On the test bench this week is a Corsair Performance Series Pro 128GB Solid State Drive. Running on the SATA 6Gbps bus, the model line will run as high as 515 MB/s read speeds and 440 MB/s write speeds. The 128GB offers a slightly more modest 500/340 but advertises 60K IOPs. This translates to 240 MBps 4K writes and if accurate will be very impressive for a non-SandForce driven Solid State Device.
Implementing a server-grade Marvell 88SS9174 Controller chip that has proven reliability over the years and recently has been given an update to provide even better performance than its initial performance in the Crucial/Micron C300 SSD, the first SATA 6Gbps SSD offered. The Corsair Performance Series Pro offers a 1.5 Million Hour MTBF, tied with a standard 3 year warranty. A full breakdown of the specifications is provided through Corsairs Website.
Founded as Corsair Microsystems in 1994, Corsair originally developed Level 2 cache modules for OEMs. After Intel incorporated the L2 cache in the processor with the release of its Pentium Pro processor family, Corsair changed its focus to DRAM modules, primarily in the server market. In 2002, Corsair began shipping DRAM modules that were specifically designed to appeal to computer overclocking enthusiasts. From its roots in high-performance memory, Corsair has expanded its award-winning product portfolio to include ultra-efficient power supplies, builder-friendly cases, ground-breaking CPU coolers, blazing-fast solid-state drives, and other key system components.
Corsair has long been known for producing enthusiast class Memory modules for computer systems, and the move to Solid State Drives which uses NAND flash memory seems like a natural progression. Memory devices is not all Corsair is known for though, as mentioned in their blurb. High quality and affordable power supplies have helped them become one of the most recommended brand of PSUs on tech forums around the world.
Marketing fluff and paper specifications are useful for determining value of a product to a point. One cant really be sure until said product is in hand torn apart and benched heavily to make sure it works as advertised and does not fail under high load conditions.