Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD Review

 

I/O Performance

There is little point of having an SSD drive that has blazing sustained reading and writing speeds, if the drive can’t handle reading and writing of small random files. If you intend to use your new
SSD drive to store and run your operating system, then the drive must be able to cope with the many small random files that Windows will write to the drive continually. So I feel it is very important to test how many of these random files that a drive can handle in one second. I believe that anything over 1,000 I/O’s per second would be enough for most users running a consumer grade mainstream PC, and should provide a smooth running system. But obviously, the more I/O’s that a drive can handle, the faster the drive will feel and leave more headroom for those huge multitasking sessions that users sometimes engage in.

The things that I will look at are the total I/O per second and total MB/s.

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Partition alignment and sector boundaries

Windows 10, Windows 7 and Vista will automatically align a partition to 4k boundaries during partition creation, Windows XP won’t. It is imperative that an SSDs partition is aligned. Windows
XP is also restricted to sector boundaries, while Windows 7 will use 4k boundaries if it can. The Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD is 4k boundary aware, and will use these boundaries if possible. Of course it will also remap LBAs for compatibility with the sector boundaries so that the drive can be used with Windows XP.

IOMeter allows us to set the sector boundaries for conducting the tests, and I have therefore set the sector boundaries at 4K, which means the IOMeter tests are valid for Windows 7 and Windows Vista users. XP users will not be able to obtain such results.

I will provide a screenshot of the tests on the review drive for those of you who like to see the actual test result. All the comparison drive results are represented in the form of graphs.

If any of you would like to see a screenshot from any IOMeter test on a particular drive, please feel free to request one, and I’ll post the screenshot in the forum thread.

All the IOMeter tests create a 10GB data set on the target drive, and each test is run for a duration of 3 minutes.

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IOMeter 4K random write test with repeating data.

The first test involves creating continual 4KB random files on the target drive with IOMeter. I use a 4KB file size, as it is believed that Windows will create and modify many of this size of file
constantly in the background during a typical Windows session. It is said that most 4K random writes take place at a queue depth of only one.

Write tests

Queue depth 1

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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD (Queue depth 1)

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The result is outstanding.

Queue depth 4

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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD (Queue depth 4)

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This time the result is very good.

Queue depth 32

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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD (Queue depth 32)

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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD Review

Again the result is very good, but I still would have liked to have seen a higher number.

 

4K random write queue depth profile

For this test I used various queue depths from 1 – 32 to give you an idea how this SSD performs at different queue depths. For a normal desktop user, with lightweight multitasking, the queue depth will rarely rise above 2. For heavy multitasking, the queue depth is unlikely to rise above a value of 8.

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The write performance of the Corsair Force MP510 is very good but it falls behind when compared to the Corsair Force MP500 m.2 drive.

 


 

IOMeter 4K random read test.

If there are many 4k files created, then that must also mean that many 4k files need to be read. This test measures 4k reading performance.

Queue depth 1

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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD (Queue depth 1)

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An outstanding result to begin with.

Queue depth 4

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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD (Queue depth 4)

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Once again the result is outstanding.

Queue depth 32

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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD (Queue depth 32)

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The final result is very good.

4K random read queue depth profile.

This test shows how the review drive scales with increasing queue depths.

Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD Review

The Corsair Force MP510 NVMe SSD shows impressive read performance.

 


 

IOMeter 512KB write test with repeating data.

Sequential writing performance is also very important, and in this test I will be measuring the sequential writing performance of the drive.


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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD – 512K Sequential write with repeating data

Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD Review

The Corsair Force MP510 NVMe SSD gave an outstanding result.

 


 

IOMeter 512KB read test.

This test measures 512k sequential reading performance.

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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD – 512K sequential reading test

Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD Review

The read result, on the other hand, was not that impressive. Still very good but not what I was hoping to see from the
MP510.

 


 

IOMeter Workstation simulation (outstanding I/Os = 64).

When running applications you will find that there is a mixture of small random files and larger sequential files, being created, and read. Not only that, it isn’t just one file at a time. In
this test I measure a simulated workstation pattern, with a queue depth of 64 (threaded).

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Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD – Workstation simulation

Corsair Force MP510 960GB NVMe SSD Review

In the last test the Corsair Force MP510 NVMe SSD delivers an outstanding result achieving 1060MB/Sec.

Summary

The overall performance of the Corsair Force MP510 SSD is excellent. In some tests I did not get the result that I wanted, but overall this is an excellent drive.

Now let’s head to the next page for some real world tests….

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