Corsair Announces Force MP500 M.2 NVMe SSD Family, Its Fastest Ever

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Corsair is kicking its solid-state drive (SSD) business into high gear with the announcement of the brand new Force MP500 SSD family. The SSDs have a PCIe Gen. 3 x4 M.2 2280 interface and use a Phison PS5007-E7 NVMe controller, making them up to five times faster than SATA 6Gbps SSDs.

In its own testing, Corsair says that the Force MP500 is good for sequential read speeds of 3000 MB/sec and sequential write speeds of 2400 MB/sec. That puts the Force MP500 in good company, as Samsung’s SSD 960 Pro offers sequential reads and writes of 3500 MB/sec and 2100 MB/sec respectively. The Samsung SSD 960 EVO, for reference, is rated at 3200 MB/sec and up to 1900 MB/sec respectively. 4K read speeds are rated for up to 250,000 IOPS, while random 4K write speeds are listed at up to 210,000 IOPS.

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The SSDs are compatible with the Corsair SSD Tool Box (which allows you to securely wipe the drive and monitor its health) along with SmartECC, SmartRefresh and SmartFlush technologies to make sure that data corruption is kept at bay and that NAND flash wear leveling is employed to extend drive life.

As you would expect, the SSDs are compatible with Windows, Linux and macOS, and should have no problem installing in any laptop (or desktop motherboard) with an M.2 connector. The Force MP500 SSD family is available in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities priced at $110, $170 and $325 respectively. All of the SSDs in the family come with a three-year warranty and are available for purchase right now.