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The Corsair Performance Series is an internal SATA II Solid State hard drive that uses a Samsung controller.

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220MB/s read, 180MB/s write

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128MB onboard DRAM with NCQ support for smooth data transfer

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Samsung MLC flash memory and controller

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Uses the Samsung controller which is arguably the best SSD controller on the market.

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Self-Healing feature built into memory/Keeps drive clear of unnecessary data and at top speed for the lifespan

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RAID 0

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The Corsair Performance Series is an internal SATA II Solid State hard drive that uses a Samsung controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory and comes in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities. Read and write speeds are quite fast at 220MB/s and 180MB/s respectively considering the better performing Indilinx Barefoot controller was not used in this model(found in the Extreme Series). Onboard RAM cache has been doubled to 128MB from that version also, with the addition of NCQ support (Native Command Queuing) for a smooth and stutter free performance. A feature called Self-Healing is new with this generation of controllers which is a built in remedy to the speed problems that can plague SSD drives over time. Normally a TRIM feature on the computer's operating system would 'trim' away excess data that the drive didn't erase, now that function has been built into the drive itself so it will maintain top speed throughout its life, although it only clears this data when the system is idle. RAID 0 is also supported which makes running multiple drives together as one drive possible, and more efficient than conventional hard drives in a RAID formation considering SSD drives have very little latency to begin with.

Features
  • Read: 220MB/second
  • Write:  180MB/second
  • 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacity
  • Onboard cache: 128MB DRAM with NCQ
  • RAID 0 support
  • Samsung MLC (multi-level cell) NAND flash memory
  • Samsung S3C29RBB01 controller with built in Self-Healing feature
  • Form Factor: 2.5"
  • Weight: 80g
  • Shock resistant to 1500G
  • 1 million hours mean time between failure MTBF
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Michael R Ireland
04/08/2010 02:36

While I have not purchased one at this time (due to it's high relative price point), this is the only SSD I would buy so far. I have done some fairly extensive research on SSDs and have found a number of interesting articles and have formed what I think is a fairly educated opinion (haha). I'll highlight some points to consider if you are looking into SSDs. As far as I can tell, there are 3 major controllers: One by Jmicron, the Indilinx Barefoot, and the Samsung 2nd generation. Out of the three, Jmicron seems to give the greatest amount of "bad internet traffic", the Barefoot controller seems to have about an even spread of good and bad reviews, and the 2nd generation Samsung controller has pretty much all good, and no bad reviews. (from what I can tell). While the Barefoot controller has higher speeds on paper, the general consensus seems to be that the Samsung controller gives nearly as good speeds, with much greater reliability and smooth operation. Also note that the "self healing" feature seems very popular, and nearly all reviews that I have read elsewhere have applauded this approach (as opposed to forcing the operating system to TRIM the data).

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