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Corsair 128GB Nova Series SSD Review

ajmatson    -   April 20, 2010
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Conclusion:

Wow, when it came to benchmarking the Corsair Nova 128GB SSD, I expected good results, but what I got was awesome. The read speeds alone of this drive is astonishing. It seems the only handicap the Nova drive has is during the 4K writes where it does bog down a bit, but that is it. During sequential reads, the performance once again screams. The Indilix Barefoot controller and the 64MB cache, combined with the fast MLC flash, the Corsair Nova is one of, if not the best drive tested to date. Out of the 58 tests ran, the Corsair Nova 128GB SSD won 44 of them and tied some of the others. Making this the best "bang for your buck"  SSD OverclockersClub has tested so far. While still a pretty solid chunk of change, the Corsair Nova is cheaper then the same capacity Mushkin Io, which is a bit more at most national e-tailers, but is faster then it in most of the benchmarks compared.

Corsair has designed both a 64GB flavor priced at a lower average price of $180 and the 128GB version reviewed here, for an average of $369. Some retailers have even gone as low as $329 for the 128GB version, so keep your eyes peeled. For the price, this is the best bang for the buck. While not in as high capacity as mechanical drives, the blazing speed and load times it offers, out weighs the higher costs. At $369 for the 128GB Corsair Nova, it comes in at about $2.88/Gb of raw power. If you are looking to drop a few bills on the latest and greatest, I suggest you pick up the Corsair Nova 128GB SSD and breathe new life into your rig. Imagine a pair of these in a RAID 0 setup... Mmmmmm

 

Pros:

  • Very fast performance especially during read benchmarks
  • Indilinx Barefoot Controller
  • 64MB Cache
  • TRIM Support with Windows 7
  • 3.5" adapter included
  • Maximum sequential read speed 270MB/second
  • Maximum sequential write speed 195 MB/second
  • 64GB and 128GB sizes
  • Great "Bang for your Buck"

 

Cons:

  • Slower 4K write speeds



 

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  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup
  5. Testing: HD Tune 3.50
  6. Testing: HD Tach, SiSoft Sandra
  7. Testing: Crystal Disk Mark
  8. Testing: ATTO
  9. Testing: AS SSD
  10. Testing: PCMark Vantage
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