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Old April 10, 2010, 05:23 AM
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Default MLC High Performance SSD-CORSAIR Performance Series 128GB PC/NB Dual Platform Test

New storage device, I believe most people will think of SSD first.
SSD full name is Solid-State Drive.
SSD is very popular in the past 2 years. It also breaks the performance barrier for NoteBook.
Most SSD key features are light, power saving, higher performance and secure data protection.
However, SSD price is much higher and less capacity than traditional HDD.

I still remember that before 1H 2009, SSD focused on performance and capacity improvement.
But the price was not big change. Mainstream 64GB SSD price was around 200USD.
Also, the MLC performance was reading at 200~220 MB/s and writing at 150~180 MB/s.
Recently, I saw some non-SAMSUNG SSD controller can enhance MLC performance.

USA famous Memory manufacturer, CORSAIR, also announced many SSD products these 2 years.
So far you can find 6 models CORSAIR SSD and the capacity are from 32 to 512GB.
Also, there are Performance/Force/Reactor/Nova/Extreme/Legacy series for users to choose.
This time I got is CMFSSD-128GBG2D. It belongs to Performance series and 128GB. 2 years warranty.

CORSAIR P128 SSD packing


Its 2.5 inches. Product ID is P128. 2 years warranty. Official spec is 220/180 MB/s
Built-in 128MB DRAM as buffer cache.
The key differences between P128 and P64 are capacity and slower writing speed as 64GB spec is 220/120 MB/s.


Metal case with hairline brushed finish. It makes look and texture being better.
Official data shows the weight is 80g which is lighter than 2.5 HDD.


Backside with SAMSUNG warranty sticker


SATA connector supports SATAII and compatible with PC and NB.


Weight by electronic scale/
CORSAIR CMFSSD-128GBG2D is 73g


TOSHIBA 120GB 5400rpm is 112g


Most 2.5 HDD are around 100~115g. It means the traditional HDD is heaver than P128 SSD around 51~57%.
Someone think its just 27~39g lighter. However, for NoteBook users, you still can feel the weight difference.
At least, my most using NoteBook are around 1.0~1.4kg. After changing to SSD, I can feel the NoteBook become lighter.

PC platform is using GIGABYTE P55A-UD7.
Last time, I used X58 and ICH10R to test.
This time I change to latest P55 to test the performance.


P55A-UD7 supports 3Way-SLI.USB 3.0 and latest SATA3.0



Configuration
CPU: Intel Core i7-870
MB: GIGABYTE P55A-UD7
DRAM: CORSAIR DOMINATOR-GT CMG6GX3M3A2000C8
VGA: MSI N9600GT Diamond
HD: CORSAIR CMFSSD-128GBG2D
POWER: be quiet E7 Cable Management 480W
Cooler: Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
OS: Windows7 Ultimate 64bit
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