Corsair MP600 Pro SSD – PS5 EXPANSION GUIDE & TEST RESULTS

PS5 SSD Expansion Testing with the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD

Looking for an SSD for your PS5 that provides a good level of performance, reasonable price and includes a heatsink? Then chances are you have looked at the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD. Whether you are looking at upgrading the SSD on your PS5 because you are running out of space or because you heard that some SSDs can increase load times for your favourite games, it is always going to be sensible to spend a few minutes researching before pulling the trigger and spending hundreds on the Corsair MP600 Pro only to find out that the benefits are negligible or, worse still, actually slow your games down! Equally, you should always factor in that the PS5 is a relatively new console and games developers are still in the early stages of maximizing how much they can do with the CPU, Memory, GPU and (of course) super-fast NVMe M.2 SSD. Therefore the commitment you make on buying an SSD upgrade to your PS5 needs to also factor in that it will still perform well in the years to come. The Corsair MP600 Pro meets a number of the key specifications of the PS5 storage bay, but then again many, MANY SSDs do. So today I want to put this SSD through it’s paces with many games to see how well it compares against the internal PS5 SSD doing the same thing. NOTE – FULL Videos of the testing of the Corsair MP600 Pro that combined cover more than an hour can be found at the bottom of the article. This article primarily covers the load times of games and saves on the PS5 using the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD and how they compare with the internal PS5 loading the same game. If you want to watch the full videos that cover PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro use that feature frame rates, texture swapping, asset management and more, I recommend you watch those videos at the end of this article.

Here is the PS5 internal Benchmark for the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD at the initialization of the system:

What Are the Specifications of the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD?

Before we go through the load time testing of the Corsair MP600 Pro on the PS5, it is worth taking a look at the hardware specifications. Unlike traditional Hard Drives and SSDs that were using the PS3 and PS4 that used SATA connectivity, this new generation of SSD storage using M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 architecture. This is a very, VERY big difference physically, in terms of maximum performance and opens up ALOT of specifications that you should keep an eye on. Aside from the capacity (i.e the amount of data the Corsair MP600 Pro can hold in gigabytes and terabytes) the key ones to factor in when buying an SSD are the following:

  • Controller & NAND – These are the brain of the SSD (handling the transfer of data as quickly and efficiently as possible) and the physical cells on the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD that hold the data. As long as you are using 3D TLC NAND (the industry preferred middle ground for price vs performance), you should be ok. Though the better the quality of NAND, generally the better the performance and durability long term.
  • Sequential Read – This is the reported maximum access speed that the data on the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD can be access when accessing large blocks of data
  • Sequential Write – This is the reported maximum speed that data can be written to the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD. As far as the PS5 architecture goes, this is much less important right now but could become important later in the system’s life as games, services and the level to which the Corsair MP600 Pro can be accessed changes.
  • IOPS – These represent the number of individual operations the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD can handle per second, based on the smallest size possible. Again, not strictly relevant in the PS5 right now because of the way data is largely front-loaded on modern games, but may well impact how larger and evolved worlds and multiplayer games are developed in future
  • TBW, MTBF & DWPD – Terabytes Written and Drive Writes Per Day, these indicate how much the drive is designed to withstand in activity over a 5 year or daily basis (respectively), Before the drive begins to deteriorate in performance or eventually fail. The PS5 will hardly be able to hit these kind of numbers daily BUT these figures will give you a good idea of the lifespan of the SSD beyond 5 years. Given the lifespan of some consoles can cross over a decade, the higher these numbers are, the better!

Here are the official specifications of the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD:

Corsair MP600 Plus

1TB – $199.99, 2TB – $399.99, 4TB – $949.99

PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.4
NAND 3D TLC Micron 96L
Max Capacity 4TB – Double Sided
Controller Phison E18-PS5018
Warranty 5yr
500GB Model N/A
Price in $ and $ N/A
1TB Model MP600-1TB
Price in $ and $ $225 / £185
2TB Model MP600-2TB
Price in $ and $ $435 / £364
4TB Model MP600-4TB
Price in $ and $ $1055 / £915
500GB Model N/A
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) N/A
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) N/A
DWPD N/A
1TB Model MP600-1TB
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 700TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,700,000
DWPD 0.38DWPD
2TB Model MP600-2TB
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 1400TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,700,000
DWPD 0.38DWPD
4TB Model MP600-4TB
Total Terabytes Written (TBW) 3000TB
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF, hours) 1,700,000
DWPD 0.38DWPD
   
