Excellent discussion I have started here! Gold star for me.
Here's a question. If 25nm NAND SSDs will see a 30% performance drop, why are they marketed as part of the same series as the 34nm SSD drives? If the performance difference was so vast, surely the marketing would reflect this...
Instead we this:
I know the 25nm Vertex drives were highly flawed but it seems like Corsair has addressed those flaws and is making very capable 25nm SSDs. According the the last paragraph quoted above, it looks like Corsair is transitioning a number of the Force-series drives to 25nm NAND very soon, a move which would make zero sense if it resulted in seriously gimped performance for those models.
The 25 nm drives are about 30% slower and go into "throttled" state faster.
Instead we this:
Originally Posted by StorageReviews
In terms of performance, the SSDs will see a little drop, 3-4% according to Corsair's internal testing data. Whereas the F120 saw 285/275 MB/s reads and writes, the new 25nm drives post 280/270 MB/s reads and writes. In terms of real world usage, the drop is probably negligible, though we'll put that theory to the test in our upcoming review.
To stem any concerns about performance, the Corsair blog does provide a breakdown across several benchmarks, including this IOMeter test that happens to show the F115-A a hair faster than the F120.
IO Meter Alignment 4k 100% Write 100% Random
**[table re-arranged for easier viewing]
Total I/O’s Per Second39,398.49
Total MBs per Second153.90
Total I/O's Per Second 39,828.76
Total MBs Per Second 155.58
Total I/O's Per Second 36,935.02
Total MBs Per Second 144.28
In late March Corsair plans to update the other 34nm based capacities they offer. The F180 and F240 will migrate to 25nm as the F180-A and F240-A. The F40 and F60 will also go to 25nm NAND in March as the F40-A and F60-A; with a design that preserves capacity and boosts performance, but requires a nominal price increase.