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Corsair MP500 Force 240GB & 480GB M.2 SSD Review



IOMeter is heavily weighted towards the server end of things, and since we here at HWC are more End User centric we will be setting and judging the results of IOMeter a little bit differently than most. To test each drive we ran 5 test runs per HDD (1,4,16,64,128 queue depth) each test having 8 parts, each part lasting 10 min w/ an additional 20 second ramp up. The 8 subparts were set to run 100% random, 80% read 20% write; testing 512b, 1k, 2k,4k,8k,16k,32k,64k size chunks of data. When each test is finished IOMeter spits out a report, in that reports each of the 8 subtests are given a score in I/Os per second. We then take these 8 numbers add them together and divide by 8. This gives us an average score for that particular queue depth that is heavily weighted for single user environments.

This is one test that really does prove that PHISON, and by extension Corsair, are handicapping the smaller capacity models by not using enough onboard RAM cache. Of course, home users will not care one whit about excellent workstation type performance but enthusiasts will. As such the 480GB model is the wiser choice. In either case both capacity versions can indeed keep up with Intel and Toshiba. Just expect the 480GB to be much better at it.

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