Brand/Series Corsair MP600 Plus
500GB Model N/A
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB N/A
1TB Model MP600-1TB
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 5500MB
2TB Model MP600-2TB
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6550MB
4TB Model MP600-4TB
Sequential Read (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 7000MB
Sequential Write (Max, MB/s), 128 KB 6850MB
Brand/Series Corsair MP600 Plus
500GB Model N/A
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 N/A
1TB Model MP600-1TB
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 360000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 780000
2TB Model MP600-2TB
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 660,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 800,000
4TB Model MP600-4TB
Random Read (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 700,000
Random Write (Max, IOPS), 4 KB QD32 650,000

So, now you know the hardware specifications of the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD and you also know that (at the time of writing!) the Corsair MP600 Pro is supported by the PS5 SSD expansion bay.

IMPORTANT – This article contains ALOT of gifs to demonstrate the loading times of the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD versus the internal PS5 SSD, so the page/gifs might take an extra minute to load. Please be patient OR watch the videos of the full testing a the bottom of the page.

Testing the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD with the PS5 – Test Parameters

All of the tests of the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD on the PS5 were conducted in groups of 5 games at a time. In the event of a game arriving on a disc, the full disc data and all current updates were transferred over the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD. The disc might be present, but it is only for system verification and would be an identical setup to the PS5 internal SSD that it is being compared against. The SSD was tested using the latest PS5 Beta Firmware update (3.0 or 3.1 depending on the time of testing as a further update was made available during the widespread testing) and although the supported drives when the SSD expansion feature might change, the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD is fully functioning and supported on the PS5 at the time of writing. So, let’s get started on the testing of each game:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Oddworld SoulStorm Loading Test

This test was loading from the title screen to an early, lighting heavy area of the 2.5D platformer Oddworld Soulstorm for PS5, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Demon Souls Nexus Loading Test

This test was loading from the title screen to the central hub world (Nexus) of Demon Souls, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Demon Souls Archstone 2 Test

This test was loading to the Smithing Grounds of Demon Souls, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Demon Souls Archstone 1 Test

This test was loading to the first main area of Demon Souls, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Ratchet & Clank World Loading Test I

This test was loading to the starting area of Ratchet & Clank Rifts Apart, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Ratchet & Clank World Loading Test II

This test was loading to the first main transitional area of Ratchet & Clank Rifts Apart, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Borderlands 3 Full Loading Test I

This test was loading Borderlands to the Title Screen from the PS5 Main menu on Borderlands 3, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Borderlands 3 Level Load Test II

This test was loading a save game from the title screen to the Pandora World Area, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Resident Evil Village Castle Loading Test I

This test was loading the Castle Area of Resident Evil Village, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Resident Evil Village Stronghold Loading Test II

This test was loading the Stronghold of Resident Evil Village, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – GTA V Full Game Loading Test

This test was loading the Grand Theft Auto V from the PS5 menu to gameplay on the Single Player Mode, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – In Rays of the Light Loading Test I, Outside

This test was loading the outside world area of In Rays of the Light, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – In Rays of the Light Loading Test II, Inside

This test was loading the underground bunker area of In Rays of the Light, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Star Wars Fallen Order Level Loading Test I

This test was loading the Kashkykk area of Star Wars Fallen Order from the title screen, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Star Wars Fallen Order Trial Loading Test II

This test was loading a combat challenge, mid-game, of Star Wars Fallen Order from the title screen, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

PS5 Corsair MP600 Pro SSD Testing – Doom Eternal Level Loading Test I

This test was loading a level in Doom Eternal from the title screen, comparing the Corsair MP600 Pro vs the internal PS5 SSD:

 

Full Corsair MP600 Pro SSD PS5 Test Videos

If you want to see the FULL testing of every PS5/PS4 game with the Corsair MP600 Pro SSD, you can watch the videos below. These tests have been grouped into 5 games per video, with each game being assessed on Loading Times, Frame Rate, Texture swapping, Asset Popping and compared against the exact game being loaded on the PS5 SSD. NOTE – These videos are being edited and published throughout September and October, so if a video is showing as ‘unavailable’ below, it might not be published yet, but should be up shortly!

