MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB PCIe 4.0 Gen4 NVMe SSD Review

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Benchmark

The Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Benchmark is a unique game benchmark that allows us to objectively calculate the load times of different game scenes loading on the SSD. This benchmark runs multiple scenes that it benchmarks, it also keeps track of the scene load times for each scene and reports a duration, in addition, it provides an overall average duration of all the scenes together. This provides consistency in testing. We report the overall average scene load time of all the scenes in seconds, lower is better.

MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB PCIe 4.0 Gen4 NVMe SSD Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker Benchmark

Utilizing this real game and objectively timing the loading scene time, we find the MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB SSD can load all scenes at an average of 9.3 seconds.  This is on par with the CORSAIR Force MP600, being only .1 second apart, you wouldn’t be able to tell a difference so small while gaming.  The MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB SSD is 4% faster than the Sabrent Rocket at loading times.

SPECworkstation 3.1

We are using SPECworkstation 3.1 and specifically the WPCstorage test. “The storage workload is based on storage transaction traces from a wide variety of professional applications engaged in real work.” It includes media and entertainment, product development, life sciences, energy, and general operations. Each program receives a score, and they are averaged together for an overall score, higher is better.

MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB PCIe 4.0 Gen4 NVMe SSD SPECworkstation 3.1 wpcstorage

In SPECworkstation 3.1 WPCstorage Storage Workload testing the MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB SSD scores 4.54, which is 6% faster than the Sabrent Rocket.  It’s right in the middle of performance, the CORSAIR Force MP600 is the fastest still here but only by 2%, they are very close.  The MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB SSD would be a much better drive than the Sabrent Rocket for professional workloads, and not too far off from the CORSAIR Force MP600.


Stress Test Temperature

In our first temperature test, we run a stress test to maximize the temperature of the SSD as much as possible. Basically, we want to get it running as hot as possible. We run a Secure Erase function with the same disk management software on all the drives to make it apples-to-apples. This heats up the SSDs as much as possible. If the SSD comes with its own heatsink, we use it, if it does not, we use the standard motherboard M.2 heatsink that comes with our motherboard.

MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB PCIe 4.0 Gen4 NVMe SSD stress test temperature

The MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB SSD is using the motherboard’s M.2 heatsink, as is the Sabrent Rocket.  The CORSAIR Force MP600 is using CORSAIR’s custom heatsink.  The MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB SSD reached 49c, which is much cooler than the Sabrent Rocket using the same heatsink.  Considering the MSI SPATIUM 1TB SSD has a higher capacity, and runs much faster, this lower temperature is a huge positive and very impressive for the MSI SPATIUM M470 SSD.  The temperature is only within 3 degrees of the CORSAIR Force MP600, and it is using a custom CORSAIR heatsink.  This is good news for the temps on the MSI SPATIUM M470.

Typical Usage Temperature

Our typical usage temperature test notes the temperature of the SSD in typical usage scenarios. This is what you will experience in normal workloads.

MSI SPATIUM M470 1TB PCIe 4.0 Gen4 NVMe SSD real world typical temperature

In typical workloads, the MSI SPATIUM M470 only reached 41c and is much closer to the temp of the CORSAIR Force MP600 which has a custom heatsink.  This again is very impressive for the MSI SPATIUM M470 since it is using the motherboards heatsink only.  It keeps its temps down, while still performing very highly compared to the Sabrent Rocket.

Brent Justice
Former managing editor of GPUs at HardOCP for 18 years, Brent Justice has been reviewing computer components since the late 90s, educated in the art and method of the computer hardware review, he brings experience, knowledge, and hands-on testing with a gamer-oriented and hardware enthusiast perspective. You can follow him on Twitter - @Brent_Justice You can sub to his YouTube channel - Justice Gaming You can check out his computer builds on KIT - @BrentJustice

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