With the MP600 Pro XT, Corsair is releasing its fourth generation of MP600 SSDs. If sequential throughput stagnates around 7 Gb / s, random access skyrockets. The brand also uses a new fairly large heat sink.
And four for Corsair MP600s. After a first generation that debuted the PCIe 4.0 interface, Corsair had rolled out its series in the entry-level with the MP600 Core and in the high-end with the MP600 Pro. For the 4th version, Corsair opted for the MP600 Pro XT designation.
At first glance, we might think this is just a minor evolution of Corsair’s high-end SSD. The theoretical throughput in sequential transfer does not change significantly compared to those observed on the MP600 Pro. On the other hand, the one on the sequential accesses made an impressive leap, enough to give clues on the chips used – Corsair remaining discreet on this subject in its technical documentation.
The manufacturer has thus reiterated the use of a Phison PS5018-E18 controller, as on the “classic” MP600 Pro. On the other hand, the Micro 3D NAND TLC memory is this time of the latest generation. Cells are stacked in 176 layers, compared to 96 layers on the lower series. The endurance of these chips seems excellent, with Corsair guaranteeing up to 700TB of write for the 1TB version, 1.4PB (petabyte) for the 2TB version and up to 3PB on the 4TB version. This within the limit of 5 years on the first of the two expired terms.
In passing, the dissipator evolves. With a design a little more worked than before, it is still as large, giving a height of 19 mm to the MP600 Pro XT. Too bad, this size prevents it from being used in a PS5 – SSDs must not exceed 11 mm in height to be able to be housed in the Sony console. A “Hydro X” version is also available on the entire series. The aluminum heatsink is swapped for a water block. Rather practical for those who aim for full liquid cooling on their computer.
The pricing is obviously quite high for this high-end series. On the manufacturer’s website, the launch price is € 219.99 for the 1TB MP600 Pro XT, € 439.99 for the 2TB one and, finally, € 1079.99 for the ultimate version which offers 4 TB of storage space. Prices, however, quite close to those observed on the Seagate FireCuda 530 series, whose controller and memory chips are identical.
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