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Friday, 11 November 2011 15:22

Corsair rolls out Performance Pro SSDs

Written by Slobodan Simic

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128GB and 256GB SSDs with Marvell controller


Corsair has announced yet another addition to its solid state drive lineup, the Performance Pro series 2.5-inch models that feature SATA 6.0Gbps interface and Marvell controller paired up with MLC NAND flash chips.

The new Corsair Performance Pro series feature are rather unusual choice of Marvell controllers paired up with "Supercharged Synchronous" NAND flash memory chips and packed in a standard 2.5-inch case with SATA 6.0Gbps interface. The Marvell/MLC NAND combination offers up to 340MB/s for sequential write and up to 500MB/s of sequential read performance for the 128GB model and up to 440MB/s write and up to 515MB/s read for the 256GB one. The max random 4k write are set at 60k IOPS for the 128GB one and 65k IOPS for the 256GB model.

These specs are far from the ones that we're seeing from Sandforce-based SSDs, but we guess that Performance Pro series should have a lower price, but unfortunately that is not the case. Newegg.com is currently listing the 128GB model with a US $219.99 price tag and 120GB Force Series GT sells for US $199.99 and has much better specs.

The Performance Pro 256GB one is listed at Newegg.com with a price set at unbelievable US $419.99 and for ten bucks less you coud get a 240GB Force Series GT with impressive 85k IOPS and 525/555MB/s write and read performance. And of course, there are always other SSD brands but honestly there was no need for comparison.

The new Performance Pro SSD lineup also feature TRIM support, ships with 3.5-inch adapter and are backed by a three-year warranty period.

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Last modified on Friday, 11 November 2011 16:05
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+1 #1 Carbonfibre 2011-11-12 18:45
But it's not about performance it's about reliability!

I'll be getting my first SSD soon and I've been informed to avoid all Sandforce-based SSD's like the plague.

The only choice seems to be the Crucial M4 still.
 
 
0 #2 godrilla 2011-11-12 22:13
Quoting Carbonfibre:
But it's not about performance it's about reliability!......The only choice seems to be the Crucial M4 still.

I couldn't have said it better, I had the c300 ssd @ 256 for almost 2 years now with the latest firmware 009 and love the reliability and perfomance. The crucial support is very good too.

Check out newegg reviews search for ssds with the best reviews you see m4 on top of the list with 85 average of 5 eggs for all/most of their ssds

Ocz 50% get 5 stars

Corsair don't even go there
Check out my youtube video of loading crysis warhead under 30 seconds which usually takes 1 min or more with hd
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iy-pQEQuK0&feature=youtube_gdata_player
 
 
0 #3 Captain828 2011-11-13 12:26
Quote:
we guess that Performance Pro series should have a lower price, but unfortunately that is not the case.



It's not the controller which lowers the price, it's the type of memory and synchronous memory is more expensive than the asynch one (which is used in most cheap SSDs).

Also, synch memory has a better lifespan (less wear) than asynch.
 
 
0 #4 Fidovoff 2011-11-14 16:09
Quoting Carbonfibre:
The only choice seems to be the Crucial M4 still.

You also got the Samsung SSD 830 series that are very reliable
 

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