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Corsair Gets Serious With 256GB SSD

Gordon Kelly


Corsair Gets Serious With 256GB SSD

The prices are getting lower, the capacities are getting higher - but perhaps most importantly: the controllers are getting better...

Consequently we're delighted not only to see Corsair finally making a really decent stab at the Solid State Drive market but picking the much lauded Samsung Controller IC to put behind it.

The resulting SSD is the 'P256' a - you guessed it - 256GB drive which uses Samsung MLC flash memory and its swanky controller combined with 128MB cache memory and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) support. The consequence should hopefully be a drive which lives up to the theoretical 220MBps/200MBps read/write speeds touted with some blistering real world performance.

Corsair also claims the drive should prove one of the most compatible SSDs around thanks to the extensive validation of the Samsung controller and flash memory technology in multiple OEM systems.

Corsair remains coy about the cost of the P256 (probably because we can't afford it) but should the price point moisten our tingly bits then it could well have a major say in this exciting new market. We shouldn't have to wait long for an answer with the P256 being made immediately available to Corsair authorised distributors and resellers worldwide and it comes with a two year warranty.

If the P256 lives up to billing then cheaper 128GB, 64GB and - for netbooks - 32GB models please Corsair. There's a good boy.

Update: Play.com is now listing the P256 for £569.99 (including free delivery!), so no you can't afford it. 128GB, 64GB and 32GB versions still requested, however!




May 12, 2009, 5:57 am

One hopes that if the road map mechanical drives took from the heady days of 20MB drives to now, that these beauties will be affordable,.... one day soon. In the meantime, it's Samsung F1 1TB series for me and my Home Cinema.

Thanks for the head up though Gordon.


May 12, 2009, 1:44 pm

64Gb = £139.99 on play.com

Seems like good VFM....need to see them tested against the OCZ's to see how they fair.


May 12, 2009, 3:03 pm

Looks like they've heard you Gordon....

128GB @ £179.99 on ebuyer.com


May 12, 2009, 4:49 pm

@Stewart @axle - completely different models guys, very different specs:



May 12, 2009, 4:55 pm

Ahh my bad - There is a lack of detail which doesn't help in those adverts.


May 12, 2009, 10:10 pm

I know manufacturers have to 'make hay while the sun shines' with new tech but they do appear to be milking it with SSDs right now. There must be an enormous pent-up demand for these things once prices come down to realistic levels. Anyone releasing a decent 256Gb drive at an affordable price is going to clean up.

I was hoping they would be a bit more affordable by now :(


May 12, 2009, 11:18 pm

@basicasic: I think an affordable price is probably going to be sub-£100, and we'll be well into 2011, or possibly 2012, before we get that.

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