Thursday Corsair revealed a new line of SSDs based on the Marvell 9174 controller. Called the Performance 3 series, the new line was designed to take full advantage of the SATA III 6Gbps support native to Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform. They'll also provide full support for TRIM and background garbage collection.
“The new Intel 2nd Generation Core i5 and Core i7 CPUs offer enthusiasts great performance and overclocking flexibility, as well as a platform with new features such as SATA 6Gbps” said Thi La, VP and General Manager for Memory at Corsair. “As a key supplier of performance components to enthusiasts, Corsair is proud to announce a range of products designed to extract maximum performance from this exciting new platform."
Corsair's Performance 3 will arrive in three zippy models: 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. The 64 GB model will offer read speeds up to 365 MB/s and write speeds up to 110 MB/s. The "middle child" 128 GB version will provide sequential read speeds up to 410 MB/s and write speeds up to 210 MB/s while the beefy 256 GB version will provide read speeds up to 480 MB/s and write speeds up to 320 MB/s.
"Paired with a motherboard that includes native SATA 6Gbps support, such as those based on the Intel P67 and H67 chipsets for Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs, Corsair Performance Series 3 SSDs are able to achieve maximum read speeds of up to 480 MB/sec and write speeds of up to 320 MB/sec ensuring a huge boost in system responsiveness, compared to conventional hard disk drives," the company said.
Although Corsair didn't offer pricing, all three SSDs are expected to go on sale later this month.