When we reviewed the 120GB Venus Pro 3 we didn't have a lot of information other than the basics. Now Comay has a US distributer that not only lists the drives, but also stocks them as well. We'll go ahead and start out with the price because Comay managed to hit US shores at a much lower price than we expected. M-Factors have the 240GB model we looked at today for just $187.50. This price is in line with regular Team SandForce consumer drives that don't ship with enterprise power features.
The Comay Venus Pro 3 has two power related features that we've yet to find on a consumer SSD before - Host Power Loss Protection and Overload Protection. We suspect other SSDs have some form of overload protection, but none advertise the feature. Both of these features are geared toward enterprise environments, but enthusiasts can really benefit from them as well. I can't count the number of times I've corrupted an OS install while aggressively overclocking because data was in a buffer and not written to the HDD before a crash. The Comay Venus Pro 3 gives your data an additional four seconds to pass through the controller and to the flash.
The only complaint we have about the Venus Pro 3 is the lack of accessories. We really wanted to get a desktop adapter bracket with the drive, but Comay didn't include one. Comay did produce one of the best paper manuals we've seen to date, but that doesn't make up for the lack of accessory hardware.
We really like this product, and Comay's unique approach that sets the Venus Pro 3 apart from a very crowded market. The advanced power features are the same found on enterprise SSDs costing several hundreds more. We're working on getting a drive over to Paul so he can run the Venus Pro 3 through his enterprise test methods. Stay tuned!
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