Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD Review: ‘Seamless Integration’

Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD Review: ‘Seamless Integration’


We’re just over a year into the life of the PS5 and I’m already overwhelmed by storage anxiety. Every time there’s a new 50-100 GB AAA game to download, I dread having to juggle games around to a slow HDD or delete them outright. Thankfully, for those who can pay for the privilege, third parties like Corsair have a solution in the form of super-fast SSDs. This is a review of the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD. 

Easy install

Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD Review

The review process started with installing the 2TB version of the SSD into the PS5. While I’m a seasoned PC builder, it’s still nerve-wracking to install a very small (and expensive) component inside of a system. However, so long as you are careful, installation should go perfectly smoothly. 

You remove the bottom panel of the PS5, unscrew the SSD cover, take out the mounting screw, insert the SSD with a simple push, then replace the mounting screw to hold the SSD in place. It’s that simple and I felt silly for worrying about it. 

I should note that this drive does come with a heatsink attached and it fits perfectly inside of the PS5. No worries at all there!

First boot

Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD Review

Following the installation, it was time to boot up the PS5. Upon that boot, the PS5 prompts you to format the new storage device and test its speed. I was greeted with a 6,600 MB/s read speed, well above the 5,500 MB/s minimum demanded by Sony.

This high speed is what’s required to match the same level of performance as the internal PS5 SSD. Corsair’s SSD gets close enough to earn access to next-gen features like instant loading. This means you can download, install, and play PS5 games all from the new SSD, which is not possible with slower HDDs. 

The whole 2 TB

Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD Review

Viewing the newly-installed SSD in the Storage settings showed me the entire 2 TB size available for my own games and media. This isn’t like the PS5’s internal storage which says “825 GB” on the box despite there only being 667 GB available for games. No, you install a 2 TB SSD and you get that 2 TB to fill up with games and other content.

Naturally, I immediately started downloading a wide array of PS5 titles. I needed to fully test the SSD to make sure there were no perceivable differences between it and using the internal SSD. 

Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD Review

From Returnal and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart to Elden Ring and Marvel’s Spider-Man, I installed a range of titles to put this SSD through its paces. 2 TB is a lot of storage; over three times that of the internal PS5 SSD, so it holds a lot of content. Even the dreaded Call of Duty: Warzone was no match for it! 

I’m happy to say that performance differences between the PS5’s internal SSD and Corsair’s SSD were imperceptible in my many hours of testing. I could tell no difference between them, both in terms of loading times and general performance.

Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD Review: The final verdict

Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD Review

Starting at $109.99 for the 500 GB model, the Corsair MP600 Pro LPX SSD is competitively priced and comes with a good 5-year warranty, but it is still expensive relative to the PS5 system itself. My 2TB model, for example, currently comes in at $339.99 (down from $369.99 RRP). Compared to HDDs, the price per TB is obviously way up there, but the super-fast speed is required to run PS5 games off the drive. If you can invest, the convenience is very nice to have.

For those coming to this review wondering if the performance of this SSD makes for a seamless PS5 experience, I can give you a hearty “Yes!” Therefore, if the price is right for you, it’s a worthwhile expansion. 

MP600 Pro LPX SSD 2 TB review unit provided by Corsair.

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