We ran HWiNFO to monitor drive temperatures throughout our entire benchmark session and marked the idle temps and highest drive temps achieved.
The Intel Optane 900P ran the coolest as it is a PCIe expansion card that receives cooling from case fans. All other drives used the ASUS ROG DIMM.2 module, which is passively cooled with large heat sinks.
This is our first review of a new series that is kicking off with the Corsair Force MP600 Gen4 NVMe SSD. It is strikingly superior to our Gen3 NAND SSD line up, with Intel Optane SSDs still showing benefits in some areas. The difference compared to the Gen3 NAND SSDs is amazing. We ran our previous test bench OS image using the Samsung PM961 and the Intel Optane 900P, which felt good, but the MP600 blows these older Gen3 SSDs away in system response. It is a no brainer moving to new Gen4 SSDs like the Corsair Force MP600 if you have a Gen4 capable platform. Currently, that means to get this type of performance, you need to be on AMD since Intel still does not have Gen4 capable systems.
We do like the ease in removing the attached heat sink for users who want to use motherboard cooling solutions. Corsair includes the Toolbox for updating drive firmware and other tasks without needing to use the CLI for Windows users.
The best part of switching over to Gen4 NVMe SSDs is the price point. Currently, the Corsair Force MP600’s range in price from $124.99 for the 500GB drive, $184.99 for 1TB. If you need even larger capacity, the 2TB drive is $369.99. Consider the Intel Optane 900P is $396.42 for 280GB and $549.99 for the 480GB drive.
If you are on a PCIe Gen4 platform and have a PCIe Gen4 M.2 slot, moving to a Gen4 SSD is the way to go so long as you do not need server features like PLP.