Conclusion, Pricing, and Final Thoughts
- Outstanding design.
- Good overall performance.
- Cost is high even at its performance level.
Pricing and Warranty (street price at the time of this writing)
- 400GB – $320 ($0.80/GB)
- 800GB – $650 ($0.81/GB)
Warranty period is 5 years rated at 698 TBW for 400GB and 1,396 TBW for 800GB. $0.80 per GB is awfully high for any modern SSD, especially with competition like the 960 Pro, which at this writing ships a 512GB SSD for $280 ($0.55/GB). Despite the good looks, the NX500 pricing really does need to come down a fair bit to compete in the current SSD market.
As SSDs go, the Corsair NX500 is a thing of beauty. The Phison E7 controller offers good performance, and the industrial design is very well thought out, making the NX500 a likely default choice for those wanting to show off their SSD in a custom PC build. With great looks comes a greater price tag, so those who will only hide this SSD in a generic case hidden under a desk will likely be better off going with a lower cost solution, some of which offer even higher performance.
Dropping to gold on this one due to the high price:performance ratio, but man is it a looker!