The Corsair Performance Series Pro 256GB SSD
Here we get our first look at the Corsair Performance Pro with its black label and brushed aluminum case. The drive shows the capacity on the front so you don't have to dig around to find the information if you have both a 128 and 256GB model on your desk.
There isn't anything special about the back of the drive other than the aluminum case. We've seen other manufactures move to plastic designs but not Corsair, at least not yet.
On the side we found the standard mounting holes where they should be. This will make it easy to install the drive in your notebook drive sled or a desktop adapter bracket.
The drive offsets the SATA power and data connectors as it should and the drive sled does the same.
The PCB design is a new one for us. We often see all of the flash positioned on one side of the drive with smaller capacity models, but the 256GB Performance Pro manages to do it as well. The Marvell 88SS9174-BKK2 controller is the only part on this side other than just a small amount of surface mount components.
This is the interesting side of the Performance Pro. Here we found eight Toshiba 3Xnm Toggle Flash chips and two 256MB DRAM chips that are used for cache and data positioning.
We are still not 100% certain that this isn't 24nm Toshiba Toggle Flash, but everything (we were able to find) at this point leads us to believe its 3Xnm flash.
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