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Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD Review


by Stuart Davidson - 29th November 2011
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Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD Review

Conclusion


Starting with the build quality of the Performance Pro we have a device which improves on many SSDs on the market by using an all metal chassis. This gives it a solid feel which as well as looking good offers protection to the components inside. Speaking of internal components, as expected Corsair use a selection of quality branded items including Nanya cache and Toshiba storage.

In terms of design there is nothing to fault with the drive itself and from a controller point of view we have seen the Marvell chip used for a while now, performing reliably in various configurations from the likes of Intel and Crucial. TRIM support with additional garbage collection for those who use RAID is always good to see on a controller architecture too.

Corsair's Marvell implementation is the most impressive yet with the latest revision controller and their firmware offering a fast drive with good balance between read and write operations. It regularly offered performance at the same level as the fastest Sandforce models and in tests such as larger file transfers of movies and music the Performance Pro was our fastest drive in this roundup.

So that brings us to value where the Performance Pro is priced very competitively. Corsair don't offer any maintenance software to add value but they do offer a 3.5" bay bracket and a 3-year warranty which should be more than enough for most people.

Summary
A high quality implementation of the Marvell architecture, the Performance Pro is a very impressive SSD which competes at the high end of the SATA 3 market.

Product Award
SCAN - £318.30
NewEgg - $419.99

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