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Corsair Performance Series Pro 128GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: Feb 2, 2012 1:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Corsair

Final Thoughts




I have to admit I don't feel like I've unlocked all of the mysteries of the new Performance Pro drives just yet. On Corsair's webpage they talk about the advanced garbage collection algorithms built into the programming, but we have yet to benefit from these. At some point we'll start working on a RAID article which is where front end garbage collection helps the most since most operating systems use TRIM these days. We did manage to see the drive performing a cleanup operating while running some intense tests and then following them with a write access test. The GC burst really hurt the write access times as you can see in the image above. I would hate to be do anything write intensive while the GC is working but like I stated, this was a pretty intense load we put under the drive and completely artificial in nature.


Today we determined that the new Corsair Performance Pro 128GB is able to swing SandForce like performance. The drive is very fast and even manages to outperform the darlings of 2011 in a few places while running roughly the same speed in the others. There is still that one little bit keeping us from telling you to run out and buy this drive today.


After the 256GB Performance Pro review I was hoping to see a price reduction before publishing the 128GB results online. That simply hasn't happened yet and the price is holding this product back. In late 2011 Team SandForce drives hit record low prices, not even the HDD shortage could slow the declining prices even though more demand was placed on SSD manufactures. I actually think SSD prices dipped even lower since makers were selling more drives, more manufacturing meant volume deals on components needed to build the drives. With high quality SandForce drives now selling for around $150 for 120GB of capacity, the Performance Pro has a $50 gap to make up before we can recommend it over the established king of the ring.


Those of you who were burnt on the early SF drives with firmware issues and swore the controller off for good will find a silver lining in the Performance Pro; you will just have to pay a little more for making that call.



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