Corsair announces new 256GB solid state drive

By on May 12, 2009, 12:34 PM
Following a quiet entry into the solid state drive market back in January, memory maker Corsair is expanding upon its SSD product line with a new unit meant to offer both high performance and capacity. Dubbed the Storage Solutions P256, this 2.5-inch drive uses a Samsung MLC flash memory and its sophisticated controller combined with 128MB cache memory and Native Command Queuing (NCQ) support.


This translates to pretty impressive read speeds of up to 220MB/sec and write speeds of up to 200MB/sec. Additionally, according to the company, the P256 is more durable and reliable than hard disk drives, and has been shown in the Corsair Labs to provide up to 25 percent longer battery life in portable computers. As its name suggests, the new drive offers an ample 256GB of storage but that will come at the hefty price of $699.

The Storage Solutions P256 SSD is backed by a two-year warranty and should be available immediately from Corsair’s authorized distributors and resellers worldwide. You can read the full press release after the jump.

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

Advanced Controller and Drive Technologies Deliver Industry-Leading Performance and Compatibility

Fremont, CA, May 12th, 2009 – 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 www.corsair.com.

For more information about the Corsair P256 SSD, please visit www.corsair.com/products/ssd/default.aspx




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