MSI Spatium M470 1 TB Review 1

MSI Spatium M470 1 TB Review

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MSI is a world-leading hardware manufacturer that is mostly famous for their graphics cards, motherboard, and laptops. In addition to these, MSI also offers monitors, peripherals, cases, and power supplies. With such a complete lineup, it's not surprising that MSI is entering the SSD market now.

The Spatium M.2 SSD Series by MSI was announced a few weeks ago, and today, we're proud to be among the first sites to get you a review of these new solid-state drives.

With the Spatium lineup, MSI focuses on PCI-Express 4.0. Two drives are available at this time, the Spatium M470 (this review) and Spatium M480 (our review, also posted today). These will be joined by a third PCIe Gen 3-based drive in the coming weeks.

The Spatium M470 is based on the Phison E16 controller paired with 96-layer TLC NAND flash from Toshiba. Going by the number "4" in "M470," you probably already guessed right that the SSD uses the PCI-Express 4.0 interface, which doubles the theoretical bandwidth over PCI-Express Gen 3. Two DDR4-2400 DRAM chips provide 1 GB of memory for the mapping tables of the SSD.

The MSI Spatium M470 comes in capacities of 1 TB ($189) and 2 TB (pricing unknown). Endurance for these models is set to 1600 TBW and 3300 TBW respectively. MSI includes a five-year warranty with the MSI Spatium M470 SSD.

Specifications: MSI Spatium M470 1 TB SSD
Model:SPATIUM M470 PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2
Capacity:1000 GB (931 GB usable)
24 GB additional overprovisioning
Controller:Phison PS5012-E16
Flash:Toshiba 96-layer 3D TLC
DRAM:2x 512 MB SKHynix DDR4-2400
Endurance:1600 TBW
Form Factor:M.2 2280
Interface:PCIe Gen 4 x4, NVMe 1.3
Device ID:MSI M470 1TB
Warranty:5 years
Price at Time
of Review:
$190 / 19 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

While most other M.2 NVMe SSDs transfer data over the PCI-Express 3.0 x4 interface, the MSI Spatium M470 connects to the host system over a PCI-Express 4.0 x4 interface, which doubles the theoretical bandwidth.

SSD Teardown PCB Front
SSD Teardown PCB Back

On the PCB, you'll find the controller, four flash chips, and two DRAM chips.

Chip Component Analysis

SSD Controller

The PS5016-E16 from Phison was one of the first controllers with support for PCI-Express 4.0. It is considered "first generation PCIe 4.0" because newer, more modern controllers offer significantly improved performance.

SSD Flash Chips

The four TLC NAND flash chips are made by Toshiba, built using 96 layers.


Two Hynix DDR4-2400 chips provide 1 GB of fast DRAM storage for the controller to store the mapping tables.

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
Lexar NM620 1 TB$160Innogrit IG52164TLC / MicronNoPCIe 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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