Corsair MP600 M.2 SSD
(credit: Corsair)

On Thursday, Corsair introduced its new MP600 series of high-speed SSDs. In total, there are three new PCIe 4.0 drives to choose from: the MP600 Core, MP600 Pro, and MP600 Pro Hydro X Edition.

The new drives feature an M.2 2280 NVMe form factor and come in multiple drive sizes. The MP600 Core is available in 1 TB, 2 TB, and 4 TB capacities. It also provides up to 4,950 Mbps read speeds along with 3,950 Mbps write speeds. That said, the Core models are nothing compared to what the MP600 Pro drives offer. Powered by Phison’s latest PS5018-E18 controller, the MP600 Pro and Pro Hydro X will feature up to 7,000 Mbps for sequential read speeds and 6,550 Mbps for sequential write speeds.

 

 

Take advantage of the Corsair MP600 series

While each drive offers something for consumers, what makes the MP600 Pro Hydro X so unique is that it comes with a built-in water block attachment. This attachment allows for easy insertion into any liquid cooling loop.

Corsair MP600 pricing in USD
MP600 Core1TB: $154.99
2TB: $309.99
4TB: $644.99
MP600 Pro1TB: $224.99
2TB: $434.99
MP600 Pro X Hydro2TB: $459.99

Now, why would you want to liquid cool an SSD? The thinking behind it is that by cooling the drive, you’ll increase the longevity of the speed of the drive. While it won’t change the maximum writes, it should keep the drive working at top speeds for longer periods of time before cooling down. As far as getting the full performance out of the new interface, users will require newer PC builds.

This is because the Corsair MP600 drives feature PCIe Gen 4. You’ll need a motherboard and CPU that both support the feature. As of writing, that means you’ll need either a B550 or X570 motherboard along with an AMD Ryzen 3000 or Ryzen 5000 CPU. Of course, you can always hold off until Intel releases its 11th gen Rocket Lake S chips later this quarter.

If you just can’t wait, you can pick up the Corsair MP600 Core now. The MP600 Pro is also available now at 1 TB and 2 TB capacities. The 4 TB drive will arrive in the near future. If you want the Hydro X, you can pick that up with a storage space of 2 TB.

Mike Straw
Michael Straw is a gamer who just happens to be an experienced journalist. In his near decade-long career, Mike has covered some of the biggest events in the world from E3 to the NFL Draft. He was once the second-ranked player in the world in NHL 09 on Xbox Live, and is a trained professional wrestler. In addition to being the Hardware Editor of PCI, Mike is also the Managing Editor of Sports Gamers Online.

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