We didn’t expect a new style of packaging for Corsair’s SSD, but it’s surely a refreshing thing to see. It shipped in a black-themed container with hints of yellow around it. In front, an image of the product is displayed along with its name, primary features, and compatibility.
For additional details about the product, you can find them on the sides and rear of the package.
The package is durable enough to protect the SSD inside. Corsair included a foam container to ensure that the MP600 PRO LPX SSD is safe while in transit.
We looked at the contents of the package for this Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD review. Inside, the SSD only came with a quick start guide for your reference.
Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Review – Design and Functionality
When it comes to the design, the MP600 Pro LPX sports a pre-installed sleek and stylish-looking heatsink. Speaking of which, it has a low-profile aluminium heat spreader that looks classy. That means, you won’t need a third-party heatsink and just slot the SSD into your PS5’s storage expansion bay.
It was easy to do. Just remove the console’s faceplate, unscrew the storage expansion bay’s protective plate before slipping the drive in place.
Prior to creating this Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD review, we’ve already seen several PS5-compatible SSDs around. But as far as we know, the MP600 PRO LPX is the first that’s specifically optimised for the PS5’s requirements. This is in terms of both firmware tweaks and physical design.
This SSD is powered via the Phison E18 controller. And upon checking for our Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD review, it’s the same version on the regular MP600 PRO. Additionally, the NAND flash chips on this product are Micron’s newer and faster 176-layer 3D TLC.
And as expected from a high-end SSD, it comes with a DRAM cache as well. Specifically, it’s a 2GB DDR4 from Hynix.
Key Features of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD
If you want to know more about what this SSD can do, we’ve got your back. In this section, we’re giving you a list of all the key features that make this SSD stand out.
The Best SSD for PS5
The MP600 PRO LPX features a compact M.22280 form factor, making it compatible with the PS5. It also exceeds the performance requirements of other PS5 M.2 for a convenient storage upgrade.
Expand Your Game Library
Increase your console’s storage with the MP600 PRO LPX so you can store more games. Aside from the 1TB version we’re reviewing, you can choose other storage capacities such as 500GB, 2TB, and 4TB.
Enjoy speeds as fast as 7,100MB/s sequential read and 6,800MB/s sequential write. That’s thanks to the MP600 PRO LPX’s PCIe Gen4 technology that allows smoother and faster loading of large game files.
Reduce Throttling Significantly
With the pre-installed low-profile aluminium heat spreader, it helps disperse heat and reduce throttling. As a result, it maintains your SSD’s high performance, no matter how intense your gaming session is.
Built to Last
The high-density 3D TLC NAND provides the best combination of endurance and performance. This feature maintains the MP600 PRO LPX’s optimum performance for years.
Non-stop Gaming with Certainty
Our Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD review also confirms that this product comes with a comprehensive 5-year warranty. Plus, it’s supported by long-term customer support for your peace of mind.
As mentioned, the MP600 PRO LPX we have for our Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD review has a 1TB capacity. Plus, it comes with SSD Smart Support too.
This product is light at 0.034kg while sporting an M2 2280 form factor. And, the MP600 PRO LPX measures 80 x 23 x 11mm.
The SSD has a PCIe Gen 4.0 x4 with a maximum sequential CDM read of up to 7,100MB/s. For total sequential write CDM, it’s up to 5,800MB/s.
Additional specifications for the MP600 PRO LPX include the presence of 3D TLC NAND technology. When it comes to its power, it uses 3.3V, +/-5% and has an endurance of 700 TBW.
The SSD’s MTBF is 1,600,000 hours with < 3mW for its DEVSLP PS4. Lastly, the MP600 PRO LPX has an AES 256-bit encryption.
Hands-on with the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Review
Before sharing our hands-on experience with the MP600 PRO LPX, we will talk about Corsair’s software. Here, we’ll give you an idea about what it does. We’re also sharing what its features are so you know what to expect once you download it.
SSD Toolbox Software
Just like all the other SSDs from Corsair, the MP600 PRO LPX is serviceable with the company’s SSD Toolbox software. With this software, you can easily perform tons of useful functions like cloning your SSD.
It can also aid with secure erase, drive health, temperature monitoring, disk usage, total read/writes, and updating firmware. Additionally, the SSD Toolbox software also allows for drive optimisation.
The software runs on Windows XP SP3, Vista, 7, and 8. It also works with Server 2008 including both 64 and 32-bit versions. Plus released Service Packs on Microsoft’s file systems are also included.
It supports SSD drives running on AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA chipset-based systems. These have TRIM-capable storage drivers on SATA host controllers that operate on both AHCI and IDE modes. These also include SSDs linked via USB ports using the SAT-capable enclosures and cables.