 

Corsair MP600 Plus

1TB – $199.99, 2TB – $399.99, 4TB – $949.99

PCIe Generation PCIe Gen 4
NVMe Rev NVMe 1.4
NAND 3D TLC Micron 96L
Max Capacity 4TB – Double Sided
Controller Phison E18-PS5018
Warranty 5yr
Corsair MP600 Pro PS5 SSD Test 1

Corsair MP600 Pro PS5 SSD Test 2

Corsair MP600 Pro Review

My Top 5 SSD Upgrades for PS5

 

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    1. You are using the wrong ssd for the PS5! The Corsair mp600 LPX is the correct ssd designed specifically for the PS5. Any other version, you will have random issues and you will not get the write speeds of headroom. I understand you may not have known this but Corsair reissued the newer version for the PS5. Hopefully this helps you out my friend. ????????????❗
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    2. I have 2 x 2TB versions of this and it’s quite comfortable on disk space but with the size of games/media/apps these days, 4 TB isn’t what it used to be. I can’t imagine having less than 2 TB. The write speed is good when its good but it can be a little inconsistent.
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    3. What a huge fuckup by Corsair. Like every other Gen 4 SSD with a heatsink right now, they are all sold out. I was wondering why these were still in stock and you clearly just answered why. They should have known or adapted to the fact that it doesn’t fit inside a PS5 because they would have just sold their batches easily, especially for the price of the 2TB model. I gotta keep looking it seems.
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    4. Please can some one give me some advice on what is the best heatsink to buy in the UK for the Samsung 980 pro 2tb. I have no idea about ssd’s. I don’t care about the cost I just need to order one as my ssd will be here by Wednesday and I already run the beta program. Many thanks
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    5. Thx for the nice comparison mate. Keep up the good work. I just have one question, Is there any reason you gave a better rank to Samsung 980 pro compared to Aorus 7000, even though Aorus has better write and read speed ?
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    6. The drop in FPS in resident evil might not be the ssd. It could. But the game was designed to run off the pos rusted SATA 2 5400 rpm 2.5 inch drives in the base PS4 and Xbox one. And using a SATA ssd on those helps fix the pop issues somewhat. DF already said the rt mode ps5 performance is decent and good enough but nowhere near a solid 60 FPS.
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    7. I’ve noticed that Gigabyte recently released a new firmware update for the Aorus 7000s Gen 4 ssd, from EIFM21.1 to EIFM21.2 with the notes of “compatibility improved for console”. Is is there a noticeable difference or is it a negligible change?
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    8. ● *Corsair MP600 Pro*
      7GB/s
      (*the entire heatsink can be REMOVED & REPLACED* with something low profile like the *ELUTENG*)

      ● *ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70*
      7.4GB/s
      (Can *remove & replace* the Top half of the tall *heatsink*)

      ● *ADATA XPG GAMMIX S70 BLADE*
      7.4GB/s
      (Low profile heat spreader similar to Gigabyte Aorus 7000s)
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    9. Also. There’s a few more SSDs that technically meet the requirements.

      *PNY XLR8 CS3040 (5.6GB/s)*
      *PNY XLR8 CS3140 (7.5GB/s)*
      *Addlink S95 (7.1GB/s)*
      *Adata XPG GAMMIX S70 (7.4GB/s)* (large heatsink ! but top can be removed and replaced)
      *Adata XPG GAMMIX S70 Blade*

      The PNY 3040 (5.6GB/s) has the cheapest 4TB available @ $630.

      Also, Corsair MP600 Pro entire heatsink can be completely removed & replace (does NOT void any warranty). You can use the Eluteng Heatsink.
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    10. Do not record ore test when you download other stuf = you are downloading spiderman ore updates .( have seen the update bar )
      Ps5 framerate drops frames in games even you tube sufers when you download in the background!!!
      So no corect test
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    11. I don’t agree with that data saving part. The internal SSD usually should be empty, except for the savegames and apps. Everyone should avoid installing games on the internal SSD. Use the M2 instead! Think about it, when the internal SSD will fail, well … you can throw your entire console into the trash bin. But if the M2 fails, you can replace it and continue using the console without any problem.
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    12. Hi

