Corsair 128 GB Performance Series Pro Solid State Drive

Posted by on Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 4:35pm

Corsair Performance Pro 128That drive would be from Corsair, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of memory, cases, solid state storage and many other computer components. The drive is the Performance Pro 128GB and the controller is the Marvell 9174. And just like the popular SF-2281, the Marvell variant also boast read times of over 500MB/s. and with IOPS 4K of 60K, you ready can’t ask for much more in a SSD.


Introduction to the Corsair 128 GB Performance Series Pro Solid State Drive

We over the past year have evaluated several solid state drives. And with the popularity of SandForce’s newest controller the SF-2281, many of these SSD drives have contained the said controller. But there are other reliable controllers out there on the market to decide from. And today we will be taking a look at an SSD that features one of those different controllers.

That drive would be from Corsair, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of memory, cases, solid state storage and many other computer components. The drive is the Performance Pro 128GB and the controller is the Marvell 9174. And just like the popular SF-2281, the Marvell variant also boast read times of over 500MB/s. and with IOPS 4K of 60K, you ready can’t ask for much more in a SSD.

Corsair’s take on the Performance Series Pro

Performance Series Pro SSDs tap into the power of the Marvell SATA 6 Gb/s controller for reliable performance across multiple platforms and PC configurations.


  • Interface: SATA 3 6Gb/s
  • Operating temperature: 0° C to +70° C
  • Storage temperature: -20° C to +85° C
  • Operating Humidity: 10% to 90% RH (0° to +40° C)
  • Maximum Operating Altitude: 3,048 m (up to 10,000 ft.)
  • Maximum Non-Operative Altitude: 12,192 m (up to 40,000 ft.)
  • Three-year warranty


  • SATA 3 6Gb/s
  • Backward compatible with SATA II and SATA I
  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista®, and XP; Mac OS X; Linux
  • 2.5" or 3.5" hard drive bay

Closer look

The details on the Corsair Performance Pro series are pretty impressive for a consumer level solid state drive. First, it only comes in 128GB and 256GB models. These are honestly the two sizes that are more popular with the masses. Anything smaller tends to be too small for most and anything larger tend to cost beyond that many are willing to pay.

The unit we will be talking about here today will be the 128GB unit. It has a maximum sequential write of 500MB/s and 340MB/s read. The 256GB has slightly faster times of 515MB/s and 440MB/s respectively. The IOPS 4K Write is 60K and 65K. All in all the numbers are comparable to that of the current offer, just a slight bit slower.

The brushed aluminum shell of the drive makes it pleasing to the eyes. Besides that the drive looks pretty much like any other drive on the market. If you dare to take it apart simply removing the four screws located on the side is all that needs to be done. But remember you void all warranties. Just trust us and we will still you what is on the inside.

The drive operates on a SATA III channel but is fully compatible with the previous SATA I and II protocols. A standard 15-pin SATA connector gives the unit power to operate.

As stated earlier the drive’s brain is a single Marvel 88SS9174-BKK2 controller. There are a total of eight 16GB Toshiba 32nm Supercharged Synchronous NAND chips for a total of 128GB. And for cache memory we have a total of 512MB on a single chip.

Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P67 Deluxe B3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Ram: Crucial 2133 4GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Corsair Performance Series Pro 128GB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Open air
Cooling: Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM


HD Tune Pro 3.50
HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark.

64MB file.

512MB file.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
The ATTO Disk Benchmark performance measurement tool is compatible with Microsoft Windows. Measure your storage systems performance with various transfer sizes and test lengths for reads and writes. Several options are available to customize your performance measurement including queue depth, overlapped I/O and even a comparison mode with the option to run continuously. Use ATTO Disk Benchmark to test any manufacturers RAID controllers, storage controllers, host adapters, hard drives and SSD drives and notice that ATTO products will consistently provide the highest level of performance to your storage.

CrystalDiskMark 3.0
CrystalDiskMark is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.

AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50
FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.

AIDA 64 Random Write.

The synthetic tests to determine the sequential and random read and write performance of the SSD. These tests are carried out without using the operating system caches. In Seq-test measures the program how long it takes to read a full 1 GB of file to write respectively. In the 4K test the read and write performance for random 4K blocks is determined. The 4K-64-THRD-test corresponds to the 4K procedure except that here distributes the read and write operations on 64 threads. This test should be SSDs with Native Command Queuing (NCQ) differences between the IDE operation mode where NCQ is not supported, and represent the AHCI mode. The additional compression test can measure the performance of the SSD as a function of compressibility of the data. This is especially the controllers that are used to increase the performance and life of the cell compression is important.

SiSoftware Sandra
We are pleased to announce the launch of SiSoftware Sandra 2011, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks. A year ago, SiSoftware released Sandra 2010 with full support for Windows 7; in the 18 months since the launch of Windows 7, more than ever before we have seen the line blur between PC and entertainment hubs. Two months ago we released a Blu-Ray benchmark, now we have added a brand-new Media Transcoding benchmark using the new Media Foundation of Windows 7. We have also added yet another benchmark (GP Cryptography) which allows direct comparison of CPU performance (using crypto instruction sets) and GPGPU/GPCPU/GPAPU performance.


In today's market it is hard to find a solid state drive that is not driven by a SandForce controller. We have tested many with great results. But what about those that are looking for something different and not wanting to keep up with the masses. Well, Corsair who is also known for producing great SandForce drives like the Force series also offer a nice change in pace with the Performance Pro series.

The Performance Pro line-up offers great reliability and performance that will rival anything made by SandForce in most cases. Benchmarking programs really don't tell the story of typical day to day real world usage but they do tell us what a drive is capable of. And we saw this new drive hit the magically 500MB/s more than one time. This is what we have seen from the other controller as well.

The Performance Pro supports TRIM as well as has a advance garage collection feature that will allow the drive to perform at maximum levels no matter the process that is going on. And in order you advance of the garage collection feature you do not have to be running Windows 7 because it is built into the drive.

The Corsair Performance Pro 128GB model can be found running about $185 and up. This is a higher price than the Corsair Force 3 and Force GT which uses the SandForce controller.

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