Corsair P256 256GB SSD

Tue, Sep 21, 2010

Corsair Solid State Drives

Corsair P256 256GB SSD

Quite a good sized drive this from Corsair but with a fairly hefty price tag to match unfortunately!

This SSD is one of Corsair’s ‘Performance’ range of sold state drives and this is reflected in both the speed and, as mentioned above, the price. At the time of writing, the P256 could be had for an eye-watering £501 making the cost per GB of this beast, £1.96 – pretty high even by SSD standards.

Of course, the redeeming factor of this drive is the speed. It will effortlessly move data about when performing Sequential reading and writing tasks but does tend to stutter a tad when performing Random reads and writes. This is shame as it’s these Random times that do let the drive down and mean that there are better drives to be had for similar, if not cheaper prices. In fact, the Crucial M225 256GB instantly springs to mind.

If you were just using this as your Windows system disk though, you won’t go wrong. Real-world data manipulation is a slightly different ball-game to testing operations so you’d probably be more than happy if you slipped one of these in to your shiny new build. The only other let down is the warranty on this SSD is only 2 years while that of the Crucial is 5.


Speed Tests

  • Sequential Read Speed: ~221MB/s
  • Sequential Write Speed: ~161MB/s
  • Random Access Read Speed: ~21MB/s

The P256 is a solid drive with some good Sequential performance, but below average Random times and not the best of warranties may warrant looking elsewhere.

Quick Specs

  • Memory Chip Type: MLC
  • TRIM Support
  • Internal Cache: 128MB
  • Form Factor: 2.5″
  • Interface: Serial ATA-300
  • Warranty: 2 years

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