Tuesday, August 25th 2009

Corsair Launches 256 GB Extreme Series SSD

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 corsair.com.

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.

For more information on the full line of solid-state drives from Corsair, please visit this page.
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8 Comments on Corsair Launches 256 GB Extreme Series SSD

#1
cool_recep
I love the companies who say the components of such products.
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WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Ya know, this was used in either a Maximum PC Dream build or was reviewed and they found this to be the fastest at write times, even besting the Intel X25M and E versions. Also, one thing to note, Patriot's Torx series is supposed to be faster. Wish I had the cash for one or both :)
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Wile E
Power User
Why don't press releases ever give prices?
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newconroer
I'm not worried about bursted write or read speeds, all of the SSDs should be faster; it's the random access read/write that bothers me.

With exception to the Intel X models, they all suffer noticeable stuttering issues, from an excessively delayed read/write structure.

Corsair has been catching up on fixing this, we'll have to see if this one actually solves the problem.
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Wile E
Power User
by: newconroer
I'm not worried about bursted write or read speeds, all of the SSDs should be faster; it's the random access read/write that bothers me.

With exception to the Intel X models, they all suffer noticeable stuttering issues, from an excessively delayed read/write structure.

Corsair has been catching up on fixing this, we'll have to see if this one actually solves the problem.
If you have read recently, the newer controllers already addressed those issues. I believe it was primarily Jmicron (iirc) controllers that suffered the stuttering. Not to mention, some of those issues aren't from the drive itself, but from not optimizing your OS to use an SSD.
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PP Mguire
I thought seven was supposed to be optimized out of the box (not talking about little common sense tweaks like pagefile, indexing, ect.
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Wile E
Power User
by: PP Mguire
I thought seven was supposed to be optimized out of the box (not talking about little common sense tweaks like pagefile, indexing, ect.
And most of the tests that show stuttering were on Vista and XP. Not to mention, 7 isn't perfectly optimized out of the box, but it is better.
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PP Mguire
I admit i have alot better performance using 7, doing the agonizing cluster size thing and constantly tweaking to make it better. But im not seeing the performance i expect. Maybe my SSD is just to old and junky.
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