Corsair Adds 256GB Model To Extreme SSD Lineup

Wow, talk about a hasty refresh cycle! Just a month after Corsair introduced to the solid state world its Extreme series of SSDs, the company has already expanded the lineup by one. Today, the newest member of the lineup is making its debut, and with a 256GB capacity rating, we're pretty sure it'll be catching your attention more so than the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB versions that came before it.

The X256 utilizes an Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory, and it boasts the same read/write performance as its smaller siblings. In other words, you'll see read speeds of up to 240MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s, and it also features 64MB of cache memory, support for upgradable firmware and a two-year warranty. Corsair wasn't generous enough to divulge a price, but it's supposedly available now through the right channels.

Corsair® Launches 256GB Extreme Series SSD
- Top-of-the-line Extreme Series SSD offers maximum performance and capacity -

FREMONT, Calif., Aug. 24, 2009  — Corsair®, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer memory, power supplies and flash memory products, including solid-state drives, today announced a new, high-capacity 256GB addition to its high-performance Extreme Series SSD family.

Built using the renowned Indilinx Barefoot controller and Samsung MLC NAND flash memory, the new Corsair Extreme Series X256 SSD combines high-performance with a massive 256GB of storage space, for enthusiasts who don't want to compromise on speed or capacity. The new Corsair Extreme Series X256 joins the existing models, the X32, X64 and X128, and offers read speeds of up to 240MB/s and write speeds of up to 170MB/s. It also features 64MB of cache memory, ensuring stutter-free performance.

"Since the launch of the Corsair Extreme Series SSDs in June we've had a fantastic response from customers who love the high-performance and reliability, and we've regularly been asked for even higher capacity models." said Jim Carlton, VP of Marketing at Corsair. "The new 256GB Extreme Series X256 is a response to the growing popularity of high-capacity SSDs, and it joins our Performance Series P256 at the top of its range, for enthusiasts who want the fastest speeds and plenty of space available for their pictures, music, and videos."

All Extreme Series SSDs feature end-user upgradable firmware to allow for new features to be added, such as the upcoming TRIM command for Windows 7 and other operating systems, which maintains optimal performance over time. Support for the Extreme Series, including future firmware upgrades is available at

The Corsair Extreme Series X256 solid-state drive is available immediately from Corsair's authorized distributors and resellers worldwide, and is backed by a Two-Year Limited Warranty. Complete customer support via telephone, email, forum and Tech Support Express is also available.

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