Corsair took the wraps off of a new line of high-performance SSDs today with the launch of a new ‘Extreme’ brand of solid state drives. The new drives avoid performance problems plaguing some SSDs in the past by eschewing the popular JMicron microcontroller for one by upstart Indilinx. We were impressed by one of OCZ’s Vertex drives back in April, which also uses the Barefoot controller.
The new drives pair Indilinx’s controller with Samsung MLC flash memory and 64MB of DRAM for better caching and increased performance. One really big plus to the new drives is the ability to upgrade the firmware to allow for new features (such as Windows 7’s TRIM command) WITHOUT being forced to wipe all of the data off of the drive. This is a huge plus in our books. The high-performance X drives will come in 32, 64 and 128GB capacities and are available now.