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Corsair Performance Pro 256GB SSD review

Corsair supplies the Performance Pro SSD drive inside a very serious-looking cardboard box featuring a cold, metallic theme. The artwork is very basic, with a picture of the drive itself being the main attraction. The drive weights only 80gr and requires no special shock protection, therefore the small box offers more than enough protection during shipping.


Inside the box there is only a simple black 2.5” to 3.5” adapter and mounting screws for installing the drive inside a desktop case which does not support 2.5” devices.


The chassis of the Performance Pro drive is metallic, with a very smooth brushed aluminum appearance and rounded edges. The body of the drive is exactly the size of any common 2.5” disk.


The bottom metallic plate of the drive is of the same color as the rest of the drive and also metallic. At the bottom of the drive Corsair placed two small round warranty stickers, plus a third large sticker with the drive’s warranty details and serial number.


Removing the metallic plate reveals the green PCB of the drive. Soft pads are pressing against all chips, gripping the PCB firmly and minimizing even the most brutal of physical shocks for maximum reliability, as well as serving as a heat exchanger between the chips and the metallic surface of the drive.

At the left side one can notice two NANYA DDR3 1333MHz RAM chips which this drive’s controller is using for caching, something you would never find in a Sandforce 2281 controlled drive.

Eight MLC flash memory chips can be seen to the right side of the PCB. Each of the chips offers 32GBs of storage capacity, although when the drive is formatted the total usable capacity is just shy of 240GB and not 256GB. The Toshiba 34nm synchronous NAND chips this drive is using are renowned for their outstanding long term reliability.

The Marvell 88SS9174 BKK2 controller chip is installed at the bottom side of the PCB. We could call this the “Intel’s favorite”, as most of Intel’s products are based on this controller. It is considered to be one of the most stable SSD controllers ever designed.

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