Early on in Computex, Corsair unveiled the new Corsair Force MP300 NVMe 1.3 TB M.2 SSD. Corsair announced the drive during our flight over, so we learned about it at the company's booth where the drive was prominently on display. The Corsair website shows the price ranging from just $49 (120GB) to $320 (960GB).

The drive is up to 3x faster than SATA and designed to help users transition away from the antiquated serial bus that was built for slower media. Specifications for the 3D TLC NAND drives (960GB) are 1600 MB/s sequential read and 1080 MBs sequential writes with IOPS coming in at 240K and 210K respectively. While these are not the fastest NVMe based drives on the market, on paper they are notably faster than the SATA counterparts. 

Yet Corsair's approach to the entry-level SSD market comes at a bad time, with pricing pressure coming from all directions. High-quality SATA SSDs like the Samsung 860 EVO 1TB just hit $250 (and even $150 for a few hours) and mainstream NVMe drives like the Adata SX8200 960GB sell for just $350. Corsair will have a difficult time getting this ship off the ground with current pricing for all but the 120GB model, which sells for dinner money at less than $50. At that price, it's hard not to consider the MP300 for a secondary drive used to ease the load on your primary storage by keeping cold data like movies, music, and even games on the MP300.

Corsair backs the new MP300 with a 5-year warranty, the same as the mainstream NVMe MP500. The new series also comes with support for Corsair's SSD Toolbox software and features a copper sticker that spreads the controller heat to aid in keeping the drive cool under intensive workloads.

The drive is available now in all capacities at the Corsair website. 

Corsair Force MP300 NVMe SSDs
  120 GB 240 GB 480 GB 960 GB
Price (MSRP) $50 $80 $150 $320
Form Factor M.2 2280
Interface / Protocal PCIe 3.0 x2 / NVMe 1.3
NAND Type 3D TLC
Controller Phison PS5008-E8
Sequential Reads / Writes (MB/s) 1520 / 460 1580 / 920 1600 / 1040 1600 / 1080
Random Reads / Writes (IOPS) 80K / 110K 110K / 180K 220K / 200K 240K / 210K
Warranty 5-Years

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Chris Ramsayer contributed to this report.

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  • The_Assimilator - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    You should tell the International Electrotechnical Commission that their units are made-up... and/or get some education. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    Those capacity measurement differences predate Wikipedia and have been a common cause of confusion in the computing industry for quite a few years. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - link

    "120GB model, ... for ... $50. At that price, it's hard not to consider the MP300 for a secondary drive used to ease the load on your primary storage by keeping cold data like movies, music, and even games on the MP300."

    What the Joe?! 50$ to store a couple of movies, which will see exactly zero benefit from NVME? for less than this money you can get a 2 TB 2.5" or 1 TB 2.5" HDD, which is sufficient for cold storage. Or a 320 GB 2.5" HDD for 18€.

    And if you insist on SSD cold storage, simply get the cheapest ones, i.e. 240 GB for the same price or 120 GB for half the price.

    I could see the point of using a MP300 for games, though, as contrary to movies & music they can benefit from the speed.
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  • psychobriggsy - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    Indeed, music and videos should always be stored on large, cheap storage, even if that storage is slow, because loading a 5MB MP3 every 4 minutes is not going to require much in the way of speed or IOPS.

    However the 240GB one of these could be a nice boot drive and active game device, should you not already have an SSD.
    Reply
  • bcronce - Friday, June 8, 2018 - link

    This looks perfect for my next firewall. I hate trying to fit 2.5" SATA drives into the very small case. And good luck finding a decent SATA drive for only $50. Reply
  • dromoxen - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    I dont think its possible for drives makers to just stick an extra few Gb's on their devices due to the way they are addressed and chipped out, e.g. adding a ninth chip when something is addressed over four channels. The only way would be if the chips themselves had extra capacity eg like the mx300 drives came in slighlty odd sizes due to their 384Gb chips , powers of two. Once again , we are dictated to by the fascism of the Binary system. Reply
  • dromoxen - Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - link

    mp300 480gb @ £155 so now $149=£155 ... I'll wait ... Reply
  • andras1 - Monday, February 11, 2019 - link

    The site owner please review the 480GB Corsair SSD M.2 MP300 SSD.
    I would appreciate it. I am especially curious about the power management part, latencies etc.
    Thanks!
    Reply

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