Pros

  • Fast performance
  • Sold directly to consumers

Cons

  • High cost-per-gigabyte

At A Glance

If its specs and high price feel familiar, that's because this model packs Samsung's high-performing drive inside.

Manufacturer’s Description

Replacing your hard disk drive with the Corsair P256 SSD will revolutionize your computing experience. Games launch quicker, your computer starts faster, multiple applications run much smoother, all while running cool and silent. The speed, capacity, and compatibility of the P256 are supported by the inherent reliability of solid state technology, resulting in a truly optimum solution for your mass storage requirements.

The Specs

Pricing
Part Number CMFSSD256GBG2D
Storage
Drive size 256.0 GB
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces SATA-300
Serial ATA SATA-300
General Features
Form Factor 2.5-inch

Performance

PC World Test Center
Interface tested SATA-300
Internal Performance, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
Copy Files & Folders Read, 3.68 GB 26.5   seconds
Copy Files & Folders Write, 3.68 GB 25.0   seconds
Copy Large File Read, 3.68 GB 21.6   seconds
Copy Large File Write, 3.68 GB 22.1   seconds
Install OpenOffice.org 3.1 20.3   seconds
Uninstall OpenOffice.org 3.1 12.8   seconds
Malware Scan 307.7   seconds
System Power, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)
Copy Files & Folders Read, 3.68 GB 83.2   watts
Copy Files & Folders Write, 3.68 GB 84.0   watts
Copy Large File Read, 3.68 GB 80.3   watts
Copy Large File Write, 3.68 GB 82.6   watts
Install OpenOffice.org 3.1 89.4   watts
Uninstall OpenOffice.org 3.1 95.6   watts
Malware Scan 98.5   watts
System Idle State 67.0   watts
System Sleep State 67.3   watts
System Work State 94.5   watts
Performance
Test Version 2.0
Firefox 2, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 204.0
Roxio VideoWave Movie Creator 1.5, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 167.0
Adobe Photoshop CS2, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 317.0
Winzip Computing WinZip 10.0, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 161.0
Autodesk 3ds max 8.0 SP-3 Rendering, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 237.0
Internal Read - Ahead Nero Burning 244.0
Primary Volume - Windows File Search 99.2
Internal Read - WinZip 306.0
Autodesk 3ds max 8.0 SP-3 DirectX, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 324.0
Multitasking, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 223.0
Primary Volume - Virus Scan 30.19
Internal Write - Files and Folders 63.08
WorldBench 6 Score, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 139.0
Microsoft Office 2003 with SP-1, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 334.0
Internal Write - Large File 65.15
Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9.0, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 171.0
Nero 7 Ultra Edition, Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) 199.0
Internal Read - ACDSee 485.0