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Corsair MP700 Pro 2TB PCIe 5.0 NVMe SSD Review

How Much Does it Cost?

The Corsair MP700 2TB M.2 PCIe Gen 5 NVMe SSD/Solid State Drive is available on Scan for just £275.99 and comes with read and write speeds of 10,000 MB/s. Scan also includes a Free Xclio iCold-007 Pro Low Profile M.2 Heat Sink worth £9.99. However, if you want the Pro version, which we tested today, and which runs both faster, and comes with its more premium heatsink, then it is a little more expensive at £204.99 for the 1TB and £339.99 for the 2TB with the air cooler. However, you can get it without the heatsink for £194.99 and £319.99 respectively, and again with the Hydro X liquid cooling system, only available as the 2TB version for £339.99.

Overview

This is one of the easiest reviews I’ve written in a while, as it’s just so damn good, that I have nothing to pick fault with. I mean, I guess I could argue that it is expensive, and I’m sure we would all buy one if it were a lot cheaper, but at the end of the day, you get what you pay for. Corsair promised flagship performance, and that’s exactly what it delivered.

What I am surprised by is just how close we got to the theoretical maximum speed of the drive. Choices like what CPU you are using, your RAM speed, the quality and features of your motherboard, and even the overall ambient temperature can all affect drive performance, but we pretty much maxed out the drive on every benchmark run without fail. Of course, I suspect the powerful included cooler has a lot to do with this.

Keeping a drive like this cool is not easy, they can easily get to 100c+ with sustained read and writes. Unless your motherboard has a decent heatsink system, or you have your own aftermarket cooling, I strongly suggest using the cooler that comes with the Pro version, as it’s very good at what it does. The only downside of the cooler is it is rather chunky, so it wouldn’t fit in a laptop or console for example.

Overall though, it really is the sum of its parts, with the latest Gen 5 E26 controller from Phison, four 512GB High-Density 3D TLC NAND, and 4GB Hynix DRAM, all of which make it one of the most powerful and feature-packed SSDs to ever hit the market.

Should I Buy One?

It may not be cheap, but it’s pretty much the hyper-car of the storage world right now. If you want your games to load in record time, faster system booting, or even just deal with large file transfers for your workstation, video edition and game development, it really is a huge performance increase, even for those coming from a fast Gen4 drive, the performance upgrade is pretty significant.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's (but not for long), I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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