Corsair has introduced its first ever SSD in an M.2-2230 form-factor that is aimed at ultra-compact systems like Valve's Steam Deck as well as Microsoft's Surface Pro 8 and 9. The MP600 Mini drive delivers 1 TB of storage space and strong performance in a miniature package.

Corsair's MP600 Mini is based around Phison's E21T controller mated with 3D TLC NAND memory (according to Tom's Hardware) and is rated with an up to 4,800 MB/s sequential read/write speed as well as an up to 850K/1.1M random read/write IOPS. The SSD consumes about 4.3W on average and comes with a simplistic graphene heatspreader, which makes it compatible with the vast majority of systems out there.

Since Corsair's MP600 Mini uses a PCIe 4.0 x4 interface, it will shine in the vast majority of modern laptops and hybrid PCs. Though as far as Valve's Steam Deck is concerned, keep in mind that it uses a PCIe 3.0 x4 interface, so the MP600 Mini won't get to fully stretch its legs there in terms of throughpt.

Corsair MP600 Mini Specifications
Capacity 1 TB
Form Factor M.2 2230
Interface PCIe Gen4 x4, NVMe 1.4
Controller Phison PS5021-E21T
Sequential Read 4800 MB/s
Sequential Write 4800 MB/s
Random Read 850k IOPS
Random Write 1100k IOPS
Endurance 600TBW
Warranty 5 Years
Power Active 4.3 W
Idle 5 mW

The market for retail M2.2230 SSDs has traditionally been a small one, owing to the limited use of the drives in user-upgradable machines. However the recent launch of the Steam Deck in particular has kicked up significant demand for these SSDs – especially high-performance drives befitting a game console. So Corsair's MP600 Mini is a welcome addition to the space. 

Corsair currently sells its MP600 Mini directly for $110, which might seem expensive for a 1 TB drive, but keeping in mind that we are dealing with a pretty fast model that comes in an M.2-2230 form-factor (a rare combination), the price is consistent with similar drives.

Source: Corsair

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  • ToTTenTranz - Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - link

    $110 for a PCIe4 1TB 2230 is a steal compared to the PCIe3 2230 1TB models from Samsung and Kioxia that were almost "purpose built" for the Surface Pro and saw their retail prices skyrocket due to demand for Steam Deck upgrades.

    This is a very welcome alternative for both the Steam Deck and the Asus ROG Ally.
  • Tunnah - Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - link

    That's a decent price considering this is kinda niche/not high volume. These purpose built drives (I know it's not strictly that) tend to come with a serious price premium.
  • dontlistentome - Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - link

    Yeah, it's just that lag as new form factors take off. I suspect 2230 will be the mainstream SSD standard for laptops 2-3 years from now as it's so easy to package. 2280 will be for workstation type devices that need more than the 4TB 2230 will be at by then.
  • alawadhi3000 - Saturday, April 29, 2023 - link

    Nowhere near a steal, SN740 1TB with similar specs can be had for ~$75.
  • antonkochubey - Wednesday, April 26, 2023 - link

    Framework Marketplace also has a 2TB 2230 drive (WD SN740, seems to be OEM-only) for $199, if higher capacity is required. IIRC that's the only 2TB 2230 on the market.
  • Rinny - Thursday, April 27, 2023 - link

    It's $299 now.
  • HardwareDufus - Monday, May 1, 2023 - link

    Now if a Raspberry Pi 5 were released in 2024 that utilized this in lieu of SDMicro!!

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