4-Way SSD Round-Up, OCZ, Corsair, Kingston, ST - HotHardware

4-Way SSD Round-Up, OCZ, Corsair, Kingston, ST

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If you remember back to January of this year, Corsair quietly launched a 128GB SSD. Like that drive, the recently released P256 model features Samsung technology, but with a new controller and integrated cache that should offer significantly increased performance.


Corsair P256 SSD

The drive you see here is branded as a Corsair S256, but the official name of the product, now that it has hits store shelves, is P256--the "S" was changed to a "P". As the product name implies, the drive features a 256GB total capacity, with SATA 3.0Gb/s connectivity, and a heavy-duty aluminum enclosure.

With the P256 disassembled, you can see the PCB and new Samsung S3C29RBB01-YK40 controller used in the drive as well as the drive's 128MB of on-board cache memory. As you can probably guess, Samsung MLC flash memory is also used in the drive, and if you look close, you can see that the memory chips are double-stacked to acheive the 256GB capacity.

Corsair P256 SSD
Specifications and Features


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

Expansion / Connectivity

  • Form Factor: 2.5"
  • Capacity: 256GB
  • Interface: Type SATA II



  • Weight: 0.18 lbs.


  • Max Shock Resistance: 1500G
  • Power Consumption (Active): 1.5W
  • Power Consumption (Idle): 0.15W
  • Sequential Access: Read 220MB/s
  • Sequential Access: Write 200MB/s
  • MTBF: 1,000,000 hours


Corsair's specifcations for the drive claim sequential read and write speeds of 220MB/s and 200MB/s, respectively, with max shock resistance of 1500G and a mean time before failure of over 1 million hours.

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Nice right up. I am ordering either a WD scorpio black or a OCZ Solid Series for my netbook here in about an hour. The Solid series are slower, but for $109 for 30GBs a better deal. I am waiting on the girlfriend approval to find out which one I can getEmbarrassed

Anyway if I get the SSD and like it I may get a higher end SSD for my desktop down the road. I just need the a bigger one in size. I want one that can hold my OS and my steam foler(which is 51GBs right now)

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Hi there,


unfortunately you didn't test the SSDs with the latest firmwares!

Super Talent UltraDrive ME have a new firmware 1370, which sets the max. write speed to 200 MBps and read speed to 260 MBps on all drives.

And with that the overall performance and 4k random write and read should be improved also.

I think the OCZ drives have also a new firmware 1.10 or such.


So please update your article/test with the newest firmware.

Besides this, your article is good, but not great, because of lack of newest firmware!

Thanks in advance!

best regards,



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