      I just got my PS5 on Tuesday and my WD 2TB SSD just today. Haven’t turn on my PS5 but I was wondering if I can install the SSD before I turn on the PS5 for the first time or do I need to update the PS5 first?
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    13. In my PC, samsung 980 pro 1 Tb scores 7200mbps read amd 5100mbps write every single day.. And this is with 58% space used and latest firmware installed.
      Dont know you updated the firmware before using it with PS5.. I’ve been using this drive for over 6 months now( bought 2 in sale for pc and ps5) and its been rock solid..
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    14. If anyone thinks Mark Cerney bought a drive with his tweet is really gullible. Its commercial pr to give confidence that a product fully tested is available. This video suggests firecuda as the top pick. But at the time of this commercial move by Mark Cerney Seagate was not available to buy. Like Robbie says. Make up your own opinion based on what is important to you. For me future proof yourself, 530 no doubt.
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    15. Getting one is the challenge before trying to upgrade it! An I will not get one till they make it in black, fuck taking off some god damn covers, black is what it should of been as the last have been grey or black!
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    16. Sony don’t even quote a recommended write speed for the expansion SSD. It is not as important as the read speed. PS5 games need to read data quickly but they don’t need to write data as often, only to save games. Whether this could be an issue with auto-saves during open world games remains to be seen but I suspect that internal RAM is still used as a cache as that is much faster even than SSDs. No-one knows how fast the console SSD writes on PS5 but my guess is that it is not very fast and much slower than most of these M.2 NVMe SSDs tested here. The only time the write speed will matter is when copying or moving games from and to the expansion SSD and that is something that you are doing going to be doing often on a per-game basis. Consoles read game data 99% of the time.

      The expansion SSD also cannot not be used for saving photos and videos and I suspect that will never change because it is an operating system level feature that Sony can only control from the console SSD storage because that is the same in every PS5. If they allowed video footage to be saved to the expansion SSD then it could cause problems if the SSD’s write speeds are too slow so I do not think Sony will ever change that. Sony still don’t allow for two external storage devices to be connected so transferring data from one drive to another, something very easy to do even on Xbox One X, is not possible on PS5. Sony rarely go above and beyond the call of duty on their consoles unlike Microsoft (who support multiple external drives, background transfers, VRR, ALLM, etc); they typically just stick with whatever works.
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    17. After shelling out $500 for my PS5, about 6 games at $70 each, 3 controllers at about $75 each, charging base for those controllers, external ssd for my PS4 games, and the PS5 headset… I was absolutely NOT looking forward to spending $1,000 on any internal ssd. WD Black it is ????????‍♂️
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    18. No need to upgrade storage on any of these “next gen” consoles since there are only a handful of truly next gen games.
      3 on ps5 and 0 on series x, and they are all single player games.
      After im done I just delete them.
      If i want ti play again i will download again.
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    19. Is there any particular reason you have done nothing at all on the XPG GAMMIX S70 being that it is the best price to performance drive on the market right now?

      The 1TB is $159.99 and the 2TB is $329.99, and 2 weeks ago the 2TB was actually $309.99. Even if you install a slimmer heatsink onto the top of it that only increases the price a small amount. I see all your reviews and info on every other brand that are both more expensive, and do not even test as well in the PS5 in comparison and am surprised.
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    20. I went with the Firecuda 530 1TB for $220 (plus $17 for a heatsink). It’s overkill for a casual gamer like me but it’s not that much more than the other options and I get the best available today. I will never have to worry about speed or durability.
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    21. Little sad to see the Aorus 7000s at the bottom compared to the Samsung, but I can understand. It was no competition for best & I think people personally should either buy a 1 or 2TB drive first for a couple years & then upgrade to a Firecuda unless they have deep pockets. My strategy is get an Aorus 7000s when the firmware releases & save up for a newer model 4TB Firecuda 3 years later.
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    22. Put a blue 3rd party heatsink on my 2tb SN850 for only $8, much cheaper and better then factory Wd heatsink, it’s way overpriced for what it is with very little temp difference. Mark Cerny the PS5 architect chose the WD SN850 black for PS5 expansion for good reason
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    23. Good points. That’s why I find it weird how many people went for Samsung which lifespan will be the shortest and the performance will start to drop sooner. If anything WD is a bit better choice already. It’s not like you’ll wait 5 years and buy a “gen. 5” SSD for PS5 which won’t be able to support it. So you’re getting it probably for your console lifespan meaning at least till PS6 will be released and for many people even longer. That’s plenty of years. That’s plenty of improvements for internal PS5 drive / controller, that’s plenty of improvements of PS5 in general along with game developers learning the platform, how to fully utilize it, push it to the maximum (the same story as with PS4) and the requirements, the load of SSD might change in the future and I am sure it will. Why would anyone risk it for a few lousy bucks. Just get the best you can or wait, the prices will drop temporarily in November/December as they always do.
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    24. Can you tell us in the videos what size drives you are testing? I know the 2tb and up have better performance. I was stoked about getting the firecuda 530 but after your head to head. I’m liking the WD black. But I was thinking of getting firecuda 530 2tb
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