Corsair Force MP500 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD Review

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ATTO & CrystalDiskMark

ATTO v3.05

ATTO is one of the oldest drive benchmarks still being used today and is still very relevant in the SSD world. ATTO measures transfers across a specific volume length. It measures raw transfer rates for both reads and writes and places the data into graphs that can be very easily interpreted. The test was run with the default runs of 0.5KB through 64MB transfer sizes with the total length being 256MB.

ATTO – Corsair Force MP500 M.2 480GB:

Benchmark Results: ATTO showed the Corsair Force MP500 M.2 480GB NVMe drive topped out at 2,982 MB/s read and 2,398 MB/s write in the standard overlapped I/O benchmark. This drive is rated at 3,000 MB/s max sequential read and 2,400 max sequential write, so we are right where we need to be. Seeing 3.0 GB/s read and 2.4 GB/s write speeds is impressive to hit on a single drive as just a couple years ago this was only possible with a RAID setup.  The 16KB read score is abnormally high, but the result was the same no matter how many times we ran the benchmark. 

Benchmark Results: When comparing the Corsair Force MP500 M.2 480GB SSD to nine other models you can quickly see that it does pretty well. In the sequential read test you can see the MP500 doesn’t top out until it reaches the 512KB file size. In the sequential write test it slower than most of the other drives up until about 16KB and then by the 128KB file size it has nearly the fastest sequential write speeds that we have ever seen before from any single consumer drive. At the smaller transfer sizes the performance is behind most of the drives, so that fast sequential write number will only be attainable with larger block sizes. 

CrystalDiskMark 5.1.2 x64

CrystalDiskMark is a small benchmark utility for drives and enables rapid measurement of sequential and random read/write speeds. Note that CDM only supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ) with a queue depth of 32 (as noted) and shows the highest score of five runs.

CystalDiskmark – Corsair Force MP500 M.2 480GB:

Benchmark Results: The Corsair Force MP500 480GB SSD reached 1,450 MB/s read and 1,405 MB/s write in the standard sequential write test and Random 4K performance was 44 MB/s read and 138 MB/s write. When we ran the test again set to 0Fill mode the sequential scores jumped up to 2,591 MB/s read and 2,169 MB/s write. Corsair rates this drive at up to 2,800 MB/s read and 1,500 MB/s write on CrystalDiskMark for sequential performance. It appears that Corsair is using the Q32T1 test results to get that number as we hit close to that in the standard test. 

Let’s look at some other benchmarks!

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