4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast - HotHardware

4-Way SSD Round-Up Redux: OCZ, Corsair, PhotoFast

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In a previous round-up, we took a look at Corsair's P256 SSD. Like that drive, the P64 model pictured below features Samsung technology, with a Samsung controller and Flash memory paired to 128MB of integrated cache.


Corsair P64 SSD

As the "P64" in this drive's product name implies, Corsair's P64 features a 64GB total capacity. And as is the case with all of the other SSDs features here it has SATA 3.0Gb/s connectivity and a heavy-duty aluminum enclosure as well.

With the P64 disassembled, you can see the PCB and Samsung S3C29RBB01-YK40 controller used in the drive as well as its 128MB of on-board cache memory. Samsung MLC flash memory is also used in the drive, with six chips situated on the underside of the PCB and two soldered right on top.

Corsair P64 SSD
Specifications and Features


  • Device Type: Internal Solid state disk (SSD)
  • Architecture: MLC

Expansion / Connectivity

  • Form Factor: 2.5"
  • Capacity: 64GB w/ 128MB Cache
  • Interface: Type SATA II



  • Weight: 0.18 lbs.


  • Max Shock Resistance: 1500G
  • Power Consumption (Active): 2W
  • Power Consumption (Idle): 0.5W
  • Sequential Access: Read 220 MB/s
  • Sequential Access: Write 120 MB/s
  • MTBF: 1,000,000 hours


Corsair's specifcations for the P64 claim sequential read and write speeds of 220MB/s and 120MB/s, respectively, with max shock resistance of 1500G and a mean time before failure (MTBF) of over 1 million hours.

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In the conclusion under the Pros for the Vertex Turbo you put "Excellent Performance" and then under cons for that same SSD you put "Lowest performer overall" lol That seems very contradicting... must be a type ;-)

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Thanks for the head's up...just a typo...fixed now!

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Also on the last page in the little chart price and capacity are backwards.

Sorry to nit pic. Great read though.

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Man, I have such baby-brain lately--fixed. Thanks, Bob.

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Good job, Marco! Tremendously useful to those of us threading the SSD maze.


I wonder, though: The currenht trend seems to be drives hooked up through the SATA port, just like a motor HD. But I've also seen SSDs that plug into those miniPCIe slots, those tiny little ones on the motherboard which are usually relegated to a sound card.


The current crop isn't the speediest, possibly because miniPCIe is a 1x slot. The OCZ 16 GB claims a read speed of 110 MB/sec. The price per GB is worse than the larger drive-chain-based SSDs, too. (Fusion-io's IoDrive exceeds SATA-II performance; it uses a PCI Express x4 slot and its read speeds are up to 750 MB/sec, according to company literature. Of course, it's way more epensive than anything on the market.)


But (and this is a big but) people may go for a small drive with a low price, even if it's not a speed demon... especially if they just have one application that they want speeded up (cough cough World of Warcraft cough). I note that my (coughing fit deleted) WoW folder takes up 14.5 GB, which should be consistent up to the next major expansion. (Possibly beyond, if I get rid of all those unused AddOns and old updaters.)


So whaddaya think? User reviews at Amazon and Newegg imply that this is mostly for netbooks: I'm not 100% sure that it will even work in a desktop PC. But if someone has tried this, it'd be worth hearing about.

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User reviews at Amazon and Newegg imply that this is mostly for netbooks: I'm not 100% sure that it will even work in a desktop PC.

Laptop Sata drives work There are plenty of cheap brackets that sit in a 3.5 nch hard drive bay and hold the smaller drives though so its not a huge issue. Kingston even bundles one with some of there SSDs.

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@Bob-- The drives which hook into your SATA chain should indeed be recognized as a normal hard drive with no issues; but the ones I'm talking about are the ones which plug into a miniPCIe slot-- that tiny little thing on the motherboard which usually sits between the two x16 slots meant for graphics cards.


They should be identical, but I've found that there's a great gap in computer hardware between should be and are.

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Oh yeah I know what you are talking about now. These http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820609435

They look the same, but idk if it works or not. Hmm now I wonder.

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OCZ Z-Drive PCI-Express SSD Re-Emerges

Speak of the devil and up he pops!

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