The Corsair Performance 3 offers clean performance that is on par with many other 120 / 128GB drives that are on the market at the time of writing. In order to reach those high levels of performance you will need to invest in a Sandy Bridge motherboard and processor. This is due to the Sandy Bridge platform having superior SATA 6G performance that is better than current X58 / Marvell motherboards, especially when writing data to the drive.
Most users don't run their SSD in a clean state like how many benchmarks are ran in performance reviews looking to show a product at its peak. This is where the Performance 3 really shines; when you have data on the drive, when blocks are dirty, just like the drive on your system is right now. Corsair tuned the garbage collection system to aggressively look after the drive to give optimized performance that will be the same from day 1 to day 301. This is also very useful when running RAID arrays since TRIM commands are currently not supported in RAID.
The only issue we see getting in the way of you owning a Corsair Performance 3 drive is the high cost that they are currently selling for. Pricing is always dynamic and the ebb and flow comes and goes, but the one thing we've learned is that time will always mean costs will decrease. At this time the Corsair Performance 3 128GB is available at Newegg for 319.99. We think this price will go down to 250 USD rather quickly and at that price the P3 128GB looks a lot more appealing.
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