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Corsair Performance Series Pro 128GB Solid State Drive Review (Page 4)

Chris Ramseyer | Feb 2, 2012 at 7:08 am CST - 1 min, 32 secs time to read this page
Rating: 92%Manufacturer: Corsair

Corsair Performance Pro 128GB SSD

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Here we get our first look at the Corsair Performance Pro 128GB drive. The drive follows the same color scheme as the package. Just like the package, the drive also shows the capacity size right on the front.

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The Performance Pro has an all aluminum housing and has all of the proper mounting locations including those on the bottom that you can see here.

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The side mounting points are also where they should be so you won't have any issues installing the drive in your notebook or desktop with the included desktop adapter bracket.

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When using the adapter the drive is offset to the left side so the SATA power and data points line up with your 3.5" traditional drives.

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Inside the case we found thermal pads that draw heat away from the components and aid in keeping the entire drive cool. In testing we didn't find anything that would lead us to believe the drive runs hot, but it's always nice to see the extra mile being included with a product. The thermal pads also help in securing the internal PCB and reduce vibration to the SSD from other components in your system.

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Finally we get to the PCB which is a bit odd compared to most of the drive's we've seen to date. On one side we found the Marvell 88SS9174-BKK2 controller and that is all over here.

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The rest of the components are on this side. Here we found eight Toshiba 32nm Toggle Mode Flash chips and two 256MB Nanya DRAM cache chips. This is quite the setup since we are used to seeing 16 NAND flash chips on SSDs and dual cache chips, well look out because the Performance Pro is a bit unusual.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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