Corsair Force Series MP510 960GB Review
Published: 16th October 2018 | Source: Corsair | Price: |
It is amazing how quickly our storage needs have changed in recent years. For a while our Operating System took up a small amount of space, but didn't really offer any utilities and thus we had big space requirements to do all those daily tasks. Then, for a small period of time, Windows did most we could desire and hadn't bloated particularly, so fast access became more important than raw capacity. Nowadays games are very much the space hog with huge footprints and the rise of digital media sharing has meant that most of us have some form of video and audio editor too.
All of this means that we require our main drives to not only be fast so that they are no longer the choke point in our processing power but also of a good enough size that this 80+GB games such as Assassin's Creed, Forza and the like will fit.
Corsair have long been a significant player in the storage world and their Force Series of drives in particular have found homes in a huge selection of systems. They are reliable enough that we use a Corsair drive in our testing system. We have previously review the Corsair MP500 Force and today sees the release of a refined version that comes with much faster speeds and in a beefier capacity in the form of the Corsair Force Series MP510 960GB. As an NVMe PCI Express 4x drive in the M.2 format there should be more than enough bandwidth to handle even the heaviest demands.
That's what we're here to discover.
The original Force MP500 was very successful with just a slight lack of capacity and absolute speed at the top end when compared to the very best models on the market. The MP510 redresses these issues by boosting the maximum sequential read and write speeds from 3000/2400MB/s to 3480/3000MB/s, on a drive which has twice the capacity of the biggest MP500 at 960GB. With thicker gold on the connection fingers, support for the all-important SMART and in the M.2 2280 format that allows for a larger heat spreader, the MP510 certainly has the features that should benefit its longevity.