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Corsair SSD M.2 NVMe Force Series MP500 240 GB Review

Introduction

This type of drives requires having a modern PC, either a desktop one or a laptop, but they are the best example of what the new storage technologies have to offer, which are also available for more affordable home PCs. Using the Corsair Force Series MP500 means making a major qualitative leap for any PC, and Corsair makes it easy with an affordable drive, sporting features that are most sought after by home users, that can be adapted to any PC by having the right format.

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M.2 and NVMe

A PCI Express unit is considerably more powerful than any SATA SSD. Not only in terms of data transfer rates, but also in terms of data processing capabilities. This type of units offers you a look into the storage future, where mass storage will keep most traditional interfaces, but they will run on PCI Express as their main interface, such as Intel’s Thunderbolt, and they will have protocols inherited from professional systems, such as NVMe.

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Two major improvements have merged on these SSD models. We have the M.2 (in its different variants), which is a small and versatile interface that offers support for legacy SATA interfaces and high speed PCI Express interfaces with a bandwidth of up to 32 GB/s for now. This interface is an evolution from the mSATA that we used to see in some small motherboards and in many laptops that dared using the SSD as their main system drive some years ago.

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Best SSD 2018 Buying Guide: properties to consider when buying

The SSDs are one of the most interesting components to consider when buying a new computer or updating a current one. In the latter case, either by replacing the magnetic hard disk or by installing a SSD next to it.

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The advantages of the SSD over conventional hard drives are diverse, but especially they provide a much higher performance in time access, speeding up OS startup, application opening and the transfer of data.

Since they are based on NAND flash memories, the lack of moving parts in a SSD provides advantages like being almost noiseless as also presenting very low heat emission and power consumption. The improvement on the latest generations made them robust and reliable, having an Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) very similar to the one of a conventional hard disk.

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MSI GE72MVR APACHE PRO-001 Review

With the new MSI GE72MVR APACHE PRO-001, MSI’s line of gaming laptops is seeing a new addition. This model comes with a 17,3” screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Inside, you’ll find a current-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, 16 GB of RAM, and plenty of storage. This combination allows you to play all current titles with plenty of FPS. The GE72MVR APACHE PRO-001 boasts MSI’s well known SteelSeries keyboard with programmable backlight.

Price-wise, the MSI GE72MVR APACHE PRO-001 comes in at less than 1900$.

Display

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MSI fitted this laptop with a 17,3” Full HD panel with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. The matte surface means that reflections are basically non-existent. IPS technology assures great viewing angles and the average brightness lies at 225 cd/m2.

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