Monday, May 11th 2009

Corsair Announces New 256GB High-Performance Solid-State Drive

Corsair, a worldwide leader in high-performance computer and flash memory products, today announced the launch of the Corsair Storage Solutions P256 high-performance 256GB solid-state drive (SSD).

The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 has been designed using cutting-edge technology to deliver the highest performance and compatibility, in a capacity that is big enough to replace conventional storage solutions in a high-performance PC. The P256 uses specially selected Samsung MLC flash memory and a sophisticated Samsung Controller IC, coupled with 128MB of super-fast cache memory and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) support for blistering, stutter-free performance, delivering read speeds of up to 220MB/sec and write speeds of up to 200MB/sec.

“The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 delivers the best computing experience of any single storage drive available today,” said John Beekley, VP of Applications Engineering at Corsair, “Using the P256 results in immediate and dramatic improvements in system startup and shutdown, game level loading, application startup, and many other everyday tasks. Additionally, the P256 is more durable and reliable than hard disk drives, and has been shown in the Corsair Labs to provide up to 25% longer battery life in portable computers.”

The large, 256GB capacity provides ample space for the most advanced operating systems, multiple applications, and large music, photo and video collections. The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 is one of the most compatible solid-state drives available today due to the extensive validation of the Samsung controller and flash memory technology in multiple OEM systems.

The Corsair Storage Solutions P256 SSD 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 Corsair SSD drives, please visit Corsair.

For more information about the Corsair P256 SSD, please visit this page.
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15 Comments on Corsair Announces New 256GB High-Performance Solid-State Drive

#1
INSTG8R
Hmm that looks very sexy! I may take the plunge and make my main drive SSD very very soon!
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#2
MKmods
Case Mod Guru
wow! I was thinking il take 2 of them ... Than I saw they were $669 each:laugh:

Suddenly VelociRaptors look like a good deal to me...
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#3
infrared
wtf, NCQ on a SSD?! how's that meant to work! :wtf:
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#4
AsphyxiA
by: infrared
wtf, NCQ on a SSD?! how's that meant to work! :wtf:
i really don't see the point either.
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#5
nemesis.ie
Perhaps the idea of the NCQ is to re-order writes so they are done more efficiently (e.g. in batches) and/or (per some new spec from MS or whatever) to also re-order operations to give priority to reads?
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#6
KieranD
queueing up commands to flash memory???

okay price wise its not for everyone but the tech is getting better, im happy with being able to buy cheap storage from hard disks and they arnt that bad

i envisage like people having hard drives for a long time just because they are cheap backups and can store a lot

probly have like a hard drive and a ssd

well i cant wait till usb becomes cheaper a 64gb is like £100
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#8
Shadin
by: infrared
wtf, NCQ on a SSD?! how's that meant to work! :wtf:
It's been proven that familiar terminology on new technology results in at least a 20% increase in performance just from marketing alone.
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#9
lemonadesoda
NCQ was originally designed to compensate for the rotational latency inherent to mechanical hard drives, but here it's being used in reverse, because Intel says its SSDs are so fast that they actually encounter latency in the host system. It takes a little time (time is of course relative when you're talking about an SSD whose access latency is measured in microseconds) between when a system completes a request and the next one is issued. NCQ is used to queue up to 32 requests to keep the X25-E busy during any downtime between requests.
clipped from http://techreport.com/articles.x/15931/1
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#10
m4gicfour
by: Shadin
It's been proven that familiar terminology on new technology results in at least a 20% increase in performance just from marketing alone.
ROFL I like it.

Although from the link lemonadesoda posted it seems it may actually serve a purpose, cool.
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#11
icon1
seems like a good SSD pretty expensive though..
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#12
1c3d0g
Yeah, don't worry though, in six months it'll be half the price. This market moves lightning quick, unlike hard disks. SSD's rock! :rockout:
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#13
icon1
^^
yeah, would love to get one or two of these when prices settle down.. (to experience some SSD goodness Lol), I'm just curious about the real performance of these SSDs compared to my SATA drives ;)
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#14
chcytu
I plan to buy one soon:D
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#15
AsphyxiA
I'd love to see the performance of drives like these when sata3 becomes the standard
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