Corsair adds Indilinx drives to SSD lineup
Not content to put all its SSD eggs in one basket, Corsair has launched a new line of Extreme Series solid-state drives based on Indilinx's Barefoot controller. Corsair has previously only offered drives based on Samsung storage controllers, but it's apparently looking to diversify. Hedging makes sense given the state of current offerings. The latest Samsung controller's random write performance isn't all that hot, and perhaps more seriously, the flash giant doesn't allow end users to perform firmware updates on drives based on the chip. It's easy to flash the firmware on Indilinx-based drives, and you'll want to do so when the much-anticipated Windows 7-compatible TRIM update is released.
Corsair X-series SSDs are available in 32, 64, and 128GB capacities, all of which have 64MB of onboard cache. The drives boast peak sequential read and write speeds of 240 and 170MB/s, respectively. We'd expect performance to be equivalent to that of other Indilinx-based SSDs.