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Corsair Performance Pro 128GB

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Posted December 24, 2011 by Jake in Storage
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Introduction

Over the last couple of years or so we’ve looked at many Solid State Drives that feature various technologies in the attempt to boost speed and performance. Some have been successful, some have not. But there’s no mistaking the fact that SSDs are becoming increasingly popular with each passing month. Improvements in controller technology and resulting performance increases have also been accompanied by dropping prices, making these drives far more affordable to consumers who want to experience life in the fast lane on their computer.

Corsair’s newest SSD is the Performance Pro 6Gbps model with capacities of 128GB and 256GB. Performance is listed at 500MB/s read and 340MB/s write with 60,000 IOPS at 4k random write aligned disk access. And we’ve got the 128GB version on the best for testing today.

The Corsair Performance Pro 128GB SSD contains an updated Marvell controller that continues to use a SATA 6G interface, able to take advantage of the insane speeds offered by the new standard. At 128GB capacity, this drive looks to be affordable and fast, satisfying the top performance that enthusiasts crave. Corsair is responding the enthusiast’s growing demand for a top tier drive that performs as well with incompressible data as it does with compressible data by offering the Performance Pro Series of drives.

The drive is somewhat similar to the Crucial M4 in that it uses the same controller the Marvell 88S-9174 6Gbps controller. This drive differs from the M4 in two ways though: first, the Performance Pro comes with 512MB DRAM cache in the form of two 256MB modules of Nanya DDR3-1333 DRAM used both for speed and garbage collection. The second difference is the use of Toshiba Toggle NAND. With the new design of the Performance Pro will Corsair take the crown of fastest SSD in the 128GB capacity category? Read on to find out.

Corsair has been a leader in the design and manufacture of high-speed modules since 1994. Our focus has always been on supporting the special demands of extreme gamers. While maintaining this core focus, in recent years, we’ve also brought our expertise, technology leadership and legendary quality and reliability to memory and other technology products for the mainstream consumer. Corsair has expanded beyond memory modules to offer performance liquid cooling units and blocks under our Corsair Nautilus brand and power supplies under our HX Series brand.

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