Although there is no mention that the product even exists on Corsair's own Website
, U.K.-based online retailer, Scan
, purports to now be selling a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) from Corsair. As a matter of fact, Corsair's site makes no mention that the company has even entered into the SSD market; albeit, such a move is a logical choice for a memory manufacturer, as other memory makers, such as Crucial, Kingston, and OCZ, have already made the plunge into SSDs.
This new mystery drive is listed on Scan as the "CMFSSD-128GBG1D
." The drive is a 2.5-inch, SATA-II-based SSD with a stated maximum sequential read speed of 90MB/Sec and a maximum sequential write speed of 70MB/Sec. The drive is based on multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory and uses a Samsung controller. Scan claims that the drive has a "100+ Year Life Expectancy (MTBF)
," which strikes us as perhaps a bit overly opportunistic of the drive's potential lifespan
. Scan is selling the drive for £259.12 (not including value-added-tax), which converts to about $356.42 in U.S. dollars.Hexus
points out that it was a good decision on Corsair's part to go with a Samsung controller and not a controller from JMicron. As Anandtech
discussed as long ago as last September, MLC-based SSDs that use JMicron controllers have displayed problems in the form of "random write issues
." This problem, commonly referred to as a "stutter," has been cited from multiple sources
Hexus further reports that while Crucial's current SSD has rather pedestrian read and write speeds, Crucial already has its "second generation
" SSDs in the works for a debut sometime later in 2009, with read and write speeds more inline with enthusiast SSD offerings, such as what Intel
offers. In fact, Hexus claims that these second-generation drives will be capable of faster than 200MB/Sec read and write speeds; and perhaps somewhere down the road, a third-generation of SSDs will even be capable of 400MB/Sec read speeds.