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Corsair Performance 3 SSD 128GB Review

At CES in January of this year, Corsair surprised us by announcing a line of SATA 6Gb/s SSDs based on the Marvell 9174 processor. What appeared to be a departure from Corsair’s use of the SandForce line of processors turns out to be a supplemental deal. The Marvell partnership let Corsair get a SATA 6Gb/s SSD to market more quickly and with a battle-tested processor. The resulting Corsair Performance 3, or P3 as commonly known, offers top end speeds of 480 MB/s sequential read speeds and 320 MB/s writes, in the 256GB capacity.

The P3 comes to market in a busy time. It has to stare down competition from the Intel SSD 510, Plextor M2 and Crucial m4, who are all using similar variants of the Marvell SSD processor. The SandForce side is busy too with the OCZ Vertex 3 and OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G both finding their way to market. Needless to say, the Corsair Performance 3 has a lot of drives to compete against.

Read the full review at storagereview.com.

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