I'm very excited about the results we achieved today with the Corsair Performance 3 RAID 0 array. Corsair has been fairly quiet about this product, so quiet that we even had to go out and purchase these drives just to review them. Corsair does mention on the Performance 3's product page that it uses advanced features, they are not yelling it from the rooftops like I would be....well....am about to.
The Performance 3 has something we have yet to see from any other SSD in our labs, the ability to keep performance high no matter if you have access to TRIM or not. MAC users should take note, YOU DO NOT HAVE TRIM. RAID array enthusiasts should take note, YOU DO NOT HAVE TRIM. PS3 users, Windows Vista and XP users, old computers, new computers not running Windows 7, YOU DO NOT HAVE TRIM. If you do not have TRIM then you have an SSD that will start out fast, but over time the speed will fade. How fast that happens really depends on the amount of writes you use each day, but you are pretty much guaranteed to start losing speed on day one with any other SSD. The Corsair Performance 3 does not have this handicap.
To be honest, the single drive performance of the Corsair Performance 3 is already very good. It takes a special kind of enthusiast to ask for more than what the Performance 3 offers. Those raising their hands saying they are that guy will achieve very good results with two or more drives in RAID. The Performance 3 scales very well, something we don't always see with SSDs. The real standout though has to be the ability to keep performance over a very long period of time. To date nearly all SSD RAID users would need to break their array and run a secure erase program to take back performance lost. The Performance 3 breaks that mold and for the first time and we now have a drive ready to take on RAID with zero maintenance.
The current price for a 128GB Performance 3 is 319.99 USD at Newegg. Two 128GB drives will cost around 640 USD or about the same as a single 256GB drive. For desktop users with a modern SATA 6G enabled motherboard this is great news since you can achieve unobtainable levels of performance from a single drive with a pair in RAID. The difference is quite remarkable, but the cost is almost the same.
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