Corsair has introduced a new Extreme Series X256 SSD to its ever-expanding solid-state drive offering. As its name indicates, the Extreme Series X256 SSD packs a capacious 256GB of storage. It houses an Indilinx Barefoot controller, Samsung flash memory, and a 64MB cache. Corsair claims the drive is capable of reaching speeds of 240MB/s read and 170MB/s write. By comparison, Corsair's 256GB P Series, which uses a Samsung controller, claims a 220MB/s read and 200MB/s write speed.

The Corsair Extreme Series X256 is backed by a two-year limited warranty and is available now via authorized distributors and resellers worldwide. Although there was no mention of a price in the press release, Newegg is carrying it for $700 with a $50 mail-in rebate. If you're itching to jump on the SSD-bandwagon but aren't sure where to begin, take a look at our recent roundup for a comparison of what's on the market.