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Comay Venus Pro 3 128GB Solid State Drive Review

By: Chris Ramseyer | SSDs in Storage | Posted: May 21, 2012 4:43 am
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: CoreRise

Comay Venus Pro 3 120GB SSD




Here we get our first look at the drive. There isn't much to see on this side other than the all-aluminum case that features a silk screen company logo.




On the back of the drive itself all of the features and specifications are listed on the label.




All of the mounting holes are located where they should be on both the bottom and sides of the drive. You will not have an issue with mounting the Venus Pro 3 in our notebook or desktop (after purchasing a desktop adapter bracket).




The SATA power and data ports are also offset to where they should be.




Now we can get into the important stuff, but before we talk about the super cap, let's look at a few things that stand out on this side. The first thing is the exposed copper that lines up with the aluminum case. The copper is exposed at this point so heat can transfer from the PCB and into the aluminum case. SSDs don't generate a lot of heat, but what little is generated is moved to the case.


This side also holds the SandForce Flash Processor Unit (controller) and eight of the sixteen Intel third generation 25nm flash chips. At the lower left side we found most of the surface mount components that make up the over voltage protection.




On this side the big news is the CapXX 5.5V supercap that provides power to the controller and flash long enough to send the data from the internal FPU buffers to the flash when power is lost going to the drive. Until now no consumer SSD has shipped with this feature.


We'll talk more about this on the last page. Let's take a look at the performance first and make sure everything is where it should be there first.

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