600 Elite 2TB

“The Corsair MP600 Elite provides PC-boosting PCIe 4.0 storage performance capable of reaching sequential read speeds of up to 7,000MB/sec and writes of up to 6,500MB/sec.

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