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I've heard from Tator Tot that the bug affecting the Crucial M4 seems to originate in the code within the Marvell controller itself, not the specific firmware. However it is still fixable BY firmware, from the sound of it, which is what Crucial is working on. If the bug is indeed within the controller and not the firmware then you can expect Corsair, Plextor, Intel, etc., anyone else using that Marvell controller, to verify the bug themselves and issue their own fixes soon.
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So how reliable is Performance Pro? Also I noticed that in Corsair website, Performance Pro is listed as using Synchronous NAND.
http://www.corsair.com/ssd/performance-pro-series-ssd/performance-pro-series-128gb-ssd-hard-drive.html
While I do love my Intel 320, 80 GB does not make it possible for me to put a Linux VM on it right now. Would $105 be alright for a relatively new SSD? Luckily Intel approved the $70 Thanksgiving rebate.
Get whatever you like. The NAND is Toshiba Toggle NAND on the Corsair.
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Just picked up a Samsung 830 thumb.gif Actually referred to this thread before adding it to my cart... hope I don't regret it. First SSD ever. Gonna use it as a Steam drive till it's moved to the Barney Stinson, where it will serve as boot for the remainder of it's cycles.
Sweet! Yo won't be disappointed. smile.gif
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I've heard from Tator Tot that the bug affecting the Crucial M4 seems to originate in the code within the Marvell controller itself, not the specific firmware. However it is still fixable BY firmware, from the sound of it, which is what Crucial is working on. If the bug is indeed within the controller and not the firmware then you can expect Corsair, Plextor, Intel, etc., anyone else using that Marvell controller, to verify the bug themselves and issue their own fixes soon.
Alright, thanks.

I'll talk to him about it when he is free and see what else I can find on everything. smile.gif
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I ended up picking up a Crucial M4. Here is the thing, I would have pick up Plextor M3S if I can get NEWCUSTOMER10 code to work (to take out the tax), but Newegg apparently killed the code even with new accounts. So I bought M4 from Amazon without that hideous California tax.
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Do we have any information regarding Plextor PX-M3S?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820249014
I wonder how well does it do compare to M4.

just got it and benched it today
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Is this in IDE or AHCI mode?
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Is this in IDE or AHCI mode?

ACHI Mode without the AMD or Intel SATA driver installed
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Hey guys, i've been off the SSD section for a while now - so please excuse any knowledge gaps....but I'm just wondering why most people don't consider Corsair Performance Pro #1. I believe it deserves more love. Here is my justification:

  • Newest Marvell Controller...32nm...so more future performance potential than M4, yes? (+ newer/better hardware..higher performance potentional)
  • Write Speed on Corsair is A LOT faster than M4...yes read speed is slower...but just bearly...even if you only write 5% of the time...wouldn't you notice it more than the + 0.25MB per second (or whatever marginal figure it is) read time on the M4 - no? ie: the diminishing returns on performance would make the read speed impossible to detect in real world, where as the write speed would be obviously faster on the Corsair. So overall, Corsair seems to have the most consistent benchmarks across the board. (+ better overall performance, + x2 better write performance, - hairline slower write speed)
  • I *believe* it has better TRIM function than M4...so it recovers faster from a lot of writing/reading.... <-- OK, im not sure about this one at all....but I believe it *might* be true, due to new 32nm controller. (+ better TRIM support/function, faster recovery)
  • Overall SDD Score is much higher if not the highest of any SSD...lol, bragging rights for anyone that cares about that stuff. rolleyes.gif(+ benchmark bragging rights)

Also looking at some more recent reviews of this SSD...they all really seem to love it: http://www.overclockersclub.com/reviews/corsair_performance_pro_3_256gb/12.htm

"Corsair has taken a controller and tweaked the firmware to deliver a drive that offers excellent performance, especially when working with compressed data. Throughout testing, the Performance Pro delivered consistent results and did not show any signs of performance degradation."

"Across the board, the Performance Pro 256 GB drive offers excellent performance. It easily reaches its rated speeds of up to 515 MB/s sequential read and 440 MB/s sequential write in the ATTO testing. What is more impressive, are its results in CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD, where the Performance Pro delivered the highest performance of any non-RAID drive I have looked at so far. In the IO Meter testing, the Performance Pro was easily the highest performing drive once again. Corsair and Marvell have put together a drive that just flat-out delivers. "


I am NOT saying M4 is bad..im just saying in my books I still consider Corsair Performance Pro ranked #1 overall... Crucial M4 #2 and Samsung 830 #3.

O AND, I heart.gif YOU SEAN! biggrin.gif
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Corsair Performance Pro (and Plextor M3S) hasn't been out for too long yet. So I guess it hasn't proven itself quite yet. That and the fact that Crucial M4 is slightly cheaper is the reason why I bought a Crucial M4 instead.

malikq86, couple things wrong about your assessment.

* Crucial M4 uses Marvell 9174-BLD2 while Corsair Performance Pro and Plextor M3S use Marvell 9174-BKK2. BLD2 is a revised version of BKK2, though no body knows what has been revised.
* Crucial M4 uses 25 nm NAND. Plextor M3S uses 24 nm NAND. Corsair Performance Pro uses 32 nm NAND.
Edited by trumpet-205 - 1/11/12 at 9:45pm
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Corsair Performance Pro (and Plextor M3S) hasn't been out for too long yet. So I guess it hasn't proven itself quite yet. That and the fact that Crucial M4 is slightly cheaper is the reason why I bought a Crucial M4 instead.

I can understand that. yes, as long as user reviews are good in the next 6 months or so...i see no reason not to get a Corsair Performance Pro. Time will tell. Crucial M4 right now, is def. the safest choice...but so far I haven't see a reason to dismiss the Corsair as a possible #1 over M4. So far, the limited user feedback as been good...no major problems/issues.
Edited by malikq86 - 1/11/12 at 10:09pm
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lol, I may get a Performance Pro myself soon if something better doesn't come out...what does that tell you?
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