Lower prices, faster performance.
With new Intel SSDs just around the corner it looks like everyone is now stepping up their game…
Corsair this month is bolting out the gate with its ‘Extreme Series’ of X32, X64 and X128 models in – you guessed it – 32GB, 64GB and 128GB capacities respectively.
The line is Corsair’s fastest to date with read speeds of up to 240MB per second and write speeds hitting a potential 170MBps. Performance should live up to these impressive figures too since the line combines Samsung MLC NAND flash memory with new sector darling the Indilinx Barefoot controller. On top of this you’ll find 64MB of cache and NCQ support to eliminate stuttering.
“The high performance of the new Performance Series solid-state drives, combined with the inherent reliability and stability of flash technology, make them ideal for both new system builds and upgrades of desktops and notebooks,” said Corsair marketing VP Jim Carlton. “These drives have also been extensively validated in a wide range of popular notebook computers, which means that you can upgrade with absolute confidence.”
Furthermore the Corsair drives will take firmware updates which don’t affect data already on the drive and support the TRIM command used in Windows 7 come the OS’s launch time.
The Extreme series will all come with two year warranties and though Corsair doesn’t officially provide RRPs a quick check on retail partner Scan shows the X128 and X64 are available for pre-order now at £302 and £177 respectively, including VAT. This suggests the X32 could be priced at under £100 which would make it ideal for speeding up netbooks.
The SSD revolution really is about to take off…