Features of SSD Toolbox
The SSD Toolbox comes with a range of features. Some are exclusive for Corsair’s SSDs, while others work with other drives. Let’s find out what the software offers:
The Drive Information Tool
This displays the basic information of all the drives in your system. The details you’ll see include the serial number, drive model number, firmware, drive size, supported features, and ATA. You’ll also find information about the drive temperature, as well as the total host reads/writes.
Additionally, if the drive chosen is a Corsair SSD, you will get the chance to check its latest firmware version. If there’s a new firmware version available, you will have the option to download then install the latest version.
The SSD Toolbox’s overprovision tool allows allotting a part of the SSD’s free space to be used by the controller. This is within Corsair’s specific guidelines.
With the over-provisioned space, the drive lets the controller maintain the SSD drive’s longevity and performance. Take note that this is only enabled for Corsair SSDs.
S.M.A.R.T. Status Tool
S.M.A.R.T. stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology. This tool shows the current overall S.M.A.R.T. status and individual attributes of the drive. You can use this feature for all drives installed in your system.
Disk Clone Tool
Disk Clone Tool copies the contents of your chosen source drive to the selected destination drive. It will only be enabled if SSD Toolbox detects a Corsair SSD as the source or destination drive.
Also, keep in mind that the destination drive must have the same or larger capacity as the source drive.
Optimise (TRIM) Tool
The Optimise Tool issues TRIM command. It sends information to the SSD regarding data blocks that are no longer in use. Regularly using TRIM helps the SSD maintain maximum performance, and you can run it manually or set an automatic schedule.
Secure Wipe Tool
Secure Wipe allows you to securely delete a drive’s entire contents. It places the drive in its original unformatted RAW state without file systems. After a secure wipe, you can no longer recover the data on your drive. For safety, the Secure Wipe tool doesn’t allow deleting the contents of your boot drive.
Now, our Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD review will focus on the performance of this specific SSD. We used it for more than a week, so we’ll share how it fared during our tests.
Performance of the Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD with the PS5
We first tested this SSD with our PS5 since we wanted to know if it’s as good as claimed. Before anything, we have to mention that Corsair used a good thermal solution for the MP600 PRO LPX.
Also, since it sports a standard size, it worked perfectly even when we installed it into our PC.
During our thermal stress test, we weren’t able to get the drive to thermally throttle. This is all thanks to the energy-efficient design of Phison’s controller. As for the heatsink, it worked amazingly too.
With 72°C of temperature, the drive didn’t get any warmer, which is great since we usually get much higher results. And because of that, we didn’t have to worry about thermal throttling on our PS5.
Technically, thermals aren’t a huge deal on the Playstation 5. That’s because of its adequate passive airflow build. But of course, it’s better to always have better cooling for devices.
After we installed it on the PS5, we had a full 1TB of storage space. Then, the speed rates we got were at 6,318 MB/s. The games we tried were very quick to load, move, or install. Plus, it was much faster compared to stock storage.
We tried moving multiple PS5 games to the MP600 PRO LPX. To our surprise, all of these loaded and ran flawlessly.
Of course, its performance will always depend on the size of the games.
For the load times, it was much better. However, during our actual gameplay, we didn’t notice much of a difference compared to the console’s stock storage.
Overall, it still worked well with the PS5 and we were happy with how it performed.
Performance of the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX with PC
Next, we tried the SSD with our PC. On Windows, after we formatted the drive, we had around 930GB left of free space.
During our tests, the SSD performed amazingly. Transfers and reading files, loading games, and booting the system was noticeably quick with the MP600 PRO LPX.
When we copied files, the speed range we received was around 1,560 MB/s. However, it should be noted that this depended on the size of the files we coped.
Corsair MP600 PRO LPX SSD Review Summary
Corsair has been well-known for manufacturing premium SSDs. The company’s latest SSD, the MP600 PRO LPX, is an impressive addition to their portfolio. It works fast for both PC and PS5 while staying cool during intense and demanding gaming sessions.
Unlike other SSDs, the MP600 PRO LPX meets all of the compliance specifications of PS5. Plus, it has a pre-installed heatsink so it’s ready for installation once out of the box. This makes it an excellent choice for storage expansion if you’re looking for ways to have a larger gaming library.
Even when the heatsink’s size is reduced, it stays cool under heavy loads. Plus, you can use it for both PC and PS5.
With its performance, it’s easy to recommend the MP600 PRO LPX. Although it isn’t the fastest nor cheapest PS5 SSD on the market, it offers great and notable performance. Plus, it also offers us plug-and-play convenience.
Overall, we highly recommend the MP600 PRO LPX. It’s a high-performance drive that works excellently while offering convenience and flexibility.
To get your hands on this product, you can purchase it via Corsair’s official website.