By Mike Clements
Force Series™ MP500 960GB M.2 SSD
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CORSAIR Force MP500 series M.2 SSDs deliver high performance, quick system boot ups, blazing fast transfer speeds and ultimate reliability in a compact form factor. The Force MP500 allows you to access all of your data, load files and launch games up to 4x faster than SATA3 6Gbps SSDs. Available in various capacities, and compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, with no special driver or administrative rights required.
The CORSAIR NVMe PCIE boosts bandwidth, allowing you to access all of your data, load files and launch games with speeds up to 4x faster than the SATA 3.0.
CORSAIR NVMe M.2 SSDs enable a new level of performance in a compact form-factor.
Additional error bit correction and improved data retention while supporting the latest generation NAND.
30um goldfinger thickness improves contact to the motherboard, and provides vibration resistance to ensure reliability in vigorous conditions.
Monitor S.M.A.R.T attributes and SSD health status with support for overprovisioning, secure wipe, disk cloning, FW update and more.
Up to 95% lower power consumption compared to standard HDD’s, resulting in better energy efficiency and longer battery life with laptops.
Much has been written about overprovisioning and its implementation on SSDs. In short, overprovisioning, or OP, is a portion of storage space on an SSD that is reserved for use only by the SSD controller. The three most common uses for this space are wear leveling, the replacement of bad blocks, and read-modify-writes. Overprovisioning serves to help increase both the longevity and performance of SSDs and it is a very common practice among SSD manufacturers.
However, some users would like to be able to buy their SSDs without the built in overprovisioning and make the decision to OP, or not to OP for themselves. They prefer the flexibility of deciding for themselves when to OP and how much space to use based on their specific needs. Corsair has announced and is now offering SSDs without this overprovisioned space.
Corsair SSDs with overprovisioning space typically have used 7% of the total SSD storage capacity. This means that users now have a choice with these new drives to use them with or without overprovisioning. Users can manually overprovision the drives if they wish or, they can leave them at their full capacity with no overprovisioning and enjoy the extra space.
For users of 256GB SSDs, this means they can have an extra 16GB of storage capacity on their drive over the equivalent 240GB overprovisioned SSD. Of course, RAID users will benefit even more as the number of drives is increased.
In reading some of that aforementioned information about overprovisioning, I've found a great deal of very useful information over at Anandtech. Here's a diagram from one of Anand's SSD articles highlighting how overprovisioning works.
To OP, or not to OP. That is the question. Whether tis nobler to the PC performance...
Corsair proudly brings you the Corsair SSD Toolbox. This helpful utility provides users with several powerful and useful tools for use with Corsair SSDs. Let's take a look. Download the Corsair SSD Toolbox HERE.
The Corsair SSD Toolbox will run on:
We have provided a detailed help file which can be accessed by clicking on the question mark symbol shown here circled in red on the upper left side of the screen.
After you select firmware update the tool will scan your drive and check for firmware updates. If there is an update available, the dialogue will prompt you to update the firmware or cancel the operation.
Note: Firmware updates can only be executed when the SSD controller is in AHCI mode. Firmware updating via this toolbox is enabled for The Corsair Series Force 3, Force Series GT, Force Series GS, Neutron Series, and Neutron Series GTX SSDs. Earlier and EOL Corsair drives with firmware updates can be updated manually using the tools supplied on our website.
Note: Corsair recommends that users update their OS drive as attached storage when possible. Some systems will require the SSD to be disconnected briefly before the new firmware version will appear in the Drive Information window.
Additional functions can be activated with the column of buttons down the left side of the toolbox. Corsair is now producing SSDs that do not have factory overprovisioning. For users that desire to manually overprovision their drives, we have provided a function for this. Overprovisioning your drive can contribute to maintaining better performance and adding longevity to your SSD.