With the MP300, Corsair is seeking to offer an ‘entry level’ NVMe drive that fills a gap in performance and price between SATA drives and ‘premium’ NVMe drives. From a performance point of view, Corsair has achieved its objective. However, from a price point of view, it appears to have so far failed when compared to its 64 layer 3D, NVMe competitors.
Here is our summarised view of the latest NVMe drives we have reviewed –
NVMe drives Comparison Summary
The summary includes the following factors:
- The best price for the nearest to 0.5 TB version of the drive, as found on amazon.co.uk or scan.co.uk at the time of publishing (Samsung 970 EVO 500GB – £149.99, Adata SX8200 480GB – £116.52, Corsair MP300 480GB – £134.98) converted to a price per GB.
- Endurance – the amount of data that can be written to the drive within a 5 year period and for the drive to remain in warranty, stated as the number of GB that can be written per GB of the drive’s user capacity. So, for example, the Samsung 970 EVO 1TB is warranted for 600TB of writes and the GBs that can be written per GB of user capacity is 600,000 / 1,000 = 600GB.
- The Sequential Writes and Reads and Random 4K Writes and Reads results, from our OakGate FOB Tests
- The PCmark8 ‘Real World’ Storage Benchmark score
- The Anvil Synthetic Benchmark score
The best result for each factor is highlighted in green. Other drives will be added to the NVMe Comparison Summary as we move forward.
Some observations on the Comparison Summary to date –
The Samsung 970 EVO wins in most of the performance benchmarks, but the SX8200 hits back hard with sensational low queue depth random results, making the SX8200 an excellent system drive.
It’s interesting to note that the difference in the PCMark8 Storage benchmark results is relatively marginal and this suggests to me that the user experience of each drive would be very similar – or to put it another way I very much doubt that a user could tell the difference.
The Samsung 970 EVO has good endurance for a consumer drive (To my knowledge, and curiously, Adata hasn’t stated an endurance level for the SX8200 and Corsair hasn’t stated an endurance level for the MP300).
There’s not much in the pricing but it is clear that Corsair currently offers little or no price advantage, and to make an impact on the market; and open a new ‘entry level’ market segment, I feel they need to.
So, which drive would I choose? The first thing to declare is that I would be happy with any of them but, if forced to make a choice, I would choose the SX8200.
I found the Corsair MP300 240GB listed on scan.co.uk for GBP £75.98.
I am pleased to award the Corsair MP300 our rating of ‘Good’.