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Introduction

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Corsair is a US-based peripherals and hardware company founded in 1994. It is now one of the leading manufacturers for gaming gear, with a portfolio spanning nearly every component you need: DRAM memory modules, flash SSDs, keyboards, mice, cases, cooling, and much more.

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The Corsair MP400 SSD is a value-optimized M.2 NVMe SSD based on the combination of a Phison E12 controller paired with QLC flash from Micron. Two Nanya DRAM chips provide a total of 1 GB of storage for the mapping tables of the SSD.

The Corsair MP400 comes in capacities of 1 TB ($110), 2 TB ($230), 4 TB ($600), and 8 TB ($1330). Endurance for these models is set to 200 TBW, 400 TBW, 800 TBW, and 1600 TBW respectively. Corsair includes a five-year warranty with the MP400.

Specifications: Corsair MP400 2 TB SSD
Brand: Corsair
Model: CSSD-F1000GBMP400
Capacity: 2000 GB (1863 GB usable)
48 GB additional overprovisioning
Controller: Phison PS5012-E12S-32
Flash: Intel/Micron 96-layer 3D QLC
IA7HG66AWA
DRAM: 2x 512 GB DDR3-1866
Nanya NT5CC256M16ER-EK
Endurance: 400 TBW
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3
Device ID: Corsair MP400
Firmware: ECFM53.0
Warranty: 5 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$230 / 12 cents per GB

Introduction

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Corsair is a US-based peripherals and hardware company founded in 1994. It is now one of the leading manufacturers for gaming gear, with a portfolio spanning nearly every component you need: DRAM memory modules, flash SSDs, keyboards, mice, cases, cooling, and much more.

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The Corsair MP400 SSD is a value-optimized M.2 NVMe SSD based on the combination of a Phison E12 controller paired with QLC flash from Micron. Two Nanya DRAM chips provide a total of 1 GB of storage for the mapping tables of the SSD.

The Corsair MP400 comes in capacities of 1 TB ($110), 2 TB ($230), 4 TB ($600), and 8 TB ($1330). Endurance for these models is set to 200 TBW, 400 TBW, 800 TBW, and 1600 TBW respectively. Corsair includes a five-year warranty with the MP400.

Specifications: Corsair MP400 2 TB SSD
Brand: Corsair
Model: CSSD-F1000GBMP400
Capacity: 2000 GB (1863 GB usable)
48 GB additional overprovisioning
Controller: Phison PS5012-E12S-32
Flash: Intel/Micron 96-layer 3D QLC
IA7HG66AWA
DRAM: 2x 512 GB DDR3-1866
Nanya NT5CC256M16ER-EK
Endurance: 400 TBW
Form Factor: M.2 2280
Interface: PCIe Gen 3 x4, NVMe 1.3
Device ID: Corsair MP400
Firmware: ECFM53.0
Warranty: 5 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$230 / 12 cents per GB

Packaging

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The Drive

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The drive uses the M.2 2280 form factor, which makes it 22 mm wide and 80 mm long.

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Like most M.2 NVMe SSDs, the Corsair MP400 connects to the host system over a PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface.

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On the PCB, you’ll find the controller and four flash chips; two DRAM cache chips are installed, too.

Chip Component Analysis

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The flash controller is made by Phison, the PS5012-E12S supports QLC and PCI-Express 3.0 x4. It uses eight flash channels and is produced on a 28 nm process at TSMC Taiwan. The main difference to the E12 without the “S” is that the E12S is physically smaller, works with half the DRAM capacity of the E12, and uses a metal case, which helps with thermals.

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The four QLC flash chips are made by Micron, built using 96 layers.

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Two Nanya DDR3-1866 chips provide 1 GB of fast DRAM storage for the controller to store the mapping tables in.

Test Setup

Test System SSD 2021
Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 3300X @ 4.3 GHz
Zen 2, 16 MB Cache
Motherboard: ASUS Prime X570-Pro
BIOS 2606 / AGESA 1.0.8.0
Memory: Zadak Spark RGB, 16 GB DDR4
@ 3200 MHz 16-18-18-38
Graphics: EVGA GeForce RTX 2060 KO 6 GB
Case: DarkFlash DLX22
Operating System: Windows 10 Professional 64-bit
Version 2004 (May 2020 Update)
Drivers: AMD Chipset: 2.07.14.327
NVIDIA: 452.06 WHQL

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TechPowerUp SSD Review Test Group

Price Controller Channels Flash DRAM Interface
ADATA Falcon 1 TB $105 Realtek RTS5762DL 4 TLC / Micron No PCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX6000 Pro 1 TB $105 Realtek RTS5763DL 4 TLC / Micron No PCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB $105 Silicon Motion SM2262ENG 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA Swordfish 1 TB $95 Realtek RTS5763DL 4 TLC / SanDisk No PCIe 3.0 x4
Corsair MP600 Pro 1 TB $225 Phison E18 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
Corsair MP400 2 TB $230 Phison E12S 8 QLC / Micron Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
Crucial BX500 480 GB $55 Silicon Motion SM2258XT 4 TLC / Micron No SATA
Crucial MX500 500 GB $55 Silicon Motion SM2258H 4 TLC / Micron Yes SATA
Crucial P1 1 TB $105 Silicon Motion SM2263ENG 8 QLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Crucial P5 1 TB $130 Micron DM01B2 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Gigabyte AORUS Gen 4 2 TB $370 Phison E16 8 TLC / Toshiba Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB $110 Silicon Motion SM2263EN 4 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
HP EX950 2 TB $225 Silicon Motion SM2262ENG 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston A2000 1 TB $115 Silicon Motion SM2263ENG 4 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston KC2000 1 TB $155 Silicon Motion SM2262ENG 8 TLC / Toshiba Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB $110 Phison E12S 8 QLC / Micron Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 860 EVO 1 TB $110 Samsung MJX 8 TLC / Samsung Yes SATA
Samsung 870 QVO 1 TB $105 Samsung MKX 8 QLC / Samsung Yes SATA
Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB $65 Samsung Phoenix 8 TLC / Samsung Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB $160 Samsung Phoenix 8 MLC / Samsung Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB $215 Samsung Elpis 8 TLC / Samsung Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
Seagate Barracuda 120 1 TB $110 Phison S12 8 TLC / Intel Yes SATA
Seagate FireCuda 510 1 TB $180 Phison E12 8 TLC / Toshiba Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
Team Group MP34 512 GB $66 Phison E12 8 TLC / Toshiba Yes PCIe 3.0 x4
WD Black 2018 500 GB $63 SanDisk 20-82-007011 8 TLC / SanDisk Yes PCIe 3.0 x2
WD Black SN850 1 TB $230 SanDisk 20-82-10035 8 TLC / SanDisk Yes PCIe 4.0 x4
WD Blue NVMe 500 GB $50 SanDisk 20-82-007010 4 TLC / SanDisk Yes PCIe 3.0 x2
XPG Gammix S70 2 TB $400 Innogrit IG5236 8 TLC / Micron Yes PCIe 4.0 x4

 

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