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Corsair launches their mid-range MP300 series of NVMe SSDs

An affordable middle-ground between SATA and High-end NVMe SSDs

Corsair launches their mid-rangeMP300 NVMe SSD

Corsair launches their mid-range MP300 series of NVMe SSDs

Today's SSDs have exceeded the capabilities of the SATA interface for quite some time, so much so that modern NVMe drives can easily offer up to six times the transfer speeds in some workloads. This has quickly created a situation where high-end NVMe drives can command price tags that are several times higher than their SATA counterparts, creating the need for an affordable middle of the road SSDs that can offer a significant speed boost over SATA without the usual price premium if NVMe storage. 

This gap in the market is why Corsair has created their new Force MP300 series of SSDs, offering mid-range NVMe performance that can blitz past SATA drives while providing a compelling price/capacity ratio. To make the Force MP300, Corsair has combined 3D TLC NAND with PCIe 3.0 2x controller, limiting the complexity of the drive to offer a balance between pricing and read/write performance. 

Like most modern SSDs, not every MP300 SSD is created equal, with higher capacities offering increased read and write speeds. Below we can see a 2x increase in Sequential Write performance when moving from 120GB to 240GB capacities, showing how drives with larger storage sizes can better saturate the controller on modern SSDs. 
 
 Corsair Force MP300 Series SSD
Capacity120GB250GB500GB1TB
NAND3D TLC
PCIe lanes3.0 x23.0 x23.0 x23.0 x2
Form FactorM.2 2280
Sequential Read1,520 MB/s1,580 MB/s1,600 MB/s1,600 MB/s
Sequential Write460 MB/s920 MB/s1,040 MB/s1,080 MB/s
4K Random Read110K IOPS180K IOPS220K IOPS240K IOPS
4K Random Write80K IOPS110K IOPS200K IOPS210 IOPS
Warranty5 years
Price$49.99$84.99$154.99$319.99


Corsair launches their mid-rangeMP300 NVMe SSD


While Corsair's MP300 may not offer the same performance levels of its faster MP500 series counterpart, the MP300's pricing more than makes up for this performance shortcoming, making NVMe SSDs a lot more affordable for the mass market.   

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04-06-2018, 16:56:37

RobM
Pci x 2? seems a bit of a devolution than moving fwds, I thought the standard these days was x4Quote

04-06-2018, 17:08:06

Daiyus
I know the Kingston A1000 series only has PCIe x2 as well as I've been looking at getting one. Seems to be a thing for entry level NVMe drives. Depending on actual prices one of these Corsair units could be an option too.Quote

04-06-2018, 17:49:00

WYP
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Originally Posted by RobM View Post
Pci x 2? seems a bit of a devolution than moving fwds, I thought the standard these days was x4
No point using/wasting the extra PCIe lanes if you don't plan to make an SSDs that can offer high enough speeds to make them useful.

The whole point here is that the reduced complexity reduced the controller cost of the drive and makes the device cheaper to produce. 1,600MB/s reads is plenty fast.Quote

04-06-2018, 18:01:16

g0ggles1994
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
No point using/wasting the extra PCIe lanes if you don't plan to make an SSDs that can offer high enough speeds to make them useful.

The whole point here is that the reduced complexity reduced the controller cost of the drive and makes the device cheaper to produce. 1,600MB/s reads is plenty fast.

Yep exactly. Outshines my SATA 2.5" Neutron GTX by a mile and the prices are pretty well matched compared to SATA 2.5" SSDs as well. Although I will point out that the 1TB Model sits not far below the Samsung 970 EVO which has much higher speedsQuote

04-06-2018, 18:06:57

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by WYP View Post
No point using/wasting the extra PCIe lanes if you don't plan to make an SSDs that can offer high enough speeds to make them useful.

The whole point here is that the reduced complexity reduced the controller cost of the drive and makes the device cheaper to produce. 1,600MB/s reads is plenty fast.
Doesn't matter though for most people.

Most people use a CPU with 16 PCI lanes. If you have even X1 controllers the GPU will get bumped down to x8 lanes. So really that argument makes little sense unless it gets run off by the CPU chipset.Quote
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