Corsair have tweaked their SSD casing since we last looked at a drive and it is now slightly more curved at the corners with the screws securing each half in place located on the side. A product sticker can be found on the top and flipping the drive over we see the SATA 3 power and data connectors.
Inside we find that Corsair use pads on each of the main components to provide added support to the drive casing.
Inside Corsair populate a single side of the green PCB with NAND flash and in this case it is eight 32GB MLC NAND flash chips. These are Toshiba branded and are toggle mode 34nm parts. Along with these we find cache in the form of two 256MB NANYA DDR3 chips.
On the other side of the PCB we find Marvell’s 88SS9174-BKK2 controller, a new revision of the hardware used by Crucial and Intel on some of their drives.
On this drive the NAND configuration used gives the drive a formatted capacity of 238GB in Windows 7 and Corsair rate their SATA 3 based 256GB model at 515MB/s read with write at 440MB/s. IOPS are rated at 65,000 random write and this performance is then maintained by TRIM in operating systems such as Windows 7 and inbuilt garbage collection on RAID systems. Finally, when in use the Performance Pro uses 1.4A.
Earlier this year Toshiba announced their new generation of SSDs, the HG6. It might not have the snappiest name but if it performs as well against the competition as their previous drives we should be in for an impressive set of figures.
It has been over a year since the 840 Pro hit the market and competitor drives have continued to evolve since then so now it’s time for Samsung to do the same. Launching today is their new 850 Pro SSD featuring many of the aspects which made the 840 Series so attractive, mixed with some evolutions in the tech used. We will be putting it up against some of the best drives the competition can offer to see how this new model performs.