Corsair MP400 2 TB Review 2

Corsair MP400 2 TB Review



Corsair Logo

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.

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
Capacity:2000 GB (1863 GB usable)
48 GB additional overprovisioning
Controller:Phison PS5012-E12S-32
Flash:Intel/Micron 96-layer 3D QLC
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
Warranty:5 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$230 / 12 cents per GB


Package Front
Package Back

The Drive

SSD Front
SSD Back

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

SSD Interface Connector

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

SSD Teardown PCB Front
SSD Teardown PCB Back

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

Chip Component Analysis

SSD Controller

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.

SSD Flash Chips

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


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
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:

TechPowerUp SSD Review Test Group
ADATA Falcon 1 TB$105Realtek RTS5762DL4TLC / MicronNoPCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX6000 Pro 1 TB$105Realtek RTS5763DL4TLC / MicronNoPCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA SX8200 Pro 1 TB$105Silicon Motion SM2262ENG8TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
ADATA Swordfish 1 TB$95Realtek RTS5763DL4TLC / SanDiskNoPCIe 3.0 x4
Corsair MP600 Pro 1 TB$225Phison E188TLC / MicronYesPCIe 4.0 x4
Corsair MP400 2 TB$230Phison E12S8QLC / MicronYesPCIe 4.0 x4
Crucial BX500 480 GB$55Silicon Motion SM2258XT4TLC / MicronNoSATA
Crucial MX500 500 GB$55Silicon Motion SM2258H4TLC / MicronYesSATA
Crucial P1 1 TB$105Silicon Motion SM2263ENG8QLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Crucial P5 1 TB$130Micron DM01B28TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Gigabyte AORUS Gen 4 2 TB$370Phison E168TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 4.0 x4
HP EX900 Pro 1 TB$110Silicon Motion SM2263EN4TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
HP EX950 2 TB$225Silicon Motion SM2262ENG8TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston A2000 1 TB$115Silicon Motion SM2263ENG4TLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Kingston KC2000 1 TB$155Silicon Motion SM2262ENG8TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Sabrent Rocket Q 1 TB$110Phison E12S8QLC / MicronYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 860 EVO 1 TB$110Samsung MJX8TLC / SamsungYesSATA
Samsung 870 QVO 1 TB$105Samsung MKX8QLC / SamsungYesSATA
Samsung 970 EVO 500 GB$65Samsung Phoenix8TLC / SamsungYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 970 Pro 512 GB$160Samsung Phoenix8MLC / SamsungYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Samsung 980 Pro 1 TB$215Samsung Elpis8TLC / SamsungYesPCIe 4.0 x4
Seagate Barracuda 120 1 TB$110Phison S128TLC / IntelYesSATA
Seagate FireCuda 510 1 TB$180Phison E128TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 3.0 x4
Team Group MP34 512 GB$66Phison E128TLC / ToshibaYesPCIe 3.0 x4
WD Black 2018 500 GB$63SanDisk 20-82-0070118TLC / SanDiskYesPCIe 3.0 x2
WD Black SN850 1 TB$230SanDisk 20-82-100358TLC / SanDiskYesPCIe 4.0 x4
WD Blue NVMe 500 GB$50SanDisk 20-82-0070104TLC / SanDiskYesPCIe 3.0 x2
XPG Gammix S70 2 TB$400Innogrit IG52368TLC / MicronYesPCIe 4.0 x4

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