Topic: Storage Drives
I wouldn't say M.2 slot SSD's are becoming mainstay just yet, but you do see several big name manufacturers create their version NVMe SSD, many system builders are starting to include it in their computers as their main boot drives. Quietly you have Corsair, which make all things storage and memory enter the NVMe SSD market.
Corsair introduces to the technological masses their new M.2 slot SSD, the MP500 Force Series product line. The MP500 storage drive is embedded with Toshiba'own 15 MLC, this particular controller is operated and run by the Phison PS5007-E7. Phison, the controller, are widely popular, they have controllers in several NVMe SSD's that's currently on the market. The the MP-500 sticker that you see is placed on a layered copper heat dissipating material that keeps the storage drive nice and cool.
The NVMe is PCIe SSD falls in the SATA 3.0 architecture, so expect a blazing fast bandwidth that's 4 x times faster than most hard drives that fall in the SATA 3.0 category. Like all hard drives, because it is an actual hard drive, you can access to all of your data and have the ability to rapidly load any file that's stored, perfect for those who want to engage in gaming.
Peaking my interest is not the drive itself, but the Corsair SSD Tool Box software. It includes S.M.A.R.T monitoring technology and displays SSD health status. The software also allows you to securely wipe your drive and disk cloning. The software also allows you to upgrade the firmware.
The gum stick size storage drive comes in three storage capacities, 120GB, 240GB and 480GB, with retail pricing going as follows in accordance to Amazon: $84 ( 120GB), $134 (240GB) and $254 (480GB). The Corsair Force MP500 M.2 slot NMVe storage drives are now readily available for consumer purchase.